Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

September 26, 2019

T-Shirt Design Winner + Joe's Odyssey + RA Opportunity + SURG Proposals + STEAM Carnival

The 2019-20 IDeATe T-Shirt Design Is...


"Seedling!" The creative brain behind this submission is School of Art/IDeATe student Rachel Lee. It will soon be seen on campus wherever fine t-shirt wearers roam. Thank you to everyone who submitted designs for this year and thank you to everyone who voted and then voted again.

Joe's Odyssey


The Department of English invites you to attend a unique artistic and literary event on Monday, September 30th at 4:30 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium. Chicago-based musician Joe Goodkin will perform his original 30-minute folk opera, Joe's Odyssey, based on Homer's epic Odyssey. Part lecture, part musical performance, part interactive discussion, the centerpiece of Joe's program is a 30-minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus' famous exploits. Performed with a single guitar and microphone, Joe's Odyssey is an oasis of simplicity in our modern desert of technology and style. This event is free and open to the entire CMU community. RSVP is encouraged but not required.

RA Opportunity in Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Wanted: Research Assistants to help with In-Class Data Collection at CMU

Project: ClassInSight - CMU

Our project is developing a professional development tool that guides university instructors through a summary of their own teaching behaviors so they can reflect on and improve their teaching.

This fall, we plan to capture data from CMU classes on the Pittsburgh campus. We are looking for research assistants that can help:

  • Supervise in-person data collection during weekly class sessions
  • Code (track and record) basic classroom behaviors (e.g. instructor is looking at left/center/right of the class) during and/or after regular class session

Note that these are relatively straightforward tasks, and students will receive training and guided practice on how to do these tasks.

Depending on the student's interest and skill, we also have opportunities to:

  • Design data visualizations around non-verbal classroom activities
  • Implement these visualizations in JavaScript (D3 or P5)
  • Run classroom studies and experiments
  • Help design and execute an assessment, where we show teachers their own data and see how they make sense of it.

We are looking for punctual and reliable students with experience (or at least interest) in qualitative research, classroom studies, interface design (optional), information design (optional), and user studies (optional).

We need students who can commit 5 to 12 hours per week to this project over the fall semester. Work can be done either for pay or for independent study credit (9 or 12 units).

If you are interested, please send the following to Anne Xie and Franceska Xhakaj:

  • resume
  • a short description of your relevant work, volunteer, and/or educational experience
  • your preferred choice of:
    • work for pay or
    • work for independent study credit (9 or 12 units)
  • attached Excel schedule: indicate weekly times you are available to attend on-campus class sessions to support data collection (8:30am-9:30pm M-F).
  • contact information for 1-3 references who are very familiar with your previous work

SURG Proposal Writing Sessions


Proposals for SURG (Small Undergraduate Research Grants) are due October 23rd. These grants are open to all undergraduates and can help you cover expenses for a research project like supplies, materials, lab equipment, or travel. Attend one of the upcoming proposal writing sessions to give yourself the best chance at snagging some of these funds. The first will be Sunday, September 29th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in CUC Danforth Conference Room and the second will be Thursday, October 3rd, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in GHC 4211.
For more information about SURG, visit

STEAM Carnival: Calling All Creatives, Makers, Inventors, Artists & More!


Explore the possibilities of STEAM learning and creation in an all-ages, playful and hands-on environment - STEAM Carnival

It's a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math learning and creation in the diverse and creative communities of Pittsburgh, with a spotlight on creative youth projects. STEAM Carnival takes place on the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh / MuseumLab campus, November 21 - 23.

Are you a maker, tinkerer, inventor, hacker, artist, performer, mover or shaker? We're looking for a wide variety of forward-thinking folks with projects that highlight the cross disciplinary beauty of STEAM learning. We welcome projects of all types, from student projects to performance pieces to hobbyist displays, in topics such as robotics, arts and crafts, textile works, culinary, sculpture, visual arts, game systems, puppets, biology/biotech and unusual tools or machines. Individuals, groups, schools, clubs, and organizations are welcome to apply. Don't wait - applications are due October 19!

Click here to learn more and to apply to be a creative at STEAM Carnival Pittsburgh.