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2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Statement from Carnegie Mellon

While the recent story on food choices has been portrayed with less precision by some outlets, Carnegie Mellon and Paul Fischbeck, the senior researcher on this project, stand by the research published in Environment Systems and Decisions and how the research was described in the university’s press release. The purpose of the press release was to note the difference in greenhouse gas emissions between lettuce and bacon to highlight the complicated relationship that exists between food and the environment.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Even With 24/7 Access, “Ostrich Effect” Takes Over When Markets Are Down

Ostrich EffectCMU’s George Loewenstein and Duane Seppi first introduced the “ostrich effect” in 2009 to describe how investors “put their heads in the sand” to dodge facing their financial portfolios when they’re expecting bad news. The new data documents that ostrich behavior is widely prevalent, even with today’s around-the-clock access to financial information.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Health Insurance Complexity Leads to Costly Mistakes

JAMAWhile insurance exchanges were designed to benefit consumers by offering more plan choices, for many people, selecting a health plan is a source of confusion and stress. CMU behavioral economists Saurabh Bhargava and George Loewenstein discuss the implications in JAMA.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Athletics Celebrates Academic All Stars

Academic All StarsCarnegie Mellon University recently honored 29 exceptional student-athletes at its second annual Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration. The event recognized the top juniors and seniors from CMU’s six undergraduate colleges, who boast an average GPA of 3.80.

Five Dietrich College students were among those honored for their dual accomplishments in academics and athletics.   

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Brain Circuitry Fails To Connect in Children With Autism

Autism BrainThe holidays can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly because of new or different social situations. One reason scientists believe ASD causes impairment in social interactions is due to an inability to effectively infer other’s thoughts and feelings through theory of mind, or ToM — the ability to understand the mental states of others and oneself.

An innovative brain imaging study has uncovered new evidence explaining why ToM deficiencies are present in ASD children.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Logic & Proofs: Computer-Supported Learning and the Philosophy of Mathematics

Wilfried SiegWhether in freshman seminars or in work with Ph.D. students, Wilfried Sieg’s teaching pivots on central themes of logic, mathematics and their history, but also their application in philosophical theory and scientific practice—an inexhaustible source of course content.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Vegetarian and “Healthy” Diets Are More Harmful to the Environment

Diet EnvironmentContrary to recent headlines, eating a vegetarian diet could contribute to climate change.

In fact, according to new research,following the USDA recommendations to consume more fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood is more harmful to the environment because those foods have relatively high resource uses and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per calorie.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Children Perform Folktales at “Cuéntamelo” Showcase

FolktalesEl Círculo Juvenil de Cultura aims to keep Latino children speaking Spanish, familiarize them with their native culture and create a sense of community. The Hispanic Studies outreach program taps into the rich multidisciplinary resources available on the Carnegie Mellon campus—particularly in the arts and technology—to develop biannual workshops like Cuéntamelo.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Student Team Wins Grand Prize at Facebook Global Hackathon

Facebook Global HackathonDietrich College’s Avi Romanoff, a sophomore psychology and human-computer interaction major, was part of the winning team that won the $10,000 grand prize by creating a new digital product that supports breaking news 24/7 with real-time eyewitness videos from around the world.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Simple Ways To Increase EITC Participation

EITC ParticipationIt is estimated that roughly seven million Americans each year fail to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the primary channel through which the government supports the working poor. CMU’s Saurabh Bhargava teamed up with the IRS and found redesigned and less complex forms, coupled with a reminder, led to a 22 percent greater participation rate.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Ethics of Cyberconflict

David DanksAs the study of machine learning advances, leaders face major ethical challenges to know when and how to apply the use of autonomous computer systems. CMU Philosophy Professor David Danks is involved in this emerging field that considers the role of computers in battle.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Honors Fellows Enter Program’s Home Stretch

FellowshipWith one summer and one semester under their belts, the current Dietrich Honors Fellows have made substantial progress on their Senior Honors Program theses.

The Fellowship Program allows students to begin immersing themselves in their research the summer before their senior year, freeing them from the distractions that come along with the academic year.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

First-Year Writing Program to Recognize Outstanding Students

First-Year Writing AwardsThe Carnegie Mellon University First-Year Writing Program is seeking outstanding student pieces for its inaugural Excellence in First-Year Writing Awards, slated for Summer 2016. 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Mind of Its Own

Mind of Its OwnWith every website you visit, data are being collected for algorithms that can then predict everything from merchandise you will be interested in purchasing to career opportunities you will consider pursuing. Cristian Young, who majored in information systems, recalls how this factored into his recent car purchase. 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

John Lehoczky To Receive Prestigious IEEE Medal

John LehoczkyA CMU trio – including Statistics Professor John Lehoczky – will be awarded the 2016 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal. They are being honored for revolutionizing how systems handle tasks with deadlines under serious weight, power and space constraints. Their work has been used on the original Mars Rover, NASA’s Space Station, submarines, military jets and GPS satellites.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Why Major in Biological Sciences and English?

Apeksha AtalApeksha Atal is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences and English. In this video, she talks about why she chose an additional major in English, her experience in the English Department and how she plans on applying what she's learned after her CMU career.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Art + the Brain

Art + BrainIn this class that integrated fine arts practice with the disciplines of biology, neuroscience and psychology, students created art in response to class discussions. The students also worked with the Children’s School, and all of the artwork was part of a weeklong exhibit at CMU.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dietrich Senior Named Academic All-American

Carson QuirosCarson Quiros, a professional writing and creative writing double major, has been named to the 2015 Academic All-American Division III Women’s Soccer Team. Quiros is a three-year starter for the Tartans and captain for this year’s team, which is ranked fifth in the nation.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Effects of Behavioral Nudges Persist Despite Disclosure

Behavioral NudgesA team led by CMU behavioral economist George Loewenstein investigated the impact of making people aware that they were being nudged toward a particular decision.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The First Simon Lunch

Chris NeuwirthChris Neuwirth, professor of English and human-computer interaction, led a detailed discussion on “Prose Style Tutor” at the inaugural Simon Lunch. Using real prose examples, Neuwirth demonstrated how the modules were designed to help students become stronger writers and how they have already been used in various courses.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Center for Human Rights Science Secures Over $1M

CHRS FundingThe center, led by Jay D. Aronson, has secured funding to develop tools to collect, analyze and disseminate information gathered from human rights media.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How Does the Brain Rapidly Deconstruct What We See?

Marlene BehrmannThis is one of the questions Psychology Professor Marlene Behrmann is working to answer. In this video, she talks about how she uses the latest analytical methods such as machine learning and statistical analysis to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms behind the visual perception system.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

CMU Receives $3 Million NIH Grant To Study Healthy Aging

David CreswellDavid Creswell blends health psychology and neuroscience to investigate the mechanisms and pathways for stress resilience, and in the process has helped to define the new field of health neuroscience. His work utilizes stress management approaches, such as mindfulness meditation and self-affirmation, to study the neurobiology of stress resilience circuits in the brain.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Philosophy Grad Student Wins Big at Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh

involveMINTMost people don’t think philosophers as natural entrepreneurs. But, CMU’s Lizzie Silver is proving that isn’t true.

In September, UP Pittsburgh hosted a Startup Weekend unlike any of the other dozen it has hosted before. And, Silver’s proposal for involveMINT came out on top.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Studying the Human Visual System

Michael TarrMichael J. Tarr is a world-renowned cognitive scientist who studies the human visual system. In this video, he talks about Carnegie Mellon University’s long history in brain research, his own work and what the future holds for CMU’s BrainHub initiative.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Move Over Black Friday

Black FridayThe Friday after Thanksgiving is retail’s most anticipated day on the calendar. But what has become known as Black Friday now has a worthy competitor, and it’s only three days later. Cyber Monday celebrates its 10th birthday this year and exemplifies how the world of retail is evolving.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Toy Story Turns 20

Ralph GuggenheimWhen Pixar's “Toy Story” premiered 20 years ago, it revolutionized an industry as the first computer-animated feature film.
 
"It still looks fresh, which is very gratifying," said Ralph Guggenheim (DC 1974, SCS 1979), a lead producer on the film and a two-time CMU alumnus. "Visually, we knew other feature films would surpass what we'd done. But we wanted to make it look as good as it could possibly look and set the bar high for anyone who followed us."

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Brains With Autism Adapt Differently During Implicit Learning

Implicit LearningCMU scientists have discovered a crucial difference in the way learning occurs in the brains of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This finding may explain why people with ASD might have difficulty with everyday social interactions, if their learning of implicit social cues has been altered.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Carving Unique Paths in Decision Science

Decision ScienceIf your career goals as a student include dentistry, a decision science major is probably not for you.

For virtually anyone else, though, studying decision science provides enormous flexibility in pursuing different careers and acquiring resources for responding to life’s opportunities and challenges.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alum Now Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By Night

Keith SpencerAfter working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. Program.

Spencer, who earned a master of arts in literary and cultural studies from CMU’s Department of English in 2012, is excited to start his doctoral research that will examine bureaucracy from a cultural studies standpoint.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tell It To Me: Hispanic and Latino Children Learn “Cuéntamelo”

CuéntameloChildren from Pittsburgh’s immigrant Hispanic and Latino communities have spent their Sunday afternoons this fall drawing comics, creating games and writing plays—all while improving their Spanish skills—as part of this semester’s  El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura. This year’s fall workshop, Cuéntamelo (“Tell it to me”), is a multimedia storytelling lab for children between the ages of five and 12.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Student-Faculty Team Competing for Global Learning XPRIZE

Global Learning XPRIZEThe Global Learning XPRIZE, announced last year by XPRIZE, will award a grand prize of $10 million to the team whose open source software proves best able to help children learn basic literacy and numeracy skills during a field test in East Africa. Almost 200 teams from 40 nations have registered.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Jim Daniels’ “The End of Blessings” Takes Second Place in Short Film Competition

3 Rivers Film FestivalEnglish Professor Jim Daniels often works across genres, combining elements of poetry, fiction and film. His latest project is no exception.

Daniels wrote and co-produced “The End of Blessings,” based on his poem of the same name. The film made its world premiere at the 2015 Three Rivers Film Festival, where it earned second place in the festival’s short film competition. It was one of 16 entries chosen out of over 100 submissions.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Teachable Moments

Teachable MomentsWithout a strong educational foundation, how can we expect K-12 students to be prepared for higher education? It’s an issue at the forefront for educators everywhere and one of the reasons the U.S. Secretary of Education visited Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Ready for Success Tour.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Undergrads Show Off Their Research

DUC 15In early November, roughly 70 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Baker Hall Coffee Lounge for the third annual Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC). Since 2013, the colloquium has provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in a topic of interest and present their research findings in a structured environment.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First Dietrich College Dean’s Innovation Scholar Announced

Mara HarrellMara Harrell, associate teaching professor of philosophy, has been named the first Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Innovation Scholar. The three-year, $45,000 award was established to recognize a teaching track faculty member who is doing high-quality and innovative educational research with high potential impact.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reap the Benefits of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate ResearchAt CMU, it is not unusual to find undergraduates who are creating documentary films, investigating cultural trends and discovering how the brain interprets visual information.

Participating in research with world-class faculty is no small task and requires special training. Luckily, Dietrich College freshmen and sophomores can receive this training while actively engaging in groundbreaking research through the Dietrich College’s Research Training Program.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Commanding Presence: Alumna Alysa Ambrose

Commanding PresenceIn December 2014, Alysa Ambrose (DC'95) took command of the USS Gravely, a guided missile destroyer equipped with the Navy's latest combat capabilities. With a crew of 300, the ship is set to deploy for the Persian Gulf in mid-November, returning in June. Ambrose, who majored in psychology, talks about how her CMU education prepared her for her military career.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Self-Rated Health & the Immune System

Self-Rated HealthIt turns out that we may be the best forecasters of our own health.

New research from CMU psychologists shows that a simple self-rating of health accurately predicts susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults aged 18-55 years. The findings suggest that physicians should ask their patents to rate their own health.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Using Science and Data To Make a Difference

Ryan TibshiraniAssistant Professor of Statistics Ryan Tibshirani’s father is a statistician, but that is not the reason he went into the field. To Tibshirani, statistics is special because of its broad potential to impact almost any domain or field. One of the projects he’s involved with forecasts seasonal epidemics such as influenza and dengue fever.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards Accepting Entries Through Nov. 30

MLK Writing AwardsSince 1999, Carnegie Mellon University has hosted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards as part of its campus-wide celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. The program encourages high school and college students throughout the Pittsburgh area to talk about race and discrimination through poetry and prose.

Students are invited to share personal narratives about their experiences with racial and cultural differences or personal reflections on Dr. King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Video: What is BrainHub?

Brain HubLearn how CMU’s BrainHub research initiative builds on the university’s strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering to study on how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors, and develops new technologies that stand to transform neuroscience. Psychology Professors Marlene Behrmann and Michael J. Tarr are featured.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Jim Daniels’ Film to Premiere at Three Rivers Film Festival

End of BlessingsEnglish Professor Jim Daniels often works across genres, combining elements of poetry, fiction and film. His latest project is no exception.

Daniels wrote and co-produced “The End of Blessings,” which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Three Rivers Film Festival. It has been selected for inclusion in the festival’s short film competition and was one of 16 entries chosen out of over 100 submissions.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Pakistani Ally

Pakistani AllyAfter spending his collegiate years in the United States—beginning at CMU—Javed Khan returned to his homeland, Pakistan, feeling like a global citizen. Today, he is in charge of the SAIF Group, which employs more than 5,000 people in telecommunications, energy, textiles, cement, food processing, software, and consultancy. Khan (DC’72) majored in economics and history.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Improving Risk-Cost-Benefit Analysis

Baruch FischhoffThe effects of new technologies and discoveries — from nuclear power to medical treatments — often must be inferred long before they are experienced, forcing policymakers to rely on risk, cost and benefit analyses when deciding whether to use them.

Baruch Fischhoff critically examines these analytical methods, considering how they should be used and how they can be abused.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mental Maps: Route-Learning Changes Brain Tissue

Route LearningFifteen years ago, a study showed that London cab drivers had enlarged brains. CMU’s Tim Keller and Marcel Just have determined that detailed navigation information causes hippocampal changes. This finding establishes a critical link between structural and functional brain changes during learning.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Recap: I Never Learned To Spell “Successful”

Javier SolteroAlumnus Javier Soltero, the corporate vice president of Outlook Program Management at Microsoft, returned to campus for a talk titled “I Never Learned To Spell ‘Successful.’’

Watch the lecture, view photos and more.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

30 Years of Philosophy at CMU

Philosophy 30 YearsThe year was 1985, and three philosophers were asked to establish a Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. As current Department Head David Danks recalled, then-CMU President Richard M. Cyert told Clark Glymour, Teddy Seidenfeld and Wilfried Sieg: Whatever the department becomes, make sure you are the best in the world at what you do

Fast-forward to 2015, and it’s safe to say, “Mission accomplished.”

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Memorial for Hilary Masters

Hilary MastersHilary Masters, an acclaimed writer and beloved professor at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away over the summer at age 87.

To honor Masters’ life and work, the English Department held a memorial service in October. Watch a video, view photos, learn about a special scholarship fund and more.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Celebrating World Statistics Day With Pizza and Puns

world statistics dayTuesday, October 20 was World Statistics Day, and the Department of Statistics celebrated with a pizza party for faculty, staff and students. Guests were encouraged to share statistics-themed desserts, with prizes for the tastiest treats and the most clever statistics puns. 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Innovating Foreign Language Education

modern languages resource center and oli Whether it is for travel, career opportunities or personal growth, speaking a foreign language and understanding other cultures have become incredibly valuable skills. Often though, the time and commitment necessary to fully learn a second or third language can be a challenge.

Nearly two decades ago, the Department of Modern Languages set out to solve this problem in higher education by offering online courses.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NSA Director To Discuss Cybersecurity at CMU

admiral mike rodgersAdmiral Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will discuss cybersecurity issues at Carnegie Mellon University.

The lecture is open to the public, however pre-registration is required.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Executive Producer of “The 100” Skypes Into Philosophy Class

jason rothenbergWhen Jason Rothenberg, creator and executive producer of the CW hit show "The 100" found out that Carnegie Mellon University was offering a class on the philosophical questions the show raises, he immediately said he wanted to participate.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Launches

6 Degrees of Francis BaconCMU and Georgetown University have created “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon,” a groundbreaking digital humanities project that recreates the British early modern social network to trace the personal relationships among figures like Bacon, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and many others.

The website lets academics, students and anyone else interested in this period view and add to the network. The site currently identifies more than 13,000 individuals and highlights approximately 200,000 relationships.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Deliberative Democracy in Cuba

Cuba DemocracyAfter more than half a century, the United States and Cuba are on a path toward normalizing diplomatic relations. Two CMU professors from the Departments of Modern Languages and Philosophy are helping Cuban citizens prepare for what might eventually happen while a CMU alumnus of Cuban descent learns with his own eyes what might have been.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Adam LazarusIn his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Difficulty Processing Speech May Be an Effect of Dyslexia, Not a Cause

DyslexiaThe cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions.

CMU scientists investigated how procedural learning — how we acquire skills and habits such as riding a bike — impacts how individuals with dyslexia learn speech sound categories. They found that learning complex auditory categories through procedural learning is impaired in dyslexia.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MSCF Program Earns #1 Ranging - Again

QuantNet RankingFor the third time, CMU's Master of Science in Computational Finance (MSCF) Program was awarded the top position in the QuantNet rankings of financial engineering programs.

MSCF is a joint program between the Tepper School of Business, the Mathematical Sciences Department, the Department of Statistics and the Heinz College.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Italian Instructor Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Giovanni PuppoGiovanni Puppo was honored at CMU's Andy Awards for 40 years of service. He was one of just three individuals to reach this remarkable milestone in 2015.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism

RepetitionIndividuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes acquire a new behavior or skill only in a specific context, but they have difficulty transferring that learned skill or information to a new context.

A new study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that training individuals with ASD to acquire new information by repeating the information actually harms their ability to apply that learned knowledge to other situations. This finding challenges the popular educational approaches designed for ASD individuals that focus on repetition and drills.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

This Guy: Alumnus Tommy Oliver

Tommy OliverOliver, a double economics and digital media major, is now a major Holly wood producer.

His latest movie is "The Perfect Guy” and is about how one woman's interest in a charming man evolves into fear.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Proposals Due for Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium

DUC ProposalsThe DUC is a unique opportunity for Dietrich College students to present their projects, creative work or research in a formal, but low stakes setting.

This year’s colloquium will be held on Nov. 6. Students interested in participating must submit a proposal by Oct. 10.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Announced

ACS ScholarsACS Scholars are CMU undergraduates who achieve high standards of academic excellence combined with outside of the classroom activities, such as volunteerism, involvement in student organizations, participation in sports or the arts and leadership.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Patricia Maurides Receives CNBC Friend of the Year Award

Patricia MauridesMaurides, an adjunct professor of art at CMU, frequently integrates her interests in molecular genetics and psychology by probing issues of identity and origins in her art practice.

The award recognizes Maurides’ contributions to the Pittsburgh neuroscience community through both scientific and artistic literacy.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Robert Kass Named Interim Co-director of CNBC

Robert KassThe Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) is a joint project between CMU and Pitt that was founded 21 years ago to investigate the neural mechanisms that give rise to human cognitive abilities.
 
Robert E. Kass, professor of statistics and machine learning, is one of the world’s foremost experts on using statistics in neuroscience, a key component of CMU’s approach to brain research.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I Never Learned To Spell “Successful”

Javier SolteroJavier Soltero (DC’98) attended CMU at the dawn of the Internet era. Since then, Soltero – an information systems major – has climbed to the top of the technology industry.

However, Soltero’s path to becoming the corporate vice president of Outlook Program Management at Microsoft was not without hurdles. He will share his experiences with the CMU community on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts’ Kresge Theater.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Beyond the Obvious

Beyond the ObviousThe Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery will open an exhibition on Oct. 1 featuring the work of CMU’s Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky.

“Beyond the Obvious: Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky” will feature their work from five different collaborative projects completed over the past dozen years and include an interactive component for visitors.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English Degree

Berryhill McCartyAs CMU alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying  to some of the best medical schools in the country, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine.

“I think studying English promotes skills that enable emotional and intellectual engagement with patients,” said McCarty, who also majored in biological sciences with a neuroscience track.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Philosophy and the Real World

Philosophy and the Real WorldCMU’s Department of Philosophy will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month. The department is renowned for using research and technology to make an impact in the complex world we live in. Its areas of strength include ethics, medicine and neuroscience – as well as teaching the next generation of philosophers.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Researchers Determine How Groups Make Decisions

Group DecisionsFrom Beats headphones’ rise to prominence or a political candidate’s surge in the polls to how ants and bees select a new nest site, decisions emerging from groups frequently occur without a leader. Researchers in the Social and Decision Sciences Department explain how it happens.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Bright Minds, Big Ideas

Google Faculty AwardsTen CMU faculty members have received Summer 2015 Google Research Awards, which fund cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields.

Psychology Professor Laurie Heller is one of them. She is working on a device to allow people with little or no sight to navigate their environments using echolocation.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years Black Urban Life Scholarship

CAUSE 20To link the history of race with how it has impacted work and economic opportunities over time with current analyses of the politics, urban labor force and employment policies that shaped black urban lives, CMU established the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE).

This academic year, CAUSE will host a conference, lecture series and film screening to mark 20 years of scholarship. On Oct. 2, Earl Lewis, president of the A.W. Mellon Foundation, will give the conference keynote lecture on the complicated intersections of race and class within and outside U.S. higher education.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Celebrating Hilary Masters’ Work

Hilary MastersHilary Masters left his mark on more than three decades worth of CMU students and faculty members, as well as his readers across the world.

The Department of English will host a memorial service to celebrate the life of the late award-winning writer and CMU English professor on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts Kresge Theater.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport

Students LearningA recent study shows that the central approach of MOOCs — having students watch to learn — is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by CMU's Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Presidential Fellowships & Scholarships

CMU StudentsCarnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh launched the Presidential Fellowship and Scholarship Program in 2014 to provide critical financial support to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students across the university’s seven colleges and schools.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Department of Education Renews PIER Grant

Department of EducationBased on PIER’s impressive track record, with respect to training students both in their core disciplines as well as in education research, the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has funded CMU’s program for the third time with a grant of $3.67 million.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Moneyball Throws a Curve

MoneyballWhat does medicine share with baseball and the law? According to Christopher J. Phillips, a new assistant history professor, the answer may be Moneyball.

In a new course next spring, Phillips will dig deep into the history of topics including baseball, medicine and the law, while exploring how and why Americans have come to believe that mathematical and computational methods can solve complicated problems, even in seemingly unrelated subject areas.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

#LoveWins

Love WinsIn this in-depth look at the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage, Tim Haggerty reflects on LGBTQ history and Kristina Straub discusses gender studies.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Professor Puts Talents on Ice

Sam VenturaThe Pittsburgh Penguins have signed CMU’s Sam Ventura.

He’s not a play-making forward, a hard-hitting defenseman or a lightning quick goaltender, but the alumnus and new junior faculty member in the Statistics Department is hoping to make a big impact nonetheless.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Philosophy and “The 100”

Philosophy and the 100Science fiction meets philosophical scrutiny in a CMU classroom.

Students taking the freshman seminar will examine issues the popular television show raises. And, it’s just one of the courses introducing students to Dietrich College faculty members’ diverse research areas.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Voter Turnoff

Voter TurnoffThe U.S. electorate, whether liberal or conservative, has a common bond, and it won’t make any of the presidential candidates feel better about themselves.

Philosophy’s Robert Cavalier talks about our current voting model, deliberative democracy and more.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Confirmed: Lack of Sleep Connected To Getting Sick

SleepIn 2009, Professor Sheldon Cohen found for the first time that insufficient sleep is associated with a greater likelihood of catching a cold. Now, Cohen and researchers from UC San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have confirmed the finding using objective sleep measures.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Psychology Department Turns 100

Psychology 100The 2015-16 academic year is extra special for one of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ core departments. The Department of Psychology  was founded in 1915 with a focus on applied psychology.

Over the past century, it has become a major force in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, developmental psychology, social/health psychology and the science of learning.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Meet the New Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives

Jennifer Keating-MillerJennifer Keating-Miller has joined the Dietrich College as the new assistant dean for educational initiatives. Previously, she served as CMU’s associate director of undergraduate research and national fellowships. Keating-Miller talks about her new role.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Alumni Q&A with Patrick Cavanagh

Patrick CavanaghPatrick Cavanagh (DC’72) started out as a computer and electrical engineer, but an interest in artificial intelligence led him to Carnegie Mellon University, where he could study “the really big computer.” Since receiving his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from CMU, Cavanagh worked on aspects of memory and now focuses on how the visual perception system constructs our three-dimensional world.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry Award

Danielle PierattiThe Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected “Fugitives,” a manuscript by CMU alumna Danielle Pieratti, as its 2015 winner.

A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection. Lost Horse Press publishes the winning manuscripts. Acclaimed novelist and poet Kim Addonizio judged this year’s submissions.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Safe and Creative Space To Share Difficult Stories

MLK Writing AwardsSince 1999, Carnegie Mellon University has encouraged Pittsburgh-area high school and college students to write poetry and prose pieces about how discrimination has affected their lives.

Learn more about the writing awards program and how you can get involved.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia Pathways

Basal Ganglia PathwaysProfessor Timothy Verstynen’s latest research involves a breakthrough could help see the pathways that degenerate with Parkinson’s and Huntingdon’s disease.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

New Assistant Dean, AAC Director Named

Ana Maria UlloaAnna Maria Ulloa will administer academic policies and procedures, maintain student records and ensure a high quality of advising throughout Dietrich College.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

National Institute of Statistical Sciences Honors Stephen E. Fienberg

Stephen E. FienbergFienberg was praised by the acting director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences for his exceptional leadership in a variety of professional and governmental organizations.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar Elements

Memory LearningCMU psychologists, led by Professor Lynne Reder, uncover a critical relationship between working memory and the strength of information “chunks.”

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apology to the Moon

Apology to the MoonIn his 15th poetry book, “Apology to the Moon,” English Professor Jim Daniels details the life of a man from his college days to fatherhood while drawing on inspiration from the Moon Arts Group Collaborative.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki Helgeson

Vicki HelgesonIn 1990, Vicki Helgeson applied for her first job— a junior faculty position in the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  Helgeson, now a professor of psychology, has been here ever since, teaching and building an impressive program of health psychology research.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than Good

Patient Funded TrialsKickstarter campaigns for medical research trials? CMU ethicists warn that patient-funded trials may seem beneficial, but instead they threaten scientific rigor, relevance, efficiency and fairness.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

World Economic Forum Selects CMU BrainHub Startup as Technology Pioneer

Sophie Lebrecht and Michael TarrNeon’s proprietary technology uses cognitive science, neuroscience and machine learning tools to understand how humans see and react to images, and selects images that emotionally resonate with viewers.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Training PA’s Chinese Teachers

Sue-Mei WuThree Modern Language Department professors are working to help improve and strengthen Chinese language and culture instruction.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

LearnLab Summer School

Learn LabWhen Bill Buttlar, a professor and associate dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his colleagues were charged with revamping their graduate program, they decided to attend CMU to learn how to effectively implement cognitive tutors.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Study Finds State Vehicle Safety Inspections Should Continue

Vehicle SafetyPennsylvania legislators have been trying to phase out passenger vehicle safety inspection programs, but a study published by CMU researchers has concluded that the arguments are based on the wrong numbers.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

CMU Filmmakers Need Your Vote To Win $100K

The StorytellersThree Carnegie Mellon University filmmakers are competing to win $100K.

“We’ve Met Before” is a short film directed by Yulin Kuang (DC’12), who majored in creative writing and international relations and politics. Two 2011 graduates from the College of Fine Arts are also involved in the film, with Zack Wallnau behind the camera and Jennifer Hwang as the production designer.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

GEM4 Summer Institute

Printing Soft TissuePrinting soft tissue to mimic mechanics of a human brain sounds like something out of science fiction. But through interdisciplinary collaboration, the idea could someday become a reality. Psychology Professor Marcel Just was one of top lecturers from around the world who addressed human diseases at the global scale.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

English Alumna Wins Major Poetry Prize

Marci CalabrettaMarci Calabretta (DC’11) has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new book-length works

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Toward Software Social Organisms: The Companion Architecture

Act RNorthwestern University’s Ken Forbus will deliver the keynote lecture for the 22nd ACT-R Workshop. The talk — and the theme of ACT-R — bridges two CMU strategic initiatives: BrainHub, which harnesses the technology that helps the world explore brain and behavior; and Simon, a commitment to leverage learning science research and the latest in technology in order to improve learning outcomes for all students.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AAC Director Gloria Hill To Retire

Gloria HillHill, assistant dean of the Dietrich College and director of the Academic Advisory Center (AAC), has been instrumental in shaping thousands of CMU students’ educations. A celebration is being planned to honor Hill in September.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pittsburgh Celebrates “Caroline Acker Day”

Caroline AckerIndependence Day was extra special this year. The City of Pittsburgh declared July 4, 2015 “Dr. Caroline Acker Day” to recognize the longtime CMU history professor for her outstanding scholarship and many contributions to the Pittsburgh community.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

News Maker: Alumna Brittany McCandless

Brittany McCandlessIt’s safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC’08) knew she to be a journalist at a young age. To make her dream a reality, the associate producer at CBS This Morning attended CMU to major in the Department of English’s Professional Writing Program.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

BrainHub Research Projects Receive ProSEED Funding

Brain HubOne of the six newly funded projects includes Psychology Department professors teaming up with College of Engineering faculty to develop a high-resolution and portable EEG.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The CoAx Lab

Cognitive Axon LabIn the Cognitive Axon Lab, Psychology’s Timothy Verstynen and his lab members study the structural and functional aspects of the brain—why the brain is wired the way it is and how this wiring is related to cognition.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

User Expedition: IS Alumna Rebecca Shore

Rebecca ShoreWhen travelers visit Expedia's website they may find it assuring to know that Rebecca Shore has traveled the path before them. Find out how her Information Systems degree has helped her career.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Linda Babcock To Head Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Linda BabcockBabcock focuses on negotiations and dispute resolution research with specific attention to gender differences in negotiation and how people react when women negotiate. Her appointment is effective July 1, and she succeeds Paul Fischbeck.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Scientists Work To Improve Research Integrity

Research IntegrityThe National Academy of Sciences recently brought together top scientists, including CMU President Subra Suresh and Statistics Professor Stephen E. Fienberg, to address the issue of scientific controversies and “trouble at the lab.”

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spring 2015 Dean’s List Announced

Dean's ListCongratulations to all of the undergraduate students who have been named to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Classroom Salon To Help Boost Capacity of Computer Science Course

Blended LearningCo-created by CMU English Professor David Kaufer, Classroom Salon is a social networking tool that taps the collective intelligence of online study groups. It will be used as part of a multi-year, Google-funded project to boost the capacity of a popular CMU introductory computer science course.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Mind-Body Connection

Emily LindsayWhen fourth year Ph.D. student Emily Lindsay began practicing yoga in college, it completely changed her life.  After just a few weeks, she was less stressed, sleeping better and more productive in her classes.  She became fascinated by the mind-body connection and has spent much of her time in CMU’s Department of Psychology investigating how people can manage their thoughts and feelings to improve their health. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Conflicting Histories Harm Negotiations

Conflict NegotiationsThe role of history in negotiations is a double-edged sword.

George Loewenstein and a multi-university research team examine how histories are harmful in negotiations, particularly when an event benefited one party at the other’s expense.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

From Shakespeare to Torture Memos

Literature & the Law of NationsA new book by English Professor Christopher N. Warren discloses how a Bush Administration lawyer misinterpreted cultural history to justify War on Terror activities.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Obituary: Hilary Masters Was an Acclaimed Writer and Beloved Professor

Hilary MastersThe award-winning Masters joined the English Department in 1983 and spent the past 32 years inspiring students. He died on Sunday, June 14, at the age of 87.

“Our undergraduate creative writing majors were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from a consummate writer who was also an extraordinary teacher and mentor,” said Chris Neuwirth, head of the Department of English.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a Tablet

Tablet LearningNew research from CMU’s Simon Initiative show that although screen technologies are ubiquitous and certainly appealing for children, kids still need real-world experimentation with physical objects to enhance their learning.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the Brain

Brain ConceptsThanks to CMU advances in brain imaging technology, we now know how specific concrete objects are coded in the brain.

Now, CMU scientists are applying this knowledge about the neural representations of familiar concepts by teaching people new concepts and watching the new neural representations develop. The research reveals that the brain has a “filing system” that is the same for everyone.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Researchers Find Everyone Has a Bias Blind Spot

Bias Blind SpotIt has been well established that people have a “bias blind spot,” meaning that they are less likely to detect bias in themselves than others.

Now, researchers have developed a tool to measure the bias blind spot. A new study reveals that believing you are less biased than your peers has detrimental consequences on judgments and behaviors, such as accurately judging whether advice is useful.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Beverley Wheeler To Receive Alumni Distinguished Service Award

beverley wheeler will receive the alumni distinguished service award Each year, CMU’s Alumni Association honors alumni, students and faculty for outstanding service to the university and alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their chosen professions through the Alumni Awards program.

Beverley R. Wheeler, who graduated with a degree in social relations degree from the Dietrich College, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mobile App Educates Teens On Risky Sexual Behavior

seventeen days mobile app “Seventeen Days,” a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, will be available at no cost on iPhone, iPad and Android devices beginning June 4.

“Our goal is to create and make readily available a tool that will help teenagers make better decisions for themselves,” said Julie Downs, associate research professor of social and decision sciences who studies how social influences affect decision making and how people can make better decisions by understanding these influences.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Advancing Technology Education at CMU and Beyond

Chris Warren presents at CMU's inaugural Digital Humanities Literacy WorkshopApproaches to teaching and learning in higher education are changing faster than ever before – and technology is playing a major role in this process.

Recently, CMU offered the inaugural Digital Humanities Literacy Workshop and Technology-Enhanced Learning Summer School, both made possible by a five-year $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Tool Helps States Meet New Emission Standards

Paul FischbeckCMU researchers have developed an easy-to-use but technically detailed interactive tool to help states decide how to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new carbon dioxide emission standards.

In June 2014, the EPA proposed a Clean Power Plan under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act for the state-level regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from existing electric generating plants. The proposal, which will be finalized this summer, sets state-specific goals for CO2 emissions but provides each state with flexibility to choose how to meet its goal.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New $20M National Center for Forensic Science Launched

Stephen FienbergThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence. Based at Iowa State University, it will include researchers from Carnegie Mellon University; the University of California, Irvine; and the University of Virginia.

The center’s  primary goal will be to build a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation under two branches of forensics: pattern evidence (including fingerprints and bullet marks) and digital evidence (including data from cell phones and computers).


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa InductionTwenty-three Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society during commencement weekend.

Although membership is restricted to students at the 283 American colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, there are currently more than half a million members worldwide.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

Class of 2015Dietrich College alumni are impacting education policy and teaching in many different ways — thanks to their own Carnegie Mellon training and experience.

“I get to do wonderful things because I went to Carnegie Mellon,” said Beverley Wheeler (DC’76, HNZ'78), who has served, among other positions, as president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, executive director of the DC State Board of Education and is now an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College Washington DC program.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

“Mr. Everything” Dick Tucker Retires

Dick TuckerSince arriving at Carnegie Mellon in 1992, Richard (Dick) Tucker has served as head of the Department of Modern Languages, interim dean of Student Affairs, associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon Qatar, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Title IX Coordinator.

This spring, following a glittering career that has taken the beloved and respected Tucker to numerous countries around the world, he will retire and begin the next phase of his colorful life journey.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

CMU Community Reflects On Dick Tucker’s Legacy

Dick Tucker Tucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics, has been an outstanding educator, winning both the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and CMU’s top teaching awards.
 
The university recently gathered to celebrate Tucker.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Grad Wins Inaugural G. Richard Tucker Award

Natalie GiannangeliTo honor his dedicated service to Carnegie Mellon University, the Department of Modern Languages has established the G. Richard Tucker Award for Scholarship and Leadership. The award will be given annually at the department’s diploma ceremony.

Natalie Giannangeli (DC’15), a global studies and Hispanic Studies  major, is the first recipient. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Recent Grads Receive Fulbright Awards

FullbrightsAlexandria Hernandez and Erin Kiekhaefer will be making a global impact through this year’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sponsors the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Decisions That Matter

Decisions that MatterThere is no question that sexual assault is a huge problem in American society and on college campuses.

While there have been some recent ideas to try and prevent assaults from happening, none have seemed to work.

That may just change with “Decisions That Matter” – a new interactive graphic novel created by students in a unique class offered by the Dietrich College and the Entertainment Technology Center.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Suicide Trends in School-Aged Children Reveal Racial Disparity

Joel GreenhouseWhile suicide rates in children younger than 12 have remained steady for the past 20 years, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to observe higher suicide rates among black children.

Led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, the National Institute of Mental Health and The Ohio State University, the report’s analysis showed that suicide ranked 14th as a cause of death among 5- to 11-year-old black children from 1993-1997 but rose to ninth from 2008-2012. For white children, suicide ranked 12th from 1993-1997 and 11th from 2008-2012. Rates have remained stable in Hispanic children and children of other races.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Working for Change

NGOWith a shared passion for making a difference, Dietrich College alumni are making their mark in the NGO, non-profit and community-organizing arena. Their years at Carnegie Mellon helped pave the way.

“CMU was my microcosm,” said Kamilah Woods (DC'02), a project manager and business advisory consultant to federal government clients and public sector entities.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nature + Nurture

David RakisonIf you see a snake or spider, chances are it will scare you. Is your fear inherent or learned?
 
David Rakison believes it is both and that nature and nurture work together to help you develop fear for potentially threatening recurrent evolutionary threats. Rakison, associate professor of psychology,  studies how infants learn about the world around them. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aspiring and Ambitious

Anna Vande VeldeAnna Vande Velde is one driven young lady. Hailing from Cassadaga, N.Y., a farm-town of only 600 people, she came to Carnegie Mellon University for its highly-rated psychology program in order to work in the field of child development. This is an aim she’s had in one manner or another since a young age.

Aspiring to become a clinical psychologist and work with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vande Velde continually strived in her education as a psychology major to reach this objective.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Statistics and Physics Major Receives 2015 Judith A. Resnik Award

Kathryn McKeoughKathryn McKeough, a 2015 graduate with a B.S. in physics with an additional major in statistics, received the Judith A. Resnik Award during commencement weekend.

The award, which honors Carnegie Mellon alumna and space shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Judith A. Resnik, is presented annually to an outstanding woman graduating in the sciences or engineering who plans to attend graduate school and whose academic performance, creativity and vision illustrate potential for high academic achievement in her field.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

English Graduate Lands Job at Top Technology Company

Soniya ShahBefore Soniya Shah even had the chance to graduate, she was offered a technical writing position at technology giant, Hewlett-Packard’s HP Vertica.

Shah, who majored in technical writing and communication (TWC) in the Department of English, will start as an information developer, or technical writer, in August.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Digital Dreams: Circulo Juvenil Brings Digital Learning To Hispanic Children

Circulo JuvenilLocal Hispanic children spent the past semester interacting with digital technology, thanks to a special program in the Department of Modern Languages.

El Circulo Juvenil de Cultura, a Hispanic Studies outreach program, hosted “Sueños Digitales,” or “Digital Dreams” for 20 Spanish-speaking children. Every semester since 2007, Circulo Juvenil has held similar workshops – all designed to use arts and technology to keep Latino children speaking Spanish, familiarize them with their native culture and create a sense of community among them and their families.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Meeting of the Minds Turns 20

Meeting of the MindsThis year’s May 6 finale marked the 20th anniversary of Meeting of the Minds, which has mushroomed from its initial 157 presenters in 1995 to more than 450 participants.

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences was well-represented at the event, with projects ranging from “#InstaCuba: Viewing Cuban Identity Through the Tourist Filter” to “Infants’ Understanding of Newton’s Third Law.”

“The breadth and quality of student work from Dietrich College continues to astonish me every year,” said Tim Haggerty, director of the Humanities Scholars Program who oversees judging for the Dietrich College Meeting of the Mind award categories.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Researchers Find Self-Promotion Often Backfires

Self PromotionBragging to coworkers about a recent promotion, or posting a photo of your brand new car on Facebook, may seem like harmless ways to share good news.

Published in Psychological Science CMU researchers found that self-promoters overestimate how much their self-promotion elicits positive emotions and underestimate how much it elicits negative emotions.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Alumni Impacting Education

PolicyDietrich College alumni are impacting education policy and teaching in many different ways — thanks to their own Carnegie Mellon training and experience.

“I get to do wonderful things because I went to Carnegie Mellon,” said Beverley Wheeler (DC’76, HNZ'78), who has served, among other positions, as president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, executive director of the DC State Board of Education and is now an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College Washington DC program.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Nine History Students

Phi Alpha ThetaNine students with majors or minors in the Department of History have been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. They were selected for demonstrating exceptional academic achievements.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Researchers Find More Sex Doesn't Lead To Increased Happiness

Sex & HappinesCountless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier.

In the first study to examine the causal connection between sexual frequency and happiness, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that simply having more sex did not make couples happier, in part because the increased frequency led to a decline in wanting for and enjoyment of sex.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

16 Students Inducted into International English Honor Society

International English Honor SocietyCarnegie Mellon's Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Omega Tau, welcomed 16 new members into the International English Honor Society at its induction ceremony on April 28 in the Steinberg Auditorium.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rebecca Nugent Wins Ryan Award For Meritorious Teaching

Rebecca NugentYou always remember the teachers or advisers who helped shape who you are today.

Rebecca Nugent, associate teaching professor of statistics, is the 2015 recipient of the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching. The Ryan Award is given to a professor who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IS Conference Room Dedicated to Archit Kumar (DC’12) and Family

Weinberg & KumarTo recognize Archit Kumar and his family’s endowment and generous gift to the Information Systems (IS) Program,  Porter Hall 222 has been renamed the Kumar Conference Room.

“We are truly grateful for this support,” said Randy Weinberg,  director of the program. “The funds will be used basically exclusively to enhance undergraduate educational opportunities for individual research, participation in the larger IS community and for service learning experience abroad.”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Distinguished Teaching Award Goes To Yasufumi Iwasaki

Yasufumi IwasakiTwo adjectives frequently used to describe Yasufumi Iwasaki are tirelessly committed and generous.

For Iwasaki’s extraordinary dedication to his students and his impact as a teacher, advisor, mentor and curriculum developer, he has won the 2014-15 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Marlene Behrmann Elected To National Academy of Sciences

Marlene BehrmannBehrmann, the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and CMU co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She is the first female scientist from CMU to be elected to the NAS.

Behrmann joined the CMU faculty in 1993 and is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in the cognitive neuroscience of visual perception. Her research combines behavioral investigations and brain imaging techniques with both normal and impaired individuals to identify the functional architecture of the human brain that enables our visual experiences.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Big Data, Humanities & the Social Sciences

Big DataKatie Bergman-Bock (DC’09, HNZ’10) and Mario Nuñez (DC’10) both credit their experience in classes at Carnegie Mellon University with their jobs today in the Big Data field.

Bergman-Bock, a senior consultant at Deloitte, and Nuñez, a senior data scientist at Glassdoor, praise CMU’s emphasis on quantitative skills, statistical rigor, and structured curriculum for giving them the skills they needed to rise in their job market.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Passion for Teaching

Marie AvilezMarie Avilez did not realize how spending one semester abroad two years ago would influence the trajectory of her future plans.

It was during CMU’s first Social Change Semester that Avilez discovered her passion: teaching. Now, to recognize her academic distinction, demonstrated accomplishment and potential as a rising educator, she is the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ 2015 recipient of the Gretchen Lankford Prize.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Born to Teach

Dan WaltersDan Walter did not always plan on a career as a teacher. But, when he taught as an undergraduate German major at Dickinson College, he fell in love with it.

Fast-forward to just a few years later, and Walter is not only teaching, but he is winning awards for it. Walter is the 2015 recipient of the Dietrich College's Graduate Student Teaching Award.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Revisiting Geoffrey Chaucer During National Poetry Month

Canterbury TalesNational Poetry Month is the perfect opportunity to revisit Geoffrey Chaucer – the father of English literature who is also considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages – and one of his most significant poems – the Prologue to the “Canterbury Tales.”

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eighteen Dietrich College Students Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa PhiStarting in 2022, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will digitally image the sky every night for a decade. The massive camera will gather roughly 30 terabytes — or 30,000 gigabytes — each night, creating “big data” for astronomy like never before.

To help prepare for the data challenges, Carnegie Mellon’s Chad Schafer has been elected co-chair of the LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Taps CMU Statistician For Leadership Role

LSSTStarting in 2022, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will digitally image the sky every night for a decade. The massive camera will gather roughly 30 terabytes — or 30,000 gigabytes — each night, creating “big data” for astronomy like never before.

To help prepare for the data challenges, Carnegie Mellon’s Chad Schafer has been elected co-chair of the LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

“The Myth of Seneca Falls” Named 2015 Most Original Book in U.S. Women’s History

Myth of Seneca FallsHistory Professor Lisa Tetrault’s book has won the Organization of American Historians' (OAH) inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s History.

The award is given for the previous calendar year’s most original book — one that is path-breaking work or challenges and changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Appear in “Fastball”

FastballPsychology Professors Michael J. Tarr and Timothy Verstynen are making their silver screen debut in Fastball, a baseball documentary produced by CMU Trustee Thomas Tull and directed by eight-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the film, Tarr and Verstynen discuss the brain’s cognitive processes involved in hitting a fastball.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

New Grant Supports Simon Initiative Activities

Carnegie GrantThe Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a $1 million, two-year grant, to demonstrate and help promote the use of technology-enhanced learning techniques in higher education.

The grant — Carnegie Corporation’s largest ever to CMU — will allow the university to better understand and develop strategies to overcome the roadblocks to using technology-enhanced learning (TEL) resources.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Eight Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors Fellows

Fellowship RecipientsEight exceptional juniors have been selected to be 2015-16 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows. The Honors Fellowship Program – in its second year – is part of the college’s Senior Honors Program and is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.

The fellowship program does this by providing students with support to spend the summer before their senior year researching their thesis topics. The extra time allows them to focus on their projects while not also juggling demanding course loads, internships and other extracurricular activities.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Sending a Message to the Future

Earth TapestryIf you were to leave a message for someone in the far distant future about what you think is important about Earth, what would your message say? How would you communicate a story about our world to future Earthlings, or even to extraterrestrial intelligences?

William Alba has been pondering these questions for years, and he’s devised a practical plan to create such a message and put it on the moon.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Students: Gain An Early Edge in Research

Research TrainingWhen it comes to preparing its students for the future, few universities can match the opportunities that Carnegie Mellon University offers its undergraduates for research and training.
 
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences undergraduate students are actively engaged in groundbreaking research. A great way for freshman and sophomores to get real research experience is through the Dietrich College’s Research Training Program.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Scientists Question Representation of Women in International Journal

Leading ScientistsThree leading cognitive scientists from the Dietrich College are questioning the gender representation of invited contributors in the special February 2015 issue, “The Changing Face of Cognition,” published by the international journal Cognition.

Cognition, a highly regarded scientific journal, publishes theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind – a topic that has been a research strength of CMU for decades and that is receiving intense focus through the federal government’s BRAIN Initiative.

In an opinion piece, Roberta Klatzky, Lori Holt and Marlene Behrmann write that they were “struck by the fact that among the 19 authors listed for the 12 articles, only one female author was present.”

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dietrich College Students Shine at Putnam Mathematics Competition

MAACMU placed fifth in the Mathematical Association of America's 75th William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. The fifth-place ranking reflects the scores of the three students selected to be on the Carnegie Mellon team, including Dietrich College’s Linus Hamilton.

Additionally, Carnegie Mellon had 55 students who scored among the top 507, the second most of any university. Seven of those students are from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the college’s affiliated Science and Humanities Scholars Program.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

CMU To Create New Institute for Politics and Strategy

IPSThe Dietrich College will open a new Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), effective July 1.

Under the direction of Kiron K. Skinner, the IPS will serve as a center for research, undergraduate and graduate education, and university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Autism: Making Progress

AutismAccording to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, autism — a complex developmental disease — will affect one out of every 68 children born in the United States. The lifetime cost to care for a child with autism is estimated to be as great as $2.4 million.

But, while no single cause or cure has yet to be found, there is optimism as researchers — including several at Carnegie Mellon University — are making significant progress with groundbreaking discoveries that are being highlighted this April during National Autism Awareness Month.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced

Velde & DickterThe Department of Psychology has selected Anna Vande Velde (DC’15) and Adam Dickter (DC’17) as the recipients of the inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment from the George and Elizabeth Ireland family, were established to support high-quality undergraduate research projects.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service Award

Joel TarrJoel Tarr, who has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the ASEH.

Caroline Acker, head of the Department of History, said that the field of environmental history is on the rise as issues like climate change and global warming take on urgency. She believes Tarr's work has been critical.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Like Sports Analytics? You’ll Love This New Student Club

Sports AnalyticsCall it the “Moneyball Effect,” referring to how the Oakland Athletics famously used statistics to build a successful baseball team, but more and more professional sports teams are using and relying on analytics to gain a competitive edge.

It’s no surprise that CMU – home to one of the world’s best and fastest-growing Statistics Departments  – is flush with sports-related statistical activity. One example is the new Tartan Sports Analytics Club. A student-run club, participants use in-depth quantitative data to develop an understanding of sports analytics, strategies and management.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Rosa ParksThe popular image of Rosa Parks, often called the “first lady of civil rights,” is that of a quiet seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped end public segregation.

A new book by acclaimed author Jeanne Theoharis challenges this public perception of Parks. In “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” the first scholarly biography of Parks, Theoharis unearths her political philosophy and six decades of social justice work, revealing a woman who had a history of being rebellious. Theoharis will discuss Parks and her place in women’s history in Carnegie Mellon University’s ninth annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 in Baker Hall’s Giant Eagle Auditorium.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Department of English

Andreea RitivoiAndreea Deciu Ritivoi has been selected to lead CMU’s Department of English, a renowned leader in professional, technical and creative writing as well as rhetoric and literary and cultural studies. Effective July 1, Ritivoi will succeed Chris Neuwirth, who has served as department head since 2009.

“Professor Ritivoi will be a wonderful leader. She is fully credible in all three areas in our English Department: creative writing, literary and cultural studies and rhetoric,” said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

The New Faces of Marketing & Media

Marketing and MediaMichelle Bova (DC’07) and Claire Morgenstern (DC’09) navigated their internships, first jobs and career switches in marketing and the media by drawing on their experiences studying at CMU.

Through their experience at different media outlets, they learned how their skills would translate into the real world.

They both returned to campus recently and presented on the advertising, marketing and public relations panel at “Under Construction: Building Your Future,” an annual event in which alumni share their work experiences with undergraduates and other alumni.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Pickin' and Grinnin’ - Statistics Professor Takes Time for Banjo

BanjoOh, play me some mountain music, like grandma and grandpa used to play.

Maybe you know that line from Alabama’s number one hit “Mountain Music.” What you may not know is Brian Junker, associate dean of the Dietrich College, has been granting that request weekly at the Schenley Park Visitor’s Center.

Junker, who has played guitar off and on since he was a teenager, took up the banjo eight years ago after becoming perplexed during a performance by local songwriter Emily Pinkerton.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Dietrich College Spring Carnival Reception

Carnival ReceptionThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold a reception for alumni, faculty, staff and students on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Baker Hall Terrace.

The reception is your chance to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Find out which faculty members are attending and register attend.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

22 Inducted Into Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma IotaTwenty-two Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students were recently inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. The inductees all have either a major or minor in the Department of Modern Languages and were nominated because of outstanding academic achievement.

The inductees are now part of Phi Sigma Iota’s Epsilon Epsilon chapter, which is joint with Duquesne University.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the Humanities

William AdamsWilliam Adams, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), believes that government support for the public humanities is critical to our national welfare.

In the last five years, the NEH has granted more than $22 million to support humanities programs, research and collections in Pennsylvania. As the agency gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016, Adams believes the NEH can do more to address major challenges in society.

Adams hopes to influence the work of the NEH through several grant initiatives. He will share his fresh perspective on the humanities at Carnegie Mellon University at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 27 in the Cohon University Center’s Rangos 1 Ballroom.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teaching Science to the Brain

Teaching the BrainWhen you learn a new technical concept, something happens in your brain, but exactly what has been a mystery until now.

For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts. Published in NeuroImage, the findings reveal how new technical knowledge is built up in the brain during the course of different learning stages. The findings foreshadow the capability to assess the effectiveness of instruction and efficiency of learning by monitoring changes in the brain.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pulitzer Prize Winner To Speak At Adamson Writing Awards

Tracy K. SmithTracy K. Smith  is no stranger to award ceremonies.

Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, “Life on Mars.” In 2014, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which is given to one poet annually to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Smith, the author of two other award-winning poetry books, “Duende” and “The Body’s Question,” will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University’s 2015 Adamson Student Writing Awards.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Undergraduates Train in Technology, Arts through Ideate

IdeateThis semester, undergraduate student Steve Epple is investigating the merging of live performance with digital technology in his mediated reality course. Eleanor Haglund is learning about entrepreneurship. Haglund, however, is not a business major as one might think. And, Epple is not a drama major, nor a media design major.

Epple and Haglund are both English majors in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences who decided to minor in the Integrative Design, Arts, Technology Network.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Every Day Is Grammar Day

Grammar DayPaul Hopper doesn't need a special holiday to commemorate grammar. A world-renowned linguist, he focuses on the relationship between the structure of language and rhetoric.

Hopper, the Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in the Department of English, offers five grammar tips to keep in mind.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11

International Film FestivalFocusing on both the body and soul of workers worldwide, the 2015 CMU International Film Festival  will screen 19 award-winning films from 14 countries. Following the festival’s well-established tradition, each screening will also feature a special event, such as appearances by the director or someone else associated with the film, panel discussions, presentations and culinary displays relevant to the film’s themes. MORE
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas Communicate

Brain Areas CommunicateUsing diffusion spectrum imaging and fiber technology, CMU neuroscientists have identified a new way that several brain areas communicate in the striatum. The findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease. MORE
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Building Strong Futures

Under Construction RecapStudents in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences – who major in everything from cognitive psychology and statistics to philosophy and creative writing – have so many career choices to choose from that it can be daunting trying to figure it all out.
 
To help sophomores, juniors and seniors learn about different career paths, nearly 50 Dietrich College alumni returned to campus for the third annual “Under Construction: Building Your Future” event. Students spent a recent Saturday afternoon getting first-hand accounts of how alumni have cultivated careers in entertainment, publishing, technology, non-profits and other industries.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tickets On Sale for First-Ever Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Humanities FestivalThe festival will run March 26-29 and feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators, including Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehren," and actor and activist George Takei, the most influential person on Facebook.

Dietrich College will be well-represented at the festival with Chris Warren, Kiron Skinner, Timothy Haggerty, Harrison Apple and Tim Dawson participating.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED Funding

Brain HubEight new neuroscience projects propose innovative solutions to some of the most pressing questions in brain science and represent the university’s strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering. The projects out of the Dietrich College are Measuring Brain Changes During Stress Management Training, Statistical Methods To Identify Early Biomarkers of Brain Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease and ConnPort: Creating a Standardized Interface To Access Human Connectome Data. MORE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Professor Brings Duane Michals’ Photography To Life In Major Exhibition

Linda Benedict-JonesSix years ago, Linda Benedict-Jones, adjunct professor of history, began working on her final exhibition as curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). "Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals” was a definitive retrospective of the groundbreaking photographer.

Benedict-Jones incorporated the exhibition into her class, "Photographers and Photography since World War II,” because it offered an unusually rich case study for a sustained look at the half-century-long career of this internationally celebrated North American artist, coincidentally with Pittsburgh roots.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Top-Rated Statistics Department Among Fastest-Growing

StatisticsAccording to numbers released by the American Statistical Association (ASA), statistics is the most rapidly increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discipline for undergraduate students, even outpacing computer and information technology-related fields.

And, CMU’s Department of Statistics — a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education — is among the fastest-growing statistics departments.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Students Thrive in First Senior Honors Fellowship Program

Dean's ListWriting a thesis is no small task. And, seniors in Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Senior Honors Program typically research and write their theses during their final year – at the same time that they are taking classes, participating in internships and planning their next steps.

In order to give select students a head start on their theses development, the Dietrich College introduced the Senior Honors Fellowship Program last year. Four outstanding then-juniors took part in the program’s first offering and are now, months away from graduation and putting the finishing touches on their projects, which ranged from relationship research to anthropology and ethnography studies.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

U.S. & Cuba: Hispanic Studies Professor Optimistic About Renewed Relations

U.S. & CubaChange doesn’t happen overnight, especially if you’re talking about two neighbors who haven’t spoken to each other in more than 50 years.

But Cuban-born Kenya Dworkin, a professor of Hispanic Studies at Carnegie Mellon, is optimistic about the possibilities between Cuba and the U.S., now that President Barack Obama has begun to re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects Health

MindfulnessPsychology Professor J. David Creswell and graduate student Emily K. Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways. Their work, published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science,” describes the biological pathways linking mindfulness training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes. MORE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Catch a Sneak Preview of Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Feb. 27

Film Festival“Song from the Forest,” a German film about a musicologist from New York City who spends 25 years in the Congo, will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27 in McConomy Auditorium. MORE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From Fingers

TouchscreenRoberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, was part of a team that developed a new mathematical model and experimental results on "haptic illusions” that could one day lead to flatscreen displays featuring active touchback technology, such as making your touchscreen’s keyboard actually feel like a keyboard. MORE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Carnegie Mellon To Receive American Humanist Association Award for Philosophical Diversity

Donna HarschThe award is given to higher education institutions that demonstrate standards of openness to humanism and are inclusive in their acceptance of the freedoms of expression and religion. The award will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 12 as part of CMU's Darwin Day celebration. MORE
Friday, February 6, 2015

Donna Harsch To Head History Department

Donna HarschCMU has selected Donna Harsch to head its Department of History, effective July 1. Harsch, a professor of history, succeeds Caroline Acker, who has led the department since 2011 and is retiring from CMU. MORE
Friday, February 6, 2015

Luis Ball Discusses "Latin America: The Unnoticed Giant South of the Border”

Luis BallVenezuelan-born Luis Ball, a Carnegie Mellon University trustee and business leader, recently visited campus to discuss how popular views of Latin America, its history and even its scholarly writing start with pre-conceived ideas based on myth, not reality. Learn more, watch a video of the lecture and view photos from Ball’s visit. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

CAS Selects "The Requiem for Rice" as Final Performance Initiative Project

Edda Fields-BlackEdda Fields-Black's "The Requiem for Rice," a modern take on "Verdi's Requiem," has been selected as the third and final project in Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society's (CAS) Performance Initiative. Fields-Black, associate professor of history, will use the project to bring the records, stories and lives of Africans enslaved on low country rice plantations to life. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Scott Weingart Joins Carnegie Mellon as Digital Humanities Specialist

Scott WeingartWeingart will teach a summer workshop that all humanities Ph.D. students and interested faculty will take to become fundamentally literate in digital humanities. He also will teach faculty how to use computational techniques in their research.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fulbright Scholar: Stephen Brockmann

Stephen BrockmannBrockmann spent the fall 2014 semester at the Institute for German Literature, studying East German literary culture of the late 1940s and 1950s as a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious system of merit-based grants for international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bill Moushey To Discuss Innocence Project's Future

Bill MousheyMoushey, an award-winning journalist, founded "The Innocence Institute" in 2001 to expose systemic issues in the criminal justice system. He'll talk about the project at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 16.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dietrich College Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2014

Dean's ListCongratulations to all of the undergraduate students who have been named to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester MORE
Friday, January 30, 2015

Ethicists Question Impact of Hospital Advertising

Hospital AdvertisingIn a commentary piece published in JAMA Internal Medicine, CMU's Alex John London and Pitt's Yael Schenker question the impact of health information that is available online, voicing their concerns that reliable and unbiased information may be hard to identify among the growing number of medical care advertisements. MORE
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Individuals May Fail To Navigate Complex Tradeoffs in Privacy Decision-Making

PrivacyWe leave a trail of data, both knowingly and unwittingly, with every swipe of a credit card, post on social media and query on a search engine. Carnegie Mellon University researchers detail the privacy hurdles people face while navigating in the information age, and what should be done about privacy at a policy level. MORE
Friday, January 23, 2015

Ed Boyden To Receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

Ed BoydenCarnegie Mellon University will award the third annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Ed Boyden, associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. MORE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Linda Babcock’s Books Earn High Praise From The Business Journals

Linda BabcockTwo books authored by Linda Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics at the Heinz and Dietrich colleges, have been recognized among "the most important business books ever written" by Ed Stych, national special section editor at The Business Journals. The books are "Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation — and Positive Strategies for Change" and "Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want." MORE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CMU, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust To Launch Inaugural Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Humanities FestivalJ. Kevin McMahon and Paul Organisak of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and David Shumway of Carnegie Mellon will outline the vision for the festival at 10 a.m., Jan. 28 at the James R. Rohr Building at 805-807 Liberty Ave in downtown. Running March 26-29, the festival will feature “Smart Talk About Stuff That Matters” by internationally renowned experts, artists and intellectual innovators. MORE
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Luis Ball To Discuss "Latin America: The Unnoticed Giant South of the Border”

Luis BallMuch of the Americans perception of Latin America has been based on myth and not reality. Venezuelan-born Luis Ball, a Carnegie Mellon University trustee, Latin American business leader, and publisher of PanAm Post, an online news and analysis site emphasizing Latin America, will discuss popular views of Latin America and show how they relate to the actual history of the region.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Researchers Discover "Idiosyncratic" Brain Patterns in Autism

Brain PatternNew research recently published in Nature Neuroscience shows the brains of individuals with autism display unique synchronization patterns, something that could impact earlier diagnosis of the disorder and future treatments. MORE
Monday, January 19, 2015

Diversity and Social Justice

Social JusticeWhile Martin Luther King Jr. Day is often a time to contemplate society, conversations on the topic are ongoing at CMU. English Professor Jim Daniels and History Professor Joe W. Trotter discuss King’s legacy. MORE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Registration Is Open For Under Construction: Building Your Future

Under ConstructionDon’t miss this one-day career exploration and self-definition opportunity for current Dietrich College sophomores, juniors, and seniors to network with alumni, learn their stories, and begin to navigate career options, internships, undergraduate choices, and post-graduation opportunities. MORE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Alumna’s Undergraduate Honors Project Draws Support From DARPA; Multiyear Contract To Develop Tools To Detect and Identify Sex Traffickers

PoliceA contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who are seeking to undercut sex traffickers by developing online tools that target a key vulnerability: the need to advertise. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

People Watching: Brain Research Shows Different Pathways Are Responsible for Person and Movement Recognition

Marlene BehrmannEach time you see a person that you know, your brain seemingly effortlessly and immediately recognizes that person by his or her face and body. Just as easily, your brain understands a person's movements, allowing you to perform critical skills such as interpreting social cues, detecting threats and determining the difference between skipping and jumping. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Young Pittsburgh Writers To Be Honored at Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards Ceremony

MLKFourteen Pittsburgh-area high school and college students will be honored for their poetry and prose at the 2015 Carnegie Mellon University Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 19 in CMU's Rangos Hall. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Jim Ray Daniels' "Eight Mile High" Lands on 2015 Michigan Notable Books List

Eight MileThe annual list features 20 books published in the previous calendar year that are about Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author.

This is the second consecutive year that Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, has been named to the Michigan Notable Books List; his poetry book, "Birth Marks," was honored in 2014.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

John R. Anderson To Attend White House Workshop on Bridging Neuroscience and Learning

John AndersonAnderson is renowned for his work that combines cognitive psychology and computer science to understand how the brain works, how people learn and how computer-based instructional systems can be used as educational aids. The workshop will be held on Friday, Jan. 23. MORE