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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Calendar Highlights

Through February 19:

“From the ‘DREAM’ to the COSMOS," an Artistic Forum Showcasing Intersectionality. Frame Gallery at the corner of Margaret Morrison and Forbes. Opening night reception, 6 - 8 p.m., Jan. 29. “From the Dream to the Cosmos” is an art show spanning all mediums and disciplines aiming to find a space in the Carnegie Mellon and Greater Pittsburgh area for young creatives to continue to combat social inequalities. This show is using the idea of "futurism" to establish new lenses from which to view the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion and beyond. In Ta-Nehisi Coate’s latest book, he argues “that there is no American Dream without the right to control, exploit, break or kill black bodies.” The aim for  this space is to serve as an escape from this construct and provide an alternate reality where all of those who have been exploited by the American Dream can create a cosmos of their own. Student curators for the show are Kelli Clark and Kasem Kydd.  A series of Talk Backs with Artists will also be featured during the month of February.

February 4:

Composer Speed Dating. 12:45 - 2:45 p.m., Frank Ratchye STUDIO, CFA 111. Composer speed dating will introduce the work of the CMU School of Music Composer Department to all students and faculty to encourage new, innovative and cross-disciplinary projects. This diverse department is keen to collaborate with practitioners from a wide range of disciplines including visual art, architecture, game design, computer science, robotics, engineering, theatre, English, sociology, politics, music, business and more. Perhaps your work could benefit from the expertise of a musician, or a composer might be able to gain from your expertise in your own field. Whatever your interests and no matter how small your prior knowledge of music may be, come share lunch with the department and learn about the ways in which you can work with the School of Music. Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments provided.

The Energy, Science and Technology Policy Forum presents Ellen Williams, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), who will speak on "Integrating Renewables into the Grid."  4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Williams served as the Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Energy and the Chief Scientist for BP. She is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland, where she has served as a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology since 2000. Questions about the event should be directed to Deborah Stine, associate director of the Scott Institute, at

Intersections of Poverty: Public Health & Dr. Ding's Message. 5:30 p.m., light refreshments; 6 - 7 p.m., discussion, Rangos 3, Cohon Center. Martin Luther King spoke at length about the need to address poverty at home and around the world. Join the discussion about why the outlook is so grim for public health in Haiti despite the efforts of the staff at Hospital Albert Schweitzer. How has history led us to where we are and what should be done to change it?

OSHER presents Dr. Bhupendra Khatri, a neurologist and medical director of the Center for Neurological Disorders and The Regional MS Center. 7:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Khatri will give a talk titled "The Power of Positive Thinking and The Sub-Conscious Mind in Healing." As a neurologist who deals daily with crippling and sometimes fatal conditions, Dr. Khatri has become increasingly aware of the mind-body connection and the incred­ible power of the subconscious to heal, postpone death and deal with unspeakable circumstances. The many stories in "Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind" describe the lessons the author has learned from his patients, as well as current research about the resiliency of the human spirit.  Lecture attendees must register by calling 412-268-7489.

February 5:

Nations Recovering from Conflict. A panel disscussion of CMU's Project Rwanda. 4:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Keynote speaker M. Bernardine Dias, associate research professor and founder and director of TechBridge World, will lead an engaging dialogue among campus service organizations and various other platforms for cultivating social change through innovation. Light refreshments will be served.

CAUSE Conference on "Perspectives on African Americans in Pittsburgh: 20 Years Later.” 5 - 6:30 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Dennis C. Dickerson, a native of Duquesne, Pa., is the James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. His talk is titled "Laboring for the Lord: African Methodism and Workers in Western Pennsylvania, 1869-1929." Find out more

February 9:

A Conversation with Keith Webster and Clifford Lynch. 9-10:30 a.m., Margaret Morrison Room 103 (Breed Hall). Over the last few years we have witnessed several changes within scholarly communication. The way in which research is prepared, conducted and disseminated has evolved to meet the needs of today, but what role may libraries and institutions have within this changing environment of the scholarly record? University Libraries Dean Keith Webster discusses the evolution and future of the scholarly record and its curation with special guest Clifford Lynch, executive director of the the Coalition for Networked Information. Find out more about Lynch.

The PNC Center for Financial Services Innovation welcomes Karen L. Larrimer as part of the Tepper School’s W.L. Mellon Speaker Series. 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., Mellon Auditorium, Posner Hall.  As executive vice president, chief customer officer and chief marketing officer for the PNC Financial Services Group, Larrimer is responsible for overseeing customer experience strategies across all of PNC. She also is responsible for leading brand management, advertising and customer research corporate wide, as well as overseeing corporate communications. Additionally, Larrimer directs key Retail Banking functions, including customer analytics and customer segmentation management. Beginning July 1, she will serve as head of Retail Banking for PNC. Larrimer was recently named one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine. Boxed lunches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 10:

Public Policy Lecutre Series presents Leon Andrews. Noon - 1:20 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1502. Andrews, the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities (NLC), will discuss the NLC's new initiative, REAL, an effort to equip its membership with the capacity to address the historical, systemic and structural barriers that further inequality and racism in communities across the country. RSVP.

February 11:

Staff and Community Blood Drive. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. All participating donors will receive a smartphone/iPod case. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter group code CU040004 or contact Debra James Bailey at Walk-ins are welcome. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration presents featured speaker Jelani Cobb. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Cobb, a distinguished writer for The New Yorker and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, will discuss his perspective on the complexities of race in America. His talk is titled "The Half Life of Freedom: Race & Justice in America Today." Cobb writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combined "the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian." Find out more.

February 12:

4th Annual Energy Careers Symposium. 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Rangos Ballrooms, Cohon Center. Organized by the engineering master’s degree students of Engineering, Science, Technology & Policy, this event will bring together a new generation of engineers, scientists, faculty, researchers and policymakers along with industry representatives to promote a dialogue on the current energy landscape and the future of careers in the energy industry. The symposium will highlight technological innovations, climate change, consumer trends, political shifts and more! Experts, specialists, CEOs, researchers and representatives of renowned institutions will present an overview of the present challenges in the energy sector and discuss the multitude of career opportunities. The keynote speaker is Jared L. Cohon, CMU president emeritus and University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Find out more.

February 16:

Professional Development Workshop: Listening Skills. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Don’t underestimate the value of listening. This active session will have participants listening and reflecting on what was spoken. Participants will follow directions, express empathy, problem-solve and recognize one another throughout this engaging session. Register online.

February 17:

Professional Development Workshop: Building Effective Teams. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon Center. Let's go team! Are you looking for ways to introduce, inspire and strengthen your team? This active session will walk you through a series of enrichment activities that can be utilized to build the cohesion of your group. Whether you are a supervisor wanting to build your staff organization, a committee chair charged with leading an initiative or a staff member wanting to encourage others, this session will provide practical and energizing strategies to build your team. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Competency Highlight: Communication. 2 - 4 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Developing core competencies allows us to effectively adapt to the significant changes taking place in our institution and the world around us. This session highlights communication — one of the core competencies in the Professional Development Services Competency Model — and provides opportunities for participants to assess their communication competence, identify resources and create a professional development strategy that will help them build competency in this area. Register online.

February 18:

Professional Development Workshop: Captivate Your Audience, Articulate Your Message: Which One to Use? 9 - 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon Center. So you decided to take your message to a web-based platform. You have your content ready to go. Now what? This session will examine two software programs that can be used for elearning. An overview of both systems along with the pros and cons of using each will be provided. Participants will also explore which program would work best for bringing their idea to life. Foundations for eLearning and Structure Your eLearning for Success are pre-requisites for this session. Register online.

Master of Arts Management Speakers Series presents "Social Innovation and Doing Good in the Salesforce Ecosystem," featuring Jami Rutherford, project manager with Cloud for Good, a Salesford Consulting Partner that helps nonprofits advance their mission via the Salesforce platform. Noon - Rutherford's presentation will examine some of the work Cloud for Good has done for arts clients and various ways in which Salesforce helps nonprofits gain internal efficiencies and engage with their constituents. Find out more.

The CMU Lecture Series on War and the Humanities presents Norman Naimark, the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies in the History Department at Stanford University, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman-Spogli Institute. 4:30 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53. Naimark's talk is titled "Horses of the Apocalypse: War and Genocide." Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, the Humanities Center, and the Humanities Scholars Program. Find out more

An Evening at the Breakers. 6 - 9 p.m., Palm Beach, Fla. Members of the university community, including alumni, parents and friends, are invited to meet President Subra and Mary Suresh and hear presentations from CMU faculty on their cutting-edge research along with CMU trustees and leaders. Speakers are:

  • James Rohr, chairman of the board of trustees;
  • President Subra Suresh;
  • Rebecca Allison, president of the Alumni Association;
  • Marlene Behrmann, the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience; and
  • Steven Chase, assistant professor in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

Find out more.

February 19:

Professional Development Workshop: Year One Roundtable Discussion. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Class of 1987 Room, Cohon Center. Are you in your first year working as a staff member at Carnegie Mellon? Come and meet your colleagues who are also learning to navigate the CMU campus and community. Share insights and ideas with one another and build a network of support and resources. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Your PI is a Winner! Now What? 9 - 11:30 a.m., McKenna Room, Cohon Center. Leslie Levine, director of Dietrich Research Office, will present this session which provides a “to do” overview for new awards. Join us for information and discussion on particulars such as reviewing and understanding sponsor and CMU award documents, files organization, and a kickoff meeting agenda for you and your PI. This program is part of the Research Administration Non-Curriculum Training. Register online.

Feburary 26:

Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadershp Series presents Benchmark's Eric Vishria. 12:30 - 2 p.m., Simon Auditorium, Posner Hall. Vishria will discuss the case for working at a startup, finding the right culture for you and translating big ideas into tangible successes. As a general partner at one of the top VCs in Silicon Valley today, with early investments in Snapchat, Uber, Twitter, New Relic, Hortonworks, Zendesk and more, Vishria also will share insights into entrepreneurial success, and what it takes to thrive in a competitive market. Register online.

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