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Volume 39 Issue 21

Pitt, Port Authority far apart on transit deal >

June 28th, 2007

Members of the Pittsburgh campus community may be forced to shell out money to ride mass transit beginning Aug. 1. The Port Authority of Allegheny County and Pitt officials are working on a contract renewal for fare-free bus rides — a program that has been in place since 1997 — but the two sides are […]

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Cathedral cleaning progresses >

June 28th, 2007

Sunshine. Sand. The sound of water in motion. Moist, misty breezes. If it weren’t for the constant hum of compressors in the background, and the fact that some of the sand and spray is indoors, maybe 4200 Fifth Ave. would seem like the seashore this summer. Even the raingear-clad contractors look as if they could […]

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One grimy stone remains >

June 28th, 2007

From top to bottom, the Cathedral’s limestone exterior will gleam when preservation crews are through, but one darkened stone will remain, thanks to Nationality Rooms director E. Maxine Bruhns. She and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation officials requested that one weather-worn block of darkened stone near the Fifth Avenue entrance be preserved as a tribute […]

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CRSP report outlines regional racial disparities >

June 28th, 2007

“Race is America’s defining social problem,” said Larry Davis, director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) and dean of the School of Social Work, at a press conference this week announcing a new report on regional racial disparities. African Americans in the greater Pittsburgh region continue to lag behind whites and other […]

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One on One: GSPH Dean Donald S. Burke >

June 28th, 2007

As dean of a public health school, Donald S. Burke fights the common perception that academia and field work are incompatible. “The apparent tension between what kind of things you do in academia versus applied research, in some ways, that’s a false dichotomy,” Burke said in a recent interview. “I don’t subscribe to that at […]

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Making Pitt Work: Freshman essay readers >

June 28th, 2007

To some, a summer reading list might include a trashy, beach-worthy novel or the latest bestseller. Laura Dice’s list for summer evenings is a bit different. While the works on her list are shorter and perhaps more redundant than most, they’re also more important. As assistant dean and director of freshman programs in the School […]

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UPT pledges to fight global warming >

June 28th, 2007

Pitt-Titusville is among nearly 300 colleges and universities whose leaders have pledged to fight global warming on their campuses. UPT President William Shields has joined colleagues from other institutions around the nation in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which commits the campus to work toward and achieve “climate neutrality” by […]

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Distinguished faculty named >

June 28th, 2007

Pitt has named two faculty members from the School of Medicine as distinguished professors. Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg last week named L. Dade Lunsford a Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery and Angus W. Thomson a Distinguished Professor of Surgery. The appointments will become effective July 1. The rank of Distinguished Professor recognizes extraordinary and internationally […]

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Nationality Rooms plaque installed >

June 28th, 2007

Cost Co. employees on Tuesday placed a new plaque on the first floor of the Cathedral of Learning. The 180-pound granite slab is engraved with the dedication date, region and architectural style for each of Pitt’s Nationality and Heritage Rooms, along with the names of the rooms’ two directors, the late Ruth Crawford Mitchell and […]

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Food drive sets Pitt record >

June 28th, 2007

Pitt has collected its highest-ever total of 307,984 units of food to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, an increase of nearly 33,000 units over last year’s effort. Donated food is calculated not by the number of items, but in “units” loosely based on an item’s nutritional value, to encourage donors to give items […]

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