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Volume 40 Issue 21

Appropriation deadline looms >

June 26th, 2008

Pitt’s trustees will meet June 27, but students and employees will remain in suspense about how the University’s state appropriation will impact their financial future. The board plans to take no budget action at Friday’s meeting, said John Fedele, Pitt’s associate director of news. Both the University and the state mark the end of their […]

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ULS puts film versions of plays online >

June 26th, 2008

A treasure trove of the world’s most famous film versions of plays is now online for access by the Pitt community through the University Library System. From productions of Shakespeare to rare in-depth footage focusing on the work of Samuel Beckett, the Theatre in Video link makes accessible in streaming video more than 250 film […]

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Perfetti to head LRDC >

June 26th, 2008

Charles Perfetti, University Professor of Psychology and professor of linguistics, has been named director of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC). Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor James V. Maher announced the appointment last week. LRDC is an academic center that supports scientific research on instruction and learning and the improvement of instruction and […]

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PSC Wii project wins TeraGrid award >

June 26th, 2008

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) won the award for “Best Demonstration at TG08” during this year’s annual conference of the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation’s program of cyberinfrastructure for U.S. science and education. A PSC team of two scientists and a Pitt student received the award for “WiiMD,” a project that merges the video-game technology […]

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Oakland crosswalk upgrades to begin >

June 26th, 2008

Oakland pedestrians soon will see improvements at 11 intersections along Fifth and Forbes avenues. A $2.1 million project designed to improve pedestrian safety and mobility has received the go-ahead to begin June 30. Improvements will be made to the intersections on Forbes and Fifth avenues at South Bouquet Street, Atwood Street, Meyran Avenue and McKee […]

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Obituary: Joanne M. Rosol >

June 26th, 2008

Joanne M. Rosol, long-time staff member and a former president of the Staff Association Council (SAC), died June 18, 2008. She was 58 and had been in declining health. Friends and co-workers praised Rosol for her dedication to the faculty and students of the University in her position as testing supervisor at the Center for […]

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Three nominated as new trustees >

June 26th, 2008

Pitt’s Board of Trustees nominating committee last week recommended three candidates for membership on the board: • Brian Generalovich (Arts and Sciences ’66, Dental Medicine ’68), a dentist in private practice in Hermitage, Pa., and immediate past president (2006-08) of the Pitt Alumni Association; • Dawne S. Hickton (Law ’83), vice chair and CEO of […]

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City planners okay Pitt master plan >

June 26th, 2008

Pitt’s updated facilities plan was approved last week by the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission. But commissioners also warned Pitt officials to keep the Oakland community informed about the University’s specific projects and not to expect projects to be rubber-stamped by the commission. The Planning Commission voted unanimously June 17 to endorse Pitt’s “Institutional Master Plan […]

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Trustees tweak investment policy >

June 26th, 2008

The Pitt Board of Trustees investment committee has approved revisions to the asset allocation policy for the University’s endowment fund, changing a policy that was adopted in June 2006. Based on portfolio analyses by the University’s investment staff and its consultants Wilshire Associates and Cambridge Associates, the committee voted June 16 to adjust the target […]

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