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Volume 35 Issue 15

A professor writes a guide to thinking like a psychologist >

April 3rd, 2003

In his 30-plus years of teaching introductory psychology, Donald H. McBurney found that many of his students had misconceptions about science, and psychology in particular, that impeded their learning. To help remove these stumbling blocks and encourage undergraduates to think critically, the Pitt professor would spend part of each class fielding students’ questions. For example, […]

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Gift establishes UPT scholarship >

April 3rd, 2003

Pitt’s Titusville campus has received $228,000 from the estate of Ruth R. Gilson to establish a special scholarship fund. The Ruth R. Gilson Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to graduates of the Titusville Area School District who wish to attend UPT, who demonstrate a financial need and who meet the established admissions criteria. “We are […]

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Conservative talk radio analyzed by Pitt political scientist >

April 3rd, 2003

The seeds of David C. Barker’s book on conservative talk radio were planted in 1993, when he took a sales job that required a lot of driving in the Houston, Tex., area. “And you get tired of pop music all the time. The only real alternative there was conservative talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh. I […]

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GSPIA, UCIS open public policy center in Macedonia >

April 3rd, 2003

Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) has opened a Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management in Skopje, Macedonia, culminating nearly a decade of joint planning with university, governmental and business leaders from both the United States and Macedonia. This relationship, unique to Pitt, is one that GSPIA hopes to model in […]

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Law prof examines “elder law in a nutshell” >

April 3rd, 2003

With Americans living longer and older Americans accumulating more wealth than previous generations, an increasing number of legal questions have emerged, including health care decision-making, protection of assets and public benefits entitlements. To address these issues, a new discipline has emerged since the 1980s: elder law. According to Pitt law professor Lawrence A. Frolik, an […]

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Pitt research may lead to smaller, faster, more powerful computers >

April 3rd, 2003

The race for smaller, faster and more powerful computers and consumer electronics took a new spin as researchers at Pitt and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) became the first to control electrons using electrical, rather than magnetic, fields. In a recent edition of Science Express, the on-line portal of the magazine Science, […]

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Anthropologists explore meanings, contexts of violence >

April 3rd, 2003

Anti-war protesters around the world condemn what they call America’s “culture of violence.” Some Americans believe Iraqis (and Middle Eastern people in general) are violent by nature, and Islam is a religion of hate. Israelis and Palestinians, Russians and Chechnyans, Catholic and Protestant Irish, Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda — each people tends to see […]

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Engineering gets $1.4 million Swanson grant >

April 3rd, 2003

A big gift is helping Pitt’s School of Engineering to investigate small things. Through a $1.4 million gift from John A. Swanson, the school will create the John A. Swanson Center for Micro and Nano Systems. Swanson, who earned a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Pitt in 1966, is the founder of ANSYS Inc. The […]

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Freshman applications running ahead of last year >

April 3rd, 2003

The number of students who have applied to be freshmen at the Pittsburgh campus next fall is running ahead of last year’s record-setting pace. As of March 20, 16,995 students had applied to be freshmen this fall, compared with 15,397 by the same date last year. The average SAT score among this year’s applicants is […]

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