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July 12, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 1

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.


"Engineering Your Future," a workshop sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and focusing on the City of Pittsburgh Public Schools, began on July 9 and continues through July 20 in the College of Engineering. Approximately 150 inner-city girls are attending the classes.

—The workshop's goal is to define an engineering career: What is engineering? What courses shall I pursue while in high school? What are the rewards? Why is it important to prepare yourself in high school? The workshop is taught by the following members of the engineering faculty: Kacey Marra, Annette Jacobson, Jeanne VanBriesen, Gary Fedder, Lisa Porter and Cristina Amon.


Don't forget that on Thursday, July 12, mandatory 10-digit dialing will begin for the 412 and 724 area codes. Anyone dialing only seven digits on that date should hear a recording advising of the 10-digit requirement. All pre-programmed numbers such as phone speed call lists, fax speed call lists, modem speed call lists and alarms must be changed. If you have questions, call Bill Whigham, x87847.


July 20 - 21: "The Sex King." by Bill C. Davis, author of "Mass Appeal." Directed by Peter Frisch in association with Douglas S. Cramer Productions. Aug. 3 - 4: "Riding Fire," the story of Judith Resnik and the Space Shuttle, by Denise Pullen. Resnik graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and went on to become an astronaut. She was 36 years old when she died in the Space Shuttle Challenger crash on Jan. 28, 1986.

—Friday/Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Performances are in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts. For more information contact the box office at 412-268-2407.


The University Libraries have received a generous gift of 1,500 books in Russian literature, given in memory of Dr. Joel Wilkinson by his wife, Monica. Wilkinson earned his doctorate in Russian literature from the University of Kansas. The collection is strong in Russian poetry and folklore, reflecting Wilkinson's early research on the Romantic poet Mikhail Lermontov, best known in the West for the novel "A Hero of our Time."

—Wilkinson later studied and collected popular and scholarly works published in Russia following World War II and throughout the Cold War years. His library of historically hard-to-get items provides a snapshot of the Soviet literary and cultural scene in the mid- to late 20th century, and provides a much-appreciated boost to the modern languages collection housed at Hunt Library.


Ruth Corrigan (L'38), library director from 1973 to 1980, died on July 7. In 1980, President Richard M. Cyert noted her retirement and lauded her tenure in his annual report, saying, "She expanded and refined the collections of the library and maintained an exceptionally high level of service in the face of stringent budgets." Before becoming director, Corrigan was a reference librarian from 1961-63 and head of reference from 1963-73. She is survived by seven children and 14 grandchildren.


Kevin Deak in the Telecommunications Department has sent the following message to Telephone Administrators: "Maintenance support for Telecom VoiceMail will stop at the end of this year. Therefore, Telecom will upgrade the voice mail system on July 20. Voice mail will be out of service on July 20 from 8 p.m. until the following morning. The new system is an Octel 250. All the data (messages, greetings, etc.) will transfer from the current system to the new one. This means user impact will be minimal. We recommend that all users delete any messages they don't need to save and that important messages be written down in case we have problems and lose data."

—If you have any questions, contact Deak at kd1u@andrew or x87015.


Carnegie Mellon has created a webmaster network for everyone who creates, maintains or plans university-related Web sites. To join this group, subscribe to the mailing list at to receive and share information, learn about upcoming meetings and more. An introductory meeting for the webmaster groupwill be held 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, in the McKenna Room, University Center. RSVP to


—Are you a supervisor and want to get some feedback regarding some of your strategies involving human resources issues? Interested in hearing about tactics used by other Carnegie Mellon supervisors? If so, then join your fellow supervisors for the informal lunchtime roundtable session called "How Do You Manage?" sponsored by Learning and Development. The roundtable will be held from noon - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 in the Peter Room, University Center. If you plan to attend, email Erin Martin ( prior to the session with issues you are interested in discussing.

—Members of the university community are invited to take part in the monthly Faculty/Staff Tennis League matches. This month's matches are scheduled for 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, on the university courts. (Rain date: Thursday, July 19). Family and friends are also welcome to play. Questions regarding the tennis league may be directed to


Tuviah E. Schlesinger, professor and associate head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering for his "outstanding work in penetrating radiation and electro-optic devices."

Richard Buchanan, professor and head, School of Design, has been appointed president of the Design Research Society (DRS), a multi-disciplinary, international learned society for the design research community. The society has facilitated a worldwide design research network in 35 countries. As president, Buchanan will chair the DRS annual general meeting in London.

Anastassia Ailamaki, assistant professor, Computer Science, has received a $40,000 IBM Faculty Partnership Award. The award recognizes and fosters novel, creative work as well as strengthens the relationships between leading universities and the IBM research and development community.

Adam Edelstein, School of Drama design major, is one of 29 summer interns selected from a field of 400 applicants for the 2001 Kennedy Center Internship Program at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The highly competitive program is recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the "Top 100 Internships" in the United States.

—Professors Wil Gorr and Ramayya Krishnan and Heinz School doctoral student Danny Fernandes, have won the Best Paper Award from the Association for Information Systems for their paper, "ServiceNet: An Agent-Based Framework for One-Stop E-Government Services." The paper is one of 425 to be presented at the Americas Conference on Information Systems in Boston on Aug. 3.

Richard Gribenas, exhibition coordinator of the Regina Miller Gouger Gallery, has received the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' (PCA) "2001 Emerging Artist of the Year" Award. The 24 year-old artist will be honored with an exhibition titled "I/O" (Input/Output) at the PCA, July 14 through August 26. The exhibit's opening reception is 5 - 8 p.m., Friday, July 13.

Lisa Ritter, communications consultant and editor of the Grad Times newsletter, presented a paper on "Surviving and Thriving in Engineering and Science: A Woman's Guide to Navigating the Ph.D" at the meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education in Albuquerque New Mexico in June.

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