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October 18, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 15

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.


Twenty-seven individuals and nine teams were nominated for this year's Andy Awards—the university staff recognition program that honors individuals and teams in four categories: dedication, enthusiasm, innovation and citizenship. In a ceremony yesterday in McConomy Auditorium, the following staff were named award winners:

—Andy Award for Dedication: Nick Salakas, senior sales associate at Entropy

—Andy Award for Enthusiasm: Dennis Cosgrove, research programmer, Human Computer Interaction Institute

—Andy Award for Innovation: Research Administration Training and Development Creators Donna Marano, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Elizabeth Fox, College of Fine Arts

—Andy Award for Citizenship: The Household Hazardous Waste Day Team, Melissa Burik (team leader), Carole Wilson, Robert Anderegg, Mark Banister, Barbara Kviz and Pamela Snyder.


The potential threat of anthrax as a means of terrorist activity has been publicized throughout the media in recent days. The university's Department of Environmental Health and Safety has prepared a Web page about anthrax for your information If you are concerned about a mail package or suspicious substance, call University Police at 412-268-2323. Anthrax is generally treatable with antibiotics and is not contagious.

—Monitor the university's Web site for updates on the university's response to the Sept. 11 crisis at


The university has announced the establishment of the Herbert A. Simon Memorial Fund in memory of the late Nobel Laureate and University Professor Herbert A. Simon, who died Feb. 9, 2001. At the request of Dr. Simon's family, memorial gifts will be directed to The Dorothea P. and Herbert A. Simon Scholarship Fund for undergraduates in all disciplines and the Simon Archives Project. The archives project will process, organize, preserve and digitize Simon's work and complete and maintain the Artificial Intelligence Web site.

—"For more than 50 years, Herb had an enormous impact on the development of Carnegie Mellon into the major research university it is today," said President Jared L. Cohon. "His vision helped to shape some of the university's world-class schools and departments. And his contributions extend well beyond the campus."

—Memorial contributions payable to Carnegie Mellon University may be forwarded to Gordon Gordon, Office of Planned Giving, Warner Hall, 5th Floor. Direct questions to Gordon at 8-2017 or


—Correction: The date of the Master of Public Management Program's luncheon was omitted in last weekıs edition of the 8 1/2 x 11 News. The luncheon is noon - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. To RSVP, call 8-2194, or send email to by Monday, Oct. 22.

—Space is still available in each CPR class being offered by Staff Council on Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2. "All who want to receive this basic training are encouraged to attend," said President Cohon. "And, I encourage managers to work with your employees to enable them to go if they wish to." The CPR class will teach you basic concepts of recognizing and beginning to treat heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. Register at

—The Office of Technology for Education is offering a series of one-hour Blackboard workshops to faculty and teaching assistants. A listing of the workshop topics is posted on official.cmu-news and for Oct. 15.

—"The Finger Bone," a publication of the Carnegie Mellon University Press, was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award given by the American Academy of Poets. The Laughlin Award is given to commend and support a poet's second book of poetry. Another Press publication, "Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison" by Ted Kooser, has earned the 2001 Nebraska Book Award selection for poetry.


Pamela Jennings, who recently joined the School of Art faculty, published "Poetics of Engagement" in the summer 2001 issue of "Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies Special Issue on Intelligent Environments." "Convergence" is a refereed academic paper journal addressing the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of new media technologies.

Barbara Lazarus, associate provost for academic affairs, has been selected to serve on a national panel to identify higher education programs and policies that are increasing the participation of women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities in science, engineering and technology. The panel is under the auspices of BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent), the newly formed public-private partnership whose mission is to follow up on last year's report on diversity and the U.S. technical workforce by the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development.

Elaine A. King, professor of art history/theory, was the guest American curator for the Master of Arts Biennial in Gyor, Hungary, that opened on Sept. 15. The theme of this international exhibition was artists and new technologies. King has also been reappointed to the International Review Panel Board of the Association of University Women in Washington, D.C.

—The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry welcomes a new research fellow, Noriyuki Fujimura, for a yearlong residency supported by the Japanese Government's Overseas Study Program for Artists.

Judith S. Modell, professor of anthropology, history and art, has been named director of the Center for the Arts in Society. Modell had been acting director of the center, which was established last summer with an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Rich Hoff has been named industrial liaison of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems. Hoff earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Penn State and his master's degree in public management from the Heinz School. Hoff has worked in the engineering/consulting field for more than 16 years. He was employed with Michael Baker Corporation since 1992.


Monday, Oct. 22: Information session for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program. 6 - 7 p.m., Room 1003, Hamburg Hall. The program offers evening classes and a distance-learning format. Classes start in January, May and August. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 18 at 8-4720 or

Monday, Oct. 22: Professional Development Seminar. "Leadership/Mentoring/ Supervision." Filling a leadership position, interpersonal effectiveness and establishing empowering supervisory or mentoring relationships. Lansing Taylor, president and CEO, Cellomics Inc., Pittsburgh. 6 - 8 p.m., Rangos 2. Register at

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Women in Science Seminar. "Modulating Cell Surface Architecture by Metabolic Interference." Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley. 4:45 p.m., Mellon Institute Conference Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Ethics Conference. "Why We Don't Want Privacy on the Internet." Charles Ess, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Drury University. 7 p.m., the La Roche College Kearns Spirituality Center. Participants are Robert Cavalier, senior lecturer with Carnegie Mellon's Department of Philosophy, and Dwayne Vermeulen, founder and chief operating officer of Schwoo, Inc. KDKA-TV's Bill Flanagan will moderate. Students and faculty admitted free. Co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and the La Roche College Center for the Study of Ethics. For information or reservations, call 412-536-1307.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, Efrain Amaya, conducting. 8 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall. Information: 8-2383.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Graduate Women's Gathering. "Time Management/Organization/Degree Completion." Professor Mary Lindemann, Department of History, and Professor Lisa Porter, Materials Science and Engineering. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Rangos 3. Register online at

Friday, Oct. 26: Mechanical Engineering Seminar. "Reinventing the Pipette: Human Centered Design at VistaLab Technologies." Jeff Calhoun, product development, VistaLab Technologies. 2:45 p.m., Scaife Hall 125.

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