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August 30, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 8

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.


Mahadev Satyanarayanan, the Carnegie Group professor of computer science, has been chosen by Intel Corp. to be founding director of a new Pittsburgh-based laboratory to do research in software systems for data storage. Satyanarayanan is known for his pioneering work in the field of distributed file systems and is considered to be one of the founders of the field of mobile computing.

—The new lab will focus especially on issues of information storage and retrieval in what Intel calls the "proactive computing environments" of the future. Researchers will work on creating new storage paradigms and better implementations of conventional storage systems such as databases and file systems.

—Initially, the new lab will be housed in a building at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Craig Street. It will be staffed by full-time Intel researchers as well as faculty, researchers and graduate students from Carnegie Mellon and other universities. Satyanarayanan says there could be eight to 10 researchers working there by the end of the first year of operation. Ultimately there could be as many as 25-30 researchers.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Aug. 29.


Using the Internet may not cause feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation, but it does increase stress. So say the findings of a new Carnegie Mellon study that examined the social effects of daily Internet use.

—The Carnegie Mellon research team that three years ago published its findings that the Internet had a tendency to make some people lonely and depressed is creating a buzz with new, seemingly contradictory findings. "The Internet is a better place to be and live than it was in 1995," said Robert Kraut, professor of human computer interaction. In 1998, a research team led by Kraut and fellow Human Computer Interaction Professor Sara Kiesler reported small but reliable negative social effects of using the Internet. Their study, called "HomeNet," tracked how using the Internet in the home affected 93 Pittsburgh families. A three-year follow-up of the original sample of 208 everyday computer users found that the negative effects dissipated.

—"Consistent with a 'rich get richer' model, the Internet generally predicted better outcomes for extroverts and those with more social support but worse outcomes for introverts or those with less support," wrote the research group in their new paper titled "Internet Paradox Revisited."

—"Extroverts, who like making new friends, are using new technology to express themselves," Kraut told The New York Times. "When introverts are using the Internet, it seems to hurt their social well-being, their social connectedness."

—Co-authors of the research report include Kraut, Kiesler, Associate Professor of Psychology Vicki Helgeson, and Bonka Boneva, Jonathon Cummings and Anne Crawford, post-doctoral fellows in the Human Computer Interaction Institute. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Aug. 28.


The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association announces it's open membership for the 2001-2002 school year. The association is open to all full-time, part-time women faculty, staff and trustees and women spouses or partners of faculty, staff and trustees. The opening event is Monday, Sept. 10 at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. An up-close, behind the scenes tour, including the dugout, visitor's clubhouse, exclusive clubs, luxury suites and much more will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Willie Stargell statue on Federal Street. RSVP to Dolores Blumstein at or 412-422-7086.


Robert C. Merton, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics, inaugurates the Nash Distinguished Lecture Series in Quantitative Finance at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the McConomy Auditorium, University Center.

—Merton will discuss new investment tools and comment on the current state of financial practices in the United States as part of a talk titled "Observations on Finance Theory and Finance Practice." The event is free and open to the university community.

—The Nash Distinguished Lecture Series honors Carnegie Mellon math alumnus John F. Nash Jr., (S'48) who won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.


The Carnegie Mellon Credit Union is offering special loan rate to its members through Sept. 21. Terms: $300 - $3500, 12 months at 8.99 percent; $3,50l - $5,000, 24 months at 8.99 percent. Phone: 268-2905 or check the Web at


The Tartans begin their 2001 season with a home game against Randolph-Macon College at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, in Gesling Stadium. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a valid Carnegie Mellon ID.

—The next home game is with Case Western Reserve University at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8.


—Environmental Health and Safety's next training class for drivers of university vehicles will be held from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sept. 13 in the 3rd floor conference room of the FMS Building. Those who drive a university vehicle are required to take the course at least once every three years. Anyone wishing to register for the class should contact Jim Gindlesperger at jg57@andrew, or ext. 8-3760.


—Cambridge University Press has published "Risk Communication: A mental models approach" by Carnegie Mellon professors Granger Morgan and Baruch Fischhoff and their former Ph.D. students Ann Bostrom and Cynthia J. Atman. The book provides a systematic approach for risk communicators and technical experts hoping to serve the public by providing information about risks.

—"Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health, and Safety," a book edited by Professors Paul Fischbeck and Scott Farrow was published recently. The book has 18 chapters, 16 of them from Carnegie Mellon affiliated authors, focused on institutions, behavior, uncertainty, and regulatory design and performance. Subjects include genetic testing, the Clean Air and Water Acts, energy sector jurisdiction, inspection and monitoring, pollution prevention and other topics. A CD with a software template to assist in risk and economic evaluation of air pollution regulations is included. Information:


Through Oct. 14: Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. "Aether": recent work by Delanie Jenkins, Shari Mendelson, Linn Meyers, Paul Stremple and Paul Villinski, third floor. "Perspective": a digital media installation by Paul Warne, second floor. "Vocabulary": works on paper by Dale McNutt, first floor.

Friday, Aug. 31: University Center's 5th Anniversary Celebration. 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Merson Courtyard. Appearances by Scotty Dog and the Pirate Parrot. Refreshments include drinks, cookies, popcorn and ice cream. Music provided by WRCT. Brought to you by the University Center, Entropy, Athletics, Student Activities, Student Affairs, Dining and the Career Center.

Saturday, Sept. 1: Music. Cheryl Chan, piano. 6 p.m., Mellon Institute Auditorium.

Wednesday, Sept. 5: "Soup and Substance" lecture. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Peter/Wright/Mckenna. Student Affairs provides the soup and the substance. "So, What is the Real Purpose of Work, Anyway?" Robert M. Unetich, (E'68), adjunct professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sponsored by Student Affairs. Information: Wendy Hermann (hermann@andrew) or Niloo Sobhani (ns1h@andrew) or check official.cmu-news, Aug. 29.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Art lecture. Steven Kurtz. Philip Chosky Theater. 5 p.m., Purnell Center.

Thursday, Sept. 6: University Lecture Series. "Engineers, Environment and Sustainability---Where Do We Stand?" Roger Duffell, professor emeritus of civil engineering, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Saturday, Sept. 8: The Graduate Programs Office's professional development workshop. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (lunch included). Rangos 3, University Center. "Foundations of Professional Development: Tools for Choosing Among Career Paths" is an experimental workshop that will lead doctoral students through a variety of tools and exercises to focus their career ambitions. To register, go to or call x8-7970.

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