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May 10, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 42

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.


During the university's commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, honorary degrees will be awarded to the following individuals:

Kenneth Prewitt, dean of the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science at New School University. Before this appointment in April of 2001, he was director of the United States Census Bureau 2000 campaign.

John E. Murray Jr., president of Duquesne University since 1988. Under his administration, Duquesne has become one of the fastest growing universities in the nation.

Stephanie L. Kwolek (S 1946), inventor of the technology for the foundation of the Kevlar® fiber which is five times stronger than steel, resistant to wear, corrosion, fatigue and flame, and is non-conductive. This discovery led to more than 200 applications.

William E. Strickland Jr., president and CEO of Manchester Craftmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center, Inc. The Craftmen's Guild is an inner-city, minority-directed arts organization that focuses on the advancement of inner-city youth through arts education. The Bidwell Training Center is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit accredited vocational and academic educational institution for economically disadvantaged individuals.

Gordon E. Moore co-founded Intel Corporation in 1968 to develop and produce large scale integrated (LSI) products beginning with semiconductor memories. Intel has gone on to produce a number of products based upon LSI technology, including the world's first microprocessor.

—The May 10 issue of the Carnegie Mellon News carries the complete schedule of commencement activities.


Rene Auberjonois (A 1962) has performed in television, film and on Broadway during his 40-year career. He is perhaps best known for his role as Clayton Endicott III on the television series "Benson," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Auberjonois earned his bachelor's degree from the School of Drama in 1962. He received an Alumni Merit Award in 1986 and an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award last May.

The student commencement speaker is Nitya K. Venkataraman. She is graduating this year with a bachelor of science degree in anthropology and history, with a minor in business administration. "I came (here) expecting nothing but a degree. Carnegie Mellon gave me a world-class education and a confidence I know will follow me throughout the rest of my life," she says. "At Carnegie Mellon I was given not only the lofty idea that I could change the world, but I was given an education both in and outside the classroom that would allow me to implement that change."


Gesling Stadium will be closed Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 25 for site preparations for Commencement and accompanying weekend activities. The track and the field surfaces will be unavailable for use during this time. In addition, the Intramural Field will be closed from Friday, May 11 through Friday, May 25 for commencement activities and the university's annual staff picnic, scheduled for Wednesday, May 23. Both sites will reopen on Saturday, May 26. For questions, contact the Office of Special Events at x8-5052.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has honored Carnegie Mellon's Meteorrobot 2000 Team with the Antarctica Service Medal for its feat of searching for and finding meteorites in Antarctica from Jan. 20-30, 2000. Nomad's expedition and the discoveries it made are significant because it marks the first time a robot, relying on sensors and artificial intelligence, has been able to find a meteorite lying on the ice and distinguish it from ordinary rocks in the area.

—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.

—Recipients of the medal are: Stewart Moorehead, Liam Pedersen, Benjamin Shamah, Kimberly Shillcutt, Mark Sibenac and Michael Wagner.


Researchers at the Robotics Institute have developed a high-tech pogo stick. Outfitted with space-age fiberglass instead of the standard spring, the "BowGo" can hop nearly 10 times higher than a traditional pogo stick.

—MSNBC has the story on its Web site:


The new "Women in ECE" organization held their first annual dinner on May 3 to honor women in the Electrical and Computer Department graduating with their bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees in May, August and December. Approximately 70 students, faculty and staff, gathered in the Singleton Room, Roberts Hall to celebrate the success of their colleagues. Mary Lou Soffa, professor of computer science at the University of Pittsburgh, and recipient of the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, discussed "Opening Doors" through mentoring women in science and engineering.


Barry Luokkala, a principal lecturer in physics, is the winner of the Julius Ashkin Teaching Award presented annually by the Mellon College of Science (MCS). Luokkala has administered all aspects of the department's laboratory structure for nearly two decades. His nominators said he has dedicated his career to science education at Carnegie Mellon. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for May 4.


—A memorial service for Byron McCulloh, artist/lecturer in trombone, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13 in the First Unitarian Church, Morewood at Ellsworth in Shadyside. Music will be provided by former students and by the trombone section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. McCulloh, a member of the School of Music faculty for the past 32 years, died on March 15.

—President Cohon will have an open student office hour, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., on May 14. Interested students should contact Michael Murphy, dean of students, at to schedule an appointment.

—The School of Drama's schedule of summer productions is posted on official.cmu-news for May 7.


Lori Holt, assistant professor of psychology, has received two major awards to support her research into language development and how speech is represented by the brain. Holt, who studies the role that experience plays in shaping speech perception, has received a five-year, $664,000 National Science Foundation Career development award and a three-year $450,000 21st Century Science Award for Bridging Brain, Mind and Behavior from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

—Following a national search, Paul Fowler, associate dean of student affairs, has been named director of the Career Center.

Andrew Harey, a graduate student in physics, has received the MCS Hugh D. Young Graduate Student Teaching Award. Harey was praised for his dedication to his students and his ability to inspire problem-solving skills in them.

Lowry Burgess professor of art, has written "The Toronto Manifesto: The Right to Historical Memory," in response to the destruction of the Buddhas in Afghanistan. It was presented on March 20 at the Planetary Vision Festival 2001 in Toronto, in conjunction with the Club of Budapest whose members include the Dalai Lama, Mikail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall and Ervin Lazlo. With placement on the Goodnews Network at for worldwide endorsement, Burgess hopes for the manifesto's eventual adoption into the Hague Convention's "General Provisions Regarding Protection" and the U.S. "Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act."

Tsuhan Chen, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia for a three-year term, 2002-04.


May 11 & 12: The School of Music presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito." 8 p.m., Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Tickets sold at the door for $5. Information: Concert Line, 268-2383.

May 12 - June 9: Kelly Young's art exhibit, "Am I Who I Am?" University Center Art Galley. Ten mixed media, self-portraits of Young and 20 pieces of calligraphy are featured. Young, an illustrator for Carnegie Mellon's Media Design, says his art simulates images created by using the computer application Adobe PhotoShop.

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