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Volume 39 Issue 7

Tips on teaching: New technology tools >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt’s sixth annual Teaching Excellence Fair, held Nov. 8, included summaries from winners of 2005-2006 innovation in education grants and conversations on teaching methods and techniques with faculty, as well as workshops and technology demonstrations led by Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) staff. *********** Technology is a big part of teaching today […]

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Pitt's financial health continues, official says >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt continues to enjoy healthy financial status, according to a senior administrator who summarized the University’s annual audit report at last week’s meeting of the Senate budget policies committee (BPC). “Our consolidated financial statements show that the University began fiscal year 2006 in a very solid financial position and ended the fiscal year in the […]

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Pitt recognized as top producer of Fulbrights >

November 22nd, 2006

The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Pitt as a “top producer” among research universities of Fulbright awards for U.S. students for 2006-07. Pitt students received 10 Fulbright awards from a pool of 21 applicants. In addition, two Pitt faculty members have been awarded Fulbright grants to conduct their work abroad. They are Kevin Kearns, professor […]

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Pitt student wins Rhodes scholarship >

November 22nd, 2006

Thanks to two University Honors College students, Pitt has become the only public university in the nation to boast back-to-back Rhodes Scholars. Daniel Armanios, a mechanical engineering and political science major who minors in economics, is among the 2007 Rhodes awardees. He joins Pitt’s 2006 Rhodes Scholar Justin Chalker, who majored in chemistry and history […]

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SAC affirms committee chairs >

November 22nd, 2006

The Staff Association Council (SAC) last week announced the new leaders of its nine committees. Committee chairs and co-chairs are selected by the committees and serve one-year terms. Newly affirmed committee chairs and co-chairs include: Steve Zupcic, chair of benefits; Betty Homonai, chair of elections; Ann Ostroski, chair, and Carol Hodgkiss, co-chair, of governance; Carol […]

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Executive comp rising, Chronicle of Higher Ed reports >

November 22nd, 2006

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg ranks 27th among leaders of public universities nationally in salary and benefits, according to a survey report on executive compensation conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nordenberg is among the 42 public institution heads nationally who earn at least $500,000, according to the Chronicle survey. The Chronicle compiled data, published […]

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Tips for holiday fare keep you in control >

November 22nd, 2006

It is possible to enjoy the tempting offerings of the holiday season and still manage one’s weight, according to nutrition and weight management expert Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the UPMC Weight Management Center. “Healthy holiday cooking doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your favorite foods or flavors,” Fernstrom said. “There are some small and […]

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Trustees approve capital projects >

November 22nd, 2006

The property and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees last week approved more than $18 million in renovation projects at the Pittsburgh campus, $1.65 million for a new lecture hall at the Greensburg campus and several long-term leases. The committee is authorized to oversee property transactions in excess of $500,000 and to approve University […]

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My.pitt.edu portal wins award >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt’s integrated web portal — my.pitt.edu — has won an InfoWorld 100 award. InfoWorld magazine identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add value for the organizations implementing them, as well as the vendors providing them. The award honors projects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further business goals. My.pitt.edu provides […]

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What's the Rx for America's public health system? >

November 22nd, 2006

Those in public health are well aware that the United States has widespread health disparities and inequitable and inadequate health insurance coverage and that money is being poured into treatment instead of prevention. But the question remains: Is anyone else paying attention? “Recently, I was asked to talk about the American system of public health […]

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