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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Learn From Current Seniors: Honors Fellowship Program Offers Exciting Opportunities

Senior Honors FellowshipThe benefits of getting paid to initiate research projects and develop professional examples of their work — while working with faculty mentors  — are just a few of the big motivators, according to this year’s Senior Honor Fellows. The application deadline is March 24.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Event: What They Don’t Want You To Know

Vishwas PrabhakaraNavigating through a career often requires making decisions without all of the information.

Dietrich College alumnus Vishwas Prabhakara, the general manager of Yelp Reservations, will return to campus to talk to students about the impact career choices can have in the years that follow.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Contesting Energy: Labor, Culture and Politics

Contesting EnergyIn the world of energy innovation, there is a place for the humanities, and a team of CMU historians and literary and culture experts are about to show why.

The English Department’s Kathy M. Newman, Jacob Goessling and James Wynn and the History Department’s John Soluri will present “Contesting Energy: Labor, Culture and Politics” as part of the Scott Institute’s Energy Week, March 27-31. The symposium will focus on the role that energy plays in culture at large, and more specifically in the Pennsylvania region.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Uncertainty Perception Drives Public’s Trust, Mistrust of Science

Scientific UncertaintyMany policies — from medicine to terrorism — depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of uncertainty, which may not reflect the actual uncertainty of the field. CMU researchers took the first step to understanding more of the whole picture by measuring scientific uncertainty broadly — across many areas of science, not just topics that are typically polarized.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

CMU Engineering and Psychology Researchers Develop Model To Study Design Teams

Design TeamIf you’ve ever worked on a team project, you know that a strong team will help a project soar—but a bad team can bring the whole project crashing to the ground. Today, almost all the products you love—your car, your iPhone, your air conditioner—were conceptualized by a team of designers. A recent study conducted by CMU  collaborators Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky sought to answer an important question for the design industry—how do you best design your design team?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

There’s More Than One Way to Get From A to Z With a History Degree

Faryal KhanFaryal Khan is a transcreation director at World Writers – part of Williams Lea Tag, a large marketing and communications agency in New York City.  She credits her success to saying “yes” to opportunities as they arose and following her interests, even when they diverged from her past experiences.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

George Loewenstein and the NEW New Economics of Information

George Loewenstein and the NEW New Economics of InformationReaders consuming fake news, investors ignoring a bear market, Internet users giving away valuable personal data in online quizzes: All of these trends can have dramatic consequences for the individuals involved as well as for society, and none are well explained by traditional economics.

George Loewenstein discussed his research on these trends and other topics at the Behavioral Insights in Action conference, which celebrated the launch of CMU's new Bachelor of Arts in behavioral economics, policy and organizations.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Alumna’s Guide for Social Entrepreneurship

Social EntrepreneurshipOne thing Dietrich College alumni know for certain is that their education prepares them for almost anything. Meg Brindle  (DC’92), who received a Ph.D. in applied history, left a tenured position at George Mason University to Africa to explore and address root causes of poverty rather than just the symptoms.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress Hormone

Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress Hormone Studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed. A new CMU Department of Psychology study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Fingerprint Evidence is Circumstantial, Not an Identification

Fingerprint ScienceCrime shows like Dateline or NCIS portray fingerprint analysis as an exact science. There’s a print found, and if it is matched to a suspect, there is no doubt about its accuracy. The U.S. judicial system also treats fingerprint identification with the same absolute certainty. But, there is no scientific basis for this critical assumption about fingerprint identifications.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Oui ou Non: What It Means to be French

Mame-Fatou NiangInternational travel and national identity may seem like new, provoking topics, but their growing complexity is apparent in many nations across the globe. Modern Languages Assistant Professor Mame-Fatou Niang  studies cultural minorities with particular interest in French people of African and Muslim descent. France is an interesting case because it is at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Artists Reconstruct Story of African-American Folk Hero

Folk HeroesHistory’s Edda Fields-Black is one of the collaborators who worked to bring "JH: Mechanics of a Legend" to life. The performance depicts John Henry, the super-strong railroad man who died with a hammer in his hand.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jim Daniels’ "Rowing Inland" Takes Readers Back to Metro Detroit

Rowing InlandFrom the last meals his mother is able to cook and joy rides to Canada, to childhood and the end of it, CMU's Jim Daniels circles back to his life in Detroit in his 15th book of poetry. Similar to many of Daniels’ works, urban and working-class life appear throughout the four sections of the collection.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science and Public Engagement

Citizen Science in the Digital AgeCitizen science is not a new concept. The Smithsonian Institute relied on the practice to gather data for a weather project in the mid-1800s. But the digital age has vastly expanded its potential and usefulness. CMU's James Wynn explores the rhetoric, science and public engagement of it in a new book.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

10 Things To Love About CMU’s Dietrich College

Baker Hall StaircaseThe Dietrich College is home to world-class researchers who do foundational and deep research and collaborate across many disciplines to take on problems that are important to humanity. Students become involved in research early in their CMU careers and work alongside their top-rated professors. They emerge from their academic careers able to communicate, think, learn and understand the world in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Maha Engages High School Students in Entrepreneurship Program

Ryan MahaJunior sharp-shooting guard Ryan Maha is making his biggest impact off the court. The Tartans' leading three-point shooter is helping underprivileged high school students to become entrepreneurs.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Video, Photos From 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards

MLK RecapRelive the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing awards by watching a video of the ceremony and concert and viewing photos.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fall 2016 Dean’s List Announced

Dean's ListCongratulations to all of the undergraduate students who have been named to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Model Driverless Car Regulations After Drug Approval Process, AI Ethics Experts Argue

Driverless CarAutonomous systems — like driverless cars — perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans.  In a new IEEE Intelligent Systems Expert Opinion piece, CMU artificial intelligence ethics experts David Danks and Alex John London argue that current safety regulations do not plan for these systems and are therefore ill-equipped to ensure that autonomous systems will perform safely and reliably.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Terrorism Research Must Be Driven By Evidence, Not Political Agendas

Baruch FischhoffDespite concerted efforts by many people and institutions, fundamental aspects of terrorism — identifying participants, understanding how they radicalize, and developing effective countermeasures — remain unclear.

In a new Science Policy Forum article, four experts from different fields propose a strategy for terrorism research. The approach is meant to protect the integrity of academic research from political interference, while protecting policy makers from simplistic academic accounts.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Alumni Award Honorees Announced

Sach TakayasuIncluded among the recipients are two Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni. Sachiko Takayasu (DC 1985), president and CEO of Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award for accomplishments in her professional field. An Alumni Service Award will be given to Ruth Osborne Rouleau (DC 1952, 1953).

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Experts To Discuss Teaching English to Non-Native Speakers

Dudley ReynoldsCarnegie Mellon University's Dudley Reynolds will lead policymakers and industry professionals at a February summit in Athens, Greece, to discuss the future of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Using an English Degree To Do What You Love

Doyle RollaWhat can you do with an English degree? Plenty. Carnegie Mellon University graduates have built diverse careers doing what they love – from publishing to museum administration, children’s entertainment and entrepreneurship.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to Science

Manage football stress with mindfulness meditationFor the millions of people watching NFL football games this weekend, it is not all fun and games. Rooting for your favorite team can leave you feeling anxious and stressed — right down to the last second.

The good news is that there is a way to help manage your stress reactions during the game. Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve stress management, and CMU scientists are leading the way to understanding how and why.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Complex Social Systems Expert Joins Social and Decision Sciences Department

Simon DeDeoDriven by new theories and big data, Simon DeDeo uses empirical evidence and mathematical models to reveal how people connect and interact, and how those ways change over time. His investigations shed light on the dynamic systems that make up our cultural, business and political worlds. He will teach SDS courses, such as "Social Complexity" and "Bubbles, Norms and Revolutions."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Event: Behavioral Insights in Action

E-Literate TVTo celebrate the first-of-its-kind major in behavioral economics, policy and organizations and to showcase the work of CMU’s faculty, students and alumni in the field, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences will host "Behavioral Insights in Action," an afternoon of panel sessions and networking activities. The event will also feature experts from government organizations such as the World Bank and the Lab @ DC and companies like Disney and Voya Financial talking about how they use insights from behavioral economics and psychology in their organizations. CMU's George Loewenstein will give a keynote talk on "The New NEW Economics of Information." Space is limited and registration is required.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

CMU Hosts Newest Chapter of National Neuroscience Honor Society

Neuroscience Honor SocietyThe creation of this chapter allows CMU students and faculty to network and collaborate with nearly 4,000 students and faculty around the country. It already boasts 16 undergraduate student members and 3 graduate student members from across 5 colleges, including the Dietrich College.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vacant No More: CMU Students Present Urban Development Solutions

Vacant No MoreMedia outlets continue to honor Pittsburgh as being a "most livable" city, and CMU Ethics, History and Public Policy students have equipped city officials with a tool and research to build on this reputation by tapping into the potential of empty city lots.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

CMU Learning Scientists Featured on e-literate TV

E-Literate TVThree Carnegie Mellon University learning scientists, Marsha Lovett, Ken Koedinger and Lauren Herckis, have been featured on e-literate TV, which is designed to provoke conversations about how technology can be employed in the service of education.

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