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February 12, 2015

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Gelfand Center Offers Outreach Classes for Students in Grades K-9

The Gelfand Center is presenting a new series of STEM-focused workshops that are designed by Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. The next workshops will be held on Saturday, April 25.  

Class titles are "Science of Everyday Things," "Building Up," "It's a Material World," "Additive Manufacturing," "Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science & Public Opinion," and "Puzzles, Games and Problem Solving."

Advance registration for families affiliated with Carnegie Mellon can be found online

CAS Selects Edda Fields-Black's "Requiem for Rice" for Performance Initiative

Edda Fields BlackEdda Fields-Black's "The Requiem for Rice," a modern take on "Verdi's Requiem," has been selected as the third and final project in the Center for the Arts in Society's (CAS) Performance Initiative.

Throughout the initiative, CAS is approaching the concept of performance as an expansive form, from the traditional relationship between an audience and an actor to the constructions of political protest, or how we frame our lives through social rituals, athletics, digital devices and everyday acts.

Fields-Black (right), associate professor of history, will use the project to bring the records, stories and lives of Africans enslaved on low country rice plantations to life.

"The Requiem for Rice project stood out for the innovative way an historian was examining her research and its potential for vibrant activities on campus and in Pittsburgh, as the three-year project develops. Edda's project takes calculated risks by merging the fields of drama, music and visual art with the humanities. It also explores the impact and workings of social power and the processes of social change, which is a stated aim of the Center for the Arts in Society," said James Duesing, CAS director.

Learn more.

PSO Offers CMU Discounts for "Casablanca" 

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is offering discounts to CMU students, faculty and staff for its upcoming shows at Heinz Hall. Students can purchase tickets for $15, and faculty and staff tickets are available at a 35 percent discount.

At 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, the PSO presents the classic film “Casablanca” with live orchestral accompaniment. The dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue features iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid.

Shown in high definition, this full-feature evening features Max Steiner's Oscar-nominated score played live by the PSO.

To purchase tickets, go to

Work To Begin on Forbes for New Utility Lines

PennDOT has announced that crews from Test Boring Services Inc. will be drilling test holes in the roadway and along the sidewalks along Forbes Avenue., between S. Neville Street and Morewood Avenue, for new utility lines.

Single-lane and sidewalk closures will occur as needed on Forbes Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Work will continue through Friday, Feb. 27.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution and allow extra time when traveling through the area. 

2014-15 CMU Factbook Now Online

The 2014-2015 Carnegie Mellon University Factbook is now online at

Each section is provided in a separate PDF, which is led by a linked Table of Contents and an introduction.
The introductions to each section include definitions necessary for accurate interpretation of the information.

Questions? Contact Laura Velasco at

Innovative Health Care Proposals Requested

The Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) will kick off its third request for proposals on Feb. 16.

DHTI is seeking proposals from CMU faculty directed at addressing pressing issues in health care and improving community health and wellness. Grants are intended to support research that identifies disruptive health care innovations that can be clinically tested and rapidly delivered to a clinical setting or practice in the field.

DHTI seeks proposals in several technical focus areas in which innovation is likely to lead to rapid gains in health care quality and affordability: Medical Diagnostics, Transforming Care Delivery, Chronic Disease Management, Computational Health Care, and Wearable Devices. DHTI specifically seeks proposals in the above focus areas but is open to any proposals that faculty deem relevant, provided they meet the criteria for leading to measurable, short-term impact on health care quality and affordability.

The deadline for proposals is March 9. Please visit for information and submission instructions on or after Feb. 16. You may also contact Charlotte Emig at with questions.

Orientation Counselor Applications Now Online

Students interested in becoming 2015 orientation counselors can now apply online. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 20.

General Roles and Expectations:

  • Be available for training in April and August and throughout Orientation Week;
  • Serve as a mentor and academic and social role model for first-year students;
  • Have the ability to see things from the perspective of our new students, their family and guests;
  • Exhibit the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members;
  • Value differences in others and promote an understanding of respect for various opinions, values and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communicate accurate information to new students about resources, policies & regulations;
  • Work collaboratively with Residence Life staff, Housefellow staff and other members of the Division of Student Affairs;  
  • Facilitate and lead small group discussions;
  • Promote the cultural, academic, social, recreational & spiritual opportunities available in Pittsburgh;
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative QPA and be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student for fall 2015.

For more information and to apply, go to

Tartans To Offer Swimming Lessons

Carnegie Mellon's swimming team is offering one-on-one swimming and diving lessons for children ages 3 and up. Lessons in the Cohon University Center pool are designed to benefit all skill levels, from beginners to advanced.

Lesson dates are: Feb. 23, 24 and 25, and March 2, 3 and 4.

Lesson times are: 4:30 - 5 p.m., 5 - 5:30 p.m., 5:30 - 6 p.m. and 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Costs are: One lesson is $20, three are $50, four are $75 and six are $100. Please make checks payable to CMU Swim & Dive.

For more information and to register, contact Kellie Ayres at 412-268-6082 or

Student Employee of the Year Award Nominations Now Open

Student Employee of the Year Award nominations are due on Friday, Feb. 20. This award program, sponsored by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA), recognizes the outstanding contributions of students who work while attending college. All undergraduate student employees are eligible for nomination.

Nominated students will be recognized and honored at the Student Employee Appreciation Lunch on April 8, which is part of Student Employee Appreciation Week.
The nomination process and forms are available at

Questions? Contact Pati Kravetz at

Conduct of Research Seminar Series Begins Feb. 24

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is sponsoring the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series during the spring 2015 semester 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:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24: Using the IRB and Ethical Issues with Research Involving Human Subjects;
  • Wednesday, March 4: Overview of Research Compliance;
  • Wednesday, March 18: Data Management;
  • Wednesday, March 25: Data Security;
  • Wednesday, April 1: Safeguarding Your Writing: Fair Use and Proper Attribution;
  • Wednesday, April 8: Intellectual Property at CMU, (time is 1 – 3 p.m.); and
  • Wednesday, April 22: Human Subject Research Best Practices.

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