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April 19:

Earth Day Lunch & Learn: "Is Recycling Dead?" 12 - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Join us for a talk by Justin Stockdale, executive director of the PA Resources Council West. Sponsored by CMU Staff Council Sustainability and CMU Green Practices committees. A light lunch will be provided. Find out more about CMU Green Practices. Learn more about PRC collection events and workshops.


April 22:

Stephen and Joyce Fienberg Memorial Lecture. 4 - 5:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Sir David Spiegelhalter will lecture on "Communicating Statistics in an Age of Fragmented Media and Contested Science." Spiegelhalter is chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policymakers. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics, and was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018. A reception follows the lecture. Register online.

Speed Dating for Library Services. 4:30 p.m., Hunt Library, IDeATe Studio B. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to this highly-interactive event that will give attendees an opportunity to gain a quick (yet still informative) overview, as well as pose direct questions to Libraries employees about specific tools and services. Participants will have approximately seven minutes to “speed date” (i.e., learn about) a specific tool or service before moving to their next “date.” 

At the event, Libraries faculty and staff will act as "matchmakers" at each station to introduce you to one of our services/tools. When the time is up, you’ll move on to your next “date.” Over the course of the hour, attendees will have the chance to visit all of the matchmakers in the room. Refreshments will be provided.
 Featured tools and services will include:

  • Symplectic Elements and Related Services
  • KiltHub
  • Data Visualization/GIS
  • Overleaf
  • Business Resources
  • Libraries "Did You Know"
  • Archives/Special Collections
  • Liaison Librarian Services
  • Open Science/OSF
  • Research Metrics Services

Find out more.

April 23:

CMWA Spring Awards Reception. 4:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building. Join the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA)  to honor seven outstanding graduating women from each of the university’s schools and colleges.​ Each award recipient will receive a $1,250 scholarship to assist with their next steps after graduation. Find out more and RSVP.

April 24:

Spring Bike Kickoff. 12 - 4 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center. Get ready for bike season! The Bike Advisory Committee and the Graduate Student Assembly bring you a fun and informative event to kick off warm biking weather. We'll have:

  • Bike repairs;
  • Discounts on locks and helmets;
  • Bike photobooth and registration;
  • Healthy Ride Bike Share coupons and demonstrations; and
  • Info, maps and more!


April 25:

Public Panel on Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals. 12 - 1:15 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301. In collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College, the Brookings Institution and the Metro 21 Smart Cities Institute are pleased to convene a public panel to highlight the value proposition for cities and communities aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This session will examine how the proposed ONEPGH strategy reflects the data-driven focus on equity and sustainability in the SDGs and highlight the extensive network in Pittsburgh already working on the implementation of the SDGs, including city officials, civil society organizations, the private sector, youth, universities and foundations. 

Sarah Mendelson, head of Heinz College in Washington, D C, and Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, will moderate. Panelists are:

  • Mayor Bill Peduto, The City of Pittsburgh
  • Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC
  • Leah Lizarondo, Co-Founder and CEO, 412Food Rescue
  • Anthony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, the Brookings Institution

Find out more.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cohon University Center. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work program, and the theme is Workforce Development for All. On this day, Staff Council will welcome the children of staff and faculty between the ages of 8 and 15 to give them a glimpse of the wide range of career and learning opportunities that exist on campus. After a group lunch program, the children attend two activity sessions for which they have pre-registered. Entertainment will be provided at noon in Rangos by CMU Jiya, an all-girl bollywood fusion dance team, and the South Hills Chapter of The Keystone Chorus, which has been singing barbershop music since 1957. Find out more.


April 26:

Fresh Check Day. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Near the Fence. Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. The mental health check-in also features many fun activities, a petting zoo, a dunk tank, a bouncy castle, free food and more!

BXA Kaleidoscope: Student & Alumni Showcase. 4 - 7 p.m., College of Fine Arts, Third Floor Foyers & Ellis Gallery. The annual showcase will feature a variety of creative work by BXA students and alumni. Past interations of Kaleidoscope have included artistic work of all forms, including painting, social practive, poetry, photography, installation, virtual reality, video games, zines, musical performances, dance and more. Find out more.

April 30:

Spring Book Salon: "The Invention of Whiteness: Exploring David Brown's ENGLISH AND EMPIRE and the Intersection of Race, Visual Data and Stigmatized Language." 12 - 1:30 p.m., Rachel Mellon Walter Room, Posner Hall (Ground Floor). Join CMU's Department of English 2019 Spring Book Salon for a multi-faceted set of presentations around David Brown's ENGLISH AND EMPIRE (nominated for the MLA Prize for a First Book). Each speaker will address a different aspect of the work, including race, data analysis, and how stigmatized dialects are taught in American classrooms. Lunch will be provided. RSVP preferred but not required.

Celebration of Education Awards. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building. An annual event to recognize outstanding teaching, mentorship and educational innovation from across the university. Award recipients will be celebrated for their contributions to the educational experience of CMU students and to the teaching mission of the university. The celebration is open to the entire campus community. The ceremony will be followed by a reception. Find out more.


May 3:

Department of English Adamson Awards Reading and Presentation of Creative Writing Awards. 4:30 p.m., Breed Hall, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall. This year's special guest presenter is writer and translator Daniel Borzutzky, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection “The Performance of Becoming Human.” Borzutzky's other books of poetry are “Lake Michigan” (2018), a series of 19 lyric poems set at an imaginary prison on the real and symbolic border of Chicago; “In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy” (2015); “The Book of Interfering Bodies” (2011); and “The Ecstasy of Capitulation” (2007). In 2017, Borzutzky won the National Translation Award for Poetry for his translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s “Valdivia.” His many honors include grants from the PEN American Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.

May 8:

2019 Cyber Law and Privacy Symposium. 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301. The Heinz College, with support from the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute, will bring together risk managers, legal experts, CMU faculty, and cybersecurity professionals to discuss current topics in the areas of cyber law, privacy, risk management, operational resilience and compliance. The event will consist of a mix of presentations and panels, chosen to spur discussions and crowd participation in hopes that different perspectives can create a greater understanding of some of the current challenges in this space. The event is limited to no more than 100 professionals to encourage full audience participation within a community of experts in hopes that new ideas and partnerships can form. Find out more.



May 15:

Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Seminar with Jonathan Foley. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Foley is a national leader in science communication and executive director of Project Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Foley is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems and natural resources we all depend on.  Find out more.

May 20:

Power Trip: The Story of Energy with ENGIE's Michael Webber. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall). Please join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for a seminar by Michael Webber, chief Science and Technology officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber will deliver a talk titled "Power Trip: The Story of Energy," based on his latest book. Find out more.