Campus News in Brief

[BOLD]Disney Company honors late Pausch[BOLD]

The Walt Disney Company recently announced the creation of the Disney Randy Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon to recognize the work Pausch put forth during his time at both Carnegie Mellon and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Pausch worked as a Disney Imagineer in 1995, one of the careers he mentioned as being his lifelong dream in his famous “Last Lecture.”

The Disney Pausch Memorial Fellowship will support two graduate students at Carnegie Mellon, one in the School of Computer Science (SCS), and one in the College of Fine Arts (CFA), showcasing Pausch’s strong belief that these two disciplines could and should collaborate. It was this belief that led to the creation of the Entertainment Technology Center, an interdisciplinary program
between SCS and CFA.

In addition, a medallion will be placed in the Magic Kingdom in at Walt Disney World inscribed with words from Pausch’s own lecture: “Be good at something; it makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.”

The Memorial Fellowship comes on the heels of another recent collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and Disney; in August, Disney announced that Disney Research, Pittsburgh, will work with Carnegie Mellon in research and development of computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, and robotic and user interfaces.

[BOLD]Students perform operas on city buses[BOLD]

From this February to May, public bus riders will no longer need to remember to bring their iPod to listen to music on boring bus rides.

Instead, they can listen to Carnegie Mellon students perform 10- to 30- minute operettas.

The project, entitled, “Project Bus Stop,” is funded by an interdisciplinary grant from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art.

The project brings together a team of students from various disciplines.

These students will take parts of conversations overheard on the bus or snippets of interviews with passengers and turn them into the lyrics of a short opera.

The materials will be performed on the bus and accompanied by a small chamber ensemble, all while en route to their destination.

The performances will not take place until April; however, the team will be combing public transportation before then listening for conversations that they can turn into good lyrics for their show.

The performances can be seen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 4 on the 54C bus route and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25 on the East Busway.

Audience participation will be encouraged.