Jared L. Cohon will receive the Green Building Alliance’s 2016 Legacy Award at its annual Emerald Evening tonight (Sept. 15) at the Carnegie Music Hall for his devotion to Carnegie Mellon’s energy efficiency and sustainability policies, practices and successes. A national authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis, Cohon is director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, president emeritus and University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy. View a timeline of the university’s energy innovation and sustainability milestones since 1996.
Robert Kass will receive the Maurice Falk Professorship in Statistics and Computational Neuroscience in recognition of his outstanding contributions to statistical theory and applying statistics in neuroscience. Kass joined the faculty in CMU’s Department of Statistics in 1981 and served as department head from 1995-2004. As head of the department, he worked to sustain and expand top-rated undergraduate and graduate programs as well as move them into the data-driven 21st century. “Rob has had a lasting and significant influence on the field of statistics, across an amazingly wide range of specialties,” said Christopher Genovese, head of the Statistics Department. Read the announcement.
Baruch Fischhoff, the renowned CMU expert in decision science, has joined the Dietrich College’s Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS). An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Fischhoff joined CMU in 1987 as a faculty member in the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy. He is currently the Howard Heinz University Professor. IPS, the Dietrich College’s newest academic unit, serves as a center for research, undergraduate and graduate education and university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy. Adding Fischhoff to IPS’s faculty will make it the first international relations program at a top research university with decision science as a core part of the discipline. Read more.
Alumnus Will Gossett, who graduated from the School of Drama with an emphasis in lighting design in 2015, earned his first Creative Arts Emmy Award last weekend. Gossett received a 2016 Emmy for Best Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special for his work on “Grease: Live.” Gossett was one of six alumni nominated for Creative Arts Emmys this year and is the lighting director for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The show will air live on ABC-TV at 8 p.m. ET, this Sunday, Sept. 18 from Los Angeles. Find out more about CMU's connection to this year's Emmy Awards.