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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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