March 1, 2012 Vol. 22, No. 32

Pittsburgh Recognizes School of Music   

Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 28, "Carnegie Mellon School of Music Day" in recognition of the school's 100th anniversary during a ceremony in City Council Chambers. The proclamation, supported by City Councilman William Peduto, recognized the school's contributions to music education and to the city's professional ensembles.

The School of Music's Starling Quartet performed during the ceremony. Started in 2002, the Starling Quartet will be performing for the first time at Carnegie Mellon Qatar on Thursday, March 15.


CMU's School of Music Centennial Celebration will feature concerts at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh on March 31 and at New York City's Carnegie Hall on April 2. The Pittsburgh concert will be broadcast live by Pittsburgh radio station WQED-FM (89.3). 


Read more about the centennial celebration.  


ETC Offers Classes at 31st Street Studios   

The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) will offer classes at the 31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh's Strip District, where students will have access to an advanced motion capture system and opportunities to take part in major film productions.

The studio is partnering with Paramount on Location, a division of Paramount Studios Group that provides production support services, and Knight Vision Motion Capture, a digital production company. Knight Vision was founded by James Knight, who developed motion-capture techniques for the movie "Avatar."

"Having the Knight Vision System at 31st Street Studios will give ETC students a tremendous opportunity to advance filmmaking in Pittsburgh," said ETC Executive Producer Don Marinelli.

Faculty & Staff Must Complete "Preventing Workplace Harassment" Training Online  

Carnegie Mellon has a longstanding commitment to preventing all forms of workplace harassment. CMU's Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Statement of Assurance prohibit discriminatory harassment. It is important that all faculty and staff understand how to prevent, identify and react to words and actions that may amount to sexual harassment.

All CMU faculty and staff members are required to participate in training
on this topic. Anyone who has not participated in sexual harassment training is required to complete the United Educators Online Training, titled "Preventing Workplace Harassment," no later than March 15. The program should take no longer than 45 minutes.

Access the "Preventing Workplace Harassment" training by following
the instructions at:

For technical assistance or to confirm attendance at a prior training session, contact the Learning & Development Help Desk.

Staff Development Day Focuses on Diversity  

Learning & Development is offering a special program devoted to multicultural and diversity issues on Thursday, March 15. The program begins at 9 a.m. in the University Center's Connan Room, where Lola Mason and Ron Placone will lead a session titled "Communication Across Gender and Generations." Mason and Placone will examine some common communication quandaries and offer practical strategies for improving workplace communications.
At 10:30 a.m. in the Connan Room, L&D will hold an open forum to hear your suggestions for future L&D programs that would fit your professional and personal development needs.
During a noontime lunch in Rangos Ballroom, Dean of Student Affairs Gina Casalegno and Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Services Everett Tademy will speak about how we can better incorporate cultural awareness and sensitivity into our daily work lives.
For more information and to register, go to


Fine Fellows Adapt Gigapan Techniques     

Two members of CMU's Fine Outreach for Science Fellows program, Faysal Bibi and Nathan Craig, used a camera-mounted kite to take hundreds of aerial photos of ancient elephant footprints in the United Arab Emirates. They are studying a trackway of a herd of prehistoric elephants to gain new insights into the social behavior of these creatures.

Like the photos taken with the GigaPan system, the images were digitally stitched together to form a highly accurate photomosaic.

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Personal Mention 
 This issue features: 

David Kosbie
Eric Nyberg
Teruko Mitamura
Nico Schlaefer
Hideki Shima
Mary Jo Bensasi
Mark Penney
Indra Szegedy
Cleah Schlueter
Catharine Fichtner
Becky Klaas
Kelly Widmaier
Jo Bodnar
Jane Miller
Ziv Bar-Joseph
Guy Zinman
Astria Suparak
Leonardo Balada
Dawn Cappelli
Andrew Moore
Randall Trzeciak
Richard Pell
Suzie Laurich-McIntyre
Bonnie Youngs  
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