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2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Ethics of Time Travel

Mara HarrellWhen it comes to time travel, physicists say it could happen.

Mara Harrell, teaching professor of philosophy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, asks whether it should.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Danielle Wenner to Explore Ethics and Exploitation in Brocher Residency

Danielle WennerIs it ethical to "rent out" a disadvantaged woman’s womb? What can scientists do to ensure the autonomy of clinical research subjects? These are just a couple of the questions on the mind of CMU’s Danielle Wenner.

Wenner will examine those questions in the Brocher Summer Residency Program in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Meeting of the Minds Showcases Students’ Diverse Talents

Apoorva Havanur and Mark Patterson From designing a constitution for a reunified Korea to writing a collection of short stories, students in CMU’s Dietrich College work on projects that tackle real problems and showcase their creativity.

Undergraduates in the college recently shared what they've been working on at the Meeting of the Minds research symposium.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Meeting of the Minds: Dietrich College Winners

Statistics Competition winnersSince it began in 1995, Meeting of the Minds has grown from 157 student presenters to over 600. The university’s diverse array of disciplines and research areas were showcased at the event, which included poster sessions, oral presentations, art installations and more. MORE
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Listen Up: Auditory Scientists Catch Students’ Attention

Daniel LevitinThis spring, students in CMU’s Auditory Perception course participated in Q&A sessions with guest speakers who lectured about auditory science topics from absolute pitch to cochlear implant technology.

Visitors included neuroscientist, musician, professor and author Daniel Levitin and Heather Bortfeld, who leads developmental cognitive science research at University of California, Merced.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Robert Cavalier May Be Retiring, But He's Not Slowing Down

Robert Cavalier CMU’s Robert Cavalier may be retiring this June, but he doesn’t plan on slowing down.

“I’ll have extra time to focus on many issues of importance to me and the larger community,” said Cavalier, director of the Program for Deliberative Democracy in the Dietrich College’s Department of Philosophy.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Remake Learning Days Offer Sneak Peek Into Next Gen Classroom

Remake LearningThe future of learning is here, during Remake Learning Days—a regional celebration and exploration of the future of learning. Researchers in CMU's Simon Initiative, which aims to transform education by continuously improving teaching and learning based on data, will be an integral part of the event running May 15-26. MORE
Monday, May 15, 2017

Documentary Class Takes Students to Cuba

Cuba ClassOne way to learn about an unfamiliar place is to step behind the lens. That is exactly what Carnegie Mellon University students did this semester to learn about Cuban artists. MORE
Monday, May 15, 2017

Three Dietrich College Seniors Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Abroad

Fulbright recipients Six CMU seniors have been named Fulbright award winners – and three of them come from the Dietrich College.

The Fulbright award recipients for 2017 will teach and conduct research all over the globe, living and working in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Taiwan, Switzerland and Germany.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

An Anthropologist in the 21st Century Classroom

Lauren HerckisEducational tools can make all the difference to the learner, but despite the availability of excellent new options, many of the best technology enhanced learning (TEL) resources are being left on the shelf. CMU researchers have been working to understand this quandary. MORE
Friday, May 12, 2017

Soon-To-Be #cmugrad(s) Tell Their Stories Through Social Media

Social Media AmbasadorsSarah Gutekunst served as a social media ambassador for the university in order to provide a window into graduating students’ experiences. MORE
Friday, May 12, 2017

The Country That Dines Together Stays Together

MADATwo Dietrich College alumnae created Make America Dinner again to bring individuals with diverse ideologies in a non-threatening environment—the dinner table—to respectfully exchange views. MORE
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Students Honored at Writing Awards Ceremony

Adamson AwardsOne way the Department of English highlights student excellence is through the annual Adamson Student Writing Awards. Winners are awarded in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and nonfiction and are selected by off-campus writers and honored during a formal ceremony. MORE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peggy Knapp To Retire

Peggy KnappFor the past 47 years, one constant has been English Professor Peggy Knapp riding her bike to work every day.  Her dedication to her students is another. Through her engaging courses, Knapp has changed the way students learn.  MORE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Global Studies Projects Examine Language, Education Policy

Gabrielle RickstrewSeniors in the Dietrich College’s global studies capstone seminar develop independent research projects on topics that interest them.

“I think that by their senior year, most CMU students are ready and eager to follow their intellectual passions and pursue a research project,” said John Soluri, director of global studies and associate professor of history.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Doctors Should Be Paid By Salary, Not Fee-for-Service, Argue Behavioral Economists

Physician SalariesIn a JAMA Viewpoint article, CMU’s George Loewenstein and UCLA's Ian Larkin outline the problems associated with the fee-for-service arrangements that most doctors currently operate under. Such compensation schemes, they argue, create incentives for physicians to order more, and different, services than are best for patients. MORE
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Eberly Center’s First Teaching Institute Already Impacting Classrooms

First TeachingTo show CMU faculty how to successfully integrate active learning or enhance what they are already doing, the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation held a three-day institute last summer on "Teaching as Research." And instead of just handling over ideas or tools, the Eberly Center focused on how instructors can use their classrooms as learning experiments by collecting data and using it to then go back and re-tool how the activities are used. MORE
Monday, May 8, 2017

Obituary: Gloria Hill, Former Dietrich College Assistant Dean

Gloria HillHill, who had been a staff member at Carnegie Mellon University for 35 years before her retirement in 2015, died Wednesday, May 3. She was 70. MORE
Monday, May 8, 2017

Ten Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors Fellows

2018 Honors FellowsTen distinguished juniors have been selected as Dietrich College Honors Fellows. They will spend the summer working on research and creative projects that span from how the U.S. federal court system can restrain an "imperial presidency" to exploring the future of work through poetry.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Five CMU Friends Keep the Connection

Five FriendsIn 1964, five freshman girls arrived at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became close friends. More than 50 years later, the women’s bond that was forged over studying and becoming young adults together remains strong…as does their connection to what is now Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Three-Minute Thesis Exhibition in Posner Center

Juliann ReinekeJuliann Reineke, a Ph.D. student in English, is bringing her thesis to life. MORE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Senior Dedicated to Giving Back Receives Alumni Association’s Student Service Award

Josh ZakA chemistry major and Japanese minor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) program, Josh Zak has figured out one of life's greatest secrets. Giving to others is easy, if you love what you do. MORE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

$6.2 Million MURI Grant To Fund Cybersecurity Project

MURI GrantThe project, "Realizing Cyber Inception: Towards a Science of Personalized Deception for Cyber Defense," will develop deception tactics based on theories from cognitive science, computational game theory and computer systems engineering. These new tactics are expected to leap ahead of attackers by moving towards active defense, where new cyber environments will make it impossible for attackers to determine what is real and what is deceptive. MORE
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baruch Fischhoff Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Baruch FischhoffA cognitive psychologist by training, Fischhoff is a renowned expert in decision science and risk analysis. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive and recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. MORE
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Restricting Pharmaceutical Reps’ Marketing Tactics Changes Physician Prescribing Behavior

Pharmaceutical repsResearchers examined restrictions 19 academic medical centers placed on pharmaceutical representatives’ visits to doctors’ offices. Published in JAMA, the results reveal that the restrictions caused physicians to switch from prescribing drugs that were more expensive and patent-protected to generic, significantly cheaper drugs. MORE
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Meeting of the Minds Explores Students' Talents, Passion for Research

Meeting of the MindsPaloma Sierra-Hernandez, a sophomore studying creative writing and drama in the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) program, will present a bilingual poetry reading that focuses on Puerto Rican identities. She is just one of the many Dietrich College students who will participate in this year’s event. MORE
Monday, May 1, 2017

CMWA Supports Students’ Commitment to Advancement of Women

Alexandra PaschAlexandra Pasch, who is majoring in international relations and politics and ethics, history and public policy, a $1,000 scholarship for their commitment to the advancement of women in their academic disciplines. MORE
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. 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. 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

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
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. 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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Friday, March 31, 2017

Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Simon Distinguished LectureMathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will deliver the 2017 Carnegie Mellon University Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohon University Center’s Rangos 3. Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council, will discuss "Scientists, Power and the Power of Scientists."

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Short and Simple Is Key in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minutue ThesisThree Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges Ph.D. students to give a compelling presentation on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language that anyone can understand. Two Dietrich College students made it to the finals this year: Social and Decision Sciences’ Ania Jaroszewicz and English’s Will Penman.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TEDxCMU Speakers To Urge Pushing Boundaries

TEDxCMUTEDxCMU 2017, a student-run conference designed to provide a TED-like experience, will be held on Friday, April 1, at Carnegie Mellon University. The theme of this year's sold-out event is Pivot. The Statistics Department’s Rebecca Nugent is one of the speakers.

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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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