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April 12, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 38

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.


Ignacio Grossmann, James McClelland and Dan Siewiorek have been named university professors, the highest academic distinction faculty members can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. The title is awarded on the basis of national and/or international recognition for research, artistic and literary accomplishments, and other scholarly activities.

—Grossmann, the Rudolf and Florence Dean professor of chemical engineering and head of the Chemical Engineering Department, is recognized as a leader in the research areas of optimization of process design and operation with mixed-integer optimization techniques. His work in developing the theoretical framework and tools for computer-aided design in the chemical process industry has had a significant impact in academe and industry. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering last spring, one of the highest distinctions an engineer can achieve.

—McClelland is a professor of psychology and computer science, and founder and co-director of the internationally known Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). The CNBC is a joint research effort with the University of Pittsburgh that studies neural structures and functions that underlie basic human cognitive abilities, such as perception, memory and language. McClelland is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, one of the most prestigious honors granted to a behavioral scientist.

—Siewiorek, the Buhl professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, and director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), has made seminal contributions in multiprocessor and wearable computing systems. He has been a key contributor to the design of more than two dozen commercial computing systems and has led the design of award-winning wearable computers, such as VuMan 3. He was co-founder and associate director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems before taking the helm of the HCII. Siewiorek was elected to the National Academy of Engineering last spring.


School of Computer Science (SCS) Dean Jim Morris has announced that Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker university professor of computer science and robotics, has decided to step down as director of the Robotics Institute, a job he has held since 1992.

—"His vision and leadership have made it the finest organization of its type, and he deserves relief from administration," Morris said in a memo to the SCS community. "He plans to pursue his research here unabated."

—Morris said he plans to search internally for Kanadežs successor and that Chuck Thorpe, principal research scientist in the Robotics Institute, will serve as acting director.

—"While an international search would be justified for such an important organization, the effort and delay are not justified," Morris said. "The Robotics Institute has a terrific agenda and great momentum already, and there are several people here who would be good directors." Morris has appointed a search committee to recommend a new director by May 5. Members are Angel Jordan (chair), Ralph Hollis, Dan Siewiorek, Katia Sycara, Howard Wactlar, Lee Weiss and William "Red" Whittaker.


Spring Carnival will begin at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 on the Midway in the Morewood Gardens parking lot and continue through Saturday, April 21. Amusement ride coupons are on sale for a discounted price (12 tickets for $5) at the University Center Information Desk through 5 p.m., April 19.

—The Buggy Races will take place Friday and Saturday mornings beginning at 8 a.m. The races will cause Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive to close from 6 a.m. - noon, Friday and Saturday. Cars parked along these streets after 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday will be towed at the owner's expense. Parking will be permitted once the races have concluded for the day.

—The university community is invited to vote for their favorite buggy at the Buggy Design competition from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 in Wiegand Gymnasium, University Center.

—For the complete schedule of carnival activities visit the Web at


The upper portion of the Morewood Gardens parking lot will be unavailable beginning at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 13. All cars must be removed from the lot by this time or they will be towed at the owner's expense. The upper Morewood Gardens lot will remain closed through 6 p.m., Sunday, April 22. To accommodate permit holders, Jay Becker Valet Service will direct traffic and, if necessary, valet park vehicles in the lower Morewood lot and in the East Campus Garage. Signs will be posted along Forbes Avenue indicating whether the lower Morewood lot is full or if empty spaces remain. If the sign reads "Morewood Full," permit holders should proceed to the East Campus Garage for assistance.


Mor Harchol-Balter, assistant professor of computer science, has received the Anna McCandless Chair, a three-year career development professorship. Her research interests include performance analysis and computer systems design. The chair is sponsored by the estate of Anna Loomis McCandless, a 1919 graduate of Margaret Morrison Carnegie College who became the first female member of the university's Board of Trustees.

—Engineering and Public Policy Project Director Mike Berkenpas was recently honored by the Department of Energy for being a member of the team that developed the analytical models that the Environmental Protection Agency used in its decision to regulate mercury emissions from power plants.

—Professors Janusz Szczypula (information systems), Marsha Lovett (psychology), Janice Vairo (modern languages), Bruce Armitage (chemistry), and Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood (physics) were honored for "inspiring students to achieve personal and academic success" at Carnegie Mellon's National Society of Collegiate Scholars faculty banquet last Friday.

Ann Marshall, former head of technical processes for University Libraries (1947-85), died on Friday, April 6, at the age of 81. She earned her master's degree in library science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1947.

Nelson Whitaker, former professor of piano, has died at the age of 77. Whitaker retired in 1994 after 46 years of teaching piano at the university. In addition to teaching, the classical pianist performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall in New York. During World War II, he was a member of Detachment 101, a secret group of warfare specialists who operated behind enemy lines.


Tuesday, April 17: Annual Buhl Lecture. "Matter versus Anti-Matter." Jonathan M. Dorfan, director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. 4:30 p.m., Mellon Institute Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 17: "How Do You Manage?" a Learning and Development lunchtime seminar for new or experienced supervisors. Noon - 1:30 p.m., Class of 1987 Room, University Center. Contact Jill Diskin at to register.

Wednesday April 18: Graduate Women's Gathering. Dinner discussion focusing on women's career choices. Roberta Klatzky, professor and head of the Psychology Department, and alumnus Rebecca Liebert, commercial leader for Styrenic Polymers, will participate in the discussion. 5:30 - 7 p.m., Rangos 3, University Center. Register at

Thursday, April 19: Driver Training Class, sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., third-floor conference room, Facilities Management Services building. Those who drive a university vehicle are required to take the course at least once every three years. To register contact Jim Gindlesperger at jg57@andrew or 268-3760.

Friday, April 20: Manil Suri (S 1980, 1984), the mathematician and author of the national bestseller "The Death of Vishnu," will talk about his Carnegie Mellon connections and his first novel. Noon, H&SS Auditorium. Free.

Wednesday, April 25: Secretary's Day Luncheon hosted by Human Resources and Learning and Development. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos Hall, University Center. Guest speaker will be Ted Fenton, author of "Carnegie Mellon 1900 -2000: A Centennial History." Visit the Web at to register.

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