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March 14:

Master of Public Management (MPM) Information Session for CMU Employees. 12 - 1 p.m., HBH 1202. Heinz College's Master of Public Management (MPM) program imparts management skills and policy understanding, forging leaders of the future with the same Heinz College formula used in its full-time programs: Technology + Analytics + Leadership Practice = Career Impact. The part-time curriculum is flexible and accessible to busy professionals, allowing you to earn your master’s degree in the evening in as little as two years. And because it’s an on-campus program, you enjoy the vibrancy of learning with seasoned professionals from CMU and Pittsburgh's major sectors, allowing you to build diverse networks. Is MPM the right fit for you? Join this relaxed session to learn more about the program curriculum, admissions process and hear from current CMU employees in the MPM program. A light lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. is required. * Attendees are welcome to R.S.V.P. on the day of the event! * Register by emailing Amy Seymour. Find out more.

National Nutrition Month Teaching Kitchen: Quinoa Crunch Shaker Salad. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center. Create a fresh and flavorful Quinoa Crunch Shaker Salad at this hands-on Teaching Kitchen with Chartwells Chef Jeremy Neiderhiser and Dining Services Registered Dietitian Jessica Tones. Learn to slice and dice fresh veggies, toast quinoa and whisk together a fresh lemon vinaigrette – layered in a mason jar that you can take home and use again for simple meal planning. Participants can select to top their salad with chicken or edamame and enjoy a fruit and yogurt parfait for dessert. This event is free to members of the CMU community, but seats are limited. Register here. Sponsored by the Staff Council Wellness Committee. Learn more about the Cooking Workshop Series.

"The Ethical and Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence for the Department of Defense." 1:30 - 4 p.m., Studio Theater, Cohon University Center. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Board (DIB) invites members of the Carnegie Mellon community to this public listening session. As part of its effort to apply AI and machine learning to defense and national security missions, DoD is developing principles to guide current and future research, applications and activities in these areas. The DoD has tasked the DIB to engage the broad AI community in this process. The yearlong project, among other engagements, includes three public listening sessions at locations across the country to gather diverse perspectives from interested stakeholders. Individuals wishing to attend the public listening session must RSVP online by Friday, March 8. You may also submit written public comments to the DIB by March 8. DIB members will collect and review all comments for consideration as they draft AI principles in the coming months. The full recommendation with the principles will be announced later this year.

March 15:

CMWA Winter Speaker Series. 12 - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Angela Campbell, the inaugural executive director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, will share the center's vision, mission and strategic goals, and dive into what brought her to diversity, inclusion and equity work. Throughout her career, Campbell has developed expertise in multicultural education, gender identity, and diversity and inclusion issues in higher education. Together, we will discuss how Carnegie Mellon staff and faculty can play their part in advancing a more inclusive campus climate for all CMU students. Tickets: A soup and salad lunch will be included in the purchase of your $10 ticketFind out more.

March 18:

Alexa Prize Roadshow. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Gates Hillman Center 4405.  Students and faculty are invited to connect, collaborate and learn more to prepare and apply to compete for the Alexa Prize. This is an especially great opportunity for teams that have never applied before. You must have an active university email address to register. Confirmed registrants will receive more details, including a full agenda. Bring your laptop to partcipate in hands-on activities. Learn more

Retirement Savings Workshops. Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Human Resources and Vanguard invite you to learn more about retirement planning in several iinteractive and informative workshops. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in your financial future.

9 to 10 a.m. - Vanguard’s Principles of Investing. Take your basic knowledge of investing to the next level with this workshop:

  • Gain a strong understanding of Vanguard’s investment philosophy
  • Put the four investment principles to work in your plan account
  • Create goals
  • Have the right investment mix
  • Minimize costs
  • Maintain discipline
Register via FocusU
Noon to 1 p.m. - Financial Freedom: Strategies for Reducing Debt and Saving More. Join us to learn how to:
  • Assess your current financial situation
  • Project your financial needs in retirement
  • Create a strategy to meet those needs
Register via FocusU
2 to 3 p.m. - Timeline to Retirement. Attend this meeting to learn about:
  • Major milestones associated with employer
  • Sponsored retirement plans and other benefits
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • How to avoid significant tax penalties on withdrawals
Register via FocusU

March 20:

China, Venezuela, Corruption and its Effects on Bolivia and Latin America.  4:45 - 5:45 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building. Bolivian democratic norms and institutions have experienced a systematic erosion in the last years. In October, President Evo Morales will run for office for the fourth time, in blatant contradiction of the constitution he helped to create. How can we understand this democratic decay? According to former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, three international processes are part of the explanation: Chinese economic involvement, Venezuelan political interference, and institutional corruption. Bolivia and other countries in the region have been at the crossroads of these tendencies, enjoying a boom in exports, following the Venezuelan authoritarian model with indefinite re-elections and mired in corruption scandals. Jorge Quiroga will give an overview of these three tendencies and what is in store in the years ahead. Learn more.

March 21:

Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture presents Arthur Levine. 4:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building. Levine, the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is an expert on the preparation of school leaders, teachers and education researchers. The title of his talk is "The Future of Higher Education: Three Forces with the Capacity To Transform America's Colleges and Universities." Levine is the author of 12 books and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project, an effort that aims to improve the education of teachers, administrators and researchers who serve school-age children. His books include “Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student,” “Shaping Higher Education’s Future,” “Handbook on Undergraduate Curriculum” and “Reform of Undergraduate Education,” for which he won the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year Award. Learn more.

International Film Festival Opening Night: Border. 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Tina is not an ordinary woman — inside and out. With a bestial-looking face that provokes judgement from those around her and a mysterious scar on her tailbone, Tina has the ability to sense or smell how people feel. She is especially adept at detecting fear or unease, skills that make her an invaluable customs officer. When she catches a twitchy businessman carrying child pornography, law enforcement loops Tina and her unusual abilities into the investigation. On the job, she meets Vore, who shares her unusual physical traits and holds information that could alter Tina’s entire existence. Based on a short story by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In), the Academy Award nominated Border is an exciting, intelligent mix of romance, fantasy, Nordic noir, social realism, folk tales, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts gender and genre conventions. A post-film discussion will be moderated by University of Pittsburgh Professors Dana Oct and Jeff Aziz. Co-presented with University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English and CMU’s Department of English. Co-sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Film and Media Studies and CMU’s College of Engineering. Learn more.

March 22:

BXA Pride Day. Noon - 3 p.m., Great Hall, College of Fine Arts. In honor of the programs' 25th anniversary, BXA will be celebrating the accomplishments of its students and alumni, as well as hosting fun, creative beach-themed activities. Find out more on Facebook.

Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series presents Raji Sankar. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper Building. Join CMU alumna Raji Sankar as she discusses, "From Tech to Tikka: An Honest and Frank Conversation about the Delight and Difficulties of Entrepreneurship." Sankar co-founded Wholesome International in 2004, a multi-concept restaurant development company that owns and operates Choolaah Indian BBQ restaurants and franchised Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants. She is co-CEO and responsible for people, operations and infrastructure. Previously, she held executive and operational leadership positions in technology and media companies. She has served as adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon and as a member on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity. Register.

Reception: Above, Below, After, Until: CMU MFA Exhibit. 6 - 8 p.m. Featuring new work by 2019 School of Art MFA candidates Nicholas Crockett, Joy Poulard Cruz, Shohei Katayama and Erin Mallea, "Above, Below, After, Until" examines the dynamic relationships between land, labor and cultural memory through experiential installation, sculpture and video. In a moment marked by political and ecological precarity, the artists create spaces of ritual, reflection and fantasy in search of moments of solidarity and human and non-human kinship.

Find out more.

March 25 - 28:

CMU's Fourth Annual Energy Week. Organized by CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, the week’s series of forums, panel discussions and special events are designed to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, government officials, innovators in technology, business leaders, and the public on the future of energy research, policy and education. This year’s Energy Week theme, “The Future of Energy Innovation,” focuses on the emerging technologies that will prepare communities to adapt initiatives that improve infrastructure, mobility and conservation efforts needed to meet the energy demands of tomorrow. Find out more.

March 26:

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series with Michael Hsu. 12:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium B, Tepper Building. A 20-year veteran of the consumer products industry, Michael Hsu is CEO for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and serves on Kimberly-Clark’s Board of Directors. He was most recently COO, leading day-to-day operations of Kimberly-Clark’s business units, along with the global innovation, marketing and supply chain functions. Hsu joined the company in 2012 as group president of North American Consumer Products. Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Hsu was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Kraft Foods. Before Kraft, he held the positions of vice president, marketing for Ore-Ida and Frozen Meals, and later president for Foodservice at H.J. Heinz. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Chicago.

March 27:

Update: Carnegie Mellon in Africa. 12 p.m., Engineering and Public Policy Conference Room, Baker Hall 129. Michel Bézy, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University - Africa, iinvites you to a public seminar about the progress and results of this unique CMU master's degree program in Rwanda. The objective of this annual update/seminar is to generate interest and involvement from the CMU community. This year, Bézy will discuss the results of an analysis of the impact of the program in Rwanda and the region from an independent consulting company (Dalberg) and the completion of new campus construction. 

CyLab/Computer Science Department Distinguished Lecture. 4:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, Gates Hillman 4401. Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss "Putting the Security Back in Cybersecurity." Find out more.

March 28:

Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History. 4 - 6 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building. Award-winning historian Deirdre Cooper Owens will give the 13th annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History. Her talk, “Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology,” will focus on the creation of American gynecology on disadvantaged bodies and is based on her recent book, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.” Cooper Owens is an associate professor of history at Queens College, The City University of New York (CUNY), and director of the Program in American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution. Learn more.

March 28-30:

Trip Tech: Three Days of Community, Technology, Arts and Music. Tech and teaching. Coding and culture. Hip hop and hacking. Headed by English professors Richard Purcell and Stephen Wittek, and Ayana Ledford, director for diversity and inclusion at the Dietrich College and Heinz College, TripTech will take place on campus and in greater Pittsburgh. Join Carnegie Mellon’s Department of English, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences and Google, blending all the above worlds in a series of unforgettable on-campus and off-campus events. Learn more.


April 1:

Outside the Academy Series: Trust and AI. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Alphabet City, 40 W North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Trust is central to human relationships. Yet artificial intelligence (AI) is posing an entirely new set of ethical challenges that affect human-human and human-machine interactions. Ultimately, the trust we afford AIs has the potential to alter the very fabric of our society. Featuring Carnegie Mellon’s Henny Admoni, David Danks and Molly Wright Steenson. These three experts will explore the intersection of trust and technology to help illuminate when we can, and should, trust our AIs. This panel discussion is presented in partnership with CMU’s Ethics & AI public programming initiative. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP.


April 10:

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., University Stores. Faculty and staff members can take advantage of the lowest available prices on products from Apple, like MacBook Pro, iMac and iPad Pro. This discount is in addition to the educational discount members of the CMU community get every day. Faculty and staff can pre-order devices until March 15, or buy same day on April 10. Find out more.


April 16:

U.S. Energy Efficiency: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges. 12 - 1:30 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Please join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation for a distinguished lecture by Kathleen Hogan, a national leader on energy efficiency. Her talk, "U.S. Energy Efficiency: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges," will highlight the continuing importance of addressing energy efficiency as part of meeting energy and environmental goals and how some of the challenges with realizing the full benefits from energy efficiency are evolving.

Lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m. Registration is free.

R.S.V.P. by April 12, 2019. Learn more and register.