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Volume 35 Issue 7

Human Resources not concerned about Pitt's long-term care insurance provider >

November 21st, 2002

Pitt's chief Human Resources administrator said yesterday that his staff has reported "no reason to be concerned" about the reliability of UnumProvident, the company that, since July, has been providing short- and long-term disability insurance — plus an optional, employee-paid, long-term care insurance plan — for staff and faculty here. On Nov. 17, CBS-TV's "60 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Two offices provide a "how to" for Health Sciences researchers >

November 21st, 2002

As a national research institution, Pitt boasts annual sponsored research support on the order of $425 million. Of Pitt's six schools of the Health Sciences — Dental Medicine, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health — four (medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy) are in the current or recent top 10 of […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Innovative faculty members share their experiences and offer tips >

November 21st, 2002

Award-winning Pitt faculty got to show off their teaching innovation wares at last week's second annual "Teaching Excellence Fair," a half-day smorgasbord of instruction-related presentations. Co-sponsored by the Provost's office, the Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) and the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE), the fair primarily is a forum for […]

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HOW TO TEACH: His motto for students: Be prepared >

November 21st, 2002

Occasionally, one of John Poulakos's students will make the mistake of answering "I don't know" — or not replying at all — when Poulakos asks him or her about an assigned discussion topic. When this happens, Poulakos just stands there, staring at the student. Poulakos waits. And waits. And waits some more, for 10 minutes […]

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HOW TO TEACH: Using technology to keep in touch >

November 21st, 2002

Can technology improve the integration of classroom and field experience? Two Pitt social work professors conducted a pilot study last year to determine if web-based resources could help bridge the distance graduate students feel from the University setting when they're out in the field for their practicum experience. Patricia Kolar and Kathryn Collins, faculty members […]

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