December 6, 2012 Vol. 23, No. 21

polar plunge Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics

Members of Carnegie Mellon's Police Department and their family members took the "Polar Plunge" into the Allegheny River near Heinz Field this past Sunday to support the Special Olympics.

The CMUPD team raised $6,468, a 300 percent increase over last year's total. According to CMU Lt. Joesph Meyers, the team placed sixth among 140 teams, which collectively raised more than $300,000.

"I believe the efforts of everyone involved are reflective of the collaborative team mentality and the can-do environment that I have experienced at Carnegie Mellon," Meyers said.

Concerts, Shows, Studios, Celebrate the Arts     

Choirs Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts (CFA) is hosting a daylong celebration of the arts tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 7) beginning at noon in Rangos Ballroom with the School of Music's annual Holiday Concert. An encore performance will be held at 8 p.m. in the CFA Great Hall.

Under the direction of Robert Page and Michael van Camp, the Philharmonic will join forces with the Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus to perform a wide variety of holiday music, including excerpts from Handel's Messiah, symphonic arrangements by Arthur Harris and the ever popular Chanukah Lights by Marvin Hamlisch.


CFA's Celebration of the Arts also includes two Drama performances at 8 p.m. - "Angels in America" in the Chosky Theater and "Macbett" in the Rauh Studio Theater. For tickets call 412-268-2407.


The School of Art hosts open studios and a holiday art sale from 5 to 9 p.m. on the third and fourth floors of the CFA building. The BXA Freshman Research Seminar Exhibition is from 4 to 6 p.m. in CFA 303 and the "Imperfect Health" exhibit is open at the Miller Gallery from noon to 6 p.m. along with the gallery's holiday sale.

Additive Manufacturing Seeks CMU Students    

Gary Fedder Carnegie Mellon graduate students in engineering will soon be entertaining offers from companies involved in additive manufacturing, a revolutionary technology  that increases production efficiency while reducing costs.


CMU engineering professors - Gary Fedder, O. Burak Ozdoganlar and C. Fred Higgs III - joined Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett this past Tuesday at Acutronic, a Pittsburgh aerospace industry supplier, where he announced state funding to three Pennsylvania companies - Acutronic, ExOne and Paramount Industries - to hire graduate students from CMU and Lehigh University to support additive manufacturing projects. Additive manufacturing technology binds metals and other materials with a proprietary liquid and the finished product is hardened in a furnace. It eliminates the need for bending, molding and welding parts together.


In August, CMU partnered with Lehigh and other universities, private industries and economic development organizations to win a
$30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The project is an offshoot of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership that President Obama announced at CMU in 2011.


Fedder (pictured above with Gov. Corbett), a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, is leading CMU's additive manufacturing efforts.  


Read the story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

Partnering To Treat Nervous System Disorders   

Robert Murphy Robert F. Murphy (right), director of the Lane Center for Computational Biology in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, is leading CMU's participation in a new Biomedical Technology Research Center that will develop computational tools for modeling and simulating biological systems from the tissue level down to the molecular level.

The BTRC, a collaborative initiative among CMU, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, seeks to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neurotransmission and signaling events, which in turn could lead to the development of novel treatments for nervous system disorders.

Funding for the BTRC comes from a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Read the full story.

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