Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2011


PDD To Use Deliberative Theater To Explore The Marcellus Shale Debate

While Marcellus Shale is recognized as one of the greatest economic opportunities for Pennsylvania, the drilling and processing of natural gas poses both challenges and threats to local infrastructure, the environment and public safety.

What is the best role for communities to play in safeguarding local assets and protecting the environment?  What does the average person know about Marcellus Shale and how do they know it?  

The Program for Deliberative Democracy (PDD), a joint venture between CMU's Center for Ethics and Policy and Pittsburgh's Coro Center for Civic Leadership, is teaming up with WQED-TV, Pop City and Unseam'd Shakespeare Company to explore the critical concerns of the Marcellus Shale debate and the various ways in which local leaders are seeking to support the development of the industry through "Managing Marcellus."

"Managing Marcellus" is a Deliberative Theater performance written by Shannon Deep, a CMU alumnus, designed to inform people of the Shale controversy and different viewpoints.

"The performance will illustrate the different relationships and complexities with Marcellus Shale and how they play out in real life," said Deep, who was a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow in Deliberative Democracy.  "The different scenes move through issues related to trust, who has the correct information and is there even correct information?"

The play works towards a solution that all sides need to be included in the Marcellus Shale conversation.

"The institutions of democracy are by no means static — we are still very much in an experimental phase," said Robert Cavalier, co-director of the PDD and a teaching professor of philosophy at CMU.  "CMU is playing an important role in this experiment.  One example of this is Shannon Deep's development of a 'Deliberative Theater.'"

Unseam'd Shakespeare Company will produce "Managing Marcellus" and it will be performed and recorded on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 5-8:15 p.m. at WQED-TV's studios.  It will be televised on WQED later this fall.

Seating for the taping is limited and participants will be chosen by random, not first to sign up. The event is highly participatory and will include a reception, pre-reading, pre- and post-surveys, moderated small group discussion, Q&A panel discussion in addition to the performance of "Managing Marcellus."

To sign up to attend the July 27 taping, visit

For more information on the Program for Deliberative Democracy, visit

Shilo Raube


President Obama To Speak at CMU Friday, June 24

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama will visit Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus next Friday to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy. A White House official said the president will speak about steps that government, industry and universities will take together to create new industries and new jobs. He will discuss cross-cutting technologies meant to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up the process of bringing ideas to fruition.

This will be the second time in a little more than a year and the third time since 2008 that President Obama will speak at CMU. His last visit was on June 2, 2010.

This visit comes after Carnegie Mellon recently introduced "Greenlighting Startups," a new initiative aimed at accelerating CMU's already impressive record of turning campus innovations into sustainable new businesses. Since 2004, CMU has doubled the number of start-up companies created by its faculty and students and now stands as one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial institutions in the United States.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Internal Communications


Setting a New Table

Paul KarolIt looks like it's time to get a new periodic table of the elements. The Joint Working Party for the Discovery of New Elements, chaired by Carnegie Mellon Chemistry Professor Paul Karol, confirmed the discovery of two new elements in a paper published online in the journal Pure and Applied Chemistry.
The elements, numbers 114 and 116, are the first to be added since Copernicium joined the chart in 2009. The new elements will be called ununquadium and ununhexium, Latin derivations of their atomic numbers, until the founding research team from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California assigns their official names.
A member of the Mellon College of Science faculty since 1969, Karol has chaired the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry/International Union of Pure and Applied Physics' Joint Working Party for the Discovery of New Elements since its inception in 1999. The group evaluates the evidence behind claims of elemental discovery and makes the ultimate decision on whether or not an element can enter the periodic chart. In the last 12 years, the group has conferred elemental status to three other elements: Darmstadtium, Roentgenium and Copernicium.

Pictured above is Paul Karol.

Jocelyn Duffy


Cybersecurity Progress

Northrop Grumman Corporation and three of the nation's leading cybersecurity research universities, Carnegie Mellon University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT) and Purdue University, announced today the progress they have made in developing solutions for pressing cybersecurity threats during a briefing at the National Press Club.

As part of the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium, this unique industry/academia partnership set out in December 2009 to advance research, facilitate collaboration among the nation's top scientists and accelerate solutions to counter the fast-changing cyber threats.

"The threats continue to increase in both number and sophistication," said Robert Brammer, vice president and chief technology officer, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "Our research is significant in that it is directly focused on major issues impacting our customers' needs and is already achieving some significant results. The collaboration among our industry professionals and the university researchers has been exciting, and I look forward to the consortium being a significant factor in the race to counter the growing threats in cyberspace."

Representatives highlighted progress in several key areas including large-scale information systems operations, where the consortium has developed approaches to improve the security of cloud computing. The consortium has also developed new approaches for organizing and evaluating experiments performed on cyber test ranges. This approach will allow customers to better evaluate large-scale cyber attack and defense strategies in a cost-effective manner.

"The consortium has also developed automatic techniques to analyze computer software designs to look for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities," added Brammer. "If successful on a large-scale, these techniques will significantly improve software security for customers while reducing the time and cost it takes to develop, certify and accredit these systems for government operations."

The Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium members maintain laboratories and centers recognized globally for their research in this area. They include Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).

Northrop Grumman is transitioning the results of the research to the marketplace through its Independent Research and Development (IR&D) program as well as through contract research and development and customer projects. The consortium continues to provide graduate student fellowships and has expanded the portfolio of research from 10 to 13 projects to cover the emerging challenges in cyberspace.

"Cybersecurity is vital to economic prosperity, personal privacy and national security; and academic research is vital to the advancement of cybersecurity," said Richard Power, distinguished fellow, director of strategic communications for Carnegie Mellon CyLab (Silicon Valley Campus). "The Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium provides us with a new research model, emphasizing technology transition. This process of transitioning academic innovation to industry delivers social value, for example creating jobs, spurring further innovation and of course, enhancing cybersecurity."

"The Cybersecurity Research Consortium, led by Northrop Grumman, plays a very important role in fostering the development of new security technologies in academia and facilitating their transition to real-world use," said Professor Ronald L. Rivest, lead of MIT's CSAIL. "We believe that such industry/academic collaboration is essential for successful action against the increasingly serious and effective cyber-attacks we are witnessing today."

"The Cybersecurity Research Consortium has proven to be a wonderful initiative," said Eugene H. Spafford, executive director of Purdue's CERIAS. "For more than two decades, Purdue has been leading research and education in information security. Our mission has been to build collaborative relationships with industry, government and other academic entities to advance the state of information assurance, security and privacy. Northrop Grumman has been our partner in these efforts for many years. This consortium has enabled us to work even more closely with them, as well as with a few of our academic peers, on solutions to current and future threats to cybersecurity. We are pleased to be part of this ongoing, vital partnership devoted to advancing the states of knowledge and practice in cybersecurity."