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Volume 35 Issue 7

HOW TO TEACH: Using technology to keep in touch >

November 21st, 2002

Can technology improve the integration of classroom and field experience? Two Pitt social work professors conducted a pilot study last year to determine if web-based resources could help bridge the distance graduate students feel from the University setting when they're out in the field for their practicum experience. Patricia Kolar and Kathryn Collins, faculty members […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Using writing to promote learning >

November 21st, 2002

One of the oldest adages in education is: Write what you know. But a Pitt associate professor advocates a twist: Also write to learn what you know before you even know it. "What students are asked to do across the curriculum is what I would call 'performative writing': writing to demonstrate what knowledge you've acquired […]

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Human Resources not concerned about Pitt's long-term care insurance provider >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt's chief Human Resources administrator said yesterday that his staff has reported "no reason to be concerned" about the reliability of UnumProvident, the company that, since July, has been providing short- and long-term disability insurance — plus an optional, employee-paid, long-term care insurance plan — for staff and faculty here. On Nov. 17, CBS-TV's "60 […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Playing games in the classroom >

November 21st, 2002

Alex Trebek, move over. Now Pitt chemistry profs are hosting "Jeopardy!" the popular TV game show, right in the classroom. Chemistry senior lecturer Leonard Kogut and teaching assistant Michelle Price demonstrated the science-oriented Jeopardy game at the Nov. 15 Teaching Excellence Fair. Kogut joked that he was guest-hosting the demonstration for chemistry colleague Joe Grabowski, […]

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Pitt opposes proposed city tax >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt officials say that a proposed new 0.5 percent tax on city employers' payrolls would place Pitt at a competitive disadvantage and would threaten "the economic well-being of the very institutions that are key to the future of the city." Mayor Tom Murphy, in his fiscal year 2003 budget address last week, called for a […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Merging theory with practice >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt-Johnstown communication professor Diane Nicodemus used to be frustrated by students' comments such as, "My volunteer job is better than any course I ever took." Then she decided to do something about it. "This indicated to me that there was a disconnect between the classroom and experiential learning. I felt that theory and thought could […]

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University Senate proposes altering procedure for changing its bylaws >

November 21st, 2002

Changing the University Senate's bylaws would no longer require a vote of the full Senate membership, under a plan that Faculty Assembly and Senate Council endorsed this month. The new system would streamline the amendment process considerably, said Frank Beatrous, who chairs the Senate's bylaws and procedures committee. Most Senate bylaws changes are minor or […]

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Starrett poetry prize awarded >

November 21st, 2002

Chinese-American poet Shao Wei is the 22nd winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, which is awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Press for an outstanding first book of poetry. Her manuscript, "Pulling a Dragon's Teeth" was selected from more than 1,000 entries and will be published by the Press in fall 2003. Established […]

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Decision on non-student use of Baierl Center facilities won't be made before next fall >

November 21st, 2002

If faculty and staff are allowed to exercise at the Petersen Events Center's Bill Baierl Student Recreation Center, it won't be until next fall at the earliest. That's because, until fall 2003, the administration will not have a complete report on student usage of the Baierl Center. Without those numbers — and assurance that employees […]

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