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Volume 39 Issue 16

Benefits open enrollment runs until May 9 >

April 19th, 2007

Pitt employees will see premium increases as well as certain co-payment and prescription drug cost increases for the health plan year that begins July 1. According to Human Resources officials, the overall increase to Pitt’s medical plans, which are administered by UPMC Health Plan, is 3.9 percent. Regionally and nationally, health care renewals, after adjustments […]

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Feick named UCIS director >

April 19th, 2007

Pitt professor Lawrence Feick has been named senior director of International Programs and director of Pitt’s University Center for International Studies (UCIS), effective Aug. 1. Feick, a professor of business administration in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, teaches marketing management and international marketing. Feick earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s […]

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Faculty pay at Pitt higher than average in AAUP survey >

April 19th, 2007

A new report by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) shows that average salaries for professors at Pitt’s Oakland campus for 2006-07 were higher than the average at similar schools nationwide. Although Pitt administrators use a group of 34 public Association of American Universities (AAU) institutions for benchmarking salary comparisons for the Pittsburgh campus, […]

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UPMC investigates posting of patients' data >

April 19th, 2007

UPMC last week announced that it is investigating a posting to a UPMC web site that has led to the disclosure of personal information on some current and former patients. The discovery was brought to UPMC’s attention on April 10 and the confidential information was removed immediately from the web site. UPMC’s preliminary investigation has […]

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Pitt's emergency plans & what you need to know >

April 19th, 2007

The tragedy at Virginia Tech this week has prompted questions nationwide about campus security and emergency communication in general. In the aftermath, Pitt Police Chief Timothy R. Delaney has been fielding his share of inquiries from the media, employees and worried parents. The incident at Virginia Tech has prompted numerous “what-ifs” and worried concerns about […]

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Pitt study finds antidepressants safe for kids >

April 19th, 2007

Antidepressants are safe and effective for treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and major depressive disorder in children and adolescents, according to a meta-analysis of 27 major studies. The findings, published by Pitt School of Medicine researchers in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, call into question the controversial “black box” warnings placed […]

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Community service may be considered in tenure >

April 19th, 2007

Faculty Assembly last week endorsed a policy change in the Faculty Handbook to add at a school’s discretion “community service” as a weighted factor in promotion and tenure decisions. At the April 4 Assembly, Andrew Blair, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, reported that Provost James Maher had approved the change, which was recommended by the […]

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UPMC moving its headquarters to U.S. Steel Tower >

April 19th, 2007

UPMC will make the U.S. Steel Tower its new corporate headquarters. The new site in Downtown will consolidate UPMC’s corporate, administrative and integrated business functions in one location and reflects UPMC’s commitment to the city and the community. UPMC initially will lease five floors with 185,000 square feet of space and will lease as much […]

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Group to tackle sustainability issues >

April 19th, 2007

A new University Senate subcommittee convened to address sustainability issues — recycling, “green” building practices, energy efficiency and others — at Pitt got off to a roaring start last week. Building on suggestions by subcommittee chair Attilio “Buck” Favorini (see University Times April 5 Senate Matters column), the group, which was formed by the Senate […]

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Hillman extends hours >

April 19th, 2007

Hillman Library will be open continuously from 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21 until 10 p.m. Friday, April 27. During the 24-hour schedule, a University ID is required to enter between midnight and 7 a.m. Services available during all hours of operation are: Current Periodical Room; computers on the ground floor (database/electronic resources searching); CSSD lab […]

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