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Feb. 01, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 28

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 celebration of Black History Month, Carnegie Mellon's Black Faculty and Staff Association has prepared a series of programs throughout February. The schedule for these events is posted on official.cmu-news for Jan. 30. The celebration begins with a Vendor Fair on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 - 2, highlighting African-American food, travel agencies, family fashions, crafts and community service. The fair runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Rangos Ballroom.


The initial 256-processor configuration of the Terascale Computing System (TCS) has passed acceptance tests with flying colors, say researchers and system engineers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). This first phase TCS will evolve to become the most powerful system in the world available for public research.

—Installed at the PSC in October pursuant to a $45 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the initial TCS ranks 70th among the world's top 500 supercomputer sites, with a peak capability of 342 billion calculations per second. The final system, when fully installed later this year, will have a peak capability exceeding six trillion calculations per second.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Jan. 29 and

—The PSC is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric. It is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.


"Mosaic," Carnegie Mellon's annual conference on women's issues, is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while examining the issues they face in reaching their potential. The theme for this year's conference on Sunday, Feb. 25 in the University Center is "Coming Together: Celebration, Inspiration and Progress." To register, contact or


Factbook 2001, the latest volume of the university's annual Factbooks, is available on the Web at The book contains data about the university, including information on the student population, teaching and academic support, faculty and staff, alumni, finances, and space and facilities. The data are categorized for the 2000-2001 academic year and the 2000 fiscal year. Further information: Melissa Baker, x8-6342 or


Free workshops demonstrating the proper use of the physical fitness equipment are scheduled in February in the University Center and Skibo Gymnasium. Participants will receive guidelines on creating weight-training routines. Each session is scheduled for 45 minutes. You do not have to dress in work-out clothes to particpate.

—Dates and times: UNIVERSITY CENTER: Feb. 6: 1:30 p.m., Feb. 7: 11 a.m., Feb. 8: 1:30 p.m., Feb. 9: 11 a.m. SKIBO GYM: Feb. 13: 8:30 a.m., Feb. 15: 8:30 a.m.


—A set of optional non-credit modules called the Computer Education/Computing Services Student Seminar Series is being offered to undergraduate students interested in learning how to use software for their academic work or for personal enrichment. No need to register - just show up. Information on the topic, date and time of the various seminars is available online at

—Nominations are invited for the 2001 Graduate Student Teaching Award. Any faculty member, graduate student, undergraduate or group may submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is March 5. The official call for nominations and guidelines is available at Direct questions to Michelle Pierson, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, at or x8-2896.

—Nominations are invited for the 2001 Graduate Student Service Award. Any faculty member, graduate student, undergraduate or group may submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is March 23. The official call for nominations and guidelines is available at the University Center Information Desk and the offices of Student Affairs, Warner Hall 301. Direct questions to Anne R. Witchner, assistant dean, Student Affairs, at or x84886.

—The Swiss Poster Collection, a critical selection of more than 300 celebrated works of Swiss graphic design and poster art jointly curated by the School of Design and the University Libraries is available at The collection, established in 1985 through the efforts of Swiss graphic designer Ruedi Ruegg and Carnegie Mellon Design Professor Daniel Boyarski, represents the Swiss Poster of the Year competitions and other outstanding Swiss posters from 1971 to the present.


Raj Reddy, the Herbert A. Simon university professor of computer science and robotics, has received India's prestigious Padma Bhushan Award for outstanding contributions in computer science and information technology. Reddy will receive the award in New Delhi this spring from the president of India.

Heung Soo Sim, a sophomore in the business administration program, was killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 21. Forty Carnegie Mellon students and Claudia Kirkpatrick, Sim's academic adviser, traveled to New Jersey to attend the funeral.

—In an administrative restructuring of the science and engineering libraries, Lynn Berard has been named head of the Engineering and Science Libraries, an administrative entity that includes the Mellon Institute Library and the Engineering and Science Library. Angie Locknar has been promoted to be head of Mellon Institute Library and assistant head of the Engineering and Science Libraries.


Friday, Feb. 2: Technology for Education Seminar. Presenters: Frank Pfenning, associate professor of computer science; Steve Awodey, assistant professor of philosophy; Martha Harty, Center for Applied Ethics. Noon - 1:20 p.m., McKenna Peter Wright Room, University Center (UC). Faculty and staff may reserve a box lunch by calling x8-5503 or sending e-mail to Further information: official.cmu-news for Jan. 25.

Monday, Feb. 5: University Lecture Series. "Cultural Identities and Computer-Mediated Interactions." Charles Ess, Philosophy and Religion Department, Drury University. 4:30 p.m., Baker Hall, Adamson Wing.

Wednesday, Feb. 7: Graduate Student Luncheon Seminar. "Funding Your Graduate Education." Janet Stocks, director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. Noon - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, UC. Register online at

Thursday, Feb. 8: The Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble. 8 p.m., Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Tickets and information: x8-2383.

Thursday, Feb. 8: Art Department lecture. Tim Hadfield, visual artist. 5 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, UC.

Thursday, Feb. 8: University Lecture Series. "Global Issues and Hot Spots and U.S. Response." Panel: Col. Larry M. Forster, Lt. Col. James H. Lynch and Richard Scorza of the U.S. Army War College. 4:30 p.m., Baker Hall, Adamson Wing.

Friday, Feb. 9: Carnegie Mellon Jazz Ensembles. Billy Price, guest artist. 8 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Tickets and information: x8-2383.

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