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Volume 38 Issue 1

Teaching TAs how to teach >

September 1st, 2005

Picture the lonely life of an emerging scholar: A graduate student sitting in a chair in the stacks of the library, covered with dust, nose buried in a book. Or a scientist-in-training invariably hunched over a microscope, scribbling notes into the wee hours. That stereotype was shattered last week for some 225 fresh-faced Pitt teaching […]

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Resources for Pitt teaching assistants >

September 1st, 2005

In addition to the two-day new teaching assistant (TA) orientation (the second day will be held Sept. 10), the University offers a wide array of TA and teaching fellow (TF) support services, including special services for international graduate students on what to expect in an American classroom. According to Joanne Nicoll, associate director for instructional […]

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Theatre season focuses on theme of memory >

September 1st, 2005

Theatre-goers can augment their theatrical recollection collection this season as the Pitt Repertory Theatre features plays and a companion multi-disciplinary seminar series centered on the theme of memory. “Flashbacks, narrators, mime, mystery, amazing revelations and, yes, ‘unforgettable’ characters will enrich your theatrical memory bank for many years to come,” says Attilio “Buck” Favorini, chair of […]

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Sept. 15 is new deadline for flex spending purchases >

September 1st, 2005

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently approved an extension period for participants in employee flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for health care and dependent daycare spending accounts. As a result, participants will have more time to spend funds that may remain in their FSA. Pitt participants were notified of the change by letter to their […]

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Observatory plans open house >

September 1st, 2005

The Allegheny Observatory will hold its annual open house 7-10 p.m. Sept. 23. The deadline for registration is Sept. 16. The event is free, but reservations are required: 412/321-2400. Open house is the only time when the observatory’s research instrument, the 30-inch Thaw refractor, is available to the public. Visitors also will be shown a […]

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Pitt moves up 7 spots in U.S. News annual rankings >

September 1st, 2005

Pitt tied for 58th among the nation’s Ph.D.-granting universities, and tied for 19th among such public universities, in the 2006 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “best colleges” rankings, marking the fifth year in a row the University has risen in those two categories. Regarding the U.S. News annual rankings, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg commented, […]

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Pitt Arts program expands >

September 1st, 2005

Two new partnerships forged with the PITT ARTS program will provide Pitt students, faculty and staff with a broader taste of the city’s cultural offerings this year. PITT ARTS’ cheap seats program offers deeply discounted tickets to members of the Pitt community for some of the city’s most sought after cultural events. New partners this […]

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