2016-Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

2016

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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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trump Selects Kiron Skinner for Presidential Transition Team’s Executive Committee

Kiron SkinnerKiron Skinner, founding director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, has been selected to serve on President-Elect Donald J. Trump's executive committee for his transition team. Last week, Skinner joined Trump's transition team for the National Security Council.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lost Love Leads to Study of Emotion

Museum of Broken RelationshipsAs part of a joint project between the English Department and Entertainment Technology Center, students asked Pittsburgh residents to share objects that represented broken relationships and then designed an exhibition for the Museum of Broken Relationships Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

College Conversation on Race, Community and Marginalization

College ConversationThe Dietrich College is holding a College Conversation on the challenges and threats that face our community, including racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia. All students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Value of Research Instilled From the Start

Psychology ResearchWhether through research training courses or senior honors theses, undergraduate students in the Dietrich College have opportunities to engage in research at every turn.
 
These students contribute to knowledge on diverse topics alongside the best and brightest in their fields.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Scholarship Lets Students Immerse in Research

Amanda ThieleAmanda Thiele, a junior neuroscience major, knew she was interested in attending medical school.  A trip to Ghana and shadowing at a local hospital confirmed that.

The experience was funded by the Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund, which supports underrepresented Carnegie Mellon University students to conduct summer research. It was founded by CMU Board of Trustee member Larry Jennings.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner’s Carbon Footprint: A State-by-State Comparison

Thanksgiving Dinner's Carbon FootprintThe environmental impact of your Thanksgiving dinner depends on where the meal is prepared.

Researchers in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences calculated the carbon footprint of a typical Thanksgiving feast – roasted turkey stuffed with sausage and apples, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie – for each state. The team based their calculations on the way the meal is cooked (gas versus electric range), the specific state’s predominant power source and how the food is produced in each area.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CMU, City Officials Write the Book on Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative DemocracyThrough deliberative democracy, ordinary citizens are empowered to play an active role in policy decisions. With help from Carnegie Mellon University’s Program for Deliberative Democracy, the City of Pittsburgh is becoming a national model for this community-driven approach to addressing important issues.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Skinner Joins Trump’s National Security Council Transition Team

Kiron SkinnerKiron Skinner, founding director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences,has joined President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team for the National Security Council.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Children's School Hosts Inquiry-Based Learning Session

Children's SchoolEarlier this month, the Children's School hosted educators for "Inquiry Learning and Loose Parts," an evening of networking and sharing of teaching methods. Approximately 70 attendees discussed classroom investigations and demonstrated creative uses of materials, from super bubbles and worm habitats, to glow-in-the-dark beads and cardboard cities.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

DUC Helps Students Talk About Their Work

DUC 2016The ability to explain complicated information is often the key to landing a job or a promotion or securing funding.

Dietrich College students are lucky that the Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC) gives them an outlet to practice presenting and sharing their work.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Students Publish "Confessions From Pittsburgh"

Confessions from PghEnglish Professor Jane Bernstein's class spent this semester seeking out stories of loss from locals and putting their narratives on paper, while keeping track of their own emotional journeys. Soon, their thoughts and the tales of heartbroken Pittsburghers will be published in a book.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Making PROGRESS

Making ProgressBased on Linda Babcock’s research, PROGRESS aims to improve society by helping women and girls improve their skills in diplomacy and bargaining. "Negotiation is an important part of ensuring that women are paid fairly in the workplace," Babcock said.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Researchers Develop Way To "Fingerprint" the Brain

Brain FingerprintingThe CMU-led team used diffusion MRI to map the brain’s structural connections and found that each person’s connections are so unique that they could identify a person based on this brain "fingerprint" with nearly perfect accuracy. The results also show that the brain’s distinctiveness changes over time, which could help researchers determine how different factors impact the brain.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

BrainHub Researchers Present at Neuroscience 2016

Brain HubResearchers affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University’s BrainHub neuroscience research initiative are involved in more than 50 research posters and presentations at Neuroscience 2016, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Lessons Learned From the Software Industry

Adam GrossAdam Gross (DC’94) has weathered the dot-com crash, founded two companies, worked in marketing, product management and leadership roles and invested in startups. Every step of the way he has learned valuable lessons, which he shared with a room full of budding entrepreneurs at CMU.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Key To Cybersecurity Lies Between Policy and Tech, Says Former CIA Director

Michael HaydenThe cyber domain – a man-made arena shared by nation-states, corporations, criminal gangs, lone hackers and law-abiding citizens – has rocketed beyond established policy and upended the idea that governments provide the first line of defense for their citizens, America's former spymaster Gen. Michael Hayden told a CMU audience.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CMU’s Lisa Tetrault Reacts to Women Placing "I Voted" Stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s Grave

Lisa TetraultAs the U.S. heads to the polls today to perhaps elect the country’s first female president, it was reported that women were lining up to place "I Voted" stickers on the Rochester, N.Y., grave of Susan B. Anthony, the nation’s most prominent women’s suffrage activist.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Statistics Department Honors One of Its Finest

Stephen FienbergIt is not easy to sum up—or celebrate—the career of a legend. The Department of Statistics stepped up to the challenge recently when they honored Stephen E. Fienberg. Loosely dubbed “Steve-a-polooza,” the two-day event brought nearly 150 people to campus for a dinner and series of talks.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Catch Indian Oscar Entry “The Interrogation (Visaaranai)” Nov. 18

CMU’s International Film Festival will offer a preview of its 2017 lineup with “The Interrogation (Visaaranai),” India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

The film will make its Pittsburgh premiere on Nov. 18 in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Students: Dive Into Research

Research TrainingAt CMU, undergraduate students are encouraged to dive into groundbreaking research early in their academic careers. But such a major undertaking requires specialized skills.

Fortunately, freshmen and sophomores in the Dietrich College can gain those skills through the college’s Research Training Program.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Phi Beta Kappa Society Inducts Fourteen Outstanding Students

PBK CeremonyFourteen students have been inducted into CMU’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, including four from the Dietrich College.

The early initiation ceremony included keynote presentations from Dietrich College alumnae Eleanor Haglund and Lucy Pei.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Brain "Reads" Sentences the Same in English and Portuguese

Brain DecodesA CMU-led research team has found that when the brain "reads" or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same. The study is the first to show that different languages have similar neural signatures for describing events and scenes, and the findings can be used to improve machine translation, brain decoding across languages and, potentially, second language instruction.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

The American Flag in Photography and Poetry

American Flag PoetryThe latest project from Charlee Brodsky and Jim Daniels  brings into focus everyday appearances of the flag in working class neighborhoods and sparks a dialogue about belonging, patriotism and individual expression.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who Is Coming Out and Why It Matters

Gary J. GatesGary J. Gates (HNZ’00) has collected data on LGBT populations that have impacted everything from pop culture to public policy.

This fall, Gates presented CMU’s 2016 Kim and Eric Giler Lecture in the Humanities, “LGBT Research: Science in the Public Square.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Simon Initiative and CMU’s Digital Education Revolution

Digital Education RevolutionDietrich College is at the center of the university’s goal to transform higher education instruction through CMU-led advances in learning science and its applications. Learn more about it through One Day in the Life.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Alumni Returning for Under Construction: Building Your Future

Alumni Under ConstructionNearly 40 Dietrich College alumni will return to campus on Nov. 19 for Under Construction: Building Your Future. They will share their experiences on how they used their CMU education to build successful careers in almost every industry and field imaginable.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Dietrich College Hires Associate Dean for Advancement

Elizabeth CooperIn this newly created role, Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper will lead the Dietrich College’s individual giving and alumni programs and coordinate them with the university’s overall fundraising and alumni efforts.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Neurons to Neighborhoods

Neurons to NeighborhoodsIf there was one critical takeaway from BrainHub's first community outreach event, it was the vital role that parents, teachers and caregivers play in healthy brain development in children. The day-long session brought together neuroscientists and representatives of nearly 50 organizations.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

CMU Sports Analytics Team Hacks for NBA

NBA HackathonFour CMU students competed in the NBA’s first Basketball Analytics Hackathon. Senior Suvrath Penmetcha’s team came in fifth place out of 60 teams.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chinese Language Educators Gather at CMU to Share Ideas

CLTA WPAThis fall, over 110 Chinese language teachers came to CMU to exchange ideas at the fifth biannual CLTA-WPA Foreign Language Teaching Symposium.
 
The daylong event included workshops and panel discussions on topics like Chinese culture instruction and technology-enhanced learning (TEL).

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Startup Sparked By a Quest for the Truth

Brindle-Khym & Jay DevineDietrich College alumnus Luke Brindle-Khym is passionate about truth and justice – and he’s turned his passion into a career. In 2010, Brindle-Khym launched Quest Research & Investigations LLC, a firm that collects evidence and investigates corporate misconduct.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Revisiting "Tristana"

TristanaSpanish novelist Benito Pérez Galdós wrote “Tristana” in 1892, but its theme—the limitations placed on women in nineteenth-century Spain—resonates today.
 
Susan Polansky, head of CMU’s Department of Modern Languages, recently published an unabridged, “student-friendly” version of the famous novel.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Seven Andrew W. Mellon Fellows Selected

Mellon FellowsCMU’s Dietrich College has selected seven Andrew W. Mellon Fellows. The Ph.D. students are preparing to start ambitious projects that blend research from the English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy Departments with cutting-edge technology to create new applications for humanities work.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Senior Psychology Student Excels On and Off the Court

Lisa MurphyLisa Murphy is the most accomplished women's basketball player in CMU history. But while her achievements on the court are certainly prolific, it is the work she's done off the court that has made a lasting impact on the university and local communities.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Digital Archive Shares In-Depth Stories of Black America

HistorymakersThe HistoryMakers is the largest African-American oral video archive in the world. Thanks to a longtime partnership with CMU, the online database is searchable and available for students and scholars at subscribing institutions including Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Yale and Princeton, among many others.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Looking for Career Inspiration? Build Your Future at Under Construction.

Under ConstructionDozens of Dietrich College alumni are returning to campus on Nov.19 to help current students develop potential career paths. Seniors Amelia Britton, Vaasavi Unnava and Alex Lin share their previous Under Construction experiences. Register now!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Against the Grain: Edda L. Fields-Black and the History of Rice

Edda Fields-BlackFor CMU’s Edda L. Fields-Black, every grain of rice tells a story. The tiny seed is the centerpiece of all her work, including her role as an adviser at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

MLK, Jr. Writing Awards Impact Winners’ Families

MLK Award FamiliesThe first time CMU Professor Cleotilde “Coty” Gonzalez read her son’s poem, “Questions for a Black Mother,” she got goosebumps.

Her son, Suhail Gharaibeh-Gonzalez, won second place in high school poetry at CMU’s 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Design Cognition’s Dynamic Duo

Kotovsky and CaganOver the past two decades, CMU’s Ken Kotovsky and Jon Cagan have worked at the intersection of psychology and mechanical engineering. The professors use their understanding of the cognitive processes involved in human problem solving to improve engineering design.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CMU Students Collecting Pieces of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken RelationshipsAt one point or another, we’ve all either been the Carrie Bradshaw on the receiving end of Sex and the City’s infamous break-up Post-it or the Jack Berger dishing it out.
 
CMU students are giving Pittsburghers the opportunity to release their own lost loves in the Museum of Broken Relationships- Pittsburgh. They are looking for objects from broken relationships of any kind.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LGBT Demographics Expert to Speak at CMU

Gary J. GatesGary J. Gates is a trailblazer in demographic, geographic and economic research on LBGT individuals and families.
 
Gates will present the 2016 CMU Kim and Eric Giler Lecture in the Humanities, “LGBT Research: Science in the Public Square,” on Monday, Oct. 24.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Announced

ACS ScholarsACS Scholars are CMU undergraduates who combine high academic standards with a range of extracurricular activities. Eight Dietrich College students have been selected for the current academic year.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Pittsburgh Stories of Willa Cather

Willa CatherWhen most people hear the name “Willa Cather,” they think of her ties to the prairies of the American Midwest. But in a collection published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, late author Peter Oresick uncovered Cather’s work from a fruitful decade in Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Listening Into 2030

Casey RoarkRecent advances in hearing therapies and prosthetics are paving the way for new technologies in speech communication and the hearing sciences. And CMU’s Casey Roark is helping create a roadmap that will guide the next 14 years of development.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Summit To Showcase Innovative, Effective Strategies for Teaching, Learning

Maggie BraunThe inaugural Teaching & Learning Summit will be an opportunity for faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and staff to discuss and exchange teaching strategies and explore how educational research at the university can be applied in classrooms.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CMU Information Systems Team Wins Boeing Competition

IS Boeing TeamHow does a company like Boeing predict and assess security threats? To answer this question, three juniors in the Dietrich College’s Information Systems (IS) Program embarked on an ambitious security management project – and now their ideas are taking flight.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I'm Not the Person You Know But the Guy That You See

Kevin Lee MLKIt is safe to say that CMU senior electrical engineering major Kevin Lee did not expect to become an award-winning poet during college, but that is exactly what has happened. Lee won first place in the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards college poetry category, and he had only started writing poems a few months earlier. He talks about the experience.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Contrasting Memoir Writing Styles Linked to Her Public Perception Problems

Clinton Writing StylesMany consider the political memoir genre to be obsolete since they rarely reveal anything new or noteworthy.

However, a new analysis of Hillary Clinton’s two political memoirs has discovered links to the U.S democratic presidential candidate’s public perception problems. The new study identifies two contrasting writing styles with one underlying theme: Clinton’s guardedness.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Voting Questions? There’s a Website for That.

Voting TheoryWith about a month left until the U.S. presidential election, there is even less time to register to vote. There are also other options for U.S. citizens who want to exercise their right to vote, including early voting and using absentee ballots. But guidelines are different for every county and voting district, so finding one place with all of the necessary information can be challenging.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Career Fairs, Networking Opportunities and More Professional Development Events

Career OptionsIt is never too early to start thinking about different career and professional options. CMU and the Dietrich College host and coordinate various events throughout the year to help students network, learn about internship and other opportunities, meet with employers and much more.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Presidential Fellows & Scholars Announced

Presidential FellowsCMU has named its Presidential Fellows and Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. The group includes 22 undergraduate and graduate students in the Dietrich College.

The awards support students’ academic expenses, including tuition and graduate research stipends.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After CMU: Building a Career in Technology

Adam GrossHeroku CEO and CMU alumnus Adam Gross (DC’94) will present “After CMU: Building a Career in Technology” on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as part of the Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series.

The lecture is also sponsored by CMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Undergrads Win Psychology Research Awards

Psychology Research AwardsAlyssa Aburachis (DC’18) and Cristina Molina (DC’17) have received the 2016 Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.

“Hands-on research involvement is at the core of the CMU educational experience, and our undergraduate psychology program,” said Michael J. Tarr, head of the Department of Psychology.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Language Lovers Find a Home in CMU’s Linguistics Program

Language LoversLinguistics provides us with tools to help crack the code that underlies many languages. Professor Mandy Simons spearheaded the major in 2007 as an “academic home” for a growing number of students who completed the linguistics minor and wanted to learn more.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Polish Your Research Presentation Skills

DUC 2016Undergraduate students are encouraged to present new, ongoing or completed research or creative work at the 2016 Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC). Proposals are due Oct. 15.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Smile Scores" Don’t Reveal Student Learning

Smile ScoresSurveys that ask students what they liked and did not like—or even what they learned—are not the best way to measure learning outcomes.

Marsha Lovett explains why this is the case in a new blog for the Huffington Post.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

CMU’s BrainHub To Host First Neurons to Neighborhoods Event

Brain HubBrainHub will bring some of the nation’s leading early childhood development experts together with local and state policymakers and practitioners for its first Neurons to Neighborhoods community outreach event on Friday, Sept. 30.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Meet and Greet Held for Ethics, History and Public Policy Students, Faculty

EHPP Meet and GreetThe joint major—between the History and Philosophy  Departments—offers numerous and varied course options and paths, covering topics from political philosophy to the foundations of social science. And the semester is off to a fun start.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Whole New Ballgame for Statistics Students

Stats StepsEarlier this month, undergraduate students in the Dietrich College’s statistics major and members of the Tartan Sports Analytics Club attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game, where they learned how the team uses sports analytics in a private meeting with Pirates staff.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Center for Human Rights Science Adds Staff in Statistics, Media Analytics

CHRS StaffRobin Mejia and Enrique Piracés will help advance the state of human rights documentation and build collaborations between scientists and human rights advocates.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

David Danks Named L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

David DanksDanks, head of the Department of Philosophy, uses computational cognitive science to develop computational models to describe, predict and, most importantly, explain human behavior.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Remembering 9/11

Regina RessAs the country marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a CMU alumna continues to encourage hope and healing in a unique way. Regina Ress, an award-winning storyteller, actor, writer and educator, travels throughout the country to perform "Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from 9/11."

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Drama Queens! Unites Two Generations of Feminist Performers

Drama Queens!CMU professors Kristina Straub and Wendy Arons brought together six performance artists—whose work spans comedy, theater and writing on everything from lesbian desire to transgender experience—for Drama Queens!, a two-day event hosted by the Center for the Arts in Society.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Who Owns the Dead?

Who Owns the Dead?In a new book, Jay D. Aronson details the reasons why a promise was made to identify all victims of the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack and why living up to the task has been so challenging.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baruch Fischhoff Joins the Institute for Politics and Strategy

Baruch FischhoffAdding Fischhoff, a world-renowned decision scientist, to the institute’s faculty will make it the first international relations program at a top research university with decision science as a core part of the discipline.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wherefore Art Thou, Folio?

First FolioFans of William Shakespeare have a rare opportunity this year to view the first collected edition of his plays, known as the First Folio, at CMU. The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 30, was co-curated by English Professor Kristina Straub and will have several special events tied to it.

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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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Friday, July 29, 2016

A Century of CMU Psychology

Psych 100Over the past year, the Psychology Department celebrated its past, present and future.

“The most gratifying part about being a teacher is watching your former students succeed. In the Psychology Department, we are spoiled. Our graduates are at the top of many different industries and fields, and that is our real legacy,” said Professor Marcel Just

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Express Yourself: Writing Contest Encourages Exploration of Racial, Cultural Struggles

MLK Writing AwardsHigh school and college students throughout western Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit their poetry and prose to CMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.

Both personal narratives about cultural differences and reflections on Dr. King’s legacy will be accepted.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve Learning

Jack RowleyLearnLab Director and Psychology Professor Ken Koedinger led a weeklong course to teach participants about the leading tools that merge education, data and technology — all of which are developed by CMU researchers.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Werner Herzog Film Featuring CMU Scientists To Screen July 29

Werner Herzog FilmThe latest trailer for Werner Herzog’s new documentary features an interview with CMU’s Marcel Just in which he speculates on the potential to someday “tweet” thoughts.
 
Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology, is one of several CMU scientists highlighted in “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watching the Brain Do Math

Math BrainA new neuroimaging study reveals the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems.

Insights from this new work may eventually be applied to the design of more effective classroom instruction – particularly in the form of improving cognitive tutors by creating models that match the brain activation and thinking patterns used to solve these problems.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Honors Fellows Confront Fear of Failure

Scott SandageScott Sandage knows failure. Throughout the 13-year process of writing “Born Losers: A History of Failure in America,” the CMU historian experienced personal and professional setbacks that intersected with his research. 

He recently spoke with the Dietrich College Honors Fellows about his own struggles with failure and how to confront their fears.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

To Cut Calories, Place Online Food Orders Ahead of Time

Ordering FoodNew research shows that people choose higher-calorie meals when ordering immediately before eating and lower-calorie meals when orders are placed an hour or more in advance.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Undergrads “Speak Up” About Their Research

You Bin MaengPublic speaking is enough to make anyone sweat. Now imagine condensing months of intensive research into a three-minute presentation and delivering it to a room full of your peers.

This summer, 100 CMU undergraduate students did just that at the first ever Speak Up! Communications Session.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Marathon for the Brain

Brain HubIn the first NeuroHackathon at Carnegie Mellon University, graduate students uncovered an approach that could speed up the pace of brain imaging techniques, such as MRI.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Picking Sides: The Evolutionary Origins of Reasoning

Evolutionary RootsFrom the nightly news to Facebook posts, we’re inundated with messages designed to persuade us. According to new research from CMU’s Andy Norman, the urge to convince others has evolutionary roots.

In a paper recently published in Biology & Philosophy, Norman argues that the ability to reason allowed our ancestors to build and maintain shared outlooks.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

TV Guides: Alumni Channel Efforts for Kids’ Sake

Jack RowleyAs co-director and Rita McGinley Chair of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College, Junlei Li is among the CMU alumni who have made sunny and beautiful days in the neighborhood by playing significant roles in educational television.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Artist Captures Beauty of the Brain

Brain BeautyGreg Dunn, a trained neuroscientist, has spent hours examining nerve cells under the microscope. Within the complex networks of neuron branches, he discovered unexpected beauty.

CMU’s John Pyles collaborated with Dunn on his latest project, “Self Reflected,” which will join the permanent collection at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The artwork features images and data from Pyles’ own brain.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Blogging Away: Honors Fellows Share Discoveries, Work Processes

Blogging AwayEleven rising seniors in the Dietrich College have started developing their theses through the college’s Honors Fellowship Program. The fellows have begun meeting with their advisers and reining in their research topics. And they’re blogging about it, too.

On the blog, fellows share how they balance work and play and offer an in-depth look at their research.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

White House Includes CMU Forensic Science Work on Impact List

White HouseThe White House released a list of 100 projects that exemplify President Barack Obama’s commitment to reinvigorating U.S. science, technology and innovation efforts. Included on the list is the work by Statistics Professor Stephen E. Fienberg and his colleagues to improve the practice of forensic science.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

What Honeybees Can Tell Us About Brexit

John MillerWhen it’s time to move their hives, honeybees are able to quickly identify a high-quality nesting site without approval from the king or queen bee — and they can provide us with insight into different political situations.

“Brexit seems to be an interesting case of decentralized decision making gone wrong,” said John H. Miller, professor of economics in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Meet Mark Patterson

Mark PattersonMark Patterson uses observational data to study how people make decisions. So when it came time to choose a graduate school, Patterson carefully weighed the data — and it led him to CMU’s Department of  Social and Decision Sciences.

Having recently finished his Ph.D in behavioral and decision research, he will now direct the Quantitative Social Science Scholars (QSSS) Program.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Career Guidance: New Course Explores Options, Helps Students Prepare

Pathways CoursePlanning the transition from college to career can be intimidating and overwhelming.

A new fall course has been designed to help. In the “Pathways: Dietrich College Career Exploration Seminar” mini course, students will meet alumni, learn about their career trajectories and use their stories to inspire their own professional development plans.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Linking Political Buzz With Honeybees’ Search for New Hive

Honey BeeWhen it’s time to move their hives, honeybees are able to quickly identify a high-quality nesting site without approval from the king or queen bee.

CMU economist and complexity theorist John H. Miller argues that there are lessons to be learned by understanding how bees in a hive, and a variety of other systems, interact.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Undergrads Flock To CMU To Discover Statistical Possibilities

Summer StatsFrom predicting emission lines of galaxies to identifying potential schizophrenia genes, there is no shortage for statistical applications. And for two years, undergraduates from around the country have come to CMU’s Summer Undergraduate Experience in Statistics to realize the possibilities.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dietrich College Honors Staff at Annual Luncheon

Staff LuncheonAt the annual Dietrich College Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Dean Richard Scheines remarked on the ways staff works together to advance the mission of the college and of CMU as a whole.

Before presenting Years of Service Awards, Scheines said, "If you were not a top-quality staff, we would not be a top-quality organization. Period."

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Ten Simple Rules To Use Statistics Effectively

10 Simple RulesUnder growing pressure to report accurate findings as they interpret increasingly larger amounts of data, researchers are finding it more important than ever to follow sound statistical practices.

For that reason, a team of statisticians including CMU’s Robert E. Kass wrote “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice,” part of the popular PLOS “Ten Simple Rules” series.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Helping To Make Better Online Food Choices

Food ChoicesMenu labels have become a favorite tool for policymakers to fight obesity, despite a lack of evidence that the format encourages people to make healthier food choices. However, new research shows that “traffic light” color-coded labels, numeric labels and a combination of the two reduce the number of calories ordered in online food orders by about 10 percent.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Shattering Misconceptions About Women’s Decision-Making Power

Therese HustonOn the S&P 1500, there are more male CEOs named “John” than there are female CEOs of any name.

The “John Statistic” is just one of the discoveries CMU alumna Therese Huston (DC’93,’96) made while researching her new book,  “How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.”

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Athletes Rally, Shoot to Head of the Class

Student AthletesA dynamic doubles team and a determined, sharpshooting 1,000-point scorer were among the exceptional student-athletes this spring who brought distinction to CMU athletics on the court and in the classroom. Included in the group are 15 Dietrich College student athletes who earned perfect GPAs.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Smithsonian Pop-up Features History Research Reimagined Through Dance

History DanceIt’s probably safe to say that Nico Slate never imagined his historical research would inspire dance performances.

But that is exactly what happened at “CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality.” Renowned bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Anjal Chande reimagined Slate’s work on the anti-racist solidarities between South Asians and African Americans.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Your Brain on Winning a Tony

Winning a TonyWhat's happening in the brain of a person who wins a Tony Award — or loses out?

CMU scientists know exactly what their brain activation patterns look like. Back in 2013, a Dietrich College-led team was the first to identify the emotions that a person experiences — such as happy and sad — based on brain activity.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The 2016 U.S. Open

Steve SchlossmanThe storied, elegant and luring Oakmont Country Club, the site of this year's U.S. Open, is one of golf's greatest treasures. No one knows that better than CMU History Professor Steve Schlossman, who even co-wrote a book on “The Miracle at Oakmont” with alumnus Adam Lazarus.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Using Foreign Languages To Shape Career Paths

Kyle TroutnerIn our increasingly globalized world, foreign language education is becoming more critical. Thankfully, CMU students have the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Department of Modern Languages.

Despite no university-wide language requirement, in 2014, 45 percent of CMU students from across the university took a modern languages course. This is a striking contrast to the roughly eight percent of undergraduates nationally who take a foreign language class.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Shorter Patient Consent Forms, Video Formats Improve Comprehension

Patient consent formWhen patients participate in a clinical trial, they are required — for legal and ethical reasons — to complete consent forms that are typically long, complicated and filled with technical language. Some experts fear these forms can lead some patients to enroll in studies without fully understanding them and others to miss valuable opportunities.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Many Ways to Study Latin America in the Dietrich College

LASA CongressThough CMU does not have a formal program devoted to studying Latin America’s history, culture and politics, there is no shortage of research and educational opportunities.

“You might say the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a Latin American Studies Program in all but name,” said Paul Eiss, associate professor of anthropology and history.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Qualcomm Neurohackathon Teams Develop Solutions To Analyze Neuroscience Data

Neurohackathon WinnerFive CMU graduate student teams competed in the Qualcomm Neurohackathon to develop solutions to analyze specific neuroscience data. Team "Coin Toss" won first place for their approaches to identify the brain’s axonal connection trajectories. MRI fiber tracking has been widely used to map these trajectories, but identifying or classifying them is difficult due to the high complexity of neuroanatomy.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Show and Tell: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant at Work

AW Mellon ScholarsWhile Earl Lewis was on campus to deliver the keynote speech at CMU’s Commencement ceremony, he also had the opportunity to interact with students, researchers and faculty members. In one meeting, Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, got to learn about the work that the foundation is supporting.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Sophomore Talks Philosophy, Internship Experience

David MatveyDavid Matvey (DC’18), an ethics, history and public policy major, spent the past semester in Washington, D.C., taking classes and interning in a senatorial office. He recently shared his experience and how he's preparing for a career in international relations.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 65 CMU Students

Phi Beta KappaThirty Dietrich College seniors were among 65 students inducted into Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society during Commencement weekend.

The initiation ceremony included a keynote presentation from Michael Murphy, vice president for campus affairs, who urged students to attack real-world problems in meaningful ways.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Finish a Story as Well as You Can

Ron CarlsonAward-winning novelist Ron Carlson met with Creative Writing students and said he takes his work very seriously.

Carlson was on campus to give the keynote speech at the Adamson Student Writing Awards ceremony, an annual celebration of writing.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

What's Not Exciting About Neuroscience?

Kevin JarboKevin Jarbo, a Ph.D. student in the Psychology Department, explores how both risk and uncertainty interact to influence decisions, and whether people can learn to accommodate both in a way that leads to improved decision-making.

He is interested in figuring out what characteristics we, as humans, share that make us physically the same, but act differently. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alumni Awards Honor Achievement, Service and Spirit

Beverley R. WheelerBeverley R. Wheeler (DC’76, HNZ’78) credits CMU for its unique combination of innovation, collaboration and cooperation. Wheeler is an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College and a former president of CMU's Alumni Association.

She was one of three outstanding Dietrich College alumnae honored at an awards ceremony over Commencement weekend. Siriana Abboud (DC’16) and Minnar Xie (DC’16) also received awards.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simon ProSEED Grants Awarded to Nine Learning Science Projects

SimonFive of the TEL projects designed to improve education for CMU students while advancing our understanding of how humans learn involve Dietrich College faculty members.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BrainHub To Host First Neurohackathon

NeurohackathonSponsored by Qualcomm, it is one of the first hackathons to engage computer and data scientists in using one of the hardest systems to crack: the structure of neural data and the brain. All CMU graduate students are invited to join a team.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CMU Police Officer Nabs Bachelor’s Degree

Joseph BernardingSince 2006, Joseph Bernarding, a CMU police officer, husband, father, soccer coach and scout leader has been pursuing his bachelor’s degree in ethics, history and public policy (EHPP). He is now officially a graduate.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Graduates Urged To Put Their Hearts Into Their Work

Commencement"Do the unimagined. Discover the undiscoverable. Change the world — responsibly.”

Reciting those words, more than 5,000 graduates at CMU's 119th Commencement ceremony Sunday joined social historian and keynote speaker Earl Lewis in pledging to use their educations actively, throughout their lives, to the benefit of others. Read more, watch videos and view photos from the main ceremony.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Behrmann Earns Highest Faculty Distinction

Marlene BehrmannThree Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, including the Dietrich College’s Marlene Behrmann, have received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Students, Alumna Receive Fulbright Awards

Fulbright AwardsCMU’s four Fulbright award winners for 2016 will research, study and report across three continents. One student and one alumna from the Dietrich College are among the new recipients. Additionally, Juan Acosta (DC’15), will pursue his Fulbright that was awarded last year.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alumna Receives Rare NSF Fellowship in the Social Sciences

Courtney WittekindCourtney Wittekind (BXA’13) has received one of 2,000 fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The $138,000 award will support Wittekind’s doctoral studies in social anthropology at Harvard University, which she will begin this fall.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Students Solve Tech Problems for Nonprofits

Software Development ProjectReal-world partnerships are an integral part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Systems (IS) Program. Through the program’s Software Development Project course, students collaborate with community-based organizations like the Beaver County Humane Society and Beverly’s Birthdays to develop useful technology solutions.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Eight History Students

Phi Alpha ThetaThis spring, eight students with majors or minors in CMU’s Department of History were inducted in Phi Alpha Theta (PAT). The national honor society was established in 1921 to promote quality research and learning experiences in history.
 
“We are proud that among the class of 2016 there are 15 members of this honor society,” said PAT faculty adviser Naum Kats.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CMU Honors 13 Alumni and Students

Alumni AwardsCMU’s Alumni Association will honor 13 alumni and students for their professional achievements and service to the university during a ceremony and reception on Friday, May 13. Three from the Dietrich College will be recognized: alumna Beverly Wheeler (DC’76, HZ’78) will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and Siriana Abboud and Minnar Xie will receive Student Service awards.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Making Sense of it All

Sense MakingResearchers have identified a powerful human motive that has not been adequately appreciated by social and behavioral scientists: the drive to make sense of our lives and the world around us.

“We are informavores as much as we are omnivores,” said CMU’s George Loewenstein.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Undergrads Shine at Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the MindsFrom 157 presenters in 1995, CMU’s Meeting of the Minds research symposium has grown to showcase the work of over 600 students.

The Dietrich College was well represented at this year’s event, with projects ranging from “Discouragement, Gender, and Professional Tennis” to “The Violet Quill Club: Constructing a Post-Stonewall Gay Identity Through Fiction.”

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Q&A with Longtime Professor Charlene Castellano

Charlene CastellanoSince 1990, Charlene Castellano has been a fixture in the Department of Modern Languages – co-founding and co-leading the Russian Studies Program and teaching many Russian language and culture courses.

Castellano, teaching professor of Russian, will retire at the end of May.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

In & Out of the Classroom With Erik Thiessen

Erik ThiessenAssociate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Psychology Erik Thiessen has been conducting research, advising and teaching at CMU since 2004.  He genuinely enjoys his job, especially the teaching aspect.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Marlene Behrmann Designs #BrainDress For NAS Induction

Marlene BehrmannMarlene Behrmann, the Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) over the weekend. To mark the occasion, Behrmann, who has a longstanding interest in the intersection of art and science, designed and wore a voice-activated “#BrainDress” to both the NAS induction ceremony and a CMU event honoring her accomplishments.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Students Debate German Refugee Stance

Immigration DebateWhen German Chancellor Angela Merkel committed her country to allowing an open-ended number of refugees to enter between 2015 and 2016, the choice ignited controversy throughout Europe. And Carnegie Mellon University students recently had the opportunity to join the debate.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grey's Anatomy: Alumna's Heart is in the Work

Elisabeth FinchIt’s been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.”

Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy” and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Larry Wasserman Elected Into NAS

Larry WassermanAcclaimed statistician Larry Wasserman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

Wasserman is the 15th CMU faculty member to be elected to the NAS — and the fourth within Dietrich College.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kiron Skinner on Trump and the GOP Nomination

Kiron Skinner"Before our eyes the American electorate is being realigned. We may be witnessing the emergence of a new coalition, perhaps the first major one since FDR’s New Deal coalition,” said Skinner, director of CMU’s Institute for Politics and Strategy.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED Funding

Brain HubPsychology Professor Michael J. Tarr is part of a team that will develop active machine learning algorithms to identify how the brain visually processes natural scenes.

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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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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Graduate Student Teachers Honored for Excellence

Ana Cooke and Sihui (Echo) KeAna Cooke and Sihui (Echo) Ke, this year’s co-winners of the Dietrich College Graduate Student Teaching Award, have one thing in common: excellence in teaching.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Understanding Autism

Understanding AutismMillions of people in the United States alone have been diagnosed with some degree of autism. There is no elixir. But CMU scientists are unraveling the mystery of the condition, which could lead to significant breakthroughs in treatments.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Ron Carlson To Speak at Adamson Student Writing Awards

Ron CarlsonThe award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet will keynote this year’s Adamson Student Writing Awards. Carlson's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire and GQ, and he is the author of the 2007 book “Ron Carlson Writes a Story” — “a story of a story” in which he offers practical advice about the elements of effective writing.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Deadline Extended for Dietrich Senior Honors Program and 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 April 1, 2016.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

“Fastball" To Premiere in Pittsburgh

FastballThe baseball documentary that stars CMU scientists – including Psychology Professors Michael J. Tarr and Timothy Verstynen – and Hall of Famers will screen in Pittsburgh, including at a special Carnival Weekend event.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dietrich College’s Top Teaching Award Announced

Alex John LondonPhilosophy Professor Alex John London has won the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service. London has developed and taught courses on topics including theoretical and applied ethics, political philosophy, medical ethics, human rights and the capstone course for the Ethics, History & Public Policy major.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sophomore Receives State Department Scholarship to Study in India

Ian AsenjoCMU sophomore Ian Asenjo has received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. Asenjo will be traveling to Chandigarh, India this summer, where he hopes to gain proficiency in Punjabi and explore his passion for Bhangra — a folk dance with roots in the region.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Statistics Department Hosts First Tartan Data Science Cup

Tartan AnalyticsComputer programmers have hackathons. The machine learning world has Kaggle competitions. And now, Carnegie Mellon University’s budding statisticians have a competition to call their own: the Tartan Data Science Cup.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Discover Dietrich

Discover DietrichYou’ve heard it before: Dietrich College is no ordinary liberal arts school. This spring, a new event will spotlight the diverse departments that make the college special by showcasing student research, faculty publications, internship opportunities and more. Discover Dietrich will run from March 28 through April 14.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

From Teacher to Leader

Teacher LeaderA CMU alumna is leading efforts to teach computer science to all New York City public school students, and her experience with the Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) helped prepare her.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CMU Senior Receives Luce Scholarship

Kaytie NielsenKaytie Nielsen, a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) senior with concentrations in creative writing and directing, is one of 18 students and young professionals selected to participate in the prestigious Luce Scholars Program in Asia.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Black Women's History Pioneer to Deliver Lecture

Darlene Clark Hine Darlene Clark Hine, a leading historian of the African-American experience who helped found the field of black women’s history, will speak at Carnegie Mellon’s 10th annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History. Hine, the Board of Trustees Professor of African-American Studies and History at Northwestern University, will discuss the role of black women in health professions in fighting for progress before the Modern Black Freedom Movement.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gender Divide

Linda BabcockWhat recourse do women have in instances where it's clear they're not receiving the same opportunities as their male counterparts? Social and Decision Sciences Professor Linda Babcock offers strategies.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Spike Lee To Attend CMU Screening of “Chi-Raq”

spike lee Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee will attend the screening of his latest film, “Chi-Raq,” at CMU, at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19 in McConomy Auditorium. Lee also will interact with audience members at a “Face to Face with Spike Lee” event prior to the screening. This event is part of the International Film Festival “Faces of Conflict.”

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

CMU's Kiron Skinner Reflects on Nancy Reagan

kiron skinnerSkinner met Nancy Reagan in 1994, when the former first lady gave Skinner nearly exclusive access to President Ronald Reagan’s private papers. She used those papers to co-write The New York Times bestseller "REAGAN: A Life in Letters.” MORE
Friday, March 4, 2016

Simon Lecturer: Keep Patients First as Tech Changes Medicine

Harvey FinebergHarvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former president of the National Academy of Medicine, understands the medical industry's struggles.

Fineberg recently delivered a Simon Distinguished Lecture on "Technology, Information and Learning: Medical Education for the Sake of Patients.”

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Friday, March 4, 2016

The Art of Taking Risks

The Art of RiskWhen faced with a decision, whether large or small, do you tend to play it safe or take a chance?

Psychology alumna Kayt Sukel (DC'95) explores risk-taking and how it impacts decision-making in work, play, love and life in her new book, "The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution & Chance."


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Barack Obama’s Literary Legacy

Academics, journalists and pundits have long mined President Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” for information that would point to his political beliefs, but few analyses have approached the book as a literary work – until now.

Barack Obama's Literary Legacy

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Junior Receives Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship

Melanie DiazMelanie Diaz, an English and global studies major, has been awarded a Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship for 2016. The fellowship program is designed to help students from diverse backgrounds attend graduate school, typically in the areas of public policy, public administration, international affairs and related fields.

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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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Friday, January 29, 2016

Coolest Ride in Town

AutopodsThe three-wheeled, battery-assisted bicycle with a lime green, sleek, aerodynamic fiberglass shell surrounding the driver and back seat for two is the brainchild of Carnegie Mellon graduates Tanuj Apte and Deepak Vidhani, co-founders of Autopods.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Glass CeilingThe scarcity of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers is a hot topic. A longtime tech pioneer, CMU is also ahead of the curve when it comes to gender equity in STEM fields. In the Information Systems Program, women account for 40 percent of students – double the national average of 15 to 20 percent in similar programs.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trading Places

Trading PlacesJim Daniels is teaching a nonfiction writing course called “Life Writing” and another course in which he works closely with creative writing students as they complete their senior projects.

But, you won’t find Daniels at CMU. Instead, he’ll be teaching them at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the United Kingdom as part of the English Department’s first faculty exchange with SHU.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Students Share Love of Wisdom at Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Phi Beta Kappa InitiationTwelve students were inducted into Carnegie Mellon’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on January 21 – and four of them were Dietrich College students.

“They join more than half a million members worldwide, representing the best and brightest minds in the liberal arts and sciences,” said the chapter’s secretary and treasurer, Joseph E. Devine, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Dietrich College.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fall 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 2015 semester.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Creative Writing Alums Take On Hollywood

Javier Grillo-MarxuachThere is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department. From “Toy Story” to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Hard Work Pays Off

Fellow at WorkThe initial students who participated in the Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program have found out that hard work really does pay off. Since graduating from CMU last spring, they have been working in diverse fields, some extending the research they began as honors fellows, and others, embarking on new academic and career paths.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

National Academy of Sciences To Honor John R. Anderson

John R. AndersonIf the field of cognitive science is to truly understand how the mind works, researchers need to integrate the many theories about memory, language, problem-solving and other mental functions. CMU's John R. Anderson has spent decades doing this — developing a unified theory of cognition and using it to create successful cognitive-based tutors that have revolutionized education.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

CMU Scientists Star in Werner Herzog’s Latest Film

Werner Herzog Film“Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Psychology Professor Marcel Just, among others from CMU, are featured in the film.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Five Andrew W. Mellon Fellows in the Humanities Selected

AW Mellon LogoWith a well-established legacy of pioneering technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and through the Simon Initiative, a university-wide effort that aims to measurably improve student-learning outcomes by harnessing a learning engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to advance digital scholarship and TEL in the humanities.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

10 Things to Love About CMU’s Dietrich College

Baker HallIt has been said that the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is no ordinary liberal arts school.

Within the Dietrich College, real world problems are analyzed, challenged and solved, contributions are made in traditional ways and global differences are made. Dietrich College students, faculty and alumni do a lot. Learn more about 10 of the many things to love.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Design the Dietrich Day T-Shirt

Dietrich Day T-ShirtShare your Dietrich College pride and flex your creative muscles by entering the Dietrich Day T-shirt design contest. The winning artwork will appear on T-shirts commemorating Dietrich Day 2016.

All students with a Dietrich College major or minor are eligible to enter the contest. Submissions are due February 12 and the winner will be announced by March 1.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Educational Engagement

Educational EngagementEducational computer games are evolving from nose-to-the-screen experiences. Using research, artificial intelligence and data, new teaching models are giving instructors feedback on their students' stumbling blocks, helping students learn how to develop their character alongside their book smarts, and joining the digital to reality with games that have human and virtual interactions.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Religious Beliefs Don’t Always Lead to Violence

Religious BeliefsFrom the Christian Crusades to the Paris attacks, countless conflicts and acts of violence have been claimed to be the result of differing religious beliefs. These faith-based opinions are thought to motivate aggressive behavior because of how they encourage group loyalty or spin ideologies that devalue the lives of non-believers.

However, new research reveals the opposite: religious beliefs might instead promote interfaith cooperation.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Young Writers To Showcase Their Work at Carnegie Mellon’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards

MLK Writing AwardsSeventeen Pittsburgh-area high school and college students will be recognized for their poetry and prose at CMU’s 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 18. The students will present their personal narratives dealing with racial prejudice and discrimination.

“Every year I am struck by the maturity and insight these high school and college students express. Each student is all too aware of the way they are either targets of or witnesses to the way racism and other forms of discrimination shape our social world,” said associate professor of English Rich Purcell, who is directing this year’s awards.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

EHPP Students Analyze Risks & Benefits of Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana DecriminalizationCities and states across the U.S. are changing laws on marijuana, and Pittsburgh has joined the movement.

Drawing inspiration from Philadelphia’s attempts to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug, City Councilman and Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Dan Gilman (DC’04), commissioned a study on the feasibility of doing the same in Pittsburgh. Gilman turned to Dietrich College students to examine the issue, and five seniors majoring in Ethics, History and Public Policy (EHPP) rose to the challenge.

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