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March 07, 2013

Personal Mention

James Miller, an associate research professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in recognition of his professional achievements, significant accomplishment in the area of catalysis, and especially for his outstanding leadership and service in the Pittsburgh local section of AIChE. Miller earned his bachelor's (1977), master's (1983) and doctoral (1995) degrees from Carnegie Mellon.

Jack Mostow, a research professor in the School of Computer Science, plays Sir Joseph in the March 9, 15 and 17 Pittsburgh Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta, “HMS Pinafore,” at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, Pa. The show, which runs March 8-17, is directed by Benjamin Viertel, who will graduate from the School of Drama this spring, and conducted by Guy Russo, a 1980 graduate of CMU’s School of Music. Costumes were adapted by Mary Lepiane, who will earn her degree in Drama in 2014. For show times and ticket information, see

Marian Aguiar, associate professor of English, wrote an op-ed, “Stories from the train,” for Indian Express, one of India’s top read newspapers. Publication of the piece, which is based on Aguiar’s first book, “Tracking Modernity: India, Trains, and the Culture of Mobility,” coincided with India’s current railway budget proposal. Read the op-ed at

Dawn Winters
, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, has received a $5,000 award from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in recognition for her research on women’s local activism during the mid-19th century Temperance Movement. Read more at

Christopher Warren, Mike Finegold
and Cosma Shalizi have teamed up with Georgetown University’s Daniel Shore for the project “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.” In the project — which has been supported by a Google Faculty Research Award — Warren, Finegold, Shalizi and Shore will combine technology and text to digitally reconstruct the early modern social network so that scholars and students all over the world will be able to collaborate, revise, curate and critique. Warren is an assistant professor of English, Finegold is a visiting assistant professor of statistics and Shalizi is an associate professor of statistics. Read more at

Obituary: George A. Roberts

George A. Roberts (E '39, '41, '42) died on Feb. 15 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 93. Roberts first worked as a metallurgist for Vanadium Alloys Steel Corporation in Latrobe, Pa., eventually becoming its president. In 1966, it merged with Teledyne, Inc., where he became president and chief executive until his retirement. He was a former trustee of CMU and provided initial funding for the construction of the George A. Roberts Engineering Hall. Roberts Hall was opened in 1997 and, at that time, it was the first new CMU engineering building in 35 years. Roberts is survived by his wife Ellen Seay Roberts; children George Thomas Roberts, William John Roberts, Mary Ellen Elphick and Margaret Lorenz Griffes; son-in-law Robert Fleming See, Jr.; and their children and grandchildren. Read the obituary in the Los Angeles Times.