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Volume 27 Issue 9

No decision yet on Pitt policy regarding access to pornography via Internet computer network >

January 5th, 1995

No decision has been made on a Univer- sity-wide policy governing access to pornographic materials on the worldwide computer network Internet. According to Norman Hummon, chairperson of the executive committee for academic computing, a draft policy on the issue has been developed by an ad hoc panel of students, faculty and staff, but it is […]

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Drug may aid gene therapy >

January 5th, 1995

Cisplatin, a commonly employed chemotherapy drug, greatly increases the expression of liposome-delivered genes in tumor cells of laboratory animals, according to a report by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) researchers in the Dec. 15 issue of the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." Liposomes are small spheres of fat molecules that may be […]

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HealthAmerica, Blue Cross make multiple proposals to University >

January 5th, 1995

The future of Pitt employee health insurance has grown increasingly complicated in the last two months. In November, Blue Cross proposed becoming Pitt's sole provider of employee health insurance — a deal that would require the University to drop HealthAmerica in exchange for an estimated $5 million in savings on Pitt's premiums next year. Then […]

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WPIC opens residential home facility for psychiatric patients >

January 5th, 1995

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic has for the first time opened a residential home for psychiatric patients who have recently been released from state mental institutions or inpatient psychiatric units. The program, called Pathways, is housed in a dormitory setting in the east wing of the Vocational Rehabilitation Center at 1323 Forbes Ave. While residents […]

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Severe weather policy approved by chancellor >

January 5th, 1995

A new severe weather policy for the University has been signed by Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor and went into effect on Jan. 3. Developed by the policy committee of the Department of Human Resources, the policy establishes guidelines concerning operations during severe weather or other emergencies for all Pitt campuses, employees and students. (See accompanying […]

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Technology Transfer office helps turn faculty research into reality >

January 5th, 1995

What do a new coating for plastics, which can make football helmets, surfboards and industrial polymers stronger, and a new tuberculosis diagnostic, which can possibly help stem the return of the disease, have in common? They were both invented by members of the Pitt faculty. But that is not all. They also have been patented […]

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Medical/family leave policy OKd for faculty >

January 5th, 1995

Pitt faculty members with serious illnesses or health conditions — including pregnancy — can now take up to 26 work weeks of paid sick leave during any 12-month period, upon being certified by a physician or practitioner. Under the University's new faculty medical and family leave policy, the faculty member must give 30 days notice […]

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UPMC re-accredited as trauma center >

January 5th, 1995

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been re-accredited by the Trauma Systems Foundation as a Level One Regional Resource Trauma Center. It is one of 26 accredited trauma centers in Pennsylvania. In addition to treating the most serious life-threatening injuries, Regional Resource Trauma Centers conduct clinical research and educational programs in trauma. Pitt's center […]

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