May 17, 2012 · Vol. 22, No. 43

CMU's 115th Commencement is Sunday        

Carnegie Mellon alumnus Patrick Wilson (A'95) will be the keynote speaker at CMU's 115th Commencement at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 20 in Gesling Stadium. A critically acclaimed, award-winning actor, Wilson was most recently seen in Paramount Pictures' "Young Adult" and in the CBS drama "A Gifted Man."

The student speaker will be Caroline Kessler, a Dietrich College graduate with a creative writing major and religious studies minor.

Wilson and Kessler will be joined on stage by five honorary degree recipients: Soprano Renée Fleming; Colorado State Professor of Animal Science and the world's most accomplished autistic adult Temple Grandin; Humanitarian Ruth Gruber; Nobel Prize winner and Princeton Professor Emeritus Daniel Kahneman; and Allegheny Technologies Incorporated Chairman Emeritus Richard P. Simmons.

Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates First Decade 

SV 10th anniversaryCMU's Silicon Valley Campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 9 with a program recognizing its education and research programs as well as its impact on the technology capital of the world.

The program will feature "Looking Back and Moving Ahead" by President Jared L. Cohon and Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet, and a technology showcase that will include the Mobile Emergency Operations Center, semantic geotagging, browser security and the solar panel lab.


May 23 Picnic Honors Staff Contributions 

PicnicCarnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon and Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet invite all staff to the 2012 Staff Picnic in recognition of their important contributions to the university. This year's picnic is 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 in the University Center's Wiegand Gym and Rangos Hall.

Picnic-goers must present a valid CMU staff ID. Transportation will be provided for staff located at off-campus locations.

Intel International Science Fair Comes to CMU 

Pittsburgh is hosting the world's largest international pre-college science competition this week, and Carnegie Mellon is very much involved. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair will showcase the research of more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  


Carnegie Mellon is playing an active role in the event, with about 45 faculty and staff serving as judges, and about a dozen students working as interpreters and assisting with educational outreach activities. Judith Hallinen, assistant vice provost for educational outreach and director of the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, is chair of the Pittsburgh Local Arrangements Committee, which includes Terry Jacobsen, assistant director of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.  


Read more about Carnegie Mellon's involvement.  


School of Art Plants Seeds in Wilkinsburg    

fruit treeResidents in nearby Wilkinsburg, Pa., will soon get to experience art in a novel way - by eating it.  A new ecological art project in the Hay Recreation Area and on a Rebecca Avenue lot will use fruit trees, berries and perennial edibles as the basis for a sustainable food source and a community garden.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Art, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF), Pittsburgh Permaculture and the Second United Presbyterian Church of Wilkinsburg are partnering on the project. They will be planting on May 19, May 26, June 3 and Aug. 26. Volunteers are welcomed.

Professor Bob Bingham, associate head of the School of Art, and Lazae LaSpina, a Wilkinsburg resident and non-traditional CMU art student, created this novel project, combining the elements of artistic design and function as they apply to living things.

Read the full story.  

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This issue features: 

Rachel Mandelbaum
Matt Marsteller
Prashanth Balasubramaniam
Chriss Swaney
Yulin Kuang
Ian Bangor

Obituary: Rich Lyons 
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