August 25: Vol. 22, No. 8-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

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August 25: Vol. 22, No. 8

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What a Week: Power Outages, Flooding and Earthquakes; Register for CMU Alert

After electricity in several buildings went out last Friday morning, a severe storm dropped nearly two inches of rain in one hour later that afternoon, causing water damage in the lower levels of virtually every campus building. On Tuesday, mild tremors were felt on campus from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CMU Press Publishes Book Celebrating Flight 93 Temporary Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial“An Uncommon Field,” a book of photos and prose, is authored by Pittsburgh-based photographer Richard Snodgrass. The book is a testament and tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 and the support and spirit of those who visited the crash site. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Media Panel To Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Media experts will discuss the global lessons learned from the tragic event, how the media reported one of the most dramatic news stories in history and how the tragedy impacted newsrooms around the world. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Psychologists Are Advancing the Science of Science Instruction

David KlahrCMU's David Klahr and Jamie Jirout are looking at science education from a cognitive and developmental psychology perspective. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CMU Report Finds Marcellus Shale Gas Emits Less Greenhouse Gases Than Coal

Chris Hendrickson“Marcellus Shale gas emits 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than any U.S. coal-fired plant,” says Chris Hendrickson, the Duquesne Light Co. Professor of Engineering and co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Changes Made to Shuttle/Escort Service

Changes include new routes, new stops and new schedules. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

News Briefs

A special rate for computer loans at the Credit Union and a new Weight Watchers at Work session highlight this week's news briefs. MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Personal Mention

Read about the recent accomplishments of several faculty and staff members, and also the latest news about a decorated CMU swimmer. MORE