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October 16:

Staff Drop-In Session Lunch: Become a More Effective Writer, Communicator. 12 p.m., Hunt Library, Studio B. The English Department’s master’s degree program in Professional Writing has been a popular choice for many CMU staff seeking to become more effective communicators. Join us for lunch at a Staff Open House for the Masters in Professional Writing (MAPW) program to learn about pursuing this degree as a CMU employee. The MAPW teaches professional students to create and execute verbal and visual information strategies (including print, online, social and multimedia) with the goal of preparing and increasing their skill sets for careers as writers, communication specialists and information designers. The deadline to apply for the coming year is April 30, 2020. Find out more about the MAPW program. RSVP for this staff drop-in session at Light lunch provided.

Cyber Circus. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Fence. In honor of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Information Security Office is hosting Cyber Circus. Join us for games that will test your cyber security skills and a chance to win some great prizes. Learn more.

Public Engagement with AI & Robotics Through the Arts. 5 - 6:30 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon Center.  Illah Nourbakhsh (Robotics Institute) and Jennifer Keating (Dietrich College) will host a discussion with key stakeholders in the Pittsburgh arts community, whose recent work engages the public on topics pertaining to advancing technology through various artistic practices and performances.

Joshua Bard (Professor of Architecture) Carnegie Mellon University
Clare Drobot (Director of New Play Development) City Theatre
Marya Sea Kaminski (Artistic Director) Pittsburgh Public Theater
Dan Leers (Curator of Photography) Carnegie Museum of Art

As part of the Grand Challenge Seminar Series, this is an opportunity for the CMU community to engage with students and experts focused on addressing real, complex global problems. Find out more.

October 17:

Behind the Columns: Celebrating the History and Legacy of the Mellon Institute. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Mellon Institute Library. For decades, companies without in-house “research and development” laboratories relied on the scientists and engineers of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to conduct cutting-edge scientific experimentation on their behalf. As one of the nation’s premier independent research centers since its inception in 1913, the Mellon Institute engaged the brightest scientific minds of its time to develop, test, and refine new chemical, biological, and materials science innovations on behalf of its corporate partners, in the process defining the profession of sponsored research, spinning off successful companies, and developing industry-changing technologies. Now, after nearly two years of work to organize and preserve the institutional records of this important institute, the Carnegie Mellon University Archives are pleased to officially open the collection to researchers. In celebration of this milestone, the Libraries will present a keynote talk by Ellan Spero, historian of science and technology, followed by a roundtable discussion of the institute’s enduring legacy, featuring special guests. Register here:

Roundtable Participants:
  • Guy Berry, Professor Emeritus, Mellon College of Science, former Senior Fellow, Mellon Institute
  • Alberto Guzman, former Associate Director, Carnegie Mellon Research Institute
  • Brian Zande, former Scientist, Carnegie Mellon Research Institute

The event will be accompanied by an exhibition in the Mellon Institute Library reading room and building tours by the former University Architect. Building Tours require a separate registration and space is limited.

Learn more and register for "short" building tour on 10/17.
Learn more and register for "long" building tour on 10/18.

Due to new Mellon Institute security procedures, photo identification will be required to enter the building for this event and all tours.

October 22:

Scott Institute Distinguished Lecture by Argonne National Laboratory's Sue Babinec. 12 - 1 p.m., Bosch Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Babinec is the program lead of stationary storage at Argonne National Laboratory. She is tasked to establish a sustainable growth strategy toward stationary storage for grid applications. Find out more.

This Could Be Important: Book Talk & Signing with Pamela McCorduck. 6:30 - 8 p.m., Hunt Library, IDeATe Studio A. The University Libraries and ETC Press present a book talk and signing with author Pamela McCorduck for her latest book “This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia.”
McCorduck didn’t just have a front row seat to computer science history, she wrote the book on it. An author of influential books, such as “Machines Who Think,” the first modern history of artificial intelligence, and “The Fifth Generation,” co-authored with Ed Feigenbaum, her writings have influenced a generation of computer scientists. McCorduck’s latest book “This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia” (Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press: Signature Books) is one part memoir, one part social history, and one part group biography, drawing personal portraits of the four founding fathers of AI, Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, Marvin Minsky and John McCarthy. This is a story nobody else could tell.
Registration requested.

October 23:

School of Design Lecture Series: Arnold Wasserman, with guests Liza Chong and Mariano Alesandro, will be present "Dexign: The Big Picture," with a screening of "Enough White Teacups." 5 p.m., Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 215. An alumnus of the School of Design, Wasserman is co-founder of Collective Invention, an innovation consultancy based in San Francisco focused on "Innovation for the Common Good" to improve life in the public domain. He is chairman of the Idea Factory, a consultancy based in Singapore and San Francisco, specializing in Innovation, Strategy and Design. He has been named one of "20 Masters of Design" by Fast Company magazine. Find out more.

October 24:

James R. Swartz Leadership Series and the Dietrich College Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. 12 - 1 p.m., Swartz Center, Tepper Building. Leslie Robertson, Vice President, Software Develeopment, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, will discuss "Why Tech Needs Humanities Majors." The tech industry suffers from a diversity problem, Robertson says. If we want technology that can successfully anticipate the needs of a diverse set of users, the people who build those products must also be diverse. Code is not the only path to contribution, and tech startups need more than just computer science majors. How do you build the diverse team you need, whether you are a small startup or a Fortune 100 company? You do it by looking beyond the obvious majors and recognizing that potential comes in many forms. Learn more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards Fall Speakers Series. 4:30 p.m., Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, lower level, Cohon Center. Sarah Valentine, Ph.D. (DC 2000) is a widely published author and translator. Her book Into the Snow: Selected Poems of Gennady Aygi is a collection of poems translated from the Russian-language poetry of the noted Chuvash author. Her acclaimed new memoir When I Was White recounts Valentine’s upbringing in surburban Pittsburgh as a mixed race African-American in a white family. Publishers Weekly calls it “fervent and heartfelt. . . a disturbing and engrossing tale of deep family secrets.” The book is based on Valentine’s award-winning essay of the same name, which was first published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. A 2013 Lannan fellow, Valentine has taught literature and creative writing at Princeton, UCLA, UC-Riverside and Northwestern. She majored in creative writing and Russian studies at Carnegie Mellon.

October 25:

Tartan Community Day. This day is designed to bring together students, faculty, staff and alumni to take a break from business as usual and to connect, reflect, restore and have fun. The entire campus community is invited to take part in a variety of not-to-be missed activities, including a fireside chat with CMU alumna and Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, a Tartan showcase of talent and community lunch, a time to choose your own adventure, and a session on how we can change the results of the Life@CMU project and better support one another. The day ends with a performance by comedian Michelle Wolf. Find out more.

October 25-26:

Homecoming Weekend. Carnegie Mellon's annual Homecoming is a family-friendly day of fun and a great chance to reconnect with campus and old friends, meet current students and say hello to faculty and staff — and cheer on the Tartans to victory, of course! Presented by the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association, the Homecoming celebration centers around the football game in Gesling Stadium. Each Homecoming, the alumni Networks of the Year are recognized. Other events include the tailgate lunch and a variety of family activities and games, plus other organizational events. Find out more.

October 29:

Scott Institute Distinguished Lecture by NextEra Energy's Michael O'Sullivan. 12 - 1 p.m., Bosch Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. O’Sullivan is senior vice president of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels and also the global leader in producing electricity from the wind and sun. Find out more.

November 7:

Open Science Symposium. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mellon Institute Library.  Join us for a day focused on the opportunities and challenges of practicing open science. The full day program will feature talks from guest speakers including researchers, tool developers, funders, and publishers, roundtable discussions, a poster session on research using open methods, and a collaboration networking reception. Registration is $20 and open to all at CMU, Pitt, and beyond. Trainees (students or postdocs) can have their registration fee waived by signing up to present a poster or demonstration of open science research such as scientific research results, methods, code, software, or a dataset, or any research tool they developed that is openly available for others to use. Find out more.

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series with Christine DeFilippo. 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., Simmons Auditorium B, Tepper School. DeFilippo is a results driven executive with 30 years of experience in operations and finance. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics at CMU and returned for her MBA at Tepper after working in finance. Since then, DeFilippo has worked as an executive at the Walt Disney Company and as vice president of Business Planning, Strategy, & Product Marketing NCS at Navteq before joining Apple in 2012. She has held a variety of key positions there in finance and operations. DeFilippo is currently director of artificial intelligence and machine learning and Siri operations at Apple with oversight of pivotal projects and thousands of employees worldwide. Sponsored by Business 7 Technology Club, Data Analytics, Operations & General Management, Tepper Women in Business and Undergraduate Business Tech Group.



November 11:

Office Depot Green Vendor Fair. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Vendor partners will highlight products they carry that fall under the sustainability umbrella. These products will be ones that save resources, use safer chemicals, save energy or reduce impact. Some of these vendors include Fellowes, Boise, C-Line, Pilot, Eco-Products, Zebra, Redi-Tag, Bic and Smead, among others.
Best practices for toner recycling will be shared. Light refreshments will be provided.