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Jan. 18, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 26

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.


In his annual address on the state of diversity at the university on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Jared L. Cohon introduced a "problem statement" authored by Carnegie Mellon's Diversity Advisory Council, a group established to help the university reach its strategic planning goal of increasing diversity campus-wide. The document, "Diversity at Carnegie Mellon: Assessing the Problem," focuses on three components--Climate/Culture, Underrepresentation and Community Consciousness.

—CLIMATE/CULTURE refers to the "chilly climate" individuals experience when they do not feel valued by the university community.

—UNDERREPRESENTATION notes the low number of female and racial minority students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon and the high number of female and racial minority staff who hold the lowest-paying jobs.

—COMMUNITY CONSCIOUSNESS states that consensus on the value of a diverse university community has not been achieved and that some believe a diverse campus may have an adverse impact on the university.

—The Advisory Council has formed six workgroups covering the areas of climate/culture, undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and data. The workgroups have been developing and revising plans to address the issues identified by the problem statement. Cohon said these plans would be implemented soon.

—"We have a long way to go, but we have a plan," said Cohon, who emphasized that diversity is not just about numbers, but about a supportive culture and environment. "The real action is about to come. It's up to all of us, he said."


Recognizing the new trend in computer chip design, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has announced that its Center for Electronic Design Automation, founded in 1982, will be replaced by the new Center for Silicon Systems Implementation under the direction of ECE Professor Larry Pileggi.

—"Over the past several years, increasing chip densities and the resulting complexity in design and manufacturing have been making it increasingly difficult to justify the implementation of a new electronic system in silicon from scratch because it is no longer economically viable," said ECE Department Head Pradeep Khosla. "The economics of implementing a specific application in silicon has dictated extensive design reuse, including use of more partially programmable and reconfigurable components." The research will help implement a system in silicon that is manufacturable and likely to provide the much-desired outcome.


The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will provide $2.5 million to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to support energy research. The funding comes pursuant to a Pennsylvania-West Virginia regional partnership, the Supercomputing Science Consortium, which supports research collaborations for technology development. The agreement provides scientists at NETL and West Virginia University with access to the PSC's computational resources. NETL scientists and their contractors will use PSC resources to address the critical challenge of developing clean, efficient fossil-fuel combustion. Information: official.cmu-news, Jan. 16.


The Department of Athletics is introducing a new exercise and fitness program called Spinning, an individually paced class in which participants ride a resistance-adjusting stationary bicycle for 45 minutes at a time. Also new is Tai Chi, a movement and meditation program that stimulates the body's energy flow.

—Registration for this semester's Fitness Challenge will be held Jan. 29 - Feb. 2 at the University Center equipment desk. The challenge requires participants to do some type of physical exercise continuously for 20 minutes or more for at least four days per week, including weekends. For details, contact Donna Morosky,


Human Resources' Temporary Employment Service (TES) is back in business. Departments can once again turn to an internal resource to fill their temporary clerical or administrative needs at a significantly lower cost than those charged by commercial agencies. The TES is recruiting applicants to assist campus departments with temporary secretarial and clerical support needs. Assignments vary in length and many offer excellent potential for full-time employment and opportunities for career development. Information: Gloria Gruber, x8-2408.


—A planning meeting for Carnegie Mellon's "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" (TODTW) will be held from noon - 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29 in the University Center's Pake Room. This year's TODTW will be held on Thursday, April 26. Information: Brenda Graham ( or Melissa Cicozi (

—Provost Mark Kamlet has established an 11-member search committee to choose a new dean for the Graduate School of Industrial Administration to replace Douglas Dunn, who last fall announced he would not seek an additional term. Dean of GSIA since 1996, Dunn said he would keep the post until June 30, 2002, or until a replacement is named. Members of the committee are listed on official.cmu-news for Jan. 17.


—James Hoburg, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers "for contributions to the understanding of the interactions between electromagnetic fields and liquids, gas/particle flow and magnetic shielding."

—Georgette H. Demes, associate director of external affairs at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and associate director and co-founder of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, has been named director of International Advancement at the University of Pittsburgh's University Center for International Studies. Demes leaves Carnegie Mellon after more than 15 years of service.

—Paula Deasy, senior associate director, Office of Alumni Relations, has announced she will step down to spend more time with her family. Deasy will continue to serve as a consultant to the Reunion Program.

—Larry Jones, a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute, is chair-elect of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology's newly created Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). The CAC is responsible for accrediting all undergraduate programs in computing.

—Gerri Seidl, head women's basketball coach, reached her 200th career coaching victory on Jan. 3, when the Tartans defeated Emory University, 64-58. In 17 years at Carnegie Mellon, Seidl has led the Tartans to a 202 - 204 overall record (this year's squad is 10 - 6), three conference championships and two trips to the NCAA post-season tournament. Last season she guided Carnegie Mellon to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association South Region Championship.


—Saturday, Jan. 20: In celebration of Martin Luther King's life, members of the Carnegie Mellon community will travel to sites in the Pittsburgh area for community service 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.

—Sunday, Jan. 21: Annual Winter Conference. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., University Center. The program includes a keynote presentation by Jack Roseman, associate director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, lunch, and an opportunity to talk with faculty and administrators and participate in four self-selected workshops. Registration: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, University Center (UC) lobby.

—Tuesday, Jan. 23: Graduate Women's Connecting Lunch. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Connan Room, UC. Register at

—Thursday, Jan. 25: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series. "Camera Self-Calibration and Euclidean Reconstruction Up to Subgroups." Jana Kosecka, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University. 4-5 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium, Room 125. Refreshments 3:30 p.m. Further information:

—Jan. 25 - 28: Opera. Pittsburgh premiere. "Cunning Little Vixen." Directed by Jonathon Eaton, conducted by Sidney Harth. 8 p.m. Matinee: 2:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center. Ticket info: 268-2383.

—Monday, Jan. 29: Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Series lecture. "Border Islander: American(o) Living/Writing at the Margins," Eliana Rivero, professor of Spanish, University of Arizona, 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Free and open to the public. Information: official.cmu-news, Jan. 12.

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