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March 21, 2005 Issue

Book Center to Host P-G Editor in Meet and Speak March 24

Clarke M. Thomas, retired senior editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will take part in a Meet-and-Speak session and will sign copies of his new book, Front-Page Pittsburgh: Two Hundred Years of the Post-Gazette (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), at noon March 24 in the University of Pittsburgh Book Center.

First published as the Pittsburgh Gazette on Saturday, Aug. 12, 1786, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has survived name changes, ownership sales, mergers, and a competitive landscape once populated by more than 50 newspapers. Front-Page Pittsburgh looks at the paper’s history, from the Whiskey Rebellion to the news controversies of today.

Thomas, a combat infantryman in World War II, spent 43 years as a newspaperman in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. He received the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania President’s Award in 1997 “in recognition of outstanding career achievement and contributions to Western Pennsylvania journalism.”

This free public event is cosponsored by the University Book Center and the University of Pittsburgh Press. For more information, contact Melissa Grube at the Book Center at 412-648-1453.

—Patricia Lomando White

Pirates to Host CMH Minority Health Day At PNC Park April 17

The Center for Minority Health (CMH) in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Pirates are joining forces for a special day at PNC Park April 17, when the Pirates host the Chicago Cubs.

CMH Director Stephen B. Thomas will throw out the honorary first pitch before the game, which begins at 1:35 p.m.

Tickets are available through CMH at the special price of $15 and $10, with a portion of the proceeds from each ticket benefiting CMH. For ticket information, call CMH at 412-624-5665 or visit no later than April 1. After that date, tickets can be purchased at PNC Park.

—Alan Aldinger

Pitt Dance Ensemble Spring Performance To Be Held April 1-2

The University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble (PDE) will present a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance in its spring performance, at 8 p.m. April 1 and 2, in the Trees Hall Dance Studio.

The performance, titled PDE Dance Project, 2005, is choreographed by Pitt students. It also will include Fastracking, a large-ensemble work featuring Dance Ensemble members and local professional dancers, presented by PDE guest choreographer and adjunct faculty member Gina Desko. Fastracking is about race cars, driving, and the motion of the race, with video projection used during the performance.

The Dance Ensemble, housed in Pitt’s Department of Health and Physical Activity, is a student dance group that performs several genres of dance and offers classes, workshops, and master classes. Tickets for PDE Dance Project, 2005, are $6 for general admission and $3 for students. For more information, call 412-648-8262.

—Patricia Lomando White

Spring Plenary Session Set for March 23

Consumer Satisfaction with UPMC will be the subject of the University Senate’s Spring Plenary Session, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

Margaret Smith Washington, president of Washington Associates and author of Doctor, Can You Hear Me? Patient, Are You Listening? (Washington Associates, 2003), will deliver the keynote address. Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will give introductory remarks.

Presenters will include Nicholas G. Bircher, president of the University Senate and a Pitt associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine; Michael J. Culyba, vice president of medical affairs for the UPMC Health Plan; and Loren H. Roth, senior vice president of Quality Care and Chief Medical Officer at UPMC.

Moderator will be Nathan Hershey, professor of health law in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.

Early Childhood Education Expert to Deliver Lecture

Barbara Bowman, chief officer of early childhood education for the Chicago Public Schools, will deliver the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Horace Mann Lecture, “Implications of Cultural Differences in Education,” at 5 p.m. March 31 in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

An authority on early education, cultural diversity, and the education of at-risk children, Bowman was a founding member of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development and served as the institute’s president from 1994 to 2001. She has conducted an inservice for the Chicago Public School System and has directed projects for Head Start and American Indian Reservation teachers, as well as for caregivers of infants at risk for morbidity or mortality. In addition, she has served on the Family Resource Coalition, Great Books Foundation, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Bowman also was president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Bowman was a 2005 planning committee member for the National Research Council’s mathematical and scientific development in early childhood workshop, which produced “Mathematical and Scientific Development in Early Childhood: A Workshop Summary.” Bowman also chaired the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy resulting in the book Eager to Learn: Educating our Preschoolers (National Academies Press, 2000).

—Patricia Lomando White

UPT Lady Panthers Win State Championship

The Pitt-Titusville campus women’s basketball team—in its first year of existence, with a nearly all-freshman lineup—won the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) championship Feb. 27, defeating Philadelphia’s Manor College 74-69.

First-year student Nijha McNeely was among the Lady Panthers’ leading scorers in the championship game with 18 points as well as 14 rebounds. She was named to the PCAA All-State team this season, as were teammates (and fellow first-year students) Chastity Ingram and Shauna Browning.

Pitt-Titusville Lady Panthers Head Coach Bob Lynch was named this season’s Coach of the Year in the PCAA, which is made up of Pennsylvania two-year colleges and regional campuses. Another highlight of the season for Lynch’s squad was beating the women’s basketball team of Carnegie Mellon University, 69-56, in a game at the Petersen Events Center.

Racial Profiling Expert To Lecture Today

David A. Harris, Balk Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, will discuss his new book, Good Cops (The New Press, 2005), a case for “preventive policing,” in a lecture at 4 p.m. March 21 in the Teplitz Memorial Courtroom of Pitt’s Barco Law Building.

Pitt’s School of Law and Center on Race and Social Problems are cosponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Copies of Harris’ book will be available for purchase.

A visiting professor in Pitt’s School of Law last term, Harris has studied and observed the Pittsburgh Police Bureau and the Citizens Review Board. This provided a cornerstone for his book, which shows that good policing does not have to happen at the expense of civil liberties. His talk will be followed by comments from Pittsburgh Police Chief Robert McNeilly.

A former senior justice fellow at the Open Society Institute in New York, Harris spent five years talking to police—from patrol officers to sergeants to captains and chiefs—observing them on the street, riding in their patrol cars, and listening to their stories. Good Cops reveals that police departments nationwide are embracing a new approach to law enforcement that Harris describes as “preventive policing,” which helps to build bridges between police officers and the citizens they serve.

Author of Profiles in Injustice (The New Press, 2002), Harris is recognized as a leading authority on racial profiling. He is a frequent speaker on topics of criminal justice, national security, civil liberties, and racial profiling for national organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Urban League, the NAACP, the ACLU, the American Bar Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Research Council.

Harris graduated from Northwestern University and received the J.D. from Yale Law School and the LL.M. in trial advocacy from Georgetown Law School.

—Patricia Lomando White

Author and Comedian Karo to Speak at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Program Council will sponsor a lecture by author and comedian Aaron Karo at 8:30 p.m. March 24, in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

Karo, 25, began his writing career while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He would send his friends monthly e-mails, titled Ruminations on College Life, filled with comedic observations and stories. The e-mails attained a mass following, and by the time Karo graduated in 2001, he had more than 11,000 subscribers worldwide.

After moving to Manhattan to work on Wall Street, Karo sent a collection of his e-mails to Simon & Schuster, which published them in 2002. Karo left Wall Street to pursue a career in comedy and writing, and his latest book, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in May.

General admission is $5 and free for students with a valid Pitt ID.

For more information, call Pitt Program Council lecture director Nicole Proviano at 412-648-7900.

—Audra Sorman

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