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Thursday, October 11, 2012

News Briefs

Libraries To Celebrate Open Access Week

The University Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with games, prizes, a Q&A and handouts. Mark your calendar and plan to stop by an Open Access Week table in Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Atrium, or the University Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 25. Play a game and win a prize, and ask a librarian about current issues in scholarly communication. And above all, join in the worldwide celebration of the achievements of the movement to provide free online access to research and scholarship.

Soccer Teams Host Family Day, Sunday Oct. 14

The Department of Athletics is hosting a Faculty/Staff Family Day at the men’s and women’s soccer games vs. Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the soccer field adjacent to Gesling Stadium. The women’s game starts at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s game at 1:30 p.m. Bring your family and get your photo with the Scotty Dog mascot, participate in a shootout with the goalkeepers at halftime and get a mini soccer ball to have autographed by the players.

CMU Flag To Honor Lt. Col. Raible (E’95)

The Carnegie Mellon flag will be flown at half-staff Saturday, Oct. 13 to honor Lt. Col. Christopher “Otis” Raible (E’95), who was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3. The U.S. Marine Corps commanding officer was one of two Marines killed in September during an attack in Afghanistan. He was 40.  A public memorial tribute for Raible will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Norwin High School auditorium, 251 McMahon Dr., North Huntingdon, Pa. Raible graduated from Norwin in 1990. The public is invited to attend. Read more about Raible.

Planning on Quitting Smoking?

UPMC seeks healthy smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 who are planning to quit smoking for a four-week research study on the short term effects of a medication on smoking behavior, craving and mood. The medication, Fenofibrate, is FDA-approved for lipid-lowering and may reduce smoking. You will be asked to take the study medication, which may or may not contain the active component for nine days. Although this study is not a treatment trial, everyone who completes the study will be offered brief counseling and Zyban (bupropion) at no cost after the study is over to help them quit permanently. This is not a treatment study, but research study participants will be compensated. For more information, visit http://www.SmokingStudies.pitt.edu or call 412-246-5306.

Send FMS Requests to fixit@andrew.cmu.edu

The e-mail address for Facilities Management Services has changed to FMS Fix it fixit@andrew.cmu.edu. The old and new addresses have run in parallel for more than a year and "pp0p@andrew” is no longer in service. Use Fix it for questions or work order requests. For an immediate work order number submit via http://www.cmu.edu/fms/. For urgent service requests call 412-268-2910. For more information, contact Kyle Tomer at 412-268-6332 or kt2n@andrew.cmu.edu.

EH&S Offers AED Training

Environmental Health & Safety has scheduled three more Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training classes for those who are interested in updating their certification, or for anyone who has never had the training. The classes are:

  • 10 am – noon, Oct. 17, Rangos 1, UC
  • 10 am – noon, Oct. 31, McKenna Room, UC
  • 10 am – noon, Nov. 21, Connan Room, UC

Classes last about two hours and include training in CPR.  To register for any of these classes, go to www.cmu.edu/ehs, click on the Training tab at the top of the page, then click on AED Training. At the end of the course description is a link to the registration page.

CMU has 65 AEDs at various locations on campus. These devices are to be used on anyone whose heart is in fibrillation, or who has gone into cardiac arrest. They have saved lives.

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars Slated

Four new Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars have been scheduled. All seminars will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the University Center’s McKenna Room. The seminar dates, topics and presenters are:

  • Oct. 11: International Research Considerations: Stories from the Field — Professor Bernadine Dias
  • Oct. 16: Research with Human Subjects — Professor David Danks, IRB Chair
  • Oct. 25: Intellectual Property: Rights and Responsibilities at CMU — Susan Burkett (retired OSP AVP)
  • Nov. 8: Research Misconduct Lessons — Ann Mathias, AVP Research Integrity and Compliance


To register, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCRFall2012 or send email to Sheryl Trexler at strexler@andrew.cmu.edu.

Alumni Association Board Seeks New Members

The Alumni Association Board (AAB) seeks nominations for their 2013 class. They will elect five new members to serve four-year terms beginning July 1, 2013, and strive to balance the board along a number of dimensions such as college affiliation, year of graduation, gender, ethnicity and geographic representation. In addition, the board gives particular weight to the depth and breadth of the nominee's current and previous volunteer experiences, in particular those with CMU. To view the AAB Frequently Asked Questions and access the AAB Nomination Form, visit http://alumni.cmu.edu/s/1410/alumni/index.aspx?sid=1410&gid=1&pgid=375. Questions? Contact Lynn DeFabio at defabio@cmu.edu. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30.

Honorary Degree Nominations Due Oct. 15

You can now nominate candidates to receive honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon. Nominees must have achieved pre-eminent levels of distinction in fields identified with educational, research or performance programs at CMU. They also must have demonstrated respect and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship and service to society. Honorary degrees are granted to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their professions, to the U.S. or to the world, and whose life and work are broadly connected to the highest aims and aspirations of the university.
 
It is desirable that nominees have connections to the university, and nominations of women and underrepresented minorities are especially welcome. Nominations are due Oct. 15. For more information, including the nomination form, go to http://www.cmu.edu/honorary/.

Nominations Now Open for Education Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Doherty Award, the Ryan Award, the Academic Advising Award and the Gelfand Award, which will be presented on April 30, 2013.

  • The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education is given to a member of the university community who has made substantial and sustained contributions to excellence in education.
  • The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching is given annually to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
  • The Academic Advising Award recognizes members of the university community who have achieved excellence in providing undergraduate academic advising.
  • The Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework and a deliberate process of student reflection to enhance the learning experience, teach social responsibility, and improve some aspect of life in the community.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 5. For more information about the awards and nomination process, go to http://www.cmu.edu/celebration-of-education/.