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Volume 40 Issue 12

Chancellor's faculty awards announced >

February 21st, 2008

Winners of the 2008 chancellor’s awards for distinguished teaching and distinguished research have been announced. Distinguished teaching award winners are: Jeffrey L. Brodsky, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Susan M. Dunmire, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine; William M. Klein, Department of Psychology (A&S); John M. McGrath, Department of […]

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New PA open-records law has lesser effect on state-relateds >

February 21st, 2008

Pennsylvania’s new open-records law will not have as broad an effect on Pitt and its fellow state-related universities as on other entities covered under the right-to-know legislation. While State System of Higher Education schools are included among the commonwealth agencies that must name an open-records officer and be subject to the open-records requirements, fewer disclosures […]

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Expert offers advice to those seeking health balance >

February 21st, 2008

With Pitt’s 12-week MyHealth Weight Race in full swing, some 260 teams across the five Pitt campuses are striving to meet their weight-loss goals (and maybe win some prize money). (See Feb. 7 University Times.) But an expert in weight control cautioned that weight race participants should de-emphasize the competition part of the race and […]

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Multi-year plan to assess student learning continues >

February 21st, 2008

Responding to a national push for more accountability in education, Pitt is in the midst of an institution-wide plan for assessing student learning. Round 2 of that multi-year plan is coming to a close. The project, launched in November 2006 by the Council of Deans, aims to evaluate the success of Pitt’s educational programs by […]

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A participants' view of the assessment process >

February 21st, 2008

Pitt’s ongoing initiative to assess student learning outcomes institution-wide is nearing completion of its second phase. During the first phase, which ended in March 2007, departmental faculty developed an assessment process and identified 3-5 learning outcomes specific to their majors. Phase 2, which concludes March 3, calls for follow-up of phase 1 work, as well […]

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SAC assembly to explore career advancement >

February 21st, 2008

Career advancement and staff development will be the focus of the Staff Association Council’s spring assembly. SAC’s assembly is set for April 9, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. A five-member panel will describe how they were able to move up to higher-paying jobs at Pitt, Gwen Watkins, vice president of […]

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Motor pool checking driving records >

February 21st, 2008

Asking Pitt to give you the car keys has become a bit tougher recently. Speed demons or those who drink and drive may find themselves on the motor pool’s no-drive list. A recent change in policy aimed at reducing the University’s liability now requires Pitt employees and students who want to use a motor pool […]

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Fair focuses on healthy lifestyle >

February 21st, 2008

Want to get healthy and reduce stress in your life? Get interactive. The Healthy Lifestyle Experience fair invites Pitt employees to a series of interactive presentations, including a stress management workshop; musical therapy exercises; cooking demos; a nutrition trivia game; massages, and bio-feedback, blood pressure and body composition assessments. Health coaches and other health care […]

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Wishes for end-of-life care, organ donation can conflict >

February 21st, 2008

Recent changes in the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) have created potential conflict between an organ donor and his or her organs. The 2006 UAGA, designed to eliminate some potential roadblocks that can hinder organ donation, has raised ethical concerns among critical-care physicians and others who have pointed out that language in the act requires […]

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Pitt prof gets fined for mailing bacteria >

February 21st, 2008

Pitt professor Robert Ferrell has been fined $500 for his role in obtaining biological organisms for a Buffalo art professor. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara also sentenced Ferrell to a year of unsupervised release, but no jail time, in his Feb. 11 decision. Ferrell, a professor in the Graduate School of Public Health’s […]

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