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Volume 35 Issue 7

HOW TO TEACH: Playing games in the classroom >

November 21st, 2002

Alex Trebek, move over. Now Pitt chemistry profs are hosting "Jeopardy!" the popular TV game show, right in the classroom. Chemistry senior lecturer Leonard Kogut and teaching assistant Michelle Price demonstrated the science-oriented Jeopardy game at the Nov. 15 Teaching Excellence Fair. Kogut joked that he was guest-hosting the demonstration for chemistry colleague Joe Grabowski, […]

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Pitt opposes proposed city tax >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt officials say that a proposed new 0.5 percent tax on city employers' payrolls would place Pitt at a competitive disadvantage and would threaten "the economic well-being of the very institutions that are key to the future of the city." Mayor Tom Murphy, in his fiscal year 2003 budget address last week, called for a […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Merging theory with practice >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt-Johnstown communication professor Diane Nicodemus used to be frustrated by students' comments such as, "My volunteer job is better than any course I ever took." Then she decided to do something about it. "This indicated to me that there was a disconnect between the classroom and experiential learning. I felt that theory and thought could […]

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University Senate proposes altering procedure for changing its bylaws >

November 21st, 2002

Changing the University Senate's bylaws would no longer require a vote of the full Senate membership, under a plan that Faculty Assembly and Senate Council endorsed this month. The new system would streamline the amendment process considerably, said Frank Beatrous, who chairs the Senate's bylaws and procedures committee. Most Senate bylaws changes are minor or […]

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Starrett poetry prize awarded >

November 21st, 2002

Chinese-American poet Shao Wei is the 22nd winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, which is awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Press for an outstanding first book of poetry. Her manuscript, "Pulling a Dragon's Teeth" was selected from more than 1,000 entries and will be published by the Press in fall 2003. Established […]

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Decision on non-student use of Baierl Center facilities won't be made before next fall >

November 21st, 2002

If faculty and staff are allowed to exercise at the Petersen Events Center's Bill Baierl Student Recreation Center, it won't be until next fall at the earliest. That's because, until fall 2003, the administration will not have a complete report on student usage of the Baierl Center. Without those numbers — and assurance that employees […]

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Pitt bioterrorism curriculum cited as model >

November 21st, 2002

Last week at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting, representatives from the nation's medical schools met to discuss the best way to integrate bioterrorism training into the curriculum, examining Pitt School of Medicine's curriculum as a model. "At Pitt, we have been training our students since 2000 how to identify and treat […]

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New Pitt book details research on health status of local blacks >

November 21st, 2002

Almost a year after the initial release of the Pitt-produced "Black Papers on African American Health in Allegheny County," the health disparities that they report still make for shocking reading — even for the researchers who documented them. A few examples: * For every 1,000 live births in Allegheny County during 1999, 19 black babies […]

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OBITUARY: Nathan J. Stark >

November 21st, 2002

Nathan J. Stark, who served as Pitt's vice chancellor for Health Sciences from 1974 to 1984, died of cancer Nov. 11, 2002, at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 82. A lawyer by training, Stark retired from Pitt to become a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Fort & Schlefer, specializing in […]

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Some Senate committee recommendations on part-time faculty being implemented >

November 21st, 2002

Because Pitt's I.D. validation process is automated and linked to the University payroll system, an employee's I.D. card is valid only during months that he or she is on the payroll. That can be problematic for part-time faculty members who don't teach here year-round. Among other things, it has meant that a new or returning […]

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