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Title: University Lecture Series: My Reading and Writing Life

The Basics: Gloriana St. Clair, the dean of university libraries, will present a lecture, “In Her Own Words,” on the role that authors and books have played in her life. St. Clair regularly leads literature discussions in various venues and in past years served as an editor for the journal College & Research Libraries and the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Drue Heinz Lecture Series: Will Shortz

The Basics: Will Shortz, the renowned puzzle creator, will share some of his personal experiences from his long and unique career with his audience. Shortz is the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, the editor of Games magazine, and the puzzle master for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition segment. He is also the only person in the world to hold a degree in enigmatology (the study of puzzles) which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. At the age of 14, he sold his first puzzle professionally to Venture magazine, and has not stopped creating puzzles since.

**When:* Monday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

Title: The Intersection of Telecommunications Regulation and Systems Engineering; Did I Answer the EPP Research Methods Final Exam Question Correctly?

The Basics: H. Gilbert Miller, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Engineering and Public Policy Ph.D. program and the current corporate vice president and chief technology officer of Noblis, will give a talk on the value of EPP graduates in today’s society. He will emphasize the strategies the federal government has adopted in tackling the pressing need for telecommunication devices in recent years.

Miller has had over 30 years of experience in large scale systems engineering. He plays an active role as an advisory board member at numerous universities and with various professional journals. His company, Noblis, has played a critical role in programs with agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at noon
Where: Baker Hall 129 (EPP Conference Room)

Title: Mental Health and Wellness Lecture Series: Grief and Its Complications: Understanding How Grief Works (and When It Isn’t Working)

The Basics: Dr. Allan Zuckoff, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a talk on the natural process of grieving and the varying effects grief can have on different individuals. Zuckoff will discuss the problematic case of grief as a lingering and ever-present state of mind, as well as provide suggestions for helping others go through the grieving process. He will also clarify some common misconceptions about the grieving process. Zuckoff specializes in the methods of motivational interviewing as well as the treatment of combined mental health and substance abuse disorders. He has written numerous books and articles in recent years about these particular topics as well as other subjects related to mental health.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

Where: International Poetry Room — 2nd floor of Carnegie Library (main branch)