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Volume 33 Issue 5

Neuroscience research center opens at WPIC >

October 26th, 2000

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) has opened a new center that will enable scientists to expand their study of a number of severe mental illnesses. By opening the Clinical Neuroscience Research Center (CNRC), Pitt's Department of Psychiatry becomes the first in the nation to develop a specialized facility with the goal of revolutionizing mental […]

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Pitt Campaign Chronicle: new weekly publication created to celebrate University's accomplishments >

October 26th, 2000

The Pitt Campaign Chronicle, a new weekly publication, began appearing this week in campus building lobbies and in mailboxes of alumni, trustees, major donors to the University, community and business leaders, legislators, government officials and the news media. Campaign Chronicle publisher Robert Hill, Pitt's executive director of Public Affairs, said the 8-page, four-color weekly will […]

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50 donated patents to benefit engineering school >

October 26th, 2000

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has donated a technology portfolio consisting of more than 50 patents to Pitt. The patents involve process technologies in the manufacture of N-vinylformamide (NVF) and its derivative products. NVF is a unique, low-toxicity monomer (a molecule that can be chemically bound as part of a polymer) for environmentally benign applications […]

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Computing problems prompt reorganization >

October 26th, 2000

Acknowledging a large number of computer network disruptions and system failures during this academic term, the provost has recombined two administrative units serving Pitt's computer network systems. In an Oct. 24 memo to deans, directors and department heads, Provost James V. Maher said that for the immediate future he was "eliminating the separate organizational boundaries […]

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OBITUARY: Richard Hugh McCoy >

October 26th, 2000

Richard Hugh McCoy, emeritus professor of biochemistry and associate dean emeritus of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, died Oct. 10, 2000, at Sherwood Oaks retirement community in Cranberry Township. He was 91. McCoy spent more than 38 years at the University as researcher, teacher and administrator before retiring in 1978. McCoy was raised in […]

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ONE ON ONE: Nathan Davis >

October 26th, 2000

Nathan Davis seemed fated to be a jazzman. Born into a musical family in the jazz hotbed of Kansas City, Kan., in 1937, he grew up two blocks from where legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker lived; the two families knew each other. Davis's mother urged him to take up the clarinet, a relatively inexpensive instrument, […]

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OBITUARY: George W. O'Bannon >

October 26th, 2000

George W. O'Bannon, director of Pitt's Office of International Student Services from 1968 to 1975, died of lymphoma Oct. 2, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 64. In 1971, O'Bannon organized an exchange program between Pitt and Afghanistan's University of Kabul, with funding from the U.S. State Department. An authority on oriental rugs, particularly those […]

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Funding for several major campus projects moves closer to approval >

October 26th, 2000

Major funding for several capital campus improvement projects moved a step closer to approval this week. The Board of Trustees property and facilities committee Oct. 24 okayed seven separate projects on or near the Pittsburgh campus. The committee must approve all University construction projects in excess of $1 million. Upon approval, the committee informs the […]

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SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING: Is the printed journal doomed? >

October 26th, 2000

The current system of scholarly publishing "is in collapse. It's just a matter of how many years it will continue," University Library System (ULS) director Rush G. Miller said at the Oct. 18 University Senate fall plenary session, "Are Scholars Under Siege? The Scholarly Communication Crisis." Another panelist, Provost James V. Maher, said: "I don't […]

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