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Volume 35 Issue 5

Pitt supports converting Schenley Plaza >

October 24th, 2002

Pitt is supporting the redevelopment of Schenley Plaza into a new “town square,” University officials told the Senate community relations committee last week. Preliminary redevelopment recommendations were submitted last month by land-use consultants BRV Corp. of New York City, which studied the 5-acre Schenley Plaza site between Hillman and Carnegie libraries. BRV, which was hired […]

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Pitt experiments with wireless as alternative to data ports in classrooms >

October 24th, 2002

With the demand for computer-friendly classrooms outpacing the supply here, Pitt has been experimenting — successfully — with wireless technology as a less expensive alternative to “old-fashioned” data ports, the University Registrar said last week. Samuel D. Conte said his office has been working with Pitt’s Office of Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) and […]

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Asian studies now is center >

October 24th, 2002

The Asian studies program, part of Pitt’s University Center for International Studies, has been renamed the Asian Studies Center. According to information provided by Dianne F. Dakis, assistant direct for student affairs at the center, Asian studies-affiliated faculty and the University’s senior administration determined that the designation of center reflected the mission and activities of […]

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Math prof collaborates with Nobel winner >

October 24th, 2002

When prices of stock in Internet-based companies and other speculative ventures soar, it deprives so-called “value stocks” (in blue-chip corporations, for example) of the capital needed to push their prices higher. Result: value stock prices suffer. When speculative stock prices tumble, the ugly image of collapsing prices discourages investors from putting their money into any […]

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UPMC honored by Information Week >

October 24th, 2002

UPMC Health System’s use of computer technology to improve health care access has been recognized by Information Week magazine. UPMC is ranked 5th among health care and medical industries and ranked 76th overall in the magazine’s 14th annual Top 500 listing of the most innovative users of information technology. According to Information Week, to make […]

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Trustees to elect 2 emeritus members >

October 24th, 2002

Pitt’s Board of Trustees is expected to elect Herbert P. Douglas Jr. and Frank E. Mosier as emeritus trustees when the board meets on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the William Pitt Union. The nominations of Douglas and Mosier were unanimously approved yesterday, Oct. 23, by the board’s nominating committee. Emeritus trustees may vote […]

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OBITUARY: Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar >

October 24th, 2002

Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar, associate professor of mathematics at the Greensburg campus, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. Bhatnagar had been a member of the mathematics faculty at UPG since August 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His area of specialization was fluid mechanics of visco-elastic liquids. […]

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ON TEACHING: Robert Matson >

October 24th, 2002

An award-winning professor at Pitt’s Johnstown campus says that content alone does not a good teacher make. “I devote nearly as much attention to the science and art of presentation as to my academic discipline itself,” says Robert W. Matson, professor of history in the Division of Social Sciences. “My classes are in a more-or-less […]

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Examining visual images as historical documentation >

October 24th, 2002

Teaching excellence award winner Robert W. Matson is focusing much of his scholarly efforts on a new cross-disciplinary field of instruction that straddles history, communication, film studies and cinematography. According to James Alexander, professor of political science and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at UPJ, Matson “assesses film, even popular film, as documentary […]

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