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Volume 40 Issue 11

Are women covered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? >

February 7th, 2008

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document endorsed by the United Nations that lays out human rights standards for people worldwide. But some world governments, including the U.S. government, apparently didn’t get the memo, especially as the declaration applies to women, according to three local experts. […]

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Pitt gets $1 million grant for nanoscience research >

February 7th, 2008

Pitt has received a $1 million grant to develop a groundbreaking method to advance nanoscale science and technology by allowing scientists to observe, probe and control molecules. Funding came from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The technique involves probing molecular structure with femtosecond — a billionth of a millionth of a second — temporal and atomic […]

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Dental school researchers study lip prints >

February 7th, 2008

To some, a kiss is just a kiss. To researchers in Pitt’s Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics, a kiss may offer clues to who may be at increased risk for certain birth defects. Researchers there are using cheiloscopy, the study of lip prints, as part of their quest to better understand the causes behind […]

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Cancer consortium wins award >

February 7th, 2008

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Jan. 28, 2008. He was 90. Abrams came to Pitt in 1965 as chair of the then-Department of Biochemistry, which later in a merger of departments became the Department of Biological Sciences. He retired in 1984. Raised in Chicago, Abrams earned his PhD at the University of […]

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Handheld devices help maintenance workers >

February 7th, 2008

Of all the University employees who carry handheld electronic devices with them as part of their jobs, among the least likely might be Pitt’s maintenance workers. Wrenches, plungers and screwdrivers, of course, but handheld electronic devices? For nearly two years, though, the devices have been among the tools that accompany the engineers, electricians and mechanics […]

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OBITUARY: Richard Abrams >

February 7th, 2008

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Jan. 28, 2008. He was 90. Abrams came to Pitt in 1965 as chair of the then-Department of Biochemistry, which later in a merger of departments became the Department of Biological Sciences. He retired in 1984. Raised in Chicago, Abrams earned his PhD at the University of […]

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Tales From the Scales: 12-week weight race launched >

February 7th, 2008

And they’re off! Have you noticed more walkers out at lunchtime? A proliferation of pedometers around campus? Fewer treats in your office’s break room? No more pizza deliveries to your department? More colleagues carrying gym bags to work? Credit the MyHealth Weight Race. More than 1,300 Pitt staff and faculty have divided into 260-plus teams […]

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Correction >

February 7th, 2008

Correction As of April 7, 2008, investigators who receive National Institutes of Health funding must submit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central no later than 12 months after acceptance for journal publication. Incorrect information ap-peared in the Jan. 24 issue of the University Times.

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Tales From the Scales: Thomas's Promises >

February 7th, 2008

“We’ve got some work to do,” Rosalie Jones said with a sigh as she learned her weight at last week’s initial weigh in. Jones and fellow Center for Minority Health staffer Tiffany Kinney faced the numbers together as members of the CMH-based team Thomas’s Promises. They, along with Vikki Garner, Angela Hicks, Angela Howze, Karen […]

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Tales From the Scales: Rami's Roundees >

February 7th, 2008

Staff members on the 6th floor of Sennott Square are “enthusiastic and ready to go” in the University’s just-launched MyHealth Weight Race, according to Karen Dicks. Dicks, who is a Fitness for Life champion, spoke for her team of five staff members in the Department of Computer Science. Although she’s a comparative newcomer to the […]

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