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Volume 33 Issue 17

Revising the curriculum: CAS considers changes in general education requirements >

May 3rd, 2001

The Greece of Plato and Pericles would seem to epitomize the glories of Western culture. But not in Pitt's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), where students may take courses on classical Greece to meet their non-Western cultures requirement. That's because CAS defines a "non-Western culture" as being one that is not part of modern […]

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Obituary: Wesley C. Salmon >

May 3rd, 2001

(Editor's note: This obituary was written by Adolf Gr├╝nbaum, the Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science at Pitt.) On Sunday, April 22, 2001, Wesley C. Salmon, University Professor Emeritus of philosophy, and professor emeritus of the history and philosophy of science at the University, was killed instantly in an automobile accident. His wife, Merrilee […]

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Revising the curriculum: Faculty debate proposal to drop one natural sciences requirement >

May 3rd, 2001

At a time when the role of science — in everyday life as well as the public policy arena — is growing, should Pitt reduce the number of natural science courses that most of its undergraduates must pass in order to graduate? Not according to science professors who criticized the proposal during the April 24 […]

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Obituary: Brian V. Jegasothy >

May 3rd, 2001

Brian V. Jegasothy, former chair of dermatology in the School of Medicine, died last month of cancer and Parkinson's disease. He was 58. A native of Sri Lanka, Jegasothy came to Pitt as professor of dermatology and chair of the department in 1987, a position he held until 1999. Prior to that he held appointments […]

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Proposed general education requirements >

May 3rd, 2001

The CAS general education curriculum is intended to introduce undergraduates to a broad range of subject matters and modes of thought and analysis found across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students must pass most of these required courses with a grade of C- or better. Major changes recommended by the CAS curriculum review […]

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Pitt expert calls current hate crimes laws too narrow >

May 3rd, 2001

A year ago, Pittsburgh was racked by two apparently racially motivated fatal shooting sprees, calling attention locally to so-called hate crimes. Richard Baumhammers and Ronald Taylor, who have been charged in the separate incidents, are back in the news, with Baumhammers currently standing trial and Taylor awaiting trial. The 1998 headline-grabbing murders of Matthew Shepard […]

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