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November 1, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 17

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.


In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Carnegie Mellon has created an Office for Security Technologies that will work with the federal government to match Carnegie Mellon's capabilities with national security needs. In the aftermath of the national tragedy more than 40 faculty members were identified who have substantive expertise to offer in helping national security efforts, spanning research areas throughout every college on campus.

—The office will provide a mechanism for Carnegie Mellon to offer fast turnaround advice, launch short-term projects and studies, or provide other responses to specific needs that may become apparent in conversations with the new U. S. Office of Homeland Security, other federal agencies and the offices of elected officials in Washington.

—Ken Gabriel, professor of robotics and electrical and computer engineering, will head the new office. Gabriel joined Carnegie Mellon from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led the Electronics Technology Office until 1997. In this role he was responsible for roughly half of all the federal electronics technology investments, totaling more than $400 million per year. At DARPA, Gabriel worked closely with other federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA and National Science Foundation, as well as with corporations and universities. In 1999, Gabriel was co-chair of the Defense Science Board Study on 21st Century Defense Technology Needs, Acquisition and Management.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Oct. 26.


The Benefits & Fitness Fair, free to all faculty, staff, campus police employees and students, will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the University Center. The fair offers health and benefits information, massage therapy, bone density analysis, cholesterol, vision and hearing screenings, flu shots (at a $9 charge for faculty and staff), open enrollment benefits information, fitness and nutrition information and representatives from all of the university's benefit providers. Free prizes and giveaways will also be provided.


President Jared L. Cohon invites members of the university community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients for the May 19 commencement. Note that the nomination deadline has been extended to Nov. 12. Nomination forms are available from the deans' offices, the University Center Information Desk, the Office of the President or online at Nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Provost, Baker Hall 154T. Once nominations have been received, the Honorary Degrees Committee will submit a list of 15 individuals to President Cohon. He will then recommend candidates to the Board of Trustees.


Staff Council's Annual Food Drive began Oct. 29 and continues through Nov. 9. Proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Look for specially marked collection boxes placed around campus. A special One Day - One Can collection drive will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, outside Rangos Hall. Everyone making a donation at the One Day site will be entered into a prize drawing to be held at the close of the day. Information is posted on official.cmu-news. Also check the Staff Council Web site:


On Sunday, Nov. 11, University Libraries will celebrate the donors whose collections and financial support have enabled the university to digitize more than one million pages of primary source material on the Web.

—Scholars and book lovers in the academic community are to invited to attend this event from noon - 2 p.m., in the Mellon Institute library and auditorium (S. Bellefield entrance). RSVP by Nov. 7 to 412-268-2447 or to Complete information is posted on official.cmu-news, Oct. 17.


—The Cyert Center for Early Education and the Children's School are participating in the annual Giant Eagle Apples for Students program effective Nov. 4, 2001 - March 23, 2002, which provides a way for a school to receive free educational equipment. To participate, register by calling 1-800-474-4777. Have your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and either the Cyert Center's ID #1539 or the Children's School ID, #0151 ready when you call. The entire process takes two minutes. After you register, every time you use your Giant Eagle advantage card, it will automatically count toward free equipment for the Cyert Center or the Children's School.

—The Heinz School and the Master of Information Systems program welcome prospective graduate students to campus for Fall Visitation on Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Visitors will meet current students, faculty and staff representing the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Master of Information Systems Management, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management, and the Master of Arts Management programs. Program agenda and registration information is available at


Donald Marinelli, co-director, Entertainment Technology Center, was a keynote speaker at the New Jersey Council on the Arts Conference, "Setting the Stage for the Future," held at the New Jersey Network Studios in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 arts managers from the state of New Jersey gathered to discuss a statewide plan for the arts developed by the Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Department of State.

—Chemical Engineering Ph.D. students Jennifer R. Jackson and Vianey Garcia Osorio won the Janice Lumpkin Future Faculty Travel Award from the National Science Foundation/American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The awards will be presented on Nov. 5 at the AIChE annual meeting in Reno, Nev.


Nov. 1 & 2: Staff Council sale of the Pittsburgh and East Editions of the Entertainment 2001 coupon books 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wean Commons. Price: $28 each. Payment by check preferred.

Monday, Nov. 5: University Lecture. "Women's Health and the Environment." Devra Davis, visiting professor, Heinz School. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing.

Nov. 5 - 16: FlexPlus Open Enrollment. Make your 2002 benefit elections. Go to for more information or to enroll online 24 hours a day during the enrollment period.

Nov. 6 - 7: Scholastic Book Fair. Exciting books and learning products from more than 150 publishers for readers of all ages. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, University Center. The fair helps the Children's School promote literacy while raising money for the school.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: "Soup and Substance." Travel Talk with Aria Thomases, senior design major and community advisor for Mudge House. Share ideas, experiences and questions about what it means to travel in the "globalized" world. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Dowd Room, University Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Cancer Support Group brown bag lunch. Noon - 1 p.m., Caffee Room, University Center. All cancer survivors are invited to attend. For details contact Margie Hinebaugh (8-2161), Anne Humphreys (8-3420), Mari Alice McShane (8-7834) or Linda Plazinski (8-5290).

Thursday, Nov. 8: University Lecture. "Why Carnegie Mellon Geeks are America's Best Hope to Save our Ass in the 20th Century." Bill Wimsatt, co-founder of Active Element. 7 p.m., Kresge Theatre.

Friday, Nov. 9: Mechanical Engineering Seminar. "Optimization of Ultra High Capacity Micro Machined Heat Spreaders." G.P. Peterson, provost, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 2:45 p.m., Scaife Hall 125.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Memorial seminar for Stephanie Byram, Social and Decision Sciences grad student and psychology post-doc who died this spring after eight years of struggling with breast cancer. The seminar will focus on Byram's research and the continuation of her work. 2 - 4 p.m. McConomy Auditorium, University Center.

Monday, Nov. 12: Dowd Seminar. Jonathan Cagan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Craig Vogel, professor of design, co-authors of "Creating Breakthrough Products: Innovation from Product Planning to Program Approval." They will present highlights of their research and show application of their findings through industry case studies. Singleton Room, Roberts Hall. 5 p.m. (refreshments at 4:30 p.m.).

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