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Feb. 15, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 30

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 new campus master plan may get started late this year when ground is broken for a new residence hall on Morewood Avenue, between Mudge House and Morewood Gardens. If ground is broken for the new five-story, 250-bed residence hall this December as planned, the facility will open in April 2003.

—The new facility is being constructed to meet the growing demand for on-campus housing and to ensure living quarters for first-year students.

—Expected to cost about $14 million, the residence hall will be constructed with a mix of red brick and pre-cast concrete that resembles limestone to aesthetically blend with Morewood Gardens and Mudge House.


Buggy practices will soon begin on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed from 6 - 9 a.m. on the following weekends: Feb. 17 - 18, Feb. 24 - 25, March 3 - 4, March 10 - 11, March 17 - 18, March 24 - 25, April 7 - 8, April 14 - 15.

—Further information: Scott Wabnitz, buggy chair, or Jennifer Church, associate dean, Student Affairs, or x8-2075.


Carnegie Mellon's men's swimming team completed one of its most successful seasons in history last Saturday when it finished third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships at Emory University in Atlanta. The Tartans finished the dual meet portion of their schedule with a 7-0 mark this winter. They set 13 school records and posted 25 NCAA Division III provisional qualifying times at the UAA meet. Freshman backstroker Brian McCarthy was named the UAA Swimmer-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year. McCarthy led the Tartans with a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA qualifying time and meet record of 1:50.93.

—Head Coach David Belowich and assistant coaches Patti McClure, Ed Bahan, David Balkcom and Sara DuBow were voted the UAA's top coaching staff. Belowich, in his 5th year at the helm, has a 65-27 record at Carnegie Mellon.

PANOSPHERIC CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHED STADIUM IMPLOSION Carnegie Mellon technology placed in the middle of Three Rivers Stadium last Sunday morning caught all the action as the structure imploded. A panospheric camera mounted on a tripod in the middle of the stadium caught a 360-degree picture of the scene and survived the destruction. The pictures were used by Fox 53 television in its coverage of the event.

—The camera belongs to Telemersion, a year-old company started by Robotics Institute Systems Scientist Sanjiv Singh. Singh and his colleagues have worked on the development of the panospheric camera through their Vista project for four years. Further information:

—Singh said the implosion was an opportunity to show what their technology could do. "We knew everyone would be watching and we wanted to illustrate the possibilities of this technology," he said.


—The Credit Union Office will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President's Day.

—If you would like to receive the "8 1/2 x 11 News" every Thursday morning in your electronic mailbox, send your email address to

—University Relations has published a 56-page collection of news clippings about Carnegie Mellon that appeared in the national press during the past year and a 56-page collection of local articles that appeared in the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review. For a free copy of the national and/or local clips, contact Stacy Pane,


—The Discovery Health Channel is featuring a program on a medical team's delivery of premature triplets and follows the babies through neonatal intensive care, where the doctors and nurses bring them back from the brink of death. The Triplets are the granddaughters of Toni McIltrot, assistant department head,Chemical Engineering. The program, "Battling for Babies," will be broadcast at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb 18.

James Schneider, assistant professor, Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a 2001 National Science Foundation Career Award. The highly competitive award is one of the most prestigious awards for a young faculty member. Schneider's research is in the area of bioseparations, drug/gene delivery and probe microscopy.

Kenneth Kimbrough has been appointed assistant vice president for Facilities Management. He will be responsible for daily operations and maintenance of the university's four million square feet of space, design and construction activities related to innovations and new facilities, energy management, campus master planning and recycling. Kimbrough brings broad experience to this position. As director of the Office of Property Management for the District of Columbia, he provided strategic guidance and management for 14 million square feet of real property functions.

Jessica Kreger has been named principal Web designer for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Kreger earned her master's degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon in 1999 and her bachelor's degree in English from Penn State University in 1998.

Brenda Harger, director of the Carnegie Mellon Interactive Theater Company and an adjunct professor in the Entertainment Technology Center, is directing "In the Shape of a Woman" by local playwright Tammy Ryan through March 4 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park College. The play is about Joan of Arc.

Adele Barsh, business and economics librarian, University Libraries, has been recognized by the Scout Report for Business & Economics for her recent publication "Current Business-related Publications about the Pittsburgh Region" ( Her work was cited as "an excellent example of an online guide to local business resources" and "an impressive example of a successful regional directory." Barsh's guide lists more than 150 publications from more than 60 resources including city, county and state agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations.


Feb. 18-24: National Engineers Week. The schedule of events is posted on official.cmu-news, Feb. 13.

Monday, Feb. 19: Historian Scott Christianson, author of "Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House," will discuss the American practice of the death penalty. Hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the student chapters of Amnesty International at Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. 7:30 p.m., Scaife Hall 125. Christianson has spent the last 25 years studying the American prison system. Free and open to the public. Further information: official.cmu-news, Feb. 9.

Monday, Feb. 19: University Lecture Series. "Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural History." Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, Case Western Reserve University. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series. "The Wireless Revolution: A Signal Processing Perspective." Vincent Poor, professor, electrical engineering, Princeton University, 4-5 p.m., Hamerschlag Hall 1112. Refreshments 3:30 p.m. See

Saturday, Feb. 24: Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone, the 1999 Grammy Award winner presents a collection of Mozart's most beautiful concert and opera arias, along with Schubert Symphony no. 8 and Mozart's Symphony No. 33. 8 p.m., Heinz Hall.

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