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April 26, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 40

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 W. M. Keck Foundation will give Carnegie Mellon $1 million to begin development of a biosensor tool kit that will enable scientists to more fully understand cellular activity as it occurs in living organisms. Tools to be developed include an array of optical probes and sensing devices that can be used to detect the different states and functions of cells, tissues or fluids.

—"Our ultimate understanding of cell function requires studying the context in which cells live, divide, communicate and die," said Dr. Victor Weedn, an internationally recognized figure in forensic DNA typing who directs Carnegie Mellon's biotechnology and health initiatives. "Developing a means of learning more about the communal behavior of cells is central to advances in biological sciences. It also is essential for better understanding of how tissues and organs function."

—Pioneering research scientists Alan Waggoner and Ken Gabriel are also heading the project. The eventual results of their work will give scientists the ability to create new diagnostic tools and monitor many substances simultaneously in cell cultures, living animals and patients. By packaging the tools into a small, implantable microchip, for example, the scientists believe it will be possible to diagnose disease at an early stage in humans.

—Further information: official.cmu-news, April 23.


Robert Harper, professor of computer science, has received this year's Herbert Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in the School of Computer Science. The choice was based primarily on input received from students and on the faculty course evaluations. "The most extraordinary thing about his lectures," said one student in his nominating letter, "is that he has the ability, and spends the effort, to make every word he says and every slide he presents as clear and elegant as possible."


Stephanie Dickey, Nancy Monda and Rosa Stipanovic recently received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) Outstanding Service Awards at the school's annual staff recognition luncheon. Bill Bishop, a member of the college's computing support staff, won the Newcomer Award.

—Dickey, academic coordinator for the English Department for the past five years, handles all of the record keeping and coordination for the undergraduate and graduate programs.

—Monda has been the business manager for the Modern Languages Department for 17 years. Working with Department Head Richard Tucker, she has developed and managed the budget, worked on grants and handled personnel forms.

—Stipanovic has been an administrative assistant in Social and Decision Sciences for the past 13 years. Her nominators praised her for handling everything from organizing conferences to managing manuscripts.

—Bishop, senior user consultant for H&SS Computing, is the initial winner of the college's Newcomer Award, which recognizes tireless effort among new staff members. He was lauded for his superior technical skills and his interest in new technologies.


Computing Services has begun using Google (, the award-winning Web search engine. University webmasters need to update the code on their Web sites to include Google, which will replace For information on updating the code, go to Google's index of Carnegie Mellon's Web presence includes nearly 700,000 pages.


—If you or your department have been featured in a past issue of Carnegie Mellon Magazine, you may request back copies from Ruth Hammond at Specify the issue date, number of copies requested and your campus mailing address. Not all issues are available.

—To continue providing Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff with the best possible service through Highmark's dental plan, United Concordia, please take a few moments to reply to a survey you will receive shortly via email or U.S. mail. The survey is intended to measure your overall satisfaction with United Concordia's participating dentists and services. Your comments are important.


William W. Mullins, 74, university professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, died April 22 after a long battle with cancer. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1960 as an associate professor of metallurgical engineering and was head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science from 1963-1966. He also served as dean of the engineering college. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for April 23.

H. William Prengle, (E 1941, 1947, 1949), the recipient of five battle stars for bravery in the World War II Normandy invasion, has donated $50,000 to help educate outstanding doctoral students in the Chemical Engineering Department. Prengle received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1941 before being sent to Europe as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. After World War II, he returned to Carnegie Mellon and earned his master's and doctor's degrees in chemical engineering.

Carter Butts, a doctoral student in social and decision sciences, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Award for his work in spatial models of large-scale interpersonal networks. The NSF found the dissertation's "sophisticated formal theory and mathematical methods to be impressive." Butts' research is supported by the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organization Systems.

Liz Fox, assistant dean for research in the College of Fine Arts, has been named the "2000-2001 Outstanding Alumni Council Member" by the Penn State Alumni Association. Fox is in her second elected term on the council.

Dmitri Perekhodtsev, a doctoral candidate in industrial administration, has received a $10,000 research grant from the Heinz Foundation for his dissertation project, "Treating Uncertainties in the Decision-Making in Electricity Industry of the U.S. and its Policy Implication for the Environmental Regulation."

Lorenz T. Biegler, the Bayer professor of chemical engineering, has been selected to receive the McAfee Award from the American Institute for Chemical Engineering, local section. The award is presented to a distinguished chemical engineer in honor of Jerry McAfee, former chief executive officer of the Gulf Oil Corporation. Biegler will receive the award on May 16 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. Previous Carnegie Mellon winners of the award are Herbert Toor (1986) and Arthur Westerberg (1990).


April 26 - July 31: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation exhibit. Paintings by Damodar Lal Gurjar of Jaipur, India. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m., except May 20 and 27.

April 27 - June 10: Regina Gouger Miller Gallery exhibit. Opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., April 27. Floor 1: "just another market mop up," an installation by Andrew Johnson. Floor 2: "Concealing/revealing: creating and bridging gaps in visual communication" by Kenneth Hiebert. Floor 3: "The Mechanoid's Bloodline," digital media installation by Keith Piper. Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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., Wean Hall 7500.

Friday, May 4: Adamson Awards presentation honoring student writers for their work in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Jim Harrison, poet, novelist, screenwriter, book reviewer and literary critic, is the guest speaker. 8 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Further information is posted on, April 12.

Saturday, May 5: Symposium honoring Physics Professor Fred Gilman's contribution to particle physics and to mark his 60th birthday. Wean Hall 7500. There will be a day-long series of talks by experts in the field, followed by a banquet at the University Club. Information on the talks and banquet:

May 11 - 12: Carnegie Mellon Opera Theater. Mozart's "La Clemanza di Tito." 8 p.m., Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Free admission. Call 268-2383 for information.

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