Category Archives: personal mentions

Data Services Librarian

LZilinskiLisa D. Zilinski has joined Carnegie Mellon University Libraries as Data Services Librarian. Her research experience and interests include data management principles, vocabulary development, knowledge transfer, data education, and information dissemination and access practices. “With her knowledge and skills, Lisa will make an invaluable contribution to addressing the issues related to data management at CMU,” said Director of Scholarly Publishing, Archives & Data Services Gabrielle Michalek. Zilinski comes to Pittsburgh from Purdue University Libraries, where she was an assistant professor of library science and a data specialist in the Research Data Division. She holds a BA in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, an MS in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University, and an MS in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Contact information:, 412-268-6107, HL 240. Zilinski replaces Steven Van Tuyl.



University Archivist

julia-corrinJulia Corrin has joined Carnegie Mellon University Libraries as the University Archivist, responsible for the administration and management of Carnegie Mellon University Archives, located in Hunt Library. The University Archives collects and preserves records and personal papers of historical or administrative importance to the university, generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices or campus organizations, and makes them available for reference and research. “Julia’s experience with the preservation of digital records will move the University Archives forward as we continue to acquire, manage and preserve at-risk born-digital materials generated by our academic community,” said Director of Scholarly Publishing, Archives and Data Services Gabrielle Michalek. Corrin comes to Pittsburgh from Arkansas State University, where she was the Political Collections Archivist. She holds a BA in American Studies from Carleton College, and an MS in Information, Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. Corrin succeeds Patrick Trembeth, who had a one-year temporary appointment.

“Academic Idols” crowned

Watch the finalists perform!

Four Ph.D. candidates were crowned “Academic Idols” at Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 Three Minute Thesis Championship round on Feb. 18.


The first-place winner was David Rollinson (Robotics Institute, SCS), who presented his thesis “Snake Robots in the Wild!”

Second place went to Suchitra Ramachandran (Biological Sciences, MCS), who presented “The Brain as a Statistician. ”

Third place went to Patrick Foley (Statistics, DC) and his thesis “Statistics and the Human Connectome.”

In an audience vote, Ramachandran and Arun Shrivats (Biomedical Engineering, CIT) with the thesis “siRNA Therapeutics for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva” tied for the People’s Choice Award.

Eleven Ph.D. candidates made it to the final round out of 140 initial registrants. The competition, brought to CMU by Dean of Libraries Keith Webster, challenged the doctoral students to present their thesis in three minutes or less in language understandable to a general audience.

Check out the CMU home page story: Academic Idol.

Read more about the competition.

Three Minute Thesis – Championship Lineup!

front of inviteEleven Ph.D. candidates competed for top honors  in CMU’s 2014 3MT Championship on Tuesday, Feb 18, in McConomy Auditorium, UC.

Watch the finalists perform in the Championship!

  • Amy Dale, Engineering & Public Policy/Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Patrick Foley, Statistics
  • Clare Mahoney, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Eric VanEpps, Social & Decision Sciences
  • June Zhang, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ardon Shorr, Biological Sciences
  • David Rollinson, Robotics Institute
  • Arun Shrivats, Biomedical Engineering
  • Aaron Wise, Computational Biology
  • Suchitra Ramachandran, Biological Sciences
  • Derry Tanti Wijaya, Language Technologies Institute

More about 3MT competition

Three Minute Thesis is sponsored by the University Libraries.

EXHIBIT: Make Your Own Meaning: Evolving Ritual

EvolvingRitualposterNew exhibit in Posner Center explores self made ritual in adolescence, marriage and death rites to address how rituals adapt to different situations and individuals. Curated by intern Nicole Anderson, a junior in the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts program, with concentrations in Art and History. Through May 2. Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm -or by appointment (412-268-7680).

Open Scholarship for Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers

Oaweek2013_blogOctober 22, 4:30-6 pm in the Connan Room, UC. Live computer-based webcast and mobile-device webcast start 15 minutes before the event.

Come hear CMU researchers talk about why and how they make their work available via open access.  Hear the new Dean of Libraries Keith Webster explain why open access is strategic and describe next steps to increase open access to CMU research.

Speakers include Norman Bier—Open Learning Initiative; J. David Creswell—Psychology; Michael Tarr—Center for Neural Basis of Cognition; Veronica Hinman—Biological Sciences; Jelena Kovacevic—Biomedical Engineering; Mary Shaw—Institute for Software Research, SCS; Reinhard Schumacher—Physics; Russell Schwartz—Biological Sciences and SCS.

This is the keynote event in CMU’s celebration of International Open Access Week, October 21-27.

Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project Digital Archive

JewishChronicleCMU Libraries have completed the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, a digital archive documenting daily life in the Pittsburgh Jewish community from 1895 to the present. The full text archive providing an unparalleled look back into more than a century of life in Pittsburgh is fully searchable, free and open to the public at

For the complete press release: