Campus News in Brief

School celebrates Earth Day with rare birds and bicycles

Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research hosted an event, titled “Flying High and Heels on Wheels,” in celebration of Earth Day last Thursday. The event included an exhibit of peregrine falcons in the Scaife Hall garden, as well as a bicycle challenge. The event was free and open to the public, and refreshments were served.

Earl Schriver, a falconer and Pittsburgh native, demonstrated to the crowd how the falcons feed and survive in today’s ecosystem. Schriver has been a breeder of rare birds since the late 1940s and is a veteran in the field of caring for falcons.

During the event, he displayed a 3-week-old Great Horned Owl named Bubba; Lizzy, a 4-year-old hybrid falcon with an Asiatic pedigree; J.R., a 4-year-old peregrine falcon; Lucky, a 3-year-old red-tailed hawk; and Nelly, a 9-year-old goshawk. Schriver gave a live demonstration of each of the birds’ abilities.

Following the demonstration was the bicycle challenge portion of the event. Pittsburgh residents were asked to forego their vehicles and ride a bicycle to work. A specially designed two-wheel-drive bike made by Paul Fischbeck, a Carnegie Mellon professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy, made its debut. Prizes and awards were given out to those who completed the bicycle challenge.

INI to host forum on female global leadership force

The Information Networking Institute (INI) will host a panel focused on women in the global workplace, titled “Women and Economy Forum,” this Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the INI on Henry Street.

The forum will include global business leaders, who will discuss the reasons why women are becoming the largest economic force in the world.

“Women have become an influential force in the global marketplace not only as workers, but also as consumers, entrepreneurs, managers and investors,” Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI, stated. “Acknowledging the global influence of women on the economy is not just a matter of fairness, it is good business sense.” Tsamitis is also the director of education, training, and outreach for Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab.

The panel members will consist of Kate Sayre, managing partner of the Boston Consulting Group and author of “Women Want More”; Marachel Knight, an INI alumna and assistant vice president of operation support and project management at AT&T Antenna Solutions, Inc.; and Joyce Brocaglia, president and CEO of Alta Associates, Inc.
The event is open to the public; however seating and boxed lunches are limited, so attendees are encouraged to RSVP.