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Volume 39 Issue 4

Killer sea snails yield venomous cures >

October 12th, 2006

“Playing around with snails leads to unexpected things,” University of Utah biochemist Baldomero M. Olivera told an audience last week during Pitt’s Science 2006 symposium. Olivera’s decades of work with venomous sea snails not only has led to the discovery of drugs to treat pain and epilepsy but also to some useful insights for drug […]

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Feds' higher ed report deemed “flawed” >

October 12th, 2006

A report issued last month by a special national commission described U.S. higher education as “in crisis” and in need of urgent reform to remain competitive in the 21st century. “There are disturbing signs that many students who do earn degrees have not actually mastered the reading, writing and thinking skills we expect of college […]

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GSPH center for aging formed >

October 12th, 2006

The Graduate School of Public Health has established a Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH). Anne B. Newman, professor of epidemiology and medicine and director of the center, said: “Our goal is to leverage what we know about successful aging and make it possible for a large segment of the U.S. and global population […]

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Athletics posts $8.2 million deficit >

October 12th, 2006

Pitt’s Department of Athletics operated at a deficit in fiscal year 2006, continuing a long-term tradition. Details of the athletics budget’s $8.2 million deficit were made public last week at a Senate budget policies committee (BPC) meeting. In compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bylaws, Pitt hired an outside auditor to prepare an “agreed-upon […]

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Katz ranked by students, recruiters >

October 12th, 2006

Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business held steady in a worldwide MBA student ranking, but continued to fall in a survey of regional corporate recruiters. Pitt remained at No. 73 in an international ranking released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which surveys MBA students. It fell to No. 46 in a recent Wall Street […]

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Nano facility opens >

October 12th, 2006

Visitors recently got a firsthand view of Pitt’s big investment into very small technology. The Sept. 29 opening of Pitt’s Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (PINSE) NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility was heralded with an afternoon-long nanoscience symposium, followed by the first public peek at the $6.1 million facility. More than 200 people gathered […]

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Flu shot clinics set >

October 12th, 2006

Pitt will offer on-campus flu shots to I.D. holders through its Student Health Service office. Clinics will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 7 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. The cost of a flu vaccine shot is $20 (cash or check only), and shots will be offered on a first-come, […]

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SAC expects to receive confidential salary data >

October 12th, 2006

Human Resources will provide the Staff Association Council (SAC) with more detailed information on staff salaries, but with the stipulation that the information remain confidential, according to SAC President Rich Colwell. Colwell reported on the status of SAC’s request at last week’s Senate budget policies committee (BPC) meeting, as a follow-up to discussions at last […]

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Senate sets plenary session, workshops on mentoring >

October 12th, 2006

The University Senate’s fall plenary session, “Fostering Mentoring for Sustaining Organizational Vitality,” will be held 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Jeannette South-Paul, chair of the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Patricia Beeson, vice provost for graduate and undergraduate […]

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