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Volume 39 Issue 9

High oil prices prompt UPB to resurrect petroleum tech program >

January 11th, 2007

Pennsylvania may not be the first place to come to mind when one thinks of oil wells, but the state’s oil industry — born with the drilling of the first well in Titusville in 1859 — has jobs to fill thanks to high oil and gas prices. According to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association […]

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Pitt, city work on Oakland housing issues >

January 11th, 2007

Pitt is considering a number of new options to help city officials crack down on landlord abuses in student-laden south and central Oakland. The University continues to work with city officials to improve conditions in neighboring residential areas, which long have suffered from landlord abuses, building code violations and other problems including two fatalities from […]

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Pitt researchers prevent diabetes in mice >

January 11th, 2007

Pitt researchers have prevented type 1 diabetes in mice, research that may have significant implications for the prevention of the disease in humans. Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, causing elevated blood sugar levels that can damage organs or […]

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Pitt funds 5 projects affected by NIH cuts >

January 11th, 2007

Pitt has provided “bridge funding” of $375,000 for five research projects affected by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding cutbacks. The special funding program, launched last fall, seeks to keep afloat ongoing biomedical research projects that were not renewed by the NIH despite receiving favorable reviews. Michelle S. Broido, associate vice chancellor for basic biomedical […]

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Pitt, CMU launch joint PhD program >

January 11th, 2007

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University are launching a joint doctoral degree program in structural biology and biophysics. Structural biologists use powerful, highly sophisticated technologies, such as x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, to reveal the three-dimensional structure of proteins and other molecules. Biophysicists apply physics principles along with mathematical models and […]

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Ex-Schatten post doc sanctioned by HHS >

January 11th, 2007

A former postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Gerald P. Schatten at Magee Womens Research Institute (MWRI) has been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for falsifying rhesus monkey stem cell research intended for publication in the journal Nature. An oversight review by the U.S. Public Health Service’s Office of Research […]

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Dental school honored for clinic's work >

January 11th, 2007

Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine recently received Excellence in Organization Activity recognition from Achieva. Achieva is a non-profit group within a family of organizations that collectively comprises western Pennsylvania’s largest provider of comprehensive services and support for persons with disabilities and their families. The School of Dental Medicine was chosen for the honor specifically for […]

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On Teaching: Ethan Pullman >

January 11th, 2007

“I always was interested in languages,” said Ethan Pullman, a University Library System reference and instruction librarian. But that simple statement only skims the surface of the places his interest has taken him. The 40-year-old Palestinian native has spent 26 years in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in French at Youngstown State University […]

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Greensburg gets $2 million grant >

January 11th, 2007

The Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation has awarded Pitt-Greensburg $2 million, the largest gift in the regional campus’s history. The money will help fund an addition to McKenna Hall, the campus computer center. The Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Timken Foundation of Canton also have contributed to this project. The Mellon Foundation has given $500,000, […]

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One on One: John Camillus >

January 11th, 2007

“The essence of a professional school is the ability to merge disciplines,” said John C. Camillus of the Katz Graduate School of Business. “The area I’m involved in — strategy — is really bringing blue and yellow together to make green.” Camillus, who joined the Pitt faculty in 1977, has held the Donald R. Beall […]

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