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Volume 39 Issue 15

Books, Journals & More/ A closer look: Dana Killmeyer >

April 5th, 2007

An unnamed narrator is mucking horse manure on a farm in the Everglades. “We all have to start somewhere,” she’s told by her companion and mentor, Beau. This is how readers are introduced into a disconcerting, but enticing world of flora and fauna, ‘gators and iguanas, dogs and ibises, by Pitt staff member Dana Killmeyer […]

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U.S. News ranks Pitt grad schools >

April 5th, 2007

Several Pitt disciplines and subspecialties were included among the nation’s top graduate schools in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. Each year, the magazine measures graduate programs in five major disciplines (business, education, engineering, law and medicine), using quality indicators such as peer assessments, entering students’ test scores, faculty/student ratios and reputation ratings drawn […]

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Books, Journals & More/ A closer look: Kevin Ewert >

April 5th, 2007

“Any director worth his or her salt knows putting together a production of Shakespeare is not telling a story, not even the story, but it’s looking for what are the stories, the possibilities of interpretation, the multiple voices, the decisions, which lead to how we are to engage an audience,” said Kevin Ewert. Ewert’s new […]

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Ex-Gov. Ridge to speak at commencement >

April 5th, 2007

Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and first secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, will deliver Pitt’s 2007 commencement address April 29 at the Petersen Events Center. Ridge, 61, graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. […]

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Books, Journals & More/ A closer look: George Shames >

April 5th, 2007

“We all have stories to tell. It’s just a matter of whether you sit down and get the discipline to tell it,” says George Shames. The Pitt professor emeritus’s first work of fiction, “The Company of Truth,” was published in 2006 by Pittsburgh-based Towers Maguire Publishing. Shames, 80, retired in 1990 from a 40-year career […]

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Senate plenary: Protecting science from bias >

April 5th, 2007

The passage in 1980 of the Bayh-Dole Act, which allowed universities and researchers to benefit from the commercialization of publicly funded research, plunged academia into a new world of forging partnerships with industry, forming startup companies and other aspects of technology transfer. In a follow-up to last year’s University Senate spring plenary event, which looked […]

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Books, Journals & More/ A closer look: Susan B. Hansen >

April 5th, 2007

Political science professor Susan B. Hansen has studied state politics for decades, but she turned her most recent attention to the impact of the nation’s economic policy choices on American workers as the country adjusts to a global economy. Her 2006 book “Globalization and the Politics of Pay” challenges the idea that cutting labor costs […]

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Law prof questions threats to judicial independence >

April 5th, 2007

Although Pitt law professor Arthur Hellman and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor both are concerned about threats to judicial independence in the United States, they disagree about what poses a threat. While her 25 years’ experience on the Supreme Court and her retired status make the issue of threats to judicial independence an […]

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Pitt-CMU neuroscience center gets $7 million grant >

April 5th, 2007

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University have received three grants totaling more than $7 million from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Science Foundation. The grants will support programs that train undergraduate and graduate students in basic neuroscience, computational neuroscience, multimodal neuroimaging and other interdisciplinary endeavors. The programs will be offered through […]

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