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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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