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April 27, 2017

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Reminder To Submit UpLift Suggestions: Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit ideas to the CMU UPLift Challenge has been extended to midnight on May 1. Share your cool, creative and community-focused ideas for enhancing the Pittsburgh campus environment. A dozen fantastic proposals have already been received, but the university wants to hear from more of you!

The UPLift Challenge is open to all students, faculty and staff interested in submitting proposals for projects, installations or renovations that are modest in scope, but ambitious in imagination.

A faculty-staff-student committee will select the best ideas, which the university will fund at up to $20,000 per project, and execute. Learn more about the UPLift Challenge and submit your idea.

CMU Recognized as a Top Tech Transfer University

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Carnegie Mellon was recognized as one of the best universities for technology transfer, ranking 10th out of more than 200 universities, according to a new report from the Milken Institute.

The report, “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer,” cited CMU’s world-class computer science and robotics research and several of its technology transfer and commercialization programs, including the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC).

“This recognition from the Milken Institute is another sign of the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that permeates this university,” said Vijayakumar (Kumar) Bhagavatula, CMU’s interim vice provost for research. “With CMU’s talented faculty, students and staff, we look forward to continued growth in the number and quality of companies that are created at CMU."

Although it does not have a medical school, Carnegie Mellon attracted $244 million in research expenditures in 2015. Overall, 312 licenses were issued between 2012 and 2015, and $38 million in licensing income was generated over the same period. Read more.

Fun Summer Workshop for Kids: Learn Engineering Through Minecraft

CMU Mechanical Engineering Professor Reeja Jayan is introducing a fun workshop this summer for students between the ages of 9 and 14 to learn engineering through Minecraft. Minecraft is a video game in which players mine and build various types of 3-D blocks in a virtual world of different terrains and habitats. As a preview, you can attend the project presentations created by CMU mechanical engineering students on May 5.

Learn how real engineers build and launch rockets in Minecraft. What about building a Robot in Minecraft? Imagine the strongest material in the universe. Can Minecraft teach you how to build it? Interested in video games? Do you play Monopoly? Learn how to make your own fun and educational game in Minecraft. Do you collects stones? Did you know Minecraft can build and help you learn about precious stones like diamond? Do you want to become an Engineer @ CMU. Come learn how to do this while playing Minecraft! Register now.

Dining Services To Open Allergen-Friendly Kitchen

In fall 2017, Carnegie Mellon Dining Services will open Nourish, an allergen-friendly kitchen, featuring a menu prepared without gluten and the eight major allergen-containing ingredients (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish). Meals and grab-and-go items will be available at select locations across campus and may be pre-ordered for pick-up at Nourish using GET food. Nourish will be located on the second floor of the Cohon Center, near Rangos Ballroom.  Visit to learn more.

“What Do We Know?” Opens Today

Miller Gallery and the School of Architecture will jointly present “What Do We Know?” in the Miller Gallery today (April 27) through Saturday, April 29. The exhibition includes final thesis works and independent projects from 11 seniors in the School of Architecture.

The students describe their work as “reach[ing] far past the safe confines of conventional architecture.” The projects expand the scope of the profession to address the “how and why” of design, “investigate the physicality of architecture,” and to “question the goals of the design process itself, railing against latent hierarchies and demanding a more mindful process.”

The exhibition features a reception from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, and two full days of project reviews from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., April 28–29. The exhibit, reception and reviews are free and open to the public.

“Roll Call” Opens May 5

The School of Art will feature the work of 34 graduating students in “Roll Call,” the senior art exhibition in CMU’s Miller Gallery. The exhibition, which opens with a reception 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, presents the work of students majoring in art and in the BXA Intercollege Degree programs.

Charlie White, head of the School of Art, said the exhibition “is a testament — a ‘Roll Call’ — to the vision and voices of those who bear witness to the present and offer us a brief glimpse of tomorrow.”

Nominations Being Accepted for University Libraries Excellence Awards

The University Libraries Excellence Awards Committee is accepting nominations for awards from the CMU community through May 26. The annual Excellence Awards recognize library employees for exceptional performance in any of five categories: citizenship, customer satisfaction, innovation, outreach and productivity. Taking the time to nominate a person or team is one of the best ways to recognize superior performance and to thank the individuals or teams whose work you value most. Nominations for Excellence Awards may be submitted by any member of the Carnegie Mellon community, helping to ensure that all who most deserve special recognition are publicly acknowledged. Nominate a University Libraries employee or team.