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Volume 41 Issue 4

Computer blacklisting problems addressed >

October 9th, 2008

Spam — that annoying unsolicited email from pseudo-Nigerian dictators, non-existent banks and creatively named medical products — has reared its ugly head with a relatively new consequence for Pitt computer account users and for the University itself. While the University’s spam-filtering mechanism (Postini system) when activated traps spam on a separate server, some spam that […]

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Obituary: Anita J. Williams >

October 9th, 2008

Human Resources staff member Anita J. Williams died Sept. 25, 2008, following an extended battle with cancer. She was 56. A graduate of Cleveland State University, she came to Pitt’s HR department in 1993, where she was responsible for recruiting and placing temporary employees through All-Temps. In addition to her work duties, Williams represented HR […]

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Investigations into lab incident underway >

October 9th, 2008

Pitt and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are investigating a Sept. 24 incident in a University laboratory. John Fedele, Pitt associate director of news, said, “The University is investigating an incident involving a laboratory animal.” Fedele declined to confirm any details of the incident. Stories in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a […]

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One on One: Center for Health and Care Work director Carrie Leana >

October 9th, 2008

Carrie R. Leana was bartending in a Texas country and western bar after earning her BA in English when she realized she’d better get on with her life’s work. It’s just that she didn’t know what that was. “My career path was not linear,” Leana said, in a recent conversation with University Times staff writer […]

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Lessons learned in the battle against smallpox >

October 9th, 2008

While the international effort to eradicate smallpox ranks among the 20th century’s greatest health achievements, the road to success was quite bumpy, according to the global health expert who led the campaign. “This was a program that almost wasn’t launched, it was soundly forecasted to fail, but it miraculously succeeded. It was a remarkable victory […]

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Science 2008: Scanning the brain >

October 9th, 2008

Can magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain aid in developing instructional techniques? Can they teach us why adolescents engage in high-risk behavior? What do they reveal about the highly evolved human ability to recognize faces? These were some of the questions that researchers addressed at “Brain Functional Evidence of Normative and Impaired Behavior,” […]

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Science 2008: Responsible research series launched >

October 9th, 2008

Science 2008 marked the launch of a new preview event aimed at fostering the responsible conduct of research among early-career investigators. The first of five annual workshops, held Oct. 1, focused on conflict of interest and relations with industry. In it, Pitt post-docs pondered a theoretical conflict of interest case and heard from experts on […]

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Science 2008: Raichle delivers Hofmann lecture >

October 9th, 2008

Brain function researcher Marcus E. Raichle delivered the annual Klaus Hofmann Lecture Oct. 3 at Science 2008. Raichle has developed techniques to study neurophysiology and biochemistry and has defined a “default network” of regions in the brain that handle background mental thoughts and processes. He is a professor of radiology, neurology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering and […]

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UPB econ prof studies the politics of water >

October 9th, 2008

BRADFORD — Liquid assets have been the focus of Shailendra Gajanan’s recent work. The Pitt-Bradford economics professor spent two months this summer researching the role government policy has played in water depletion in India. In his native Chennai, water security has become a prime issue — the area’s population has exploded and urbanization has put […]

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