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Volume 30 Issue 4

Human Resources outlines reasons for enrolling in Pitt's contributory invesitment plans >

October 9th, 1997

Faculty and staff groups have been known to battle fiercely with the administration over a 1 percent difference in salary raises. Yet, hundreds of Pitt employees throw away thousands of dollars each year — by failing to sign up for TIAA-CREF or Vanguard, the two "contributory tax-deferred annuity" retirement plans offered at the University. Of […]

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More friends could mean fewer colds >

October 9th, 1997

Want to reduce your chances of getting a cold this winter? Get more involved with people – children, relatives, friends, social groups, church groups, co-workers. While it might seem as if exposure to more people is an invitation for a cold, studies by Pitt adjunct professor of psychology and psychiatry Sheldon Cohen and colleagues have […]

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Pitt seeking bids from 5 health care insurers >

October 9th, 1997

The University has asked five health insurers to bid for its employee medical insurance business. Pitt's three-year, exclusive contract with Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield (formerly Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western Pennsylvania) expires June 30, 1998. For the next contract, the Pitt Human Resources office has requested proposals from HighMark, HealthAmerica, Pyramid Health, Tri-State […]

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Medicine cabinet is one of worst places to store pills >

October 9th, 1997

The bathroom medicine cabinet actually is one of the worst places to keep medicine, according to Pitt's Drug Information and Pharmacoepidemiology Center (DIPC). Storing medications in the bathroom or kitchen near sources of heat and moisture, such as a sink, shower, dishwasher or stove, increases the likelihood that the medicine may be altered. According to […]

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Local 29 to vote on new contract Oct. 15 >

October 9th, 1997

Negotiators for Pitt and the union that represents some 540 University custodians, grounds-keepers and food service workers have tentatively agreed on a new contract. Members of Local 29 of the Service Employees International Union are scheduled to meet Oct. 15 to vote on the proposal. They have been working on a series of contract extensions […]

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Herbs have place in modern medicine, lecturer says >

October 9th, 1997

Herbal drugs have a place in the modern medical system. That was the conclusion of Michael Flannery, director of the Lloyd Library at the University of Cincinnati, during last month's C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society lecture. With a collection of more than 200,000 volumes, the Lloyd Library is "the largest library of pharmacognosy literature […]

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FAS dean candidates pared to 13 >

October 9th, 1997

The list of candidates to be the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is down to 13 — barring any last-minute, stellar applicants — and the search committee will begin interviews with them on Oct. 10. The 13 men and women include candidates from within Pitt as well as outsiders, representing […]

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Pitt submits capital budget 'wish list' to state >

October 9th, 1997

Pitt has submitted a fis- cal year 1998-99 capi- tal budget request of more than $158 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The capital budget includes funds for construction and renovation projects, furnishings and equipment purchases for the Pittsburgh campus and Pitt's four regional campuses. In presenting the budget to Senate Council's plant utilization […]

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