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Volume 33 Issue 19

NASA device used for remote volcano monitoring >

May 31st, 2001

The first images generated by NASA's Advanced Space-borne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) show that the instrument is an ideal tool for remote volcanic monitoring, according to Pitt researcher Michael Ramsey. Ramsey, director of Pitt's Image Visualization and Infrared Spectroscopy laboratory and an associate professor of geology and planetary science, is part of a […]

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Events that led to formation of committee >

May 31st, 2001

Last week, Pitt and the American Civil Lib- erties Union announced an agreement where-by a special committee will consider whether the University should extend health benefits to employees' same-sex partners. The group will report its findings and recommendations to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. Meanwhile, Pitt and the ACLU have suspended litigation in the case. The following […]

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PNC Foundation grant supports innovative cancer research >

May 31st, 2001

Innovative research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) will be supported through a grant from the PNC Foundation. The PNC Foundation Innovation Award consists of a $150,000 grant to be divided over three years and awarded to individual investigators or teams of investigators at UPCI, said Mia Hallett, vice president and manager of […]

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Faculty pay here relatively same in AAU schools' salary rankings >

May 31st, 2001

Average salaries of Pittsburgh campus full-time faculty haven't gained or lost much ground since last year, compared with salaries at other Association of American Universities (AAU) schools. Salaries of full, associate and assistant professors in Oakland continue to rank in the bottom third among 59 private and public AAU universities in the United States, and […]

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University part of new regional business accelerator project >

May 31st, 2001

Pitt and Redleaf Group, Inc., have announced plans to create a regional business accelerator called Oak Leaf Networks. Oak Leaf Networks, with support from a number of industry partners, will provide coaching, services, capital and infrastructure to emerging companies in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Oak Leaf Networks will target start-up companies focused on […]

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Pharmacy school bucks national trend of declining enrollments >

May 31st, 2001

Applications to pharmacy schools nationwide are in a six-year downward spiral, one factor contributing to concern about a national shortage of pharmacists. But Pitt's School of Pharmacy is bucking that trend, said a school official, and Pitt is producing graduates who meet the growing patient-care responsibilities of the professional pharmacist. According to the American Association […]

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Pitt begins project establishing technology centers at churches >

May 31st, 2001

Pitt's Pennsylvania Service-Learning Alliance (PSLA) has launched the first in a network of Faith Tech Centers at Saint James Episcopal Church, Penn Hills. The project is expected to establish six Faith Tech Centers in Episcopal churches in southwestern Pennsylvania the first year and an additional six the following year. The partnership between PSLA and the […]

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ROBOT-Rx helping out at UPMC >

May 31st, 2001

One advanced technology that serves to free pharmacists' time for patient care and consultation is the McKessonHBOC Automated Healthcare's ROBOT-Rx, a centralized drug distribution system that automates storage, retrieval and dispensing of inpatient medications. Now in place at UPMC Shadyside and soon to be used at UPMC Presbyterian, ROBOT-Rx is programmed to dispense scheduled medicines […]

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Wearable device to monitor vital signs being tested here >

May 31st, 2001

Researchers at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) will begin a series of studies to test a new, wearable medical device that will allow them to monitor participants' vital signs as they go about their daily activities. SenseWear, developed by Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, Inc., may offer a way to record and analyze everything from sleep patterns […]

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Testing, research among dean's priorities in School of Education >

May 31st, 2001

Accountability, standardized tests, outcomes — today's educational buzz words — are all well and good, said the dean of Pitt's School of Education. But they can't be viewed in the abstract devoid of social realities and evolving instructional methods. "There is an argument that highly standardized tests really matter when people take them seriously and […]

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