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March 03, 2016

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Join the Celebration: #CMUwomen

CMU WomenWhat do Marlene Behrmann, Mary Shaw, Lorrie Cranor, Dawn Waleski and Gina Grosso have in common? They're among 31 Carnegie Mellon women and programs being celebrated during Women's History Month in March.

Each day on social media, CMU will honor and recognize its history-making women and programs on Twitter and Facebook.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #CMUwomen.

MAM Program Partners With Sedona Arts Center

In partnership with the Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School, the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program is offering its alumni and faculty an exclusive opportunity to participate in a free summer cultural manager residency program in the stunning red rocks and high desert of Northern Arizona.

“We want to build a haven for cultural managers — a place to get away from the normal world, develop their professional strategic vision, connect with other creative people from around the country, and utilize their managerial expertise to contribute something to our small community,” said Eric Holowacz, executive director of the Sedona Arts Center. “Recognizing that Carnegie Mellon produces some of the top arts administrators and thinkers in the world, we wanted to create something special for graduates and faculty in a truly beautiful setting in the American West."

Sedona Arts Center

MAM Cultural Manager Residencies will include a free room and free meals on the beautiful, 300-acre campus of Verde Valley School. Surrounded by Sedona’s iconic red rock landscape, participants will have access to a unique riparian ecosystem and high-desert landscapes within the Coconino National Forest, and established cultural institutions such as Northern Arizona museums, film festivals, presenters and theatre companies. The Sedona program will begin this summer, between June 19 and Aug. 10, and residencies can range from one to eight weeks.

 “I had the privilege of completing a very rare opportunity as a cultural manager in residence at The Studios of Key West back in 2009,” said Kathryn Heidemann, assistant dean of Arts and Entertainment Mangement programs at the Heinz College and College of Fine Arts. “And this transformative experience propelled me to make some significant changes in my own career path. It allowed me to get away, reflect, and revisit my core personal and professional values — and find clarity on who I wanted to be as an arts manager.” 

Find out more.

NREC To Host Industry Day

ProfilerCarnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center is inviting industry engineering, operations and research leaders to tour its Lawrenceville facility and learn more about how its cutting-edge technology can address their companies’ needs.

NREC Industry Day will be from 1 to 5 p.m., April 9. One-hour tours will include demonstrations of the latest robotics technology and systems and opportunities to interact with NREC technical staff members.

NREC is part of CMU’s famed Robotics Institute. It performs advanced research and prototype development for a variety of government and industrial clients.

The event is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Find out more and register

Pictured above is Profiler, a robot for mapping low-ceilinged mines that was developed at NREC for Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies.

Student Employee Appreciation Lunch is April 6

Registration is now open for the Student Employee Appreciation Lunch from noon - 1 p.m., April 6, in the Cohon Center's Rangos Hall. Campus supervisors can host their student employees, and join them for lunch to celebrate the great work they do while attending college. Entertainment will be provided by The Originals, one of Carnegie Mellon’s all-male a cappella groups. Register by March 31.

Forbes Avenue/Sidewalk Restrictions To Begin Monday

Forbes AveModifications to the sidewalk in front of the Cohon University Center Addition, originally scheduled to begin Feb. 29 and continue through April 1, will get underway Monday, March 7. The work was delayed due to the water main break on Forbes Avenue last week.

The project work will include a new sidewalk, planting beds and a vehicle pull off in front of the Cohon Center.

Once work begins, the sidewalk along the Cohon Center construction site, between the bus stop and the East Campus Garage, will be closed 24/7 throughout this period. Pedestrian traffic along Forbes will be directed to the crosswalks at the Morewood Avenue and Beeler Street intersections and to the northern sidewalk along Forbes. Pedestrians also can follow the detour through campus.

In addition, work activities will cause eastbound traffic on Forbes in front of the construction site to be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The restriction will be in effect from Morewood to just past the access drive to the Cohon Center loading dock. Westbound traffic on Forbes will not be affected.

Access to Loading Dock and East Campus Garage

Access to the Cohon Center loading dock will be restricted to a single lane through the end of March to allow for construction of a new concrete apron and lane divider. Due to this restriction, the access drive will be limited to delivery vehicles only.

Access to and from the East Campus Garage will be from the Beeler Street Entrance/Exit during this time.

Find out more about the Cohon Center addition.

ProSEED/Crosswalk Grant Proposals Due March 31

Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for the next round of ProSEED/Crosswalk seed funds; proposals are due March 31. This program aims to foster and promote new ideas that cross boundaries within and outside of CMU. Funds ranging from $500 - $2,500 may be requested to support the development of new initiatives in areas such as quality of campus life, service learning, student competitions, new course development, entrepreneurial activities and pilot projects.

Learn more about ProSEED. Email questions to

Get Food Fast with GET

GET Food LogoGET Food is a new dining online and mobile application that allows students and the entire CMU community to pre-order food for pick-up at participating dining locations. With GET, customers can view menus of participating locations, place customized food orders, schedule food pick-up times, and pay with DineXtra, Flex or a credit card. When you pick up your order, you can bypass any lines or waits!

At this time, The Underground in Morewood Gardens and Tartans Pizza in the Tartans Pavilion in Resnik are accepting GET orders. (Rothberg’s Roaster II, the new café that will open this spring as part of the Scott Hall building project, will be the third dining location to accept pre-orders through GET.)

Click here for more info about GET Food.

Swimming Lessons Offered

Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving team is offering private swimming lessons for children (ages 3 and up) and adults. Each one-on-one, 30-minute lesson is designed to benefit swimmers of all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Lesson dates are March 28, 29, 30 and 31, and April 4, 5, 6 and 7. Lesson times are 4:30 – 5 p.m., 5 – 5:30 p.m., 5:30 – 6 p.m. and 6 – 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $25 for one lesson, $80 for four, and $150 for eight lessons.

For more information and to register, contact James Sica at 412-268-6082 or

Responsible Research Conduct Sessions Offered

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is once again sponsoring Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Brown Bag Sessions during the spring 2016 semester for faculty, students and staff. All sessions are from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Cohon Center’s Connan room, as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 23: Human Behavior Monitoring;
  • Wednesday, March 30: Export Control Update: Changes to OFAC Regulations and Sanctions;
  • Wednesday, April 20: Intellectual Property at CMU; and
  • Wednesday, April 27: Data Management Planning.

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

SURG and SURF Application Deadline is March 21

The application deadline for 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) is 5 p.m., Monday, March 21.

SURFs are open to all undergraduates interested in any form of research. Awards of $3,500 are available for eight to 10 weeks of full-time summer research on campus in any field of study. Students may work alone or in a group, but must apply for the fellowship as an individual — no group awards are available. There are two types of proposals: Type I for students in the creative arts and humanities who will submit a research-based “making” project; and Type II for all other students submitting proposals.

SURGs are open to all undergraduates in any discipline. Grants of up to $500 are available for single entries and grants up to $1,000 are available for group entries to cover costs such as supplies and materials, time on laboratory equipment, or travel to another city for data.

To assist students with their applications, a workshop is being held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 in the Gates Center 4102.

Whether or not students attend the workshop, it is recommended that they submit a draft proposal for review at least one week before the deadline. Proposals can be reviewed by Undergraduate Research Office Director Stephanie Wallach ( or Assistant Director Joanna Dickert ( Please send them email for an appointment.

Find out more and apply online.