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May 3, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 41

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.


Based on the opinions of corporte recruiters, a Wall Street Journal survey has ranked the Graduate School of Industrial Administration as the second-best business school in the world behind Dartmouth College. The survey was intended to identify which master's of business administration programs in the U.S. and abroad are producing the most marketable students. Other business schools among the top five were Yale University, the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.

—"In rating Carnegie Mellon, recruiters gave it high marks because of past success with the quality of its graduates," The Journal wrote. Recruiters said GSIA students "shine because of their analytical and problem-solving skills, their ability to drive results and their teamwork strengths." Further information: official.cmu-news, May 1.


Timothy Burritt, 47, an undergraduate adviser in the College of Engineering known for his vibrant personality and collection of zany ties and Daffy Duck coffee mugs, was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Stanton Heights section of the city on Tuesday, May 1.

—Burritt joined the College of Engineering in 1980 as a secretary before becoming an administrative assistant for undergraduate studies. He was promoted to undergraduate adviser in March 2000.

—"In his more than 20 years at Carnegie Mellon, Burritt has advised thousands of students and his exceptional relationships with them made a tremendous impact on their well-being," said College of Engineering Dean John Anderson. "Tim was a great colleague. He will be missed, but not forgotten."

—"He always called the kids at CIT his children," said Tom Keating, senior lecturer of technical communications. "I don't think there were any CIT students who didn't know him over the last 20 years." Keating said many alumni stopped in the office during Spring Carnival "just to see him."

—Burritt earned his bachelor's degree in professional studies with a concentration in communications from Duquesne University in 1998. In addition to his position at Carnegie Mellon, he also worked in the Admission Department at Mercy Hospital and as an emergency room registration clerk at UPMC Presbyterian.

—Friends will be received on Saturday at the Freyvogel funeral home, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire, one hour prior to an 11 a.m. memorial service.


Administrative coordinator Debra Slagle Sims and Research and Development Manager John Hedges received Staff Excellence awards at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration's (GSIA) Staff Recognition ceremony on April 18. Team awards went to the GSIA Computing Group's Thomas Bielek, Joseph Dimasi, Matthew Olczak, Raymond Olczak, Braden Parker, Barbara Price, John Rogowski, Aaron Todaro and Hedges and Web coordinators Shane Barnhill and Jeffrey Easter. Web design coordinator Roemarie Lang received the First-Year Star award.


The High Dependability Computing Consortium (HDCC), established last December by Carnegie Mellon and NASA's Ames Research CenteCruz, Calif. The conference will be chaired by Silicon Valley dependability expert Brian Reid, whom Carnegie Mellon recently named as the consortium's first faculty member.

—The HDCC's mission is to eliminate failures in computing systems critical to the welfare of society. To date, 14 information technology-related firms are working with Carnegie Mellon and NASA to establish a research agenda.

—For more information on the HDCC and the conference, check the Web at


Jeff Bolton, vice president for business and planning and chief financial officer, has announced that the staff grant for dependent children who attend an institution other than Carnegie Mellon will be increased to a maximum of $2,050 per semester, beginning in the 2001-2002 academic year.


—The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences' (CTNS) Science and Religion Course program has awarded $10,000 to Carnegie Mellon to fund the development of a new course focusing on the ongoing dialogue between science and religion. Professor Gary Patterson received the award for his course, "Christianity and Science: A Multidisciplinary Course." The CTNS is a non-profit international member organization, affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.


Teddy Seidenfeld, the Herbert Simon professor of philosophy, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Election to the academy honors men and women who are making leading contributions to every profession and scholarly discipline. Seidenfeld will be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the House of Academy in Cambridge, Mass.

James McClelland, professor of psychology and computer science, and co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Gerald L. Thompson, IBM professor of systems and operations Thomas M. Kerr, associate professor of law and industrial administration in GSIA, have announced their retirements. Thompson has been a member of the GSIA faculty since 1959 and Kerr since 1965.

—Following a national search, University Libraries has named Jennie Benford as the new university and H. John Heinz III archivist. She was formerly the project archivist at the Rodef Shalom Congregation, research assistant and docent at the Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, reference librarian at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and Clayton docent and docent trainer at the Frick Art and Historical Center. Assisting Benford in the University Archives is Adrian Y. Tinsley, recently hired as archives and art inventory specialist.

—GSIA has completed a new organizational structure, effective July 1. As part of the transition to the new structure, Fallaw Sowell, deputy dean of student and alumni affairs and director of the master's programs, has decided to return to his position as a full-time faculty member of GSIA. "Fallaw's leadership and contributions to the organization have been major factors in the progress of our school," said Dean Douglas Dunn.

Joel B. Greenhouse, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of statistics, will give the third annual Jacob Cohen Memorial Lecture at Columbia University on May 10.

Paul J. Wilhelm (E 1964), president of U.S. Steel and member of Carnegie Mellon's Board of Trustees, died April 27 of complications from cancer. He was 59.


Tuesday, May 8: Women in Science seminar. "Design of Functional Miniature Proteins." Alanna Schepartz, professor of chemistry, Yale University. 4:45 - 6 p.m., Mellon Institute Conference Room. Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and the Mellon College of Science Dean's Office. Refreshments at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9: The "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium. Four hundred undergraduates representing every discipline on campus will present their research as posters, oral presentations, visual arts or performances. Noon - 5 p.m., University Center. An awards ceremony follows at 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 12: The Heinz School's annual Stephen M. Lauble Awards event. PNC Ball Park's Pittsburgh Baseball Club (Bierbauers). 7 p.m. Includes jazz, food, a brief awards ceremony for this year's fellowship recipients and an opportunity to meet many local leaders, fellow alumni and Heinz School faculty and staff. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds go to the Stephen M. Lauble Fellowship Program. Information:

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