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Volume 41 Issue 14

Med School gets $4.7M in tobacco funding to fight infection >

March 19th, 2009

The School of Medicine has received a four-year, $4.7 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to find new ways to stop deadly hospital-acquired infections that often are resistant to treatment. The grant, funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the national 2008-2009 tobacco settlement, will focus on C. difficile, A. baumannii and the drug-resistant bacteria […]

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Pinsky, Rohrer face off for University Senate presidency >

March 19th, 2009

The University Senate office has announced the slate of candidates for Senate officers, who will serve one-year terms beginning July 1. Running for president are Michael R. Pinsky, professor of critical care medicine, bioengineering and anesthesiology, School of Medicine; and Wesley M. Rohrer, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public […]

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Pitt gets $100k for researcher recruitment, labs >

March 19th, 2009

Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced this week that 18 Pennsylvania colleges, universities, academic medical institutions and research institutions, including Pitt, will be better able to recruit top faculty researchers in advanced knowledge areas with the help of a new state investment. Pitt’s piece of the $2.5 million pie is $100,000. Rendell said the $2.5 million […]

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Benefits survey: Satisfaction is high >

March 19th, 2009

Pitt employees generally are satisfied with their benefits offerings, according to a recent online survey. The University-wide survey, which was completed by 999 employees — 75 percent of them staff, 25 percent faculty — showed an overall satisfaction rate as follows: very satisfied, 32 percent; satisfied, 50 percent; somewhat satisfied, 16 percent, and not at […]

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Leadership academy launched >

March 19th, 2009

In conjunction with Pitt alumna Frances Hesselbein, the University is launching the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. Named for Hesselbein — chair of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) — the academy has as its mission inspiring, developing […]

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Benefits survey: At a glance >

March 19th, 2009

In the recently completed employee benefits survey, the following results summarize respondents’ opinions on the importance of each benefit listed; the satisfaction with each benefit, and the perception of customer service offered by vendors of each benefit. According to John Kozar, Pitt director of Benefits, data for each of the three sections were derived from […]

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UPB offers free summer housing >

March 19th, 2009

Pitt-Bradford will offer free housing for sophomores, juniors and seniors who take summer courses on campus, including students who are not enrolled currently at UPB. The offer does not apply to first-time freshmen. James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and registrar said: “Taking summer classes can help them get ahead, making future semesters less […]

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SAC to recommend alternatives in light of salary freeze >

March 19th, 2009

The Staff Association Council (SAC) may recommend alternatives to staff compensation now that the University has announced a salary freeze for fiscal year 2010. (See March 5 University Times.) Libby Hilf, reporting for the absent chair of SAC’s salary and job classification committee, said at the March 11 meeting that the group is drafting a […]

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