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November 15, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 19

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.


The Pittsburgh Computational Astrostatistics (PiCA) group has received a National Science Foundation Focused Research Group (FRG) grant for $1,050,000 to develop new statistical tools for the National Virtual Observatory, which was announced last week. The FRG program funds projects for which collective effort by a group is necessary to reach scientific goals, in this case studies of the nature and formation of the universe. The FRG is the latest in a series of grants that have come to Carnegie Mellon because of its interdisciplinary expertise in computational astrostatistics. Carnegie Mellon PiCA members include Associate Professor of Statistics Chris Genovese, Computer Science Professor Andrew Moore, Assistant Professor of Physics Bob Nichol, Computer Scientist Jeff Schneider and Statistics Professor Larry Wasserman. Astrophysicist Andrew Connolly from the University of Pittsburgh is also a member of PiCA. The FRG was awarded in conjunction with scientists at the California Institute of Technology and Penn State University.


Carnegie Mellonıs United Way Campaign, which began Oct. 1, has raised $117,000 toward its goal of $150,000. Donations to the United Way help to fund many health and human services in the region. Ron Schiller, associate vice president for University Advancement, encourages "all of my colleagues to consider supporting a favorite local organization through the United Way campaign. This is a wonderful way to help an organization you care about while strengthening our university's contribution to the Pittsburgh community."

—To make a contribution to the United Way, individuals can use payroll deduction, a personal check, cash or a credit card. It is also possible to pledge online at Call 8-6684 for more information.


Student Health Services is sponsoring flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and students. The price of the flu shot is $19. Payment may be made by cash or check. Students may charge their student accounts. The clinics are 9 a.m. ­ 3 p.m., Nov. 16, 27 and Dec. 4, McKenna Room, University Center.


—Parents and their babies, 21 to 23 months of age, are asked to participate in a language study at the Language Laboratory in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall. Your child will be shown a set of familiar objects, for example, a toy car, a dog and an apple. The experimenter will name each object and your child will be encouraged to repeat the name. Following this, your child will be shown pictures of the same set of objects and asked to name them. The study is specifically interested in children who are likely to name objects when asked "What's this?" If you are interested in participating please respond to or call 8-1953.

—The Heinz School Internship Opportunity Fund is taking orders every week for Krispy Kreme donuts. Donuts will be available for pickup at Hamburg Hall in the lower level lobby every Thursday from 8 - 9:30 a.m. The pre-order donation/cost is $6.50 per dozen and 75 cents per donut. The donation/cost for coffee is $1 per cup. Donut orders (per dozen) on the day of the sale are $7.50. Information is posted on official.cmu-news for Nov. 8.

—The Computer Store will not be able to place orders for any products between Nov. 16 and Dec. 3, due to the Oracle accounting system outages. It will be able to process orders after Dec. 3 but cannot ensure delivery before the holiday break.

—Photography & Graphic Services at Mellon Institute, which offers large format, photographic-quality digital printing, has created a Help Page to assist you in creating layouts and preparing files for posters, banners and signage. Go to to find answers to your questions.

—Parking Services Coordinator Debra Hamlin reminds the campus community that the Porter/Wean parking lot has 19 reserved parking spaces marked "Reserved for Porter/Wean Permit Holders Only, Enforced 24 hours, 7 days a week." These reserved spaces are exclusively for the Porter/Wean permit holders. "If you are found parking in a reserved parking space without the appropriate parking permit, you will receive a citation for illegal parking," Hamlin said. "The citation fee is $40. Please make every effort to park legally so you can avoid receiving a parking citation." Effective Monday, Nov. 19, the Porter/Wean parking gate will be raised for the evenings and weekends.

—The new $7 million, three-story wing for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which opened last year, has won a Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architectsı Pittsburgh chapter. The jury of architects described it as "a nice, quiet building. . . . We appreciate how the attention to detail picked up the flavor of the original building."


—David Hounshell, professor, Department of History, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored for "fundamental research on the history of American manufacturing technology and for innovative graduate training on the history of Cold War science and technology."

—Jonathan Cagan, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has co-edited a book, with Erik Antonsson of Cal Tech, entitled "Formal Engineering Design Synthesis" (Cambridge University Press). The book presents cutting-edge research and future views from around the world in the area of automated design synthesis. In addition to contributions from Cagan, other Carnegie Mellon contributors include professors Tom Stahovich, Mechanical Engineering, Rob Rutenbar, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ken Kotovsky, Psychology, and the late Herbert Simon, Psychology and Computer Science. Simon's contribution, given his important early influence on the field, is of particular note.

—Five students, Kristina Critchlow, Jeff Easter, Lauren Foley, Alexys Hanczar and Allyson Madrigan, of the College of Fine Arts interdisciplinary course "Mapping the Terrain: Theory and Practice in Environmental Thinking and Art" are exhibiting in the Woodland Gallery at Chatham College. Look for more art installations and exhibitions by other students of the class in public spaces throughout campus during November.

—Robert Sekerka, University Professor of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, has been elected president of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) for a three-year term. He will be responsible for overseeing IOCG's next international conference in Grenoble, France, in 2004, and a related International Summer School on Crystal Growth in Berlin the same year. Sekerka is a past winner of the IOCG's Frank Prize, a former vice president of IOCG and an associate editor of the Journal of Crystal Growth.

—Stephen E. Fienberg, the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, and acting director of the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery in the School of Computer Science, delivered the keynote address, "The Interplay Between Research Innovation and Federal Statistical Practice," to the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference on Nov. 14.

—Astrophysics Professor Richard Griffiths has been appointed to the Science Working Group for the Japanese/U.S. mission in x-ray astronomy called ASTRO-E2. Griffiths was selected for the NASA group because of his "outstanding scientific achievements and active involvement" in the field of x-ray astronomy. Scheduled for launch in 2005, Astro-E2 instruments will provide scientists with powerful tools to study topics such as the fate of matter as it spirals into black holes and the nature of super massive black holes found at the center of quasars. More information on the Astro-E2 project can be found at


—Friday, Nov. 16: Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Juan Pablo Izquierdo conducting. 8 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall. Tickets: $5/$4 students and senior citizens. Call 412-268-2383. Broadcast live on WQED-FM.

—Monday, Nov. 19: The Graduate Programs Office presents Graduate Women's Gathering #6. Computer Science Professor Lenore Blum and Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral candidate Judith Hill will speak on the experience of having a difficult advisor and techniques for finding good mentors. 12:15 ­ 1:15 p.m., Rangos 2. Register online at

—Monday, Nov. 19: Public lecture about national security issues. Henry S. Scharpenberg, chief of staff, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. 10:30 a.m., 7th Floor Auditorium, Masonic Temple, 4227 Fifth Ave. Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. Information: Pitt's Office of Federal Government Relations, 412-624-6011

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