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May 17, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 43

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.


Carnegie Mellon will make the nation's largest single retail purchase of wind energy through an agreement among Carnegie Mellon, Community Energy, Inc., and Environmental Defense.

—The university will buy five percent of its total electricity next year from new wind power generated in western Pennsylvania. By moving from local coal-fired power plant production to wind power, the Carnegie Mellon purchase will eliminate the production of 13 tons of nitrogen oxides per year, a precursor of ozone smog; 35 tons of sulfur dioxide, which leads to acid rain; 5,100 tons of carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to global warming; and 0.18 pounds of mercury, a pollutant that is toxic to humans and the environment. The reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is equivalent to planting nearly 17,000 acres of trees or taking more than 1,000 cars off the road.

—"Developing new technologies, policies and practices to protect and enhance our global environment is one of our strategic priorities," said President Jared L. Cohon. "We hope this effort will become a practical model for other universities and organizations." Further information: official.cmu-news for May 16.


Elizabeth Bradley, general manager and CEO of the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts (formerly the O'Keefe Centre) in Toronto, Canada, has been appointed head of the School of Drama. The Hummingbird Centre is Canada's largest theatre and is the performance venue of the Canadian Opera and the National Ballet of Canada. "We are happy to have Liz join us at Carnegie Mellon," said Martin Prekop, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "She has a strong background in theatrical management and production, and an international reputation that will enhance our flourishing drama program." Bradley replaces Peter Frisch, who has headed the school since 1995.


The university's 104th commencement ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Gesling Stadium. Tony Award-winning actor Rene Auberjonois will give the keynote address. More than 2,100 bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees will be conferred. The ceremony will be broadcast on the Web at


The following staff members will receive degrees at Sunday's commencement ceremonies:

Rebecca Albrecht, Student Life Office, master's degree, Public Management with concentration in Leadership in Higher Education, Heinz School, (August 2001);

Christina England (Etschmaier), Computing Services, master's degree, Design in Communication Planning and Information Design;

Jeffrey Eaton, Computing Services, bachelor's degree, Computer Science with minor in Information and Decision Systems;

Denise M. Fazio, coordinator of student activities, master's degree, Public Management, Heinz School;

Carolina Garcia, coordinator of Student Life, master's degree, Public Management, Heinz School;

Lawrence Greenfield, Computing Services, bachelor's degree, Computer Science and Mathematics;

Alison Greenwald, Computing Services (Systems Development), bachelor's degree, Electrical & Computer Engineering;

Ashish Khetan, Administrative Computing and Information Services, master's degree, Business Administration, Graduate School of Industrial Administration;

Naomi Langer, Computer Science, bachelor's and master's degrees, Electrical and Computer Engineering;

Keith LeDonne, Computer Science Department, master's degree, Public Management with concentration in Information Systems, Heinz School;

Rhonda Moyer, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, master's degree, Master of Public Management, Heinz School;

Ann Marie Mesco, University Libraries, Digital Library Initiatives, bachelor's degree, History and Policy;

Bridgette Montgomery, Enrollment Services, master's degree, Public Management, Heinz School;

Bryan Nagy, National Robotics Engineering Consortium, master's degree, Robotics;

Alicia C. Nawrocki, assistant to the department head, Modern Languages, master's degree, Public Management with concentrations in Human Resources and Information Systems, Heinz School.


The annual staff picnic for university employees will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 in the Intramural Field tent. This year's picnic, hosted by President Jared L. Cohon and Provost Mark S. Kamlet, will feature music by the Kenny Blake Trio. Free with your university ID card. Shuttle service will be available to and from off-campus sites. See the May 10 official.cmu-news posting for schedules of shuttle times and locations.


The East Campus Garage will be closed on weekends from Friday, May 25, through Sunday, Aug. 12, during the summer months, and on Memorial Day and Independence Day. Please arrange to have your vehicle out of the garage before it closes. Weekends: the garage will close at 10:30 p.m., Friday, and reopen at 11:30 p.m., Sunday. Holiday schedules: Closed Memorial Day weekend from 10:30 p.m., Friday, May 25, until 11:30 p.m., Monday, May 28. Closed Independence Day from 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, until 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4. When the garage is closed, parking will be available in the following lots: Morewood Gardens, Doherty Apartments, Purnell Center, Hamburg Hall, Porter/Wean and West Campus.


Nominations for this year's Andy Awards are due July 2. The university-wide staff recognition program honors staff for innovation, enthusiasm, citizenship and dedication. Nomination forms are available on the Web at and will be published in the next issue of the Carnegie Mellon News.


—The PBS television show "Beyond Human," which airs at 9 p.m. on May 22, will include segments on Carnegie Mellon's minnow soccer robots and Sony robots. Manuela Veloso, associate professor of computer science, will be interviewed.

—Staff Council is conducting its annual election of campus representatives. All full-time and part-time Carnegie Mellon staff who are not represented by Faculty Senate or a collective bargaining unit are eligible for nomination. Staff Council seeks representatives from all departments or areas and encourages you to nominate yourself. Nominations should be sent to by May 25.


Kim Smaczniak, a junior majoring in technical writing and environmental policy, has been awarded the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for 2001-2002 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation for Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy. Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall and his legacy of public service, the foundation provides scholarships to students with excellent academic records and "who demonstrate a commitment to fields related to the environment."

—Professor Allan Meltzer and Adam Lerrick, director of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration's Gailliot Center for Public Policy, have created a new policy framework to help a Congressional Joint Economic Committee deal with the International Monetary Fund's approach to bailing out governments in debt. Majority Leader Dick Armey and Chairman Jim Saxton of the Joint Economic Committee have adopted the new policy framework, which would make it possible to shift losses and risk from taxpayers to private sector investors who have made mistaken decisions.


Friday, May 25: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. "Breaking the 0.1um Barrier in Lithography via Signal Processing." Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America professor of engineering signal processing, communications, control and computation, Stanford University. 4 - 5 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium, Rm. 125. Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. See for details.

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