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February 23, 2012

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SCS Celebrates Founders' Day

Randy Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science (SCS), will deliver a State of the School Address at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 23) in the Hillman Center’s Rashid Auditorium during the first SCS Founders' Day. The event also will provide an opportunity to recognize significant achievements by faculty and staff.

The school’s Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence and the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science both will be announced during the program, as will staff recognition awards. Recently awarded faculty chairs and external awards to faculty members will be recognized. A reception will follow the program.

School of Design Hosts Service Jam This Weekend

The School of Design invites members of the university and Pittsburgh communities to participate in the national Global Service Jam, a service and design activity that will take place simultaneously in 90 cities, including Pittsburgh, Feb. 24-26.  People interested in service and using a design-based approach to problem solving and creativity will meet in Pittsburgh at the School of Design in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall this weekend. Teams will have 48 hours to develop brand new services inspired by a shared theme. On Sunday at 3 p.m., the collection of new services will be published on the Web. There also will be symbolic prizes given by local organizers. To register for Pittsburgh’s Global Service Jam, go to Send questions to

Seats Remain for AED/CPR Classes

Seats remain for the March 2 and March 21 AED/CPR classes sponsored by Environmental Health & Safety. The March 2 class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Rangos 2, University Center. The March 21 class will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Rangos 2. To register for either of these classes, go to, click on the Training tab at the top of the page, then click on AED training and follow the link to the registration page.
Some people have indicated that they are reluctant to attend a class of this nature because of the danger of being sued. Pennsylvania has a Good Samaritan law that prevents this from happening, and nobody would be held liable should they unsuccessfully use an AED.

Student Services Suite Team To Hold Town Hall Meeting, March 7

The Student Services Suite (S3) team will hold a town hall meeting for academic departments and administrative staff highlighting significant changes to the S3 Admin Console related to registration, including SIS screen retirement. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, March 7 in McConomy Auditorium, University Center.

The upcoming S3 release represents the most significant release of functionality to the S3 Admin Console to date. The new features include: student registration/Add/Drop, adviser and max units management, registration holds; waitlist maintenance; course message; course reservations; and course drops. Online registration (OLR), currently used by students, will be integrated into SIO with the S3 release in March 2012. Students will use SIO registration for all summer and fall 2012 registration activities.

For more information, go to Questions and concerns about the project can be directed to Lisa Krieg, director of Enrollment Services, at or 412-268-5399, or to Darleen LaBarbera, director of Campus Affairs Systems, at or 412-268-8137.

Students Could Win $20,000 for Innovative Sustainable Idea

Students with a great sustainable idea could win up to $20,000 by winning The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The award program is accepting entries from students in engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry. Whether related to efficient uses of sustainable materials, new chemical processes or new building techniques, projects should explore innovative practices, methods and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of real-world ventures. Entries will be judged on content, technical contribution, applicability, clarity/presentation and reasoning/depth. Entries are due May 31. Read more about the awards program at

Buggy Freeroll Practice Schedule Continues

Weekend buggy freeroll practices will continue through Sunday, April 15. Weather permitting, practices will take place from 6 to 8:50 a.m. on Saturdays and from 6 to 9 a.m. on Sundays. Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 to 9 a.m. on the following dates: Feb. 25; March 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; and April  1, 7, 8, 14, 15.

New Ticket Offers From the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is offering students, faculty and staff discounted tickets to several performances in March, April and May. They include:

  • Armitage Gone! Dance in Three Theories (March 3 at the Byham);
  • Blues Brothers Revue (March 8 at the Byham);
  • Dynamic Women of Dance (March 9 & 10 at the August Wilson Center);
  • La Cage Aux Folles (March 13-18 at the Benedum Center);
  • Spirit of Uganda (March 18 at the Byham);
  • Sean Jones Duets (March 22 at the August Wilson Center);
  • PMT’s Jesus Christ Superstar (March 22 – April 1 at the Byham);
  • Every Tongue Confess (March 23 – April 1 at the August Wilson Center);
  • Beauty and the Beast (April 3 – 8 at Heinz Hall);
  • Menopause The Musical (April 9 – 11 at the Byham);
  • Anoushka Shankar (April 12 at the Byham);
  • PJO NEA Jazz Masters (April 21 at the August Wilson Center);
  • National Geographic Live: A Camera, Two Kids and a Camera – Annie Griffiths (April 22 at the Byham);
  • Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (April 28 at the Byham);
  • PMT’s Legally Blonde (May 3 – 13 at the Byham).
To order tickets, go to and login using the promo code CMU1112 to receive the discount.

Sessions To Cover Responsible Conduct of Research

The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance is holding several sessions covering Responsible Conduct of Research. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 7
    Ethical Considerations in Research with Human Subjects, 12-1 p.m., UC, Connan Room
    Presenter: Professor Alex London, Philosophy
  • March 27
    International Research Issues & Considerations, 12-1 p.m., UC, Rangos 1
    Presenter: Sarah Belousov, Project Manager, Robotics Institute
  • April 4
    Who Owns Research Data? 12-1 p.m., UC, Connan Room
    Presenter: Faculty TBD
  • April 11
    Safeguarding Research Technology, 12-1 p.m., UC, Connan Room
    Presenter: FBI Special Agent TBD
  • May 1
    Conflict of Interest - New Rules, 12-1 p.m., UC, Connan Room
    Presenter: Ann Mathias, VP Research Integrity & Compliance

To register for any session go to

PSC To Host Hadoop Users March 21

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) is hosting The Hadoop Users Group meeting from 6 – 8 p.m., March 21 in the Stiles Lecture Hall, Room 103 of the PSC, 300 S. Craig St. Rob Peglar from EMC Isilon will talk about their Hadoop offering. The Hadoop Users Group Pittsburgh consists of members from local universities and companies. RSVP and meeting information can be found at