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February 23, 2012

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Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon will receive an honorary degree in science and technology from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) during the institute's commencement ceremony on Friday, Feb. 24 in Daejeon, Korea. Cohon, who will also deliver the commencement address, is receiving the degree in recognition of his professionalism and dedication to science, technology and higher education. CMU and KAIST have been operating joint research projects, student and faculty exchanges, and a dual-degree program since 2007.

Joe W. Trotter, the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice, has co-authored a new book chronicling the photography of Charles "Teenie" Harris, famous for capturing the essence of African-American life in Pittsburgh. "Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History" was published in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Carnegie Museum of Art. In addition to Trotter, the book's co-authors include Cheryl Finley, assistant professor of art history at Cornell University, and Laurence Glasco, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more about Trotter and the book.

Milton Cofield, executive  director for Undergraduate  Business Administration at the Tepper School of Business, was honored Feb. 18 in Albany, N.Y., by the New York Senate for 10 years of service, first as regent to the 7th Judicial District of the New York State Board of Education, and later as vice chancellor. He will be stepping down as vice chancellor after his current term expires. Read more at

"Prova d'orchestra" is the latest production by Conservatorio "F.A. Bomporti" of Trento, Italy, in partnership with BXA Intercollege Degree Programs and four other European institutions of higher learning. This project, conceived by BXA Director Franco Sciannameo, is based on Federico Fellini's famous film Prova d'orchestra (The Orchestra Rehearsal, 1979). It involves a full symphony orchestra, an actor/narrator, and the use of animated videos inspired by Fellini's (pre)text caricature drawings. BXA programs and the Trento Conservatory have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which promotes the exchange of students beginning in Spring 2013. Read more at

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art Susanne Slavick co-presents a workshop, "Illustrating the Costs of War: artists respond to global conflict," with 10YAC co-founder Camille Gage at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on March 3.  For 23 years, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has been the Norwegian Nobel Institute's only program or academic affiliation outside of Norway. Read more about the forum at

Jeannette Wing,  head of the Computer Science Department, and Bill Scherlis, director of the Institute for Software Research, spoke at a recent symposium in Washington, D.C., celebrating the accomplishments of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. Al Gore was the keynote speaker. Wing's talk was titled "A Day in the Life," and Scherlis spoke about "Software and Strategy." Read more about the sympoium.

The College of Engineering recently announced it's annual faculty awards. Recipients are:

  • Onur Mutlu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Shawn Litster, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the George Tallman Ladd Research Award;
  • Erik Ydstie, professor of chemical engineering, received the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award;
  • Larry Biegler, University Professor of Chemical Engineering, earned the Outstanding Research Award;
  • Jim Hoburg, professor of electrical and computer engineering, earned the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award; 
  • Nick Sahinidis, the Swearingen Professor of Chemical Engineering, received the Steven J. Fenves Award; and
  • Mark Kryder, the Steven Jatras University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Steven J. Fenves Award.

Two CMU Ph.D. students, Hyeontaek Lim of the Computer Science Department, and Michelle Mazurek of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, are among 12 students chosen as Facebook Fellows for 2012-13. Facebook launched the fellowship program in 2010 to foster ties with the academic community and support the research of promising Ph.D. students. Lim is focusing on developing techniques to improve the resource efficiency of distributed systems. Mazurek is researching ways to set comprehensive rules for controlling access to certain types of data. Read more about the fellows.

Kate Hamilton, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English’s Literal and Cultural Studies Program, won the best graduate student essay award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). Hamilton’s essay, “She ‘came up Stairs into the World’: Elizabeth Barry and Restoration Celebrity,” won the Macaulay Prize. She will be presented with her award at the ASECS annual conference.