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Jan. 4, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 24

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the Department of Public Relations. News of campus interest should be sent to Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 ( or Bruce Gerson, 412-268-1613 ( The newsletter is available on the official.cmu-news and bulletin boards.


Carnegie Mellon's celebration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12 in McConomy Auditorium with a "Tribute to Dr. King," a one-hour program sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

—Monday, Jan. 15: A series of university programs—discussions, photo and poster exhibits, documentary films and presentation of writing awards—will be held in the University Center from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession at 4:30 p.m. from the Purnell Center to Rangos Hall.

—Classes are cancelled from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

—5 p.m. Dr. James H. Cone, professor of systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York, will speak in Rangos Hall on "Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare."

—7 p.m. "Musical Tribute to Dr. King" by the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Rangos Hall.

—Saturday, Jan. 20: In celebration of King's life, members of the Carnegie Mellon community will travel to sites in the Pittsburgh area for community service. About 100 volunteer opportunities are open with the following organizations: Little Sisters of the Poor, Miryam's, Amnesty International of Carnegie Mellon, East End Cooperative Ministry, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Pennsylvania Wildlife Center, Family House and Habitat for Humanity. Those interested in participating in the Day of Service should sign-up in Kirr Commons, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 19.


—The U.S. Department of Energy is adding a new project to its efforts to decipher the chemical and physical "fingerprints" of tiny airborne particulate matter. The objective is to determine how much coal-fired power plants contribute to atmospheric levels of these pollutants compared to other possible sources.

—The department, through its fossil energy research program, will provide Carnegie Mellon's Civil and Environmental, Chemical, Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering departments with $3.4 million for a 3-year project that leverages efforts the university already has underway with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

—With prior support from EPA, the university is developing an air monitoring "supersite" on campus. The Energy Department's funding will enable the university to enhance the site's analysis capabilities, permitting scientists to gather more detailed measurements of the chemical make-up and other properties of the airborne particles.

—Microscopic airborne particles can pose health risks for the most susceptible members of the U.S. population, especially the elderly and others with respiratory impairments. Before effective strategies can be implemented to reduce these pollutants, scientists must have a better understanding of where they originate and how they are transported.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Jan. 3.


The Carnegie Mellon Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) has provided the university community with high-speed data connections in the home since 1996. Today, DSL is offered by a variety of providers across the region. Because Computing Services typically yields to the marketplace when new technologies become commonplace, Computing Services will outsource DSL services over the next year and prepare a process that should provide a smooth transition for its customers.

—Based on availability, the division will accept new Carnegie Mellon DSL customers through July 1, 2001. Through the spring, however, it will investigate and identify "preferred" DSL providers selected on the basis of performance, service, convenience and coverage. Existing DSL users will be assigned to the preferred providers of their choice next fall and the Carnegie Mellon DSL service will be discontinued on Dec. 31, 2001.

—For information on these DSL service changes, visit


The university's annual Winter Conference will take place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 in the University Center. The program includes a keynote presentation by Jack Roseman from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, lunch and an opportunity to talk with faculty and administrators and participate in four self-selected workshops. Registration for the conference will take place 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jan. 15-19 in the University Center lobby. Beginning Jan. 12, registration forms may be picked up at the UC Information Desk, Student Affairs (WH 301) and Student Life in Morewood Gardens.

—Information: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Anne Witchner at x8-8704 or


A new 12 - 14 week session of Weight Watchers at Work begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10 in the University Center's Pake Room. Future meetings will be at noon on Wednesdays. Please preregister using the form at Preregistration forms should be returned by Jan. 8. Direct questions to Joyce Moore,


—Nominations are invited for the 2001 Graduate Student Teaching Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 5. The guidelines for nominations are available at Direct questions to Michelle Pierson, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, or x8-2896.

—To increase security on campus during nighttime hours and on weekends, Campus Police have installed a card-access system for university buildings. To gain access to Doherty, Newell-Simon and Wean halls from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday and from 10 p.m., Friday, to 6 a.m., Monday, members of the university community must swipe their Carnegie Mellon ID card in the entry device which will read the card's magnetic tape.


—The board of directors of Teledyne Technologies has elected former Carnegie Mellon President Robert Mehrabian as chairman. Mehrabian is president and chief executive of Teledyne and will retain those responsibilities. Robyn E. Choi, former director of Carnegie Mellon's President's Office, was named a corporate vice president with responsibility for corporate communications, information systems and procurement activities.

—Harry Faulk, associate dean of the Heinz School, will retire at the end of February. "Harry has been devoted to educational service for 58 years, the last 23 of which were at the Heinz School," says Heinz School Acting Dean Linda Babcock. "As the founder of the Heinz School's Master of Public Management program, Harry has served as a personal role model and extraordinary leader of mid-career master's programs . . . ."

—The Carnegie Mellon student branch of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competed in early December in the Micro-Truck competition, held at Portland, Ore., in connection with the SAE Truck & Bus meeting. Members of the team were Ray Ayala, Nabil Rizk, Dan Gielas and Dan Bogard. The competition is a rough-road race between autonomous, small electrically powered trucks. The team took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Unlimited Class, and 2nd and 3rd place and the Best Design Award in the Modified Stock class.

—Professor Andrew Gellman and Assistant Professor David Sholl, Department of Chemical Engineering, are developing solid surfaces that can be used to distinguish between "left handed" and "right handed" versions of molecules that are otherwise identical. Left- and right-handed molecules have structures that are mirror images of one another in the same way that the left hand is a mirror image of the right. This problem of molecular recognition is vital for developing new pharmaceuticals, because most pharmaceuticals are handed molecules and "left handed" or "right handed" molecules can have dramatically different biological functions. The researchers' techniques and discoveries are expected to lead to major breakthroughs in the manufacturing of drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.

—Nick Zitelli, a senior linebacker for the Carnegie Mellon football team, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Aztec Bowl in Merida, Mexico on Dec. 16. Zitelli intercepted a pass and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown to help lead the U.S.Division III all-star team to a 27-26 victory over Mexico. Zitelli earned a spot on the U.S. squad by being selected to the team by the American Football Coaches Association.

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