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July 21, 2011

Personal Mention

  • Horacio Arló-Costa, professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon, died July 14 at age 54. A renowned logician and philosopher, Arló-Costa's innovative research crossed many different fields, including formal epistemology, artificial intelligence, behavioral decision research and cognitive neuroscience. At the time of his death, he was preparing a book, titled "Three Essays in Formal Epistemology: Normative and Bounded Models of Rationality." Arló-Costa is survived by his wife, Claudia Arló of Argentina, and his mother, Arminda Costa, of Uruguay. Funeral and memorial service plans have not been made, but the Department of Philosophy and the Center for the Formal Epistemology will hold a memorial conference for Arló-Costa sometime in the late fall. For more:
  • Herbert Lawrence Toor, former dean of Carnegie Mellon's engineering college and the emeritus Mobay Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy for more than 40 years, passed away Friday, July 15, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. A celebration of Toor's life is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 6 at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury, Vt., where he lived since retiring from Carnegie Mellon in the early 1990s. Toor, whose research included extracting oil from shale and removing sulfur dioxide from stack gases, was instrumental in increasing the number of women and minorities into the university's engineering program. For more:
  • Barbara Smith, who recently retired as associate vice president for Human Resources and chief Human Resources officer, has been granted honorary life membership in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), the highest honor for retired CUPA-HR members. Smith retired July 1 after 22 years at CMU.
  • Greg Shannon, chief scientist for the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) at the Software Engineering Institute, recently testified before the Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. The hearing focused on "Examining the Homeland Security Impact of the Obama Administration's Cybersecurity Proposal." Read more:
  • Janet Madelle Feindel, associate professor in the School of Drama, will make a presentation on the F.M. Alexander Technique with CMU acting student Antonio Marziale at the 9th International Congress in Lugano, Switzerland, Aug. 7-14. The Alexander Technique, originally a hands-on vocal training approach to prevent tension and hoarseness, has evolved and has been applied to many sorts of activities and is used in music, theatre and other training programs internationally.
  • Robert Page, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral Studies, will once again conduct at the 30th annual Berkshire Choral Festival July 24-30 at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. He conducted at the inaugural Berkshire Festival in 1981. The festival is a celebration of great choral/orchestral works with singers coming from all over the United States to perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Page's program this year is built around a mezzo-soprano soloist and chorus: the Vaughan Williams "Magnificat" (with women's voices), the Brahms "Alto Rhapsody" (with men's voices) and the Edward Elgar "The Music Makers" with the combined choirs. Following the festival, Page will conduct a reading of Mozart's "Requiem" at a conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, Aug. 7-9. He will be honored as one of the first presidents of the chapter.
  • University Professor Jacobo Bielak has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Those elected to this highest grade of membership have attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in its related arts and sciences. Out of 120,000 members, only about 200 currently have this distinction. Bielak is recognized for his pioneering work in creating three-dimensional models that simulate how earthquakes impact buildings, bridges and other critical infrastructures; for demonstrating the use of high performance computing in civil engineering practice; and for educating the next generation of engineers. He will be inducted on Oct. 20 in Memphis at the 2011 ASCE Convention.
  • Erika Ninos has joined Carnegie Mellon as an environmental program coordinator at the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, where her responsibilities include special events programming and the institute's newsletter and website. She also is assisting Professor Jeanne VanBriesen on a new National Science Foundation NEEP-IGERT (Nanotechnology-Environmental Effects and Policy-Integrative Graduate Research Education and Research Traineeship) grant. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Ninos was the children's program coordinator at Chatham University and previously held education and program coordinator positions at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, and the Pennsylvania Resources Council. 


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