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March 1, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 32

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.


Ten researchers with projects in the School of Computer Science (SCS) received the prestigious Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence last week at the school's annual "Town Hall" meeting. Recipients included University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science John R. Anderson and Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) senior research scientists Kenneth Koedinger and Albert Corbett for their work with cognitive tutors that teach algebra and geometry to high school students; HCII Director Daniel Siewiorek and Institute for Complex Engineered Systems Research Engineer Asim Smailagic for their work in wearable computing; and Dr. Anthony DiGioia, head of the Center for Orthopedic Research at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Robotics Institute (RI) Director Takeo Kanade and RI Research Scientist Branislav Jaramaz for developing HipNav, the first computer-assisted surgical navigation tool for hip replacement surgery.

—Computer Science Professor Robert W. Harper Jr. and J. Gregory Morrisett (CS'1992) received medals for type directed compilation, which checks for errors in compilers that convert machine code into programming languages.

—Outstanding Member of the Community Awards went to Dennis Cosgrove, HCII senior research programmer, Suzanne Muth, RI graduate education programs coordinator, and Daniel Huber, a robotics graduate student who created the RI Web page. Paul Bennett and Chris Colohan received Graduate Student Service Awards for work on the SCS publication "Guide to Living in Pittsburgh," and for other services to the Computer Science Department's graduate program.

—The Newell Medals were created in honor of the late Allen Newell, who helped to co-found the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology with the late Herbert Simon. Newell, a faculty member from 1961 until his death in 1992, played a pivotal role in creating SCS and elevating it to world-class status.


Students in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) have dedicated their annual technology conference to Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, who died on Feb. 9. Simon, the Richard King Mellon university professor of computer science and psychology, was to be the keynote speaker at the students' "Interface 2001" conference, March 16 - 17. The conference theme is based on Simon's pioneering work on how computers can exhibit artificial intelligence that mirrors human thinking. Simon received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1978 for his revolutionary theories about human decision-making.

—Conference speakers include Ralph Merkle, a Xerox PARC research scientist noted for work in nanotechnology, the design and manufacture of systems that can inexpensively fabricate most products; Hans Moravec, a principal research scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon; Kevin Coleman, former chief strategist for America Online's Netscape division; Chip Walter, a Carnegie Mellon adjunct lecturer who is writing a book about future technologies with actor William Shatner; and university alumnus Jim Swartz, general partner and co-founder of Accel Partners, a top-tier venture capital firm.

—More than 60 companies will exhibit their latest technology products at a trade show March 17 in the University Center. The fair will offer participants and spectators a forum for networking and brainstorming. Some of the exhibits will include a living room of the future and a variety of wireless technologies.


Award-winning actor Rene Auberjonois, a 1962 graduate of the School of Drama, will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon's 104th commencement, Sunday, May 20. Called an "actor's actor" by his peers, Auberjonois has earned accolades for his performances in television, in film and on Broadway for nearly 40 years. "I'm extremely pleased that Rene has accepted our invitation to speak at this year's commencement," said President Jared L. Cohon. "He's one of the most accomplished and versatile actors ever produced by Carnegie Mellon. I know his keynote speech will be compelling, insightful and memorable."


—Facilities Management Services has announced that at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8, the following buildings will experience a 30-minute electrical outage: Hamburg Hall, Smith Hall, 4902 Forbes Ave., Newell-Simon Hall, Planetary Robotics, Publications and Printing, Purnell Center for the Arts and Roberts Engineering Hall. The outage is necessary for the relocation of high voltage feeds for the new science labs in Doherty Hall. Occupants of these buildings should turn off all computers at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 7. If you have questions or concerns, contact Kyle Tomer, 268-6332 or kt2n@andrew.

—The Graduate School of Industrial Administration will host a reception and informational open house for the Flex-time MBA Program on Monday, March 12. The reception is 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Rachel Mellon Room. The informational presentations begin at 6:30 in Posner Hall 151. The Flex-time MBA Program is designed for those interested in obtaining a master's degree in business while continuing their careers. RSVP 268-2273.

—Interested in Longaberger Baskets? Curious about how they are made? The Staff Council Activities Committee has information for an all-day tour to Dresden, Ohio on Friday, May 11. You'll tour the plant, museum and homestead and be able to shop, eat lunch and "weave your own basket." The price of $55 per person includes a seat on the bus, a basket, breakfast and box meal for the return trip. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested, contact Irene Lennox ( or 268-1989) or Rita Motor ( or 268-8071) by March 9, for an order form with more information.


—Junior Emma Goodson, a civil and environmental engineering major with a 3.83 grade-point average, has received the Student Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for academic excellence and outstanding community involvement. Goodson is a member of Carnegie Mellon's Environmental Practices Committee, Student Dormitory Council, student environmental club and Activities Board.

Robert Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at the Heinz School, presented a paper, "E-commerce and Public Policy," to the Korean Chapter of the International Fiscal Association on Feb. 28 in Seoul, Korea. He will also present his paper, "Evolution of the IRS and Taxpayer Compliance: Some Implications for Korea," at the Korea Public Finance Institute's Symposium on March 3. He will meet with the National Tax Service to discuss tax policy and tax administration issues.

Anita Barkin, director of health services, has received the American College Health Association's E. Dean Lovett Award "for directing and contributing significantly to the development of a college health service program in an exemplary manner." She will formally receive the award at the association's May 30 conference in Las Vegas.


Friday, March 2: Chamber Music Concert. Kresge Theater. 8 p.m.

March 2,6,8: Drama. Winter New Plays Project. "Myth of Plastic Moon" by John Cassel. John Wells Studio, Purnell Center. March 2: 3:30 and 8 p.m. March 6 and 8: 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 3: Architecture panel discussion. Preston Scott Cohen, Brendan McFarlane and Susan Kolotan discuss the impact of the computer on their work. Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. 1 p.m..

Saturday, March 3: Concert. Wind Ensemble. Carnegie Music Hall. 3 p.m. Ticket info: 268-2383.

Monday, March 5: Last Lecture Series. "Welcome to Loserville" by Assistant Professor of History Scott Sandage. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136.

March 5 - 8: The University Art Store will showcase contemporary fiber art by Saihou Njie, a renowned and widely collected artist. Njie, an employee of the store, has been featured in Pittsburgh Magazine, on "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" and in local newspapers. Opening reception in the store: 5 - 8 p.m., Monday, March 5. There will be a 20 percent discount on all art supplies during this time.

Tuesday, March 6: Architecture panel discussion. "Pedagogy to Practice." Reed Kroloff, Sylvia Lavin and Bernard Tschumi. Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 8: Center for the Arts in Society lecture. "Theatricalized Nations: Argentina and Uruguay Under Dictatorship." Adam Versényi, associate professor of dramaturgy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. 8 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall.

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