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Volume 37 Issue 18

How to solve health system’s ills >

May 12th, 2005

“The U.S. health system is the poster child for underachievement. We know better. Why don’t we do better?” said a national health care system expert here last week. Although the United States can boast about having the potential for the best health care available anywhere in the world, data on gaps and disparities in the […]

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Helen S. Faison delivers commencement address >

May 12th, 2005

Pitt’s Class of 2005, some 6,000 strong, were told by a well-known local educator and Pitt alumna to take their alma mater home with them — “to use some of your gifts to ensure that every child is given access to the best possible educational experience.” Helen S. Faison, director of the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute […]

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Making Pitt Work: Computer programmers create virtual worlds >

May 12th, 2005

Pitt’s senior administration grabs most of the headlines. The faculty here get noticed when they bring in research dollars, win teaching awards or publish in their fields. But behind the scenes, University staff, some 6,500 strong across five campuses, often toil in jobs ranging from the mundane to the esoteric. From mailroom workers to data […]

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New vice provost and dean of students named >

May 12th, 2005

Saint Louis University’s vice president for student development will become Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students July 1. Kathy W. Humphrey will replace Jack L. Daniel, who has served as vice provost for Undergraduate Studies and dean of students since September 2001. Daniel will retain the position of vice provost for Undergraduate Studies. Humphrey, […]

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Business technique applied to nursing home care >

May 12th, 2005

A new study suggests that simple techniques commonly used in business can reduce one of the most financially and physically debilitating conditions in the nursing home industry. Nearly one quarter of patients in some nursing homes suffer from pressure ulcers, or bed sores, one of the leading health threats in nursing home care. In addition, […]

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GSPIA’s Ban to step down >

May 12th, 2005

When Carolyn Ban steps down as dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) next year, she will have spent just enough time in her post — almost a decade. Even before Ban was interviewed for the GSPIA post, she was advised not to be a dean too long. The late Tom […]

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Frieze elected president of University Senate >

May 12th, 2005

Winners of the recent University Senate elections were announced May 3 at the Faculty Assembly by outgoing Senate President Nicholas G. Bircher. Irene Hanson Frieze, professor of psychology, business administration and women’s studies, won the presidency; Michael R. Pinsky, professor of critical care medicine, bioengineering and anesthesiology, School of Medicine, is the new vice president, […]

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Faculty elected to Senate committees >

May 12th, 2005

The following faculty have been elected to three-year terms on standing committees of the University Senate: Admissions & student aid Ashi R. Daftary, School of Medicine; Otto L. Graf, School of Education, and Consuella Lewis, education. Anti-discriminatory policies James P. Cassaro, University Library System (ULS); Jane Feuer, English, Arts and Sciences (A&S), and Barbara McCloskey, […]

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Should faculty be more careful about their web sites? >

May 12th, 2005

Should Pitt faculty be more careful about posting copyrighted material and personal data on their home web pages? That question was discussed at Faculty Assembly last week, as part of a report from the Senate’s computer usage committee. Committee chair John Close reported that a final draft of updated copyright policies and procedures (Policy 10-04-01, […]

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