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Volume 41 Issue 6

Pitt considers consequences of state, world financial problems >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt is taking a careful look at the ramifications of the recent international financial crisis, a double-whammy on the heels of likely commonwealth appropriation cutbacks announced in September. The University was told by Gov. Edward Rendell to expect the state to withhold 4.25 percent ($7.25 million) of its fiscal year appropriation next June, barring a […]

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Simulation/modeling center launched >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt researchers can increase their potential for faster, more efficient and effective real-world solutions to a range of problems through the Center for Simulation and Modeling, launched Oct. 24. The center allows faculty to address their research challenges through collaboration and increased computing power. A joint project of the School of Arts and Sciences and […]

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Volunteer registry for clinical trials debuts >

November 6th, 2008

Coming soon to a UPMC outpatient facility near you: A system that enables people to sign up as potential participants in clinical research studies. Two years in preparation, the Research Participant Registry, one of the first of its kind, is one component of Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which was established in 2006 […]

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GSPH gets $8.4 million for emergency response research center >

November 6th, 2008

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $8.4 million over the next five years to the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. The center’s experts will develop methods to evaluate emergency response plans and best practices to handle public health emergencies caused by […]

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Pitt frosh stats continue to improve >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt’s incoming freshman class has continued to improve, said Betsy Porter, director of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Compared to last year’s freshmen, the fall 2008 class was larger – 3,488 compared to 3,419 — and also better by several measurable standards. A quarter of the incoming class ranked among the top 10 […]

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Starrett poetry prize awarded >

November 6th, 2008

California author Cheryl Dumesnil is the 2008 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Press for an outstanding first full-length book of poetry. Her collection, “In Praise of Falling,” was selected from several hundred entries and will be published by the Press in fall 2009. Dumesnil is the […]

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Pitt expands contingency plans in the event of Port Authority strike >

November 6th, 2008

Pitt has updated its contingency plans in the event of a strike by Port Authority of Allegheny County workers or a work stoppage triggered by lack of transit funding. Plans are posted on a link on Pitt’s home page (www.pitt.edu). Plans include increased car pooling, the expansion of the existing campus shuttle system, the introduction […]

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Alzheimer research proposals sought >

November 6th, 2008

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) seed monies grant program is seeking proposals for pilot grants to stimulate new research relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. Proposals can range from basic to psychosocial science in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical […]

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On Teaching: Writing roundtable >

November 6th, 2008

The five-paragraph essay, according to national experts, is the dominant formula for teaching basic writing. Students, particularly in high school, are taught to conform to a cookie-cutter model in their writing assignments. Students are asked to insert material into a introduction, provide a set of supporting data and present a conclusion. Critics of the model […]

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