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Volume 31 Issue 4

Hurd W. Safford >

October 15th, 1998

Hurd W. Safford, professor emeritus of chemistry, died on Sept. 7, 1998, after an extended illness. He was 83. Safford graduated with a B.S. in ceramics engineering from Alfred University in 1936. He later entered Pitt's graduate chemistry program in order to do research with noted glass chemistry expert (and department chair), Alexander Silverman. Following […]

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Professorship for arthritis research set up >

October 15th, 1998

Timothy M. Wright has been named the inaugural recipient of the Margaret Jane Miller Endowed Professorship for Arthritis Research. Wright is chief of the division of rheumatology and clinical immunology and associate professor of medicine. The endowed professorship was established by Russell P. Miller in honor of his wife, who died in July 1997 of […]

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UCIS gets grant to create WWW database interface >

October 15th, 1998

Finding international affairs organizations and specialists world-wide will soon be much easier with the help of a new effort at Pitt's University Center for International Studies (UCIS). A two-year, $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation will enable UCIS to create a World Wide Web database interface that includes 3,500 detailed entries on institutions active in […]

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Garden created for heart patients >

October 15th, 1998

A garden for the enjoyment of patients with heart disease and those who are awaiting a heart transplant opened last month at UPMC Presbyterian. The Spinola Family Patient Garden is endowed by Frank and Mary Jo Spinola of Wexford, whose daughter Andrea was kept alive by an artificial heart for 131 days before she received […]

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UPMC, Quest join forces on lab services >

October 15th, 1998

Quest Diagnostics Inc. and UPMC Health System have joined forces to provide improved access to laboratory services for physicians and patients throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Quest Diagnostics is one of the nation's leading providers of diagnostic testing, information and services to physicians, hospitals, patients, managed care organizations, employers and government agencies. UPMC hospitals, physicians, […]

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Faculty, administrators discuss what Pitt's salary policy should be >

October 15th, 1998

Faculty, staff and administrators exchanged ideas about Pitt's policy for awarding salary raises, during the fall plenary session of the University Senate yesterday, Oct. 14. The University Planning and Budgeting Committee (UPBC), a group of employees, students and administrators that advises the senior administration, is beginning a year-long review of the policy. "The time has […]

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Despite construction, parking here should be adequate, study indicates >

October 15th, 1998

Parking, Transportation and Services director G. Robert Harkins is optimistic about the parking situation in Oakland. Harkins cited a parking study carried out at the University's request by Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc., of Pittsburgh, who measured supply and demand parking statistics back to 1992. The report, dated Sept. 28, includes projections for 1998 and […]

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Health insurance bids due to Pitt today >

October 15th, 1998

Today, Oct. 15, is the deadline for health insurers to submit bids for Pitt's employee medical insurance business for next year. The University's current insurers, UPMC Health Plan and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, had expressed interest in bidding. So had CIGNA Companies, a national insurer with a growing presence in western Pennsylvania. "We sent out […]

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Pitt professors filing grievances face uphill battle, statistics show >

October 15th, 1998

Professors seeking redress for alleged grievances and unjust denials of promotion and/or tenure face an uphill fight at Pitt, the co-chairperson of the University Senate's tenure and academic freedom committee (TAFC) told Faculty Assembly Oct. 6. But Tom Kane, whose committee is a key player and defender of faculty interests in the grievance procedure and […]

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