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March 8, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 33

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.


Don Hale, vice president for university relations since 1988, has resigned to become vice president for public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, effective July 1.

—In a memo to the university's Board of Trustees, President Jared L. Cohon noted that under Hale's leadership the University Relations Division has won many national and regional awards for its work in media relations, publications, special events and Web design. "The division has raised the national and international profile of the university to its highest level ever and has produced communications vehicles and programs of the highest quality," Cohon said. "Don has provided valuable and strategic public relations advice and counsel to three Carnegie Mellon presidents and their management teams during his tenure."

—"I look forward to new challenges at Texas, but I look back with pride at what we have been able to accomplish at Carnegie Mellon," Hale said in a memo to the University Relations Division. "I spent a good chunk of my life at Carnegie Mellon, and upon reflection, I know I spent it wisely, making great friends and sharing a lot of great moments with so many of you."


Between 6 - 7 a.m., on Wednesday, March 14, the following buildings will experience a 1/2-hour electrical outage: Hamburg Hall, Smith Hall, 4902 Forbes Ave., Newell-Simon Hall, Planetary Robotics Building, Publications and Printing Building, Purnell Center for the Arts and Roberts Hall. This outage is necessary for the relocation of high voltage feeds for the new undergraduate science labs in Doherty Hall. Please turn off all computers at the end of the day on March 13. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kyle Tomer x8-6332 or kt2n@andrew.


The deadline for summer and fall Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) proposals and Summer Fellowship proposals is 5 p.m., March 14. Application packets for both programs are available at the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) office, 404 Warner Hall, or can be downloaded at Applicants should review a draft of their proposal with the URI director prior to the deadline.


—President Jared L. Cohon will have an open office hour for students from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. Students interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Dean of Student Affairs Michael Murphy,

—Dining Services' schedule during Mid-Semester Break, March 8 - 11, is posted on official.cmu-news and for Feb. 28.

—The university will celebrate Secretary's Day with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 25 in the Rangos Ballroom, University Center. Ted Fenton, author of "Carnegie Mellon 1900 - 2000: A Centennial History," will be the luncheon speaker. Visit for complete details, including registration.


Jeanne VanBriesen, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been given a highly competitive 2001 National Science Foundation Career Award—one of the most prestigious awards for a young faculty member. VanBriesen's research is in the area of environmental micro-biology. Her award will support her research and outreach to local high school teachers.

—Carnegie Mellon is one of 23 U.S. schools to be represented this week at the world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Carnegie Mellon team of Eric Heutchy, Hakan Younes and Jacob Richman, coached by computer science lecturer Gregory Kesden, will compete with 63 other teams from around the world in using their programming skills to solve complex problems. More than 2,770 teams in 70 countries entered this year's competition which began in September.

—Professor of Art History Elaine A. King's essay, "Miroslaw Rogala—A Techno Poet of Time, Place, Self," was published in a bilingual catalogue (Polish-English) summarizing Rogala's art, along with the writings of Roy Ascott and Sean Cubitt from Great Britain and Lynn Warren from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The exhibition will be on view at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland, from March through May. Rogala was a visiting artist for two years in Carnegie Mellon's School of Art.

Erin Brady, a sophomore center on the women's basketball team, set a school and University Athletic Association record with 65 blocked shots this year. The previous record was 64 blocked shots by Amy Buxbaum during the 1991-92 season.

Dom Ionadi, a junior on the men's basketball squad, set a school record for three-point field goals and three-point field goal accuracy this season. Ionadi made 88 of 215 three-point field goal attempts for a shooting percentage of .436. The previous record was held by Tommy Praesel, who made 42 of 123 (.341) during the 1998-99 season.


Friday, March 9: Graduate Student Seminar Series. The Carnegie Mellon Interactive Theatre presents a skit and discussion on gender dynamics in academic working relationships. Noon - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, University Center. Lunch will be served. Register at

Tuesday, March 13: The Pipe and Drum Band Spring Concert. 7 p.m., Rangos Hall, University Center. Selections include "Amazing Grace," "Scotland the Brave" and "O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch."

Wednesday, March 14: Graduate Women's Gathering. The Carnegie Mellon Interactive Theatre will present the 10-minute skit "The Remark" on gender dynamics in classroom/lab settings. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Rangos 3, University Center. Lunch will be served. Register at

Wednesday, March 14: Computational Molecular Biology Symposium. 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Newell-Simon Hall 3305. The symposium will focus on computational biology research at Carnegie Mellon with an emphasis on understanding how the complete set of genes in an organism interacts to produce a functioning cell. Key problems include determining the range of protein expression in a cell, localizing protein activity, comparing protein structure and computing gene evolution. The symposium is free but registration is required. For additional information, visit

Wednesday, March 14: Lecture. "Sports Nutrition In The College Setting." Dr. Leslie Bonci, UPMC Sports Medicine Complex. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Skibo Gymnasium.

Thursday, March 15: Kiltie Band Spring Concert. 8 p.m., Rangos Hall, University Center.

Thursday, March 15: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Carnegie Mellon Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center for Biomedical Research Joint Seminar. "Constrained Imaging: How to Get More With Less.'' Zhi-Pei Liang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 4 - 5 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium. Refreshments 3:30 p.m. See

Thursday, March 15: Concert. Contemporary Ensemble. 8 p.m., Kresge Theater.

Friday, March 16: Technology for Education Seminar. 12 - 1:20 p.m., McKenna Peter Wright Room, University Center. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news, March 5.

March 16-April 13: "Sextet-a-Tete." Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 2001, featuring the work of Krista Connerly, S. Emily de Araujo, George A. Magalios, Suzannah Paul, Evan Tapper and Rebecca Vaughan. Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center. Opening reception 6 - 9 p.m., March 16.

Saturday, March 17: Greek Sing by fraternity and sorority chapters. 5 p.m., Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland. Proceeds benefit The Children's Institute in Squirrel Hill. Tickets: $7 in advance and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets or receive more information, contact Elena Balestreire at 862-2632 or

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