Carnegie Mellon University

March 8, 2024

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

It might be cloudy and grey in Pittsburgh today, but we're about to get a whole extra hour of sunlight! And we have some great events for you to take full advantage of the longer days. Enjoy the end of spring break, and get ready to finish out the semester; we know you've got this! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Daylight Savings Time Change

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Daylight Saving will begin on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m.! We'll spring forward by one hour. Most clocks will automatically reset, but be sure to double-check. You can learn more about Daylight Saving.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

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Interested in exciting research happening right here at CMU? Want to support your fellow Tartans in theirs? Check out the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® Championships on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m., in Simmons Auditorium! 3MT® is an internationally recognized competition that pits Ph.D. students against the clock and each other to explain their complex research and captivate their audience in 3 minutes, in language that anyone can understand. 3MT® is an exercise that develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, consolidating their ideas and research discoveries. Eight finalists will compete in the 3MT® Championship for prizes. Registration is free, and you can attend either in-person or virtually.

Women in Animation Series

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On Wednesday, March 13, at 5 p.m., check out a lecture by Professor Rebecca Ruige Xu, who is part of the Women in Animation Series. In this talk, Xu uncovers her exploration of creating abstract animations weaving the language of code with inspiration drawn from music and poetry. Her work focuses on constructing immersive and meaningful spaces that evoke a strong and shared emotional response, ranging from animation on screen and VR environments to tangible prints and sculptures. Rooted in visual music and artistic data visualization, Xu's work aspires to foster connection and understanding within a distinctive and engaging environment. Participate in this insightful conversation exploring how we employ code and data within abstract animation to narrate stories that connect with the shared essence of human experience. Learn more about this event.

DIY Series: Adult Lunchables

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Before there were charcuterie boards, there were lunchables! On Wednesday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., make a favorite childhood snack, taken up a few notches. Join Dining Services and The Cheese Queen PGH to make your own adult Lunchable! Grab a mid-week snack and enjoy a bit of elevated childhood joy. Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Treasures in the Archives

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It’s a time warp! On Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m., join the archives staff at the Heinz History Center for their annual trips into the past. The popular annual program delves into captivating stories preserved in the History Center collection. It gives you a unique glimpse into Western Pennsylvania’s past through one-of-a-kind documents and photographs. From popular narratives and people to lesser-known stories and histories, Treasures in the Archives deep dives into four topics carefully chosen by our dedicated archivists. Learn more about this event.

21+ Night: Classic Hollywood

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And the winner of best night out is… On Friday, March 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., celebrate the biggest awards ceremony in filmmaking in classic Hollywood style! Dive into the fashion, technology, and nostalgia of old movies—or explore the science behind modern blockbusters. Test your Pittsburgh movie history knowledge by identifying locations in famous films. Put on your tux or gown, walk the red carpet, and have your acceptance speech ready! Experience a party atmosphere on all four floors of the Science Center after hours. It’s the perfect adults-only night out in Pittsburgh! A valid ID is required for entry; all attendees must be 21+. Learn more about this event.

Moriarty Science Seminar: River Life In Ancient Egypt

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On Monday, March 11, at 12 p.m., check out this seminar on how Ancient Egyptian society developed and depended on the Nile River. It was the physical and cultural heart of the Pharaonic state, playing essential roles in transportation and trade, agriculture and subsistence, and belief and ideology. Although the Nile represented an essential source of life, it could also be dangerous. Fluctuations in the annual inundation could have devastating effects on agriculture, while the migration of the river across the valley altered physical and cultural landscapes. This presentation will focus on the regional differences through the Egyptian Nile Valley, the changes that occurred over time, and the impact of the river on ancient Egyptians. This free event will take place via Zoom. Learn more about this event.

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