Campus News in Brief

Project Olympus presents

Project Olympus will host a “Show and Tell” Sept. 25 to educate the public about its cause. Project Olympus is funded by The Heinz Endowments and encourages technological innovation in the area. It seeks to ensure that new ideas created here can be developed here as well. Its goals, as stated by its website, include attracting new technology labs, stimulating new business opportunities, and increasing career opportunities for local technology graduates.

Speakers at the event will include Lenore Blum and Roni Rosenfeld, professors of computer science, and Bob Murphy, professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering. They will discuss projects such as “Mindkin” and “Play the News,” both of which are designed to connect people with similar thoughts and explore social and political issues respectively, to overviews of Project GATTACA and the Lane Center for Computational Biology. Also, a short preview of Carl Kurlander’s upcoming film A Tale of Two Cities will be shown.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Collaborative Innovation Center. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit (

Open house promotes Decathalon

On Sept. 27, Carnegie Mellon hosted an open house for the university’s solar house. The event was designed to give students and the public the opportunity to explore this year’s entry in the Solar Decathlon, a competition that challenges students to create a fully functional house that derives enough energy from the sun to power an average household or business. Local and state legislators were in attendance, including City Councilman Bill Peduto and Richard King of the United States Department of Energy, director of the competition.

Twenty schools from across the United States, Canada, and Europe are chosen to participate in the Decathlon, which takes place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The team with the most points after a series of 10 competitions is declared the winner.

Carnegie Mellon participated in the first-ever Solar Decathlon in 2002. In 2005, Carnegie Mellon began collaborating with University of Pittsburgh and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh under the name “Pittsburgh Synergy.” That same year, Carnegie Mellon began working with Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in Darmstadt, Germany. This year, Carnegie Mellon and TUD have both submitted separate plans to the Decathlon, but will share adjacent lots on the National Mall and have designed a shared deck between them.

This year’s Solar Decathlon Competition will take place Oct. 12 through Oct. 20.