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Volume 35 Issue 5

OBITUARY: Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar >

October 24th, 2002

Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar, associate professor of mathematics at the Greensburg campus, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. Bhatnagar had been a member of the mathematics faculty at UPG since August 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His area of specialization was fluid mechanics of visco-elastic liquids. […]

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Weighing in on Pitt’s eclectic architecture >

October 24th, 2002

Who is Terence Smith? Pitt’s new Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory is a modernist critic, author, scholar and teacher with an international reputation. “Terry brings with him a global perspective on the interaction of culture and politics and art,” says Franklin K. Toker, a fellow professor in the Department of […]

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Pitt experiments with wireless as alternative to data ports in classrooms >

October 24th, 2002

With the demand for computer-friendly classrooms outpacing the supply here, Pitt has been experimenting — successfully — with wireless technology as a less expensive alternative to “old-fashioned” data ports, the University Registrar said last week. Samuel D. Conte said his office has been working with Pitt’s Office of Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) and […]

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Math prof collaborates with Nobel winner >

October 24th, 2002

When prices of stock in Internet-based companies and other speculative ventures soar, it deprives so-called “value stocks” (in blue-chip corporations, for example) of the capital needed to push their prices higher. Result: value stock prices suffer. When speculative stock prices tumble, the ugly image of collapsing prices discourages investors from putting their money into any […]

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Trustees to elect 2 emeritus members >

October 24th, 2002

Pitt’s Board of Trustees is expected to elect Herbert P. Douglas Jr. and Frank E. Mosier as emeritus trustees when the board meets on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the William Pitt Union. The nominations of Douglas and Mosier were unanimously approved yesterday, Oct. 23, by the board’s nominating committee. Emeritus trustees may vote […]

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ON TEACHING: Robert Matson >

October 24th, 2002

An award-winning professor at Pitt’s Johnstown campus says that content alone does not a good teacher make. “I devote nearly as much attention to the science and art of presentation as to my academic discipline itself,” says Robert W. Matson, professor of history in the Division of Social Sciences. “My classes are in a more-or-less […]

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Examining visual images as historical documentation >

October 24th, 2002

Teaching excellence award winner Robert W. Matson is focusing much of his scholarly efforts on a new cross-disciplinary field of instruction that straddles history, communication, film studies and cinematography. According to James Alexander, professor of political science and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at UPJ, Matson “assesses film, even popular film, as documentary […]

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Bradford campaign to raise $13 million >

October 24th, 2002

Pitt’s Bradford campus plans to raise $13 million to continue capital projects, provide academic support, enhance technology and create new scholarships. Howard L. Fesenmyer, the “Complete the Campus” campaign chairman, announced the goal this month. “Completing the campus,” Fesenmyer said, “means having the best resources to recruit and retain the best students and faculty and […]

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