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Volume 40 Issue 13

Need for changes stressed by honors convocation speaker >

March 6th, 2008

Students, faculty, staff and alumni were recognized for their achievements Feb. 29 at Pitt’s annual honors convocation. Among the honorees recognized by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg were 294 undergraduate students named University Scholars, representing the top 2 percent of their schools based on cumulative academic standing. Three distinguished alumni fellow recipients, Roslyn M. Litman, Young Woo […]

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April 15 is deadline for filing conflict of interest forms >

March 6th, 2008

The University’s annual conflict of interest filing season is underway. In accordance with the University’s conflict of interest- research/teaching policy (available at www.pitt.edu/HOME/PP/policies/11/11-01-03.html), all faculty, plus some students and staff, must complete conflict of interest (COI) disclosures each year. Updated disclosures must be submitted throughout the year if new outside interests are acquired. Disclosures must […]

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Prof studies pavement under various conditions >

March 6th, 2008

Among the most familiar sounds that herald the approach of spring in Pennsylvania is the thump, thump, thump of vehicles rolling over rough and crumbling roadways as pothole season begins in earnest. As head of Pitt’s pavement mechanics and materials laboratory, civil and environmental engineering professor Julie Vandenbossche aims to make those sounds less common […]

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OBITUARY: Kenneth G. Duff >

March 6th, 2008

Kenneth G. Duff, a staff member in biostatistics at the Graduate School of Public Health, died Feb. 25, 2008, following a two-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 44. Duff earned a BS in computer science from Pitt in 1986. Following graduation he was hired as a computer programmer at Pitt’s National Surgical Adjuvant […]

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Expert addresses whether governments should talk to terrorists >

March 6th, 2008

At what juncture, if any, is it appropriate for governments to enter into a dialogue with terrorist groups? That depends on a number of factors, said a visiting lecturer, including how one defines terrorism, what the pre-conditions of a negotiation would entail and what ends are sought by the government in question. “This lecture does […]

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OBITUARY: William Z. Nasri >

March 6th, 2008

William Z. Nasri, professor emeritus in the School of Information Sciences (SIS), died Feb. 22, 2008, of natural causes. He was 82. Nasri was a member of the SIS community for more than 30 years, beginning in 1964 as a research associate while he was enrolled in the PhD program. In addition to his doctorate […]

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Trustees approve name change for engineering school >

March 6th, 2008

Pitt’s Board of Trustees last week made the engineering school’s name change official, resolving that the school be re-named the John A. Swanson School of Engineering. Swanson, who earned his PhD in applied mechanics at Pitt, is the largest individual donor in the University’s history, having given $41.3 million. (See Dec. 6 University Times.) Also […]

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Tales From the Scales: 12-week weight race reaches midpoint >

March 6th, 2008

They’re heading around the mid-pole for the far turn! In spite of wintry weather and short days that make many want to hibernate, 263 teams of Pitt employees University-wide began the 12-week MyHealth Weight Race in January and now are at the midpoint of the competition to see which teams can best reach their weight […]

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