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MLK Writing AwardsStudent Writing Contest
High school and college students throughout western Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit their poetry and prose to CMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.

Both personal narratives about cultural differences and reflections on Dr. King’s legacy will be accepted.

You Bin MaengUndergrads "Speak Up" About Their Research
Public speaking is enough to make anyone sweat. Now imagine condensing months of intensive research into a three-minute presentation and delivering it to a room full of your peers.

This summer, 100 CMU undergraduate students did just that at the first ever Speak Up! Communications Session.

Math BrainWatching the Brain Do Math
A new neuroimaging study reveals the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems.

Insights from this new work may eventually be applied to the design of more effective classroom instruction – particularly in the form of improving cognitive tutors by creating models that match the brain activation and thinking patterns used to solve these problems.

Scott SandageHonors Fellows Confront Fear of Failure
Scott Sandage knows failure. Throughout the 13-year process of writing “Born Losers: A History of Failure in America,” the CMU historian experienced personal and professional setbacks that intersected with his research.  

He recently spoke with the Dietrich College Honors Fellows about his own struggles with failure and how to confront their fears.

Werner Herzog FilmWerner Herzog Film Featuring CMU Scientists To Screen July 29
The latest trailer for Werner Herzog’s new documentary features an interview with CMU’s Marcel Just in which he speculates on the potential to someday “tweet” thoughts.
Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology, is one of several CMU scientists highlighted in “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.”

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is no ordinary liberal arts school. From creative writing and neuroscience to behavioral economics and bioethics, the Dietrich College is home to eight departments as well as many programs and research centers that often cross disciplines to solve real-world problems.

Learn more about Bill Dietrich and his gift to Carnegie Mellon University.

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