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July 19, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 2

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.


Chemistry Department Head Richard D. McCullough has been named dean of the Mellon College of Science (MCS), effective Aug. 1. He replaces Susan Henry, who left the university last July to become dean of Cornell University's New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mathematics Professor William Williams has served as acting dean for the past year.

—McCullough, known for his work in creating novel conductive materials, joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1990 and was promoted to full professor and head of the Chemistry Department in 1998. He will continue to serve as head of the department until Nov. 1.

—"Rick brings a great combination of energy, vision and leadership to this position and to the university community," said President Jared L. Cohon. "Rick has led the Department of Chemistry through considerable growth including the hiring of five new faculty members, more than $3 million in new instrumentation and infrastructure upgrades, and planning for the $26 million undergraduate laboratories in Doherty Hall. He has overseen innovations in the graduate program and recruiting, strongly supported faculty innovation in the undergraduate curriculum and promoted increased concern for diversity."

—McCullough, a member of the university's Biotechnology Implementation Committee, is recognized as a leader in research on conductive polymers. He has served on the technical advisory board for BFGoodrich Performance Materials and consulted for the Polaroid Corporation. His research has been funded by several organizations including the Air Force, NATO, the National Science Foundation, AT&T and the American Chemical Society.

—McCullough earned his doctor's degree in organic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University.


RedSiren Technologies Inc., a security services provider that offers remote security monitoring and management, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Secure360, the CyberSecurity Center of the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute. As part of the agreement, RedSiren and Carnegie Mellon will pursue a collaborative research and development relationship that will apply the university's expertise to enhance the state-of-the-art design and implementation of RedSiren's security knowledge base.

—"Through its affiliation with Carnegie Mellon, Secure360 brings some of the top minds in cybersecurity to RedSiren," said Harvey Pollack, president and chief executive officer of RedSiren.

—For more information see the July 11 posting "RedSiren Acquires Secure360" on the official.cmu-news bboard.


President Jared L. Cohon has announced that both the Division of University Relations and the Division of Development and Alumni Relations will be restructured to form a new Division of University Advancement.

—The new division will be headed by Vice President for University Advancement Robbee Baker Kosak. Kosak, formerly vice president for development and alumni relations, joined Carnegie Mellon in January 2000. Before coming to the university she was vice president for advancement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and vice president for university relations at Bucknell University. Kosak began her career at Carnegie Mellon in 1979 as associate director of alumni relations.

—Kyle Fisher Morabito, assistant vice president for university relations since 1995, has been promoted to associate vice president in the new division. She will be responsible for marketing and media relations.

—Director of Government Relations Maureen McFalls, who previously reported to the vice president for university relations, will now report directly to President Cohon.

—Former Vice President for University Relations Don Hale left the university last month to become vice president for public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

—"I have decided on this new course because of exciting opportunities that lay before us," Cohon said. "I believe the creation of an advancement division can best help us realize these opportunities." Cohon said the new division will address institutional visibility, branding and marketing strategies based on the university's strategic plan. These strategies will be applied to fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, recruitment, research partnerships, technology transfer, student relations, community relations and economic development. "In this way, we can move more efficiently to target and engage all of our constituents," Cohon said.


—The Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) 16th Annual Software Engineering Symposium ( will take place Oct. 15 -18 at the Grand Hyatt at Washington Center in Washington, D.C. This year's event will provide a forum for organizations that can help members of the defense acquisition community develop or contract for the software they need. The event is sponsored by the SEI in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Software Intensive Systems Directorate.


Ronald Bianchini, an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, was a finalist for the Western Pennsylvania 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. He was selected for his ability to "operate successfully in multiple and diverse environments including the academic arena, large multinational companies and start-ups for the initial seed stage." Bianchini earned his master's and doctor's degrees from Carnegie Mellon.

Bella Karr Gerlich has been named head of Arts and Special Collections at Hunt Library. Gerlich, who has served as interim head of Arts and Special Collections along with librarian and archivist Martin Aurand for the past 18 months, replaces Henry Pisciotta. Aurand will resume his responsibilities as architecture librarian, liaison and archivist.

—Alumni Professor of Mathematical Sciences Morton Gurtin is the winner of this year's Cataldo e Angiola Agostinelli International Prize from the Academia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. The $13,000 award is given annually to an eminent scholar in the fields of pure or applied mechanics or mathematical physics. Gurtin received the Mellon College of Science's Richard A. Moore Award for Lifetime Education Contributions in 1999.

—Chemistry Professor Gary Patterson has received a $10,000 grant from The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) for the development of a new course focusing on the ongoing dialogue between science and religion. The grant was one of 100 awards given to colleges and universities in CTNS' annual Science and Religion Course Award Competition.

Raj Reddy the Herbert A. Simon university professor of computer science and robotics, recently received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Warwick, England.

—Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Rob Rutenbar has received the Stephen J. Jatras (E 1947) Professorship and the 2001 Aristotle Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Rutenbar, an internationally known researcher in computer-aided design for analog circuit synthesis and high-speed digital circuits, earned the Aristotle Award for outstanding teaching and advising. Rutenbar is director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Circuits, Systems and Software, and co-founder of Neolinear, a Pittsburgh-based technology company specializing in high-speed analog signal processing circuits.

Michael Steidel, director of admission, was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Common Application--a universally accepted application for undergraduate admission that is accepted without bias by member institutions.


Friday & Saturday, July 20 - 21: School of Drama's Summer New Plays Project. "The Sex King" by Bill C. Davis (author of "Mass Appeal") and directed by Peter Frisch. 8 p.m., Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5.

Monday, July 23: Drama's Monday Night Reading Series. "The Dutchman's Sketch" by J. Adam Russell. A Dutch artist defends his beliefs in Nazi Germany. 8 p.m., Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts. Free admission.

Saturday, July 28: "The Soap in Opera," an operatic performance presented by the School of Music, featuring soprano Veronica Tyler and Company. 8 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts. Tickets are $5. For more information call 412-268-2383.

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