Campus News in Brief

INI, EWF awards fellowships to CMU master’s students

The Information Networking Institute (INI) and Alta Associates’ Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy awarded Dolly Karaba and Jonida Cali, both master’s students in INI, fellowships for their graduate studies.

Karaba will receive the EWF-INI Fellowship, an educational award providing full tuition and a mentor.

As a result of the fellowship, she will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security Program, conducted at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses.

“The INI program is helping me gain wonderful experience in areas of technology that will help me in a very competitive global marketplace,” Karaba said in a university press release.

Cali will be the first to receive the EWF-INI Tara Darbyshire Fellowship, which provides research assistance to a first-year graduate student specializing in information security research.

The Archer Foundation, an organization which helps students to reach their educational goals, provided $40,000 for Cali’s fellowship. Darbyshire is a founding member of EWF and co-founder of the Archer Foundation.

“We are thrilled to support Jonida in her pursuit of educational and professional excellence,” Darbyshire said in a university press release.

Scientists capture nature in photos for second GigaBlitz

Scientists from around the world have been documenting biodiversity through high-resolution photos since June in preparation for the second GigaBlitz, scheduled for the week of Dec. 19–26. The GigaBlitz project is organized by a trio of biologists and their partners at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab.

The GigaBlitz project asks people to capture high-resolution panoramic images of their backyards, nearby woodlots, or adjacent vacant lots.
Participants from across the globe can then access these images and identify species in them.

“The idea is that biodiversity isn’t something you find just in a distant national park or some far-flung field site, but it’s around all of us, all of the time,” said Ken Tamminga, professor of landscape architecture at Penn State University and one of the event organizers, in a university press release. “Gigapixel imagery is a means for us to record and share data for sites that may be widely separated, but nevertheless are part of our everyday lives.”

Tamminga and the other organizers of the GigaBlitz project currently hope to expand the number of participants and sites, while simultaneously trying to encourage previous participants to revisit their sites and update the changes in their habitats.