February 27, Vol. 24, No. 31                      

$10M Gift Supports CMU Vision, Tepper Quad  
Carnegie Mellon has received a $10 million gift from James R. (right) and Susan S. Swartz that will help support construction of the new David A. Tepper Quadrangle.

James Swartz, who earned his master's degree in industrial administration from the business school in 1966, is a distinguished entrepreneur, venture capitalist and founding partner of Accel Partners, based in Palo Alto, Calif.

"At Carnegie Mellon I learned to master management science, constructing business models to solve challenges that were completely new to the marketplace and unleashing the power of data for smarter business decisions," Swartz said. "Those lessons, and the skills that I developed as a result of them, have greatly benefited me throughout my entrepreneurial career. I recognize the university's new vision for the future of business education and entrepreneurship and I am pleased to contribute toward their efforts to the benefit of new technologies and future generations of students."
The Tepper Quad will be located on the Morewood parking lot site along Forbes Avenue. The quad will include a new building that will house the Tepper School of Business, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Simon Initiative and facilities that will improve the quality of life on campus. The Tepper Quad is named for alumnus David A. Tepper, who donated $55 million in 2004 to name the business school, and $67 million in November 2013 for what will be a hub of interdisciplinary education, research and innovation.

Learn more about Swartz and the Tepper Quad.

Richard Scheines Named Dietrich College Dean 
Richard Scheines, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, has been named dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 1. He succeeds John Lehoczky, who has served as dean since 2000 and will return to the faculty in the Statistics Department.

"As a scholar, teacher, colleague, administrator, and forward-looking leader, Richard Scheines is extraordinarily well suited to be the Dietrich College's next dean," said Mark S. Kamlet, provost and executive vice president. "He has a long history of collaboration on research and education both within Dietrich College and across campus, and he is just the right person for this leadership role on campus."

Since 2005, Scheines has led the Philosophy Department to distinction with a focus on research that directly connects to a wide array of other fields, including computer science, math, statistics, brain science, medical ethics and psychology. Under his leadership, the department more than tripled its external research funding, strengthened its global reputation and attracted and retained the highest quality faculty and students.

 Learn more about Scheines.

Symposium Draws International Artists      
The School of Art, in partnership with the University of the Arts London, presents DRAW2014, a symposium bringing together artists and practitioners from CMU, Pittsburgh and around the world, today through Saturday (Feb. 27 - March 1).

DRAW2014 features more than 25 challenging and inspiring workshops, artist commissions, lectures, exhibitions and events. The public is invited to attend this unique and exciting conference to explore the ways that the simple act of drawing is flourishing and evolving today.

Learn more about DRAW2014.

Dannenberg Leads Worldwide Laptop Orchestra 
One hundred people will use their laptop computers to make beautiful music together, even though they may be as distant from each other as Connecticut is from New Zealand.

Connected only by tenuous Internet links, the musicians will simultaneously create this unprecedented concert on their individual laptops, under the direction of Carnegie Mellon's Roger Dannenberg.

Dannenberg, CMU professor of computer science, music and art, will serve as "semiconductor" of the Global Network Orchestra. He will lead the collective performance from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. ET March 1 at the Ammerman Center 14th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College.

A second concert site open to the public will be Rashid Auditorium in CMU's Gates and Hillman centers in Pittsburgh. The other performers will be at sites scattered across the United States, Europe and beyond, including Malaysia and New Zealand. Many of these musicians may be by themselves, but the entire concert with the contributions of all 100 musicians will be created in each of their laptops.

Everyone can listen via a webcast hosted by the CMU School of Music. 

Learn more about the concert.

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