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Volume 40 Issue 10

Gift to support new Energy Institute at UPB >

January 24th, 2008

American Refining Group (ARG) and Halloran Philanthropies have given $500,000 to the Bradford campus for energy-related studies. Half of the gift is endowed, and funds generated from the endowment will support scholarships and energy-related projects. The other half will be used to assist in the development of an Energy Institute at Pitt-Bradford. “The Energy Institute […]

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ULS, University Press form digital partnership >

January 24th, 2008

The University Library System (ULS) and the University of Pittsburgh Press have formed a partnership to provide digital editions of Press titles as part of the library system’s D-scribe digital publishing program. Thirty-nine books from the Pitt Latin American Series now are available online. Ultimately, most of the Press’s titles more than two years old […]

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Pitt moves up in Peace Corps rankings >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt moved up two places on the Peace Corps’ annual list of large schools nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. Pitt has 54 alumni currently serving as volunteers, making it No. 13 among large universities across the country. It also ranked first among large schools in Pennsylvania for the second straight year. Since the Peace Corps’ […]

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SAC committee targets flex time, benefits study >

January 24th, 2008

A Staff Association Council (SAC) committee plans to push for reinstatement of certain staff benefits, more flex-time options for staff and a systematic study of Pitt’s employee benefits package. Steve Zupcic, chair of the SAC benefits committee, reported Jan. 16 on his committee’s work. “Our committee passed the proposal for the reinstatement of the previous […]

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Press partnership gets Mellon grant >

January 24th, 2008

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $390,000 grant to the University of Pittsburgh Press and two partners for a publishing initiative in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies. The grant will support publication of books in the humanities by providing resources to improve and promote them to the widest possible audience. Pitt’s […]

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Pitt's National Merit Scholar population rises >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt can make another claim to fame in terms of its academically stronger student body: The University was among 98 higher education institutions nationally that enrolled at least 20 freshmen who were National Merit Scholars in 2007. According to data derived from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s annual report, which was released last week, Pitt […]

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Nuclear engineering programs offered >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering is taking part in the resurgence of nuclear power as one alternative to fossil fuels by offering the only nuclear engineering tracks in western Pennsylvania. The graduate and undergraduate certificates are available through the recently established nuclear engineering program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Pitt’s program […]

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Online shopping keeps mailrooms hopping >

January 24th, 2008

Santa’s job may be done for the season, but in mailrooms across Pitt’s campuses, staffers are in the midst of their busiest time of year. With the exception of valentines and birthday cards, email has replaced most letter mail for students, but online shopping has more than filled the void. Nationwide, online purchasing accounted for […]

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Katz, pharmacy partner in business of medicines course >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt’s School of Pharmacy and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business are forming a partnership to offer a course on the “business of medicines in health care.” This is the first step toward a dual doctor of pharmacy/MBA degree program. Offered in an executive boardroom format, this interactive elective will engage students in a […]

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Military strategist speaks on U.S. post-Iraq plans >

January 24th, 2008

While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dominated the U.S. armed forces’ attention for several years, the military continues to plan for other possible conflicts, according to one of the nation’s leading national security strategy experts. “I will not give you the solution to what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t have […]

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