2014-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

2014 archive: November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February, January


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
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rising Star

Dan + ShayKenny Chesney was a valet. Toby Keith played football. Merle Haggard was in jail. And Dan Smyers? Before the rising country star took to the stage with songwriting partner Shay Mooney, this guitar slinger studied finance at Carnegie Mellon. This year, the duo received nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year, Duo Video of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shaping Our Own Destiny

banner plaidHow does a university renowned for its role in inventing the future shape its own destiny? That was the challenge issued at the first university-wide town hall meeting for the 2015 strategic plan development on Nov. 17 at the Posner Center. MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STEM Superstars

Carnegie Mellon is welcoming a group of emerging STEM superstars to its Pittsburgh campus Nov. 21–22. This is the university’s 12th year hosting the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, thanks to the dedicated staff in Conference and Event Services and numerous faculty members who volunteer their time each year. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Form and Function

Rudman and GitzenBodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Even for 100 years. That law of physics rings true for two members of the Physics Department, who won Andy Awards and Years of Service citations for their combined 100 years at CMU. Read about all of this year's winners. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Innovation Palooza

Satellite ShelterForecasts of another particularly cold winter have raised concerns about space in Pittsburgh’s homeless shelters, which contain only 375 beds. There are an estimated 1,500 homeless individuals in the city. Carnegie Mellon students addressed this concern by putting their technical and creative skills to good use. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“The Book of Mormon” Gives Back to Drama

Book of MormonCarnegie Mellon’s School of Drama has given a lot of talent to the hit Broadway production “The Book of Mormon.” And over the past couple of weeks, “The Book of Mormon” has been giving back. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Chris MessinaThe hashtag. Love it or loathe it, the little pound sign is preceding words and phrases everywhere. Read how it's creator, CMU alumnus Chris Messina, feels about his idea-turned-cultural-icon. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Hot Topic

CarusoRichard Caruso, fire safety manager for CMU’s Environmental Health & Safety Department, conducted two mock dorm room fires last month to help spread the word to students about the importance of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cohon University Center

Cohon University Center AdditionAfter receiving a new name and months of preparation and anticipation, the Jared L. Cohon University Center addition will soon begin in earnest. The renovation will bring a stunning university presence to Forbes Avenue. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Tartan captainsTeam captains lead by example, and such is the case with Brock Kitterman, a 9-year-old who is the youngest Tartan football player and co-captain in school history. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 3

Open Enrollment for 2015 benefits will take place from Monday, Nov. 3 until 
5 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Nov. 17. Read about upcoming events and view detailed plan information and rates. MORE
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
Friday, June 13, 2014

CMU-Rwanda To Graduate First Class

Rwanda fenceMerab Twahirwa (E’14) and three of her classmates from the inaugural class at Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda were given the opportunity to complete the coursework for their master’s degree in information technology in Pittsburgh. Twahirwa and 21 others will graduate from CMU in Rwanda’s Master of Science in Information Technology program on July 24. MORE
Friday, June 13, 2014

Artistic Endeavors

Block paintingDick Block, associate head of the School of Drama, has worked on Broadway stages for such productions as “Evita,” “42nd Street,” “Barnum” and “Cats.” He’s been active with projects designed at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Theater and he’s been a familiar face at the School of Drama for 22 years. It’s seldom that Block speaks of 
his other passion, painting. MORE