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October 11, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 14

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.


Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker will announce the state's commitment to help fund a new office and research incubator to be built on Carnegie Mellon's campus on the eastern edge of Panther Hollow. The announcement will be made at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at a press conference in Roberts Engineering Hall.

—Carnegie Mellon and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have formed the Panther Hollow Development Corporation (PHDC) to develop new facilities in the Panther Hollow corridor to expand their research and education collaborations, accelerate the development of emerging technologies and support the growth of the region's high-technology industrial base.

—Ongoing collaboration with the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will link PHDC and this new building project to common strategic goals for enhancing Oakland's role in strengthening the regional economy.

—The state has committed funds to support the planned 120,000-square-foot, four-story building and 270-car garage. The facility will provide space for technology research and startup companies that wish to be in close proximity to Oakland's research universities.


Carnegie Mellon's annual homecoming celebration is Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 12-14.

—At 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, the university and alumni communities will gather in Kresge Theater for a Service of Remembrance to honor all the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy, especially those Carnegie Mellon alumni who were killed or still missing. Fred Kuo Jr. (E'69) died in the World Trade Center and Norma Lang Steuerle (HS'69) died on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Listed as missing in the World Trade Center are Lawrence Kim (HSS'97), Alan Linton (IM'97), Jonathan Uman (IM'90) and Matt Yarnell (HS'97).

— The schedule of Homecoming events and activities is available at


Twenty-seven individuals and nine teams have been nominated for this year's Andy Awards, which will be presented at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17 in McConomy Auditorium. The university-wide staff recognition program honors individuals and teams in four categories: innovation, enthusiasm, citizenship and dedication. For a listing of this year's nominees, visit the Web at


The Heinz School's Master of Public Management (MPM) program, a graduate degree program designed for working professionals, has scheduled a lunchtime information session for university staff from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Peter-McKenna Room, University Center. Lunch will be provided.

—To RSVP for this information session (or for one of the evening information sessions at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 or Thursday, Oct. 25) call the MPM office at x8-2194, or send email to by Monday, Oct. 22.


Carnegie Mellon's annual United Way Campaign began on Oct. 2 and members of the university community are being encouraged to support the many deserving United Way health and human services organizations in the region. In addition, the university community is being asked to supplement their annual donation with a gift to The September 11th Fund, a special fund created by the United Way to support victims and their families in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset, Pa. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Oct. 9.


Staff Council is offering an American Heart Association CPR class that will introduce you to the basic concepts of recognizing and beginning to treat heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. (The course does not cover treatment of children.) Participants will receive a booklet and course completion card. (The card is not a certifying credential as may be required by some employers.)

—Class times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Rangos 1 and 2, Oct. 25. The class is open to all faculty and staff but limited to 30 students. There is no limit on faculty and staff attendance.

—Register at


A volunteer support group of cancer survivors is being formed at Carnegie Mellon. All cancer survivors are invited to attend brown bag lunches on the first Wednesday of each month in the University Center's Caffee Room. For details contact any of the group organizers: Margie Hinebaugh (mh09), Anne Humphreys (ah34@andrew), Mari Alice McShane (mx01@andrew) or Linda Plazinski (lp2j@andrew).


—The "Entertainment 2001" coupon books have arrived on campus. Staff Council is selling the books as a service for $28 each. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, see official.cmu-news for Oct. 9.

—Reminder: This newsletter is available online at


—Professors John Miller and Paul Fischbeck have agreed to serve as acting heads of the Social and Decision Sciences Department for two years, from Jan. 1, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2003. The two will replace Professor Bill Keech, who has decided to return to teaching and research after a leave of absence. Keech has been department head since 1997. Miller will be acting head from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2002 and from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2003. Fischbeck will serve as head for six months, from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2003, during which time Miller will be working at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

—Computer Science Professor Manuel Blum has received the Bruce Nelson Chair in Computer Science. Blum is renowned for his work in computational complexity, automata theory, inductive inference, cryptography and program result checking. The chair is named in memory of Bruce Nelson, who earned his doctor's degree from the School of Computer Science in 1981. Nelson, chief science officer at Cisco Systems, died in 1999.

—Sheila Gorgonio has joined the university's Advancement staff as a major gift officer covering New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas. She was most recently director of Campaigns/Major Gifts at Washington and Jefferson College and has also worked at West Virginia University and Texas Tech.

—"The American Short Story Since World War II," a forthcoming volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, will include a review and profile of the short fiction by Hilary Masters, professor of creative writing in the Department of English. Included is a reproduction of a revised and corrected manuscript page from one of his stories.


—Monday Oct. 15: "French in the Afternoon" presents the first film in a series of five: "La Veuve de Saint-Pierre" (The Widow of Saint-Pierre) starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil. French with English subtitles. Free. 5 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Information:

—Tuesday, Oct. 16: "Ethical Issues in Research and Its Administration." 9-11:30 a.m., Connan Room, University Center.(Or Thursday, Nov. 1: 9-11:30 a.m., Connan Room). The program will explore solutions to various ethical issues, problems and dilemmas that researchers and administrators of research awards must contend with in a university setting. Presenter: Peter Madsen, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics. Register at:

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