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Volume 40 Issue 14

Fifth Avenue lane closures continue >

March 20th, 2008

Lane closures that began this week on Fifth Avenue near Robinson Street will continue 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through late April, and PennDOT is advising drivers to seek alternate routes. The lane closings are needed to allow contractors to place fill materials as part of the construction of a new wall above the new northbound ramp […]

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Pitt ranked among top public research schools >

March 20th, 2008

For the second consecutive year, Pitt ranks in the uppermost tier of U.S. public research universities, according to “The Top American Research Universities,” the recently issued 2007 annual report of the Center for Measuring University Performance. The report again places Pitt in the company of six other public research universities: University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, University […]

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Med school wins award >

March 20th, 2008

The School of Medicine has received the Paul R. Wright Award for Excellence in Medical Education from the American Medical Student Association. The award recognizes a school whose achievements in medical education foster the development of socially responsive physicians. The winner is chosen by the nation’s medical students. Pitt was selected from a national pool […]

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Chemical inventory completed for Homeland Security >

March 20th, 2008

Pitt has completed its chemical inventory list as required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Under a mandate from Homeland Security issued Nov. 20, institutions of all kinds nationally were required to inventory their holdings of more than 325 used or stored “chemicals of interest,” that is, chemicals that in sufficient quantities pose a […]

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Engineering school stationery to be turned into tiles >

March 20th, 2008

Civil and environmental engineering PhD student and IGERT fellow Bhavna Sharma, at left, collects outdated stationery from EXCEL program staff member Dominique Herring in Benedum Hall. The renaming of Pitt’s School of Engineering last December for University benefactor John A. Swanson made it necessary for the new name to be reflected in print school-wide. Overnight, […]

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Public speaks out on Real ID >

March 20th, 2008

Thanks to spring break, many faculty members and students weren’t on campus last week. But members of the state House of Representatives intergovernmental affairs committee were. Pitt played host March 13 to the third of five public hearings being held statewide to determine how the state will respond to the federal Real ID Act of […]

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Voter registration deadline is March 24 >

March 20th, 2008

The deadline for voter registration for the April 22 Pennsylvania primary is 5 p.m. March 24. Those who are eligible to vote but have not registered before, whose name or address has changed or who wish to change political party affiliation must submit the voter registration form to the Allegheny County Board of Elections. Voter […]

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Community relations: Oakland trash isn't just Pitt's problem >

March 20th, 2008

A University Senate committee plans to respond to an Oakland resident’s complaints about trash and litter control in student-heavy off-campus areas. But the community relations committee (CRC) cautioned that other community groups need to be brought into the discussion. Oakland resident Carlino Giampolo, in an open letter to Pitt faculty and staff (see March 6 […]

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Med school program seeks to increase diversity >

March 20th, 2008

Pitt is one of four universities participating in the AspiringDocs.org campaign, a pilot program of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) designed to attract more diverse physicians who can serve the growing health needs of culturally diverse communities. The pilot program is being conducted at Pitt, Rutgers University, California State University-Fresno and the University […]

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