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Thursday, September 19, 2013

News Briefs

Faculty Participate in Asia Pacific Economic Forum

Carnegie Mellon faculty members and representatives from university locations and programs in Australia and Singapore presented at a technology roundtable to kick off this week’s 48th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Telecommunications (APEC TEL) and Information Working Group in Honolulu. Organized by Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan, the roundtable showcased work from Heinz College, the College of Engineering and the School of Computer Science. Topics ranged from viral games and the Spoken Web, to mobile devices, smart infrastructure and analytics.
 
The APEC TEL meeting is an annual weeklong conference that includes regulators, policymakers, and industry representatives and delegates from 21 Asia-Pacific economies, including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, The Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.

Presenters included:

  • Charles Chew, Singapore delegation;
  • Steve Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Pedro Ferreira, assistant professor of information systems, Heinz College;
  • Chris Drew, CMU-Australia;
  • James Garrett, Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and dean of the College of Engineering;
  • Ramayya Krishnan, William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, and dean of Heinz College;
  • Steve Miller, Living Analytics Research Center, Singapore Management Univeristy;
  • Rema Padman, professor of management science and health care informatics, Heinz College;
  • Lim EE Peng, professor of information systems, Singapore Management University
  • Roni Ronsenfeld, professor, Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science; and
  • Stephen Schmid, adjunct faculty member, CMU-Australia.


Alumni Return for Cabaret To Benefit Drama's Senior Showcase

Alumni Michael Kooman (A’06) and Chris Dimond (A’07) are returning to Pittsburgh to perform at Pittsburgh’s CLO Cabaret at Theater Square with the School of Drama Musical Theater Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. “A Cabaret Evening with Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond” will feature songs from the duo’s catalog and benefits the School of Drama’s Senior Showcase Fund. The show is open to the public; tickets are $30 and $5 for students.

Kooman, an alumnus of the School of Music, and Dimond, a Drama School graduate, have earned many accolades for their work. They received the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, an Anna Sosenko Grant, numerous ASCAP Plus awards, and have been three-time finalists for the Fred Ebb Award.

Their musical DANI GIRL has been workshopped at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Festival of New American Musicals, and was featured in the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals. The show has seen recent productions in Toronto, Dallas, Boston and Australia.

Kooman and Dimond are currently under commission by the Pittsburgh CLO, where a new audience participation-based musical will premiere in early 2014. Their debut album, “Out of Our Heads,” features an all-star lineup of Broadway performers — including some fellow CMU alumni — and is now available on iTunes.

New Scholarly Communications Website Released

Public access mandates, open access, data management and copyright are complex, fluid strategic issues that directly impact Carnegie Mellon's research and publication. The university's Scholarly Communications website, released this week, is designed to inform faculty and students about CMU's considerable stake in supporting federal mandates requiring open access and re-use rights to publications and data arising from federally funded research, and about our participation in open access. “It's a great site and will be very useful to researchers and scholars,” said Rochelle Athey, associate vice provost of Sponsored Programs. “The website is clean and easy to use, with a logical flow,” said Karen Kahn of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board Office. See http://www.cmu.edu/scholarly-communications/.

Football Family Day is Sept. 28

The Department of Athletics invites you to Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Family Day when the Tartans football team hosts Geneva College at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Gesling Stadium. Admission is free.

Bring your children and pick up a foam finger, team poster and temporary Scotty tattoo. Following the game collect autographs, take your picture with Scotty and catch touchdown passes from the players on the field.

ISO To Host Mobile Device Security Day, Oct. 3

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October) the Information Security Office (ISO) is hosting Mobile Device Security Day from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 in Rangos Ballroom, University Center. Vendors, researchers and the ISO will be on hand with product news and displays, research reports, training material, vulnerability demos and guidance for configuring your mobile devices for security and privacy. From 1:30 - 4 p.m., the ISO will lead presentations and discussions for administrative and technical staff on topics like the legal issues surrounding bring your own device (BYOD), CMU’s mobile device security guidelines and support challenges.

Refreshments will be available and attendees can scan their university ID cards for a chance to win prizes like a Chromebook or Wahoo Fitness strap.

For more information on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, including a full list of vendors and presenters, visit www.cmu.edu/iso/aware/ncsam/.

Register for Relay for Life, Oct. 4-5

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in CMU’s Relay for Life, Oct. 4-5, on the Cut to benefit the American Cancer Society. The walking relay event begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 4 and concludes at 6 a.m., Oct. 5.

A special dinner at the start of the event will be held for those who are cancer survivors, caregivers or who know of an individual currently fighting cancer.

A $10 team registration fee is required, which goes toward each team’s fundraising goal. For more information and to register your team, go to www.relayforlife.org/pacmu.

Questions can be directed to rbradfor@andrew.cmu.edu.

Efforts To Reduce Electricity Use a Success

Facilities Management Services reports that last week’s (Sept. 11) effort to reduce electricity consumption on the Pittsburgh campus was a success. With cooperation from the campus community, FMS was able to reduce electricity consumption by 19 percent during the late afternoon that day. The reduction was initiated at 3 p.m. when FMS received notice that the electrical grid in the area had reached dangerous levels due to the demand caused by the heat and humidity. The electrical grid returned to normal levels at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Weight Watchers Offered at CMU

Did you know that Weight Watchers is offered here at Carnegie Mellon for onsite meetings every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Cyert Hall B6-A?  Would you like to learn more before you decide to join? Come to the open house on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to find out more and enjoy food samples and giveaways — bring a friend!
                                  
Want to join now, can't make the at-work meetings, or prefer your community meeting?  You can purchase your membership through Weight Watchers on a special website just for Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty,  students and their family members for only $39.95 a month (regular price is $42.95). Go to https://wellness.weightwatchers.com, and use the CMU ID (21025) and passcode (WW21025).
 
Membership includes all Weight Watchers material, weekly meetings and e-Tools (WW online tools). If you have questions, contact Rita Motor at 412-268-8071 or rita@cmu.edu.

Nominations Now Open for Education Awards

The nomination period for the Celebration of Education is now open. Nominations are being acceptes for the Doherty, Ryan, Academic Advising, Barbara Lazarus and Gelfand awards. The nomination deadline is Nov. 4. Read more at http://www.cmu.edu/celebration-of-education/.

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series Continues

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is once again sponsoring the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series during the fall semester to provide faculty, students and staff with an overview of topics typically covered in RCR curricula. All sessions will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. in the University Center’s McKenna/Peter conference room.  Upcoming sessions are as follows:
 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Research with Human Subjects: Using the IRB
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2: Intellectual Property Rights and Responsibilities at CMU
  • Thursday, Oct.10: Who Owns Data?
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Data Management Planning
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: Conflict of Interest
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Safeguarding International Research
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: Mentor Trainee, Relationships, and Collaboration
More information is available on the RCR website.  Space is limited, so please register early.