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Volume 35 Issue 11

Will lean year prompt creativity in faculty/staff compensation? >

February 6th, 2003

Should the highest percentage pay raises at Pitt next year go to the University’s lowest-paid employees (as they did in 1996)? Would employees be better off if Pitt paid a larger share of their health insurance costs, in lieu of salary increases? Questions such as those are expected to come up at meetings of the […]

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Palliative care program gets grant >

February 6th, 2003

Pitt’s Palliative Care Fellowship Program, housed in the Division of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, has received a $150,000 grant from the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute and the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation. The two-year grant will: • prepare clinicians for an academic career in palliative medicine; […]

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SAC to meet privately about salaries >

February 6th, 2003

Pitt’s Staff Association Council (SAC) plans to meet behind closed doors Feb. 12 to discuss what it calls “staff salary inequities.” Last month SAC voiced outrage at what members called excessive raises and retention bonuses the trustees approved for Pitt senior officers. The group said it would draft a resolution expressing SAC’s views on compensation […]

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UPMC division to address health care disparities >

February 6th, 2003

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) this week announced the formation of the Division of Community Health Services. The overall goal of this new division will be to focus the clinical, administrative and research talents and resources of UPMC on the elimination of health care disparities. “This new division gives strength and structure to […]

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Faculty Assembly tables resolution on officers' pay >

February 6th, 2003

In an op-ed piece published in the Jan. 24 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy defended the compensation packages that he and other Pitt trustees recently awarded to the University’s senior administrators. Cappy wrote that Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg himself had argued eloquently, year after year, against such substantial raises and […]

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Call center set up to assist elderly, their families >

February 6th, 2003

To assist the elderly and their families through the health care and finance maze, the Institute on Aging, a collaboration of Pitt and UPMC Health System, has established a toll-free call center. The 24-hour non-emergency number, 1-866/430-8742, will help callers access services, information and resources both within and outside of UPMC Health System. The institute […]

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Pitt denies making first move in re-opening same-sex benefits case >

February 6th, 2003

Contrary to claims by ACLU attorneys and others seeking to force Pitt through the courts to extend health benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, the University has never attacked the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, Pitt General Counsel Alan A. Garfinkel reiterated in an interview yesterday. “Our position has always been that the city ordinance, as amended in […]

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Software donated to geology & planetary science >

February 6th, 2003

Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc., of Houston, Texas has donated 10 copies of The KINGDOM Suite+ Software package to Pitt’s Department of Geology and Planetary Science. The donation is valued at $704,000. This software, which has been installed in the department’s computer laboratory, is used to process, visualize and analyze subsurface 2-D and 3-D seismic reflection data. […]

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Safar to speak at honors convocation >

February 6th, 2003

Peter J. Safar, Distinguished Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at Pitt and a pioneer of modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation, will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 28 honors convocation at the Petersen Events Center. Safar was founding chairperson of Pitt’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and founder of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research […]

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OBITUARY: Wilfried W. Daehnick >

February 6th, 2003

Wilfried W. Daehnick, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, died Jan. 24, 2003. He was 74. A distinguished experimental nuclear physicist, Daehnick’s earliest work used nuclear reactions to decipher the orbital motion of neutrons and protons, and the orbit-changing collisions between them, in atomic nuclei. The bulk of this effort was done […]

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