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Thursday, October 18, 2012

News Briefs

Libraries To Celebrate Open Access Week

The University Libraries invite you to participate in Open Access Week 2012, an international celebration of the movement to provide free online access to research and scholarship. To celebrate, the Libraries will have tables in Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Atrium, and the University Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 25.  Come play Non-Trivial Pursuit or Name the Researcher and win a prize. Talk to a librarian about issues and developments in scholarly communication and get answers to your questions. And above all, celebrate Open Access Week 2012!
 
Ten years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative launched a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to all new peer-reviewed research. Today OA is well-established and growing in every discipline. The benefits of OA have been proven and the feasibility of OA has been demonstrated.  Recommendations for moving ahead have been articulated. It’s time to set the default to open.
 
OA is strategic for Carnegie Mellon, affirmed by Faculty Senate resolutions in 2007 and 2008. The University Libraries advocate for open access and, in collaboration with the Office of Government Relations, lobby for legislation in support of open access. The Libraries provide an open-access repository and publishing platform called Research Showcase. CMU faculty and students can deposit journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, theses and dissertations with confidence that the Libraries will preserve the material and maintain open access to it. Faculty and students also can use Research Showcase to manage journals and conferences, from paper submission and peer review to publication and preservation.

Construction in Morewood Parking Lot

Work has begun in the south end of the Morewood parking lot to repair an underground steam leak. The work is expected to continue through Wednesday, Oct. 24. During this time a large portion of the parking lot will be closed. All efforts will be made to keep a drive lane open through the lot onto Forbes Ave., however excavation work will be ongoing in sections of the parking lot. Please use caution and pay attention to signage and blocked areas when driving through the lot. Construction noise will be limited to between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Kyle Tomer at 412-268-6332 or kt2n@andrew.cmu.edu.

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. 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. 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.

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/.