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8 1/2 x 11 News

December 20, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 23

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 (ed47@andrew.cmu.edu) or Bruce Gerson, 412-268-1613 (bg02@andrew.cmu.edu). The newsletter is available on the official.cmu-news and cmu.misc.news bulletin boards.

Previous editions are available online.


CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN FOR NEW RESIDENCE HALL

Ground is expected to be broken in early January for Carnegie Mellon's new residence hall for first-year students on Morewood Avenue, between Morewood Gardens and Mudge House. It will be the first new residence hall constructed on campus since West Wing and Resnik House opened in 1990 as part of the East Campus Project.

—The 72,000 square-foot structure has been designed and will be built using "Green Design" principles. It will be an energy- and water-efficient building that conserves materials and resources, minimizes harmful effects to the environment and maximizes living conditions. The total cost of the 259-bed facility, scheduled to open in April 2003, is $12.5 million.

—The nationally renowned Pittsburgh architectural firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, designers of the Software Engineering Institute building and the Pittsburgh Technology Center-which housed the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute-designed the new facility. A university committee of students, faculty and administrators selected the firm and created the programmatic plan to help to maximize the first-year student experience.

—The exterior of the new building, a mix of red brick and pre-cast concrete that resembles limestone, will blend aesthetically with Morewood Gardens and Mudge House.

—Neighbors who live on Devonshire Road, adjacent to the building site, have approved the design of the new project.

BIOTERRORISM RESEARCH RECEIVES CDC GRANT

The BioMedical Security Institute (BMSI), a joint initiative of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon, has received a grant of $755,563 from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for research on bioterrorism preparedness and response.

—"Since the events of Sept. 11, the relevance of bioterrorism research has become startlingly apparent and the work being conducted here in Pittsburgh is of great importance to the national effort," said BMSI Director Samuel Watson of the University of Pittsburgh.

—Elizabeth Casman, research engineer in Carnegie Mellon's Engineering and Public Policy department, has received funding to investigate dual-use applications of biochip technology for bioterrorism surveillance. Victor Weedn, M.D., principal research scientist in Carnegie Mellon's Science and Technology Center, is co-scientific director of the BMSI.

—BMSI was established in 2000 to advance the nation's capability to detect, analyze, prevent and respond to natural events and acts of terrorism involving biological agents.

SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER AND COMPAQ TEAM UP TO SUPPORT CASP5

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Compaq Computer Corporation are collaborating to provide large-scale computational resources in support of CASP5, an important process by which the international community of molecular and structural biologists assesses its ability to accurately predict the three-dimensional structure of proteins.

—On Dec. 7, the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure program allocated computing time on PSC's Terascale Computing System to support this PSC-Compaq collaboration.

—Further information is available on official.cmu-news for Dec. 12.

ALL COMPUTER BBOARDS ARE MOVING FROM AMS TO CYRUS

Effective Dec. 31, all bboards will be hosted from Cyrus rather than from the Andrew Message System (AMS). The AMS boards will not receive new messages after this date nor will new bboards appear there. To view new messages on bboards, you will need to use a Cyrus mail client such as Mulberry or Pine. In addition, all users who are authorized to post to restricted-posting bboards will need to use Mulberry or Pine after Dec. 31. Posting to restricted-posting boards will no longer work using an AMS mail client.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Dec. 18.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR GRAD STUDENT PROJECTS

Graduate students are invited to apply for GuSH (Graduate Small project Help) funding to be used against costs incurred in the completion of projects required for thesis and dissertation work.

—These $500 awards allow students to continue or complete projects toward their degree. All funds are intended to be utilized by students whose personal or departmental resources have been exhausted. Approximately 25 - 30 awards are given out each academic year.

—The next application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 11, 2002. Funding will be awarded two weeks after the deadline.

—Apply for GuSH funding at www.cmu.edu/adm/apaa/gpo.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS AVAILABLE AS LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA

Staff Council has 2002 Entertainment Books available for $28 per copy.These books will only be available till Jan. 8. Please contact the following representatives for books: Anita Nesaw (Warner Hall) an28@andrew.cmu.edu, Tina Talotta (South Craig Street) talotta@andrew.cmu.edu, Kathy Bossick (Mellon Institute) bossick@andrew.cmu.edu.

CAMPUS GARAGE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The East Campus Garage will be closed during the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays from 10:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 through 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1. Be sure to remove your vehicle from the garage before it closes.

NEWS BRIEFS

—The Computer Store will close on Friday, Dec. 21 and reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

—Staff Council's 8th Annual Food Drive collected 4,432 lbs of non-perishable items, $389 in cash and two Giant Eagle turkey certificates, all of which were donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

PERSONAL MENTION

—Gregory Rohrer, professor, Materials Science and Engineering, and the late W. W. Mullins, University Professor of Applied Science, emeritus, have been awarded the Ross Coffin Purdy Award of the American Ceramic Society for "the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature" during 2000. Professor Mullins died this past spring. Rohrer is the first recipient of the W. W. Mullins Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering, which was endowed in 2001.

—Lisa Krieg has been named director of the Office of International Education. "She is an accomplished professional well versed in immigration issues and in the support and development of foreign students and those studying abroad," said Michael Murphy, dean of Student Affairs. Krieg received her bachelor's degree in Asian studies from Cornell University and a master's degree in higher education administration from Columbia University. She also studied at Hangzhou University in China.

—Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, will give an invited address on Jan. 7 at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Diego. About 4,000 mathematicians are expected to attend the meetings.

—Paul Hopper, the Thomas S. Baker Professor of English, gave a series of lectures at the prestigious College de France in November. During his visit, he was given the title "Directeur d'Etudes" and presented with an inscribed medal. Hopper's lectures, delivered in French, marked the first time that College de France members had issued an invitation for a series of lectures on the topic of grammar -Hopper's area of research and writing. He spoke about linguistics and the use of time and the nature of grammar. The College de France was established in 1530 and is one of France's premier research institutions.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE 8 1/2 x 11 NEWS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JAN.

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