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April 19, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 39

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.


President Jared L. Cohon and members of the Mellon College of Science faculty celebrated the beginning of construction for new undergraduate interdisciplinary science labs in Doherty Hall this past Monday, April 16. The labs are being designed to accommodate the latest scientific equipment and computing resources for teaching freshman analytical and synthetic chemistry. The interior design is the result of a creative collaboration between faculty from Chemistry, Physics and Biological Sciences, and the architectural firm of Burt Hill Kosar and Rittelman. The project cost is estimated at $26.4 million. The labs are expected to be available for use by the 2002 fall term.

—"The labs represent an important investment in Pittsburgh's future," Cohon said. "They will help this region compete in the rapidly changing world of science and technology, providing our best and brightest with the tools they need to produce cutting-edge results and continue to fuel economic growth in southwestern Pennsylvania."


The initial 256-processor configuration of the Terascale Computing System (TCS) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) officially began serving scientists and engineers nationwide as a production research tool on April 1. Researchers allocated time through the National Science Foundation's Partnerships in Advanced Computational Infrastructure program are now using the system for a range of projects that include astrophysics, fluid dynamics, materials science, earthquake modeling, and structure and function of DNA.

—The 256-processor system will be replaced later this year by the full-scale TCS, a 3000-processor, six teraflop system that will be the most powerful system in the world available for public research. The full-scale TCS will be able to perform six trillion calculations per second. For more, visit the Web at


SPACEQUEST,, is a new online way to search for, request and reserve available University Center and Enrollment Services spaces and rooms for your event. This Web site allows users to book a room without the hassle of several emails and phone calls. It also allows users to browse for the availability of their favorite space. SPACEQUEST demonstrations and a Q&A session will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 23 in McConomy Auditorium, University Center.


Spring Carnival will begin at 4:30 p.m., today, Thursday, April 19 on the Midway in the Morewood Gardens parking lot and continue through Saturday, April 21. Carnival activities will be held from 5 - 10 p.m., Thursday, April 19, and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.

—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.

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


—The Engineering and Public Policy Department, under Professor Granger Morgan, and the Center for Study and Improvement, under director Scott Farrow, were named finalists in this year's Higher Education Division of the Three Rivers Environmental Awards. The winner will be named May 29.

—Carnegie Mellon News, the eight-page internal news publication for members of the university community, is now available online at

—United Concordia dental plan will soon be distributing a customer survey via email and U.S. mail to Carnegie Mellon subscribers. The Office of Human Resources encourages you to respond.


Tom Kerr, associate professor of law and industrial administration emeritus, will be honored at the Freedom Corner Monument dedication ceremony at 3 p.m., April 22 at Centre Avenue and Crawford Street in the Hill District. Kerr is being honored in recognition of his "devotion to the struggle for civil rights" and his "commitment to better our community." The monument has been erected to pay tribute to the region's "fallen heroes."

Elaine A. King, professor of art history/theory, had her review of the Carnegie Museum of Art's "Light, the Industrial Age: 1750-1900" published in The Washington Post on Sunday, April 15. You can read her review, "Favorable Light!" online at:

David E. Laughlin, professor of materials science and engineering, has received the Alcoa professorship of physical metallurgy in materials science and engineering. Laughlin's research interests center on the investigation of phase transformations and structure by transmission electron microscopy. Laughlin earned the College of Engineering's Teare Teaching Award in 1999. The chair is funded by Alcoa, the world's leading producer of aluminum.

Joseph A. LeDonne, formerly a senior consultant at KMPG Consulting in Washington, D.C., will join Carnegie Mellon as director of sponsored research systems, effective May 7. LeDonne will have system management responsibilities for pre- and post-award sponsored project accounting. He will also oversee training in the use of the Oracle grants management module.

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J. C. Warner professor of chemistry, was one of eight distinguished scientists inducted this month as a new Fellow of the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. This honor, established in 2000, recognizes ACS members who have made significant contributions to the science and engineering of polymeric materials.

Denise Novak, head of acquisitions for University Libraries, was recently elected treasurer of the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.

John Gordon Robertson, a Carnegie Mellon doctoral student in social history, has been named director and head adviser of the undergraduate Business Administration program, effective fall 2001. He replaces Claudia Kirkpatrick, who will step down to return to the business school faculty. Robertson has 18 years of experience in student advising, coaching and minority recruitment at the University of Chicago, DePauw University, Concordia University and Carnegie Mellon.

Mitchell J. Small, professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy (EPP), has received the H. John Heinz III professorship of environmental engineering. Small is also associate head for graduate education in EPP. Small's research involves mathematical modeling and the statistical evaluation of environmental quality. The chair is funded through the Vira I. Heinz Endowment.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19-21: "Best Served Cold," a Scotch 'n' Soda presentation. 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Rangos Hall. Two free tickets with Carnegie Mellon ID. Tickets are $5 without ID.

Monday, April 23: Alcoa Foundation Speaker Series. "Environmental Justice: Issues, Options and Actions," Garrick Louis, assistant professor of systems engineering at the University of Virginia. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Louis earned his doctor's degree in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon in 1996.

Tuesday, April 24: French in the Afternoon Film Series. "Love etc.," 5 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. The movie is in French with English subtitles. 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. Guest speaker will be Ted Fenton, author of "Carnegie Mellon 1900-2000: A Centennial History." Visit the Web at to register.

Thursday, April 26: "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." Designed for girls aged 9-15. For information on the day's events and how to register, visit the Web at

Thursday, April 26: Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series. "Next Web Interfaces - From APIs to HCI," Juerg von Kaenel, senior manager of the Next Web Interfaces Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, N.Y. 4 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium. Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 27 - Sunday, June 10: Regina Gouger Miller Gallery exhibits. "Just another market mop up," an installation by Andrew Johnson, "Concealing/revealing: Creating and Bridging Gaps in Visual Communication," by Kenneth Hilbert, and "The Mechanoid's Bloodline," a digital media installation by Keith Piper. Opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., April 27.

Thursday, May 3: School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series. "10 Years of Software Agents Research at MIT." Pattie Maes, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 4 p.m., 7500 Wean Hall.

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