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Monday, December 26, 2016

Researchers Map How the Brain Processes Faces From Sight to Recognition

Researchers map how the brain processes faces from sight to recognitionCMU researchers used highly sophisticated brain imaging tools and computational methods to measure the real-time brain processes that convert the appearance of a face into the recognition of an individual. They are hopeful that the findings might be used in the near future to locate the exact point at which the visual perception system breaks down in different disorders and injuries.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Carnegie Mellon Launches First-of-its-Kind Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations Major

Behavioral EconomicsRecently, there has been an explosion of interest by government, non-profit and industry organizations to hire trained behavioral economists.

To meet this demand, CMU has created the first and only undergraduate major in behavioral economics. Students will be trained to apply psychological insights to human behavior to explain and predict economic decision-making. And they will learn about behavioral economics at the institution responsible for pioneering the field.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Award Winners Tackle Self-Identity, Racism, Terrorism and Other Diverse Topics

Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing AwardsWhat does it mean to be Asian-American? Or Nigerian-American? Or simply American?

Winners in CMU’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards will read their poems and essays at an awards ceremony on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohon University Center Rangos Ballroom. Local music groups will also perform, and the family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

First Person: Networking and Career Building Don’t Have to be Overwhelming

Under ConstructionA senior professional writing major,member of the Humanities Scholars Program, publisher of “The Tartan” and involved in countless other activities on and off of campus, Sarah Gutekunst is no stranger to taking advantage of opportunities for students. She recently attended “Under Construction: Building Your Future” for the first time and wrote about her experience.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Capital One Competition Pairs Students With Alumni Mentors

Capital One IS TeamWhat if a mobile device could tell how you're feeling?
 
Juniors Natalya Buchwald and Rebecca Kern posed this question to develop a winning mobile app for an Information Systems Program class competition.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Student-Athletes Embrace Full CMU Experience

Student-AthletesThe annual Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration celebrates junior and senior athletes who have excelled balancing studies and sports. Dietrich College students Lisa Murphy and Tristan Lockwood share their experiences.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Obituary: Internationally Acclaimed Statistician Stephen E. Fienberg Changed the Field and Brought Statistics to Science and Public Policy

Steve FienbergAn internationally acclaimed statistician, Fienberg was best known for developing and using statistical applications to influence science and public policy in many areas, including aspects of human rights, privacy and confidentiality, forensics, survey and census taking. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and made theoretical and methodological advances in algebraic and multivariate statistics, followed his wide-ranging curiosity into other disciplines and helped to pioneer machine learning as a field and at CMU. He shared his passion for statistics and his work with his students and junior faculty members, training and mentoring the next generation of statisticians and data scientists.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bringing Deliberative Democracy to Cuba

Deliberative democracy working groupCMU’s Program for Deliberative Democracy is participating in a working group with key figures from Cuban pro-democracy groups to promote mutual learning between U.S. proponents of deliberative democracy and independent, Cuban civic leaders interested in the practice.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Alex John London Appointed To Department of Health and Human Services Committee

Alex John LondonAs part of the committee, London, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy, will advise, consult and make policy recommendations related to the safety of blood, blood products, organs and tissues. He will serve for two years.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Is Statistical Modeling Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?

Delphi logoCMU statisticians and computer scientists are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop methods of accurately forecasting flu activity.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Behind the Scenes at The HistoryMakers

Dionti DavisThe HistoryMakers is the largest African-American oral video archive in the world. CMU has many connections to the project, including alumnus Dionti Davis who works for the non-profit.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Inventing Languages, One Philosophy Course at a Time

Inventing LanguagesWhy do languages work the way that they do? Why do they follow certain rules? "Invented Languages" was designed to get students thinking about language in a whole new way, and in doing so, inventing their own languages from scratch.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

QSSS and HSP Scholars Delve Into the Digital Humanities

QSSS & HSP ScholarsIt may seem that students in the Dietrich College’s Quantitative Social Science Scholars (QSSS) Program and Humanities Scholars Program (HSP) are studying different subjects and learning to approach their various disciplines in contrasting ways. But as first-year students in each program recently learned, there is definitely some common ground.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

J. David Creswell To Receive Prestigious Health Psychology Early Career Award

J. David CreswellCreswell focuses on how the mind and brain influence stress resilience and physical health. Among his many discoveries, he was the first to determine the brain mechanisms that cause stress management strategies such as mindfulness meditation and self-affirmation to work.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Teaching Shakespeare

Peggy KnappEnglish Professor Peggy Knapp and Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore recently discussed their techniques and experiences teaching Shakespeare and how their shared passion will leave a lasting imprint at CMU.

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