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Volume 40 Issue 15

Books, Journals & More: A Closer Look: Jerome Branche, Ellen Cohn and John W. Mullenix >

April 3rd, 2008

The annual Provost’s Faculty Diversity Seminar offers Pitt professors the chance to redesign a course syllabus with an eye toward increasing the racial and gender diversity of classroom content. A recent seminar yielded more than anticipated: A trio of professors who met during their two weeks as seminar fellows in 2005 didn’t stop at redesigning […]

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UPMC hospitals get Highmark cancer treatment designation >

April 3rd, 2008

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and UPMC Passavant have been designated “Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers” by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. This designation indicates that these centers within participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield network service areas are offering comprehensive inpatient cancer care programs for adults, delivered by multidisciplinary teams with subspecialty training […]

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Senate announces candidate slate >

April 3rd, 2008

This year’s slate for University Senate officers and for candidates to fill open Faculty Assembly positions has been set. The Senate elections committee will conduct the 2008-09 elections via electronic balloting, April 7-18. Printed instructions on how to vote electronically are being mailed this week; the electronic system will be activated April 7. The Senate […]

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Books, Journals & More: A Closer Look: Douglas M. Branson >

April 3rd, 2008

The number of women seeking high-powered careers in the past several decades has grown — women fill a significant number of seats in law school and MBA classrooms — but when it comes to finding a seat in the CEO suite or on the boards of America’s largest companies, their numbers are few. In his […]

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Correction >

April 3rd, 2008

Due to an editing error, incorrect information appeared in the March 20 University Times story on the Real ID Act of 2005. Although May 2008 was an initial deadline for compliance, all but four states had received extensions for Real ID Act implementation. As of March 20, only Maine, Montana, New Hampshire and South Carolina […]

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Senate presidential candidates address the issues >

April 3rd, 2008

This year’s election for the University Senate presidency matches incumbent John J. Baker, associate professor, Department of Microbiology-Biochemistry, School of Dental Medicine, against Nicholas G. Bircher, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, School of Medicine. Bircher served as Senate president in 2003-04 and 2004-05. The Senate elections are being conducted via electronic balloting, […]

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Books, Journals & More: A Closer Look: Lynne Conner >

April 3rd, 2008

In standard texts on the history of the American theatre, Pittsburgh is barely an afterthought, according to theatre arts associate professor Lynne Conner, who recently discussed the treasure trove of findings in her third book, “Pittsburgh in Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater.” “Even though I was a trained theatre historian, I knew nothing about […]

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Obituary: Beatrice E. (B.J.) Grier >

April 3rd, 2008

Beatrice E. (B.J.) Grier of Homewood, an administrator in the Department of Africana Studies, died March 26, 2008, of complications from lung cancer. She was 54. Grier had been employed at the University since 1971. She initially worked in the College of General Studies then joined the staff of Africana studies in 1981. Known for […]

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Faculty Assembly passes sustainability resolution >

April 3rd, 2008

Faculty Assembly wants Pitt’s administration to reaffirm its commitment to “going green.” A resolution proposed by the ad hoc sustainability subcommittee was passed unanimously at this week’s Assembly meeting. The subcommittee was formed by the Senate plant utilization and planning committee last year to review University-related sustainability issues, such as recycling, “green” building practices and […]

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Books, Journals & More: A Closer Look: Marianne Novy >

April 3rd, 2008

When she was 5 years old, Marianne Novy was told that she was adopted and that she should never tell anyone. She honored that directive from her adoptive until she was in her 20s. Carrying that secret has influenced her entire personal life, and later her professional life, said Novy, today a professor of English […]

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