Campus News in Brief

Dr. King Jr. celebrations today

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community will join together today to celebrate the work and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The events include presentations throughout the day where Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff can learn and discuss those things most important to King’s mission — the promotion of diversity in all respects.

The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. with a choral and community tribute to King in Kirr Commons, followed by the “State of Diversity Address,” which will be delivered by Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon in McConomy Auditorium.

Other events include a presentation of readings from and awards to local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students, a discussion about Alternative Spring Break with students who went on last year’s trips, and a community conversation about expanding the boundaries of civil rights.

The day ends with a keynote address titled “King, Obama, and the American Dream,” to be given by Michael Eric Dyson, an acclaimed author and Georgetown University professor.
Dyson is known by many as the “Hip-Hop Intellectual” and has been named on Ebony’s list of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.”

All programs will be held in the University Center and are sponsored by the Office of the President and Student Affairs.

Professor’s clean energy plan

Carnegie Mellon’s M. Granger Morgan, head of the department of engineering and public policy, has unveiled a two-stage approach for developing new energy technologies that can help society reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With the help of a team of investigators from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Minnesota, the Vermont Law School, and Washington, D.C.-based energy law firm Van Ness Feldman, Morgan discussed the creation of a new regulatory structure to economically capture, transport, and sequester carbon dioxide in the United States.

Recommendations that Morgan and his committee developed include the creation of an independent Federal Carbon Sequestration Commission, with a chair appointed by President-elect Obama, as well as a report that recommends developing regulations for the creation of a widespread commercial-scale carbon sequestration operation in the United States.

“This report is designed to get governments and scientists excited about cutting carbon emissions without disrupting energy supplies” since the U.S. makes roughly half its electricity from coal, Morgan said.
Copies of the new report can be obtained online at