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Volume 35 Issue 22

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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OBITUARY: Jan L. Sykora >

July 10th, 2003

Jan L. Sykora never failed to impress his colleagues, students and friends (the roles often overlapped) with his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and animals. His fellow Pitt professor emeritus of environmental health, Julian Andelman, recalled: “If you were walking with Jan in the woods and you pointed to any plant at all, he could tell […]

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New federal reporting rules create headaches for Pitt’s Office of International Services >

July 10th, 2003

Some offices have Casual Fridays. Pitt’s Office of International Services has SEVIS Fridays. Every Friday since May (except for July 4), with the blessing of the Provost’s office, OIS staff members have hunkered down in their William Pitt Union offices, closing their doors to the rest of the University community. Throughout July, the OIS’s doors […]

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CGS to close Computer Learning Center, cut jobs >

July 10th, 2003

In a move described as a financial decision, Pitt is closing its Downtown Computer Learning Center (CLC), an information technology training organization in the College of General Studies (CGS). The July 31 closing means the elimination of 15 part-time jobs and one full-time position, including that of CLC’s founding director, Carla Depperman. Depperman said that […]

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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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