Carnegie Mellon University

Lectures & Events

Dietrich College Survival Kits

Monday, Dec. 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Baker Hall Main Entrance

With finals right around the corner, the Academic Advisory Center (AAC) has put together the Survival Kits exclusively for Dietrich undergraduate students as a way of saying good luck! Each kit is filled with treats and some encouragement to ace those exams and do well on final projects. Come pick up one of your own survival kits from Monday, December 4th through Wednesday, December 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the main entrance of Baker Hall while supplies last!

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The Suitcase Project

Week of Sunday, Dec. 3 on the sidewalk between Academic Mall and CFA Lawn

Sept. 2017 statistics show 13,961 students representing 109 countries, 1,391 faculty representing 42 countries, and 105,255+ alumni representing 145 countries. Look into 20 of their suitcases and read their stories.

Funded by your student activities fee and the SDC.

Feminine Product Drive

Week of Sunday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 8, Boxes Located in CUC

This week, OPB and aKDPhi will be hosting a feminine hygiene product drive to collect supplies for Global Links, to aid with natural disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

We will be tabling in the UC Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, and there are three boxes set up in the UC for the duration of the week. Alternatively, you can give your donations to a sister of ΩΦB or αKΔΦ. 

All donated products will be given to Global Links, and delivered directly to the Pittsburgh site.

Global Links is a national medical relief organization that supports health improvement initiatives around the world. They collect much needed materials, often surplus from hospitals, and redistribute them to areas around the world in need. Currently, most of their supplies are going towards relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Central Blood Bank Holiday Blood Drive

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m., Connan Room, CUC

Last Drive of the Semester! Come out during this season of giving to donate blood and help improve many individual’s health around our region. All donors will receive a “Holiday sweater” t-shirt while supplies last!

Appointments Recommended, walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment online go to and use group code CU040018.

Philosophy Lunchtime Talk: Safe-and-Substantive Perspectivism

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m., 817R Cathedral of Learning
David Danks, head of the Philosophy Department, will examine the question of perspectivism in science: To what extent are our theories (or models, or…) “perspectival,” or “from a perspective,” or some similar notion? Some of the recent debates about perspectivism have suggested that it is either unsafe (by implying an implausibly strong relativism about scientific theories & knowledge), or else not substantive (by asserting only innocuous banalities about scientific practice). In contrast, I will argue that there are meaningful ways in which our scientific theories are inevitably perspectival, and these very same reasons block any slide to strong relativism (unless we embrace extreme skepticism about the external world). That is, we should embrace a safe-and-substantive perspectivism.

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Department of Statistics & Data Science Seminar: Inferring Gene Interactions and Functional Modules Beyond Standard Statistical Models

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, CUC

Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Baker Hall 232 Lobby

Haiyan Huang, Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley
In this talk, Haiyan Huang will introduce recent efforts on identifying higher‐level gene‐gene interactions (i.e., gene group interactions) by evaluating conditional dependencies between genes, i.e., the relationships between genes after removing the influences of a set of other functionally related genes. In addition, Huang will discuss ongoing work on using a bagged semi-supervised clustering approach to study changes in the membership of functional gene pathways in response to genetic or phenotypic variation. 

Tartan Tuba Band Holiday Spectacular

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts Bulding

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of tuba-tabular holiday tunes! Fun for the whole family.

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CMU School of Art Open Studios

Friday, Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., College of Fine Arts 3rd & 4th Floor

The School of Art is hosting OPEN STUDIOS, featuring current work by juniors and seniors in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, print media, animation and video. ALL ARE WELCOME. We'll have free food and beverages donated by Penn Brewery, music courtesy of WRCT, dancing, and vital conversations with our resident artists. Student work will be on sale too! Parking is available behind the College of Fine Arts on Frew Street or in the East Campus Garage.

Reception: "Assemblage" CMU School of Design Exhibit

Friday, Dec. 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Miller Gallery

The Miller Gallery and the School of Design host a reception for the Senior Thesis Exhibition. "Assemblage" is a collection of work produced by the first class to complete the new Bachelor of Design program. The show features projects from all three design concentrations — Products, Communications and Environments — and offer insight into the culmination of four years of study, pushing the boundaries of medium and method in the field of design.

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Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

Friday, Dec. 8, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Chorus join together to celebrate the end of the fall semester. This concert conducted by Andrés Cárdenes, Daniel Nesta Curtis and Thomas W. Douglas, features Fauré’s Requiem, Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List featuring Maestro Cárdenes on violin. The concert also includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnole and a selection of a cappela choral works. 

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Fulbright Info Session

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., CCR East, Warner Hall first floor

Learn more about the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes program and how prospective applicants can compile a competitive application. Students who are interested are welcome to contact Richelle Bernazzoli, Assistant Director of Fellowships and Scholarships Office, to learn more.