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March 29, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 36

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.


Daniel P. Resnick, professor of history, is this year's winner of the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).

—In a memo to H&SS faculty, staff and students, Dean John P. Lehoczky and Associate Dean Joseph E. Devine note that Resnick "has distinguished himself for intellectual excellence in all of his educational endeavors, and for the intense caring about the well-being of undergraduates—inside the classroom and out, during and after their student years. . . . Students' comments regularly single him out as among the best and most dedicated teachers that students have ever had. . . . He remains a vivid presence in students' thoughts long after they have left Carnegie Mellon and embarked on distinguished careers."


The H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management has established a Center on Information Technology and Society that will address the social challenges and opportunities posed by the ongoing revolution in information technology. Peter M. Shane, a former Justice Department lawyer and assistant counsel to the Office of Management and Budget, is head of the center. He says the center will bring together the Heinz School's exceptional strengths in social science and information technology.

—"Information technology is affecting society in many different ways, and the new center will help educate the leaders of the public and private information sectors, as well as provide a venue for diverse and important research," said Jeffrey Hunker, the incoming dean of the Heinz School.

—Shane has taught constitutional and administrative law since 1981 and has been a member of the law faculty at the University of Iowa and a visiting faculty member at Duke University, Boston College and Villanova University. He was dean of the University of Pittsburgh's law school from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, "Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning," published by the American Association for Higher Education, named him as one of 40 "young leaders" of higher education in the United States. His commentaries on constitutional issues have appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.


—Have you found yourself dizzy, disoriented, sick to your stomach and wishing you had stopped just a few drinks earlier? Ever wondered if you just might have a problem with alcohol? The university's Counseling and Psychological Services is offering free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems as part of National Alcohol Screening Day, April 5. The screenings are available to students, faculty and staff and will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 5, at Counseling and Psychological Services, Morewood Gardens E Tower.

—A new session of Weight Watchers at Work will start at noon, April 18 or 25. Sessions are usually in the University Center. Pre-register at The completed form should be mailed to Barb Wojtaszek at Weight Watchers, Also send your name and email address to Joyce Moore,, so you can be notified about the first meeting.

—The Ninth Annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 26. Designed for girls ages 9-15, the day focuses on helping girls to realize their hopes and dreams. Registration begins Monday, April 2, and is on a first come - first served basis. For information on the day's events and how to register, visit or pick up an information packet at the University Center Information Desk.

—The deadline to register for the Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium is 5 p.m., April 6. Register at The symposium will take place from noon - 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 in the University Center.


Gloria Hill, director of the Carnegie Mellon Action Project, and Nate Thomas of the University of Chicago, are the first recipients of Motorola's newly created Legacy Builders Award. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Society of Black Engineers, the award recognizes Hill's and Thomas' positive influence on the lives of countless students, their contributions to increasing the number of minority students completing engineering programs and their work to change the profile of the technical talent pool.

Adnan Akay, head, Mechanical Engineering, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 22. He warned that reducing funding for aviation research and NASA would jeopardize the nation's leadership in providing the technologies needed to develop the next generation aircraft, improve aviation safety and reduce risk in the U.S. air transport infrastructure. Akay spoke on behalf of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is vice president of the ASME Environment and Transportation Group.

John L. Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering, will give the annual Stanley Katz Memorial Lecture at the City College of New York on April 2. The college's Chemical Engineering Department annually hosts the lecture in honor of Professor Katz, an esteemed teacher, researcher and contributor to the chemical industry. Anderson's speech is titled, "Dancing on a Surface: Self-Assembly of Particle and Bubbles by Hydrodynamic Mechanisms."


Wednesday, April 4: What do students say about their Carnegie Mellon experience? Alex MacPherson, assistant director of planning services, will present a summary of the results of the end-of-the-year student survey done last year, followed by a response from a student panel. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall.

Wednesday, April 4: Members of the university community are invited to attend the opening event (a tennis clinic) of the Faculty/Staff Tennis League. 6 p.m., university courts. The free clinic will be hosted by Head Tennis Coach Peter Moss. Rain date: April 5. Questions about the clinic or the tennis league should be directed to Virginia Delaney, A representative from Gamma Sports will be there with racquets for players to sample.

Wednesday, April 4: Carnegie Mellon Women's Association meeting. Noon, University Center, Dowd Room. Guests are welcome. Landscaper Greg Friday will discuss plants and answer questions about planting vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. Reservations helpful. RSVP Gloria Dadowski,

Wednesday, April 4: $99 Mobot and MoboJoust Mini-Challenge and Clinic. 12:30 p.m., on the race course in front of Wean Hall.

Thursday, April 5: ALCOA Foundation Speaker Series. "Campus Climate and Academic Excellence." Howard Adams, president and founder of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that provides a full range of career, personal and professional development services to educational, governmental and industrial organizations. 4:30-6 p.m. Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. A light reception follows. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for March 19.

Thursday, April 5: Graduate Women's Connecting Lunch. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Connan Room, University Center. Register at

Tuesday, April 10: Graduate

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