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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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