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Volume 35 Issue 4

Hillman Cancer Center opens >

October 10th, 2002

During its first 17 years in the war against cancer, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has conducted gene therapy trials, discovered protein markers for human prostate, bladder and colon cancers, and developed and clinically tested the first synthetic peptide vaccine against advanced cancers, among many other achievements. Prior to a news conference yesterday […]

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IA’s Carter resigns as Pitt's chief fund raiser >

October 10th, 2002

Carol Carter resigned as the University’s chief fund raiser on Tuesday. Pitt gave no reason for her resignation, which was effective immediately. It came four months after the University announced that it had exceeded its $500 million “Discover a World of Possibilities” campaign goal and that it planned to raise another half-billion dollars by June […]

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Pitt seeks health insurance bids >

October 10th, 2002

Pitt is asking vendors to get creative with their bids for the University’s health insurance business. Pitt’s exclusive contract with UPMC Health Plan expires June 30, 2003. The University recently sent RFPs (requests for proposals) to the major players in western Pennsylvania’s health insurance market: UPMC Health Plan, Aetna, Health America and Highmark. Proposals are […]

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Some long-term staff lose jobs in units' attempts to absorb cuts >

October 10th, 2002

At least some of the $8 million in cuts mandated from this year’s budget are being made by eliminating long-term staff, two social work staffers learned recently. In July, Pitt’s administration announced that $8 million would be trimmed University-wide from the fiscal year 2003 budget. Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said at the time that some Pitt […]

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Pitt could see more attempts by legislators to "micro-manage" >

October 10th, 2002

Last year, a Pennsylvania legislator proposed an amendment to the University’s state funding bill that would have required Pitt to reimburse the state for legal expenses incurred by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission due to actions taken by Pitt’s Environmental Law Clinic. The amendment was aimed at punishing the clinic for representing groups fighting the Mon-Fayette […]

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SAC sponsors workshop >

October 10th, 2002

On Oct. 28, the Staff Association Council (SAC) is sponsoring a limited-seating workshop entitled, “Who Moved My Cheese? An ‘A-Mazing’ Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life.” The title refers to the best-selling book by Spencer Johnson. Linda Neuenschwander, staff member at the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, is leading […]

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ONE ON ONE: William Keller America's goal should be disarming Saddam, not deposing

him, Ridgway Center director says >

October 10th, 2002

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are expected to vote as early as today, Oct. 10, on a resolution that would authorize President Bush to order unilateral American military action against Iraq. In a nationally broadcast speech Monday night, Bush called Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein “a murderous tyrant” who poses an immediate threat to […]

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A glimpse into the past: Prof writes psychology dept. history >

October 10th, 2002

Academic departments are like living organisms, evolving according to the personalities that inhabit them as well as internal and external circumstances, a Pitt professor emeritus says. “This is particularly true for the Department of Psychology,” according to Merle J. Moskowitz. Following his retirement from teaching and administration, Moskowitz has been writing the last of four […]

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UPMC alters Oakland plans but construction of Pitt biomedical science tower moving ahead >

October 10th, 2002

In June 2001, UPMC Health System and Pitt announced a seven-year, $600 million Oakland medical campus renewal project with much fanfare. The plans included construction of three major new facilities, two by UPMC and one by Pitt. UPMC’s plans have been altered radically as the result of an August deal to purchase St. Francis Hospital […]

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