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Volume 39 Issue 4

Feds' higher ed report deemed “flawed” >

October 12th, 2006

A report issued last month by a special national commission described U.S. higher education as “in crisis” and in need of urgent reform to remain competitive in the 21st century. “There are disturbing signs that many students who do earn degrees have not actually mastered the reading, writing and thinking skills we expect of college […]

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Athletics posts $8.2 million deficit >

October 12th, 2006

Pitt’s Department of Athletics operated at a deficit in fiscal year 2006, continuing a long-term tradition. Details of the athletics budget’s $8.2 million deficit were made public last week at a Senate budget policies committee (BPC) meeting. In compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bylaws, Pitt hired an outside auditor to prepare an “agreed-upon […]

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Nano facility opens >

October 12th, 2006

Visitors recently got a firsthand view of Pitt’s big investment into very small technology. The Sept. 29 opening of Pitt’s Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (PINSE) NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility was heralded with an afternoon-long nanoscience symposium, followed by the first public peek at the $6.1 million facility. More than 200 people gathered […]

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SAC expects to receive confidential salary data >

October 12th, 2006

Human Resources will provide the Staff Association Council (SAC) with more detailed information on staff salaries, but with the stipulation that the information remain confidential, according to SAC President Rich Colwell. Colwell reported on the status of SAC’s request at last week’s Senate budget policies committee (BPC) meeting, as a follow-up to discussions at last […]

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Senate looks at faculty representation >

October 12th, 2006

What is the proper proportion of faculty representatives to the University Senate from the various Pitt schools? Faculty Assembly heard a report last week from the new chair of the Senate bylaws and procedures committee, which has wrestled with the issue since last academic year. Senate President John Baker said the topic was discussed in […]

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Pitt awarded $83.5 million for research center >

October 12th, 2006

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) multi-million grant to a dozen academic medical centers, including Pitt, hopes to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted. Pitt is among 12 institutions nationwide to receive an inaugural NIH funding grant to develop and advance clinical and translational science as a distinct discipline, according to NIH director […]

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Registry aims to find more research subjects >

October 12th, 2006

Over the next two years, Pitt will establish a novel clinical research registry, drawing from the millions of patients who annually seek treatment at UPMC facilities throughout the region. The registry, one of the first of its kind, is one component of Pitt’s $83.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to establish the Clinical […]

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New online archive documents Pitt history >

October 12th, 2006

“Not a day that goes by that someone’s not calling for a piece of information from University history,” said Michael J. Dabrishus, assistant University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections. University Library System (ULS) archivists are accustomed to fielding all kinds of requests — from an Institutional Advancement staff member in search of background on […]

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Does Pitt have enough fitness facilities? >

October 12th, 2006

With the University’s advocacy of the “fitness for life” initiative — a program designed to encourage individuals to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle — are there enough on-campus facilities to support faculty and staff exercise efforts? That was part of a broad discussion last week at a meeting of the University Senate benefits and […]

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Brustein speaks on global competence >

October 12th, 2006

In a world that grows more interconnected by the minute, global competence is recognized as a necessity for today’s students who must be prepared to compete in an international marketplace. But, what is global competence and how can institutions of higher education deliver the international education students require? William Brustein, director of the University Center […]

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