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Volume 37 Issue 17

Obituary: Lee Johns >

April 28th, 2005

Lee Johns, associate director of predoctoral periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, died unexpectedly this month at his Moon home. He was 50. Johns, an associate professor in the Department of Periodontics, was popular among his students for his objectivity, fairness, social grace and humor, according to faculty colleague Ali Seyedain. Dental medicine Dean […]

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Obituary: Mary P. Edmonds >

April 28th, 2005

Noted Pitt biochemist Mary P. Edmonds, professor emerita of biological sciences, died April 16, 2005, of complications related to a heart attack. She was 82. Edmonds’s research on messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid) led to the discovery of protein sequences that allow RNA to carry genetic instructions from a cell’s nucleus to the cellular mechanisms that […]

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Obituary: Felix “Bebe” Miller >

April 28th, 2005

Felix H. “Bebe” Miller, a retired clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine and a volunteer fundraiser for the University, died April 25, 2005, from myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. He was 76. “He injected humor in day-to-day interactions and this made him an effective educator,” said Steve Caritis, director […]

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What makes Pitt’s commencement so colorful? >

April 28th, 2005

Tradition. For some it means wearing Steelers colors every fall game day. For others it means doing the laundry every Monday. Still others always go to brunch after church on Sundays, or always bowl on Wednesdays. But once every spring, a tradition born almost a millennium ago sprouts multi-colored wings on university campuses across the […]

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Regional faculty reaction to salary benchmark list varies >

April 28th, 2005

A controversy that has been bubbling beneath the surface for a couple months has resurfaced: What are the appropriate benchmarks for comparing faculty salaries at Pitt’s four-year regional campuses? The issue was raised last summer by faculty leaders at the three regionals that are four-year baccalaureate institutions (designated as “IIB” by the American Association of […]

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University names law dean >

April 28th, 2005

Pitt has named Mary A. Crossley, who holds an endowed professorship at Florida State University College of Law, as the new School of Law dean, the first woman dean in the school’s 110-year history. Crossley’s appointment is effective in July. She will succeed David J. Herring, who is returning to the law school full-time faculty […]

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