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Volume 38 Issue 11

SIS partners with Virgin Islands university >

February 2nd, 2006

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Pitt’s School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas have entered into a unique partnership. IMLS granted $965,910 to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) to fund 25 students as they earn their M.L.I.S. degrees via the FastTrack […]

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Annual African-American read-in set for Feb. 5 >

February 2nd, 2006

Ogle Burks Duff, professor emerita in Pitt’s School of Education, again will coordinate the annual African-American read-in chain, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 5, in the First Baptist Church, 159 N. Bellefield Ave. Richard Teaster will direct a combined First Baptist Church Choir and Pitt Women’s Chorale and Glee Club, starting at 2:45 p.m. The event is […]

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Fossil-rich Wyoming land donated to Pitt >

February 2nd, 2006

A Wyoming rancher with no previous ties to Pitt has given the University Honors College 4,700 acres of land in eastern Wyoming containing rich dinosaur fossil beds and likely other important fossil finds. Philanthropist Allen Cook’s gift, valued at approximately $7 million, will make possible the preservation of what could be a national treasure rivaling […]

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Minority health archives launched >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt’s Center for Minority Health, part of the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), and the University Library System (ULS) jointly have launched the Minority Health Archive (MHA) as an on-line repository for minority health documents. MHA takes advantage of the latest information technology used by Pitt’s library system. In addition to being the first […]

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Endowment up to 30th in national survey >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt’s endowment continues to outpace the growth of higher education institutions nationally. The University’s endowment as of June 30, 2005, was $1.53 billion, up 12.1 percent from the previous year. The national average increase was 9.3 percent, according to a national survey released last month. Pitt rose a notch to 30th nationally in total endowment […]

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Program aids Super Bowl security >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) FirstLink program is playing a role in enhancing security at Super Bowl XL set for Feb. 5 in Detroit. IEE, housed in the Katz Graduate School of Business, established FirstLink in 2004 to identify military technologies available for license and to facilitate the commercialization of those products that lend […]

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Area disaster communication system funded >

February 2nd, 2006

With a big boost from the federal government, western Pennsylvania will be upgrading its disaster response capabilities. UPMC announced last week that it has received $8.5 million from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, of which Rep. John P. Murtha (D.-Johnstown) is a ranking member, to build a strategic biodefense emergency operations and communications system. […]

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UPMC recognized for minority-, women-owned business efforts >

February 2nd, 2006

UPMC recently was recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as one of the nation’s top 15 corporations that contract with minority business enterprises. In fiscal year 2005, UPMC directed more than $70 million to minority and women business enterprises — more than doubling spending over the previous five years. UPMC’s aggressive outreach to […]

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Pitt’s avian flu vaccine holds promise for humans >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt researchers have developed an avian flu vaccine that they say may show promise in protecting people from the disease, should it mutate in a way that enables it to be readily transmitted among humans. The vaccine, which contains a live H5N1 avian flu virus, completely protected mice and chickens from infection in lab tests. […]

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