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Volume 35 Issue 12

Two members of Pitt community help poor in Guatemala >

February 20th, 2003

The incidence of cleft lips and palates varies among races and countries. But it is unusually high in Guatemala, where abnormal openings in the upper lip — with or without accompanying clefts in the roof of the mouth — appear in approximately 2 of every 1,000 births. These birth defects run in certain families. Poor […]

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Another 1% of Pitt's state funds frozen >

February 20th, 2003

Gov. Ed Rendell last week ordered a second round of budget cuts that included freezing 1 percent of the state’s appropriations for Pitt and Pennsylvania’s three other state-related universities (Penn State, Temple and Lincoln). If it becomes permanent, Rendell’s freeze would cut state funding of Pitt by an additional $1.77 million for the fiscal year […]

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Broadcast messages: love 'em or hate 'em >

February 20th, 2003

Different strokes for different folks sums up the University community’s feelings about the Pittsburgh campus broadcast message service. According to Jinx Walton, director of Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), “The truth is we get mixed reviews about these messages. I’ve never been in a group where discussion of the system came up, that for […]

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Staff angry at having to report when classes canceled >

February 20th, 2003

When Monday’s blizzard dumped 13.1 inches of snow in the Pittsburgh area and up to twice that in surrounding communities, Pitt’s administration canceled classes but kept the University open. Since then, complaints from staff required to report to work — or else take a vacation or personal day — also have been piling up. “We […]

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Who can broadcast a message? >

February 20th, 2003

Computing Services and Systems Development has established guidelines for broadcast messages. Broadcast message service is available only to Pitt departments and recognized student groups. No messages announcing or promoting commercial business activities or endorsing religious views or political candidates or positions are permitted. Text for broadcast messages should be faxed to the telecommunications manager at 8-5929. […]

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Winter's effects had already been felt >

February 20th, 2003

Frozen pipes. Water main breaks. Power outages. Shortages of salt. This week’s snowstorm is only one leg in a winter’s marathon for Pitt staff who have to deal with bad weather conditions on a regular basis. The offices of Facilities Management, Parking, Transportation and Services, and Computer Services and Systems Development (CSSD) all have been […]

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Radio program aimed at senior citizens >

February 20th, 2003

Local senior citizens can learn how to improve their health by tuning in to a new radio program featuring health care professionals affiliated with the University’s Center for Healthy Aging. The 20-minute radio program, “Healthier Tomorrows,” airs on WEDO-AM 810 each Thursday at 2:30 p.m., as part of the “Gary G Variety Show.” Topics include […]

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Pitt's inclement weather policy >

February 20th, 2003

Key elements of Pitt’s inclement weather policy include the following: • Only the chancellor (or campus presidents for the regional campuses) may close the University officially. • Employees may use discretion regarding their own safety in getting to work, but 1) must phone their supervisors within the first hour of the workday, and 2) are […]

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UPMC launches diabetes awareness campaign >

February 20th, 2003

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) last month rolled out a public health education and awareness campaign on diabetes in western Pennsylvania. “Diabetes is a devastating disease, affecting some 17 million Americans, with an estimated 183,000, including some 60,000 who don’t even know it, in western Pennsylvania,” said Linda Siminerio, director of the University […]

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Pitt unlikely target for terrorism >

February 20th, 2003

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s director told a U.S. Senate committee last week that Al Queda terrorists are looking at universities “and other poorly defended locations” as possible targets. University of Pittsburgh authorities on terrorism agree that American universities are soft targets — but that Pitt is a highly unlikely one. “My theory is […]

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