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Friday, April 29, 2016

A Health and Behavior Powerhouse

Sheldon CohenToday, we take it for granted that stress and disease are linked and that psychological stress, social networks and socioeconomic status impacts infections, cardiovascular disease and asthma. Much of what we know about these connections between biology and psychology is because of Professor Sheldon Cohen.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Celebration of Education Awards

Distinguished FacultyThe awards recognize distinguished faculty members and educators for their outstanding contributions to the university, their commitment to students’ development and well-being and their impact through teaching.

Congratulations to the three Dietrich College professors honored: Mara Harrell, Chris Jones and Jennifer Keating-Miller.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Alumnus Shares His Secrets To Success

Lane BessThe road to building three billion-dollar companies wasn’t always easy for Lane Bess (DC’83). The entrepreneur turned investor recently told a packed roomful of students that one thing he is extremely thankful for is his CMU education.

“It forced me to be better, and it ultimately helped me,” Bess said.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Solving the Puzzle of Language

Ted GibsonWhen Edward Gibson (DC’91) came to CMU in 1986 to pursue a Ph.D. in computational linguistics, he saw language as a puzzle to solve. Today, Gibson is putting the pieces together by assembling a corpus of texts from non-industrialized cultures, including the Pirahã and Tsimane’ of the Amazon.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Digital Music Revolution

Digital Music RevolutionIn a matter of decades, the way we listen to, produce, consume and share music has shifted rapidly. In a new book of essays, CMU’s Richard Purcell and Richard Randall explore the ethical, political and cultural significance of the digital music revolution.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

Alexandre PougetCMU will award the fourth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Alexandre Pouget, professor of basic neuroscience at the University of Geneva. Pouget, a renowned expert in neural coding and spatial representations, has revolutionized using uncertainty to explain how the brain functions based on statistical principles.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Meet the Newest Members of Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma IotaThe prestigious international honor society recognizes the achievements of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures and cultures.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Psychology Undergraduate Superstars

Psychology Undergraduate SuperstarsOne of the core missions of the Psychology Department is to train the best next generation of scientists. Maya Schumer, Adam Dickter and Arielle Cohen are three examples of the many outstanding students excelling in the classroom and involved in cutting-edge research.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dietrich College Selects 11 Honors Fellows

DHFP FellowsPart of the college’s Senior Honors Program, the Honors Fellowship Program is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development. Projects that the students will tackle range from creatively exploring human separation and a theory of refugee self-sufficiency to researching self-affirmation and the physical and psychological causal inference in adults.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Respect and Compassion Drive Senior’s Educational Philosophy

Siriana AbboudSiriana Abboud’s educational philosophy is simple: “Tout moun se moun.” Derived from a Haitian proverb meaning “All people are people,” the phrase encapsulates the values that drive her work.

Abboud has been selected as the Dietrich College 2016 recipient of the Gretchen Lankford Prize.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Klatzky Lab

Roberta KlatzkyRoberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, examines the relationships between human perception and action, with a focus on touch.

Whether through navigation aids for the blind, tools to improve image-based surgery or interactive games for children, her research seeks to link people’s sensory capabilities to technology.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

English Ph.D. Student Places in Thesis Competition

Juliann ReinekeThink about your life's work. Now, pitch it to a complete stranger in a matter of seconds. One hundred and eighty seconds to be exact. That's the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) in a nutshell. Juliann Reineke tied for second place.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Accelerated Master’s Program Launches

IPS MastersThe 21st century’s ambiguous and changing global political structure is creating a demand for skilled experts who can examine and understand domestic and foreign government institutions and processes. To train the next generation of political scientists, CMU has launched a new program.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Alex John London Appointed to National Committee on Ebola Research

Alex John LondonThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee will explore and analyze the scientific and ethical issues related to vaccine and therapeutic drug design, conduct and reporting in response to the West African epidemic. London is an acclaimed bioethics expert.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Words for Snow Revisited

Words for SnowThe claim that Eskimo languages have many words for different types of snow is well known among the public, but it has been greatly exaggerated and is therefore often dismissed by language scholars. However, a new CMU Psychology Department study supports the general idea behind the original claim.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 Commencement Speakers Announced

Earl LewisEarl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and longtime supporter of the humanities and social sciences at CMU, will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon’s Commencement. SHS student Sophie Rose Zucker has been chosen as the student speaker.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grad Student Wins $90K Fellowship

Ania JaroszewiczAnia Jaroszewicz has received one of 30 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Chosen out of 1,443 applicants, Jaroszewicz was selected for her potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture and academics. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in behavioral decision research.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How the Brain Repurposes Itself To Learn Science

Brain RepurposesThe human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries.

New CMU research has uncovered how the brain is able to acquire brand new types of ideas, and the findings could be used to improve science instruction.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Dietrich College Senior Introduces Clinton

Julia EddyJulia Eddy, a decision science major, welcomed Hillary Clinton to CMU at a recent campus rally. Eddy called the experience unreal.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Poetry From The Heart

Poetry from the HeartWhile April is considered to be National Poetry Month, CMU English Professor Gerald Costanzo believes, “For those of us interested in and devoted to poetry, it is a twelve month endeavor.”

It’s true—CMU’s Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs in the country, encourages students to recognize the vitality of poetry.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Dietrich College Represented at TEDxCMU

TEDxCMUAt the fifth TEDxCMU, created to help individuals, communities and organizations independently coordinate events inspired by the popular lecture series about technology, entertainment and design, the Dietrich College was well represented.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

English Students Inducted Into Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau DeltaSigma Tau Delta honors the academic excellence of students studying English language and literature during their undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The organization also promotes literacy and the teaching of English.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

The Road to Building Great Companies

Lane BessLane Bess (DC’83) has launched and grown Internet security companies including Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler and Trend Micro Internet Security.

Bess will present “Road to Building Great Companies: Tapping Into Your Entrepreneurial Spirit” on Tuesday, April 19 from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Steinberg Auditorium (A53).

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