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July 14, 2011

Personal Mention

  • Andrew Gellman, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Fellows are chosen on the basis of their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the chemistry profession and the American Chemical Society. The 2011 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting on Monday, Aug. 29 in Denver.
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Christopher Bettinger will join more than 70 of the brightest scientific researchers Sept. 19-21 at the National Academy of Engineering’s 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Symposium participants, ranging in age from 35 to 40, were selected from a pool of 315 applicants for their exceptional research and technical work in industry, academia and government. Bettinger is developing new biomaterials for use in a wide range of biomedical applications, including regenerative medicine and drug delivery.
  • Jeannette Wing, the President’s Professor of Computer Science and head of the Computer Science Department, will be a keynote speaker at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), Sept. 18-22, in Pittsburgh. Hosted by Carnegie Mellon, the conference will focus on developing ways to make computer programs easier to write and understand. Brad A. Myers, a professor in CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, is the general conference chair. Read more:
  • Richard C. MacCamy, professor emeritus in the Mathematical Sciences Department, died July 6 at his daughter’s home in Naperville, Ill. He was 85. MacCamy joined the CMU faculty in 1956 and became a full professor in 1964. Respected and admired by his students and colleagues, he published more than 90 academic papers, co-authored a textbook and was a recipient of CMU’s Richard Moore Education Award for teaching. He was internationally known for his research in mathematical applications in mechanics, electromagnetic theory and population models. MacCamy retired in 1996. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.  15224. Read more:
  • Leonardo Balada, professor of composition, recently offered the second international postgraduate course on music composition at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. Also, on July 2, guitarist Viktor van Niekerk performed Balada's guitar composition "Analogies" in South Africa at the Cape Town International Guitar Festival.
  • Five members of Carnegie Mellon’s men’s basketball team were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for their academic achievement in 2010-11. The five Tartans are seniors Matthew Pettit and Shane Rife, and juniors John Duhring, Max Gordon and Joe Kromka. To be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. 
  • Jared Leese (A’95) and Brian Hemesath (A’97) each won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling for their work on Sesame Street. The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were presented June 19 in Las Vegas.