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June 7, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 46

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 Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) Department recently received the Three Rivers Environmental Award in the Higher Education category for its efforts to protect and enhance the environment. EPP, headed by Granger Morgan, the Lord professor of engineering and public policy, was nominated by Cliff Davidson, professor and director of the Environmental Institute.

—Davidson cited EPP's "unique" undergraduate program that focuses on environmental issues. He specifically noted the department's project courses in which students work on problems with clients such as the City of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Davidson said these courses allow students to "put together technical and social analysis components of their education to gain hands-on experience working on real-world problems."

—The Three Rivers Environmental Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and DQE, annually recognize individuals and organizations for their work to promote the environment. Awards are presented in six categories-business, community, government, planning, design and development, public awareness and education. Winners receive $1,000 to benefit the nonprofit environmental organization of their choice. Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation in EPP was also a finalist in the education category.


Leading scientists from around the world will be on campus for the 75th meeting of the American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, June 10-13. This international conference features more than 400 presentations from academic and industrial experts. Fundamental science will be presented alongside technological advances in particulate materials, biotechnology, nanotechnology and environmental engineering. Twelve parallel symposia will explore the science and engineering of multiphase material processes. Chemical Engineering Professor Robert Tilton and Physics Professor Stephen Garoff are co-chairs for the event.

—To kick off the conference, Andres Cardenes, the Dorothy Richard Starling and Alexander C. Speyer professor of violin in the School of Music, will perform using a Stradivarius violin that he donated to the university in 1996. The violin is one of only 500 in the world. Cardenes' appearance will underscore the study of the origins of friction, an important research theme for the conference. Cardenes will perform at 12:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 in McConomy Auditorium. For more on the conference, visit the Web at


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. Each nomination form must be accompanied by at least two statements of support, but no more than five. Each supporting statement should not be more than one page. For more information, see the Andy Awards Web site.


The East Campus Garage will install a "pay-as-you-park" system this fall that will allow users to pay just for the time they park their car. The system will be similar to the one at the Kaufmann's garage downtown, the Bellefonte Street parking garage in Shadyside and several parking facilities in Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

—Neal Binstock, assistant vice president for business services, said the two primary reasons for the change are to maximize the use of existing parking spaces in the garage and to introduce flexibility to reduce the number of cars coming to campus, a goal of the university's new master plan. The campus master plan calls for the elimination of surface parking areas for new buildings, green spaces and pedestrian walkways.

—Binstock said the new system will make available hundreds of parking spaces for visitors and non-permit holders in the 432-space permit section of the garage, which is now only open to permit holders. He said a computer system would keep track of the number of cars in the garage and a "Permit Holders Only" sign will be posted when the garage is nearing its full capacity. There should be minimal, if any, impact on permit holders finding a parking space, Binstock said.

—Binstock said the new system may encourage some to choose not to purchase an annual parking permit, but to car-pool or take the bus to work. Daytime hourly rates have not been determined, but evening parking will be at a reduced rate.

—The system will be installed this June and July and tested in mid-August. The equipment installation will create some parking and traffic inconveniences. The new system is expected to be in operation by the start of the fall semester. For more information on car-pooling and car-pooling incentives, visit the Parking Services Web site at There is a button on the front door that links you to the car-pooling incentive program.


—This year's employee picnic at Kennywood Park, sponsored by Staff Council, will be held Saturday, July 14. Ticket sales will begin from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, June 29 in the University Center. You must have your Carnegie Mellon ID card to purchase tickets. The ticket line will close promptly at 12:45 p.m. More information, including ticket sale dates and locations, will be announced soon.

—Subscription discounts to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are available for Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. You can save an extra $10 on each new classical subscription. The benefits include priority seating, advance notification of concerts and special events. For tickets and more information call 392-3320.


—Associate university librarian Barbara G. Richards has announced her retirement, effective June 30. Richards, who earned a master's degree in public management from the Heinz School in 1987, came to Carnegie Mellon in 1978 as an assistant in the Mellon Institute Library. A celebration for her friends and colleagues will be held from 4 - 6 p.m., Friday, June 22 in the Hunt Institute Gallery. To RSVP call Dawn Caldwell at x8-2447 or send email to

—All faculty and staff are invited to attend a farewell party for Vice President for University Relations Don Hale, who is leaving his post to become vice president for public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The party will be held from 4 - 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 in the Schatz Dining Room, University Center. Hale joined the Carnegie Mellon community in 1982.

Paul Goodman, the Richard M. Cyert professor of organizational psychology at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, has been named a recipient of the Academy of Management's Distinguished Educator Award, the highest honor given by the academy. Goodman will receive the award at the academy's annual meeting, Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C.


Through June 9: "NOMADIKA: No Strings Attached?" a presentation of the Technology and Art Collective, a performance group from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 17th floor, Omni William Penn Hotel, and suites 160 and 707, Gulf Tower. The interactive performances are part of the 19th International Sculpture Conference. For more information, see the June 4 "STUDIO Presents NOMADIKA" posting on official.cmu-news.

Tuesday, June 12: Presentation Skills Workshop, sponsored by Learning and Development. Participants will learn the importance of audience analysis, techniques for developing persuasive organizational patterns and ways to improve your delivery. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall, Room 1003. To register, send email to

Monday, June 18: Master's of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) information session. 6 - 7 p.m., Monday, June 18 in Hamburg Hall, Room 1511. The program offers evening classes and a distance learning format. Classes start in January, May and August. For more information contact Amy George at x8-4720 or visit the Web at

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