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March 01, 2012

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Public Comments Regarding Port Authority Cuts Close March 9

The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) will continue to accept public comments regarding proposed service cuts until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 4. PAT has communicated that the proposed elimination of 46 weekday routes along with additional cuts to weekend routes starting Sept. 2 are due to a forecasted $64 million financial deficit for the coming year relating to a shortfall in state transportation funding. Comments on the proposals will be accepted online through a public comment form or by mail at: Port Authority Fare & Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh PA, 15222-2527.

CMWA To Host March Madness Lunch

Join the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association for a March Madness lunch at noon on Tuesday, March 13, in the Peter/Wright Rooms in the University Center. Cost to attend the party, which will feature a tailgate menu, is $10. A 50/50 Raffle also will take place. Non-members and new members are welcome. All funds go to the CMWA Scholarship Fund. RSVP to Krista Campbell at by March 8.

Advancement Groups on the Move

Several groups within the University Advancement Division — Communications Design, Media Relations and Internal Communications — are moving tomorrow (March 2) from Alumni House to the fourth floor of the GATF Building on Forbes Avenue across the street from PNC Bank. They’ll join the Individual Giving group, which moved from 6 PPG Place downtown to the GATF Building yesterday (Feb. 29). Alumni Relations and Annual Giving will be moving from 6 PPG Place to Alumni House. Phone numbers and email addresses for staff within these groups will remain the same.

Last Call To Visit "Intimate Science" Exhibition at Miller Gallery

Today through Sunday, March 4, is your last chance to catch "Intimate Science," an exhibition about international artists conducting projects in scientific or technological domains, at the Miller Gallery. The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. The exhibition will be leaving the Miller Gallery to begin a national tour including stops in San Francisco (Southern Exposure, opening April 20) and Hartford (Real Art Ways, opening Nov. 3). Details on the exhibition and free, downloadable publication "New Art/Science Affinities" are available at:

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.

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: 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