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Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit

The story of Pittsburgh's transformation from an industrial town to an international center of knowledge is mirrored in Carnegie Mellon University's own story — from our founding as a school for Pittsburgh's workers to our position today as a top-tier, global university pioneering innovations in both the arts and technology.

The week of Sept. 21-25 exemplified the role Carnegie Mellon is playing in shaping the future — spanning the disciplines. Highlights follow.

President Cohon Joins Newsweek's Fineman. In the run-up to the G-20 Summit, President Jared Cohon joined Newsweek's Howard Fineman, University of Pittsburgh's Mark Nordenberg and UPMC's Jeffrey Romoff on Monday to discuss Pittsburgh's transformation to a knowledge-based economy and the role universities and medicine have played in the region's success. Watch video »

Bill Gates Visits Campus. The university officially opened the doors Tuesday to a new home for one of the world's best schools of computer science: the Gates and Hillman Centers. Carnegie Mellon welcomed back to campus Bill Gates — co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft Corp. — as he presented the ceremony's keynote address. Read story » | Watch video »

Ambassador to Ireland Joins World Leaders. On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney kicked-off a day-long conference organized by Carnegie Mellon and the Atlantic Council, under the leadership of Professor Kiron Skinner. Top minds from policy, business and academic sectors explored the economic and social forces at work in the post-economic crisis world. Read story » | Read the related report »

Australian Prime Minister Addresses Campus. A one-of-a-kind experience, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented a special keynote address to the Carnegie Mellon community Sept. 24, followed by an interactive panel of policy experts. Read story » | Watch video »

President Cohon Joins Governor Rendell and Largest Maker of Electric Cars. South Korea's CT&T tested out their electric vehicles on campus Friday and joined the president, governor and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in announcing the opening of two facilities in Pennsylvania, launching 400 jobs in the region and possible research opportunities for the university. Read release »

First Lady Obama's Concert for G-20 Spouses. The week concluded with Carnegie Mellon Professor Gregory Lehane directing First Lady Michelle Obama's concert for the spouses of G-20 leaders — a responsibility undertaken at the special request of the White House. At the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), the event featured CAPA students, as well as celebrated musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Trisha Yearwood and Sara Bareilles. Read story »

As Pittsburgh welcomed the world to the G-20 Summit, Carnegie Mellon continued to lead the way in a range of disciplines — whether it was opening the door to the next-generation of technologies, joining world leaders in examining the future of the world economy or shaping an exceptional musical experience.

Media Highlights

CNN.com (Sept. 24): President Cohon on "How Pittsburgh Bounced Back."

CBS Evening News (Sept. 23): Answering the question "G-20: Why Pittsburgh?" with "Carnegie Mellon," featuring our Robotics Institute and university spin-off Plextronics.

CBS/KDKA (Sept. 22): Coverage of the Gates and Hillman Centers dedication featuring Bill Gates.

Newsweek.com (Sept. 22): Howard Fineman picks Professor Priya Narasimhan as embodiment of Pittsburgh's innovative success.

iTunes U Podcast Series: Audio interviews with Carnegie Mellon experts on a wide range of subjects related to the G-20 Summit. [Requires iTunes.]