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November 14:

Phi Beta Kappa Early Initiation Ceremony and Reception. 4:30 p.m., Posner Center. The members of Upsilon of Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, invite you to the initiation ceremony for seniors who have been selected for early initiation into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A short reception will follow.  All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Movie Screening: Skyglow. 6:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Astrophotographers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan will speak and show their time lapse documentary, Skyglow. iThe event is free and hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Physics Department and Astronomy Club. Watch a clip of the movie.


November 15:

Professional Development Workshop — Collaborative Problem-Solving: Exploring Your Approach. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. When a problem impacts a group, a multi-perspective approach is often necessary to solve it. How do you identify others who can contribute to a solution, solicit their perspectives and create a collective solution? In this workshop, you will examine a collaborative problem-solving process in order to develop a plan to engage others in your problem-solving approach, understand their perspectives and facilitate a group solution. Register.

November 16:

Running on E: Adding Energy and Fun to Your Life. 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. You can have fun and enjoy your work even when you are facing long hours, increased responsibilities, constant change, accelerated business pace and intensified pressure. This workshop will help you to survive and thrive in today’s high-pressure world. By unleashing your energy, igniting your enthusiasm and finding fun in your job, you are sure to maximize your work performance and even enjoy it. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register.

From Engineer to Innovation Investor: A Fireside Chat with Vincent Hahn. 12 - 1:15 p.m., Rangos 3, Cohon Center. Join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation for a fireside chat with Vincent Hahn, principal at the The Carlyle Group. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Institute Director and College of Engineering Trustee Professor in Energy Jay Whitacre. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available 15 minutes before the start of the event. Find out more.

Professors To Discuss 2017 Nobel Prizes. 4:30 p.m., Doherty Hall 2302. A panel of CMU professors will discuss the discoveries that won Nobel Prizes this year.

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Sandra Kuhlman will discuss the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm."
  • Assistant Professor of Computational Biology Min Xu will discuss the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution."
  • Professor and Head of Physics Scott Dodelson will discuss the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."

On the Brink: Coming Close to Nuclear War. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Penn State Shenango’s Phil Nash, a leading expert in Cold War studies, will give a talk on the manner and mechanisms through which international adversaries negotiate during a high-risk game, and the way in which a nuclear exchange was averted. Nash's book, "The Other Missiles of October," details the way in which the U.S. and the USSR used NATO's Jupiter missiles as a bargaining chip during the Kennedy administration's Cuban Missile Crisis.

Good Neighbor Meeting Introducing ANSYS Hall. 5 p.m. Marquis Conference Room 5201, Scott Hall. Join the College of Engineering and Campus Design and Facility Development for an overview on the design and construction of the new ANSYS Hall building, part of the College of Engineering’s maker eco‐system. The 36,000 square-foot facility will house a high bay maker space for macro‐fabrication, active learning and simulation classrooms, teaching laboratories, and collaborative spaces and offices. The building is finalizing design and slated to begin construction in December 2017.

November 28:

Pittsburgh to Paris and Beyond. 7-8:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Cener. The Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning Lecture Series presents a talk by Mark Dixon. Dixon traveled to the Paris Climate Summit in 2015 and returned home to share stories about the event, its significance and our collective prospects for a livable future. Dixon will take a candid look at the current state of our climate, our climate movements, our political climate, and our prospects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing them from the atmosphere. The Osher Lecture Series is free, but registration is required. To register, email

November 30:

Film Screening: The Divine Order. 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Come join the CMU International Film Festival as they host the Pittsburgh Premiere screening of The Divine Order. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971, when women are still denied the right to vote. When Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress Award at Tribeca), an unfulfilled housewife, is forbidden by her husband from taking a part-time job, her growing interest in women’s liberation turns her into the poster child for her town’s suffragette movement. Refusing to back down in the face of opposition, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike. The film is an uplifting look at how much change a small group, or even one person, can enact if they stand up for what they believe in. Following the film will be a Skype Q&A with the film's director, Petra Volpe. Food will be provided. Tickets are available at the door for Pay-what-you-wish pricing. The screening is sponsored by the CMU Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CMU Gender Programs and LGBTQ+ Initiatives and Swiss-American Society of Pittsburgh.

December 1:

Professional Development Workshop — Change Ready: Practical Strategies to Respond to Change. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Scotland Yard Room 1120, PPG 6. Change is a necessary byproduct of growth. That does not mean that change is always easy. Being prepared to respond and adjust to change can minimize angst and disruption to you and your organization. Are you ready for change? In this workshop, you will explore the impact of change, develop a plan to contribute to strategic changes and identify techniques to remain prepared to adapt to future changes. Register.

December 6:

Professional Development Workshop — That’s Not What I Wanted to Hear: Customer Service for the Unhappy Customer. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Customer service is often seen as making a customer happy. Have you experienced a situation when you needed to tell a customer something they did not want to hear? These situations necessitate a unique set of customer service skills. In this workshop, we will apply customer service techniques to deliver honest information while helping the customer through an unsatisfactory situation. Register.

December 7:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to formally welcome new staff members to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register.

December 12:

Professional Development Workshop: What’s the Signal? Mastering Nonverbal Communication. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Nonverbal communication is embedded in how everyone communicates, but there are differences in expectations for nonverbal communication depending on someone’s culture and the context of the interaction. How can you identify the signals you are sending others? How can you build awareness of the signals you are receiving from others in order to respond appropriately? Master nonverbal communication by identifying and practicing the signals you want to send others and learning how to interpret the signals others are sending you. Register.

December 13:

Professional Development Workshop: Embracing Change in Technology. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Embracing change in today’s technologically dependent world is essential. Understanding how technology can impact your professional life and embracing those technological changes can be instrumental in creating a positive balance. This workshop will help you understand the important role of managing the technological change in the workplace. Register.

December 14:

To Your Credit. 9 to 10 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Credit is an important part of personal finance. In this session, learn to define credit and its importance, describe the purpose of a credit report and its use, order and analyze your credit report and identify ways to build and repair your credit history. This program is offered by PNC Bank. Register.

Professional Development Workshop — Master the Juggling Act: Tools for Managing Multiple Administrative Projects. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, you are constantly managing multiple projects. The success of each project depends on the strategies and tools you use to plan, organize and track them. In this session, share your strategies to manage projects and learn new tools and strategies to help plan, monitor and progress your projects to success. Register.

December 15:

Mental Health First Aid. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and offers an overview of common supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To sign up, please register online. This program is offered by University Health Services.

December 20:

Professional Development Workshop: Kick Start the New Year. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. The new year is about to start. Are you ready? This motivational session will encourage you to examine the opportunities in the year ahead and chart your course for enthusiasm, energy and success. Take a couple of hours for you and get pumped up and ready for the road ahead. Register.