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Volume 41 Issue 6

The future of Oakland: Community groups & what they do >

November 6th, 2008

Following the speakers at the Oct. 23 Senate fall plenary session, a panel of representatives from Oakland community groups presented brief descriptions of what their organizations do and how they have partnered with Pitt. Community Human Services Corp. (CHS) Adrienne Walnoha said that CHS has been a community center in South Oakland for almost 40 […]

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The future of Oakland: Roundtable discussions >

November 6th, 2008

The Oct. 23 Senate plenary session included summaries from roundtable discussions, where intermingled groups of Pitt students, faculty, staff and administrators sat down with local residents and community organizers to brainstorm on Oakland’s future. “The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to create representative dialogue on the issues and the strengths that we see in […]

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Online self-registration piloted >

November 6th, 2008

Standing in line to register for classes is a thing of the past on Pitt’s regional campuses. The University is piloting a program that allows some students to self-register online for the spring term. By next fall, Pitt students system-wide will be registering on their own, according to University Registrar Samuel Conte. Conte said the […]

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3 companies started in FY08 based on Pitt innovations >

November 6th, 2008

Three start-up companies based on innovations developed at Pitt were created in fiscal year 2008, bringing the total number of start-ups to 69 since Pitt’s Office of Technology Management opened in 1996. The OTM annual report showed continuing interest in bringing Pitt innovations to market. In FY08, more than 400 Pitt faculty, staff and students […]

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Pitt considers consequences of state, world financial problems >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt is taking a careful look at the ramifications of the recent international financial crisis, a double-whammy on the heels of likely commonwealth appropriation cutbacks announced in September. The University was told by Gov. Edward Rendell to expect the state to withhold 4.25 percent ($7.25 million) of its fiscal year appropriation next June, barring a […]

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Simulation/modeling center launched >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt researchers can increase their potential for faster, more efficient and effective real-world solutions to a range of problems through the Center for Simulation and Modeling, launched Oct. 24. The center allows faculty to address their research challenges through collaboration and increased computing power. A joint project of the School of Arts and Sciences and […]

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Volunteer registry for clinical trials debuts >

November 6th, 2008

Coming soon to a UPMC outpatient facility near you: A system that enables people to sign up as potential participants in clinical research studies. Two years in preparation, the Research Participant Registry, one of the first of its kind, is one component of Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which was established in 2006 […]

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GSPH gets $8.4 million for emergency response research center >

November 6th, 2008

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $8.4 million over the next five years to the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. The center’s experts will develop methods to evaluate emergency response plans and best practices to handle public health emergencies caused by […]

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