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Volume 32 Issue 20

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June 8th, 2000

Corrections * The Center for Molecular and Materials Simulation is a joint venture of the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The May 25 University Times incorrectly reported that the center was a single-school project. The efforts to create the labs associated with the center were headed by Kenneth Jordan, […]

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Assembly says committee should look at same-sex health benefits >

June 8th, 2000

Assembly says committee should look at same-sex health benefits Previous resolutions by faculty and student governance groups have not persuaded Pitt's administration to offer health benefits to employees' same-sex partners. But Faculty Assembly is giving it one more try by asking Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and the Board of Trustees to create "a joint committee of […]

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BPC wants 5.2% hike in faculty salary pool >

June 8th, 2000

BPC wants 5.2% hike in faculty salary pool The University Senate budget policies committee (BPC) has recommended a 5.2 percent increase in the pool of money for faculty salaries for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That may be an unrealistically high percentage, Pitt's chief financial officer told BPC at a recent meeting. "A […]

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Area studies programs retain national designation >

June 8th, 2000

Pitt area studies programs retain education department designation The U.S. Department of Education has designated four Pitt area studies programs as National Resource Centers (NRCs) for another three years. The redesignation carries with it an award of approximately $3.5 million for the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian […]

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Three initiatives designed to help General Studies expand its reach >

June 8th, 2000

General Studies expand its reach Three recent initiatives have expanded the reach of Pitt's College of General Studies (CGS). The college has added a certificate program, extended its presence in the community and developed an in-house advising service geared to nontraditional students. CGS Dean Susan R. Kinsey last week announced the establishment of a new […]

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Teaching lawyers the languages of the law: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese >

June 8th, 2000

Teaching lawyers the languages of the law: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese Two law students, one American, the other French, meet on a ocean liner, become romantically involved, and find themselves ensnared in a criminal plot by an evil professor. The latest "Austin Powers" movie? No, it's the plot of a 5-act thriller penned by […]

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Geologist challenges belief about development of area rock formation >

June 8th, 2000

Geologist challenges belief about development of rock formation The Masontown Kimberlite Dike is an undistinguished-looking stretch of gray rocks, sporadically exposed and less than a mile long, that Fayette County residents first noticed around 1860. It was formed many millions of years ago when molten rock, erupting from deep in the earth, pushed its way […]

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Recent revelation about bacteria's evolution could affect thinking on how higher organisms evolved >

June 8th, 2000

Recent revelation about bacteria's evolution could affect thinking on how higher organisms evolved How do bacteria evolve? Primarily, through "lateral gene transfer" — stealing useful genes from other organisms — according to a paper co-written by a Pitt faculty member in the May 18 edition of the journal Nature. Pitt biological sciences professor Jeffrey G. […]

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