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Volume 35 Issue 12

Racism is taking on more subtle forms, former Pitt law prof says >

February 20th, 2003

Two contemporary American race-related “dragons” — so-called rational discrimination and unconscious discrimination — have yet to be slain, according to a former Pitt law professor. Jody D. Armour, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, spoke on the state of race relations in post-civil rights era America, “Black Hearts […]

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Faculty award applications due April 17 >

February 20th, 2003

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) is seeking applicants for the third annual Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards. Two awards of up to $10,000 each relating to work in the social, behavioral and policy sciences will be given in honor of Manners, who worked at UCSUR for 26 years and was […]

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Pitt at the Pole >

February 20th, 2003

It was during an otherwise routine faculty meeting two years ago that Bret Goodpaster learned he might be traveling to the South Pole. Andrew Stewart, chief of the Pitt medical school’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, where Goodpaster is an assistant professor, surprised everyone in the meeting room — including Goodpaster — when he said: […]

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Building on campus is no simple matter, Senate committee learns >

February 20th, 2003

With commonwealth-funded capital projects like the Petersen Events Center and Sennott Square recently completed, next in Pitt’s growth plans are construction of the Bioscience Tower 3 and the expansion and upgrade of the facilities at Langley-Crawford-Clapp halls, projects that now have state backing. To learn more about how commonwealth-funded capital projects come to fruition, the […]

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Temple to offer same-sex health benefits >

February 20th, 2003

Temple University will become Pennsylvania’s first state-related university to offer access to health benefits to its employees’ same-sex domestic partners, under an agreement that applies to unions representing about 2,100 staff, faculty and graduate students. The agreement, effective April 1, covers about 40 percent of the Philadelphia school’s workforce. Temple President David Adamany said inequities […]

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Pitt files friend of court brief in support of Michigan >

February 20th, 2003

Pitt has filed an amicus curia (friend of the court) brief, joined by several other public research universities, in support of the University of Michigan in two lawsuits involving affirmative action. Pitt announced its action in a statement yesterday, Feb. 19. Both University of Michigan lawsuits, set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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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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