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Volume 38 Issue 15

Two profs win A&S Bellet awards >

March 30th, 2006

Two faculty members — one in biological sciences and one in computer science — have been named winners of the 2006 Tina and David Bellet A&S Teaching Excellence Awards. The annual teaching awards were established in 1998 with a $200,000 donation from the Bellet family to recognize outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate Arts and […]

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Legislators seek state-wide transfer for college credits >

March 30th, 2006

Are all college credits created equal? Some state legislators think they should be. Legislation introduced last summer in the Pennsylvania General Assembly seeks to require public higher education institutions in the commonwealth, including Pitt, to codify articulation agreements for transferring credits. House Bill 1706, introduced by Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-Abington), calls for “the elimination of […]

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Senate presidential candidates on the issues >

March 30th, 2006

This year’s election for the University Senate presidency pits incumbent Irene Hanson Frieze, professor of psychology, business administration and women’s studies, against John J. Baker, associate professor, Department of Microbiology-Biochemistry, School of Dental Medicine. Descriptions of the candidates’ academic and service-oriented experience, as well as their position statements, will accompany the University Senate election ballots, […]

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Senate announces election slate >

March 30th, 2006

This year’s candidate slates for University Senate officers, Faculty Assembly members and members of the University Senate’s 15 standing committees have been set. Newly elected members to Faculty Assembly serve the first year of their three-year terms on the Assembly; during their second and third years, they serve on both the faculty-only Assembly and on […]

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Historic Forbes Field site to be ‘spruced up’ >

March 30th, 2006

Next week, ballparks around the country will begin hearing “Play ball!” — the familiar refrain that marks the return of Major League baseball. For many years — from 1909 until mid-1970 — the home of the local nine was Forbes Field, which sat on the land that now sports Posvar and Mervis halls. Part of […]

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Preliminary hearing waived in UPJ staff Internet sex case >

March 30th, 2006

A preliminary hearing has been waived for two Pitt-Johnstown employees arrested March 14 in an Internet sex case. Instead of the March 21 hearing before District Court Judge Max Pavlovich in Cambria County, a May 16 arraignment is scheduled, said attorney Robert Gleason, counsel for William A. Gillin. “We’re in the process of evaluating the […]

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Can strategies be developed to detect suspicious behavior? >

March 30th, 2006

Could terrorists be thwarted by the automated equivalent of a nosy neighbor who peeps through the curtains at what’s happening on the street outside? Kevin Murphy, chair of Penn State’s Department of Psychology and director of the school’s Center for the Behavioral and Social Science of Terrorism, thinks so. In a March 16 talk sponsored […]

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Dog ate your W-2? Tax hotline can help >

March 30th, 2006

As this year’s tax filing deadline approaches, staffers on Pitt’s W-2 hotline are gearing up for a busy race to the finish. “The busiest week is the week leading up to [April] 15,” said payroll operations manager Jeanne Garver, who leads the group. The telephone hotline, manned by 10 payroll department employees beginning in early […]

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Bradford campus announces new marketing campaign >

March 30th, 2006

Pitt’s Bradford campus is moving “beyond.” UPB recently announced a new marketing campaign that campus officials said will help them better communicate the benefits of a Pitt-Bradford education. The new campaign will feature the theme “beyond,” which represents the myriad opportunities open to all students at Pitt-Bradford and captures the essence of the experiences that […]

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Transplant clinic renamed >

March 30th, 2006

At a chocolate ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, Frank and Athena Sarris, founders and owners of Sarris Candies, based in Canonsburg, opened the doors to the newly named Frank Sarris Outpatient Clinic at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, located in UPMC Montefiore. The renaming of the outpatient clinic recognizes the Sarris family’s $5 million donation […]

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