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October 20, 2011

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Staff Council has arranged for members of the Carnegie Mellon University community to purchase discounted tickets to the Pittsburgh Opera's 2011-12 season. This season's schedule at the Benedum Center includes "The Pearl Fishers," Nov. 12, 15, 18 and 20; "Tosca," March 24, 27, 30 and April 1; and "The Abduction from the Seraglio," April 28, May 1, 4 and 6.  For show times and to purchase tickets, go to

A Preservation Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The planning committee for this event includes Linda Dujmic and Mary Catherine Johnsen from CMU Libraries and Charlotte Tancin and Jeannette McDevitt from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Learn how to properly store and maintain your keepsakes from more than 30 conservators and vendors. The fair is free with museum admission and is a collaborative project of Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences. More information is available at

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance is sponsoring a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series to provide participants with an introduction to topics typically included in RCR curriculum. Upcoming sessions are:

  • Oct. 26 - Who Owns It? Rangos 1, UC
  • Nov. 9 - Authorship, Publication & Peer Review, Rangos 1, UC
  • Nov. 16 - Ethical Issues Regarding the Use of Humans & Animals in Research, Rangos 3, UC
  • Nov. 30 - Researchers & Society, Rangos 1, UC

Registration is required. To register, go to

Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) staff member Alicia Angemeer is collecting items for the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania. To donate blankets, towels, food and other supplies, please drop off or send items via campus mail to Alicia Angemeer, ICES, 1201 Hamburg Hall.  For more information on what is needed, email or visit the Animal Rescue League wish list at

The restrooms in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall will be closed at noon Friday, Oct. 21 through 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23 so the broken main building sanitary line can be replaced. Port-a-Johns will be stationed outside the A level of the building during the shutdown.  Questions and/or concerns should be directed to Adam Homer (412-268-3879) and Kyle Tomer (412-268-6332 or

Carnegie Mellon Today, the university's collegiate magazine, recently won three Golden Triangle Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, Pittsburgh Chapter. It received an Award of Excellence for Magazine and Awards of Honor for Magazine Covers and "First Word" Column. The awards recognize excellence and achievement in communication. For more information visit

Interbots, a Pittsburgh company spun off from CMU's Entertainment Technology Center, took first place and won $25,000 at the first RoboBowl competition. TactSense Technologies of Pittsburgh finished in second place and won $10,000. The venture competition was sponsored by the Robotics Technology Consortium, Carnegie Mellon and the Innovation Accelerator. It was intended to identify start-up and early stage companies with compelling ideas for next-generation robotics products and services in the healthcare or quality of life industries. Five finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges on Oct. 13 at the Posner Center. Read more:

Tiramisu Transit, an iPhone app developed by Carnegie Mellon that uses crowdsourcing to help transit riders know when their bus will arrive, won second place in the Best New Innovative Products, Services, or Applications category of the 2011 Best of ITS Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. They were announced at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems & Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Pittsburgh City Council declares the month of October 2011 to be "Professor Lester B. Lave Month." The resolution was passed unanimously by Council recognizing the life and contributions of professor Lave as "a beloved teacher and a prolific scholar, admired by his students, academic peers and policy-makers, creating a body of meaningful research, which placed him among the world's most respected thought-leaders on global energy issues and public policy." The citation is available via the City of Pittsburgh website: