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Alumna wins first creative Emmy

Carnegie Mellon alumna Chikako Suzuki (CFA ‘04) won an Emmy Award as art director for Showtime’s House of Lies. Suzuki was awarded Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less), her first Emmy, at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys Show show on Aug, 16., along with Ray Yamagata, the show’s production designer, and Tim Stepeck, the show’s set director. Suzuki received her master’s degree in scenic design from the School of Drama.

Of the 13 Carnegie Mellon alumni who were nominated for the 2014 Emmy Awards, 11 of them were nominated for the creative arts show and two will be in the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, according to a Carnegie Mellon news brief. Matt Bomer (CFA ’00) was nominated for the primetime awards show for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in the HBO film The Normal Heart while Jeffrey Klarik (CFA ’69) was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the Showtime sitcom, Episodes, which was renewed for a fourth season.

The primetime awards show will be aired tonight on NBC at 8 p.m.

Suzuki is also art director for HBO’s The Newsroom, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is working on Scandal, which will air its fourth season on Sept. 25 on ABC.

In April, Carnegie Mellon said it was named the first exclusive higher education partner for the Tony Awards, which recognizes achievements in Broadway theatre.

The Hollywood Reporter magazine ranked Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama at number four on a list of top 25 drama schools worldwide in its June 7, 2013 issue.

Randal Bryant works for White House

Carnegie Mellon’s former dean of the School of Computer Science is working for the White House now.

Randal E. Bryant, on sabbatical from the university as a professor of computer science, served as SCS dean for ten years before ending his term in the position on June 30. Bryant is currently working in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy as assistant director for information technology research and development. Within the office’s Technology and Innovation Division, Bryant analyzes and advises the government on Big Data, according to a Carnegie Mellon press release. Big Data can be defined as large data sets that are not easily parsed or interpreted.

Bryant, who expects to work in the office for 10–12 months, is serving as an adviser to Thomas Kalil, deputy director of policy, “to work on initiatives involving the application of large-scale information sources to enable more efficient and effective government operations,” Bryant said in the release. He also said that he will focus on how the government can bring Big Data to society.

During his time at the White House, Bryant will focus on applying data-based processes to areas including education and health, and attend to privacy concerns surrounding Big Data collection, according to the release.

Bryant has been a Carnegie Mellon faculty member since 1984 and became dean of SCS in 2004, during which time he continued to teach.