October 4, 2012 · Vol. 23, No. 13

Cèilidh Weekend: A CMU Family Affair 

Ceilidh Logo Carnegie Mellon's annual Cèilidh Weekend (Oct. 4-7) is a celebration for the entire CMU family, combining the traditions of Homecoming and Family weekends. Alumni, families, students, faculty, and staff are all invited to be a part of the festivities, which include more than 100 activities, events and programs.


Some highlights include:


Today: Free lunch at the Kickoff BBQ, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the Fence
Project Olympus Show & Tell: Research & Innovation from CMU, 5 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center

Friday, Oct. 5: "Security Challenges Facing America," a talk by Four-star General Stanley McChrystal, 1 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, UC


Alumni Distinguished Achievement Honoree Lectures:  John Shaffner (A'76) and Joe Stewart (A'77), "Television by Design," 2 p.m., Kresge Theatre, CFA

Margaret I. Johnston (S'72), "Making Science Happen: From Chemistry to Global Health Impact," 2 p.m., Mellon Institute Conference Room


Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception, 5 p.m., Rangos Hall, UC 


Saturday, Oct. 6: Address by President Jared L. Cohon, 9:30 a.m., Rangos Hall, UC
Lunar Robot Open House, noon, Highbay, Gates Center 

Chili Cook-Off, Noon, Wiegand Gym, UC

Cindy Lackner Memorial Football Game (CMU vs. Denison), 1 p.m., Gesling Stadium. The team is raising funds for breast cancer research. Learn more and donate.
The CMU Wind Ensemble, 4 p.m., Kresge Theatre, CFA


See the full schedule.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences Honors President Cohon 

On Oct. 6, Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. He is the 18th member from CMU to be elected to the Academy.

Other notable members of the 2012 class include U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, singer Paul McCartney, playwright Neil Simon and Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos.


Read the full story.  


Drama Opens Season with "The Rivals" 

The School of Drama's Subscriber Series opens its 2012-13 season at 8 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 4) with a stylish, sexy and funny production of "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Guest artist and renowned British director Annie Tyson will direct the performances, which will take place in the Purnell Center for the Arts on CMU's Pittsburgh campus through Saturday, Oct. 13.


The play focuses on the complexities of the pursuit of love. A rich young woman, Miss Lydia Languish, insists on marrying a poor man. So what is the wealthy Captain Jack Absolute to do if he wants to win Lydia's heart? Led by the legendary theatrical invention, Mrs. Malaprop, this delightful comedy of manners is filled with outrageous characters and uproarious farcical devices.  


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CMU Awarded Funding for Big Data Projects  

NSF Logo The National Science Foundation, with support from the National Institutes of Health, awarded two grants totaling more than $1.7 million to Carnegie Mellon researchers to support new big data research projects on Oct. 3.

Christos Faloutsos, a professor in the Machine Learning Department, received an
$894,892 award to develop theory and algorithms to tackle the complexity of language processing, and to develop methods that approximate how the human brain works in processing language.  Faloutsos' co-principal investigator is Professor Tom Mitchell of Machine Learning.  


Aarti Singh, assistant professor in Machine Learning, was awarded $820,000 to develop new statistical and algorithmic machine learning approaches that would benefit the fields of physics, psychology, economics, epidemiology, medicine, and social network analysis. Singh's co-PIs are Timothy Verstynen, assistant professor of psychology in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Barnabas Poczos, a postdoctoral fellow in machine learning.


Read the NSF announcement. 


CMU To Host Robotics Industry Summit

Carnegie Mellon will be the research institution host for the RoboBusiness 2012 Leadership Summit.

The international business development event for robotics technology innovators, influencers, developers and investors, will take place Oct. 22-24 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Conference speakers include CMU's Takeo Kanade, Jim "Oz" Osborn and William "Red" Whittaker.

Carnegie Mellon and the greater Pittsburgh area have arranged an array of local activities to complement the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, including the induction ceremony for the Robot Hall of Fame, slated for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at the Carnegie Science Center, and an open house at CMU's Robotics Institute.  


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Hernandez Awarded INI Fellowship 

Carnegie Mellon 's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy have awarded CMU student Erye Hernandez with a fellowship to pursue her master's degree in information security technology and management.

"I'm extremely excited about this award because it gives me an opportunity to build proficiency throughout a broad range of security arenas and issues," said Hernandez, an INI graduate student from Sterling, Va. "The fellowship also gives me a chance to network with some of the world's leading security professionals within the EWF." 


Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab, one of the largest university-based research centers for cybersecurity studies in the U.S., praised the fellowship program for connecting bright scholars to strong female role models in the field.   


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