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December 13, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 22

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.


Mindy C. Hebert, a senior majoring in biological sciences, has been selected as a 2002 Rhodes Scholar. Rhodes Scholarships provide two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. The scholarships, oldest of the international study awards available to American students, were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and colonial pioneer.

—Hebert, from New Iberia, La., has worked to publicize social and ethical issues underlying scientific research. She has conducted significant research in cell biology, which she will continue at Oxford by reading for the M.Sc. in biochemistry.

—"We are extremely proud of the track record that Mellon College of Science is developing with the Rhodes Scholarship program," said Richard D. McCullough, dean of the Mellon College of Science. "Mindy Hebert is an exceptional student and a credit to the university and the college's efforts to support and educate scientists who will lead us in this new millennium. Two years ago, Physics student Cindi Dennis also earned a Rhodes Scholarship."

—Hebert is one of 32 American men and women chosen this year as Rhodes Scholars from 925 applicants in a nationwide competition. The Americans will join an international group of 95 scholars selected worldwide. —Further information is available at


The Diversity Advisory Council, formed and headed by President Jared L. Cohon to help increase diversity within the university, has published and distributed via campus mail a Campus Climate Survey to a sampling of about 4,000 faculty, students and staff members.

—Those who have received the confidential survey are asked to complete and return it by Friday, Dec. 21, so an understanding of the current Carnegie Mellon climate can begin to be developed. Survey results will provide information that will help shape diversity efforts.

—Completed surveys should be mailed to The Office of Planning Services, 407 South Craig Street.


The university will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 21. There will be no undergraduate classes between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Events include an address by President Jared L. Cohon,. exhibits, discussions, films and the presentation of writing awards. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight procession followed by the keynote address, "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Vision of Freedom," by Dr. Manning Marable, professor of history and political science, Columbia University, and founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies. All events will be held in the University Center and are free and open to the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities. Further information on the university's observance of Martin Luther King Day is posted on official.cmu-news for Dec. 13 and on the Web at


The university's "Architecture for Kids!" program offers students in 3rd through 12th grades an opportunity to design, draw, paint, sculpt, form, model, build, learn and create architecture. Tuition is $140 and some scholarships are available. Classes will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 19 to March 23, 2002, on the second floor of the College of Fine Arts.

—Local architects and upper-level architecture students teach the classes. Activities vary by grade level and instructor. Past design projects range from furniture to buildings to cities.

—By using paper, cardboard, wood and computer graphics, students learn basic design principles and how to represent their ideas through drawing and modeling. They also gain a greater understanding of the built environment that surrounds them.

—For more information, contact Lori Hashimoto at 8-1541 or


—To assist staff members who encounter problems or have questions when using Oracle, the financial management system, the university's Staff Council is offering "Staff Oracle Support," a list of staff members who have volunteered to respond to questions about Oracle. The list is posted on official.cmu-news for Dec. 11.

—Holiday Schedule: The university will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25, Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.

—The Credit Union Office will be open on Dec. 26, 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

—On Friday, Dec. 28, between 7 and 8 a.m., the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will upgrade the network infrastructure that connects Carnegie Mellon to the commodity Internet and the Ablilene research network. There is a potential loss of connectivity to/from these networks during this time. Questions or comments should be sent to, or to the Computing Services Help Center at 8-HELP.


—Larry Pileggi, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to simulation and modeling of integrated circuits."

—Prashant N. Kumta, professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical and Health Engineering, has been appointed editor of Materials Science and Engineering B, a leading journal in electronic materials, effective January 1, 2002.

—Jay Apt, Distinguished Service Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, delivered the keynote address at the recent Mid-Atlantic Business Conference for Science and Technology in Lancaster, Pa. He drew lessons from his work with high-tech companies over the past 25 years to discuss strategies entrepreneurs and small business development professionals have used to take ideas to profitability.

—Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Group Professor, School of Computer Science, has been appointed founding editor-in-chief of the new IEEE magazine "Pervasive Computing." He expects the first issue to be published in March 2002. Information about the magazine is available at Dan Siewiorek, director, Human Computer Interaction Institute, is a founding member of the magazine's editorial board, which includes distinguished researchers from universities and industry.


—Friday, Dec. 14: "Strictly Ballroom (with a twist)." Social ballroom dancing, mock competition and theatrical presentation by local amateur dancers. Produced by Andrew Pueschel and Starlene Beran. 8 to 10:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, University Center. Admission: a donation of $10 is appreciated. Proceeds go to local Pittsburgh Amateur Ballroom Dancers competing at the United States Championships.

—Through Jan. 31: The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents "Botanists' Art: Selections from the Archives of the Hunt." The three-part exhibit uses scientific documentation to comment on the boundaries of what is defined as art and to explore the intersections of science and art. Fourth floor, Hunt Library. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Nov. 20.

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