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Volume 29 Issue 13

American democracy lost in 1996 election, keynote speaker says >

March 6th, 1997

Deceptive political advertising was up during the 1996 presidential campaign, press scrutiny was down — and American democracy was the loser, Founders Day keynote speaker Kathleen Hall Jamieson said. "I think we managed at the national level to run a campaign that was not as accountable or informative or as useful to democracy as it […]

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What is appropriate level of PA support? state senators ask Pitt >

March 6th, 1997

HARRISBURG – Apparently stung by recent media reports noting Pennsylvania's standing near the bottom when it comes to support for higher education, members of the Senate appropriations committee during a Feb. 25 meeting asked Pitt administrators what they believe is an appropriate level of state support. Gov. Tom Ridge's proposed budget contains a 2 percent […]

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Daniel Everett >

March 6th, 1997

Truthfulness is something all good parent try to teach their child. But are there any real advantages in being truthful? Daniel Everett, chair of Pitt's linguistics department, asked the Founders Day audience. Recent research, Everett pointed out in his lecture, "Jungle Talk: Conversational Style in Amazonia," has shown that there are some very real advantages […]

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Pitt gets friendly reception from House appropriations committee >

March 6th, 1997

HARRISBURG — Rather than swallowing up hospitals and invading other medical centers' turf, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System (UPMCS) usually is on the receiving end of affiliation bids these days, Pitt administrators told the state House appropriations committee March 3. Chancellor Mark Nordenberg pointed out that UPMCS is a distinct corporate entity from […]

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Theodore Windt >

March 6th, 1997

In summer 1982, the Conservative Digest ran a major article accusing Ronald Reagan of abandoning the social agenda of conservatism. Reagan moved to quiet the publication's criticism with a speech to the Conservative Caucus. The speech was so successful that for the remainder of Reagan's two terms and into George Bush's term, the American people […]

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Provost reports to trustees on new undergraduate initiatives >

March 6th, 1997

Closer cooperation between placement staff and academic advisers. A new telephone hotline enabling instructors to alert advisers of students' tutoring needs. Plans for a new information system that will make it possible for students to register for courses electronically within the next two years. Provost James Maher described those and other initiatives to the trustees […]

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Martha Pollack >

March 6th, 1997

Anybody who has ever tried to print every other page in a multi-page document knows how difficult it can be to communicate with a computer. In their frustration, some people have been known to scream: "Why don't they make a computer that understands English?" Although the day when computers will respond to all voice commands […]

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Parenting lectures planned >

March 6th, 1997

"The Family Life Cycle: Issues for Parents" will be the subject of a series of brown bag lunch programs during March and April. Co-sponsored by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Organization Development and the University Child Development Center, each program in the series will run from noon-1 p.m. in the William Pitt Union. Food […]

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Chemist's basic research moves closer to practical applications >

March 6th, 1997

"Isn't this a pretty one?" Pitt chemis- try professor Sanford "Sandy" Asher asked, holding up a vial containing a thick, milky, rainbow-streaked substance resembling a liquid opal. "Oh, yes," Asher repeated to himself, peering at the material under a light in his Chevron Science Center office. "That's very pretty." Cheap to produce, too, this substance. […]

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