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September 24, 2019

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CMU Announces Six Commitments To Advance Sustainability Goals

Provost Jim Garrett has announced six university commitments to advance the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals. Garrett made the announcement in a university-wide email on Monday following CMU's participation in “American Leadership in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals,” a conference organized by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Brookings Institution in New York City.

CMU’s commitments over the next 10 years are:

  • To educate CMU students around the world about the SDGs, recognizing that this framework applies to all of us and represents a special opportunity to create a more peaceful, prosperous, planet with just and inclusive societies.
  • To help solve pressing problems brought to light by the SDG framework, by acting boldly, taking risks, and applying creativity.
  • To do this work collaboratively, an approach deeply embedded in our university culture.
  • To demonstrate advancement of the SDGs at CMU through education, research, partnerships and operational activities.
  • To create a Voluntary University Review of work being done at CMU and to report these findings in New York as the UN General Assembly meets next year.
  • To do more to align CMU’s work with the SDGs and build on the good work already done by CMU faculty, students, staff and alumni – whether focused on mitigating climate change, eliminating food waste, reducing violence or ending human trafficking.

On Sept. 9, Garrett announced the creation of a new campus-wide Sustainability Initiative. The initiative will be led by a steering committee co-chaired by David Dzombak, Steven Guenther and Sarah Mendelson

MPM Program Hosts Information Session for CMU Employees

Heinz College's Master of Public Management (MPM) program will host an information session for CMU employees from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 3 in Hamburg Hall 1214. 

The MPM part-time program imparts management skills and policy understanding, forging leaders of the future with the same Heinz College formula used in its full-time programs: Technology + Analytics + Leadership Practice = Career Impact. The part-time curriculum is flexible and accessible to busy professionals, allowing you to earn your master’s degree in the evening in as little as two years. And because it’s an on-campus program, you enjoy the vibrancy of learning with seasoned professionals from CMU and Pittsburgh's major sectors, allowing you to build diverse networks.

Is MPM the right fit for you? Join this relaxed session to learn more about the program curriculum, admission process and hear from current CMU employees in the program. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

Center for Machine Learning and Health Seeks Proposals

The Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH) has announced an internal call for Carnegie Mellon faculty-led projects.

The CMLH is looking for compelling science that creates value for stakeholders including patients and caregivers, providers, payers and health care institutions. The CMLH is technology agnostic! Enabling technology from computer science, biology, engineering, policy, operations, design, behavioral/social sciences and the arts are all possible drivers or components of novel, interdisciplinary digital solutions that address unmet needs in health care. We are open to all ideas that faculty deem relevant from disciplines across the university.

CMLH funding provides for one-year applied research projects anticipated to have budgets in the low six figures (including university overhead). After one year, projects may attract more funding to refine the technology and/or its development for commercialization.

Full proposals are due on October 22. Complete details for the Call for Proposals, including templates and the Intent to Propose Tool can be found at under the “Fall 2019 Call for Proposals” section.

Contact the CMLH with any questions at

EH&S Offers CPR/AED Training Courses 

Environmental Health & Safety is offering several CPR/AED training courses for facullty, staff and students. All courses will be from 10 a.m. – noon in the EHS conference room.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will receive a CPR/AED certificate through the American Heart Association. Interested participants can register through BioRaft at

The training dates are:

  • Monday,  Sept. 30;
  • Wednesday,  Oct. 9;
  • Monday,  Oct. 28;
  • Wednesday,  Nov. 6; and
  • Monday, Nov. 18.

Tartan Community Day a Time to Connect, Reflect and Have Fun

Carnegie Mellon’s inaugural Tartan Community Day, designed to bring together students, faculty, staff and alumni to connect, reflect, restore and have fun, will be Friday, Oct. 25.

All classes will be canceled in Pittsburgh to allow the community to take part in a variety of activities, including a fireside chat with one of CMU’s famous alumni, a presentation about lessons learned from the Life@CMU Project and opportunities to join discussions about the CMU experience. There also will be a free community picnic lunch, a showcase of Tartan talent with performances throughout the day, and plenty of other fun events and activities.

Tartan Community Day was initiated by the Task Force on the CMU Experience, which was convened in 2016 to closely examine the Carnegie Mellon experience and take action to enhance a community in which all members can engage, build resilience and thrive. Celebratory days like Founders Day and the Presidential Inauguration galvanized the Task Force’s commitment to shape an annual tradition the entire campus community could adopt.