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2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Student Team Wins $25K at Datathon

DatathonThe Department of Statistics recently hosted the Citadel/Citadel Securities Datathon, powered by Correlation One. Approximately 125 students, with majors ranging from statistics to computer science and economics, were selected to compete for a $25K cash prize.

The top two teams will travel to New York City in November for "The Data Open" which carries a $100K grand prize, and they will be eligible to interview for careers with Citadel and Citadel Securities.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Statistician Nancy Reid To Give 2017 Morris H. DeGroot Memorial Lecture

Nancy ReidFifty years ago, Morris H. (Morrie) DeGroot became the founding head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Statistics. To honor his legacy of building the foundations of a world-class statistics program and his influence on the theory of rational decision-making, the Statistics Department has invited Nancy Reid to give the 2017 DeGroot Memorial Lecture.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Dietrich Day Trivia Answers and Photos

Dietrich DayThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted Dietrich Day on Thursday, March 23.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Dietrich College Carnival Events

CarnivalThis year, Carnival will be held April 20-27. Several special events are being planned in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, including the annual college reception. And, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Department of Statistics is hosting the Morris B. (Morrie) DeGroot Memorial Lecture, a student poster session and reception.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

CMU Students To Compete for $100K in Citadel and Citadel Securities Datathon

DatathonWith data scientist and statistician among the fastest growing jobs, organizations in nearly every industry and sector are hunting for the best and brightest.

Citadel, the $26 billion hedge fund is no different, but their approach is somewhat unique. The firm is sponsoring 18 data science competitions at universities across the U.S. and Britain, with a grand prize of $100K. CMU’s Department of Statistics — top-rated and one of the fastest growing programs — will host the Correlation One and Citadel Datathon on March 25.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Looking Forward in Women's History

Lauren ChurillaBrowsing popular bookstores, Lauren Churilla can't help but notice the predominance of male figures in history books. She is one history scholar who sees an opportunity to reverse the trend.

Churilla joined the Department of History two years ago as a graduate student. She is also a full-time curator at St. Vincent College's Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery. She currently pursues a research interest in women empowerment and self-defense tactics from 1880-1930.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sach Takayasu and a Large Voice for Small Business

Sach TakayasuAs president and CEO of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), Carnegie Mellon University alumna Sach Takayasu played an instrumental role in what she describes as "giving a voice to the business interests of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)."

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as Infants

Subcortex Number ProcessingDespite major brain differences, many species from spiders to humans can recognize and differentiate relative quantities. Adult primates, however, are the only ones with a sophisticated cortical brain system, meaning that the others rely on a subcortex or its evolutionary equivalent.

CMU scientists wanted to find out whether the adult human subcortex contributes to number processing at all. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, their study found that the adult subcortex processes numbers at the same level as infants and perhaps other lower-order species, such as guppies and spiders.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NY Times Bestselling Author Lauren Groff Stops By CMU English Classes

Lauren GroffAuthor Lauren Groff visited CMU and advised students to find in classmates what she found in Kevin González, assistant professor of English.

"Find the brilliant readers and writers that you know, put your little claws into them and never let them go," Groff said. "They will end up being not only a source of amazing critique for the rest of your life, but a source of inspiration."

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Grandma Knows Best: New Research Explains How Family Members Can Impact an Autism Diagnosis

When it comes to autism diagnosis, grandma knows bestEarly detection is critical for improving treatment efficacy for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and it’s often those closest to a child who notice the first signs.

New research reveals that children who had frequent interaction with grandparents or older siblings were diagnosed earlier with ASD. Published in the journal Autism, the study was the first to ask not only parents, but also friends and family members who had contact with the child about their early observations of the child.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CMU Offers New Minor in Arabic Studies

Minor in Arabic StudiesCarnegie Mellon University students interested in studying Arabic language and culture now have the opportunity to earn a minor in Arabic Studies. While the Department of Modern Languages has offered courses in Arabic Studies since 2008, this is the first time that students have a chance to gain more depth in this area.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Faces of Identity: CMU’s International Film Festival Brings 16 Award-Winning Films to Pittsburgh, March 23 – April 9

2017 International Film FestivalThe significance of identity knows no bounds, and its complexity is something people from every walk of life grapple with in some way.

CMU's International Film Festival will bring 16 award-winning films to Pittsburgh that explore identity on a personal level, as a collective group, as a specific race or gender and through different languages and cultures. Fifteen of the films will be making their Pittsburgh premieres, and following the festival’s eleven-year tradition, each screening also will feature a special event, such as appearances by the director or someone else associated with the film, panel discussions, presentations and culinary displays relevant to the films’ themes.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Artist Puts a Face on CMU Film Festival

Baron BatchCommissioned by festival director Jolanta Lion, local artist Baron Batch has created a piece of artwork that portrays this year’s festival theme. Batch will host a viewing of his artwork and a Q&A at 7 p.m., Friday, March 31 in the Cohon University Center’s McConomy Auditorium

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Information Avoidance

Information AvoidanceDrawing on research in economics, psychology and sociology, Carnegie Mellon University’s George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann illustrate how people deliberately avoid information that threatens their happiness and wellbeing.

Published in the Journal of Economic Literature, they show that, while a simple failure to obtain information is the most clear-cut case of "information avoidance," people have a wide range of other information-avoidance strategies at their disposal. They are also remarkably adept at selectively directing their attention to information that affirms what they believe or that reflects favorably upon them, and at forgetting information they wish were not true.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Group Tolerance Linked to Perceptions of Fairness and Harm

Group ToleranceLook for the fault line in any modern conflict and it likely follows a familiar division between the opposing groups. Whether that divide is sectarian, ethnic or ideological, people's devotion to the values that define their communities  can make it seem as if violence along their boundaries is inevitable.
 
But new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, alters thinking about the dynamics of conflict or tension between groups.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Scott Kurdilla

Scott KurdillaAs a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research technologist and MRI safety officer, Kurdilla manages day-to-day operations at the Scientific Imaging and Brain Research (SIBR) Center in CMU’s Psychology Department. His responsibilities range from safety training and scheduling to scanner maintenance, quality assurance and metal screening.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Infinite Career Paths in Behavioral Economics

Behavioral EconomicsCMU recently launched the first-of-its-kind undergraduate major in behavioral economics, policy and organizations (BEPO) because of the high demand for trained behavioral economics in almost every industry and sector. To give students an idea of many potential career options, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences (SDS) hosted "Behavioral Insights in Action."

"This was a really unique and exciting opportunity to bring back some of our graduate student alumni from our top-ranked behavioral decision research program and showcase their work alongside other experts from industry and government as well as our own, really spectacular, faculty members," said SDS Head Linda Babcock.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Senior Sarah Gutekunst Takes You #BTS of Her Final Semester

Sarah GutekunstThere’s no shortage of impressive news coming out of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. There’s faculty research, student projects and awards and features on alumni who are doing really cool things — plus all of the lectures hosted by both faculty and visiting experts.

Naturally, the Dietrich College social media channels want to shout out those accolades to followers everywhere. But what about the average aspects of life in Dietrich College? That’s something I am going to help shine the light on, so to speak, by taking you behind the scenes (#bts) of my last semester.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Dietrich College Hires Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Ayana LedfordAyana Ledford has joined the Dietrich College as director of diversity and inclusion.

Ledford is a seasoned expert in creating and implementing programs to recruit and retain minorities and women. She participated in Dietrich’s College Conversation in November and is excited to help with a number of suggestions that came out of that conversation. Examples of those include finding or creating training programs for faculty, students and staff that are useful in our context and organizing and facilitating ongoing conversations involving issues of race, gender and religious discrimination.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Alumna Emily Duff Bartel is Driven to Succeed

Duff BartelDuff Bartel, who is based in Pittsburgh, is a product manager for Uber’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG), the research and development hub of Uber’s engineering team. ATG is dedicated to self-driving technologies, mapping and vehicle safety, and is at the forefront of the company’s pilot program that is testing self-driving cars.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Eyes on the Prize: Tartan Data Science Cup

Data Science CupThe Department of Statistics' third installment of the competition teamed up students to solve a real world data analysis problem under a tight deadline—all for a little notoriety.

Capital One's Center for Machine Learning sponsored this year's event, awarding prizes of $50 Amazon gift cards to each member of the top teams and also an Apple TV for each member of the first place team. Employees also participated as judges.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Discover and Celebrate the Humanities and Social Sciences

Dietrich DayDietrich Day will begin with Discover Dietrich from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Coffee Lounge. Anyone from the CMU community is invited to stop by and learn about the college's exciting programs. Celebrate Dietrich will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the CFA Lawn. The event is open to all Dietrich College faculty, staff and students and will feature food and games.

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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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