2014-Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obituary: Lois Josephs Fowler Inspired and Mentored Generations of Students

louis fowlerFowler, professor of English, emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon, died Dec. 28. She was 89. Fowler joined the CMU faculty in 1961 and was often referred to as an "unforgettable" teacher. MORE
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mellon Foundation Grants CMU $2 Million To Transform Graduate Education in Humanities

Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe five-year award will train humanities Ph.D. students in digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning through intensive, weeklong courses that will also be available to anyone online. MORE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and Infection

hugLed by Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen, researchers found that a hug-a-day could keep the doctor away. Their results showed greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms. MORE
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Students Suggest Ways for Pittsburgh To Balance Privacy and Public Safety

EHPP PresentationTo help Pittsburgh officials understand the issues and develop effective policies, City Councilman Dan Gilman (DC’04) turned to Ethics, History and Public Policy (EHPP) seniors. The 10 students spent the semester researching the history of surveillance technology, analyzing how similar cities have implemented different tools and policies and developing recommendations for Pittsburgh. They recently presented their findings to City Council. MORE
Friday, December 12, 2014

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH Fellowship

andreea ritivoiRitivoi will use the the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore how the concept of "captive nations" emerged in early Cold War political discourse, and how their liberation only appeared as an American responsibility. MORE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt”

gladys schmittThe collection features 19 stories that the award-winning Schmitt published in her lifetime. Schmitt was a dedicated and beloved professor of English at CMU, where she founded the Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind. MORE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Alex Imas With New Investigator Award

aleximasImas, assistant professor of social and decision sciences, won for his paper, "The Realization Effect: Risk-Taking After Realized Versus Paper Losses," which explores how prior losses influence a person's attitude toward taking on additional risks. MORE
Monday, December 8, 2014

Local Children to Sing Spanish-Language Carols

El CirculoThe young carolers are taking part in an outreach program called El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura. Launched in 2007 by three Department of Modern Languages professors of Hispanic origin, this biannual workshop aims to create an environment where children gain exposure to Spanish language and Latino culture by participating in arts activities alongside their peers. Two concerts will be held on Dec. 20 and Dec 21. MORE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

EHPP Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council

surveillanceFrom drones to traffic cameras to body cameras, technology is giving law enforcement officials many new options to watch and protect citizens. However, their use raises legal and ethical questions, including potentially violating the privacy rights of innocent people. CMU students will present their recommendations on the issue to Pittsburgh officials from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Council Chambers.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

moneythinkLed by Psychology Professor Marcel Just, CMU researchers have created brain-reading techniques that use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy, establishing the first biologically based diagnostic tool that measures a person's thoughts to detect the disorder. MORE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Buggy Connection: Samuel Swift (DC’04)

sam-swiftSamuel Swift (DC'04, TPR'09,'12) cemented his lifelong connection to Carnegie Mellon University when he joined the Fringe buggy team. As a founder of the CMU Alumni Buggy Association, Swift has enabled countless like-minded alumni to sustain that same invaluable tie. MORE
Monday, December 1, 2014

Moneythink: Dietrich College Students Mentor High School Students

moneythinkSome lessons are learned the hard way. But Carnegie Mellon University students think financial management shouldn't be one of them. That's why they've joined Moneythink, a national movement of college students who are teaching high school students about personal finance.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Hockey Stats Revolution

hockeyThe NHL, hockey journalists and fans have joined the "Big Data" movement, and Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Statistics is behind a large effort to make sure analytics are used effectively. Sam Ventura, a Ph.D. candidate, is co-founder of WAR-On-Ice.com.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Anna V. Fisher Wins James S. McDonnell Foundation Cognition Scholar Award

FisherIt comes as no surprise that adults have much more advanced cognitive abilities than children. What remains less clear is how the advanced abilities, such as reasoning, understanding abstract concepts and organizing categories into multiple levels of abstraction, develop. Fisher will use the six-year, $600,000 award to continue her research into the emergence of higher-order cognition in the course of development. MORE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Alex Imas Wins CESifo Young Economist Award

ImasSocial and Decision Sciences’ Alex Imas has won the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award given annually to a young economist for displaying scientific originality, policy relevance and quality in behavioral economics. CESifo is a research organization in Europe that combines theoretically oriented economic research with leading empirical work from around the world. MORE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon To Host Hockey Analytics Workshop

CrosbyHockey fans who want to learn more about the numbers behind hockey, including goals against average, points per game, save percentage, plus/minus ratio and average puck possession time, are invited to attend Carnegie Mellon University's 2014 Pittsburgh Hockey Analytics Workshop. MORE
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rhythm & Brains

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remembering Steven Klepper

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Puzzle-Based Learning

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CMU Launches BrainHub℠