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Volume 35 Issue 5

Misconceptions muddle insanity defense debate, law lecturer says >

October 24th, 2002

The debate over the insanity defense in the United States is clouded by public misconceptions — about mental illness itself, and about what happens to defendants acquitted by reason of insanity, according to attorney and University of Texas professor Jennifer S. Bard. “Jurors tend to imagine that such defendants will simply walk away” — which […]

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Language & learning begin at birth, education advocate stresses >

October 24th, 2002

Language and learning begin from the moment of birth, according to a prominent national advocate for cultivating early childhood literacy. “You’ve got to start early,” said Dorothy S. Strickland, keynote speaker this month at an early literacy conference, co-sponsored by Pitt’s School of Education and the Beginning with Books Center for Early Literacy. The conference […]

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How to evaluate childcare programs >

October 24th, 2002

Dorothy S. Strickland, a national advocate for early childhood literacy, spoke at Pitt Oct. 5 as part of a conference on early literacy. Strickland has received the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award as Outstanding Educator of Language Arts and the 1994 NCTE Rewey […]

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Weighing in on Pitt’s eclectic architecture >

October 24th, 2002

Who is Terence Smith? Pitt’s new Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory is a modernist critic, author, scholar and teacher with an international reputation. “Terry brings with him a global perspective on the interaction of culture and politics and art,” says Franklin K. Toker, a fellow professor in the Department of […]

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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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