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April 19, 2012

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"Last Lecture" Enhanced Ebook Edition Now Available

Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture," which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 112 weeks and was translated in 48 languages, is now available with video and new insights in an enhanced ebook edition titled "The Last Lecture — The Legacy Edition" (Hyperion). The enhanced ebook includes more features such as:

  • a new foreword by Randy’s widow, Jai Pausch, who writes about how the book affected Randy, their family, and the larger community before and after his passing;
  • video clips from the Last Lecture throughout the book, providing readers with
  • a truly immersive reading and viewing experience;
  • never-before-seen photos of Randy and his family;
  • never-before-seen video with the book's co-author, Jeffrey Zaslow, in which he shares details on his friendship with Randy and why he thinks Randy touched millions of people;
  • memorable clips from Diane Sawyer's ABC News special, such as Randy visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers and loving one of his childhood dreams by playing ball with legendary receiver Hines Ward;
  • Randy's commencement speech to the Carnegie Mellon class of 2008;
  • Jeffrey's convocation speech to the Carnegie Mellon class of 2014;
  • a new "Your Last Lecture" section that includes a series of questions to prompt readers' inspiration into action, such as: As a child, what were your dreams? Did you find a way to make them come true, in some form, as an adult? Does Randy’s perspective help you look at current brick walls in your life differently? What is the most difficult question you’ve ever had to ask?

For more and to purchase a copy, go to

Carnegie Mellon Women's Association Awards Scholarships

The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association recently awarded three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors Jennifer Martinez (E'12), Alexandra Hansen (DC'12) and Michele McCauley (T'12). The tradition of the club giving scholarships began in 1964, and each year the Scholarship Chair works with deans and department heads to nominate outstanding senior undergraduate women. For more information on this year’s winners visit

Qatar Campus Hosts Research Opportunities Program for Female Students

Female high school students and undergraduates from universities in Qatar recently gathered at Carnegie Mellon Qatar for the “Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science” (OurCS) Qatar 2012 conference. The participants learned about the important role women can play in developing Qatar’s knowledge-based economy by contributing to research efforts in computer science and related fields. The program featured prominent female computer scientists, including keynote speaker Sihem Amer-Yahia, principal research scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute and former senior scientist at Yahoo! Research. Read the full story.

Silicon Valley Hosts Disaster Workshops, May 2-3

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley will be hosting workshops on May 2 and 3 as part of the Bay Area Regional Disaster Resilience Initiative. The events will focus on response and recovery challenges associated with essential service providers and on sharing communication capabilities and best practices. For more information visit

ANSI Accredits Software Engineering Institute Program

The American National Standards Institute recently announced the accreditation of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) under its Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. The accreditation was granted to the SEI's CERT®-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) program for computer security incident response professionals and others responsible for an organization's information security infrastructure. The CSIH program is a certification that incorporates work experience, an examination and renewal requirements. Cybersecurity professionals with the certificate are prepared to participate in incident handling efforts and can help their organizations stay current on innovations and trends in computer security. The ANSI accreditation process is designed to increase the integrity, confidence and mobility of certified professionals.