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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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