December-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

The Piper is a source for official Carnegie Mellon news from the Internal Communications Department. Published monthly during the academic year, the Piper includes stories about university research, the people who make that research happen, the students we all support, and the events and activities that make this university and its branch locations a vibrant place to live, work and learn.

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December

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Truckin' to the Food Bank

Food BankCarnegie Mellon's 18th annual food drive, sponsored by Staff Council, donated 8,667 pounds of food and $3,982.90 to the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

President Cohon Attends White House Meeting

ObamaCarnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon was called to the White House Dec. 5 to attend a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and several other university presidents and chancellors to discuss making college more affordable for students.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Low Cost, High Expense?

Marcellus ShaleAnita Barkin is on a mission for public health. That's not surprising for Carnegie Mellon's director of Health Services, but this effort stretches far beyond the university's Pittsburgh campus. And far below.

Barkin's mission is to educate the public about the process and impacts of drilling into the Marcellus Shale for natural gas and to advocate for safeguards. Her message to the industry and government officials is to slow down and weigh all of the factors involved.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inspire Innovation: Asia 2011

Inspire InnovationAlumni, parents and friends joined the Beijing alumni chapter for a special evening of news and updates featuring Jared L. Cohon and distinguished alumnus and former faculty member Kai-Fu Lee (SCS '88), chairman and CEO of Innovation Works and former head of Google China.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Artists of the Year Rubin, Peña Recognized

RubinCarnegie Mellon has swept the 2011 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) Artist of the Year awards with faculty members Jon Rubin and John Pena taking home Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, respectively.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sustainability as a Way of Life

School of DesignThe School of Design wants to set a sustainable example. And it's doing so with a new faculty common room that features sustainably produced ceramic tile floor, natural clay paint, a reclaimed barn oak table and nontoxic plywood bookshelves. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Problem Solver

Chris HarrisonChris Harrison, who has a list of inventions since arriving at CMU has visited more than 50 countries to date, says that learning the often surprising ways that people in other lands use technology stokes his own creativity.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Students Enjoy Rare Opportunities With World Leaders

RumsfeldFormer congresswomen Beverly Byron (D-MD) and Sue Kelly (R-NY) spent two and a half days visiting with Kiron Skinner's students as part of the Congress to Campus Program.

Skinner's students had also had special question and answer sessions with former Speaker of the House and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Skinner Joins Gingrich's Campaign

Kiron Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of CMU's Center for International Relations and Politics, has been tapped by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to advise him on matters of national security and foreign policy. Skinner attended the GOP presidential debate on Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C., as part of Gingrich's campaign team.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Education City Hosts Inaugural Campus Conversation

Campus ConversationProfessor Robert Cavalier has a simple idea when it comes to learning: "We think better when we think together."

Cavalier, co-director of CMU's Program for Deliberative Democracy, recently helped organize Education City's first Campus Conversation in Qatar. The event focused on how global climate change might affect future generations and Qatar's food security.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Class Aids First Responders in Silicon Valley

First responders have so much to do in so little time.

"In an emergency situation, time is critical," said Patricia Collins, an assistant professor of the practice at CMU's Silicon Valley campus. Collins wants to help with mobile software technology. Her class, Requirements Engineering, worked to understand emergency medical service needs.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lecture Spotlight: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Challenges Audiences To Find "The Courage To Lead"

FranklinBernard Franklin, a friend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family, will reflect on the qualities that set the civil rights leader apart in his keynote address, titled "The Courage To Lead," during CMU's 2012 MLK Day celebration. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Extra, Extra! Read All About Him

ExtraJeff Balmert is taking an unusual approach to break into the film industry. The document production specialist at the Software Engineering Institute is working in front of the camera to get behind the scenes. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

GigaBlitz

GigablitzFrom a bike path in Montana to a backwater underneath a highway overpass in Austria, citizen scientists fanned out last June to capture high-resolution images for the first Nearby Nature GigaBlitz. Organizers are hoping for even broader participation in the second GigaBlitz, scheduled for the solstice week of Dec. 19-26. MORE