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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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Class of 2018: Women Set New Benchmark in Computer Science

Women@SCSWhile the number of women majoring in computer science at Carnegie Mellon has long exceeded national averages, this year’s incoming class has set a new benchmark for the university’s School 
of Computer Science (SCS). About 41 percent, 56 of the 138 incoming SCS undergraduates, are women, surpassing the previous high-water mark of nearly 40 percent 14 years ago. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lifting the Burden of Brain Disorders

Mellon has launched BrainHubSM, a global research initiative that will bring together CMU’s strengths in computer science, neuroscience, psychology and engineering. The initiative aims to help develop a better understanding of the brain’s structure and function — why we do the things we do — and to create new tools to accelerate discovery and reduce the economic and human cost of brain disorders. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014


Hunt Library has been a collaborative learning hub since it was built in 1961. This year, new design studios and lab spaces are taking that collaborative 
experience to the next level, as Hunt 
becomes host to the university’s Integrative Design, Arts and Technology program (IDeATe). The library has reconfigured its main floor and lower level to support students and faculty working together across disciplines in IDeATe’s “maker” experiences that combine arts and technology through 30 new studio-based courses. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Global Stage

TianjinIn a world deluged with data and increasingly sophisticated methods for collecting and analyzing it, scientists are focused on how they can use all of this information to improve our lives. Four Carnegie Mellon faculty members will provide their perspectives on this topic during a session titled “Data Science in Action” at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014 — also known as Summer Davos — Sept. 10-12 in 
Tianjin, China. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet Miss Pennsylvania

Amanda SmithAmanda Smith has stage presence. That and her jaw-dropping singing voice — qualities she’s learned and nurtured at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama the past two years — helped the junior musical theatre major win the Miss Pennsylvania crown for 2014. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Effort in Efficiency

devicesThe days of completing green paper time sheets, manually keeping track of your PTO and remembering yet another password to view your pay stub are gladly coming to an end. Workday, a web-based, human resources (HR), benefits and payroll management system that provides employees and managers with the information they need, is in the final stages of its campus-wide rollout. Workday deployment is set for late December 2014, with the first payroll to be run in Workday in January 2015. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Returns

Edna JacksonAfter 26 years of working in the 
Carnegie Mellon Provost’s Office, Edna Jackson has decided to pack it up and see the world. Her first stop … Doha. Jackson, who has been a mainstay on the sixth floor of Warner Hall for more than two decades, and her husband, Bob, have moved to Carnegie Mellon Qatar, where she has assumed the new position of director of the 
Office of the Dean for Ilker Baybars. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Former Skater’s Recipe for Success

Rebecca GilbertRebecca Gilbert, a fundraiser at CMU, found healing for her chronic knee pain through a vegan diet. She recently published a beginnerʼs guide to show others how easy it is to switch to plant-based eating. MORE
Friday, June 13, 2014

CMU Takes Center Stage at Tony Awards

Bomer and QuintoFrom Carnegie Mellon’s partnership with the Tony Awards and its first prime-time TV commercial to alumni presenters, nominees and Tony recipient, CMU had a leading role in the star-studded spectacular that was the 68th Annual Tony Awards®, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. MORE