Campus News in Brief

School of Drama holds workshop

On Oct. 17, composer and Carnegie Mellon alum Stephen Schwartz will attend a workshop for School of Drama students. The workshop will focus on the new musical Bubble Boy, which will be performed as part of the New Works project of Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO).

Bubble Boy is the story of a boy with a weak immune system who must live in a plastic bubble in order to remain safe and healthy. Like many older musicals, this one also contains a romance. The main character finds a friend in the girl who moves in next door, and he falls in love with her, building a mobile bubble suit so that he can find her and stop her wedding. The musical version of the story, written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, was performed at a festival in Los Angeles this year.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, there will be a free, staged reading of the show with Stephen Schwartz in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater. The reading is open to the public and will begin at noon. The reading is the culmination of a week-long workshop hosted by director Scott Schwartz, who directed the award-winning off-Broadway hit Bat Boy: The Musical.

The New Works Project is a joint effort between Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh CLO. In 2007, Stephen Schwartz joined the effort along with the Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. Bubble Boy is the first effort produced since this most recent collaboration.

Professor given position in FCC

Jon Peha, a professor in engineering and public policy as well as electrical and computer engineering, has been appointed the chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Peha assumed his position Oct. 1 of this year.

Peha’s position will allow him to apply his telecommunications expertise to a broad spectrum of topics. He will focus on issues regarding intellectual property and telecommunications networks and will serve as a senior advisor to the FCC.

This is not the first time Peha has held a government position, however. Previously, he has worked to help develop information technology abroad and has worked with Congress on legislation regarding telecommunications and e-commerce. He has also served in high technology positions for non-government companies, including Microsoft and AT&T.

Peha has been involved in research on telecommunications issues and policies for over 20 years. His research has covered a broad spectrum of issues, including security of internet payments, broadband and wireless internet, and network security.

Peha is a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.