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April 5, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 37

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 graduate program rankings in public affairs (7th), 0engineering (8th), business (17th) and its doctoral programs in psychology (9th) and economics (19th) are among the nation's best, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual qualitative and quantitative analysis of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The rankings appear in the April 9 issue of U.S. News & World Report (

—Carnegie Mellon ranked first in the specialty area of computer engineering--up from fourth last year--and 10th in the category of electrical/electronic/communications.

—"These rankings are particularly significant because nearly all of the programs on this list are much bigger in size than ours," said Pradeep Khosla, head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. "The rankings reflect the impact of the contributions of the faculty, alumni and students in Electrical and Computer Engineering. . . . We have been building areas such as embedded systems, wireless and broadband telecommunications, information security, information networking, data storage systems and silicon systems long before they were fashionable."

—In specialty business school areas the Graduate School of Industrial Administration ranked second in management information systems and quantitative analysis behind MIT, and third in production/operations management behind MIT and Purdue University.

—In specialty public affairs areas the Heinz School ranked first in information and technology management, third in criminal justice policy and management, fourth in public policy analysis, sixth in public finance and budgeting, and 10th in environmental policy and management.

—The university's program in cognitive psychology was rated second behind Stanford.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for April 2.


President Jared L. Cohon has announced that the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI), the university's applied research arm, will undergo a reorganization, effective immediately.

—"To more closely align the activities of the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute with the strategic direction and priorities of the university and to insure that CMRI activities are financially viable, I am announcing a reorganization of the institute," Cohon said in a memo to CMRI members.

—"It is my intention that this reorganization begin immediately and be completed over the course of the next year. In the near term, CMRI will continue to operate as the applied research arm of the university. However, our plan is that within a year CMRI will no longer operate as a separate unit. It is anticipated that activities will either be integrated with those of the university, spun out or phased out."

—"The restructuring may affect the employment of some CMRI staff members," Cohon said. "Through Human Resources, we will be providing affected employees with services and support in finding different employment within the university or in the community."


The Office of Admission will host more than 400 visitors this weekend as admitted students and their parents visit campus. Almost 100 admitted minority students and their parents will participate in the Celebration of Diversity events on Saturday before joining the university-wide Sleeping Bag Weekend program on Sunday.

—Throughout the month of April, Admission will offer various programs for those students deciding where to enroll next year. Before the end of the month, Admission expects about 1,000 students and their families to visit the campus.


The School of Computer Science will host a forum from 2:30 - 6 p.m., Friday, April 19, in McConomy Auditorium on how to make computer technology and the field of computer science a more friendly discipline for girls and young women. Enhancing the position of women in the field could be beneficial for everyone, the organizers say, because of the different perspective women bring to the development and use of computer technology.

—While schools across the country are witnessing declines in the number of women enrolled in computer science, the number of women in Carnegie Mellon's program has jumped from 8 percent of a class of 110 in 1995 to 40 percent of a class of 129 in 2000.

—"Carnegie Mellon is the appropriate venue for this forum," says Lenore Blum, distinguished career professor in the School of Computer Science. "We are sitting on a gold mine of resources for women that we would like to pull together. If more girls and women get involved in computer science, the technology may change." The forum is free, but registration is required by April 14 at


—President Jared L. Cohon will hold an open office hour for students from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10. Interested students should contact Dean of Student Affairs Michael Murphy,, to schedule an appointment.

—Human Resources and Learning and Development will celebrate Secretary's Day with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 25 in Rangos Hall, University Center. The luncheon speaker will be Ted Fenton, author of "Carnegie Mellon 1900 - 2000: A Centennial History."


Clifford G. Shull (S 1937), a 1994 Nobel Prize winner in physics and professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), died last Saturday at age 85. He is credited with the development of the science of neutron scattering that has led to the creation of the computer chip. Shull's wife, Martha, died a few days later after an extended illness. Joint services for the Shulls will be held at the MIT chapel on Friday, April 6.

—The winner of the university's Graduate Student Teaching Award is Alexei Kolesnikov, Department of Mathematical Sciences. Honorable Mention: Nadine Fattaleh-Diggs, Department of Chemistry, and David Rode, Department of Social and Decision Sciences.

Irene Schreier, artist-lecturer in the Department of Music, was interviewed last week by the BBC in London for the program "Music Matters." She also presented a one-hour evening lecture-demonstration on "Schenker and the Art of Performance" at the Austrian Cultural Institute.

Elaine A. King, professor, School of Art, recently served on the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation's International Fellowship Review Panel in Washington, D.C. The panel awards graduate and post-doctoral fellowships to women from all disciplines.


Saturday, April 7: SPIRIT annual fashion show. 8 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, University Center. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door (price includes the after-party). Tickets on sale from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursday in front of Doherty Hall and Thursday and Friday at the University Center information desk.

Monday, April 9University Lecture Series. "Hackers and Other Contested Entities of the Cyberworld." Hellen Nissenbaum, Center for Human Values, Princeton University. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Adamson Wing.

April 10, 11 and 12: Registration for "Race For The Cure." University Center lobby, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

April 11 - 14: The School of Drama, in association with the School of Architecture, presents "Romulus The Great," a comedy by Friedrich Duerrenmatt. Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Showtimes: 8 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday, 2 p.m., Saturday. Tickets $5. Call the Box Office at 268-2407 to purchase tickets.

Thursday, April 12: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Seminar Series. "Image/Video Description and Summarization: From Low-Level Features to Semantics.'' Murat Tekalp, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Rochester. 4 - 5 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium. Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. See

Thursday, April 12: University Lecture Series. "The Art of Designing the Guts of a Cell Phone." JoAnn Paul, Electrical and Computer Engineering. 4:30- 6 p.m., Baker Hall 136, Adamson Wing.

Through Saturday, April 14: In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, the Children's School and the Cyert Center are holding an art exhibition at the University Center. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday; noon - 3 p.m., Saturday.

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