Campus news in brief

Webcast dissects world food supply

A webcast about the inverse relationship between food supplies and their prices will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51.

Some of the topics that will be covered include how the world will react as food supplies drop and prices rise and how global prices for food staples have risen dramatically, resulting in a number of serious protests and unrest around the world.

Other topics of discussion will include what factors are driving prices up and if they can be tamed, what the political fallout will be for governments that fail to act, and what role global institutions can play.
Great Decisions, part of the Passport to Global Awareness course, is being webcast by the World Affairs Council. It includes eight facilitated discussions designed to promote informal discussion among the participants in order to fully explore the varied views of an issue.

Some of the discussions are being guided by the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Discussions book, which details the eight global and regional policy issues that the discussion series will examine.

For more information on Great Decisions 2009 — Discussion Groups, please visit the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Web site at

EHS presents Emergency Awareness

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department will present Emergency Awareness Day. This event will take place in Kirr Commons in the University Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By coming to this event, members of the campus community can obtain valuable information on how to protect themselves in an emergency. Demonstrations will include navigating through a burning, smoke-filled room, how to use a fire extinguisher, how to give CPR, how to use an AED, and how to be a defensive driver. CPR, AED, and defensive driving sessions require pre-registration at Those attending will also be able to register for Carnegie Mellon’s Alert Now emergency notification service.

Participating departments and organizations will include Environmental Health and Safety, University Police, Student Health Services, Student Emergency Medical Service, the City of Pittsburgh Fire Department, the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Service, the National Weather Service, and the American Red Cross.

More information is also available online at