February 16, 2012 Vol. 22, No. 30


$1 Billion and Counting 

Carnegie Mellon's Inspire Innovation campaign has crossed the $1 billion milestone. With 16 months to go in the campaign, there is still time to be a part of this historic effort.

"The success of Inspire Innovation is a testament to the loyalty and generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, corporations, foundations and friends," said University President Jared L. Cohon. "They believe in us deeply, and they've demonstrated it through their support of the campaign."


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"The Last Lecture" Co-Author Jeff Zaslow Dies 

Best-selling author, longtime Wall Street Journal columnist and Carnegie Mellon alumnus Jeffrey Zaslow (DC'80) died Friday, Feb. 10 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in northern Michigan. He was 53.

Zaslow may be best remembered at Carnegie Mellon for co-authoring "The Last Lecture" with the late CMU Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch. After driving 300 miles from Detroit to Pittsburgh to attend Pausch's now world-famous presentation in CMU's McConomy Auditorium, Zaslow wrote about it poignantly and memorably in his widely read Wall Street Journal column, "Moving On."


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School of Drama Announces 2012-2013 Season  

A stylish, sexy and funny production of "The Rivals," directed by renowned guest artist and British director Annie Tyson, is among the highlights of the 2012-2013 season for the School of Drama.

In addition to "The Rivals," the School of Drama's Subscriber Series includes the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner; the new musical version of "Spring Awakening" by Frank Wedekind with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Stater; a modernized version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet"; "Macbett" by Eugene Ionesco; and "As You Like It or Make it Hurt," adapted from Shakespeare by Jessica Mills.


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CMU Press Book "Magpies" Wins Gold in Florida 

"Magpies," a collection of short stories by Lynne Barrett published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, has won the gold medal for general fiction in the sixth annual Florida Book Awards. The awards are designed to spotlight Florida's best books and their authors.

A professor of English at Florida International University, Barrett's previous two books also were published by CMU Press: "The Secret Names of Women" and "The Land of Go."


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Athletics Hosts Faculty, Staff Family Day Sunday

The Department of Athletics invites all faculty, staff and their families to Faculty and Staff Family Day on Sunday, Feb. 19 during the men's and women's basketball games against the University of Rochester.

The men's game starts at noon with the women's tip set for 2 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium.

All children in attendance will receive a free mini basketball and have the chance to play on the court during each halftime. Come out for a fantastic afternoon of basketball!

INI Starts Online Information Assurance Program 

Dealing with cyber threats has become the new norm. As cyber criminals increasingly launch crippling attacks that hamper business and threaten security, organizations struggle to find technology savvy executives to lead strategies that protect and defend information across the enterprise.

To support strategic leadership, the Information Networking Institute (INI) will offer an Executive Master of Science in Information Assurance Program beginning in fall 2012. The program offers a concentration in cyber forensics and incident response or resilience management.  


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Help ensure the safety and well-being of the CMU community:
University Police: 412-268-2323 | Ethics Hotline: 1-877-700-7050

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 Personal Mention 
 This issue features:  

Fred Gilman
Larry Biegler
Erik Ydstie
Nick Sahinidis
Liz Keller
Jim Daniels
Lenore Blum
Sivakumar Loganathan

Raymond E. Haynes 
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