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Volume 39 Issue 7

GSPIA dean hosts Thanksgiving dinner for students >

November 22nd, 2006

There will be a big turkey and a ham tomorrow on Barbara Porter’s Thanksgiving table, plus all the fixings: dressing, greens, cranberries, sweet potatoes and desserts. Lots of desserts. That much is sure. Exactly how many guests will surround that table is less certain. In addition to family and friends, Porter, assistant dean and director […]

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My.pitt.edu portal wins award >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt’s integrated web portal — my.pitt.edu — has won an InfoWorld 100 award. InfoWorld magazine identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add value for the organizations implementing them, as well as the vendors providing them. The award honors projects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further business goals. My.pitt.edu provides […]

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Academic freedom legislation not needed, panel says >

November 22nd, 2006

Legislation to ensure students’ rights to academic freedom is unnecessary, a Pennsylvania House of Representatives special committee has concluded following nine days of hearings across the state over the past year. The House select committee on academic freedom’s report, adopted by a unanimous vote on Nov. 21, concluded that bias is rare. However, it also […]

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UPMC on U.S. News honor roll >

November 22nd, 2006

A report from U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has placed UPMC Health Plan on the “honor roll” of the top 10 health plans in the country. The report, “America’s Best Health Plans,” also shows that the health plan is the highest ranked plan in Pennsylvania for the […]

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Pitt's financial health continues, official says >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt continues to enjoy healthy financial status, according to a senior administrator who summarized the University’s annual audit report at last week’s meeting of the Senate budget policies committee (BPC). “Our consolidated financial statements show that the University began fiscal year 2006 in a very solid financial position and ended the fiscal year in the […]

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Family Hospice, UPMC join forces >

November 22nd, 2006

UPMC Senior Living has teamed up with Family Hospice and Palliative Care to help end-of-life patients make better, informed decisions. The circle of life program, recently introduced in the UPMC Senior Living skilled nursing facilities, combines traditional care along with specialized expertise of the Family Hospice and Palliative Care staff. Pittsburgh has one of the […]

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Pitt student wins Rhodes scholarship >

November 22nd, 2006

Thanks to two University Honors College students, Pitt has become the only public university in the nation to boast back-to-back Rhodes Scholars. Daniel Armanios, a mechanical engineering and political science major who minors in economics, is among the 2007 Rhodes awardees. He joins Pitt’s 2006 Rhodes Scholar Justin Chalker, who majored in chemistry and history […]

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New UPMC system likely to reduce errors >

November 22nd, 2006

A new system that empowers patients and their families at UPMC Shadyside to call for help from rapid response teams is reducing the likelihood of medical errors and maximizing patient safety, according to an article in the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Many hospitals, including UPMC Shadyside, have been responding to in-hospital […]

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Executive comp rising, Chronicle of Higher Ed reports >

November 22nd, 2006

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg ranks 27th among leaders of public universities nationally in salary and benefits, according to a survey report on executive compensation conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nordenberg is among the 42 public institution heads nationally who earn at least $500,000, according to the Chronicle survey. The Chronicle compiled data, published […]

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Gift creates 3 endowed funds >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt has received a $1 million gift from alumnus David A. Tepper (Arts and Sciences ’78) to create three newly endowed funds that will provide scholarship and programmatic support to Pitt students and faculty. Tepper’s gift will create: • The David A. Tepper Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Fund to support outstanding Pitt students in need; • […]

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