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Volume 30 Issue 8

Senate committee questions practice plan transfer to UPMC >

December 4th, 1997

Under orders from the federal Office of the Inspector General, UPMC Health System — like other academic medical centers around the country — is doing a self-audit for possible improper billing by resident physicians. Should the self-audit (or a possible followup investigation by the Inspector General's office itself) produce evidence of fraud by the Pitt […]

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Double-digit increases predicted for next health insurance contract >

December 4th, 1997

Pitt can expect double- digit hikes in its health insurance rates next summer, according to the co-chairperson of the University Senate benefits and welfare committee. "You may expect a big jump" in rates, James Holland told Faculty Assembly Dec. 2. "You definitely don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows […]

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Pitt hopes to name new police chief this month >

December 4th, 1997

Pitt could be getting a new police chief for the holidays. Assistant Chancellor Jerome Cochran told the University Times that he has narrowed the list of candidates for the position to two finalists and that he expects "to make an offer to a candidate some time in mid-December." Associate Vice Chancellor for Business John DeVitto […]

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Senate continues to play key role in Pitt governance, MacLeod says >

December 4th, 1997

"The University Senate is in danger of being reduced to the status of a suggestion box," economics department interim chairperson Herbert Chesler railed at a recent meeting. Chesler was protesting what he called the administration's failure to consult with the Senate before finalizing Pitt's new early retirement plan for tenured faculty. Unintentionally, Chesler also supplied […]

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Brinton memorial service scheduled >

December 4th, 1997

A memorial service for Charles C. Brinton Jr., a long-time Pitt microbiology professor who devoted his career to protecting people from bacterial diseases, is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Heinz Memorial Chapel. Brinton, 71, died Oct. 21 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Pitt senior awarded Marshall Scholarship >

December 4th, 1997

Pitt senior Meghan Majorow-ski has been named one of 40 Marshall Scholarship winners for 1998. Chosen from among more than 800 candidates, Majorowski is the only winner of the Marshall Scholarship from a Pennsylvania college or university. The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most competitive scholarships in America available to undergraduates. It was created […]

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Earnings from Pitt's patents expected to double in FY98 >

December 4th, 1997

In March 1996, when Pitt hired Arthur A. Boni to direct the newly formed Office of Technology Management, the University was earning about $1 million a year from licensing agreements on Pitt-owned patents. That income is expected to double by the end of the current fiscal year, Boni says. But even then, Boni won't be […]

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First two FAS dean candidates complete campus interviews >

December 4th, 1997

The first two public forums featuring semi-finalists for Pitt's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) deanship included: * An external candidate from the humanities — David Magidson, former dean of fine, performing and communication arts and a professor of theater arts at Wayne State University. * An insider with a science background — Pitt chemistry […]

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A couple of days in the life of a candidate >

December 4th, 1997

So you want to be dean of an arts and sciences school? Be prepared for back-to-back interviews, business meals, lectures and public forums — and that's before you get the job. Having already been interviewed by members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) dean search committee, the five semi-finalists for the FAS deanship […]

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Book profiling women in science & engineering includes Pitt prof >

December 4th, 1997

There is no doubt that women have made tremendous strides in science since Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" 25 years ago. One way pesticide manufacturers sought to counter Carson's claims that they were poisoning the earth was to dismiss her as a hysterical woman. Although society today accepts women as astronauts and field biologists capable […]

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