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April 02, 2015

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Vote for Your Staff Council Reps

Staff Council logoStaff Council at-large elections for the 2015-2017 term are underway. You may view the candidates’ biographies and photos on the Nominations & Elections page.

You can vote for three candidates to serve on council. This link is uniquely tied to your email address, so please do not forward the link.

The voting period ends at noon, Friday, April 10. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Elections Committee at

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day Registration Opens

TODSTW LogoRegistration for Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work day is now open through April 17 at

Sponsored by Staff Council, this year’s Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 23. The national program theme is '#MPOWR.' Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their children between the ages of 8 and 15 to campus to give them a glimpse of the wide range of career and learning opportunities that exist at CMU. Following the lunch program, activity sessions will be held at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. Students will register for a track that includes two activities.

For more information or questions, please contact Pattye Stragar ( or Tom Wilk (

If you would like to be a general volunteer to help the day of the event, please contact Gloria Gruber (

Five Student Startups Earn Investment Capital

Innovation and entrepreneurship took center stage at CMU’s 2015 McGinnis Venture Competition, a cross-campus entrepreneurial challenge in which students competed for $60,000 in investments for their startup companies.

McGinnis Venture WinnersFive winners were announced March 26 at the conclusion of the multi-round competition, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Graduate Track Winners are:

  • First Place: Rorus, Inc. is developing a new class of water purifiers based on nanoparticle technology.
  • Second Place: DataSquid uses data visualization science to unlock the power of big data on mobile and desktop computers.
  • Third Place: Nebulus Audio is the only real-time project management and arrangement platform for making music.

Undergraduate Track Winners are:

  • First Place: Soterias Medical is developing a new electronic injection system for introducing stem cells into the skin of patients enrolled in therapeutic studies and clinical trials.
  • Second Place: VIT is a consumer electronics company focusing on bringing the medical and biotechnology advancements to the masses. The company’s first product is a smart knee brace.

Learn more.

CUC Construction Transitions to Steel Erection Phase

CUC ConstructionConstruction of the Cohon University Center addition is transitioning from the foundation and earth stage to steel erection.

In preparation for the transition, the construction site fence has expanded west toward the intersection of Forbes and Morewood avenues (see image). The expansion will allow for construction delivery vehicles to pull into the site for off –loading, and minimize the impact or disruption of vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Forbes Avenue.

Questions or concerns, should be directed to Adam Homer at or 412-268-3879.

Autodesk Exec To Kick Off Partnership, New Course

CMU’s Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) and Autodesk Inc., a world leader in 3-D design software, are launching a Reality Computing studio course in fall 2015 for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Brian Mathews, Autodesk’s vice president and Platform Group chief technology officer, will kick off the partnership with a talk titled “Capture, Compute, and Create: A CTO's View of Reality Computing” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 6 in Studio A on Hunt Library’s first floor.

In addition to the studio course, Autodesk is supporting the creation of a Reality Computing Teaching Fellow position, held by the Robotics Institute’s Pyry Matikainen. Faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science also will contribute to the course.

Learn more

Volunteers Needed for Health Study

The University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute is looking for healthy men and women between 18 and 65 years of age. Volunteers must be non-smokers or have less than five years of smoking. Participation includes: breathing tests, allergy tests, blood tests and a bronchoscopy.

Testing will be performed at UPMC’s Montefiore Hospital in Oakland. Research study visits will take place over a 4-6 week period. You will receive financial compensation up to $450. Parking is provided at no cost and bus fare is reimbursed. To learn more, email or call 1-866-804-5278.

Discount Tickets Offered to Hershey Park

Staff Council is pleased to offer discount tickets to Hershey Park this summer. Visit to purchase tickets via Hershey's website. CMU's participant code is 95336.

If you purchase tickets before July 5, you will receive extra savings and tickets can be used ALL summer long.

Purchases made before July 5
Regular 1-day pass (ages 9-54) - $40.95*
*Admission tickets purchased online before 7/5/15 are VALID for the entire 2015 summer season.

Regular 1-day pass (ages 9-54) - $47.95*
Jr/Sr 1-day pass (ages 3-8; 55-69) - $35.95
Senior+ 1 day pass (ages 70+) - $23.25
Regular 2 day (ages 9-54) - $80.20
Jr/Sr 2-day (ages 3-8; 55-69) - $58.70

*Rate for purchases beginning 7/6/15

The gate rate for regular passes is $62.80 and the Jr/Sr rate is $39.80. Each ticket is subject to a $.75 processing fee.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Cavlovich at or Nicole Stenger at

Golf Outing To Benefit Canine Angels Service Dogs

The Carnegie Mellon Student Veterans & Family Association, in coordination with the family of the late Lieutenant Colonel Christopher “Otis” Raible (E’95), who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, is hosting a golf event to benefit the Canine Angels Service Dogs. Canine Angels, headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., trains shelter animals as service and companion animals for individuals suffering from post-traumatic and/or post-combat stress. Canine Angels operates solely on donations.

The golf event is Monday, April 20 at South Hills Country Club. The registration deadline has been extended to April 16. The cost of full registration (now $200) includes a buffet luncheon, golf cart, greens fees, eligibility for all contests, and one ticket for the post-outing gift presentation event and dinner. Golf-only ($125), dinner-only ($75) and student rates ($40-115) also are available.

For more information and to register, go to

Field Day for Kids is April 12

The CMU Student Athlete Advisory Council is hosting the 6th annual Field Day from noon – 3 p.m., Sunday, April 12. The event provides children between the ages of 6 and 12 with the opportunity to play sports with CMU varsity athletes.

Field Day provides a unique chance for CMU student athletes to mentor young children through the sports in which they specialize and participate in during the school year. Student athletes from each varsity sport will be volunteering their time to show area youth how much fun sports can be.

Participants will have the opportunity to race on the track, go through soccer drills and play small-sided games, run training drills for football, play volleyball, and work on shooting, dribbling and passing for basketball, all in a fun and relaxed environment.

For more information and a registration form, visit

Conduct of Research Seminar Series Underway

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance's (ORIC) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series continues for faculty, students and staff. All sessions for the spring 2015 semester are from 12 – 1 p.m. in the CUC, except where noted**.  Upcoming session dates and topics are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 8: Intellectual Property at CMU, 1 – 3 p.m.; and
  • Wednesday, April 22: Human Subject Research Best Practices.
  • Friday, May 1: Export Control Topics and Fundamental Research, 1 – 3 p.m., presented by Kevin King of Cooley, LLP

More information is available on the RCR website. Space is limited, so please register early.