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Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge to Deliver Keynote Address at Commencement

SCS is #1 Says U.S. News & World Report's Annual Survey

Greenhouse Attracts First Company; Gets $33.33 Million in State Funding

Boyarski Named New Head of Design School; Buchanan Credited for Restructuring Curriculum

Prestigious Seminar for Women Held at Business School

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Can Help Build Reliable "Wi-Fi" Wireless Networks

New Center Addresses Growth of Wireless, Broadband Networking

University Helping to Improve Education for Thousands in India

SCS Honors Best and Brightest at Annual Awards Ceremony

CFA Honors "Exceptional Staff Who Help Make College a Success"

Nierenberg Chair of Design Plans to Continue Ties with Design School

NCAA Champ Leads Swimming Team to Best National Finish

News Briefs
Jeff Bolton Named CFO for Mayo Foundation


Pennsylvania Supports South African Telescope Project with Second $250,000 Grant

"Best Practices 2002"

"Happenstance" at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery

"It's What's on the Inside that Counts"

Walking for MS

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Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge to Deliver Keynote Address at Commencement

Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will give the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon's 105th commencement. The ceremony, at which more than 2,000 degrees will be conferred, will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 19, in Gesling Stadium on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Ridge will also be among five prestigious professionals who will be awarded honorary degrees. More...

SCS is #1 Says U.S. News & World Report's Annual Survey

CIT Ranks 10th, GSIA 18th

Carnegie Mellon has the best computer science doctoral program in the country along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

Carnegie Mellon's graduate programs in engineering ranked 10th and its business programs ranked 18th. The 2002 issue also includes some rankings from 2001, when the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management ranked 7th overall and first in the information technology and policy area. The latest ratings appear in the magazine's April 15 issue ( More..

Greenhouse Attracts First Company; Gets $33.33 Million in State Funding

Pgh Lifescience Greenhouse logo The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, Inc. (PLSG), a partnership to put the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, has attracted its first company-Renal Solutions, Inc.- and has secured $33.33 million in seed funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Renal Solutions, Inc., (RSI) a medical device and healthcare service company based in West Lafayette, Ind., is relocating to western Pennsylvania to avail itself of the region's deep medical, research and business assets. RSI focuses on patients with chronic kidney failure and has developed a self- contained, transportable kidney dialysis product that enables patients to self- administer dialysis therapy in their own home without the need of a health care professional. The device improves patient's clinical outcomes and quality of life, while reducing medical costs.

The PLSG, a partnership of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the region's biotechnology industry, economic development organizations, and state and local governments, was formed to position the region as a global leader in biotechnology. It was established to provide a powerful catalyst for the region's life sciences sector, linking bioscience researchers and entrepreneurs, and improving their access to funding, leading-edge laboratories and equipment, and market opportunities.

The PLSG grew out of an original plan known as BioVenture developed by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. The PLSG's core research areas are drug discovery tools and targets, medical devices and diagnostics, tissue/organ engineering and regenerative medicine, and therapeutic strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, along with PLSG officials, made the recent announcements at a press gathering on April 3 at Cellomics, Inc., a biotechnology spin-off of Carnegie Mellon that develops software and equipment for testing new drug therapies. Also that day, Schweiker announced $66.66 million in state support for Life Sciences Greenhouses in Philadelphia and Hershey. Last year the state set aside $100 million of its tobacco settlement fund to support three Life Sciences Greenhouses across the state. More..

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