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Friday, February 26, 2016

Elizabeth Agyemang Designs Dietrich Day T-Shirt

Tshirt WinnerWith 494 votes for her design featuring the iconic Baker Hall staircase, Elizabeth Agyemang is the winner of the Dietrich Day T-shirt contest.

Agyemang’s artwork will appear on T-shirts commemorating Dietrich Day 2016. The shirts will be distributed at no cost to any undergraduate with a major or minor in Dietrich College, as well as college faculty and staff.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Faces of Conflict

Faces of ConflictThe 2016 CMU International Film Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary,  focuses on topics ranging from terrorism and propaganda to war and civil rights. It runs from March 17-April 3 at various locations in Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mentoring Matters

Menoring MattersThrough the Dietrich Honors Fellowship, students develop lasting relationships with world-class faculty mentors that enhance their lives both academically and professionally.

But students aren’t the only ones who benefit. Professors enjoy seeing students take ownership of their projects, which include both in-depth research studies and creative output like novels and films. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Two Statistics Professors Earn NSF CAREER Awards

Ryan Tibshirani and Jing LeiRyan Tibshirani and Jing Lei each received five-year, $400,000 grants for their projects in recognition of their outstanding research and teaching. The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor designed to support junior faculty.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Marijuana: Past, Present, Future

Marijuana LegalizationAlthough cannabis is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug (the category for all banned substances that have no recognized medical value), more and more states are legalizing large-scale commercial production for medical and, in some cases, non-medical use.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Joe Trotter and the Effects of CAUSE

Joe W. Trotter, Jr.When Joe William Trotter, Jr. joined CMU’s Department of History in 1985, he saw an opportunity to solve real social problems through his specialties in 20th century U.S. and African American urban and labor history.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Remaking the Past

Achugar BookMariana Achugar investigated how Uruguayan youth make sense of the Uruguayan Dictatorship of the 1970s and ’80s, and how the younger set uses semiotic materials available through interactions with older generations to construct identities as historical beings.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Meet The Wall Street Journal’s Newest Copy Editor

Braden KelnerWhile Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and professional writing, he had his heart set on one thing—working in journalism. That dream has become a reality.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

LearnLab Experts Present at NSF

NSF LogoThe NSF recently held a conference to celebrate the achievements of its six Science of Learning Centers. Key members from each center, including CMU and Pitt’s LearnLab, presented their educational research accomplishments to underscore the importance of establishing a sustainable science of learning community to produce breakthroughs that impact education.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Vote for the Dietrich Day T-shirt

Vote TshirtBaker Hall’s iconic staircase and tartan-clad unicorns are among the designs submitted for the 2016 Dietrich Day T-shirt contest. Now it’s time to vote! Choose your favorite design by Wednesday, February 24.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Women in Computing at CMU

Women in ComputingFewer women than men pursue computer science, but correcting that imbalance won’t be accomplished via quick fixes or by making coursework less strenuous. Rather, the culture of computer science departments must change, as outlined in a new book, “Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University,” co-written by Jeria Quesenberry, associate teaching professor of information systems.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Catch a Sneak Preview of the International Film Festival

Film FestivalCMU’s International Film Festival will offer a sneak preview of the festival’s 2016 award-winning lineup with “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.” The American film that follows the murder trial of Michael Dunn will make its Pittsburgh premiere at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Call for Applications: Senior Honors Program and Senior Honors Fellowship Program

ThesisDoes working independently, under the close guidance of a faculty member, on the design and completion of a yearlong research or creative project interest you?

Then you definitely want to check out the Dietrich College’s Senior Honors Program and Senior Honors Fellowship Program. Application deadline is March 16, 2016.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Harvey Fineberg To Discuss Technology, Information and Learning

Harvey FinebergCMU's Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series will present a talk by renowned public health and education expert Harvey V. Fineberg at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Gates Hillman Center’s Rashid Auditorium. Fineberg is president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former president of the Institute of Medicine.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Game Theorist’s Guide To Parenting

Guide to ParentingKevin Zollman says game theory applies to almost all of our social lives, so it's only natural that it should work for one of the toughest aspects of our lives — dealing with our children. So Zollman teamed up with Paul Raeburn to write a book about it.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health

Mindfulness MeditationNew CMU research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation with health in stressed adults. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed adults.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CMU Joins IARPA Project To Reverse-Engineer Brain Algorithms

IARPA ProjectCarnegie Mellon is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to make computers think more like humans. Rob Kass, professor of statistics and machine learning and interim co-director of the CNBC, is involved in the project.

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