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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Calendar Highlights

September 30:

Adamson Reading Series. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Kresge Theatre, CFA. The Adamson Reading Series presents Dean Bakopoulos, author of three novels, "Please Don't Come Back from the Moon," "My American Unhappiness" and the forthcoming "Summerlong." He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Friends of American Writers Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Bakopoulos is currently working on a nonfiction book titled "Shadows."

October 1:

School of Design Lecture Series: How Do You Design the Future? "To Make is to Grasp" by Distinguished Nierenberg Chair Joep Frens. 5 p.m., Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall A14. Frens is a designer/researcher and assistant professor in the “Designing Quality in Interaction” group at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Frens’ work explores how to design for growing systems and the power of making as a physical way of thinking. He takes a hands-on approach to design based in the research-through-design method and regularly gives workshops on cardboard modeling. For more information, contact Darlene Scalese in the School of Design at

October 2:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register online.

SCS Distinguished Lecture. 3:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Hillman Center. Guruduth S. Banavar, vice president of Cognitive Computing at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, will present "Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing." In the last decade, the availability of massive amounts of new data, and the development of new technologies, has given rise to a new class of computing systems. These "Cognitive Systems"  learn from data and interact naturally with us to perform complex tasks better than either humans or machines can do by themselves. The first Watson system, as demonstrated by the Jeopardy! exhibition match, was capable of answering complex factoid questions as effectively as the world's champions. Follow-on systems perform other tasks, such as discovery, reasoning, and multi-modal understanding, in a variety of domains, such as healthcare, insurance education. Cognitive systems will transform every industry and our everyday life for the better. In this talk, Banavar will give an overview of the applications and underlying capabilities of cognitive systems.

October 3:

LaunchCMU, a technology startup and research showcase. 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Come see emerging technologies, products and services, including ones from the Olympus PROBES, Swartz Fellows, the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Traffic 21/UTC, Quality of Life Technology Center, Innovation Works and the Disruptive Health Technology Institute. The day will include demos and poster sessions, and showcase talks from William "Red" Whittaker and Howard Choset, and from representatives from Anki, 4Moms and Blue Belt Technologies. Learn more.

October 6:

"Learning Language the Meandering Way: Three Instances To Ponder," a talk by Stanford University's Shirley Brice Heath. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Heath will explore how since numerous aspects of life impose order, "meandering" or "mucking about" is typically discouraged. She will draw on recent neuroscience research that shows that is not necessarily the case, especially for those learning languages. Heath will explain those instances and make the case for "meandered learning" across the life span, from seven months to 70 years old.  Learn more.

October 7:

Professional Development Workshop — Starting at the Beginning: Creating Good Research Questions. 9 - 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon University Center. The hardest part of research is getting started. Often we have a general idea of what we want to know, but difficulty getting from there to a set of questions that will guide our exploration. In this session, participants will learn how to take a general idea and shape it into a set of research questions that are specific, manageable, relevant and actionable. This program will discuss the various types of research questions and the methodologies best suited to each type. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

Apple Fest. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon University Center. Join members of the university community for fresh air, fresh food and outdoor fun! Festivities include: a pick-your-own pumpkin cart; a Famer’s Market featuring seasonal apples, apple cider, and garden fresh produce; chef tastings and demonstrations; live music; and much more! The festival is brought to you by CMU campus partners: Healthy Campus; the CMU community garden; CulinArt; Dining Services; Environmental Health and Safety; Environment@CMU; and the Peer Health Advocates.

October 8:

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar: Export Controls and Fundamental Research. 11:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Kevin King of Cooley LLP will discuss what constitutes fundamental research from an export compliance perspective and breaks down the nuances therein. Registration is required and space is limited.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Professional Development Workshop — Get Up and Go: Self-Motivation. 1:30 -3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. You have the drive to be successful in your role, but even the best of us can fall into a motivational slump. This workshop will provide participants with information on what influences motivation and ways to maintain or improve motivation. Feeling a little sluggish? Come and get motivated! Registeronline.

October 9:

Cohon University Center (CUC) Expansion Celebration. 11 - 11:30 a.m., CUC Turnaround Tent. A New Name … Now a New Beginning. Join student performers and members of the campus community to celebrate the coming of 62,000 square feet of additional space to the CUC. The building project will feature new fitness and group exercise facilities, a multipurpose studio theater for student performance groups and a stunning new university presence along Forbes Avenue.  Come celebrate the CUC Expansion and be part of a new start!

"Phonograph Music: Composers and the Early Era of Reproduction," a lecture by The New Yorker's Alex Ross. 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Ross has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1993. He writes about classical music and has also contributed essays on pop music, literature, 20th-century history and gay life. His first book won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He also has received an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Belmont Prize in Germany.

October 10:

The John and Mary Lou Lehoczky Lecture Series in the Humanities and Social Sciences presents former Supreme Court Justice David Souter. 1-2 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Souter's talk is titled "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation."

October 13:

Ice Cream Social. Get the scoop! Noon - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Staff Council invites CMU staff members to stop by and meet your representatives, learn what Staff Council can do for you and enjoy Dave and Andy's ice cream.

October 14:

Professional Development Workshop: Assertive Communication Part One. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, part one of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

October 22:

Professional Development Workshop — Get Up and Go: Motivating Others. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. This workshop will examine the ways to energize a group as members work toward a common goal. Identifying group motivational strategies and the ways to direct a group's motivation, participants will gain an improved understanding of how to engage and inspire others. Register online.

October 23:

Professional Development Workshop — Do That Again: Documenting Work Processes to Ensure Continuity and Success. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Through the course of your work, you and your colleagues engage in numerous tasks and processes. Recording and analyzing these procedures can be instrumental in successfully repeating efficient processes and improving inefficient ones. In this workshop, participants will identify the benefits of documenting tasks and processes and develop strategies to thoroughly record the steps necessary for continuity and continued success. Register online.

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