Campus News in Brief

CMU Press’ Magpies wins gold medal award in Florida

Magpies, a collection of short stories by Lynne Barrett published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, has been awarded the gold medal for general fiction in the sixth annual Florida Book Awards.

The short stories in the book differ dramatically in style. One of the stories, “Links,” borrows the layout of a web page to tell a story of the dot-com boom, while “Cave of the Winds” uses the alphabet to narrate a story about Florida’s hurricane season. Barrett also explores a wide spectrum of genres in her book, ranging from mystery to magical realism. Most of the stories take place in Florida, where Barrett was born.

“In a time of broad ‘experimentation’ in short fiction, what is refreshing about Lynne Barrett is that her stories have honest-to-goodness plots. Reading stories which actually tell stories is a satisfying thing,” Gerald Costanzo, professor of English and founder and director of the Carnegie Mellon University Press, said in a press release.

The Carnegie Mellon University Press was originally founded in 1972 as a publisher of poetry. Since then, the organization has also published classic contemporaries, short fiction, and regional social history. Among the press’ most notable achievements is the 1986 publication of Thomas and Beulah, a book of poems by Rita Dove, which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize the following year.

INI creates new program for business, tech students

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute (INI) will be offering an Executive Master of Science in Information Assurance program beginning in the 2012 fall semester. An option for non-degree students to pursue certificates in this area will also be available.

The new program is geared at business leaders and tech experts who see cyber-security as a top priority.

The program will train such audiences in the use of tools like forensics to identify and track malevolent attackers.

“This is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the needs of today’s fast-paced global business environment combining online sessions with periodic, short sessions on the Carnegie Mellon campus,” INI director Dena Haritos Tsamitis said in a university press release.

The INI program spans 20 months over the course of five semesters. Students will spend a total of 24 days on campus during the program. Students will also complete six hours of online coursework every semester.

“Students pursue the program with a cohort of about 20 peers, who add enrichment to each other’s professional network and enhance learning by sharing their own knowledge that has come from experience,” Tsamitis added in the press release.