This section is a short guide to some of the terminology that you will, nodoubt, encounter here and will, no doubt, be confused by. Some of these termshave been mentioned above and are repeated here for reference purposes (or soyou can take this section out and stick it in your wallet as a ready referencecard).
AI: Short for Artificial Intelligence. This is a big thing these daysin computer science and cognitive psychology.
Andrew: a distributed computing environment developed by CMU and IBM.All students have an account on Andrew.
B-boards (pronounced "Beeboards"): Electronic bulletin boards which canbe read from the computer. You should subscribe to the department b-board"PSYCHOLOGY" for official department news and to the psych grad student b-boardEGO for announcements of interest to grad students (e.g. parties and other funhappenings) and for posts of interest to no one (e.g. crazed babbling byupper-level students who should be writing their theses instead posting tob-boards). You will miss many important messages if you do not read PSYCHOLOGYregularly. It is assumed that everyone reads it and therefore things thatwould normally be addressed in a departmental memo will be posted here. Youwill miss many fun events if you do not read EGO regularly (e.g. once a day--wedon't often plan very far in advance). You can subscribe to them on Andrew.Their full names are "org.psy.psychology" and "org.psy.ego". There is also adepartment b-board for computing tips, it's full name is "org.psy.comphints."You post your own helpful tips there as well as asking for computer advice.
BH-xxx: Short for "Baker Hall room xxx". All the buildings around herehave silly two or three letter abbreviations. You'll pick them upeventually.
Brown Bag: 1. A presentation given at the end of the year byfirst- and second-year students. Each first- and second-year has togive one of these. They are called 'brown bags' because they alwaysoccur at , and thus people bring their lunches (in brown bags,even) and eat during these presentations. (It is recommended that younot eat during your own presentation.) 2. An informallunch-time meeting, usually with a speaker. Colloquium speakers willoften give a brown-bag presentation the day after their colloquium presentation.
CDEC: Center for the Design of Educational Computation.
CNBC: The Center for the Neural Bases of Cognition. A jointcenter between CMU & Pitt created as a result of a very generous grant bythe Mellon Foundation. The goal of the Center is to use interdisciplinaryresearch approaches aimed at discovering "how the brain thinks". New facultyare being hired who will have joint appointments in the Center and in a homedepartment (CMU Psychology being one of them). Some graduate studentsin the department are part of the CNBC Graduate Training Program, aninterdisciplinary program which involves training in neuroscience aswell as psychology. (There are also CS, math, neurobiology, and otherCNBC students, who study those things instead of psychology.)
Coke: Short for "The essence of life and root of all pleasure." Thiswondrous liquid drug, and a number of its friends, can be found near BH333 inmass quantities. Its formal name is "Coca-Cola" but Pittsburghers call it (andeverything else) "pop." Brought to you by the Psycoke(TM) Foundation and itsmembers. Buying soda from the machine outside the lower door to TheLounge contributes to our departmental party fund!
Core Course: This is a "COurse REquirement". There is one in each ofcognitive, developmental and social psychology. You have to take these at somepoint. Also, CS offers core courses on (obviously) computer related topics.
CS: (ALSO CSD, and SCS) Short for Computer Science (sometimes also with"Department":CSD, or since it is now its own college, "The School of ComputerScience").
"Edgin" : (v) To go to the Sharp Edge for the best pizza in town. SeeSharp
FlashCube: The pet name for Warner Hall. This is the universityadministrative building to be found across from the University Center on the Forbes entrance toCMU. The Registrar's office is on the second floor, the Payroll office is onthe third, and the Cashier's office is in the basement.
Faculty Club: The only decent dining hall on campus.Currently, no one knows where it is, except maybe faculty. Grads areadmitted only when accompanied by an advisor (go every chance youget!). Some summers they have lowered themselves to admittingunescorted students.
Falk (Library): Pitt's medical school library. It, like WPIC,has many books and journals which the neuropsychologists in the department wishthat CMU would get. Since CMU doesn't, however, we must go over to Pitt. Falkis located in Pitt's Scaife Hall which is located where De Soto street bends togo around Pitt's stadium. The one advantage of Falk over WPIC is that studentsCAN get a card which allows us to check out books at Falk. In order to signout books from Falk, you must first get a Falk library-card. This is differentthan the card which you can at Hillman. We're not sure whether you need to geta Hillman card in order to get a Falk card.
Food: That thing which we all like to eat occasionally. Youcan purchase food in the food court in the new University Center. Or,you can find sandwichesduring lunch from the sandwich cart on the 5th floor of Weanor from the Co-op deli on Margaret Morrison Street. The deli gives you morefor your money, and they have a wider selection. There is a Chinese Foodconcession in the Naval Building (also known as the Student Center) which serves decent food for $3.50.Unfortunately the concession is now under contract to campus dining servicethey are not open during school vacations. There are also campus dining halls:Morewood Gardens (cafeteria) is located in the Morewood Gardens Dorms. Thereis also a flat-rate, menu changes daily, dining hall called The Highlander Cafein the round part of the new dorm next to the stadium.
GSA: The graduate student assembly. Someone is ourrepresentative. It meets once a month and you are welcome to attend themeetings. They sponsor lots of fun events (like a casino night at a downtownclub and a comedy night at an Oakland Club.) They also give each departmentsome money to spend as the grad students want.
Immigration Course: During the two weeks of classes in September eachmember of the Psychology Department faculty and some other relevant facultyfrom other departments will give a presentation of recent or current work.
IC (Computer Science): This is a series of lectures offered by computerscience during the first five weeks of the Fall semester. Like our immigrationcourse, these introduce the CSD's incoming students to that department. Theseare often very useful and interesting sessions. You can use them to obtain aquick introduction to various Computer Science related topics.
Lounge, The: The room which contains the departmental mailboxes,refrigerator, and microwave. You can also find many important documents in the lounge: vitae for all current faculty, upcoming theses, papers by colloquium speakers, papers for classes (these are in the long filing cabinet), and papers for research group meetings, as well as other miscellaneous documents. It is also sometimes referred to as the Blue Room.
LRDC: Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center. This is anationally known center for developmental and educational psychology. Most ofPitt's cognitive psychologists are here as opposed to being in their PsychologyDept.
NPC (Neural Processes in Cognition): An old name for the CNBCGraduate Training Program. The name 'NPC' is being phased out toavoid confusion as to whether NPC people were part of the CNBC, orCNBC people part of the NPC, or what.
PDP (Parallel Distributed Processing--aka connectionism, neutral nets):cognitive modelling paradigm than uses massively parallel processing units,loosely based on biological principles. Not a computer from DEC.
Pitt: The University of Pittsburgh. They have a decent bookstore.It is a good place to look if our own excuse for a bookstore doesn't have it.They will also let you borrow books from their libraries if you can't find whatyou need in our libraries (and we guarantee that you often won't be able tofind what you need at CMU).
Practice Talk: When you get together with a few of your friends andgive the talk that you will be presenting to the department (or other largeaudience), and they critique content and presentation style. Recommended bysome for first and second year brown bag talks, colloquia presentations,conference presentations, etc.
PsycokeTM: The suppliers of all that is good (soda and partymoney--what more could you want?). This is the organization that runs the Cokemachine in the department. The proceeds from the sale of soda go to ourfavorite charity (us!) for fun events and the proceeds from the recycling ofthe aluminum cans deposited in the container near the machine go to our secondfavorite charity (The Role Models Program), courtesy of Marilee and TomCoriell.
Sharp Edge: THE place for pizza in Pittsburgh. It is a small Italianrestaurant/bar tucked away on a little side street just off Penn Circle. We gothere 2-4 times a month for dinner, usually on Wednesdays (because it's importnight), but we are careful to get home in time for Seinfeld...even though gradstudents don't watch TV.
SUPPORT: The newer name for the team of people who maintain and supportthe computers within the psychology department (some other departments also usethe name "gripe" for their computer support staffs--we also did until about 2years ago). They are the people to whom we "gripe" when we have problems withour computers. Their address is SUPPORT@psy.cmu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a problem with your computer (and areable to send e-mail) please send e-mail to Support notifying them of theproblem. This way they have a "written" request and a queue which enables themto deal with each request or problem in order. If you can't send mail, thenyou should ask someone else to send mail or you can call them. If the problemis a dire emergency, you can call them, BUT if you call when it is not a direemergency, they will just put your request on their queue of things to do.Calling them if it's not an emergency only interrupts them, so please don't doit. Be nice to these people; they work hard to keep your computer running.And if you piss them off, they also have the ability to make your computer stopworking.
Syquest Cartridge and Drive: The basic elements necessary to back upyour Macintosh hard drive. The Syquest cartridge is essentially a removablehard drive which allows you to use multiple disks (cartridges) in the samedrive mechanism. You should be issued a Syquest cartridge sometime soon afteryou arrive. The cartridge can hold approximately 40 megabytes. The SyquestDrive is connected to the machine named Data Tsar which resides in329-A. You need to get the BPAA-12 and BPCA-47 keys from Kathy Majors toaccess Data Tsar.
University Center, The: (usually refered to as "The UC"). The building across from Warner Hall (the flashcube).The University Center contains a coffeehouse, a food court, racquetball courts, aweight room, two pools, lots of space to sit and eat or read or both,a sizable theater, a fairly nice ballroom, the CMU bookstore, the artsupplies store, and Entropy.
Wean (Hall): Home of the Computer Science department among otherdepartments. When you walk across the patio from the basement of Porter(Baker) to Wean you enter on the 5th floor. The lower four floors extend downinto the ravine on the far side of the building. The Engineering and ScienceLibrary (E&S) is on the fourth floor. Turn left when you get offthe elevators.
WPIC (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic): Has a library which isa wonderful source of neuropsychology and health psychology journals and books.It is located at the corner of O'Hara and De Soto streets, near Pitt's stadium.Students are not allowed to check out books, but we can photocopy materials inthe library. They have vending machines for copy cards which allow you toobtain a copy card and put as much (or as little) money on it as you want.Pitt's Falk Library (the med-school library) does allow students to check outbooks. See Falk above.