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Volume 40 Issue 10

Manners Award applicants sought >

January 24th, 2008

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) is seeking applicants for the eighth annual Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards. Two awards of up to $10,000 each relating to work in the social, behavioral and policy sciences will be given in honor of Manners, who worked at UCSUR for 26 years and was […]

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SAC committee targets flex time, benefits study >

January 24th, 2008

A Staff Association Council (SAC) committee plans to push for reinstatement of certain staff benefits, more flex-time options for staff and a systematic study of Pitt’s employee benefits package. Steve Zupcic, chair of the SAC benefits committee, reported Jan. 16 on his committee’s work. “Our committee passed the proposal for the reinstatement of the previous […]

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Pitt's National Merit Scholar population rises >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt can make another claim to fame in terms of its academically stronger student body: The University was among 98 higher education institutions nationally that enrolled at least 20 freshmen who were National Merit Scholars in 2007. According to data derived from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s annual report, which was released last week, Pitt […]

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Online shopping keeps mailrooms hopping >

January 24th, 2008

Santa’s job may be done for the season, but in mailrooms across Pitt’s campuses, staffers are in the midst of their busiest time of year. With the exception of valentines and birthday cards, email has replaced most letter mail for students, but online shopping has more than filled the void. Nationwide, online purchasing accounted for […]

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Military strategist speaks on U.S. post-Iraq plans >

January 24th, 2008

While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dominated the U.S. armed forces’ attention for several years, the military continues to plan for other possible conflicts, according to one of the nation’s leading national security strategy experts. “I will not give you the solution to what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t have […]

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Special needs dental clinic director dreams big >

January 24th, 2008

“I’m a dreamer,” Erik Scheifele says with a smile as he scans the empty room that soon will welcome the dental school’s special-needs patients. Scheifele is the new director of the Pitt dental school’s Clinic for Patients With Special Needs, which is expanding into a larger space in Salk Hall. He envisions a waiting room […]

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Boulevard bridge project continues >

January 24th, 2008

Forbes Avenue was closed last weekend to allow workers to remove the Boulevard of the Allies bridge as part of a $29 million bridge replacement project. The span was dropped onto a cushion of dirt, timber and steel plates designed to protect the roadway and underground utilities. Forbes Avenue was cleared in time to allow […]

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Civil rights eroding, Falk Foundation president says >

January 24th, 2008

While numerous civil rights laws have been enacted, “structural exclusion” has contributed to disparities still being felt today, according to the Falk Foundation’s president. Kerry O’Donnell outlined historic examples of discrimination and new affronts to civil rights in her Jan. 14 talk, “The Erosion of Civil Rights and Community Responses.” The lecture, hosted by Pitt’s […]

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Making Pitt Work: Chemistry demonstrator Dave D'Emilio >

January 24th, 2008

Pitt’s senior administration grabs most of the headlines. The faculty here get noticed when they bring in research dollars, win teaching awards or publish in their fields. But behind the scenes, University staff, some 6,500 strong across five campuses, often toil in jobs ranging from the mundane to the esoteric. This is one in an […]

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Gift to support new Energy Institute at UPB >

January 24th, 2008

American Refining Group (ARG) and Halloran Philanthropies have given $500,000 to the Bradford campus for energy-related studies. Half of the gift is endowed, and funds generated from the endowment will support scholarships and energy-related projects. The other half will be used to assist in the development of an Energy Institute at Pitt-Bradford. “The Energy Institute […]

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