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August 9, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 5

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.

Previous editions are available online.


John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS), has announced the appointment of Joe W. Trotter Jr., a leading scholar in the field of African American history, as the new head of the Department of History, effective with the start of the fall term. He succeeds Steve Schlossman, who will resume teaching and research after eight years as department head.

—Trotter has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1985, a full professor since 1990 and the Mellon Professor of History in H&SS since 1996.

—Trotter is the author of several highly regarded books including the two-volume "African American Experience." He also is the author of "River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley," "Coal, Class and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia," "Black Milwaukee: The Making of An Industrial Proletariat" and "African Americans in Depression and War, 1929-1945."

—Last year, Trotter was a fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was an associate professor at the University of California at Davis. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Carthage College and his masterÝs degree and Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Minnesota.

—Additional information is posted on official.cmu-news for Aug. 2.


Carnegie Mellon has entered into an agreement with Student Advantage Inc. which will allow students, faculty and staff to use their CampusXpress account off campus beginning this fall. Members of the university community with CampusXpress accounts can currently purchase goods and services on campus by presenting their university identification card. The ýSA Cashţ program will enable individuals with CampusXpress accounts to use their ID card to make purchases from off-campus vendors as well. Participating off-campus vendors include Super Photo, Chesapeake Bagel Company, Platter's, Star of India, Thai Place Cafe, West Coast Video and Boston Market. A more detailed listing of all participating merchants will be available by the beginning of September. ýThis program will provide new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to purchase a wide variety of products and services without the need to carry cash,ţ said Neal Binstock, assistant vice president for business services.

—Those interested in opening a CampusXpress account should visit the HUB in the lower level of Warner Hall. A $15 fee will be charged to open the account.


By studying images of the brain at work, Carnegie Mellon scientists have The Class of 2005 will be arriving on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 21 to move into their residence halls and participate in the Aug. 21 - 26 Orientation Program. The complete schedule of Orientation events is listed at

—Also on Aug. 21, the annual Community Picnic will be held from noon - 2 p.m. on the College of Fine Arts lawn. The Orientation Staff invites you to join the party and meet incoming students and their family members.


The campus community is invited to the memorial service, "Remembering Paul Christiano," at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 in Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100). The program will consist of short talks by Christiano's friends and colleagues. A reception will follow in the Tung Au Laboratory (Porter Hall 107E). Christiano (E'64, E'65 and E'68) professor and department head of Civil Engineering, dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and provost of the university, died June 21. A book of memories is being compiled for presentation to his family. Anyone who would like to add a message to this book should send it via email to Patty Langer,


Carnegie Mellon researchers have secured a $1.75 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Electric Power Research Institute to form a new Electricity Industry Center. The centerÝs goal is to make the electricity industry more competitive and to improve the nationÝs energy system by developing new approaches to the generation, distribution, marketing and use of electricity. The center also aims to change perceptions about the industry, create new business opportunities and provide technical expertise to various public policy issues.

—Granger Morgan, professor and head of the Engineering and Public Policy Department, and Lester Lave, the James H. Higgins university professor of economics, will be the centerÝs co-directors. Alex Farrell, a senior researcher, will be executive director.


The university's Human Resources Department is now conducting the certification process to verify the student status of benefit-covered dependents between the ages of 19 and 23. For these dependents to remain covered, employee-parents must complete and return a student verification form for the fall 2001 semester no later than Friday, Aug. 31. If you need certification forms, contact the Human Resources Service Center at 8-4747 or


Carnegie Mellon has contracted with Ceridian LifeWorks to provide a new, expanded benefits service, starting Sept. 1. LifeWorks will replace the current employee assistance program provided through Magellan Behavioral Health. During this transition period, employees currently working with Magellan will continue through their full course of consultations. There will be no interruption of service.

—LifeWorks is a one-stop resource, offering expert information and personalized community referrals via the web, telephone and face-to-face consultations. For more information, contact the Human Resources Service Center at 8-4747 or


—Computing Services has announced it will phase out support of the Windows 95 operating system by Dec. 31. If this phase out will negatively impact you or your operation, you should voice your concerns by completing a short survey at


John D. Graham(HNZ'84), has been named the new administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. Graham, who earned his Ph.D from the Heinz School, is a professor of policy and decision sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and a founding director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.

Dana Scott, the Hillman university professor of computer science, philosophy and mathematical logic, will present the opening lecture at the 26th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, Aug. 27 - 31, at Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) in the Czech Republic. At that occasion he will be presented with the B. Bolzano Honorary Medal for Merit in the Mathematical Sciences of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The academyÝs citation states that it "gives its highest recognition to your outstanding achievements, which have been recognized worldwide."

Dannie Durand, associate professor of biological sciences and computer science, has received a Genome Scholar Faculty Transition award from the National Institute of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute. The program is intended to "promote exceptionally talented, new investigators in genomic research," focusing on several key research areas in genomics including bioinformatics and computational biology. The million-dollar award, to be spent over a four-year period, will support DurandÝs research program in computational genomics on the analysis of gene duplication in vertebrates.

Dan J. Martin associate professor in the School of Drama and director of the Master of Arts Management Program, spent the last two weeks in Salzburg, Austria, where he served on the faculty of the European Summer Academy of Culture Management. This was Martin's third year on the academy's faculty. The academy helps artists and arts managers from Central and Eastern Europe restructure their program operations within the context of a free-market economy. Martin led classes in budgeting and finance management controls. While in Salzburg, Martin also presented a workshop, "Effective Integration of Internet Technology Tools in Marketing Arts and Culture," at the International Center for Cultural Management, a graduate-level training program at the University of Linz.

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