Lecture Previews

Media Summit: The Rise of (Private) Niche News Model

Today at noon

Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

A panel of news media personnel, including both editors and reporters, will discuss the challenges and opportunities available for the news media in the digital age. Presenters will include Ivan Oransky, executive editor at Thomson Reuters; John Benditt, editor of Nomad Editions; Allan Dodds Frank, contributor to The Daily Beast; Deborah Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia; and Kathleen Knauer, executive producer of The Allegheny Front. Ted Selker, associate director of Cylab Mobility Research of Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus, will moderate the event.

Project Olympus Show and Tell

Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (Hillman Center 4401)

Project Olympus attempts to create a space in which students and faculty can recieve start-up advice, micro-grants, incubator space, and connections across the campus, region, nation, and world. Presenters at this year’s Show and Tell will include both faculty and students from fields across campus, including the School of Computer Science, the English department, the Tepper School of Business, and the Heinz College. A reception will follow in the seventh-floor atrium of the Gates Center. Registration is requested at

STUDIO for Creative Inquiry: Jer Thorp

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry will present Jer Thorp, a major figure in computational design and information visualization. Thorp is a computational designer, artist, and educator concerned with the visualization of large data. In his lecture, he attempts to explore the divide between science and art. He is currently a designer-in-residence at The New York Times, creating visualizations in the Research and Development group.

Film screening: The Strangest Dream

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Baker Hall A53

Carnegie Mellon will screen the film The Strangest Dream, which features the story of physicist Joseph Rotblat. Major themes of the film include the history of nuclear weapons and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs to halt nuclear proliferation. The film screening is presented by the Carnegie Mellon chapter of Pugwash.

International Festival Keynote Address and Luncheon

Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Rangos Hall, University Center

Carnegie Mellon will start its 2010 International Festival with a keynote address and luncheon. Human rights activist Enrique Morones will speak on “Border Angels: Border Realities and Immigration Today.” Morones is both the president and founder of an organization called Border Angels, an all-volunteer group that works to place food, water, and other provisions in the desert along the U.S.-Mexican border areas to help save migrant lives. Free tickets are available at the University Center Information Desk. For more information regarding the lecture, visit