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March 08, 2012

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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.

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., Friday, March 9. 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. CMU Campus Services and Parking & Transportation Services also ask that you forward a copy of your comments to Campus Services and Parking will will consolidate your comments and work with CMU's Office of Government Relations to ensure your voice is heard in Harrisburg.

WRCT Program Focuses on Public Transportation in Pittsburgh

WRCT 88.3 FM, CMU's student radio station, has completed the first part of a two-part series about public transit in Pittsburgh. Part I, titled "Public Transit: Past, present and future ...," focuses on answering three questions: What is wrong with public transit in Pittsburgh? How did public transit come to be? And what might it look like in the future? Listen to the program online. The show is produced by Ellis Robinson, Kevin Brown and Daniel Tkacik.

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

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.

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.

Spring Break Hours Set for Rec Facilities

University Center (UC) Equipment Desk
  • Thursday March 8, 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Friday March 9, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday March 10 – 11, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Monday March 12 through Friday March 16, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Saturday March 13, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Sunday March 14, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.

UC Pool/Open Rec Swim
  • Thursday March 8, 7 - 8 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday March 9, 7 -8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday March 10 – 11, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday March 12 through Friday March 16, 7 – 8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday March 17 & Sunday March 18, 1 – 3 p.m.

Skibo Gymnasium
  • Thursday – Friday, March 8 – 9, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday March 10 – 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday March 12 through Friday March 16, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday March 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday March 18, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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:

  • 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 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