Faculty and Staff Achievements: February 2024

An audience of sports spectators cheering and observing a sporting event. (c.1950)

At Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, we celebrate the many contributions of the faculty and staff who make the Libraries the destination for scholarly information, creative inquiry, and intellectual collaboration across disciplines, propelling the significance, reach, and impact of the university.

Feature image of "An audience of sports spectators cheering and observing a sporting event." (c.1950) from the University Archives, available online via our Digital Collections.


Ryan Splenda and Sarah YoungLibrarian Ryan Splenda and Principal Librarian Sarah Young published a systematic review article with other team members (H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy Denise Rousseau, Byeong Jo Kim and Jangbum Lee of Seoul National University, and former CMU Libraries colleague Donna Beck) in the journal Campbell Systematic Reviews. The systematic review is titled: "Does chief executive compensation predict financial performance or inaccurate financial reporting in listed companies?


Emily Bongiovanni and Melanie GaineyOpen Science Program Director and Librarian Melanie Gainey and Open Knowledge Librarian Emily Bongiovanni were invited speakers at the convening of the Open 2030 Working Group at Carnegie Mellon University on December 12. The group is comprised of thought leaders, educational innovators, and funders focused on building educational equity and social justice through Open Educational Resources (OER). Gainey and Bongiovanni spoke about the Year of Open Science at CMU Libraries.

Bongiovanni also published a chapter in an IFLA book titled “Bridging Research and Library Practice – Global Perspectives on Education and Training.” She co-authored a chapter called "Lessons Learned from Incorporating Research Experience into a Graduate Internship."


Sayeed ChoudhuryAssociate Dean for Digital Infrastructure Sayeed Choudhury presented a lightning talk at the Coalition for Networked Information membership meeting in December 2023 about ENGIN — Ecosystem for Next Generation Infrastructure. ENGIN is an umbrella organization that focuses on human-centered development of next generation infrastructure.

ENGIN includes the Open Forum for AI, for a range of stakeholders who wish to explore more fully what openness in AI means and how we can better inform AI policy to bend its arc toward augmented intelligence in an inclusive, participatory way that maximizes representation.


Heidi Wiren BartlettAssociate Director of Creative Heidi Wiren Bartlett presented at the 2024 LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) Digital Conference February 1-3 with Jen Shook, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies at Grinnell College. The creative work they presented is titled, "Meeting Grief at the Crossroads: Ritual Dramaturgy."

Bartlett’s work with the Propelled Animals artist collective, “SWITCH SIGNAL,” was selected to screen on May 9 in the 2024 Film Works program at the Leah Stein Dance Company. The collective was commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater to create a site-responsive film rooted in the technologies of imagination and mindfulness taught by Pittsburgh’s beloved Mister Rogers. The film was shot on location at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and throughout Pittsburgh with moments in The Hill District and at the Carrie Furnaces in June 2021. Conjuring the absent presence of community during the global pandemic, this work is about listening and includes movement, marches, choreographies, music, and rites as a love letter to Pittsburgh.


Jimmy McKeeEntrepreneurship Librarian Jimmy McKee published an article around prompt engineering and generative AI, with a fellow business librarian colleague (Benjamin Hall) at the University of Southern California.


RIMS System Support Analyst Yingxue Li got a score of 927 out of 1000 for "SnowPro® Core Certification" from the Snowflake Data Cloud on December 20th, with 750 as the passing score. The certification lasts for two years and can be renewed.