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Feb. 08, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 29

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 has received $74 million in pledges from two anonymous donors. One pledge of $54 million made in June 1997 is the largest in the school’s 100-year history and reportedly the fourth largest anonymous gift made to a U.S. college or university. Details of how the university will use the money are still being worked out.

—The gifts are part of Carnegie Mellon’s Centennial Capital Campaign which ended last Dec. 31 with a total of more than $410 million.


Carnegie Mellon has announced that tuition for fall 2001 will increase about 4.3 percent to $25,670 for students who entered the university after fall 2000 and $23,820 for those who entered prior to fall 2000.

—Dual tuition results from an 11.3 percent increase to $24,600 announced last year for first-year students entering in fall 2000. Returning undergraduate students paid an additional 3.4 percent, $22,850, last fall. Average room and board costs for all students will increase by 7.8 percent, from $7,028 to $7,575 in fall 2001.

—"These increases place our tuition at the average of the nation’s leading private research universities," said President Jared L. Cohon. "For years, we have offered the lowest tuition among our peer institutions, but we can no longer afford to provide programs and services comparable to those offered at other high quality private universities with tuition income at that level." Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Feb. 6.


The number of applications for undergraduate admission has again surpassed previous records. As of Feb. 1, the Office of Admission received 16,036 applications for the class of 2005—a 17 percent increase over last year’s record-breaking pace. Applications have increased across all colleges with the biggest surges in the Mellon College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. des Before the Class of 2005 is selected, Admission expects to process nearly a quarter of a million documents.


Wireless Andrew has been extended to the new additions in Posner Hall and Bake Hall. Computing Services also expects the remaining floors of Newell-Simon to be completed by mid-February. In addition, coverage improvements have been made in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration and Porter Hall.


—The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Daffodil Days Campaign—the major fund-raising activity to support cancer—is underway. Ten daffodils can be obtained for a $6 donation to the ACS. An etched glass vase, approximately 2 1/2" in diameter with a special Daffodil design, sells for $5. Flowers and vases will be delivered on Tuesday, March 20. To place your order, contact one of the following: Kathy Bossick, MI Library,, x8-3172; Maxine Leffard, Porter Hall 119,, x8-5673; Mary Martin, Wean Hall 4406,, x8-2426; Toni McIltrot, Doherty Hall 1105,, x8-3573; Jan Woester, Warner Hall 539, jw4w@andrew., x8-2998. Orders and payment (check payable to American Cancer Society) are due by Feb. 23.


—Undergraduate summer employment at Carnegie Mellon is available with the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, a five-week (July 1 to August 4) summer school for talented high school students from Pennsylvania. Teaching assistant/counselor appointments are available in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics. Application deadline: March 12. See official.cmu-news, Feb. 2.

—The National Press Foundation will hold a four-day seminar at Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 11 - 14, about the mechanics of E-Commerce. A combination of industry leaders and Carnegie Mellon faculty will discuss topics ranging from the future of Internet publishing to E-Commerce market trends and online trading. Journalists from news organizations including The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Detroit News and other radio and broadcast media have been selected to attend.


Lynn Walker, assistant professor, Chemical Engineering, has received the highly competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award, which honors a young faculty member. Walker's research focuses on complex fluids and is aimed at quantifying the coupling between flow behavior and flow-induced microstructures.

David Sholl, assistant professor, Chemical Engineering, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The award is given by the Sloan Foundation to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. Sholl’s research interests are in the molecular simulation of nanostructured materials, adsorption and transport in ordered microporous materials.

Sridhar Seetharaman, professor, Materials Science and Engineering, has received the Herty Award for his paper, "In situ observations relevant to clean steel: dissolution of alumina particles in slags." The Herty Award is given each year to the best paper presented at the Iron and Steel Society's annual Steelmaking Conference.

Donald Marinelli, co-director of the Entertainment Technology Center, delivered the keynote address at the Association for Imaging Technology and Sound President's Retreat, held in Kona, Hawaii, on Jan. 29.


February: In celebration of Black History Month, Carnegie Mellon's Black Faculty and Staff Association has prepared a series of programs throughout February. The schedule is posted on official.cmu-news for Jan. 30.

Monday, Feb. 12: University Lecture Series. "Coffee House Majik." A play on diversity with audience participation. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall.

Tuesday, Feb. 13: Lecture. Internationally-known graphic designer David Carson. 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Free for Carnegie Mellon students, $3 for other students and $5 for general public.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: Carnegie Mellon Women's Association meeting. Carnegie Mellon authors Jane Bernstein, Sharon Dilworth and Tera Hunter will discuss and read excerpts from their latest books. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., University Center (UC), Connan Room. You may bring your lunch (tables will be provided). Punch and cookies will also be served. Discussion begins promptly at noon. RSVP by Monday, Feb.12, to Gloria J. Dadowski at or x8-1068.

Thursday, Feb. 15: Inaugural Arts in Society lecture. David Napier, the Dana Fellow in Art and Anthropology, Middlebury College. 8 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Free and open to the public. The Center for the Arts in Society is a collaborative research and teaching center between the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Information:

Friday, Feb. 16: The Fellowship Resource Advising Center Spring Fair. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Connan Room, UC. An opportunity for students to learn about a variety of prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Technology for Education Seminar. "Text Visualization for Teaching Writing." Noon - 1:20 p.m., McKenna Peter Wright Room, UC. Information is posted on official.cmu-news, Feb. 6.

Saturday, Feb. 17: The Robert G. McCurdy Slice of Life conference. Alumni share their knowledge with students about life after graduation. 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., UC. The program is named in memory of former Alumni Relations Director Robert McCurdy. The schedule of speakers and topics is posted on official.cmu-news for Feb. 6.

Sunday, Feb. 25: "Mosaic," Carnegie Mellon's annual conference on women's issues celebrates the achievements of women while examining the issues they face in reaching their potential. This year’s theme is "Coming Together: Celebration, Inspiration and Progress." UC. To register, contact or The conference schedule is posted on official.cmu-mews for Feb. 6.

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