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Thursday, May 2, 2013

News Briefs

Parking Open Enrollment Continues Through May 3

The Open Enrollment period for campus permit parking is now underway through Friday, May 3. Everyone must apply. Permits will not rollover to next year.

To apply, go to https://parkingcampusservices.cmu.edu/ and select three different options for your parking location. Carpool leaders must apply online and submit a paper application.

Contact Parking & Transportation Services at 412-268-2052 or parking@andrew.cmu.edu with questions.

Vote for Staff Council At-Large Reps by Friday

Staff Council at-large elections for the 2013-2015 term have begun. Please go to https://elections.andrew.cmu.edu/ to cast your vote by 5 p.m., Friday, May 3. You can select up to five candidates to serve on council. You may view the candidates’ biographies and photos on the elections page as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Elections Committee at staff-council@andrew.cmu.edu.

Andy Award Nominations Now Open

It’s time to nominate staff for the 2013 Andy Awards, the university-wide recognition program that honors individual staff members and teams of colleagues for their outstanding performance, commitment to excellence and significant impact on the university. Awards are given in six categories: Dedication, Commitment to Students, Innovation, Culture, University Citizenship and Community Contributions. The deadline for nominations is July 10. For information on the nomination process, go to http://www.cmu.edu/andyawards/nomination/index.html.

Libraries Call for Nominations

University Libraries are accepting nominations from the CMU community through May 10 to honor library personnel for outstanding service in 2012-13. The libraries’ Excellence Award recognizes library employees’ excellence in any of five areas: Citizenship, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Outreach or Productivity. The Transformation Award, new this year, recognizes library employees for activities that have dramatically changed thought or action within the libraries. Nomination forms and library award program details are available at http://tinyurl.com/cnxsufb.

New SMART ID Cards To Be Issued for Pittsburgh Campus

The Pittsburgh campus will upgrade to SMART ID Cards this summer. The new SMART Card will provide faculty, staff and students with more efficient access to Port Authority Transit within Allegheny County.

All benefits-eligible faculty and staff members on the Pittsburgh campus will be re-carded this July. Returning students will be re-carded in September.

For more details and distribution information, visit www.cmu.edu/idplus/smart. If you have questions about the transition, send email to smartcards@andrew.cmu.edu.

PSC, Notre Dame Partner To Eradicate Malaria

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the University of Notre Dame have received up to $1.6 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a system of computers and software for the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet), an international consortium to eradicate malaria. The new VECNet Cyber-Infrastructure Project (CI) will support VECNet’s effort to unite research, industrial and public policy efforts to attack one of the worst diseases in the developing world in more effective, economical ways.

“In the CI, VECNet brings together an unprecedented variety of stakeholders: clinical, environmental and entomological researchers; public policy makers; funding agencies and technical experts,” said Nathan Stone, principal investigator of the CI project at the PSC. “The CI team is pleased to provide the infrastructural venue to guide stake-holders through a common, web interface by which all parties may advance the common cause of malaria eradication.” Read more.

CMU To Add Women’s Golf Program

Director of Athletics Susan Bassett has announced the addition of women’s varsity golf at the university. The women’s golf team will play the 2013-14 season with club team status with the goal of competing at the intercollegiate level the following year. 
 
“We are excited to add women’s golf to Carnegie Mellon’s intercollegiate athletics program,” Bassett said. “Women’s golf is an emerging sport within the NCAA and Division III and we are thrilled to offer additional opportunities for women to compete at the college level. Intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of students’ educational experience and we are proud to provide this opportunity to positively impact women in their academic and athletic pursuits at the university.”

Carnegie Mellon’s home golf course is Longue Vue Country Club in nearby Verona, Pa.