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Volume 39 Issue 8

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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Patient information system to be developed >

December 7th, 2006

UPMC and dbMotion, a provider of web-based data-sharing and integration technology, have announced an $84 million initiative to create one of the largest models of true interoperability in health care. dbMotion will receive at least $35 million of this amount, including an investment by UPMC. The company’s technology will provide a flexible platform for UPMC’s […]

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On Teaching: Brian Vander Schee >

December 7th, 2006

As the saying goes, first impressions are lasting. With that in mind, Pitt-Bradford business management professor Brian Vander Schee is studying how his way of welcoming students on the first day of his introductory marketing class may make a difference in their perception of the class and perhaps in their overall performance. Vander Schee said […]

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Hillman extends hours >

December 7th, 2006

Hillman Library will be open continuously from 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 until 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Free coffee and tea will be provided in the Cup & Chaucer Saturday-Thursday nights. During the 24-hour schedule, a University ID is required to enter after midnight.

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Mentoring program development encouraged >

December 7th, 2006

Mentoring is not just for faculty and students anymore. Although mentoring relationships between senior and junior faculty, and between faculty and students are commonplace in an academic institution, units also benefit greatly by the improved staff social cohesion and social integration that mentoring can provide, said Jane Thompson, who last month led the workshop “How […]

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Top administrators get raises; treasurer's pay jumps 43% >

December 7th, 2006

Pitt trustees have increased treasurer and chief investment officer Amy K. Marsh’s salary by 43 percent to $300,000 in a move they said reflected dramatic changes in the competitive environment for similar financial professionals nationwide. In addition, the trustees compensation committee approved a $60,000 annual salary supplement for Executive Vice Chancellor Jerome Cochran “for his […]

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Campus-wide wireless on its way >

December 7th, 2006

Pitt will launch Wireless PittNet, the University’s campus-wide wireless Internet service, tomorrow, Dec. 8, by activating wireless network service in five campus buildings. Over the next 18 months, wireless network service will be installed in buildings across the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. A technology fair will be held noon-4 p.m. Dec. […]

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