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Volume 33 Issue 2

How the salary policy played out in one department >

September 14th, 2000

George Sparling, an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) mathematics department, received a positive performance evaluation for last year. But his resulting 2.5 percent raise — 0.5 percent above the recommended percentage for satisfactory performance — was slightly below last year's 2.7 percent Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate. "I think […]

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Budget Policies Committee recommends at least 5.5 percent faculty pay increase for next year >

September 14th, 2000

The administration should plan to in- crease faculty salaries budget by 5.5 percent next year — or 6-7 percent, if Pitt hopes to raise its faculty salaries to the average paid at Association of American Universities (AAU) schools within the next two to three years, according to a University Senate committee. In a recent recommendation […]

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Magee-Womens Hospital employs digital mammography >

September 14th, 2000

A digital mammography machine, which could revolutionize the way doctors detect breast cancer, now is available at Magee-Womens Hospital. The first clinical installation in western Pennsylvania of the GE Medical System's Seno-graphe 2000D was announced yesterday at a press conference. During digital mammography, X-rays are sent through the breast and converted into electronic charges that […]

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Settlement reached in suit over endowed chair honoring Fisher >

September 14th, 2000

Pitt and Zeneca, Inc. have settled a breach of contract lawsuit that the pharmaceutical company filed in February 1999, seeking punitive damages and return of $600,000 (plus interest) that Zeneca said it gave the University to endow a professorship that was never filled. Pitt General Counsel Alan Garfinkel said the settlement was "satisfactory to both […]

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Obituary/Thomas Dwyer >

September 14th, 2000

A memorial service will be held for Thomas Dwyer, retired professor of computer science, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood avenues. Dwyer died July 7. He was 76. Dwyer earned a B.S. in mathematics and physics at the University of Dayton. He taught for many years […]

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Marvin Roth, University's new Placement and Career Services director >

September 14th, 2000

When Marvin J. "Marv" Roth heard that Pitt was searching for a new director of Placement and Career Services, he wasn't interested in the job at first. That's because he incorrectly assumed that placement/career services at Pitt was a "traditional" (i.e., stodgy) operation that basically just brought recruiters to campus and served undergraduates during their […]

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Medical School professor named to nation's first chair focusing on patient care >

September 14th, 2000

Before they can graduate, Pitt medical students must be able to interpret an electrocardiogram, perform a pelvic exam and demonstrate many other clinical skills. Some day, they may also have to show that they can communicate effectively with patients. A draft proposal to establish minimum standards for doctor-patient communication skills will be circulated for comment […]

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Arthur S. Levine comments on Robert Arnold's appointment >

September 14th, 2000

Arthur S. Levine, Pitt senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences and medical school dean, on Robert Arnold's appointment: "The selection of the first Leo H. Criep, M.D., Professor of Patient Care is a national milestone in bringing long overdue attention to the doctor-patient relationship as the very soul of the medical profession. "Dr. Bob Arnold's […]

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Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center gets $350,000 grant >

September 14th, 2000

Pennsylvania State Senator Melissa Hart (R-Bradford Woods) announced last week that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is providing a $350,000 grant to Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC). The grant will provide training programs and shared manufacturing space and expertise for local start-up manufacturers. "Manufacturing is still a major part of our region's economy," Hart said, "and […]

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