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Volume 41 Issue 5

Mercury lab thermometer exchange underway >

October 23rd, 2008

Exchanging silver mercury thermometers for red-spirit thermometers in the lab is the green way to go, say organizers of a new mercury thermometer exchange program for Pitt researchers. Pitt’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with lab equipment supplier Fisher Scientific, have scheduled a series of collections across the Pittsburgh campus so lab […]

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CGS long-timers reminisce >

October 23rd, 2008

As the College of General Studies (CGS) readies for its celebration of 50 years as a Pitt school this weekend, four people with long-time CGS associations reminisced about their experiences. Tim Carr, an academic adviser on staff at CGS since 1975, recalled his early days working at the college when there were many more students […]

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World History Center opens >

October 23rd, 2008

Stressing the need for worldwide collaboration, the director of Pitt’s new World History Center said, “World history can grow only through interconnection with people around the world.” Patrick Manning, who also is the University’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, showed off the World History Center’s web site (www.worldhistory.pitt.edu) at an Oct. 16 reception […]

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Highlights from CGS history >

October 23rd, 2008

• March 11, 1958 — Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves establishment of the School of General Studies; Viers Wilson Adams is named first dean. Five concentrations are offered — humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. • 1966-68 — Nine majors are added: English, French, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish. […]

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UPT cop offers advice on keeping kids safe online >

October 23rd, 2008

There’s no underestimating the role computers play in children’s lives today. Some 24 million children use the Internet on a weekly basis, according to a study by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The study found 89 percent used the Internet for sending and receiving email, while 81 percent played games, 76 […]

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Residence Life staffers prepare to scare >

October 23rd, 2008

Residence Life staffers Samantha Comarnitsky and Simeon Saunders check their inventory of spooky items for the Nightmare in the Quad and Haunted Holland events set for 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30. Saunders, residence director for Bruce, Brackenridge and McCormick halls, and Comarnitsky, residence director for Holland Hall, are advisers to the Resident Student Association volunteers who […]

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How would an Obama presidency affect race relations? >

October 23rd, 2008

What would a Barack Obama presidency mean for this country’s racial divide, asked a national expert on U.S. race relations in a lecture here. “The election of Obama as president is not likely to be a watershed moment in our history,” said Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University and author of four books. […]

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Katz staffers treat Game 7 Gang attendees to ballpark eats >

October 23rd, 2008

Katz Graduate School of Business staff members Jim Cronin and Margie Jonnet greeted lunch guests outside Mervis Hall as part of the annual celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 World Series victory over the New York Yankees. To treat the Game 7 Gang revelers to an extra special celebration during Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday year, Jonnet […]

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