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Volume 35 Issue 11

Will lean year prompt creativity in faculty/staff compensation? >

February 6th, 2003

Should the highest percentage pay raises at Pitt next year go to the University’s lowest-paid employees (as they did in 1996)? Would employees be better off if Pitt paid a larger share of their health insurance costs, in lieu of salary increases? Questions such as those are expected to come up at meetings of the […]

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OBITUARY: Anne Sawyer Berkley >

February 6th, 2003

Anne Sawyer Berkley, a charter member of the Kuntu Writers Workshop, died Dec. 7, 2002, at her home in National City, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Allensworth, San Diego Chapter 12, P.O. Box 161211, San Diego CA 92176.

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SAC to meet privately about salaries >

February 6th, 2003

Pitt’s Staff Association Council (SAC) plans to meet behind closed doors Feb. 12 to discuss what it calls “staff salary inequities.” Last month SAC voiced outrage at what members called excessive raises and retention bonuses the trustees approved for Pitt senior officers. The group said it would draft a resolution expressing SAC’s views on compensation […]

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Faculty Assembly tables resolution on officers' pay >

February 6th, 2003

In an op-ed piece published in the Jan. 24 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy defended the compensation packages that he and other Pitt trustees recently awarded to the University’s senior administrators. Cappy wrote that Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg himself had argued eloquently, year after year, against such substantial raises and […]

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Pitt denies making first move in re-opening same-sex benefits case >

February 6th, 2003

Contrary to claims by ACLU attorneys and others seeking to force Pitt through the courts to extend health benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, the University has never attacked the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, Pitt General Counsel Alan A. Garfinkel reiterated in an interview yesterday. “Our position has always been that the city ordinance, as amended in […]

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Safar to speak at honors convocation >

February 6th, 2003

Peter J. Safar, Distinguished Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at Pitt and a pioneer of modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation, will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 28 honors convocation at the Petersen Events Center. Safar was founding chairperson of Pitt’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and founder of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research […]

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City Planning approves BST3 plan >

February 6th, 2003

The Pittsburgh City Planning commission gave Pitt the okay last week to construct the Biomedical Science Tower 3 (BST3), officials said. The $188 million project, approved by Pitt’s Board of Trustees last October, had been delayed by the City Planning commission at a Jan. 14 meeting, when commissioners wanted to study further the project’s parking […]

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Taking a look at school desegregation >

February 6th, 2003

Pitt’s new Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), an interdisciplinary center housed in the School of Social Work, was established recently to promote scholarship where racial issues are at the intellectual core. Janet Ward Schofield, professor of psychology and senior scientist at Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center, spoke last month on “School Desegregation […]

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New immigration laws affect faculty, staff, students >

February 6th, 2003

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have spawned unprecedented changes in U.S. immigration laws and regulations, which are directly affecting the lives — both academic and personal — of foreign nationals at Pitt, including approximately 1,100 faculty and staff members and their dependents. A few examples, as described during a Feb. 3 “Immigration Law […]

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Faculty honored for teaching, research, public service >

February 6th, 2003

Winners of the 2003 chancellor’s awards for distinguished teaching, research and public service were announced by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg at Senate Council this week. Teaching award recipients are: William C. de Groat, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine; Rodney H. Eatman, Department of Theatre, Johnstown campus; Joseph J. Grabowski, Department of Chemistry/Faculty of Arts and […]

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