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Volume 34 Issue 12

Clarification >

February 21st, 2002

The laboratories visited by President George W. Bush Feb. 5 were incorrectly characterized in the Feb. 7 issue. Bush visited the Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance System (RODS) Laboratory, directed by Pitt's Michael M. Wagner, assistant professor of medicine and intelligent systems, which is part of the Biomedical Security Institute, a joint effort of Pitt […]

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Chancellor announces public service award winners >

February 21st, 2002

Winners of the 2002 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award were announced last week. Four faculty members were named: Edward M. Barksdale Jr., pediatric surgery, School of Medicine; Rita M. Bean, instruction and learning, School of Education; Roger R. Flynn, information science and telecommunications, School of Information Sciences (SIS), and Jules L. Lobel, School of Law. […]

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Pitt education students fare well on teachers' competency exams >

February 21st, 2002

A report released last month by the state's Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation (BTCP) cited low passing rates in certain required competency tests taken for the first time by the state's prospective elementary and secondary school teachers. The report suggested that the state's institutions of higher learning are at fault for poorly preparing their […]

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Dean says tests measure only part of what make a good teacher >

February 21st, 2002

What makes a good teacher? There's no simple answer, of course. But according to Pitt's School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold, there is much more to teacher preparation than what's measured by state-required competency tests. "You have a lot of issues that go into preparing a good teacher, especially for the younger aged kids," Lesgold […]

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Search underway for new Bradford president >

February 21st, 2002

The committee searching for a new president of Pitt's Bradford campus hopes to choose four to six candidates for interviews and campus visits in March and April, according to the committee's chairperson. The new president will succeed Richard E. McDowell, who last fall announced he would be stepping down June 30 after 29 years as […]

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University post-doctoral fellows struggle against "outsider" status >

February 21st, 2002

When Assad completed his Ph.D. at Pitt and became a post-doctoral fellow here, he assumed — incorrectly — that he could continue to ride Port Authority buses for free, a perk enjoyed by most Pittsburgh campus faculty, staff and students. "I was surprised to learn that, once I became a post-doc, I lost this privilege," […]

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What is a post-doc? >

February 21st, 2002

What is a post-doc? A post-doctoral appointment is temporary and viewed as being preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career. Beyond that, the Association of American Universities defines a post-doctoral appointment as follows: * The appointee holds a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (such as an M.D. or Sc.D.) in an appropriate field. * The […]

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LEARNING LANGUAGES: Need to know Hindi? Serbian? ASL? >

February 21st, 2002

Ungependa kujitundisha kuongea Kiswahili? Because if you do — that is, if you want to learn to speak Swahili — the place to do it at Pitt is the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Center. The center, part of the linguistics department, offers courses in Swahili and 15 other foreign languages not available through Pitt's […]

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LEARNING LANGUAGES: >

February 21st, 2002

Beware of HEARD, a dreadful word That looks like BEARD and sounds like BIRD, And DEAD: It’s said like BED, not BEAD – For goodness’ sake, don’t call it DEED! As that anonymous doggerel warns, English is full of maddening inconsistencies of spelling and pronunciation. But no mystery of English so eludes foreigners as the […]

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Masonic Temple renamed Alumni Hall >

February 21st, 2002

What used to be called the Masonic Temple is now Alumni Hall. In voting to rename the Fifth Avenue building on Feb. 14, Pitt trustees said the change recognizes "the devotion, support and esteem of the University of Pittsburgh alumni." Pitt acquired the Masonic Temple in 1993 and completed a $16 million renovation in 2000. […]

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