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March 15, 2012

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for MCS Staff Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Mellon College of Science Staff Recognition Awards. Individuals and teams can be nominated for the Merit Award, Rookie Award, Special Award and Outstanding Achievement Award. For more information and to submit a nomination, go to The nomination deadline is Friday, March 30. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 27 in the Mellon Institute Conference Room.

Emergency Response Video Training Available From EH&S

Last week’s shootings at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic emphasize the need for all of us to be prepared should there be an active gunman on campus. Environmental Health & Safety has placed a video on its website at that provides potentially life-saving information on how to respond should a similar situation arise at CMU. All members of the university community are strongly encouraged to view this video.
EH&S also will come to your department to provide additional training if you’d like. Training drills also can be arranged. To schedule such a drill or training session, contact Jim Gindlesperger at 412-268-3760.

Register for CMU's Student Employee Appreciation Lunch

Get to know your student employees and say “thank you” for the work they do at this year’s Student Employee Appreciation Lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 in Rangos Hall, University Center. The buffet lunch will include entertainment from CMU’s world-renowned School of Drama. Register by April 2 at

Staff Must Complete "Preventing Workplace Harassment" Training Online by March 15

All Carnegie Mellon staff members are required to participate in training on how to prevent, identify, and react to workplace harassment. Anyone who has not participated in sexual harassment training is required to complete the United Educators Online Training, titled "Preventing Workplace Harassment," no later than March 15. (Please note that Blackboard will be unavailable on Thursday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon (EDT) for necessary system maintenance.) The program should take no longer than 45 minutes. Access the "Preventing Workplace Harassment" training by following the instructions at: For technical assistance or to confirm attendance at a prior training session, contact the Learning & Development Help Desk.

Fall Semester Cluster Reservations Due March 16

Cluster reservations for all dates in the fall 2012 semester are due Friday, March 16. To make your reservation requests and for information, visit Please include all your software needs. Reservations cannot be confirmed without software requirements. For information on software requests and deadlines, visit Questions or concerns should be sent to Cluster Reservations at

Project Olympus Hosts Alumni Event March 19

Project Olympus is hosting a CMU San Francisco Bay Area Alumni event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., (Bldg. 43) beginning with a networking reception at 6 p.m., Monday, March 19.  A panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. featuring three “founder couples,” Susan and Eric Koger of Modcloth, Angela Conley and Chaz Giles of MomTrusted, and Emily Olson and Rob LaFave of Foodzie. The moderator will be Adjunct Professor Babs Carryer, an embedded entrepreneur at Project Olympus. In addition to the panel, Computer Science Professor Lenore Blum, Project Olympus founding director, will give an overview of Project Olympus and CMU’s Greenlighting Startups initiative. The event is free for CMU students and alumni, $10 for others. Contact Max Hwang (MS ’05), president of CMU’s San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter, at 408-859-9268 or Register at

EH&S Offers Additional AED/CPR Training Classes

Due to the high level of response, Environmental Health & Safety has added two more AED/CPR training classes. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. April 5 and May 3 in Rangos 2, University Center. To register, go to, click on the Training tab, go to AED Training, then click on the link to the registration page at the end of the course description. As noted previously, the Good Samaritan Act prevents anyone from being held liable should they attempt to save someone by using an AED.
Please note that EH&S will no longer be able to absorb the cost for individuals who have registered for classes but failed to attend. In the future, individuals who must cancel their registration must do so 72 hours before the class begins. If they fail to do so, their department will be charged $20. EH&S will continue to pay for those who attend.

CMU To Host Ultimate Frisbee Camp

This summer, CMU will again play host to Camp Spirit of the Game, Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Frisbee camp for kids.  Professionally run by Andy Norman of CMU’s Philosophy Department, Camp Spirit features an introduction to this exciting sport, a fun assortment of swimming, games and lessons in constructive conflict resolution. For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14, Camp Spirit has sessions that run from June 18 to July 27. To sign up or learn more click or call 412-242-7117.

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:

  • La Cage Aux Folles (Through March 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 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