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October 4, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 13

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.


More than 100 events and activities are scheduled for Carnegie Mellon's annual homecoming celebration, "2001: A Homecoming Odyssey," Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 12-14. Highlights include college and department receptions, educational presentations and career seminars, the Alumni Awards dinner and ceremony, campus tours, reunion celebrations and a Scotch 'n Soda presentation of "Blood Brothers."

—At 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 (site to be announced), a "Service of Remembrance" will be held to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 national tragedy and to remember the Carnegie Mellon alumni who were killed or who are 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).

—A complete schedule of Homecoming events and activities is available on the Web at


The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has announced that the Terascale Computing System (TCS), the most powerful system in the world committed to unclassified research, has been installed on schedule. Developed and implemented by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in collaboration with Compaq Computer Corporation, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the TCS provides computational capability to scientists and engineers nationwide. They will use it in many areas of research that have wide social impact, including earthquake modeling, storm-scale weather forecasting, global climate change, and protein genomics, modeling that's integral to the development of new drug therapies.

—A joint project of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and Westinghouse Electric Company, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has developed the TCS to fill a gap in U.S. basic research capability highlighted in a 1999 presidential report. Terascale means computational power beyond a "teraflop" - a trillion calculations per second. With peak capability of six teraflops, the new system is now by far the most powerful available as an open resource for researchers attacking a wide range of problems.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news, Oct. 1.


President Jared L. Cohon invites members of the university community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients for the May 19 commencement. Nominations are to be submitted by Oct. 31.

—Nomination forms can be obtained from all dean's offices, the Information Desk at the University Center or by calling the Office of the President.

—Honorary degrees may be awarded in the fields of business practice, fine arts, humane letters, public policy and science and technology. Once nominations have been received, the Honorary Degrees Committee will submit a list of 15 individuals to President Cohon. The president will then recommend candidates to the Board of Trustees.


The university community is invited to participate in Pride Week, Oct. 8 - 11, by attending a series of events on campus celebrating National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11). "Rethinking the Family," a panel discussion on different types of families will be held from 4:30 - 6 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 8, in the Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A). It will be moderated by Vice Provost for Education Indira Nair and will include English Professor Kristina Staub, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Associate Editor Donald Hammonds and Carnegie Mellon Career Center Consultant Harriet Schwartz. The panel's co-sponsors are the ALCOA Foundation, Graduate Programs Office, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and SOHO, the university's resource center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the community.

—A second panel will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender research. "Getting Research Out of the Closet" will be held from 4:30 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Schatz Dining Room, University Center. The panelists are: Gary Gates of the Urban Institute's Population Studies Center in Washington, D.C., Nia Markovic, co-director of the Center for Research on Health and Sexual Orientation, University of Pittsburgh, and Anthony J. Silvestre, associate professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Reception to follow. Further information: and official.cmu-news for Oct. 3.


"Africa: Past, Present and Future" is the theme of this year's International Festival at Carnegie Mellon, Thursday, Oct. 4 - Sunday, Oct. 7. Musical and dance performances, arts and crafts exhibits, presentations and workshops will focus on African issues and culture. Festival highlights include the Marketplace, a tent full of food, music, dance and workshops, a presentation and exhibition by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photojournalist Martha Rial and demonstrations by Ibou N'Diaye, an African artist who carves mahogany and ivory using traditional tools such as hatchets, files and chisels. Information:


—The Carnegie Mellon Credit Union has announced that Christmas Club Checks are available for pick up at the Credit Union Office.

—The university's Creative Writing Program is sponsoring the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards for Pittsburgh-area high school students and Carnegie Mellon students. Awards will be given in two categories, prose (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry. The deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 7. Complete information is posted on official.cmu-news for Sept. 20.

—The deadline for Spring 2002 SURG proposals is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. Application packets for the SURG program are available at the Undergraduate Research Initiative Offices (URI), 404 Warner Hall, or can be downloaded from the Web site It is strongly recommended that you review a draft of your proposal with URI Director Janet Stocks prior to the deadline.


Richard D. Pethia, director of the CERT Centers, recently presented testimony entitled "Information Technology-Essential But Vulnerable: How Prepared Are We for Attacks?" before the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. Pethia's testimony is available at

Marie Dannie Durand, associate professor, Department of Biology, has received a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. The fellowship of $625,000 will be paid over five years.


Oct. 5 - 7: Family Weekend. The schedule of activities is posted on official.cmu-news, Oct. 2.

Friday, Oct. 5: The Malaysian Students Association is holding a Malaysian Food Festival 5 - 9 p.m., in the University Center Merson Courtyard (rainsite: Kirr Commons). Home-cooked Malaysian delicacies will be served along with live-cooking demonstrations. The courtyard will resemble a classic Malaysian night market with music and traditional costumes. Details are available at

Friday, Oct. 5: Mechanical Engineering Seminar. "Fabrication of Thermoplastic-Matrix Composites Via In-Situ Consolidation." Ranga Pitchumani, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut. 2:45 p.m., Scaife Hall 125.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: "Achieving a Just Peace in the Middle East." A discussion with Staughton Lynd, distinguished historian, activist, lawyer, teacher and co-editor of "Homeland: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians," and Husam Rafeedie, president of the Arab Community Center of Youngstown, Ohio. 8:30 p.m., Doherty Hall 2315. Sponsored by Campus Committee for Peace and Justice, The Thomas Merton Center and the Carnegie Mellon Arab Student Organization. Further information: 412-363-5485.

Oct. 11-14: "Most Happy Fella" by Frank Loesser. David Pfeiffer, directing. Robert Page, conducting. Kresge Recital Hall. 8 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 11 and Sat., Oct. 13; 9:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12; 2:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 14.

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