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Volume 39 Issue 8

Senate voting to go electronic >

December 7th, 2006

Following the national trend, electronic voting is coming to the University Senate. Faculty will vote for their representatives on Faculty Assembly and for officers of the Senate via electronic ballots for the first time next spring. Faculty Assembly voted Nov. 28 to amend the Senate’s bylaws to convert to paperless balloting through the my.pitt.edu portal. […]

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Shore-Tobias Award created >

December 7th, 2006

The University Senate anti-discriminatory policies committee will sponsor a new annual award to honor significant contributions in identifying and rectifying discriminatory polices or practices at Pitt. The Shore-Tobias Award for Action Against Discrimination was named in honor of the contributions of two long-time Pitt faculty members, Barbara K. Shore and the late Richard C. Tobias. […]

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Senate committee: include community service in tenure decisions >

December 7th, 2006

The University Senate community relations committee (CRC) wants community service to be considered in faculty tenure and promotion decisions. The committee is recommending that the Provost’s office approve guidelines that would permit individual departments to incorporate public service and service-learning into faculty tenure and promotion decisions. The guidelines also are designed to assist academic units […]

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Chemistry department deemed “outstanding” >

December 7th, 2006

Pitt’s Department of Chemistry has received an “outstanding” award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Pitt’s ACS student affiliates chapter in chemistry was named an outstanding award winner for 2005-2006. Of the more than 980 ACS chapters only 34 received this recognition. The ACS was particularly complimentary of the efforts of chemistry professor George Bandik […]

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Lost it? Pitt police may have found it >

December 7th, 2006

The University’s Pittsburgh campus is a big place with lots of people who carry with them lots of stuff. Occasionally, some of that stuff gets lost. Some gets found. When that happens, some gets into the hands of Pitt’s police department. “Tell them to come get their stuff,” said Pitt police sergeant Joe Patterson with […]

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UPMC program wins American Cancer Society award >

December 7th, 2006

UPMC Cancer Centers’ patient navigator outreach volunteer program has received a Silver Award from the American Cancer Society for demonstrating leadership in sharing cancer prevention and early detection information in African-American communities. The program received the award for reaching more than 3,000 African Americans with cancer information through outreach volunteers who engaged their neighbors, family […]

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From a distance: SHRS tests telerehab for wheelchair users >

December 7th, 2006

For rural wheelchair users, a perfect storm is brewing. The aging population in rural areas is creating growing health care needs complicated by access issues based both on physical limitations and geographic isolation. And now health insurers including Medicare are tightening their policies on who qualifies for mobility devices, said Mark Schmeler, an assistive technology […]

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