The Link is the magazine of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Its name recognizes the pioneering work of two of the School of Computer Science's co-founders, Allen Newell and Herb Simon, who invented the use of linked-list data structures for representing complex information.

But it also serves as the link between the School of Computer Science and more than 10,000 alumni, colleagues, parents and other friends around the world.

From the latest issue:

On Campus: Web-Only Content

Jason Togyer Thursday December 17, 2009
A 230-foot-long pedestrian bridge spanning a hollow between the new Gates Center for Computer Science and the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon University campus was dedicated Friday, Oct. 30, in memory of Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design, and author of the bestselling book "The Last Lecture." The ribbon-cutting and bridge-lighting ceremony was held in front of the Purnell Center's main entrance. 

What's in a Name?

Jason Togyer Wednesday December 16, 2009
The generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of SCS has contributed millions of dollars toward the completion of the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. The former was completed with the support of a $20 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, while the latter received a $10 million donation from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.  

In the Loop

Jason Togyer Wednesday December 16, 2009
Sara Kiesler is the university's Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction. She came to Carnegie Mellon in 1979 as a professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and conducted some of the first scientific studies of computer-mediated communication and the Internet.A graduate of Boston's Simmons College, she earned masters' degrees in psychology and communication at stanford and a doctorate in psychology at Ohio State.  

Alumni Snapshot: Frederick "Fritz" Knabe

Jason Togyer Monday December 14, 2009
B.S., computer science, Princeton University, 1988M.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991Ph.D., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995Data-storage developers and data-mining researchers are in an arms race, Fritz Knabe (CS'91,'95) says. Each time it seems that disc technology has reached its limits, someone comes up with something new. 

Alumni Snapshot: Yu Shan Chuang

Jason Togyer Monday December 14, 2009
B.S., biology and computer science, Northwestern University, 1999M.H.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000Even if your Web site has a bad user interface, you'll only make it worse by being inconsistent from page to page. It's just one of the tips that Yu Shan Chuang offers clients whom she's consulting on Web-based applications ranging from email to highly technical engineering tasks. 

Alumni Snapshots: Web-Only Content

Jason Togyer Monday December 14, 2009
First photo: Members of the SCS Alumni Advisory Board who attended the dedication of the Gates and Hillman centers included Jonathan Betz (SCS'99), Ajay Jain (SCS'91,'92), Chris Maeda (SCS'92,'97), Sriram Gollapalli (SCS'02,CMU'03), Amy Matzke (CS'07), Boris Sofman (CIT'05, SCS'05,'07), Anita Taylor (SCS'07).Second photo: Mark Stehlik, assistant dean for undergraduate education (fifth fromleft), joined about 40 SCS and ECE alumni and students for a luncheonAug. 1 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.