2014-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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just Breathe

Chow and SuTake a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and give yourself a gift by visiting Carnegie Mellon’s Mindfulness Room on the first floor lounge of West Wing, between Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall and Gesling Stadium. The Mindfulness Room has a peaceful décor designed to help you relax, recharge and, well, just breathe. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Back Home

Rick SigerSince leaving Pittsburgh to attend 
Columbia University, Rick Siger’s career has been on a fast track. His rapid progression shaping public policy in the areas of science, technology and economic development — first in Virginia, and then in Washington, D.C. — resulted in his appointment as chief of staff in the White House 
Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2011. Now he's back home as director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement at CMU. Read about his vision for the university. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Silver Anniversary

Newell and SimonLittle hoopla surrounded the creation of the School of Computer Science. But now, as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary, its graduate programs are consistently top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report, it boasts 12 Turing Award Laureates among its alumni and faculty and, most significantly, its graduates are highly prized by recruiters. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Necessary Investment

Hamburg Hall CourtyardThere’s a 
provocative project unfolding off of Forbes Avenue, nestled in between 
Hamburg and Smith halls, that will greatly enhance the Heinz College, improving its facilities to help meet its growing size and stature. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Passionate About Puppet Design

Mitchell with Grover and WardWhen Louis Henry Mitchell took the stage in Philip Chosky Theater, he was laughing. Naturally. The jovial creative director of character design for Sesame Workshop — the non-profit organization behind the 45-year-old hit children's show "Sesame Street " — was here to talk art, passion and puppets with drama students from CMU, Pitt and Point Park University. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CMU Crowdfunding

money in handsFor students who have a university-related project idea and need funding to get it going, there’s a new program at Carnegie Mellon that just might fit the bill. Or help pay the bill, actually. CMU Crowdfunding is designed for students and student organizations to pitch their projects to the university community and the public at large. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scotty Goes Green

Scotty logoCarnegie Mellon has always prided itself on being environmentally responsible, but there’s a new movement afoot that’s challenging the university community to further reduce its carbon footprint. The size of a Scotty dog’s paw is what organizers have in mind. The Scotty Goes Green program aims to engage faculty and staff in efforts that will make their offices more sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Brass

The Brass RootsFrom the feel-good vibe of 1950s Swing to the solemn sound of “Taps” at military funerals, brass instruments in capable hands can eloquently express the range of human emotions. Two CMU staff members are at the roots of a brass ensemble that is growing in popularity in Pittsburgh. Through dynamic musicianship and innovative programming, the group is taking classical music and packaging it in a way that makes it more accessible 
to concert-goers. MORE