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Volume 35 Issue 22

Pitt service workers sign 3-year contract >

July 10th, 2003

Pitt service workers agreed to a three-year contract June 26, but the employees’ union said the fight for affordable health care benefits, a sore spot during contract negotiations, isn’t over. Pitt’s 400 service employees, which include cleaners, movers, groundskeepers and pool operators, are members of Local 585, Division 29 of the Service Employees International Union […]

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Pitt details the correct way to dispose of outdated computers >

July 10th, 2003

You just took delivery on a faster, more powerful computer. Now the question is: What do you do with your old, outdated model? You might be tempted, but throwing it in the trash is a no-no. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently classified electronics waste as “universal waste”; as such, it is prohibited from […]

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Bacterium to be named for GSPH emeritus professor >

July 10th, 2003

A dream of many microbiologists is to have a bacterium named after them. That dream should come true soon for Robert B. Yee, professor emeritus in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH). Investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta recently proposed […]

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Use of tuition benefits is a win-win situation, CGS staffer tells employees >

July 10th, 2003

Your Pitt job feels like a dead end. Your ambitions have waned. Your goals are fuzzy. In short, your life’s in a rut. Why not take advantage of working for a prestigious higher education institution by using your employee educational benefits? That’s the message of Dean Julian, educational consultant and national certified counselor at the […]

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Electronic system for IRB applications to debut >

July 10th, 2003

Pitt and two hospitals that sponsor human clinical research have formed a consortium and agreed to a standardized, common set of information for new protocols that soon can submitted on-line. Pitt, Magee-Womens Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will use Webridge’s Compliance Extranet software to automate their Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval oversight processes. The […]

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UPT adds massage therapy >

July 10th, 2003

The Titusville campus will start a one-year massage therapy certificate program this fall. The 24-credit curriculum includes lectures and laboratories in human systems and introductory, intermediate and advanced massage therapy, as well as two electives. Additionally, students will work with licensed massage therapists in the region. Gregory Brink has been hired as instructor for the […]

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UPMC offers advice on bug-borne diseases >

July 10th, 2003

With the arrival of summer, bug bites and insect stings can be a real nuisance. Drugstore shelves are stocked with various ointments and sprays that protect against the regular cast of summer insects — bees, ticks and mosquitoes. But are these products enough? Donald M. Yealy, professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine […]

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OBITUARY: Traci Lee Boles >

July 10th, 2003

Graduate School of Public Health staff member Traci Lee Boles died June 27, 2003, following a heart attack. She was 40. On staff at Pitt since 1993 when she was hired as a secretary in the Office of Facilities Management, Boles held several positions at the University, including engineering dispatcher and work control specialist, also […]

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