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Volume 33 Issue 14

OBITUARY: Neil Birks

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March 22nd, 2001

Neil Birks, professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, died March 8, 2001. He was 65. Birks had been a member of the materials science and engineering department since 1978. He was acting chair from May 1988 to August 1989. He served on the Pitt International Program committee and the University Senate […]

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CGS employs nontraditional format to reach its nontraditional students >

March 22nd, 2001

The University unit focused on nontraditional student education employed an unconventional format last week to reach its constituents. With its first-ever on-line "town hall" meeting, billed as "CGS Live," the virtual audio-stream, interactive broadcast of an open meeting between College of General Studies administrators and students covered a variety of issues CGS faces as it […]

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OBITUARY: Karl Oermann >

March 22nd, 2001

Karl Oermann, chairperson of the University's Department of Health and Physical Education in the School of Education from 1957 to 1974, died March 14, 2001. Oermann, 85, had suffered head injuries after falling at his Mt. Lebanon home last week. "He was a mentor to generations of athletes and health educators," said Kenneth Metz, former […]

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Poverty is major problem for U.S. public schools, lecturer says >

March 22nd, 2001

What failing American public school system? Despite a drop in relative salaries of teachers, despite the fact that a rising percentage of teachers are teaching outside their field, and despite thinly spread education budgets in this country, test scores still have gone up over the past 30 years, kids continue to learn more than their […]

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Nursing moves to 5th in NIH funding >

March 22nd, 2001

Pitt's School of Nursing now ranks 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support to the nation's schools and colleges of nursing. The nursing school ranked 8th last year in NIH funding. The ranking is based on the amount of research grant dollars awarded by NIH to each school. Pitt's nursing research program, which […]

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Plans call for cooler, less congested Cathedral >

March 22nd, 2001

Central air conditioning throughout the Cathedral of Learning? Undergraduate classes restricted to the Cathedral's ground-through-third floors — eliminating elevator traffic jams caused by hundreds of students simultaneously trying to reach, or return from, upper floor classrooms? Those long-held dreams should come true by the end of the decade, Pitt administrators told a University Senate committee […]

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3 new Nationality Rooms >

March 22nd, 2001

Three more Nationality Rooms — Filipino, Turkish and Latin American/Caribbean — are in the early planning and fundraising stages, and could be dedicated as early as 2008. Among the Cathedral of Learning's 26 existing Nationality Rooms, the conception-to-completion record was set when the Indian Room opened in January 2000, eight years after initial fundraising began. […]

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