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January 17, 2013

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Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute and director of education, training and outreach for CyLab, presented an invited talk at a Jan. 9 NSF workshop hosted by George Washington University on the NSF-funded CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Tsamitis, who is the principal investigator of the SFS at Carnegie Mellon, spoke about best practices for implementing cybersecurity education programs to an audience of university faculty and federal agency employees. During the past 12 years, the SFS program at Carnegie Mellon has offered 136 full scholarships for graduates who are routed into full-time government positions dedicated to securing and advancing the nation's information infrastructure.

Art Professor Lowry Burgess is exhibiting his work in “Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration,” the first contemporary art exhibition in the United States to present an international array of artists and organizations who are exploring the implications of civilian space travel. The exhibition opens at UCR ARTSblock at the University of California, Riverside, on Jan. 19 and runs through May 18. Burgess, an internationally renowned artist and educator, is one of only 25 artists, collectives, organizations and initiatives to be invited to exhibit in “Free Enterprise.” Considered by many to be one of the few pioneers of the burgeoning Space Art movement, Burgess created the first official art payload taken into outer space on the Shuttle Discovery by NASA in 1989.  Five works in “Free Enterprise” are either by Burgess or documentation of his work by others, including two videos. Read the full story.

Shawn T. Brown has joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) as director of Public Health Applications. In this role, he will lead a new group at PSC whose research addresses the problems of predicting disease spread via large-scale agent-based modeling, vaccine supply chain logistics in developing countries, and public health decision-making support via high performance computational modeling. This position is a unique one for a high-performance computing facility such as the PSC, and is part of a general trend to use supercomputing to address "big data" problems in the life and public health sciences. Brown comes to the PSC from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where he was an assistant professor of biostatistics. During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, Brown provided decision support through modeling and advised a number of government offices on the response to the pandemic. He has led workshops with partners in Vietnam, Senegal, Thailand, and Benin on using computational modeling for strengthening vaccine supply chains and the introduction of new vaccines in developing countries.

George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Psychology and Economics, was profiled on the blog "InDecision" as part if its new series on research heroes. For the piece, Loewenstein answered questions about his career, and the Wall Street Journal's Gerald F. Seib and David Wessel recommended the Q&A in their daily roundup of what they were reading. To read the blog post, visit

Alex John London, professor of philosophy and director of CMU’s Center for Ethics and Policy, is a member of the Working Group on the Revision of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects. These guidelines are considered the most important international guidelines for the ethical conduct of research with human subjects, second only to the Declaration of Helsinki. For more information, visit

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) has announced that “Specification Matching of Software Components,” a 1995 paper by Jeannette Wing, former head of the Computer Science Department, and Amy M. Zaremski, who earned her Ph.D. in computer science in 1996 and is now with Xerox Corp., is a winner of the ACM SIGSOFT Retrospective Paper Awards for 2012.

Volker Hartkopf, professor of architecture and director of the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD), and his CBPD team have received the 2013 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation from the National Science Foundation “for its exemplary research contribution to technology innovation and its positive impact on technology, industry and the society as a whole.” Members of the CBPD team include David Archer, Azizan Aziz, Nina Baird, Erica Cochran, Khee Poh Lam, Bertrand Lasternas, Stephen Lee and Vivian Loftness.

School of Art Assistant Professor Ali Momeni and alumnae Shana Moulton (MFA'04, with Nick Hallett) and Elaine Tin Nyo (BFA’84) have been awarded Creative Capital Grants to support their pursuit of adventurous projects. Their projects are among 46 of those funded by 66 artists in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.  Momeni plans to establish the Center for Urban Intervention Research (CUIR), a transnational lending network and knowledge database of mobile, networked and interactive video projection instruments that enable theater, storytelling, telepresence, citizen journalism and political activism within the urban landscape. Moulton’s project, “Whispering Pines,” is an opera that incorporates performance, interactive video and music. Nyo’s project, “This Little Piggy,” will document the lives of five pigs in Italy, Spain, France, China and the U.S., following them from stable to table. The grantees were selected from a pool of more than 2,700 applicants. Read more about the grants.