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Volume 40 Issue 19

Pitt wants to control future Semple Street parties >

May 29th, 2008

Pitt plans to intensify efforts to control the annual “Semple Fest,” a student-driven after-finals street party that got out of hand this year. According to John Wilds, assistant vice chancellor for community and governmental relations, the April 18 event was the third year for Semple Fest. “It was kind of a frightful thing for the […]

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Tech transfer office helps innovators >

May 29th, 2008

Pitt’s technology transfer efforts are centered in the Office of Technology Management, which helps innovators find commercial applications for their discoveries. OTM’s strategic relations manager Dan Bates puts it another way: He says the office’s job is about “getting your ideas out into the world.” Bates and technology marketing manager Carolyn Weber offered information for […]

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TissuGlue: One innovator case study >

May 29th, 2008

Among the results of University research is chemical engineering professor Eric Beckman’s development of a tissue glue that’s being brought to market by a company he formed in 2005. During the Office of Enterprise Development’s spring Limbach lecture, Beckman offered his insights on what he’s learned during his entrepreneurial leave from the University, including what […]

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Caveats abound in review of salary comparison >

May 29th, 2008

The annual comparison of Pitt faculty salaries with selected peers has had yet another wild card tossed into the mix. This year’s data does not include salary figures from the six University of California campuses that are included among the administration’s Pittsburgh campus peer group of 34 public Association of American Universities institutions. Data for […]

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For the birds >

May 29th, 2008

The Cathedral of Learning’s resident female peregrine, Dorothy, peers into the Babcock Room on the Cathedral’s 40th floor Tuesday morning as National Aviary and Pennsylvania Game Commission officials prepare to examine and band her three chicks with state and federal ID tags. The baby peregrines hatched April 30 in the nesting box atop the Cathedral. […]

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Where Pitt faculty pay ranked >

May 29th, 2008

Pittsburgh campus faculty pay Pittsburgh campus professors’ average salary of $121,900 placed faculty at No. 9, up from last year’s 12th place ranking with an average salary of $119,500. The absence of UCLA, UC-Berkeley and UC-San Diego, which ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 6 in the 2006-07 comparison, pushed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill […]

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Innovation awards announced >

May 29th, 2008

The Office of the Provost’s advisory council on instructional excellence (ACIE) has funded eight teaching proposals to fund under the 2008 Innovation in Education Awards Program. Funding for this year’s awards totaled $127,000. The awards encourage instructional innovation and teaching excellence. ACIE seeks to identify high-quality proposals that show promise for introducing innovative, creative approaches […]

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