November 14, Vol. 24, No. 19          
Join the Celebration Today and Friday
Be a part of history by participating in events today and tomorrow celebrating the inauguration of Subra Suresh as Carnegie Mellon's ninth president. All events are open to the entire CMU community and are in the University Center, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Campus-wide Celebration
Enjoy the talents of more than 200 CMU student scientists, scholars and performers. A light lunch will be served.
12:30 p.m. - Dr. and Mrs. Suresh will make remarks.

3 - 4:15 p.m., Symposium: Leveraging the Data Sciences
Get a glimpse into the exciting research and development activities in the field of data science, which is transforming the global economy.

4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Symposium: New Paradigms of Teaching & Learning
Learn more about the Simon Initiative (see story below) and technology-enhanced learning in all of its forms. A CMU faculty showcase featuring educational technologies will precede and follow the symposium.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m., Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate
Explore the role universities can play to foster a reliable, clean and affordable energy supply. A poster session featuring energy research will bookend the discussion.

3 - 4:30 p.m., Investiture Ceremony & Reception, Carnegie Music Hall

The investiture ceremony will feature an inaugural address by President Suresh (left), a keynote speech by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (right) and a performance by Tony Award winner and alumna Patina Miller (A'06).

Shuttles to Carnegie Music Hall will depart from the University Center turnaround beginning at 2 p.m. Return service will be available from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Read more about the inauguration events.

Simon Initiative To Improve Student Learning        

Carnegie Mellon has launched the Simon Initiative to accelerate the use of learning science and technology to improve student learning.

Named to honor the work of the late Nobel Laureate and CMU Professor Herbert Simon, the initiative will harness CMU's decades of learning data and research to improve educational outcomes for students everywhere.

CMU's Simon Initiative will provide open access to the world's largest bank of educational technology data - detailed data about how people learn and how effective learning software can be designed and deployed.

To complement the Simon Initiative, President Subra Suresh is chairing a group of education and technology leaders from academia, industry and foundations called the Global Learning Council (GLC). The GLC will develop standards, identify best practices and encourage engagement through the use of science and technology.

Read more about the Simon Initiative.
Read more about the Global Learning Council.

A Banner Year for CMU Startups         

A record 36 startups were created at Carnegie Mellon this year - an economic milestone for the Pittsburgh region.

CMU President Subra Suresh announced the achievement at yesterday's LaunchCMU, an entrepreneurial showcase presented by CMU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

President Suresh said CMU has created more startups per federal research dollar spent than any other U.S. university. And in 2012, CMU was one of the top five universities in the country to attract venture capital funding.
Alumnus Bruce McWilliams, chairman of the Research and Technology Commercialization Committee of CMU's Board of Trustees, acknowledged the role the CIE and CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation play in helping faculty, students and alumni to launch new ventures. 

Read more of the story.

Unplugged: Parking a Barrier for Electric Vehicles  

Parking always seems to be a problem - even for the electric vehicle industry, Carnegie Mellon researchers say.

"On the whole, less than half of U.S. vehicles have dedicated off-street parking at an owned residence in a location suitable for installing a charger," said Jeremy Michalek, professor of mechanical engineering and public policy. "That means if we want more than half of the vehicles on the road to be electric, we're going to need major changes in residential parking - and that doesn't happen quickly."

"Analysts have ignored the barrier that parking may present to electric vehicle (EV) adoption," said Elizabeth Traut, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering. "We've seen studies that predict EV adoption as high as 80 percent by 2030. But to sell that many EVs we would not only need to make them less costly and more attractive to consumers - we would also need to address parking."

Read more of the story.

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