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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seniors, English Professor Honored at Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony

Jay Devine & Peggy KnappForty-eight seniors were inducted into CMU's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) this spring and 12 were from the Dietrich College.

English Professor and PBK member Peggy Knapp delivered the keynote speech, telling the initiates, "The world needs you."
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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