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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Herzog’s “Lo and Behold” To Screen at CMU

Lo and BeholdThe film seeks to chronicle the virtual world from its origins to its outermost regions. On the way, Herzog encounters a number of Carnegie Mellon researchers and projects.

The entire CMU campus is invited. Admission is first-come, first-served; a CMU ID is required.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Off to a Great Start

Back To SchoolWith the new academic year officially underway, learn all about how the Class of 2020 was welcomed into the Dietrich College community, the college’s newest faculty members, what professors are most excited about and much more.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Class of 2020 Welcomed to the Dietrich College Community

OrientationFreedom of speech and opinion. Evidence and rigor. Diversity. Civility and respect. According to Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College, these are just a few of the core values of American universities—and Carnegie Mellon University in particular.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meet the Newest Dietrich College Faculty Members

New FacultyAs Baker Hall fills with students who are eager to learn from the Dietrich College’s world-class faculty, freshmen aren’t the only new faces. The college is welcoming professors and post-doctoral researchers across a range of disciplines.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Professors Are Excited About Back-to-School, Too

Bonnie YoungsWhen you were a kid, “back-to-school” probably meant newly sharpened pencils, crisp notebooks full of blank paper, maybe a new backpack or lunchbox—all symbolizing a fresh start and infinite possibilities.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Writing Contest Helps Students Deal

Deborah MontiWhen Deborah Monti was a high school junior, she wrote a poem that expressed her feelings about not seeing herself reflected in the images of Latinas she saw in the media. Her poem won first place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Robert E. Kass To Receive Maurice Falk Professorship

Robert KassCarnegie Mellon University’s Robert E. Kass will receive the Maurice Falk Professorship in Statistics and Computational Neuroscience in recognition of his outstanding contributions to statistical theory and applying statistics in neuroscience.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Convocation Sets Stage for a New Beginning

ConvocationCMU welcomed the Class of 2020. Dietrich College Senior Sree Unnava and Associate Professor of History Scott Sandage both spoke to the incoming freshmen, offering advice and inspiration.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

With a Pogo Stick, the Sky’s the Limit

Nick RyanNick Ryan (DC’11) was still a student at CMU when he co-founded Xpogo. Today, as the company’s CEO, he works tirelessly to transform the perception of pogo from a toy to a sports lifestyle through events like Pogopalooza.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

No-Homework Policy? CMU’s Steven Schlossman Responds

Steven SchlossmanCMU’s Steven Schlossman has extensively researched the history of homework as a divisive problem in American schooling between the 1820s and the present.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity

Shirt ReverenceA new exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library examines “Will and Jane” and their literary afterlives. Co-curated by CMU’s Kristina Straub, it shows how milestone events and artifacts (like the shirt Colin Firth wore in the BBC mini-series “Pride and Prejudice”) affected their legacies and popularity.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Simplify and Standardize Health Insurance Plans, Advise CMU Behavioral Economists

Simplify InsuranceChoosing a health insurance plan – whether through an employer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicare – is complicated and stressful and often leads to consumers making costly mistakes.

In a new NEJM Catalyst paper, CMU behavioral economists argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spring 2016 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 Spring 2016 semester.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Incoming Freshman, Father Bond Over Cross-Country Bus Journey

Darian CohenIn the months leading up to the start of his freshman year, Darian Cohen worked with his father, Graeme Cohen, to turn a school bus from Tennessee into a functional home, complete with composting toilet, refrigerator, kitchenette, bed and other amenities.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Still Something Rattles

Terence DegnanAs a poet and spoken word artist, you could say that storytelling is in Terence Degnan’s blood. But it does not end there. Degnan is also interested in how the world around us makes us who we are.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Three Research-Backed Tips for Back-to-School

MOOCsWith more than 205 trillion ways to teach and learn, it is easy to understand why going back to school can be overwhelming for students at any level—and their instructors. Here are three research-backed tips to help start the school year off on the right foot.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Honors Fellows Wrap Up Summer Research

Honors FellowsEleven Dietrich College Honors Fellows are poised to begin their senior year with a head start on piloting psychological studies, conducting field research and laying the groundwork for film and writing projects.

They recently shared their works-in-progress. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Forty Years of CMU Statistics and the National Academy of Sciences

Statistics Department Small GroupFor more than four decades, faculty members from CMU’s Department of Statistics have played a vital role in analyzing research data, helping to shape policy decisions that impact our lives through their work with the National Academy of Sciences.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pittsburgh's Universities Go to Summer School

PCHE Summer SchoolCMU's Simon Initiative collaborated with the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) to hold the first-of-its-kind PCHE Simon Summer School to support educators in incorporating Simon technologies and approach into their instruction at their home institutions.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Awarded Coveted NEH Grant

Six Degrees of Francis BaconThe interactive online project that allows anyone to trace the personal relationships among figures like Bacon, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and many others has received a coveted National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities grant.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Beyond the Binary: Q&A with Satvika Neti & Ashley Sobhani

Beyond the Binary logoApps are ubiquitous. We use them to order food, teach our kids and track healthy habits. And with the help of CMU alumnae Satvika Neti (DC’16) and Ashley Sobhani (DC’16), apps are bringing attention to sexual violence and bystander culture on college campuses.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Snapshots of CMU Psychology Alumni and Their Achievements

CMU Psych SnapshotsStuart Card (DC’78), a consulting computer science professor at Stanford University, is one of the co-founders of the human-computer interaction field. Kevin Gluck (DC’99) is a principal cognitive scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Jessica Cicchino (DC’09) is the vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Learn about their accomplishments as well as many others in this slideshow.

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