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Volume 38 Issue 23

Pay raised 1.75 % for satisfactory performance >

July 20th, 2006

A 3.25 percent increase in Pitt’s fiscal year 2007 salary pool was part of the operating budget approved July 14 by the Board of Trustees. (See related story.) Of the total salary pool increase, 1.75 percent will be designated for salary maintenance for employees whose work performance has been rated at least satisfactory; 1 percent […]

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Pitt, CMU join forces to develop quality of life technology >

July 20th, 2006

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University are joining forces to aid the growing number of older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. population. The two neighboring universities have been awarded a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish an engineering research center that will develop technologies to help older […]

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University plans pandemic preparedness >

July 20th, 2006

Pitt is mobilizing resources to confront a potential outbreak of avian flu. The University has established the pandemic preparedness workgroup, which is composed of a wide range of Pitt officials and medical personnel. Convened by Jerome Cochran, executive vice chancellor, the workgroup’s goal is to develop plans in the event the avian flu virus mutates […]

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More to be digitized with new ULS scanner >

July 20th, 2006

From a windowless room on the third floor of an office building in Point Breeze, a handful of Pitt employees are poised to make their digital mark on human history. Armed with stacks of antique books, a scanner and library administrators’ willingness to share, Pitt’s Digital Research Library is a partner in a project launched […]

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Pitt police blue & golden this year >

July 20th, 2006

Plenty can happen in 50 years of police work on a busy university campus. The University of Pittsburgh Police Department, which marks its 50th year of service this summer, has grown from a tiny group of uniformed officers and watchmen known as the Pitt Security Department to the third-largest police force in Allegheny County. Over […]

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UPG president to retire >

July 20th, 2006

Frank A. Cassell, president of the Greensburg campus, has announced that he will retire from that position, effective June 30, 2007. Cassell, 65, became president of Pitt-Greensburg in 1997. Under his leadership, enrollment has grown from 1,050 to 1,700, 13 buildings were renovated or built, classrooms and laboratories were modernized and a new campus entrance […]

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UPT president wraps up 1 year >

July 20th, 2006

Pitt’s Greensburg and Johnstown campuses are preparing for a transition following announcements that their presidents plan to retire June 30, 2007. But Pitt’s smallest regional campus is ahead of the curve, having undergone a change in leadership following the retirement last August of Pitt-Titusville President Michael A. Worman. His successor, William A. Shields, is wrapping […]

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Furka sues over firing >

July 20th, 2006

Deborah M. Furka, former director of Residence Life, has filed a federal suit again the University claiming sex discrimination. Furka was terminated Jan. 4 from her position, which is in the Division of Student Affairs. According to the lawsuit, filed July 1 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Furka was terminated […]

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UPMC wins 2 national awards >

July 20th, 2006

UPMC has garnered two national awards this month. UPMC is the only hospital in Pennsylvania to earn “honor roll” status in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2006 America’s Best Hospitals survey. Overall, UPMC is ranked 14th in the nation, and is highly ranked in 13 of the 16 medical specialties categorized. Out of 5,189 […]

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Pitt aids Indonesian teacher training >

July 20th, 2006

Pitt is one of three U.S. universities that have signed on to a new joint international project with the Republic of Indonesia to promote teacher development. In a $4.78 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),14 Indonesian universities are partnering with the U.S. institutions to develop modules that provide training […]

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