Campus News in Brief

New head of Steinbrenner Institute announced

Carnegie Mellon named Neil M. Donahue as director of its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER). Donahue succeeds David A. Dzombak, who left SEER to become head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Donahue is a professor of chemical engineering, chemistry, and engineering and public policy, and he is founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies.

“It’s a great opportunity to lead such a diverse and dynamic institute as environmental issues continue to emerge. I look forward to having our research complement ongoing work at the newly created Scott Institute as we all strive to solve the environmental and energy issues of the 21st century,” Donahue said in a university press release.

Donahue has been at Carnegie Mellon for over a decade, first joining the faculty in 2000.

He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications; his research focuses on the behavior of organic compounds in the atmosphere.

Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and executive vice president, is excited to see Donahue head SEER. “We look forward to having Neil as the new director to continue to help the Steinbrenner Institute change the ways the world thinks and acts about the environment,” Kamlet said.

CMU English professor publishes book

Jon Klancher, a professor of English at Carnegie Mellon and director of the literary and cultural studies program, recently published a book titled Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age.

Klancher’s book takes an interdisciplinary approach to looking at Romantic literary and critical writing to transformations in the history of science, history of the book, and art history.

“The new cultural institutions reached out to the public and engaged them in discussions about the ongoing arts debates and scientific controversies,” Klancher said in a university press release. “There were constantly changing arguments about what the sciences are, where poetry fits in, how print media and the visual arts were transforming the shapes of public knowledge.’ ”

Klancher’s studies have focused on the Romantic and Victorian eras, history of books and reading, and the sociology of cultural fields. His previous book, The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832, was a sketch of the Romantic era in England based on reading patterns and relations of new reading audiences during the time period.