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November 8, 2001

Vol. 12, No. 18

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the Department of Public Relations. News of campus interest should be sent to
Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 ( or Bruce Gerson, 412-268-1613 ( The newsletter is available on the official.cmu-news and bulletin boards.

Previous editions are available online.


Human Resources (HR) has launched a new self-service Web technology called HR Connection. With the new service, you can make your Open Enrollment benefit elections online 24 hours-a-day until the enrollment period deadline at 5 p.m., Nov. 16. Beginning in January, you will be able to access your current HR information on the Web, see how changes would affect your contribution levels, change demographic, beneficiary and dependent information and alter benefits due to family or life status changes. You can do it from any computer with Internet access. Go to for more information and to enroll for your 2002 benefits.


Carnegie Mellon's Andrew Moore and Robert Nichol are among researchers from 17 institutions nationwide who will share a $10-million, five-year Information Technology Research grant from the National Science Foundation to help "put the universe online" via a National Virtual Observatory (NVO). "When it comes to exploring the universe, the National Virtual Observatory will be as important as spacecraft," said Moore, the A. Nico Haberman Associate Professor of Robotics and Computer Science. "The biggest problem in physics today is that we're drowning in data, which is gathering dust in warehouses. The NVO will enable researchers and the public to ask questions of all the data that's been collected."

—"The National Virtual Observatory shows us that the whole paradigm for doing astronomy has changed," adds Nichol, assistant professor of physics. "An astronomer like me can sit at his desk at Carnegie Mellon and, via a PC, have the whole universe in front of him."


Stephanie Byram, 38, who died of breast cancer on June 9, 2001, was a creative and productive researcher, committed to clarifying basic scientific issues relevant to real-world problems. She was a graduate student in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology.

—A seminar celebrating her work will be held from 2 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, H&SS Auditorium (A-53), in the basement of the new Baker Hall wing. A reception follows at 4 p.m. The seminar is open to the public.

—In the seminar, individuals who collaborated with Byram will describe their joint work, putting it in practical and theoretical context. Their talks will clarify why one would study such issues, how Byram and her colleagues chose to study them, and what the results mean for life and science. The talks will reveal how the work is continuing.

—The list of speakers is posted on official.cmu-news, Nov. 6.

—School of Design Profesor Charlee Brodsky was part of a team that recently received a regional Emmy for Outstanding Documentary Program at the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia for the story of Byram's battle with breast cancer. The production has aired on WQED-TV. The documentary was part of Byram and Brodsky's quest to promote breast cancer research, education and awareness.


The College of Engineering is seeking nominations for its annual "Staff Recognition Award," created to honor Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) staff members whose job performance and dedication merit special recognition. Also, in memory of Timothy J. Burritt, the College of Engineering has established the "Burritt Education Award." Any CIT staff member who is enrolled as a continuing education student at any degree level for the 2001 calendar year is eligible. Burritt was killed in a motorcycle accident this past year. Nomination packets for these awards have been distributed through campus mail. If you did not receive a packet and would like one, send email to The deadline for submission is Nov. 28. Nominations should be sent to: CIT Staff Recognition Award, Scaife Hall, Room 110.


—The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 15. This is an opportunity for tobacco users to refrain from using tobacco for the day. Student Health Services and the Peer Health Advisors would like to help you to quit smoking for good by going "Cold Turkey." Come to the University Center between 11 a.m. 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 and trade in your cigarettes for a Cold Turkey sandwich.

—The Nov. 7 issue of the Carnegie Mellon News, the 8-page news periodical, is available in color on the Web at

—The Credit Union will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.


—The Heinz School has named entrepreneur William Guttman to be executive director of the university's new Software Industry Center and a distinguished service professor of economics and technology. Between 1996 and 2001, Guttman built printCafe into one of the top vertical software companies in the United States with 8,000 customer sites in 34 countries. See official.cmu-news for Nov. 7.

—Keith Piper, assistant professor of art, is exhibiting in "Bits & Pieces: Shifting Boundaries and Different Realities," the 4th International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition at Hartford School of Art's Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Nov. 12 through Jan. 18, 2002.

—Mark G. Wessel, previously senior associate dean of the Heinz School, has been named the school's chief operating officer.

—Karyn E. Moore, previously director of information technology education at the Heinz School, has been promoted to associate dean for information technology programs.

—Linda Babcock, the James Mellon Walton Professor of Economics at the Heinz School, was named among the November Pittsburgh Magazine's "40 Under 40" -a group of young local leaders who are "building the framework for a better Pittsburgh." The 40, says the magazine, "are proof that "Pittsburgh is still producing young leaders with the drive and ambition to effect positive change in the region." Also among the "40 Under 40" is Ray Obenza, senior member of the technical staff, Software Engineering Institute. In 1993, he helped organize the Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association (GLENDA), whose members volunteer to help at many organizations, such as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, to promote diversity.

—Elaine A. King, professor of art history/theory, recently presented her paper, "Passivity-Power Keys to Change," at the 35th American Association of Critics of Art Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. She also presented a paper, "Artists in a New Era," at the 3rd Triennial Inter-Kontakt Graphic, in Prague, Czech Republic.


—Friday, Nov. 9: Memorial program for Chen Wen-Chen, a Carnegie Mellon statistics professor, who was found dead outside Taiwan University on July 3, 1981. Immediately prior to his death, Chen had been held for extensive questioning by the Taiwan Garrison Command, who could provide no satisfactory explanation for his mysterious death. Sponsored by the Taiwanese Activism Organization at Carnegie Mellon and the Chen Wen-Chen Memorial Foundation, the tribute will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Connan Room, University Center. A reception follows. Speakers include: Prof. Joseph Kadane, former head of the Statistics Department, Wen-Yen Chen, former president of Formosan Association of Public Affairs, and Eric Chen, son of Professor Chen Wen-Chen.

—Friday, Nov. 9: The School of Music presents a student recital premiering new works from Nancy Galbraith's and Leonardo Balada's Composers Studio. Concert coordinator Christian Kriegeskotte (Junior, Music) promises a program "encompassing a broad spectrum of musical genres." 8 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall. Free admission.

—Monday, Nov. 12: University Lecture Series. "How Japanese-Latin Americans Were Held as U.S. Hostages During World War II." Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, civil liberties activist and native-born American citizen, who, with her family, was incarcerated for three years in 1942. 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center.

—Thursday, Nov. 15: ALCOA Foundation Speaker Series. "The Roots of Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic Neighborhoods." Prof. William Julius Wilson, Harvard University. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Sponsored by the University Lecture Series, the ALCOA Foundation and the Graduate Programs Office.

—Thursday, Nov. 15: The Graduate Programs Office connecting luncheon for graduate women. 12:15 1 p.m., Rangos 3. Register at

—Friday, Nov. 16: Mechanical Engineering Seminar. "Blood Flow in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms." Ender A. Finol, postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems. 2:45 p.m., Scaife Hall 125.

—Saturday, Nov. 17: The annual Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament. Teams may have up to four players. Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff are eligible to play. 9:30 a.m., Doherty Hall. Cost: $20/team to cover expenses. For additional information and to sign up (by Nov. 14) go to

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