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August 23, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 7

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.


The percentage of women in Carnegie Mellon's freshman class has been increasing over the past five years and this year it is the highest in recent history as women represent 41 percent of the Class of 2005. The percentage of women in the School of Computer Science over the past five years has increased from 12% in 1997 to 38 percent.

—In comparison with the past five years, this year's entering class also has the highest percentage of international students (14 percent) and African American students (4.5 percent).

—For this year's freshman class, the university received 16,701 applications; 5,210 were admitted and the freshman class numbers 1,320. Of these, 545 are women; 121 are minority students (9 percent) and 184 are international students (14 percent). Entering students are from 46 states, 32 foreign countries and 3 territories.


Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Gregory Rohrer and other interdisciplinary researchers are working on the materials research equivalent of the human genome project. Like the human effort where researchers are trying to spell out the nucleotides that make up the DNA on all human chromosomes, Rohrer is trying to map out the best properties available to make airplanes stronger and nuclear power plants safer.

—The goal of his research is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of materials that make up everything from a car battery to a supersonic jet. These materials, used in applications ranging from planes and trains to integrated circuits, are polycrystallines. They are made up of large numbers of microscopic crystals connected to each other by interfaces called grain boundaries. The properties of these boundaries determine how materials perform, including how long they will last or how they will break.

—Rohrer's research is being conducted at Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering in the Materials Research and Science and Engineering Center which recently received a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a variety of research projects.


University Publications has combined with the Media Design Center to form a new Department of Communications Design which integrates planning, design and production services for publications, Web, multimedia, video and specialty products projects. This multidisciplinary approach to marketing communciations will help the university develop more effective messages and materials to better realize its strategic marketing and branding objectives. Communications Design will continue to serve campus clients with more convenient, effective and versatile communications services. To learn how to work with Carnegie Mellon's Communications Design team and view samples of their work, see:

—Communications Design is part of the newly formed Division of University Advancement (


Non-Payroll Deduction Campus Parkers: If you are paying by check, cash, MasterCard/Visa, or Campus Xpress you are required to pick up your permit in the University Center's Connan Room on Monday, Aug. 27 or Tuesday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and in the University Center's Wean Commons area, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Authorized Payroll Deduction for Fiscal Year 01-02: You will receive your permit and gate card at your home address via US mail by Aug. 31.

—Further information on the parking permit distribution is posted on official.cmu-news for Aug. 22.


The annual distribution of Port Authority Transit stickers will take place during the week of Aug. 27. Benefits-eligible employees should bring their valid Carnegie Mellon ID to the Human Resources table in the University Center, Wean Commons area from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aug. 27 - 30 to receive a new sticker. Current stickers expire at the end of August. Questions? Contact the Human Resources Service Center at 8-4747 or


Two of the world's leading Internet security groups have signed a collaborative agreement to formalize their working partnership. The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) in the U.S. and the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) will partner to accelerate the development of methods, tools, and techniques to protect the interconnected networks that comprise the national and global information infrastructures.

—This agreement expands a longstanding informal working relationship between the two groups, which have published joint security advisories and cooperated on special projects such as Y2K.

—CERT/CC is at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. AusCERT is at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.


Staff Council is hosting a book fair, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Mellon Institute Lobby (4th floor of Mellon Institute). The fair features a wide variety of new books, including best sellers, children's books, cookbooks and special interest books at discounted prices. Cash, checks, MasterCard/Visa, Discover and American Express will be accepted.


—The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation has donated $200,000 to Carnegie Mellon's endowment for need-based scholarships for undergraduates across all schools and colleges. Funding for scholarships, fellowships and professorships was a primary focus of the recently completed Centennial Campaign (1994-2000), which raised a total of more than $410 million for the university. About $165 million of the total was directed to the endowment.

—The School of Art will host the campus arrival of the "Project Mobilivre-Bookmobile," Aug. 29 - 30. The Bookmobile will be parked on the sidewalk by the main entrance of The Hunt Library. The mobile exhibition of artistic works and independent publications is traveling North America by way of a vintage "Airstream" bus equipped with library shelving and online access to digital collections of electronic publications. School of Art first-year master's degree student Fereshteh Toosi is traveling with the exhibition, conducting workshops that bridge the worlds of hand-crafted and technologically produced printed materials.


Wednesday, Aug. 29: Memorial service for Paul Christiano, who died June 21.
5 p.m., 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).

Thursday, Aug, 30: Opening reception for the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery fall exhibitions, 5-7 p.m. The gallery presents three exhibitions: "Aether," "Perspective" and "Vocabulary." Information: 412-268-3618.

Friday, Aug. 31: Mechanical Engineering Seminar. "Buggy Dynamics 101." 2:30 p.m., Scaife Hall 125. John Ferris will present fundamental vehicle dynamics concepts within the context of buggy applications. Undergraduate engineers (and other buggy enthusiasts) are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Nash Distinguished Lecture Series in Quantitative Finance. "Observations on Finance Theory and Finance Practice." Robert C. Merton, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center. Merton will discuss new investment tools and comment on the current state of financial practices in the United States. Free and open to the university community. The Nash Distinguished Lecture Series is named in honor of alumnus John F. Nash Jr., (S'48) who won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. Merton is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Sept. 19 - 21: Sixth annual "Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts," a celebration of the diverse artistic interests of Jill Watson, architect, alumna and adjunct faculty member who died in 1996 in the explosion of TWA Flight 800. Festival events are free and open to the public. Further information:

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