Campus News in Brief

Schneider Elected as Fellow Of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Carnegie Mellon professor of chemical engineering James W. Schneider has been selected as a new member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Schneider also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of biomedical engineering.

According to a university press release, he is being recognized for his research on “novel materials for biosensing.” Schneider has focused on how to create synthetic DNA-like material for future use in devices, processing, and drug delivery.

“It’s very gratifying to have our group’s work recognized this way,” Schneider said in the press release. “The high-speed, gel-free DNA analysis methods we have developed will provide faster, cheaper, and more reliable routes to medical diagnostics and forensic identification.”

AIMBE, founded in 1991, explores issues related to the medical and biomedical engineering fields. It is a founding member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new program, Network of Experts, which will link the College of Fellows to the FDA. Schneider joins a group of about 1,500 individuals in the College of Fellows coming from various backgrounds including academia, private industry, and the government.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival planning to showcase 12 Films

Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 International Film Festival, with its theme “Faces of Work,” will come to multiple Pittsburgh locations from Mar. 20 through Apr. 5. The festival will present 12 award-winning films, with ties to about 20 different countries, and will highlight the trials and accomplishments of various groups of workers throughout the world. This concentration was an area of focus for Paul Goodman, the late filmmaker and professor of organizational psychology and theory at the Tepper School of Busines.

At each film’s screening, someone connected to the film, usually the director, will be in attendance. There will be panel discussions, talks, and culinary showings related to each film’s themes.

Countries that will be represented include Poland, India, Israel, China, and the United States, among others. “Lech Wałesa: Man of Hope,” is a 2013 Polish film biopic about Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Polish leader Lech Wałesa’s contributions to the fall of communism. Wałesa’s wife and former First Lady of Poland Danuta Wałesa will be in attendance, where she will discuss the film’s depiction of herself and the events occurring in Poland during the time period.

Goodman’s final film, “Shipbreakers,” will be shown on Friday, Mar. 21 in McConomy Auditorium. Director of media development in communications design Ralph Vituccio and Tom Clancey, a cinematographer who has worked on well-known films including “Fast & Furious,” completed the film after Goodman’s passing.

Tickets on opening night, Mar. 20, are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. For all other nights, tickets are $8 and $5, respectively. A festival pass may also be purchased for $50 and $25, respectively.