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Volume 34 Issue 16

SAC confirms members >

April 18th, 2002

The Staff Association Council (SAC) approved by voice vote new members and re-nominated members at its April 10 meeting. The members will begin serving two-year terms in July, subject to eligibility confirmation by Human Resources, ordinarily a formality. New members include: Amedeo Agresti, Admissions and Financial Aid; Christina Bennett, IACUC-Institutional Animal Care; Sean Bridges, College […]

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Grade INFLATION: Harvard study details its own rising grade problem >

April 18th, 2002

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences study said that grade inflation appeared most noticeably at Ivy League institutions, particularly Harvard. A study of undergraduate grades at Harvard, released last November by that university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, showed that almost half of all grades were A or A-minus. The report details 16 years […]

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Experts offer race tips >

April 18th, 2002

With the May 5 UPMC Health System/City of Pittsburgh Marathon approaching, experts at the Center for Sports Medicine offer the following tips for marathoners and other distance racers. Fluid replacement and nutrition: "If you are dehydrated, you will not finish the race," says registered dietitian Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at UPMC Health System. […]

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Grade INFLATION: Grade Expectations: Students often have too high an opinion of their work >

April 18th, 2002

As Pitt recruits more undergraduates with sky-high SAT scores and hypertrophic high school QPA's, some professors have noticed increasing shock, disbelief and anger among students who earn lower-than-A grades in their courses. Indirectly, the profs say, students' indignation can translate into grade inflation, as faculty face the choice: Appease students by awarding high grades, or […]

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Region's 1st Huntington's clinic established >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt has established the region's first Huntington's disease (HD) Clinic. The clinic will offer genetic testing and counseling and conduct research on the disease that affects 30,000 Americans, with as many as 1,500 western Pennsylvanians considered at risk for developing the disease. A fatal, degenerative brain disorder that primarily strikes men and women between the […]

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Grade INFLATION: Provost Maher on grading at Pitt >

April 18th, 2002

In an interview this week, Provost James Maher talked about Pitt grading policies and practices. "I don't think there would be anything to be gained from my office accusing certain professors or academic units of inflating grades," Pitt's chief academic officer said. "My approach is to press faculty, generally, to keep looking at their grading, […]

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ELI accredited for 5 years >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt's English Language Institute (ELI) was recently accredited for five years by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. National accreditation of intensive English as a second language programs is new in the United States, and Pitt's English Language Institute is among the first 30 such programs to be accredited. ELI is part of the […]

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2 legislators say they will look into additional costs for Petersen center >

April 18th, 2002

Two state legislators plan to press Pitt's administration for more details on financing of the Petersen Events Center, following reports that the University is seeking an additional $10 million on top of the $53 million that the state already has committed to the project. Pitt had hoped to inaugurate "The Pete" by holding April 28's […]

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Voter registration deadline nears >

April 18th, 2002

April 22 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for voter registration for the Pennsylvania primary. The election will be held May 21. Candidates for the following offices will be on the ballot: governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania state senators in even-numbered districts and state representatives. Eligible voters not registered, whose legal name […]

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