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August 16, 2017

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Student looking through telescopeView the Solar Eclipse

Join the Carnegie Mellon Astronomy Club to view the solar eclipse from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, by the Fence on the Cut. The club will have three telescopes with solar filters and eclipse glasses that visitors can use. Glasses also will be available in the Mellon Institute lobby on Aug. 21. Eclipse viewing is weather dependent.

Bike Lane Installation in Oakland Underway

The installation of bike lanes in both directions on Forbes Avenue between Bigelow Boulevard and Craig Street began earlier this week and should be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.

Streets will remain open to traffic but road users should expect changing traffic patterns. Port Authority bus stops will remain active through the work area.

This work precedes the Forbes Avenue Corridor Improvements Project, which will benefit pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transit riders traveling through the CMU campus by transforming Forbes Avenue into a calmer, more efficient and aesthetically appealing roadway.

The project, which is scheduled to begin early next year, will rebuild the intersections between S. Craig Street and Margaret Morrison Street with new technology-enhanced, adaptive traffic signals and dedicated turning lanes to help regulate traffic flow. The project also calls for new bicycle lanes in each direction on Forbes between S. Craig and Beeler Street, “pull offs” or curb “bump outs” to give buses room to pull over to pick up and drop off passengers enabling better traffic flow, and planting strips between the curb and roadway for pedestrian safety.

Parking Permit Distribution Begins Aug. 21

This year’s parking permit distribution begins Monday.

Monday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Dithridge Street Parking Garage Lobby
For the following parking areas only: 300 S. Craig, Clyde, Dithridge, Fifth & Craig (RAND Bldg.), 4700 Fifth Avenue, GATF (Filmore), Henry Street, Whitfield and Zebina Way.

Tuesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: East Campus Parking Garage, 1st Floor – 30 minute parking area
For ALL permit areas.


  • Your Carnegie Mellon ID is required to pick up your parking permit.
  • Any outstanding citations must paid in full prior to permit pick up.
  • If you are unable to pick up your permit or wish to have someone else pick up your permit, please send email to
  • Your parking permit can be picked up after Friday, Aug. 25 during Parking & Transportation Services regular office hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits must be claimed by Aug. 31 or your permit will be cancelled.

Send email to or call 412-268-2052 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Vote Up! To See #CMUatSXSW

Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff could have a strong showing at 2018’s SXSW, but they need your help! After creating a one-time login, “Vote Up” the following panel proposals to see #CMUatSXSW.

John Balash, education network coordiator, ETC, How K-12 is Shaping the Development of VR Ed-Tech

John Balash, education network coordinatior, ETC, 20/20: 20 years of VR hardware in 20 minutes

Michael Brett, managing director HCII, Are Your Students Learning? Prove It!

George Kantor, senior systems scientist, A.I. Will Help Feed a Growing Planet with FarmView

Laura Kelly, social media manager, LIVE FROM THE QUAD: Higher Ed & Live-Streaming

Ari Lightman, professor, Experience & next generation of social analysts

Ari Lightman, professor, Welcome to the “Internet of Threats”

Jordan Mroziak, community outreach coordinator, CREATE Lab, Disrupting Classical Music: Audience of the Future

Illah Nourbakhsh, director, CREATE lab, Message from Me: Enhancing Adult-Child Interaction

Molly Steenson, associate professor, Architectural Intelligence: AI & Design

Mark Stehlik, assistant dean for outreach and teaching professor, Re-envisioning the K-12 Computer Science Pipeline

Manuela Veloso, head, Machine Learning Department, How Can Robots Gain Our Trust?

Simon Institute Helps Professors Build Ed Tech Tools

For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) teamed up with Carnegie Mellon’s Simon Initiative to host the PCHE Simon Summer Institute. The voluntary weeklong session was designed to help faculty members from eight colleges and universities understand and incorporate Simon Initiative technologies and methods.

Like last year, the “homework” for these educators involved creating learning modules using CMU’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI platform), an online tool designed to enhance learning outcomes through the application of learning science principles and tools, all while gathering data that can inform future efforts at improving learning outcomes. It is this focus on continuous data-driven educational reform that sets the Simon Initiative approach apart, as was demonstrated by the improvements made to the OLI platform from last summer.

Find out more.

Athletics Department Offers Golf Lessons

Golf SimulatorCMU Head Golf Coach and PGA professional Dan Rodgers is offering personalized golf lessons for students, faculty and staff. All lessons will be conducted in Skibo Gymnasium using the golf program’s state-of-the-art golf simulator.

Lessons are by appointment only and can be made by contacting Rodgers at The cost is 40 FitBucks per half hour. For more information on FitBucks, visit the FitBucks website.

2017-2018 Academic Calendars Now Available

The 2017-2018 academic calendars are now available at the University Store. Academic Calendars can be purchased on the lower level of the University Store at $2.09 each. For bulk orders (over 50) or orders for off-campus locations, details can be sent to

More information about calendar orders is available online.