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Volume 40 Issue 11

Pitt didn't discriminate against former employee, judge rules >

February 7th, 2008

A federal judge has found for Pitt in a discrimination lawsuit filed in July 2006 by a former employee. Judge Terrence F. McVerry of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Jan. 25 that Pitt had not discriminated on the basis of race against Deborah M. Furka, former director of […]

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Honors College invests in people, not programs, dean says >

February 7th, 2008

A number of years ago, University Honors College (UHC) Dean G. Alec Stewart had an epiphany of sorts. Stewart was attending an on-campus recruiting event sponsored by Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for prospective students and their parents. One mother was aggravated because she saw little difference between the recruiting materials and rah-rah […]

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Staff, faculty tapped for science center awards >

February 7th, 2008

Pitt will be well represented at the 12th annual Carnegie Science Center awards presentation, set for May 9. Last week, the Science Center announced this year’s winners of its Awards for Excellence, which recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Pitt affiliates who will receive awards are: • Stephen F. Badylak, […]

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Are women covered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? >

February 7th, 2008

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document endorsed by the United Nations that lays out human rights standards for people worldwide. But some world governments, including the U.S. government, apparently didn’t get the memo, especially as the declaration applies to women, according to three local experts. […]

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“Fly Boys” premiers >

February 7th, 2008

Tonight the boys from World War II will fly again. A new documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen Experiment, a military initiative to see if African-American men made capable fighter pilots, will have its public debut on WQED-TV at 8 p.m. “Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen” takes viewers back to early 1941, during the Jim […]

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Dental school researchers study lip prints >

February 7th, 2008

To some, a kiss is just a kiss. To researchers in Pitt’s Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics, a kiss may offer clues to who may be at increased risk for certain birth defects. Researchers there are using cheiloscopy, the study of lip prints, as part of their quest to better understand the causes behind […]

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Clinical & translational science PhD to be offered >

February 7th, 2008

Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research Education and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute has established a PhD program in clinical and translational science. The advanced training program is designed primarily for clinicians and aims to enhance the capabilities of scientists to conduct high-quality clinical and translational research. Clinical and translational science aims to close the […]

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Handheld devices help maintenance workers >

February 7th, 2008

Of all the University employees who carry handheld electronic devices with them as part of their jobs, among the least likely might be Pitt’s maintenance workers. Wrenches, plungers and screwdrivers, of course, but handheld electronic devices? For nearly two years, though, the devices have been among the tools that accompany the engineers, electricians and mechanics […]

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Drue Heinz lit prize awarded >

February 7th, 2008

Anthony Varallo has been named the 28th winner of the annual Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which recognizes writers of short fiction. Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers. Varallo’s manuscript, “Out Loud,” was selected by author Scott Turow from nearly 300 entries. The collection will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press this […]

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