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Volume 39 Issue 15

Oak Hill deal reached >

April 5th, 2007

Pitt officials, Hill District residents and city officials hammered out a deal this month, ending a protracted and sometimes bitter dispute over Oak Hill — an 80-acre residential area adjacent to Pitt’s upper campus. Residents wanted to expand the housing project built at Oak Hill (formerly Allequippa Terrace) between 1996 and 2002, while the University […]

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GSPIA plans new enrollment option >

April 5th, 2007

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will implement the “2+2” program, a new enrollment option for students in the Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) degree program. The program aims to provide current and future public and nonprofit managers with the skills to move between the two sectors as their careers advance. […]

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U.S. News ranks Pitt grad schools >

April 5th, 2007

Several Pitt disciplines and subspecialties were included among the nation’s top graduate schools in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. Each year, the magazine measures graduate programs in five major disciplines (business, education, engineering, law and medicine), using quality indicators such as peer assessments, entering students’ test scores, faculty/student ratios and reputation ratings drawn […]

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Annual food drive begins >

April 5th, 2007

Pitt’s annual Partnership for Food will collect non-perishable food items throughout April to help restock the shelves of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more than a decade, the University has ranked among the 10 most successful Pittsburgh-area employers in the annual spring food drives. Over the years, contributions from the University have totaled […]

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Ex-Gov. Ridge to speak at commencement >

April 5th, 2007

Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and first secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, will deliver Pitt’s 2007 commencement address April 29 at the Petersen Events Center. Ridge, 61, graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. […]

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Academic medical centers' economic role cited >

April 5th, 2007

A report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reveals that academic medical centers in Pennsylvania continue to play a significant role in the state’s economy. The report found that Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation when calculating the total economic impact of its academic health centers. The study found that medical schools and […]

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Senate plenary: Protecting science from bias >

April 5th, 2007

The passage in 1980 of the Bayh-Dole Act, which allowed universities and researchers to benefit from the commercialization of publicly funded research, plunged academia into a new world of forging partnerships with industry, forming startup companies and other aspects of technology transfer. In a follow-up to last year’s University Senate spring plenary event, which looked […]

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UPJ conference center named “One-Stop Shop” >

April 5th, 2007

The conference center on the Johnstown campus has been designated as a certified “One-Stop-Shop” by the Association of Collegiate Conference Events Directors-International (ACCED-I). With 1,500 members representing more than 600 institutions of higher education, ACCED-I is the largest association of colleges and universities with conference and event services. The ACCED-I designation recognizes the ability of […]

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Law prof questions threats to judicial independence >

April 5th, 2007

Although Pitt law professor Arthur Hellman and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor both are concerned about threats to judicial independence in the United States, they disagree about what poses a threat. While her 25 years’ experience on the Supreme Court and her retired status make the issue of threats to judicial independence an […]

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Ridgway Center director reflects on Iraq, Iran >

April 5th, 2007

“I didn’t come here today to tell you I told you so. I came here to say it’s crucial to learn from our mistakes and cut our losses now if we possibly can,” William W. Keller said in a March 23 address to the Honors College in which he called for a withdrawal of American […]

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