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Volume 31 Issue 1

Pitt placed 48th in U.S. News rankings >

September 3rd, 1998

Pitt was ranked 48th among the nation's 147 public universities in the U.S. News & World Report's annual America's best colleges issue, announced Aug. 21. In the ranking of national universities, 228 in all, Pitt finished in the second tier, numbers 51-117, which the magazine lists alphabetically. The magazine defines national universities (as opposed to […]

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Prostate cancer research funds available >

September 3rd, 1998

The Prostate and Urologic Cancer Center of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has established a program to encourage the development of pilot projects in prostate cancer. This program offers funding and tissue and cell resources as well as guidance in the development of the projects. Support for the pilot projects is available on […]

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Grad student's death ruled suicide >

September 3rd, 1998

Incoming Pitt graduate student Joachim Futterer, 26, was found dead in the plaza of Litchfield Towers Aug. 22, 1998. The Allegheny County coroner's office concluded that Futterer died as the result of blunt force injuries from a fall and ruled the death a suicide. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Office of […]

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Bioengineering dept. approved >

September 3rd, 1998

Culminating a decade of planning, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has authorized the creation of the School of Engineering's seventh department, bioengineering. The department represents a trans-institutional effort with the participation of the schools of medicine and health and rehabilitation sciences. At its core is the Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The department's predecessor, the bioengineering program, […]

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Faculty to discuss UPP draft documents >

September 3rd, 1998

At a School of Medicine meeting scheduled for Sept. 9, faculty will be asked to vote thumbs-up or -down on the current (and all-but-final) drafts of two key documents related to the new University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP) unified practice plan: the UPP bylaws and an employment agreement for new hires. What difference will it […]

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H-P awards equipment grant to chemistry >

September 3rd, 1998

Hewlett-Packard has awarded an equipment gift valued at $191,972 to the Department of Chemistry's Center for Combinatorial Chemistry. The center is the first academic establishment in the U.S. devoted solely to combinatorial chemistry and the development of new chemical discovery technologies. Combinatorial chemistry–the rapid synthesis and screening of large "libraries" of organic compounds–is revolutionizing organic […]

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Custodians, groundskeepers sign contract, 1st in almost three years >

September 3rd, 1998

A contract between the University and union groundskeepers, custodians and other service workers was approved by union membership Aug. 25, ending a nearly three-year stalemate. According to Ken Service, Public Affairs spokesperson, the University is expected to sign the agreement soon. "We have an agreement with the union. Right now, we're just cleaning up the […]

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Pitt astrophysicists want a piece of South African telescope project >

September 3rd, 1998

Pitt astrophysicists would love to join their Carnegie Mellon University colleagues in gaining regular access to the South African Large Telescope (SALT). But Pitt administrators are dubious, citing the project's multi-million dollar price tag. SALT will be the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere when completed in 2003, offering views of distant galaxies and stars […]

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