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Volume 39 Issue 5

Senate plenary session: Panel discusses mentoring >

October 26th, 2006

Patricia Beeson, vice provost for graduate studies, outlined progress on the University’s pilot program for mentoring new faculty. Cecil Blake, chair of Africana studies, offered his perspective on special issues in mentoring non-white junior faculty, while John Weidman of the School of Education discussed mentoring graduate students. They, along with keynote speaker Jeannette South-Paul and […]

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Senate plenary session: Administrators advocate mentoring >

October 26th, 2006

“It would difficult to overestimate the power of mentors in our lives,” Chancellor Mark Nordenberg told faculty gathered at the University Senate fall plenary session. “We never outgrow the need for mentoring.” Recounting the impact mentors have had on his career, Nordenberg called on the audience to recognize that those who have benefited from mentoring […]

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Universal health care advocate speaks >

October 26th, 2006

Along with the U.S. population recently topping the 300 million mark, comes another, less heralded, statistic: Nearly one in every six Americans has no health insurance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005 there were 46.6 million Americans without health insurance, including 1.64 million in Pennsylvania. That is an increase of more than 8 […]

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Panelists discuss health care for all >

October 26th, 2006

Will the United States provide universal health care in the foreseeable future? A panel of local experts tackled that question following an Oct. 19 lecture on “The Fight for Universal Health Coverage in America.” Panelists included Steven Larchuk, a Pittsburgh attorney who chairs the Pennsylvania Healthcare Solutions Coalition and is principal author of the Balanced […]

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Chemistry prof Cohen marks 50 years at Pitt >

October 26th, 2006

When Theodore Cohen arrived in Pitt’s chemistry department 50 years ago, “It really was pretty miserable,” he recalls. Fresh from postgraduate work in Glasgow under Derek Barton (later a Nobel laureate), he’d been hired long-distance, without even an interview, to join Pitt’s organic chemistry faculty. When he walked into his assigned space in Eberly Hall […]

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Ethnic factors in divorce rates studied >

October 26th, 2006

Since 1980, the divorce rate in the United States has leveled off after more than a half-century of rising steadily. But does that leveling off apply equally to major racial and ethnic groups in this country? And, if not, do differences in risk factors for divorce account for the differences in divorce rates between the […]

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OAFA perks cover the shear necessities >

October 26th, 2006

Of the University’s more than 6,800 staff members, there’d be some stiff competition in a contest to find who’s busiest. But definitely in the running would be the six dozen employees in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA). And if there were a competition for coming up with creative methods for balancing personal […]

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