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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Program Takes Students Behind the Scenes in D.C.

Kellen CarletonCMU’s Washington Semester Program gives students the opportunity to explore the United States capital while completing coursework and internships with D.C.-based organizations.

“Students learn, live and work alongside statesmen, scholars and policy makers,” said Kiron Skinner, director of the Dietrich College’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, which sponsors the program.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

What Can You Do With a Master of Science in Computational Finance?

Antonios TavlarakisCMU’s MSCF Program is the top-rated financial engineering degree and is a joint program between the Tepper School of Business, the Mathematical Sciences Department, the Department of Statistics and the Heinz College. MORE
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

David Danks Wins 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

David DanksCarnegie Corporation of New York has named David Danks a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The 35 selected fellows will receive a total of $7 million in funding, or $200,000 each, making it the most generous stipend for humanities and social sciences research available. Danks’ project will explore trust and autonomous technologies.Save MORE
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Psi Chi Honor Society Inducts 21 CMU Students

Psi ChiTwenty-one CMU students with primary or additional majors in the Department of Psychology were inducted into Psi Chi this spring. They join more than 700,000 members of the international psychology honor society. MORE
Monday, April 24, 2017

Legacy Scholarships Leave Lasting Imprints

Peter BradyWhen Peter Brady arrived at Carnegie Mellon University four years ago, he was used to working while going to school and thought that would continue during college. However, Brady, who will graduate in May with degrees in economics and international relations and politics, was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship. MORE
Monday, April 24, 2017

Celebrating Excellence in Education

Emily HalfEvery year CMU recognizes individuals who exemplify the highest standards of excellence and commitment to students. This year, Emily Half, academic program manager, and Ryan Tibshirani, associate professor of statistics, are among the recipients. MORE
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NIH Awards Team $7 Million for Autism Genetics Research

Kathryn RoederFive organizations, including CMU, have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to extend the work of the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC) through 2022. Established in 2010, the ASC collects and shares samples and genetic data from individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). MORE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Helping Companies Win by Treating Customers Right

Peter KrissAs consumers have better access to information than ever before, companies can gain a competitive edge by improving the experiences customers have every day.

Peter Kriss (DC '12), lead research scientist at Medallia, applies research based in behavioral economics to help many of the world's largest companies learn about their customers faster and create better experiences. Kriss joined Medallia immediately after earning his doctorate from in behavioral decision research.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Understanding Decisions: The Power of Combining Psychology and Economics

Understanding DecisionsAdolescents face many challenging decisions. So, do consumers.

A new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows how collaborations between psychologists and economists lead to better understanding of such decisions than either discipline can on its own.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Twenty CMU Students Join Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma IotaThis spring, students joined Phi Sigma Iota, a prestigious international honor society that recognizes the achievements of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures and cultures. MORE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Senior Wants to Help Young Children Reach Their Potential

Lisa Murphy CMU’s Lisa Murphy may be well known as a basketball superstar, but she is making a name for herself off the court as well. Murphy is the 2017 recipient of the Dietrich College’s Gretchen Lankford Prize, which recognizes graduating seniors who are interested in a teaching career. MORE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ten Students Inducted Into National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha ThetaTen students with majors or minors in CMU’s Department of History were inducted in Phi Alpha Theta this spring. Upsilon-Kappa, CMU’s chapter of the national history honor society, was established in 1973. MORE
Friday, April 14, 2017

Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners Announced

Aidan Kestigian and Mary GlavanAidan Kestigian and Mary Glavan are the 2017 recipients of the Dietrich College’s Graduate Student Teaching Award, which recognizes Ph.D. candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching.Save MORE
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Meg Whitman Named Commencement Speaker

Meg WhitmanMeg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and former president and chief executive officer of eBay, will be the speaker at Carnegie Mellon University’s 120th Commencement. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Practice degree in recognition of her leadership in industry and politics. MORE
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Examining Gender-Based Violence from Multiple Perspectives

Gender-Based ViolenceGender-based violence has been declared a global health crisis.

Beginning in Spring 2018, CMU’s Lisa Tetrault, Candace Skibba and Jess Klein will co-teach a course on the topic, part of the Dietrich College’s new Grand Challenges Freshman Seminars that tackle significant social problems using an interdisciplinary approach.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Psychology Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Roberta KlatzkyRoberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Professor of Psychology, is a world-renowned expert in cognition who examines the relationships between human perception and action, with a focus on touch. She investigates this from the perspective of multiple modalities, sensory and symbolic, in real and virtual environments. Her research has been instrumental to the development of telemanipulation, image-guided surgery, navigation aids for the blind and neural rehabilitation. MORE
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Academies Committee Outlines Steps To Combat Disease Epidemics

Alex John LondonUsing key lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has outlined how to improve the speed and effectiveness of clinical trial research while an epidemic is occurring.Save MORE
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Junior Wins Truman Scholarship

Mikaela Wolf-SorokinMikaela Wolf-Sorokin, a global studies and Hispanic Studies major, has won a 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Selected from 768 candidates, Wolf-Sorokin is one of 62 recipients of the prestigious national scholarship designed to support the next generation of public service leaders. Wolf-Sorokin is the sixth overall CMU student to receive this award and the first since 2009. MORE
Monday, April 10, 2017

CMU Wins Putnam Math Competition

CMU Wins Putnam Math CompetitionCarnegie Mellon University has placed first in the Mathematical Association of America’s 77th William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics competition for undergraduate students in North America.

Forty-four CMU students, including two from the Dietrich College, placed in the top 517, the second most of any university.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Speak UP! Pittsburgh

Speak Up!PROGRESS encourages girls and young women to use their voices to advocate and speak up on behalf of themselves. With Duquesne University, they recently hosted and interactive negotiation workshop for girls 7 to 13+. PROGRESS is led by Ayana Ledford, director of diversity and inclusion for the Dietrich College, and it’s based on Professor Linda Babcock’s research. MORE
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Making an Impact on Issues That Matter

Satvika NetiCMU alumna Satvika Neti (DC’16) is charging full speed ahead, propelled by Andrew Carnegie’s famous dictum: “My heart is in the work.” As a Coro fellow, Neti is learning the ropes of fundraising, events and consulting at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Homewood Children’s Village. And she is building her own non-profit organization, WE Education. MORE
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Students Inducted Into International English Honor Society

Sigma Tau DeltaSixteen students were welcomed into Carnegie Mellon's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Omega Tau. MORE
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vishwas Prabhakara Doesn't Hold Back

Vishwas PrabhakaraFor young professionals on the rise, Carnegie Mellon University students picked the lock on a treasure chest of advice. Vishwas Prabhakara (DC’02), general manager of Yelp Reservations, gave students on the verge of entering the workforce a wealth of information at an interactive talk and a roundtable discussion for the Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series, co-sponsored by CMU’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. MORE
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Psychology Alumna Receives Highly Competitive NSF Fellowship

Maya SchumerMaya Schumer’s exposure to cutting-edge research began during her first year at CMU when she joined David Creswell’s Health and Human Performance Laboratory. She worked under his supervision for her Dietrich College Senior Honors Program thesis as she investigated the effectiveness of brief mindfulness training. She also was part of a brain imaging study that assessed self-affirmation as an intervention for stress, funded by a Small Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG). Since graduation, she has continued to work in the lab as a post-baccalaureate research assistant. MORE
Monday, April 3, 2017

Reddit AMA on Information Avoidance

Information RedditThree Carnegie Mellon University behavioral economists participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” online Q&A on Information Avoidance.
 
Find out what George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann were asked, how they answered and how you can get involved with their research.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Steven Schlossman Wins Dietrich College’s Top Teaching Award

Steven SchlossmanSteven Schlossman, professor of history and director of undergraduate studies, has won the 2016-17 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College.

Since joining CMU, Schlossman has distinguished himself as a scholar in a wide range of social and political history studies including homework in American schooling, juvenile courts and delinquency and the rise of modern golf. He also helped to co-found the ethics, history and public policy major, offered jointly with the Department of Philosophy.
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