Lecture Previews

University Environmental Lecture Series: “Getting It Right on Marcellus: Opportunity, Responsibility and Security”

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Former Governor Tom Ridge will be on campus to discuss the Marcellus Shale gas development. The lecture is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.

Rebuilding America

Friday at noon

Hamburg Hall 1502

Five Heinz College alumni will share their economic development stories using their specialized points of view.

Speakers include Bradford Ehrhart, executive director of Clarion County Economic Development Corporation; Monique King-Viehland, executive director of Capital City Redevelopment Corporation; Tom Link, manager of the business development center for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; Torrey Babson, government affairs manager and green economy director for GSP Consulting; and Malini Nayar of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Economic Development, the Heinz College Alumni Management Department, the Career and Professional Development Center, and the Student Smart Growth Club.

Slice of Life

Saturday at 9 a.m. University Center

There is a free conference for Carnegie Mellon students and young alumni. Alumni and speakers will present on topics such as developing a 30-second pitch, lifelong budgeting, and transitioning from students to professionals.

From 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., students can attend Session One with the following topics: (1) Transitioning from a Student to a Professional, (2) Networking: Creating a Thirty Second Pitch, and (3) Professional Development after College.

From 10:30 to 11:20 a.m., students can attend roundtable discussions with career liaisons and young alumni.

Finally, at 1 p.m., there is a presentation by Michael Murphy, vice president of Campus Affairs, about “Lifelong Financial Planning.”

Students are welcome to attend as many sessions as they like and should register online at

For more information, e-mail Andrea Shockling in Alumni Relations at

Building a Better Privacy Policy

Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

The University Lecture Series presents Lorrie Cranor, who will discuss “Building a Better Privacy Policy.” Cranor says today’s online privacy policies are failing consumers because they are difficult to understand and are too lengthy.

In response to a 2010 challenge from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon has been investigating ways to make privacy policies more approachable to consumers.

Cranor is the director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory as well as an associate professor of computer science and engineering and public policy. In addition, she is also the chief scientist of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. and has written over 100 papers on online privacy, security, phishing, and other topics.