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June 9, 2005

Vol. 15, No. 46

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the University Advancement Division. News of campus interest should be sent to one of the following editors:   Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 (
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Two driverless HUMMERS developed by Carnegie Mellon's Red Team have been chosen to compete in the semi-finals of the second DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile desert race for robots, on Oct. 8. The first robot to complete the course in less than 10 hours will take home a $2-million prize. Sandstorm and H1ghlander are among 40 contenders remaining from a field of 118 after a series of trial runs conducted by DARPA evaluators last month. The 40 remaining vehicles will participate in a qualification event at the California Speedway Sept. 27 - Oct. 5. Performance at the qualifier will determine the final field of 20 competitors that will race Oct. 8.

—The Red Team's vehicles navigate without human drivers or remote control. They sense, think and act using computers. Sandstorm and H1ghlander earned their invitations to the next stage of competition by speeding through a series of time trials while avoiding randomly placed obstacles.

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More than 1,200 Senior Olympians will compete in track and field events at Carnegie Mellon's Gesling Stadium in the coming weeks, as the university joins other Pittsburgh venues to host the National Senior Games, or "Senior Olympics." Track and field competition began June 8 with the 100-meter and 400-meter preliminary races for men and women ages 65-100+. The rest of the week will feature competitions in discus, long jump, pole vault and high jump, as well as the 200-meter, 800-meter and 1,500-meter race finals. Athletes 50 - 64 will compete June 13 - 17 in the same categories. All athletic competitions at the games are free and open to the public.

—To accommodate Senior Games athletes, Frew Street will be closed from Tech Street to Frank Curto Drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (including Saturday and Sunday) through June 17. Deliveries will be permitted, along with Carnegie Mellon employees who have permits and use designated off-street handicapped spaces on university property. Construction activity on Forbes Avenue and in the East Campus Garage will be halted during the games and all three floors will be available for parking. Construction will resume June 20.

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Since expanding its fundraising program in July 2003, Carnegie Mellon has raised more than $211 million--a total that is $62 million ahead of the projected pace for commitments and $27.6 million ahead of the projected pace in cash received. Fundraising efforts have also resulted in eight new endowed chairs; more than 60 new endowed scholarships; $102 million in commitments to the endowment; $20 million for the Gates building project and $55 million to name the Tepper School.


President Jared L. Cohon, Provost Mark Kamlet and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Deborah Moon invite members of the campus community to attend a University Budget Briefing from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in McConomy Auditorium, University Center (UC). Fiscal year 2006 will be challenging, and the purpose of this forum is to share information about the budget as well as long-term financial plans. President Cohon, Kamlet and Moon will offer insight and respond to questions from the campus community. Please forward any issues/questions you would like to have addressed to Human Resources at If you wish to remain anonymous, submit topics in writing to Community Forum c/o Whitfield Hall, 143 North Craig Street. Please submit questions no later than June 15.


Human Resources has introduced a new Talent Management System (TMS) that will make applying and hiring for positions at Carnegie Mellon easier. TMS incorporates three on-line modules, Positions@CarnegieMellon, Recruiting@CarnegieMellon and Careers@Carnegie Mellon. Through these modules, applicant credentials are received and stored online, where hiring managers can retrieve them securely from any computer with Internet access. TMS also provides automatic applicant email communications and eliminates the need for paper forms. It also automatically records the steps in the hiring process. Careers@CarnegieMellon allows applicants to store profiles, search and apply for jobs, and create Job Agents that alert them to positions that meet their interests.

—The university will no longer accept paper resumes and applications. Current staff should create profiles using the "Current Carnegie Mellon Staff" link, and departments listing open positions on their Web sites should make certain that application instructions and URLs are accurate. Prospective employees should visit Further information:


—Voting for Staff Council representatives has begun at A valid Andrew ID is required to vote, but votes will remain anonymous. Paper ballots are available for those who cannot access the system. Polls close at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Further information: official.cmu-news, Tuesday, June 7.

—The deadline to submit information for the campus organizational booklet that the Office of Orientation and Alpha Phi Omega are preparing for incoming freshmen is July 1. See official.cmu-news, June 3.

—Carnegie Mellon will host the 44th Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society (PCCS) Spring Symposium June 17 at the Pittsburgh Technology Center. Two invited featured speakers and 13 graduate students will present research findings in areas related to catalysis, fuel processing and surface science. Terry Collins, the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon, will present a lecture on the design, mechanism of action and applications of green oxidation catalysts. Umit Ozkan, professor and associate dean for research at the Ohio State University, will discuss catalysis research and its impact on energy, environment and economics. Faiz Pourarian from the Pittsburgh Technology Center is president of PCCS.


Christina Gabriel, vice provost and chief technology officer, will take a leave of absence, similar to a faculty sabbatical, beginning June 13, to pursue a set of research projects. During this time, she will maintain her roles as the university lead for the multi-university/industry consortium that manages R&D services for the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), and as chair of the R&D working group that will conduct the review process for NETL's $2 million collaborative university initiative this summer.

Cristina Amon, director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the society. She will be honored at the society's 2005 Annual Awards Banquet June 15 in Portland, Ore.

Jacob Wobbrock, a doctoral student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), won first place in the 2004 - 2005 NISH National Scholar Awards for Workplace Innovation and Design competition for his "EdgeWrite" device. The awards program encourages students to design technologies that help eliminate the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace. "EdgeWrite," an accessible text-entry device for people with motor impairments, provides greater ease, stability and accuracy and reduces inputting errors on handheld and desktop computer devices.

Silvia Pessoa, a doctoral student in the Department of Modern Languages, will receive this year's G. Richard Tucker Fellowship at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. The fellowship is named for Tucker, the Paul Mellon Professor of Applied Linguistics and head of Carnegie Mellon's Modern Languages Department, who was president of CAL for 13 years.


Tuesday, June 14: Allegheny County River and Stream Dialogue on Water Quality. Sponsored by the 3 Rivers 2nd Nature project at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. 4:30 - 8 p.m., Rangos 1, UC. RSVP by June 10 to Tim Collins, (Please put "Water Quality" in the subject line.)

Saturday, June 18: Heinz School information session for the Master of Public Management (MPM) and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) programs. 10 a.m., Hamburg Hall 1003. Snacks will be provided, so please RSVP. Learn more about the MPM and MSIT programs at and RSVP to Amy George at 8-2164 or email

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