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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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