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West Coast Campus is Growing

President Cohon Features "Faces of Diversity" in Annual MLK Day Address

Falconi Named VP, CFO

Art Gallery Presents Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation

University Helps Develop Information Systems School in Singapore

Luce Nominee Hopes to Advance Global Awareness, Prevention of HIV/AIDS

Student-Run EMS Helps Save Lives On Campus

Information Systems Course a Mutually Beneficial Experience for Students and Clients

Poetry Chapbook Project a Labor of Love

Information Security Degrees Address Government, Industry Needs

West Coast Campus Hosts Founders' Day Celebration

Leonardo Balada's New CD Released on Naxos Records

Carnegie Mellon Tears Down "Wall of Computing;" Installs State-of-the-Art Apple iMacs in Busiest Computer Cluster

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Carnegie Mellon Places 2nd in State's RUSH to Recycle Challenge

Biomedical Security Software Available to Public Health Organizations

Major Renovations Under Way at Henderson House

Student Prototypes Aid the Elderly

Students Develop Web Site To Help Tissue Engineering Firms

CIT Names Staff Award Winners

Six Professors Honored by National Academy of Sciences'

New Shuttle Service to PTC Introduced

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He's At It, Again
Known for his zany but practical class projects, Larry Cartwright, principal lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), donned a tutu and tights for his CEE Design class final project last semester. For the project, "Log-A-Rhythm," students were required to build a stage from planked logs that conformed to specific dimensions and supported a certain weight. To test the projects, the CEE Dance Troupe performed a number on each stage. Troupe members included Judy Hill, teaching assistant, and Patty Langer, assistant to the CEE department head. Their performance was choreographed to the Monty Python hit "I'm a Lumberjack."

West Coast Campus is Growing
Carnegie Mellon and NASA have reached agreement on a long-term lease under which the university will renovate 19,000 square feet of space for its growing West Coast campus in Buildings 23 and 24 on the historic Shenandoah Plaza at Moffett Field, Calif.

The plaza is adjacent to NASA's Ames Research Center and is part of a 213-acre research park the agency is developing. The agreement states that the university may lease the buildings for 15 years and exercise additional options to bring the term of the lease up to 48 years.

It also gives the university the right of first refusal to lease buildings 17 and 20 on the six-building quadrangle. The university's West Coast campus has been housed in Building 17 since 2001. Now, expanding educational and research programs require additional space. Building 20 was used as an officers club on the former naval base and could house 50 to 60 people, including students, visiting faculty and short-term visitors.

President Cohon Features "Faces of Diversity" in Annual MLK Day Address
Friend of the Court Brief is Filed in Support of University of Michigan, Affirmative Action
MLK Day celebration on Campus
President Jared L. Cohon opened his grade book and gave the Carnegie Mellon community a "B" for its efforts thus far to increase diversity.

"We've made good progress in student recruitment, admissions and retention, some progress with regard to women in the technical areas, both faculty and students, and in some leadership positions," said Cohon after delivering his annual state of diversity address to begin campus events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20. "I think our biggest weakness is in minorities in management and leadership positions, and faculty.

"I also think that we are making progress in the all-important culture and climate. It's very hard to measure. It's really just a sense that one has. But I think there are signs of progress."

Cohon emphasized that increasing diversity must be a focus of the entire university community.

"Diversity is an issue, a challenge, a goal for this university that belongs to all of us," he said. "It's not just the president's priority. It must be a priority for all of us, otherwise we will not be successful."

Part one of Cohon's three-part presentation, "The Faces of Diversity," singled out a few of the many individuals who are planning key roles in efforts to promote diversity. Although the president said he could not include everyone in his talk, he did recognize Jim Daniels, professor of English and head of the Creative Writing Department; Lenore Blum, distinguished career professor of computer science; Omer Akin, professor of architecture; Statistics professors Joel Greenhouse and Rob Kass; G. Richard Tucker, professor and head of the Modern Languages Department, and Peggy Heidish, director of the Intercultural Communication Center; and Emily Half, coordinator of student development in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Daniels was cited for creating the highly successful Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards program, in which local high school and Carnegie Mellon students submit poetry and narratives dealing with personal experiences regarding racial difference and discrimination. Students read their work as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. About 100 entries were received this year.

Blum was lauded for her efforts in helping to establish women@scs, a mentoring and support group for women in computer science.


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