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Volume 30 Issue 4

Interim Dean Daniel confident about future of General Studies >

October 9th, 1997

Rumors to the contrary, the College of General Studies (CGS) is not being absorbed by the College of Arts and Sciences. Nor is CGS closing or floundering, the college's interim dean says. "There are all of these crazy rumors about CGS being closed, merged or whatever. All of that is just junk," Jack L. Daniel […]

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Summer enrollment up in credits, students for 1st time since '80s >

October 9th, 1997

For the first time since the 1980s, summer enrollment increased this year both in terms of the total number of students (13,198, a 0.06 percent increase over summer 1996) and total credits taken (83,906, up by 1.5 percent) at Pitt's five campuses, according to the Office of University Summer Sessions and Continuing Education. Increased graduate […]

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Pitt launches new safety program to lower the odds of lab accidents >

October 9th, 1997

On Aug. 14, 1996, Karen Wetterhahn, a distinguished research chemist at Dartmouth University, transferred the dimethylmercury she was working with from one container to another; in the process, she spilled a couple of drops of the substance onto one of her latex gloves. Well aware that dimethyl-mercury was a toxic substance, Wetterhahn quickly cleaned up […]

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Senate committee wants to know whereabouts of ROTC disclaimer >

October 9th, 1997

In 1992, to protest the U.S. Department of Defense's ban on homosexuals in the military, Pitt's administration agreed to a University Senate request that University publications describing Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs include the following statement: "ROTC programs discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation and therefore are not in compliance with […]

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Amendment would reinstate TIAA-CREF's tax exempt status >

October 9th, 1997

New York Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse D'Amato have introduced an amendment to the 1998 federal budget bill that seeks to reinstate tax exempt status for TIAA-CREF's pension plan. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate removed the tax exemption in the budget they sent to President Bill Clinton in early August. According to […]

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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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