Campus News in Brief

PiKA holds memorial soccer tournament

Carnegie Mellon’s Pi Kappa Alpha (PiKA) Beta Sigma chapter hosted the fourth annual Matthew Tembo Memorial Soccer Tournament on Sunday, with proceeds going to Gateway Rehabilitation Center.

Gateway Rehab — a nonprofit organization — looks to promote the education, treatment, prevention, and research of alcoholism and substance abuse.

Tembo died of alcohol poisoning in 2010. He was an avid soccer player and a social member of Carnegie Mellon’s campus.

Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and nearby clubs sent over 20 teams to the tournament this year, which, according to a university press release on the topic, included sponsors such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quiznos, Bruegger’s, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Startup Incinerator, and Gateway Rehab.

Richard Foster, Gateway Rehab’s executive vice president of treatment programs, and PiKA’s Kyle Woltersdorf gave opening remarks at the tournament.

History department debuts lecture series

Carnegie Mellon’s department of history recently announced that it is launching a year-long lecture series to celebrate the department’s long-time focus on environmental history. The history department has excelled for several decades in understanding the impacts that the human world has on urban environments, especially through the work of Joel Tarr, a Richard S. Caliguiri professor of history and policy.

In 2008, Tarr was awarded the Society for the History of Technology’s Leonardo da Vinci Medal. This medal goes to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology through research, teaching, publication, and other activities.

“People often do not think about how the environment links to city environments, and we have been fortunate to have extremely talented faculty working in this dynamic area,” said Caroline Acker, head of the history department, in a university press release.

“Because of recent flooding incidents and ongoing issues like climate change and global warming, the field is on the rise. More graduate students are coming to Carnegie Mellon to study environmental history, which is very encouraging because it is critical to look at the past.”

Kate Brown, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, will open the lecture series with a talk about the presence of radioactive isotopes in the bodies of nuclear plant workers. Brown will discuss and explain the effects of transforming the human body into a “radioactive storage site.”

Brown will argue that a fixation on sequestered archives and environmental monitoring has hindered a real understanding of the effect of turning human bodies into radioactive storage sites. Brown’s lecture is titled “A Sinking Feeling: The Human Body as the Ultimate Radioactive Storage Site,” and will debut Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m.