December 15, 2011 Vol. 22, No. 23


Magazine Names CMU #9 Most Hipster Campus     

College Magazine researched dozens of schools looking for effortlessly cool and edgy students who value independent thinking, counter-culture, creativity and witty banter to compile a list of the top 10 hipster campuses. 


Coming in at number nine, Carnegie Mellon was noted for making artsy hipsters feel comfortable with one of the best fine arts schools in the country. The Dietrich College also received a special shout-out.


CMU Joins Presidents' Conference in Football      

Carnegie Mellon's football program will re-join the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) as an affiliate member beginning with the 2014 season.

The Tartans will maintain their three-game University Athletic Association (UAA) schedule and also will compete in the 11-team PAC. Prior to joining the UAA, the Tartans won seven PAC football championships.



Startup Tackles Shale Gas, Watershed Issues       

Dan Hussain, a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is launching a new company dedicated to improving the productivity of the shale gas industry while reducing its environmental impact.  


 Read the full story.   


Early Black Holes Grew Big Eating Cold, Fast Food 

The largest cosmological simulation to date, conducted by researchers at CMU's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology, explains how supermassive black holes came into existence shortly after the Big Bang.


Hayes Appointed to Presidential Program 

Award-winning poet and English Professor Terrance Hayes has been chosen to serve as a panelist for President Barack Obama's new National Student Poets Program, the country's highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

Hayes is one of four literary leaders who will judge students who received a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award for poetry. Five high school students will be selected to serve for a year as national poetry ambassadors.


In Severe Weather: Check TV, Web and CMU Alert 

In the event of severe weather, members of the university community should tune in to KDKA-TV, WTAE-TV or WPXI-TV for official university announcements regarding delays, cancellation of classes and/or office closings.

Announcements also will be posted on the Web at and recorded on the Carnegie Mellon main switchboard (412-268-2000).

Notification also will be sent via the CMU Alert Emergency Notification Service. For information on how to register for the service, go to


The December Piper is Now Online 

The December issue of the Piper features a look at the recent Asia-Pacific region visit by President Jared L. Cohon, Education City's first Campus Conversation, and how students in Silicon Valley work to aid first responders.

Pittsburgh campus news includes a feature on Anita Barkin's quest to share health concerns over Marcellus Shale drilling, Jeff Balmert's "extra" efforts to break into the movies, and how graduate student Chris Harrison finds elegant solutions to everyday experiences.

Hard copies will be in campus mailboxes soon, but visit the Internal Communications website for a sneak preview.

Read the online content.  |  Download the entire issue [.pdf]   

Give to the United Way Through Dec. 16  

Carnegie Mellon's 2011 United Way Campaign is continuing through Dec. 16. Help make this year a success by going to to donate.

As of Dec. 14, the university community has raised more than $120,000 for United Way and the health and human service organizations United Way supports in our region.
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Happy holidays! The next 8.5x11 News will be published Thursday, Jan. 2012.

Help ensure the safety and well-being of the CMU community:

University Police: 412-268-2323 | Ethics Hotline: 1-877-700-7050

Calendar Highlights

Thursday, Dec. 15

Many Genres/One Craft book signing


Friday, Dec. 16

Frostbite! Pop Cabaret Winter Variety Show 


Monday, Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Day  

Thursday, Jan. 19 

Staff Council General Body Meeting


Read about these events and more.  


 Personal Mention
 This issue features:  
Pradeep Khosla
Craig Knox
Diana Marculescu
Guy Blelloch
Robert Kraut
Ranika Kejriwal  
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