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March 15, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 34

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.


The university's tribute to the late Herbert Simon, the Richard King Mellon university professor of computer science and psychology who died Feb. 9, will begin at 5 p.m., Monday, March 19 in Rangos Hall, University Center. The streaming video of the tribute will be broadcast on the Web at An informal reception will follow the ceremony. The list of speakers is posted on official.cmu-news for March 14.


Carnegie Mellon has produced a 30-second promotional advertisement that will air twice this week during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on CBS. The air time was given to the university in return for Professor Takeo Kanade's work in helping to develop EyeVision, the new panoramic instant replay technology the network used during its coverage of Super Bowl XXXV last January.

—The ad, whose theme is "Carnegie Mellon: We Play on a Different Court," will air during halftime of the first televised game which begins at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, March 15. The commercial is also scheduled to run during halftime of the 1 p.m., March 17 game. Beginning Friday morning, the commercial will be available at The story line centers around five Carnegie Mellon students who are working on a project to create a virtual reality basketball game with the help of autonomous robots.


The selection committees for the university's education awards-the Academic Advising Award, the Doherty Award and the Ryan Award-have announced this year's winners. The Undergraduate Advising Award in Academic Advising and Mentoring: James A. Roberts, lecturer, Computer Science. The Doherty Award for Excellence in Education: Barbara B. Lazarus, associate provost, academic affairs. The Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching: Natalie M. Baker, associate professor, School of Drama.

—The award winners will be honored in a program on April 30.


Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Rob A. Rutenbar will head a national consortium of nine research universities and will oversee the allocation of $19.4 million in research funds to study improvements for semiconductor product design.

—Research funding is coming from the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency in Washington, D.C., and the California-based Semiconductor Industry Association. Both groups allocated $19.4 million over the next three years to fund various research projects tied to making the U.S. semiconductor industry more competitive. Other consortium members include MIT, Stanford, Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Illinois and the University of Washington.

—Carnegie Mellon's new Center for Circuits, Systems and Software, housed in the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, will focus on improving circuit design and software used in cellular phones, video games, optical networking, broadband and analog applications. Information: official.cmu-news, March 13.


The Software Engineering Institute and the Electronic Industries Alliance, a technology trade association headquartered in Arlington, Va., have announced the formation of the Internet Security Alliance, a comprehensive global initiative seeking to advance information security practices. The new venture, which begins April 1, was formed to enhance the information security of companies.

—The Internet Security Alliance is supported by more than a dozen companies. For more information, visit


Advice for supervisors: One way to ensure that employees reporting to you perform well is to coach them on an ongoing basis about their work performance. At this workshop, in addition to learning a simple process for providing positive and negative feedback, you will explore the strengths and liabilities of your personal coaching style. Jill Diskin, director of human resource services, is the presenter, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29, in the McKenna/Peter Rooms, University Center. For information or to register, email


—The deadline for nominations for the Mellon College of Science staff awards is Friday, March 30. Nomination forms are available at, or by contacting Everett Tademy by fax x8-1524, or email,

—Photography & Graphic Services at Mellon Institute has announced the installation of its new large format (up to 42" wide), photographic-quality digital printer for posters, banners, murals and signage, scientific visualization, CAD/CAM and fine art prints. Call x8-3216 or see


Javier Pena, assistant professor of operations research at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, has received a five-year, $325,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award. His research focuses on analytical perspectives for continuous optimization methods.

Elena Balestreire, a senior in computer science, has been selected to receive the university's 200l Judith A. Resnik Award. The award honors an outstanding woman student in the sciences or engineering planning to attend graduate school and whose academic performance, creativity and vision illustrate potential for high academic achievement in her field and contributions to the wider community. She will receive a monetary award and a certificate of recognition during her department's commencement ceremony. This year the selection committee also named a runner-up, Rebecca Frederick, a senior in biological sciences, who will also be honored during her department's commencement ceremony.

Robert Davis, visiting professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions in the development of silicon carbide and group III nitrides as practical electronic materials for devices.

Peter Moss, head men's and women's tennis coach, has been named the United States Tennis Association's Allegheny Mountain District Coach of the Year. Moss was honored for his "ability to recruit, train and mentor fine athletes who have made Carnegie Mellon University highly competitive in both men's and women's tennis in the NCAA's Division III." During the past decade at Carnegie Mellon, Moss has coached four All-Americans, including last spring's NCAA Division III singles champion, Kayvon Fatahalian.


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

Tuesday, March 20: The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) will hold a "Major Fair," noon - 3 p.m., in the lounge next to La Prima Coffee Bar, lower level of Baker Hall. The fair will provide information to undeclared first-year and sophomore H&SS students about the variety of majors available to them. Students can speak with faculty and department representatives, ask questions about the majors and gather materials to help them make an informed decision about their choice of major. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, March 21: Carnegie Mellon Women's Association tour of the Robotics Center. To join the tour, meet in the Newell-Simon Hall Atrium at 11:55 a.m. This is an open meeting and guests are welcome. At 1 p.m., following the tour, you can join others for lunch (at your own expense) in the Atrium Cafeteria. RSVP to Gloria Dadowski at, whether you will attend the tour, lunch or both.

Thursday, March 22: The Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Women Supporting Women is sponsoring a "Women in Leadership" discussion panel. Noon - 1 p.m., Peter/Wright Room, University Center. Panelists: Tracy Futhey, vice provost, computing services, Robbee Baker Kosak, vice president for development and alumni relations, and Vivian Loftness, professor and head, School of Architecture. Panelists will detail the path they took to get to their current position, the challenges they faced and the lessons they learned. Q & A session will follow. Direct questions to Carol Lee, x8-3392, or Georgeann Knorr, x8-6873,

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