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November 15, 2012

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Women’s Soccer Advances in NCAAs, Football Selected for ECAC Bowl

In its first NCAA post-season appearance, Carnegie Mellon’s women’s soccer team (13-1-4) has advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament’s Sweet 16 and will host sectional play this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18). The 17th-ranked Tartans will take on Wheaton College at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. At 11 a.m., Emory University will battle Loras College. The winners will play at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18.

Last weekend the Tartans defeated Cabrini College, 5-0, and Ohio Northern, 1-0, in first- and second-round play. The men’s team defeated Morrisville State College, 3-0, in the first round before falling to Ohio Northern, 3-1.

After ending its regular season with a 36-24 loss at Case Western Reserve University, the football Tartans (6-4) were invited to play in the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest Bowl, Saturday, Nov. 17, against Waynesburg College (9-1). Kickoff at Waynesburg is at 1 p.m. This is CMU’s third appearance in an ECAC Bowl Game.

Read more about the Tartans.

Bob's Diners To Host Dinners for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Local restaurateurs Bob and Dané Marshall, parents of CMU student JohnRobert Marshall, will be hosting dinners from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 to benefit several families affected by Hurricane Sandy. One of those families affected is the Esposito Family — Bobby Esposito is JohnRobert's roommate at CMU. Tickets are $10. The meals will take place at three Bob’s Diners in Carnegie, Imperial and Kennedy Township. Read a Tribune Review article about the effort.

"Hour of Power" Swim for Sarcoma Research Sunday

A team fundraiser for sarcoma research will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Nov. 18 in the University Center pool. To register your team of at least five people, send email with the names of your team members to The registration fee for each team is $80 and includes an "Hour of Power" T-shirt and snack for each team member.  

The "Hour of Power" is a national event with swimmers participating at the high school, college and club team levels. In 2011, 160 teams and nearly 8,000 swimmers combined to raise $65,000. Since 2006, the six "Hour of Power" relay events have raised more than $330,000 for sarcoma research. 

Memorial Service for William Cooper To Be Held Nov. 26

A memorial service for the late William Cooper, founding faculty member of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, now the Tepper School, and founding dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, now Heinz College, will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26 in the Singleton Room of Roberts Engineering Hall. Cooper died on June 20, 2012, at the age of 97.

A prolific researcher, Cooper’s career spanned nearly seven decades in academia, including 30 years at CMU (1945-75). In the 1950s, Cooper teamed with CMU Mathematics Professor Abe Charnes to develop new mathematical models for problem solving that became the foundation of a new field called Management Science. Read more about Cooper.

The memorial service will begin with a 4:30 p.m. reception. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. RSVP for the memorial service.

Graduate Student Service and Teaching Award Nominations Open

The Graduate Student Service and Teaching Award nominations are now open and will be due on Friday, Feb. 8. The committees greatly appreciate support in soliciting and submitting nominations of graduate students who have excelled in teaching or service so that their efforts can be recognized by the university community.  Nomination information can be found at Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 4, at the "Innovation with Impact: Graduate Student Celebration of Research, Teaching and Service" during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Recipients also will be recognized at the Celebration of Education on Tuesday, April 30.

CMU Hosts Siemens High School Math & Science Competition

Carnegie Mellon will host America’s next generation of innovators this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16-17), when a select group of high school students present their research in the regional finals of the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Up for grabs is a $3,000 individual prize, a $6,000 team prize and a chance to advance to the national finals Dec. 2-4 in Washington, D.C., where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. Judging the high school research projects will be a panel of judges, including CMU’s Bruce Armitage (lead judge), Marcel Bruchez, Phil Campbell, Markus Deserno, Steve Garoff, Judy Holdener, Javier Lopez, Brooke McCartney, Dana Mihai and John Woolford.

Computing Services To Have Limited Hours Nov. 22-23

Several departments within Computing Services will be closed or will provide limited services Nov. 22-23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Visit the website for a complete listing. For more information, contact Computing Services Help Center at 412-268-HELP or, or your departmental administrator or DSP consultant.

Current Enrollment Counts Added to Factbook

The Enrollment section of the 2012-2013 University Factbook is now online. This document includes enrollment counts within each college and department by gender, race, citizenship, class level, degree level, and enrollment status; tables and maps of students by state of residence and country of citizenship; and the Fall 2012 persistence rates by college. Questions? Contact Janel Sutkus at

Meditation Sessions Planned

There will be weekly guided meditation sessions from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Wean Hall 5302. Visit to reserve a space.

Friedman Summer Internships Available

Milton and Cynthia Friedman Summer Internships are available to all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate and graduate students from any course of study who would value first-hand policy experience in Washington, D.C. Placement assistance is available as are
 grants of up to $2,500. The application deadline is Feb. 22, 2013. 

Information Sessions will be held at 5 p.m., Nov. 29 in Porter Hall A18 and at 5 p.m., Jan. 17, 2013, in the Dowd Room, University Center.  For more information about the internships, see Questions? Contact Emily Half, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Institute for Politics and Strategy, at 412-268-7082 or

Pittsburgh Parking Authority Seeks Your Feedback

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is interested in your feedback on the new multi-space pay by license plate meters. Visit the Oakland Transportation Management Association website to take the survey. The new system has been installed in Oakland, the South Side and North Shore, with installation downtown slated in a few weeks. For more information, please contact Anthony Boule at 412-560-2514 or

Shop To Support CMU Children’s School

Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, 5824 Forbes Ave., in Squirrel Hill from 6 to 8 p.m., today (Thursday, Nov. 15) and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Carnegie Mellon Children’s School Scholarship Fund. The Children’s School is an early childhood laboratory school at the Pittsburgh campus that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The school offers morning or afternoon preschool and full-day kindergarten programs for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

Dowd-ICES Fellows To Present Research

On Monday, Nov. 19, the College of Engineering and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems will showcase the research of the 2011 and 2012 Dowd-ICES fellows, as well as the educational research conducted by B. Erik Ydstie, professor of chemical engineering, during his year as the 2011 Dowd Teaching Fellow. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Singleton Room, Roberts Hall, with a reception immediately following. The fellowships are supported by an endowment from Philip L. Dowd (E’63) and Marsha Dowd. Since the fellowship program was created in 2001, 37 graduate students and 15 faculty members from the College of Engineering have benefited as recipients. Graduate students presenting including 2011 fellows Katherine Hess (ME), Quentin Jallerat (BME), Prahlad Menon (BME), and Zonghui Su (ME) and 2012 fellows Amin Aghaei (CEE), Jennifer Hayden (BME), Gagan Srivastava (ME), and Dinghuan Zhu (ECE).

Alumni Association Seeks Service Award Nominations

The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations in the service categories for alumni and students through Dec. 1, to be awarded at the 2013 Alumni Awards. An online nomination form, list of current and previous award recipients, and descriptions of the award categories can be found at If you are unable to submit your packet before the deadline, it will be filed for the 2014 award selections. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-226-8258 or

Presenters Needed for Daughters and Sons To Work Day

Staff Council is looking for individuals and groups who would like to present or lead an activity at Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 25, 2013. This annual program gives staff and faculty children between the ages of 8 and 15 an opportunity to see the wide range of career and learning opportunities that Carnegie Mellon can offer them. Each activity or presentation will be visited by two groups of about 25-30 students for a repeating 20-minute presentation. The total time commitment is approximately 1 and ½ hours. If you would like more information or would like to be included as a possible presenter or volunteer in 2013, please contact Alicia Angemeer at

Planning on Quitting Smoking?

UPMC seeks healthy smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 who are planning to quit smoking for a four-week research study on the short term effects of a medication on smoking behavior, craving and mood. The medication, Fenofibrate, is FDA-approved for lipid-lowering and may reduce smoking. You will be asked to take the study medication, which may or may not contain the active component for nine days. Although this study is not a treatment trial, everyone who completes the study will be offered brief counseling and Zyban (bupropion) at no cost after the study is over to help them quit permanently. This is not a treatment study, but research study participants will be compensated. For more information, visit or call 412-246-5306.

EH&S Offers AED Training

Environmental Health & Safety has scheduled an additional Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training class for those who are interested in updating their certification, or for anyone who has never had the training. The class is:

  • 10 am – noon, Nov. 21, Connan Room, UC

The class will last about two hours and include training in CPR. To register, go to, click on the Training tab at the top of the page, then click on AED Training. At the end of the course description is a link to the registration page.

CMU has 65 AEDs at various locations on campus. These devices are to be used on anyone whose heart is in fibrillation, or who has gone into cardiac arrest. They have saved lives.

Alumni Association Board Seeks New Members

The Alumni Association Board (AAB) seeks nominations for their 2013 class. They will elect five new members to serve four-year terms beginning July 1, 2013, and strive to balance the board along a number of dimensions such as college affiliation, year of graduation, gender, ethnicity and geographic representation. In addition, the board gives particular weight to the depth and breadth of the nominee's current and previous volunteer experiences, in particular those with CMU. To view the AAB Frequently Asked Questions and access the AAB Nomination Form, visit Questions? Contact Lynn DeFabio at The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30.