Campus News in Brief

Forbes Ave. land purchased

Carnegie Mellon University has purchased a section of property along Forbes Avenue with the intention of extending campus. The area includes the Forbes Avenue and Craig Street corridors, including the former site of an Exxon service station at 4621 Forbes, along with a hillside just east of 4621 and a house on Filmore Street, which sits behind 4621 and adjacent to a parking lot for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) building. The land was officially purchased on Nov. 9 from Museum Park Partners, a land development firm.
The recent purchase follows the acquisition of three acres of land along Forbes Avenue this past summer. That sale included a space in Junction Hollow on the south side of Forbes Avenue, the National City Bank property and building at 4612 Forbes, the GATF building at 4615 Forbes, and a parking lot behind the GATF building.
Last summer, Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon addressed these purchases in an e-mail sent to the campus community. He said that these properties were strategically located to enable future growth that will benefit the university and the region. He said the investment was of compelling importance to the university’s future growth, even in such a challenging economic time.

CBDR opens Research Café

Carnegie Mellon University Social and Decision Sciences is opening a behavioral decision research lab in downtown Pittsburgh. The lab will be called the “Carnegie Mellon Research Café” and is located on the second level of Fifth Avenue Place. At the café, Downtown workers and visitors will be able to earn rewards for participating in studies.
The Research Café is an initiative of Carnegie Mellon’s Social and Decision Sciences Department and its Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). According to the website, the center’s research draws on a variety of disciplines, such as behavioral economics, history, marketing, neuroscience, organizational behavior, public policy, and psychology. Topics will include trust and fairness; memory and decision making; how people decide to save or spend; how to reduce obesity; public health issues like diet, ; privacy; perceptions of inflation; managerial decision making; and dynamic decision processes.
The Research Café’s normal business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the café and the CBDR, visit

Compiled by
Courtney Wittekind