March 6, Vol. 24, No. 32                       

Stars To Shine at Drama's NYC Celebration  
Three award-winning alumni stars - Patina Miller (A'06, right), Stephen Schwartz (A'68) and Patrick Wilson (A'95) - will headline the School of Drama's 100th anniversary celebration at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard this Monday, March 10.

The Centennial Dinner and Alumni Party will include a cabaret featuring musical performances by Miller, who won a 2013 Tony Award for her role in "Pippin," Schwartz, who won Oscars for his compositions in "The Prince of Egypt" and "Pocahontas," and Wilson, who has earned Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his performances on stage, television and film. Schwartz wrote "Pippin" while a student at CMU and also wrote "Wicked," which is celebrating its 10th year on Broadway.

The evening also will include remarks by College of Fine Arts Dean Dan Martin and Head of the School of Drama Peter Cooke.

The School of Drama is the oldest degree-granting conservatory training program in the U.S., producing professionals who have contributed greatly to the entertainment industry.

"This is a remarkable achievement in American theatrical and cultural history," Cooke said.

The school will host a centennial celebration May 8 in Los Angeles to recognize West Coast alumni.

View the Drama School's Centennial Timeline.

Pictured above is Patina Miller performing at the inauguration of President Subra Suresh this past November.

D.C. Panel Focuses on Cybersecurity Solutions   
James H. Garrett Jr., dean of the College of Engineering and the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will moderate a panel of experts who will discuss the factors that shape cybersecurity from 7-8 p.m., tonight (Thursday, March 6) at CMU's Washington Speaker Series in Washington, D.C.

The panel discussion, titled "Hackers and Leakers: An Analysis of Risk and Cybersecurity Solutions," features:
  • David Brumley, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering with courtesy appointments in the Computer Science Department and Carnegie Mellon CyLab;
  • Larry Clinton, president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance;
  • Earl Crane, senior principal of Promontory Financial Group, LLC and a former member of the National Security Staff, where he advised the president on cybersecurity;
  • Matthew Scholl, deputy chief of the Computer Security Division in the Information Technology Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and
  • Christopher Soghoian, a principal technologist for the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
The program also features keynote speaker Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk, LLC.

Learn more about tonight's event.

Social Media and the Mexican Drug Wars      
The recent arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has cast the spotlight on the Mexican drug cartels and the violence associated with them. But, what is less talked about, is how over the past decade increased access to the Internet, cellphones and other digital media has drastically changed the landscape of the drug wars in Mexico.

In a new article published in "Latin American Perspectives," Paul Eiss examines how both sides of the drug war - the cartel operatives as well as government and security forces - have used and responded to digital and social media. Eiss, associate professor of anthropology and history in the Dietrich College and director of the Center for the Arts in Society, explores the nature and implications of what he calls the "narcomedia," forms of digital messaging that have become central elements of, and even motivations for, the horrific acts of violence that have become commonplace in Mexico.

In Mexico, "narcomensajes," or narcomessages, are handwritten signs left by drug traffickers, often accompanied by gruesomely disfigured human remains and are interpreted as ways for rival groups to "settle the score" or claim territory. Eiss traces the emergence and spread of the narcomedia throughout Mexico and shows how in some cases the tactics of the narcomedia seem to have been adopted by government and security forces as well.

Learn more about Eiss' work.

CMU Alert App Now on Android    
The CMU Mobile Alert App is now available on Android smartphones for students, faculty, staff and parents. Also available on iPhones, the app was developed to provide:
  • Emergency procedures and guidance for 21 different emergencies;
  • Information regarding crimes and crime prevention;
  • Links to important CMU websites;
  • Interactive maps with locations of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs); and
  • Automatic dialing for University Police, Safety Escorts and 911.
Download the Android app.
Download the iPhone app.

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 Personal Mention

James Schneider
Pulkit Grover
Aarti Singh
Robert Fallon
Allen Robinson
Alex John London
Kumar Avinava Dubey

Jack Mostow, David Svoboda and Guy Russo

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