2010 Archives-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2010

Researchers discover mechanism for signalling receptor recycling
Biochemist.org,The Medical News, LabSpaces, BioPortfolio, BrightSurf, Science Daily, Web Newswire, December 26, 2011

An international team of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University's Manojkumar Puthenveedu has discovered the mechanism by which signalling receptors recycle, a critical piece in understanding signalling receptor function...read more

Biophysical Society Announces Winners Of 2011 Student Travel Awards
Chem.info, Scientific Computing, December 21, 2010

The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its student travel award to attend the Biophysical Society's 55th Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, March 5-9, 2011. The recipients of this competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference. Each awardee receives a travel grant and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, March 5...read more

Clearing the air on pollution's impact
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 19, 2010

Operators of coal-fired power plants argue that the benefits of cheap energy outweigh any health risks from pollution. Reducing health risks means tighter pollution controls, which can raise production costs. The industry points to studies concluding that less affordable electricity also has health consequences...read more

Danger from coal, cars
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 17, 2010

Our particles aren't as bad as your particles. That's the claim of coal-fired power companies, based on research on particulate pollution the industry has funded. The debate centers on whether smokestack pollution could be less harmful to human health than vehicle pollution...read more

Wind and terrain lay a role in "transport" pollution"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 15, 2010

Anger and frustration flicker across Elisa Young's face as she stands on the bank of the Ohio River to illustrate "transport" pollution. It's the pollution generated in one state that pollutes other states...read more

Grants of $250,000 split by 2 nanotechnology firms
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 10, 2010

Two nanotechnology companies in Pennsylvania were awarded a total of $250,000 in Air Force Research Laboratory funding by the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center. SolarPA Inc. will receive $100,000 to commercialize a nanocrystalline coating, while Metalon, a Carnegie Mellon startup, will receive $150,000 to produce molecular inks.

Students can learn chemistry through cooking tasty foods
The Tartan, November 22, 2010

Cooking is usually portrayed as an elaborate art. A measure of craft, a spoonful of inspiration, and a dash of creativity are combined in the creation of some of the finest pieces of culinary art. But in addition to the artistry, there is a lot of science behind the dishes — molecules interacting with other molecules, creating the combinations of taste and texture that hungry consumers appreciate the most. One professor at Carnegie Mellon has a base of knowledge in both culinary methods and the science behind it, so he decided to create a class to teach science through the art of cooking...read more

Chemists Inch Closer to Stable Superheavy Atoms
Science News, November 20, 2010
Wired, October 22, 2010

The discovery of six new variations of the superheavy elements on the bottom rung of the periodic table will enable scientists to create elements that are expected to last long enough for in-depth study...read more

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation Celebrate Recipients of $1 Million Heinz Awards
Solid Waste &Recycling, Consumer Electronics Net, Fresh News, November 16, 2010

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation lauded the winners of the 16th annual Heinz Awards with a program and reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 15. The event recognized 10 innovative and inspiring individuals whose work has addressed global environmental change. A total of $1 million in unrestricted cash prizes was awarded...read more

Professor works to discover particles that may answer big questions
The Tartan, November 15, 2010

What are we all made of?” asked Thomas Ferguson, a professor in Carnegie Mellon’s physics department. Scientists have yet to find a clear answer to this profound and puzzling question. Many fundamental questions have been motivating scientists and engineers for centuries to try to understand how the world around us works. How do forces work? What gives things mass? And of course, possibly the most puzzling inquiry of them all: Why does nature work the way it does?...read more

Research aims to remove pharmaceutical contaminants
The Tartan, November 13, 2010

Pharmaceutical drugs have become so common in our lives that they sometimes appear in surprising locations. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have performed extensive work in determining the effects of pharmaceuticals in public water supplies...read more

“Almost Something from Nothing”: Richard D. McCullough
The Tartan, November 8, 2010

Richard D. McCullough, the vice president for research at Carnegie Mellon and the Thomas Lord professor of chemistry, will speak of his journey from a community college to a postdoctoral degree from Columbia and the decisions that shaped his career...read more

Chemistry in the Kitchen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4, 2010

Food science is a hot ticket these days. The stages for teaching it are books, national television shows and the Internet, some of it accurate, some not. Twenty-eight students at Carnegie Mellon University signed up for The Kitchen Chemistry Sessions, a five-week mini-course during the fall semester...read more

Plextronics rolls out next-gen OLED ink, promises bigger, better OLED displays
Engadget, November 4, 2010

A bottle of ink may not exactly seem like the key to bigger, better, and cheaper OLED displays, but that's just what Plextronics is promising will result from its new "next generation" Plexcore OC NQ ink...read more

Plextronics Announces Availability of Next Generation OLED Ink
SpecialChem, Cable Networking Systems, November 3, 2010

Plextronics announced today that its Plexcore® OC NQ ink is now available for limited sampling, with more broad availability expected in 2011. The non-aqueous-based Hole Injection Layer (HIL) ink augments the company's existing aqueous-based HIL, and is geared specifically for solution processible phosphorescent OLED emitters. The company also expects to introduce ink-jet (printable) inks for limited sampling early in 2011...read more

Wall Street, Chaos Theory and Fractal Geometry
The Market Oracle, October 20, 2010

As mathematicians go, Mandelbrot was very likely the best of the last half-century. And that brilliance extended to the financial markets. In fact, his groundbreaking insights into the operations of the stock market could have been used to avert the 2008 crash - had those insights only been heeded...read more

Making Fluorescent Microscopy Less Finicky
BioTechniques, October 19, 2010

Scientists are improving the stability and brightness of many fluorescent probes, enabling previously unimaginable experiments...read more

Students connect with physics experts worldwide
The Press-Enterprise, October 17, 2010

Web cams in a San Jacinto High School physics classroom are connecting students to scientific experts and in at least one case to a classroom of students in Israel also studying physics...read more

New Look At Multitalented Protein Sheds Light On Mysteries Of HIV
MediLexicon, Innovations Report, Science Magazine Daily News, LabSpaces, October 16, 2010

New insights into the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection process, which leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), may now be possible through a research method recently developed in part at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have glimpsed an important protein molecule's behavior with unprecedented clarity...read more

Science Sees HIV Protein's "Dance"
Softpedia, October 15, 2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) observed the behavior of the HIV protein, called Gag, and learned more about the infection process of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)...read more

Heinz Awards Honor Scientists Opposed by Chemical Industry
Earth Times, September 30, 2010

The assault by the petro-chemical industry on scientific integrity - and scientists with integrity - has been well documented. This year, three winners of the 16th Annual Heinz Awards are scientists who are distinguished "by their courageous willingness to communicate the implications of their work, often in the face of determined opposition" from the chemical industry. The three have led efforts to reduce the use and emissions of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as dioxin and phthalates, associated with PVC plastic, and BPA (bisphenol A) used in epoxy-based building products and as a liner in food and beverage cans...read more

Rick McCullough Receives Carnegie Mellon's Thomas Lord Professorship in Chemistry
TMC.net, September 30, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University's Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemistry Rick McCullough has been named the Thomas Lord Professor in Chemistry in recognition of his contributions to the field of chemistry and to the university...read more

BioSAC's fundraiser at PHI Bar benefits Relay for Life
The Tartan, Septmeber 26, 2010

This Friday, the CFA Lawn will be the site of Carnegie Mellon's Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a global movement run by the American Cancer Society that involves 3.5 million participants and raises millions of dollars for cancer research each year. At Carnegie Mellon, the relay gives organizations across campus the chance to consolidate their efforts to support cancer research...read more

Transistor Paint
Materials Views, September 23, 2010

In a new study just published in Advanced Materials, Toby Nelson and a team at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have produced a new innovative organic semiconductor. The team have dubbed their new creation “transistor paint"...read more

Heinz Family Foundation Awards $1M to Environmental Innovators
CBS47, KGET, Fox23, ABC13 WHAM, My Eyewitness News, September 23, 2010

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation Tuesday announced the winners of the 16th annual Heinz Awards, honoring the contributions of 10 people whose work addresses environmental challenges...read more

2010 Heinz Awards Announced
USA Today, September 21, 2010

This year's Heinz Family Foundation awards include honors for a scientist documenting the effects of endocrine disruptors, a champion on the global seed vault and one of the giants in the field of 'green,' or non-toxic, chemistry...read more

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Announce Recipients of $1M Heinz Awards
Forbes, September 21, 2010

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced the winners of the 16th annual Heinz Awards, honoring the contributions of 10 innovative and inspiring individuals whose work has addressed environmental challenges. Each recipient receives an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000...read more

Ten Given Heinz Awards for Environmental Work
MSNBC, The Republic, Mercury News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Denver Channel, The Daily Record, Yahoo! FInance, San Francisco Chronicle, The Times Standard, Ventura County StarThe Mercury, Boston Globe, Merced Sun-Star, INO.com, Washington Examiner, AOL Daily Finance, Boston Herald, PhillyBurbs.com, San Diego Union-Tribune, Denver Post, Victoria Advocate, Columbia Missourian, Daily Camera, Sustainable Business, September 21, 2010

10 people who were named Heinz Award winners today. This year's awards recognized environmental challenges. The awards each come with a $100,000 prize...read more

10 enviro achievers honored with Heinz Awards
Grist, September 21, 2010

Today, Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced this year's 10 Heinz Award winners, and again they're an illustrious crew. The honorees work in a wide variety of disciplines, but they're all tackling the big environmental challenges of our times...read more

Art Benjamin displays power of magic and mental mathematics
The Tartan, September 19, 2010

The Mellon College of Science hosted speaker Art Benjamin, who gave a talk last Monday titled "The Art of Mental Calculation" that explored the mechanics behind complex mental math techniques. Benjamin is an alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon math department class of 1983, and he currently works as a math professor and guest speaker...read more

Incoming stimuli behind neuronal diversity
Yahoo! India, News Track India, MedIndia, Andhra News, NetIndia123, India Vision, WebIndia123, Top News, Taragana, Daily India, SmasHits, NewKerala.com, August 30, 2010

A new study has revealed that it's not the size or shape that but the way neuron responds to incoming stimuli that sets one neuron apart from another.  Carnegie Mellon University researchers have said that this diversity is critical to overall brain function and essential in how neurons process complex stimuli and code information...read more

Kein Neuron gleicht dem anderen
Science Orf, August 30, 2010

So wie Schneeflocken gleicht Forschern zufolge keine Nervenzelle einer anderen. Neuronen unterscheiden sich allerdings nicht in Größe und Form, sondern in der Art, wie sie auf Stimulation reagieren. Diese Erkenntnis sei wichtig, um zu verstehen, wie Nervenzellen komplexe Reize verarbeiten und Information kodieren..read more

La diversidad neuronal, clave para el buen funcionamiento del cerebro
Yahoo! Espana, Europa Press, Globedia, el Digital de Madrid, Periodista Digital, Eco Diario, Siglo XXI, La Voz Libre, La Informacion, Lukor, Meneame, August 29, 2010

Como ocurre con los copos de nieve, dos neuronas nunca son exactamente iguales. Pero no es el tamaño o la forma lo que diferencia a una neurona de otra, sino su forma de responder a los estímulos, según han descubierto un grupo de investigadores de la Universidad Carnegie Mellon (CMU, siglas en inglés), en Estados Unidos...read more

Neuronal diversity makes a difference, says Carnegie Mellon study
Science Daily, BioMedicine, Scientific Computing, News Guide, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, eScience News, Innovations Report, Life Sciences World, First Science NewsThe Medical News, MediLexicon, Physorg.com, RedOrbit, LabSpaces, August 29, 2010

Much like snowflakes, no two neurons are exactly alike. But it's not the size or shape that sets one neuron apart from another, it's the way it responds to incoming stimuli. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered that this diversity is critical to overall brain function and essential in how neurons process complex stimuli and code information. The researchers published their findings, the first to examine the function of neuron diversity, online in Nature Neuroscience...read more

NICS to Add More Than 300 Teraflops to the NSF's Computing Capacity
HPC Wire, August 25, 2010

With twin awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $3.4 million, the University of Tennessee-managed National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) will add 300 teraflops to the TeraGrid's total computational capability...read more

Summer 2010

Experiments offer tantalizing clues as to why matter prevails in the universe
Life Sciences World, August 16, 2010

A large collaboration of physicists working at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider has discovered evidence of an explanation for the prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe. They found that colliding protons in their experiment produced short-lived B meson particles that almost immediately broke down into debris that included slightly more matter than antimatter. The two types of matter annihilate each other, so most of the material coming from these sorts of decays would disappear, leaving an excess of regular matter behind. This sort of matter/antimatter asymmetry accounts for the fact that just about all the material in the universe is made of the normal matter we're familiar with...read more

New insight into matter/antimatter conundrum
Science a GoGo, August 16, 2010

Physicists at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider have observed that short-lived B meson particles produced from proton collisions break down into debris that includes slightly more matter than antimatter, just the sort of matter/antimatter asymmetry that could explain the prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe. The results are being published this week in Physical Review Letters...read more

Brighter probes for a brighter future in single molecule imaging
BioTechniques, August 14, 2010

Researchers out of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently developed genetically targeted fluorogenic probes that can increase fluorescence emission by linking donor molecules to the nonfluorescent fluorgen acceptor molecules. These compact multichromophore structures, termed dyedrons, only emit light when bound specifically to single-chain variable fragment (scFv) antibodies. These new, brighter probes may improve single molecule imaging approaches...read more

Американские ученые многократно усилили яркость флуоресцентных датчиков
Nano News Net, August 12, 2010

Ученые Центра молекулярных биосенсоров и визуализации (Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center) Университета Карнеги-Меллон (Carnegie Mellon University) усилили яркость группы флуоресцентных датчиков, называемых флуоромодулями, которые используются для мониторинга биологичесокй активности отдельных белков в режиме реального времени. Последнее достижение ученых улучшает их метод флуоромодулей, заставляя датчики светиться на порядок ярче, чем обычные флуоресцентные белки. Новые флуоромодули от пяти до семи раз ярче, чем усиленный зеленый флуоресцентный белок (enhanced green fluorescent protein - EGFP). Разработка открывает новые возможности в биологической визуализации...read more

JACS: New class of dyes can monitor biological activities in real time
Health Imaging, Molecular Imaging, August 11, 2010

A new class of dendron-based fluorogenic dyes called "dyedrons," comprised of multiple cyanine donors coupled to a single malachite green acceptor that can be used to monitor biological activities of individual proteins in real-time, has been developed by researchers according to a study published online July 27 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...read more

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Turn Up Brightness on Fluorescent Probes
Scientific Computing, Chem.info, News Guide, e! Science News, Bio-Medicine, RedTram, First Science, Bright Surf, LabSpaces, Medical News Today, Science Codex, Science Daily, Photonics, R&D Magazine, Nanowerk, August 9, 2010

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) are turning up the brightness on a group of fluorescent probes called fluoromodules that are used to monitor biological activities of individual proteins in real-time. This latest advance enhances their fluormodule technology by causing it to glow an order of magnitude brighter than typical fluorescent proteins. The new fluoromodules are five- to seven-times brighter than enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), a development that will open new avenues for research...read more

2010 ACS Fellows
Chemical & Engineering News, August 1, 2010

"Whether it's making new materials, finding cures for disease, or developing energy alternatives, these fellows are scientific leaders, improving our lives through the transforming power of chemistry," said ACS President Joseph S. Francisco in announcing the 2010 class of ACS Fellows. "They are also consummate volunteers who contribute tirelessly to the community and the profession."...read more

New fluorescent biosensor to aid drug development
Yahoo! India, India Vision, SmasHits.com, WebIndia123, Daily India, Targana, SiFi News, NewsTrack India, TopNews, New Kerala, NetIndia123, July 30, 2010

Carnegie Mellon researchers have come up with a new fluorescent biosensor that could aid in the development of an important class of drugs that target a crucial class of proteins called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)...read more

GPCR Biosensor
Imaging & Microscopy, July 30, 2010

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new fluorescent biosensor that could aid in the development of an important class of drugs that target a crucial class of proteins called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCRs are popular drug targets because of the pivotal role they play in cells' chemical communication circuits that are responsible for regulating functions critical to health, including circuits involved in heart and lung function, mood, cognition and memory, digestion and the inflammatory response...read more

Fluorescent Biosensor to Aid in Drug Development
Science Daily, News Guide, e! Science News, Bio-Medicine, Life Sciences World, First Science, The Medical News, RedOrbit, Drug Discovery & Development Magazine, BioSpace, Medical News Today, RedTram,   July 30, 2010

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new fluorescent biosensor that could aid in the development of an important class of drugs that target a crucial class of proteins called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)...read more

Researchers create fluorescent biosensor to aid in drug development
Nano Werk, July 29, 2010

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new fluorescent biosensor that could aid in the development of an important class of drugs that target a crucial class of proteins called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)...read more

Grand design
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Toledo Blade, July 27, 2010

Remember the morose little boy in Woody Allen's movie Annie Hall who stopped doing his homework because the universe was expanding? He was depressed because he feared the universe would reach a point where it will fall back and collapse on itself. That boy would be bummed out by what we've learned about cosmic expansion ever since. The universe continues to expand, of course - even faster than originally thought - but now a mysterious force that scientists call "dark energy" has been added to the cosmological mix. The more we learn, the more mind-blowing it becomes...read more

The Hunt for Dark Energy
Oilprice.com, July 26, 2010

It’s out there, or so they say in the cosmic physics community.  There is a mysterious “dark energy” believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the Universe out there.  That’s a lot of power...read more

The Search for Dark Energy Has a New Weapon
Discovery News, July 24, 2010

The nature of dark energy is one of the outstanding problems in cosmology today. Something is causing the universe's expansion to accelerate, but what? Numerous techniques are being developed to attack this problem, and astronomers have demonstrated such a technique with the largest fully-steerable radio telescope...read more

New Efficient Iron Catalyst for Water Oxidation
Green Car Congress, July 23, 2010

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new catalyst—iron-centered tetraamido macrocyclic ligand (Fe-TAML)—that efficiently catalyzes water oxidation. Water oxidation is the second of two requisite half-reactions in the photolysis of water, the other being the reduction of protons to dihydrogen...read more

Intensity mapping shines light on dark energy
Futurity, July 23, 2010

A new tool for tracking large cosmic structures—called intensity mapping—is expected to provide valuable clues about the nature of the “dark energy” believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the universe...read more

Pittsburgh start-up ATRP Solutions, raising money, preparing product
Pittsburgh Business TImes (subscription required), July 23, 2010

Based on technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University, ATRP Solutions Inc. is gearing up for commercialization of its first major product with a new CEO, a $1.2 million funding round and market testing with potential customers. ATRP Solutions uses atom transfer radical polymerization, a complex process used to produce engineered polymers with specific qualities, to develop products...read more

Specialty Polymers Company ATRP Solutions Picks Up Steam With New Leadership, Products and Funding
PRNewswire.com, Forbes.com, Your Petrochemical News, July 23, 2010

Randy Eager has been named CEO at ATRP Solutions, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-out which develops polymeric materials for personal care products, paints, adhesives, coatings and life sciences applications.  Randy is the former Founder and CEO of the Carnegie Mellon spin-out, DesignAdvance Systems, built a successful business unit within the polymers division of BASF, and most recently was Executive in Residence at Innovation Works, one of the nation's most active investors in seed-stage technology companies. In addition to building out the leadership team, ATRP is preparing its next breakthrough products for commercial launch and has had the initial close on a round of funding...read more

Experts find new way to map universe
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, World News, July 22, 2010

Ever since the 1998 discovery that the universe was expanding at an accelerating rate for an unknown reason, the most popular way to study it was to track bright, large-scale cosmic structures, like galaxies and supernovae. But a team of scientists that includes a professor and a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a new way to study the expansion that it calls "intensity mapping," a method outlined in an article appearing today in the journal Nature...read more

CMU experts to study radiation for clues to universe's expansion
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 22, 2010

A Carnegie Mellon University physicist and a team of scientists hope to use the glow from radiation emitted by hydrogen gas 7 billion light years away to understand why the expansion of the universe is accelerating...read more

Broad Brush Cosmos
Nature, July 22, 2010

An innovative way of mapping the large-scale structure in the Universe sidesteps the need to observe millions of galaxies individually. The approach holds promise for both astrophysical and cosmological studies...read more

Does dark energy exist? New telescope technique could find out.
Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 2010

A new radio telescope technique has allowed astronomers to glimpse distant reaches of the universe and could help answer some fundamental cosmic riddles, such as whether mysterious things like dark energy really exist...read more

Una nuova tecnica di mappatura del cosmo a grade scala
Le Scienze, July 22, 2010

Un gruppo di ricercatori dell'Università di Toronto e della Carnegie Mellon University ha messo a punto una nuova tecnica, descritta in un articolo pubblicato su Nature, per la mappatura delle strutture cosmiche a grande scala che potrebbe permettere di scoprire significativi indizi sulla natura dell'energia oscura...read more

L’impronta radio dell’energia oscura
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, July 22, 2010

In attesa di mantenere la promessa dell’energia pulita, l’idrogeno rischia di aiutarci a risolvere il mistero dell’energia oscura. È quanto spera un team di astronomi guidato da Tzu-Ching Chang, dell’Academia Sinica di Taiwan e dell’Università di Toronto, in un articolo pubblicato oggi su Nature. Avvalendosi di osservazioni effettuate con il più grande radiotelescopio orientabile al mondo, il Green Bank Telescope (GBT), Chang e colleghi hanno messo a punto un nuovo metodo per tracciare la mappa di strutture cosmiche a grande scala...read more

Determining if Dark Energy Actually Exists
Softpedia, July 22, 2010

Astrophysicists can now use a new scientific method to determine whether things such as dark energy actually exist. This concept, for example, was introduced decades ago, in order to explain why galaxies were found to be pushing away from each other. It is currently widely accepted that dark energy makes up for about 74 percent of everything in the Universe. But efforts of detecting it have thus far failed, which has left investigators wondering if the entire theory is not corrupt. With the aid of a new radio telescope technique, they could soon get the answer they are looking for, Space reports...read more

Scientists devise universe-mapping breakthrough
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Smart-Grid, TMCnet.com, Green.TMCnet.com, IP Telephony, July 21, 2010

A team of researchers that includes a Carnegie Mellon University astrophysicist and a doctoral student has discovered a potentially more efficient method to map the expansion of the universe and possibly explain the dark energy that is accelerating the expansion...read more

Glimpse of Distant Universe Could Unravel Dark Energy Secrets
Space.com, July 21, 2010

A new radio telescope technique has allowed astronomers to glimpse distant reaches of the universe and could help answer some fundamental cosmic riddles, such as whether mysterious things like dark energy really exist...read more

A New Way to Map the Universe
Science Now, July 21, 2010

A new technique might soon enable cosmologists to map the universe even when they can't pick out individual galaxies. If it works, researchers would be able to probe the structure of 500 times as much of the universe as they have studied so far. "This is the first pioneering experiment that shows that this can be done," says Avi Loeb, a theoretical astrophysicist at Harvard University, who was not involved in the work...read more

New Galaxy Maps to Help Find Dark Energy Proof?
National Geographic, July 21, 2010

A newly developed technique could one day help astronomers use giant sound waves to test theories of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be causing the universe to fly apart faster over time. Called intensity mapping, the technique looks for unique radio emissions of hydrogen gas in galaxies and galaxy clusters to map the large-scale structure of the universe. Hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant element in the universe, and it tends to cluster around galaxies because of their strong gravitational pull...read more

New Redshift-Scanning Technique Could Create Map of the Universe with 500 Times More Detail
Popular Science, July 21, 2010

It took mankind centuries to map the Earth, and even with all of the indexed knowledge in the world behind it Google can't always figure out exactly where the nearest Pinkberry is. So one might imagine how even with the amazing leaps in technology over past decades, mapping the universe is no small undertaking. But a new technique could allow cosmic cartographers to map 500 times as much of the universal landscape as they have thus far at a fraction of the cost....read more

New Technique Could Track Down Dark Energy
Universe Today, July 21, 2010

Dark energy is the label scientists have given to what is causing the Universe to expand at an accelerating rate, and is believed to make up nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the Universe. While the acceleration was discovered in 1998, its cause remains unknown. Physicists have advanced competing theories to explain the acceleration, and believe the best way to test those theories is to precisely measure large-scale cosmic structures. A new technique developed for the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have given astronomers a new way to map large cosmic structures such as dark energy...read more

A new test for dark energy
Astronomy Now, July 21, 2010

An effort to detect more intergalactic hydrogen than ever before is creating a new opportunity to test the strength of dark energy – that is, the force that is causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate – say astronomers using the world’s largest steerable radio telescope, the Robert C Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, USA...read more

Intensity Mapping

Dark Energy Theory: Closer to Unraveling the Mystery
Carnegie Mellon home page, July 2010

A team including Carnegie Mellon researchers has developed a tool for unlocking the mysteries of the universe. A new tool for mapping large cosmic structures has been validated by pioneering observations made by researchers — from Academia Sinica in Taiwan, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto...read more

Red Shifted Radio Wave Map of Universe Will be 500 Times Larger
Next Big Future, July 21, 2010

A new technique might soon enable cosmologists to map the universe even when they can't pick out individual galaxies. If it works, researchers would be able to probe the structure of 500 times as much of the universe as they have studied so far...read more

Green Bank Telescope to shed light on mysterious "dark energy" of universe
Daily India, Sindh Today, ThaiIndian News, Malaysia Sun, Britain News, Albuquerque Express, Newstrack India, India Talkies, OneIndia, Sifi News, Buzz7, July 21, 2010

The world's largest steerable telescope - Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope of the National Science Foundation - will provide scientists with valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the universe's mass and energy...read more

Green Bank Telescope Enables "Intensity Mapping" to Shed Light on Mysteries of Dark Energy
NSF.gov, U.S. News & World Report, Popular Mechanics, Kansas City InfoZine, SpaceRef.com, July 21, 2010

Using the world's largest, fully steerable radio telescope--the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in W.Va.--an international team of researchers has given astronomers the promise of a new tool for mapping the universe and gaining valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious "dark energy" believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the universe's mass and energy. "Intensity Mapping" offers the potential for significant contributions to the field and further discovery. This research is detailed in the July 22 issue of the journal Nature...read more

Radio Astronomers Develop New Technique for Studying Dark Energy
Yahoo!News, TheStreet.com, Digital Journal, AlphaTrade, Virtualization.com, Ajax World Magazine, Sys-Con Belgium, ADVFN Commodities, Earth TImes, Sun Herald, Sacramento Bee, Centre Daily Times, July 21, 2010

Pioneering observations made by researchers from Academia Sinica in Taiwan, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto with the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have validated a new tool for mapping large cosmic structures. Observations made using the method, called intensity mapping, promise to provide valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious "dark energy" believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the universe. The findings will be published in the July 22 issue of Nature...read more

Radio astronomers develop new technique for studying dark energy
Physorg.com, Space Daily, Life Sciences World, Eurekalert, Bioscience Technology, e! Science News, Science Daily, ScienceCentric.com, RedOrbit, BrightSurf.com, Labspaces.com, July 21, 2010

Pioneering observations with the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have given astronomers a new tool for mapping large cosmic structures. The new tool promises to provide valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious “dark energy” believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the Universe...read more

Father, son hit the road in search of each other
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 18, 2010

When his only son turns 13, a divorced, Jewish, 60-year-old writer buys a used pickup so that father and son can truck together on the open road, bickering and bonding.  Such is the premise of "Truckin' With Sam," a frank, funny, quasi-religious memoir of one graying Boomer's attempt to redefine fatherhood...read more

Alex EvilevitchBattling the Flu: Physicist Makes Pivotal Discovery
Carnegie Mellon home page, July 2010

Next time you're battling the flu, you can rest assured that Alex Evilevitch is working on a cure. For the first time, Evilevitch — a Carnegie Mellon University physicist — has directly measured the energy associated with the expulsion of viral DNA...read more

Ohio River study finds drugs, chemicals that slip through waste treatment
The Courier-Journal, July 12, 2010

Dozens of chemicals and pharmaceuticals -- antidepressants, veterinary hormones, even cocaine -- have been detected in the Ohio River upstream and downstream from Louisville.  Researchers who conducted the study downplayed the potential effects for the 5 million people along the 981-mile river who use it for drinking water. The contaminants, they said, are in extremely low concentrations...read more

Cancer and green chemistry
Boston Globe, July 10, 2010

The President's cancer Panel recently issued a stunning report on the role of environmental factors in causing cancer. For those wondering why America has yet to win the war against cancer, the panel minces no words: “The true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated.’’ If you ignore the cause, how can you prevent cancer and really win the war?...read more

Sparkler Science

Sparkler Science: How They Work
Carnegie Mellon home page, July 2, 2010

For Carnegie Mellon's Karen Stump, Independence Day brings to mind two memories: waving sparklers as a newlywed at the Bicentennial festivities in Wildwood, N.J., and Introduction to Chemical Analysis classes...read more

GreenSpace: How oil has seeped deep into our everyday lives
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 29, 2010

If you want to make a statement about the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico, should you still wash your hair, put on lipstick, and take aspirin? Should you also wear flip-flops, use scotch tape, and paint the living room?...read more

A father and son recall life on the road in new memoir
Pittsburgh City Paper, June 24, 2010

Lee Gutkind cannot recall his parents ever touching each other. "Not a single handhold; not one kiss," he writes. As a kid, in the 1950s, in the family's Squirrel Hill attic, Gutkind discovered a stash of opera 78s and yellowing, hand-annotated books about politics -- dissonant clues to a father he knew only as a straight-laced orthopedic-shoe salesman prone to violent rages...read more

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Awards Scholarships and Fellowships to African Americans in Biosciences
WebNewswire.com, June 22, 2010

UMSI is a fifteen-year partnership that has supported 554 promising undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral science students. UNCF/Merck recipients have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of disciplines, from biochemistry and microbiology to pharmacology, neuroscience, biophysics, chemistry and bioengineering. The UNCF/Merck scholarships and fellowships provide the future scientists with financial support, hands-on training, close mentoring and networking relationships, and institutional support...read more

When do newborns first feel cold?
Science Daily
, RedOrbit, Medical News Today, BrightSurf.com, ZAMP BioNews, ScienceDaily, June 17, 2010

Cold sensing neural circuits in newborn mice take around two weeks to become fully active, according to a new study...read more

Fixing Without Touching
Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2010

"Red," the play by John Logan that won six Tony Awards on Sunday, focuses on Mark Rothko's troubled commission to create paintings for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, but there's a less well-known commission that's created a different set of problems: a group of five large-scale murals painted by Rothko (1903-1970) in the early '60s and originally installed in the top-floor dining room of the Harvard University health clinic. Their colors aren't what they once were, as a large amount of direct sunlight has faded them; there is no way to bring faded colors back to life, and you don't repaint someone else's painting. "Obscuring the original and replacing it with a substitute?" said Paul Whitmore, director of the Art Conservation Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University. "That violates the ethics of the conservation field."...read more

Replay My PlayEnergy-Go-Round: Conservation at Play
Carnegie Mellon homepage story, June 2010

One of Deren Guler's favorite childhood memories: rallying her neighborhood friends and heading to the playground for the day. Years later, the recent Carnegie Mellon grad is back on the playground using her expertise in physics to help protect the environment — through a project called ReplayMyPlay...read more

Gutenberg Lecture Award 2010: Award for a brilliant copper trick
, Uni-Protokolle, Chemie.de, June 15, 2010

The 2010 Gutenberg Lecture Award was today bestowed upon the Polish-American scientist Professor Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski for his ground-breaking developments in polymer production and processing. Matyjaszewski is one of the world’s most highly regarded chemists. He both teaches and pursues research at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA...read more

Just like pelicans, people can't avoid oil either
Associated Press, June 11, 2010

So the Gulf oil spill has you ready to quit petroleum cold turkey? Louisiana's brown pelicans have more of a chance of avoiding Big Oil than you do. Merely parking the car and riding a bike won't cut it. Your sneakers and bike have petroleum products in them. Sure, you can shut off the AC, but the electric fans you switch to have plastic from oil and gas in them. And the insulation to keep your home cool, also started as oil and gas. Without all that, you will sweat and it'll be all too noticeable because deodorant comes from oil and gas too...read more

Fruitfly larvae smell the light
Nature, June 1, 2010

Researchers in Germany have genetically modified fruitfly larvae so that they can smell light. The team, led by Klemens Störtkuhl of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, managed to change the larvae's odour receptors so that they respond to blue light instead of smells. The researchers hope that the move will allow them to unravel the way in which the larvae detect and interpret smells...read more

Plextronics Announces Critical Developments for the Organic Solar Market
IT News Online, SpecialChem, June 1, 2010

Plextronics today made two announcements related to the company's organic solar inks, including the use of Plexcore® PV2000 for energy harvesting applications and a breakthrough manufacturing method that allows for low-temperature processing of organic photovoltaics (OPV)...read more

Spring 2010

New "Core" Understanding of Nanoparticles
Medical News Today, BrightSurf.com, Domain-b.com, Chemie.de, May 28, 2010

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, a research team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stumbled upon another one. But once its implications are understood, their discovery* may give nanotechnologists a new and useful tool...read more

Wyatt meeting to focus on light scattering
LaboratoryTalk.com, May 26, 2010

Wyatt Technology is to host its 21st Annual International Light Scattering Colloquium (ILSC), which will discuss light scattering (LS) for static and dynamic LS users...read more

Mexicana purifica el agua con un cactus
BBC Mundo, El Portal de Aqua desde Mexico, InfoRural May 24, 2010

"Yo comencé a investigar esta tecnología gracias a mi abuelita", le dijo a BBC Mundo Norma Alcantar, una investigadora mexicana radicada en Estados Unidos, que descubrió una forma de purificar el agua mucho más sencilla y económica que los métodos tradicionales...read more

Science Activities Online
Suite101.com, May 23, 2010

Those who teach science online shouldn't feel that they have to give up doing experiments. Online simulations can replicate face-to-face classroom labs...read more

Howard Hughes institute awards grants to CMU, Pitt
Pittsburgh Business Times, May 21, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh each received funding as part of a nationwide program by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to encourage undergraduate and pre-college science education...read more

On National Lab Day, Making Science Kid Friendly
WDUQ Radio, May 12, 2010

It's National Lab Day–an initiative meant to get kids hooked on science and in Pittsburgh, educators, volunteers and organizations are working to make science kid-friendly...hear more

Mammoth Effort
Toledo Blade, May 7, 2010
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 13, 2010

Woolly mammoths haven't been around for thousands of years, although well-preserved remains continue to turn up in the Arctic and in fields of Siberian permafrost.  The long-tusked relatives of the modern elephant still excite our collective imaginations because - unlike dinosaurs - our paths crossed in the not-so-distant past...read more

Stimulus funds bring supercomputer to Pittsburgh area
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 5, 2010

Starting next fall, the Pittsburgh area will be home to a groundbreaking supercomputer that could help scientists across the country unlock some of the mysteries of life at the molecular level, ultimately helping produce better drugs to treat diseases...read more

Biological Discovery: Woolly Mammoth Blood Ressurected
Carnegie Mellon homepage, May 4, 2010

A team of international researchers has "resurrected" authentic woolly mammoth hemoglobin — the blood protein responsible for delivering oxygen from the lungs to the tissues...read more

CMU professor regenerates millenia-old blood samples
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 3, 2010

A Carnegie Mellon University scientist helped an international team of researchers resurrect the blood protein that woolly mammoths, extinct for thousands of years, used to transport oxygen throughout their bodies.  Chien Ho, a CMU biological sciences professor, produced the hemoglobin by using the fragmented DNA sequences from three mammoth specimens that died in Siberia between 25,000 and 43,000 years ago...read more

Woolly mammoth's secrets traced through hemoglobin
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 2010

No one has yet fulfilled the fantasy of many a budding teenage scientist and cloned a woolly mammoth.  But using the DNA from well-preserved mammoths found in northern Siberia, an international team of researchers recently managed to replicate mammoth hemoglobin and study it, lending new insight into just how the extinct relative of elephants managed to survive in such extreme cold during the Ice Age...read more

Obituary: Truman P. Kohman/Chemistry professor with eyes always on stars
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 1, 2010

Truman P. Kohman began searching the night skies at the age of 13 and never let up.  From the moment he first set his eyes to the heavens, Mr. Kohman fell in love with astronomy, a passion he pursued his entire life, culminating with an asteroid, MP 4177-Kohman, being named in his honor a decade ago...read more

The ChemCollective -- Virtual Labs for Introductory Chemistry Courses
Science, April 30, 2010

Chemistry concepts are abstract and can be difficult to attach to real-world experiences. For this reason, high-school and college chemistry courses focus on a concrete set of problem types that have become canonized in textbooks and standard exams. These problem types emphasize development of the core notational and computational tools of chemistry. Even though these tools may form the underlying procedural knowledge base from which the "real stuff" can be approached, when taught out of contexts that show their utility or that draw connections to core ideas of science, they can appear as a disconnected bag of tricks...read more

SPORE di Scienza (in Italian)
Galileo, April 30, 2010

Sono quasi cento i partecipanti da tutto il mondo alla prima edizione del Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (Spore-2009), un riconoscimento per i migliori siti web dedicati all’insegnamento della scienza. I nomi dei dodici vincitori sono pubblicati sulle pagine di Science mese per mese, accompagnati da un articolo di commento...read more

Innovative Virtual Lab at Carnegie Mellon Wins Science SPORE Prize
AAAS News, April 29, 2010

Students in introductory chemistry classes often start off with learning how to balance chemical equations. The educational message, according to Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor David Yaron, seems to be, "if you take in this stuff that's not very interesting, you may get to use it later." read more

Virtual lab wins prestigious prize awarded by Science
SiloBreaker, BioMedicine, BioScience Technology, AtoZNano, April 29, 2010

Students in introductory chemistry classes often start off with learning how to balance chemical equations. The educational message, according to Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor David Yaron, seems to be, "if you take in this stuff that's not very interesting, you may get to use it later." read more

Models for Scaling Up Green Chemistry Design
Reuters, April 28, 2010

The principles of green chemistry and the related design process of biomimicry represent a fundamentally different and more socially, economically and environmentally desirable approach to designing materials -- based on the premise that creating materials to serve functional objectives should integrate hazard, waste, and energy considerations from the very beginning of the design of new molecular structures...read more

How Things Work: Atomic Force Microscopy
The Tartan, April 26, 2010

Atomic force microscopy (AFM), a popular tool for imaging, measuring, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale, was invented in 1986 and was commercialized in 1989. This type of microscopy gathers information by feeling the surface with mechanical probes. AFM is a type of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) in which the image of a surface is obtained by moving a probe over a sample and recording the interactions between the probe and the surface of the sample...read more

Brighter than your average dye
BioTechniques.com, April 20, 2010

Fluorescent dyes have allowed researchers to image proteins, nucleic acids, and even small molecules as they interact with one another or move around the cell. Real-time monitoring of these interactions can provide fundamental insights into biological processes as well as the causes of human disease. Although the current crop of fluorophores has proven extremely valuable over the past century, current versions have several limitations including brightness, photostability, color availability, and size...read more

Hubble's 20 Years: Now We Are Six
Universe.com, April 16, 2010

After the famous Apollo 8 "Earthrise" image, comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's impact with Jupiter, in July 1994, strikes us as the most stark reminder of the fragility of our home. And the Hubble gave us the clearest pictures of just how destructive that collision was; those dark blotches are bigger than the Earth...read more

Atom smasher could unlock universe's secrets
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 30, 2010

Anxious local physicists are awaiting today's expected startup of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland that will help solve age-old mysteries about the building blocks of matter and the universe...read more

photo of Amy Burkert

Ready to Serve: Amy Burkert's New Role
Carnegie Mellon homepage story, March 2010

Assistant dean for the Health Professions Program and Educational Initiatives at the Mellon College of Science, Dr. Amy Burkert, on Aug. 1, will turn her focus to the role of Vice Provost for Education....read more

Carnegie Mellon's kitchen chemistry makes science palatable
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, PhysOrg.com, e! Science News, Betterhumans.com, Newsguide.us, Medilexicon, Medical News Today, ScienceCentric, Redtram, SiloBreaker, FirstScience
March 25, 2010

Molecular gastronomy or molecular cuisine, the culinary movement that uses chemistry, is heating up kitchens worldwide. Carnegie Mellon University Chemist Subha Das is bringing the same techniques found in the world's leading restaurants, and seen on the popular television show Top Chef, to the classroom to teach students about the principles of chemistry...read more

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Create Toolbox of Fluorescent Probes in a Rainbow of Colors
NanotechnologyNow, Newsguide.us, Biomedicine.org, Bioscience Technology, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, PhysOrg.com, e! Science News, Betterhumans.com, AZoNano.com, Redtram, FirstScience, Nanotechwire,com
March 25, 2010

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) are advancing the state-of-the-art in live cell fluorescent imaging by developing a new class of fluorescent probes that span the spectrum — from violet to the near-infrared...read more

The Promise of Green Chemistry
Chemical & Engineering News, March 8, 2010

It has been almost five decades since "Silent Spring," by Rachel Carson, was published in 1962. Since that time, and even more recently, we have seen a number of books related to the negative impacts of the global chemical industry. The ones that capture the most attention are those that talk about disasters, corporate malfeasance, legacy issues, chronic health problems, and lawsuits; rarely do you see a book that speaks about the future. "Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry," by Elizabeth Grossman, is different...read more

Author details history, ethics of immortal cell line
The Tartan, March 1, 2010

“How many of you have used HeLa cells in your research?” The soft-spoken voice of Rebecca Skloot fell upon the audience as professionals and students rustled to get a look at those in the audience who responded to the question...read more

Copernicum is the Newest Element on the Block
Daily Tech, February 25, 2010

The periodic table is about to get something new -- "Copernicum".  Element 112 (copernicum), originally discovered in 1996 by a group led by Sigurd Hofmann at the Centre for Heavy Ion Research(GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany, will be added to official periodic tables in the next couple weeks after official recognition by the The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry...read more

Researcher says physics may outsmart viruses
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 17, 2010

When a virus infects another cell, it inserts its genetic material into the cell and hijacks it to make extra copies of the virus. That process, Alex Evilevitch has learned, is more like an artillery barrage than a stealth attack...read more

virusAnother First: Physicist Measures Virus' Energy
Carnegie Mellon home page story, February 2010

For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University physicist Alex Evilevitch has directly measured the energy associated with the expulsion of viral DNA, a pivotal discovery toward fully understanding the physical mechanisms that control viral infection and designing drugs to interfere with the process...read more

Rich McCulloughBright Ideas: From Lab to Marketplace
Carnegie Mellon home page story, February 2010

The path from idea to product is neither quick nor easy, admits Rick McCullough, vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon. Taking research from the lab to the marketplace requires counsel, the collaboration of experienced colleagues, business strategists and investors...read more

A Prestigious Award: Student Wins Churchill ScholarshipSwati Varshney
Carnegie Mellon home page story, February 2010

Carnegie Mellon University senior Swati Varshney — a chemistry major and Science and Humanities Scholar — has been selected as one of 14 students nationwide to receive a Churchill Scholarship. It funds a year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge in England...read more

Isothermal Titration Calorimetry Measures Energy of Viral Infection
MedGadget, February 10, 2010

Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, Lund University in Sweden, and Universite de Lyon in France have for the first time measured the energy released when a virus injects its DNA into the host. In this case it was a double standed bacteriophage lambda that infected a bacterium with its DNA, but the technique, called isothermal titration calorimetry , and knowledge derived from it can be applied to other virus types...read more

Scientists measure viral energy
UPI, February 8, 2010

A U.S. physicist says he has, for the first time, directly measured the energy associated with the expulsion of viral DNA into a cell. Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor Alex Evilevitch said his team's accomplishment could lead to fully understanding viral infections, resulting in new drugs to interfere with the process...read more

Alison Barth

Newsmaker: Alison Barth
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 6, 2010

Barth recently received a research award from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It allows her to spend seven months working on projects at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin...read more

virusPhysicist Measures Energy Released from A Virus During Infection
MedicalNewsToday.com, redOrbit.com, Zeenews.com, Infection Control Today, Science Daily, Nanowerk, AndhraNews.com, AZoNano.com, OneIndia, Europa Press, Lab Spaces, R&D Magazine, NanotechWire, Brightsurf.com, Innovations Report, ScientistLive

Within a virus's tiny exterior is a store of energy waiting to be unleashed. When the virus encounters a host cell, this pent-up energy is released, propelling the viral DNA into the cell and turning it into a virus factory. For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University physicist Alex Evilevitch has directly measured the energy associated with the expulsion of viral DNA, a pivotal discovery toward fully understanding the physical mechanisms that control viral infection and designing drugs to interfere with the process...read more

Universal SecretsLarge Hadron Collider
Carnegie Mellon home page story, February 2010

Thousands of physicists around the world are cautiously waiting for a decades-long project to unravel some of the mysteries of the universe. Among those excited at the prospect is Tom Ferguson, a Carnegie Mellon professor of physics for 24 years — and a 16-year-long member of the team at work on the groundbreaking project...read more

Mega Millions, Powerball Odds Slim to Win
KDKA-TV, February 1, 2010

The entry of Mega Millions onto the Pennsylvania Lottery stage is being applauded by the lottery line regulars.  The odds of winning Powerball are just under one in 195,250,000, while with Mega Millions the chance of hitting easy street is one in just over 175,711,000...read more

Starzl, Tribune-Review reporters claim Carnegie Science Awards
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 29, 2010

Organ transplantation took center stage in Thursday's announcements of the 2010 Carnegie Science Awards, which recognize achievements in science and technology and help support exhibits and educational programs at the Carnegie Science Center...read more

A chemical engineer and sustainability advocate seeks cultural solutions, not technological ones, to the environmental crisis
Pittsburgh City Paper, January 29, 2010

Our environmental crisis is typically framed as an engineering problem, even a political one. Invent new ways to prevent pollution, we are told, or get Congress behind windmills, and we'll be halfway home...read more

Carnegie Science Awards winners announced
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 28, 2010

Carnegie Science Center today announced the winners of its 2010 Carnegie Science Awards. Designed to promote science and technology achievements in Western Pennsylvania, and now in its 14th year, the Carnegie Science Awards are sponsored by Eaton Corp., a diversified power management company...read more

Roberta Sefcik

Roberta Sefcik Living Her Dreams: The Music of Healing
Carnegie Mellon home page story, January 27, 2010

What do bagpipes and medicine have in common? Carnegie Mellon sophomore Roberta Sefcik.  Sefcik chose Carnegie Mellon because of the university's excellent music school and bagpipe performance program. She also found herself dreaming of pursuing a career in medicine...read more

Mysteries of the Dark Universe
ScienceStage.com, January 26, 2010

Edward W. Kolb (known to most as "Rocky") gave the 2009 Buhl Lecture, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Department of Physics. In his lecture "Mysteries of the Dark Universe", Kolb talks about how most of the universe is in a mysterious form called dark matter and most of the energy in the universe is in an even more mysterious form called dark energy...see more

Energy of attacking virus revealed
ScienceDaily.com, January 21, 2010

For the first time the research world has managed to measure the energy that is used when a virus infects a cell. The aim is to find a way to reduce the amount of energy inside the virus and thereby ultimately find a medicine that can counteract infections...read more

Kristine Ferrone

NASA staffer, a Carnegie Mellon alum, shares dream of going in to space
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 21, 2010

When Kristine Ferrone was 4 years old, her grandfather gave her a calendar illustrating the cycle of the moon. The young Ferrone memorized the moon's phases and announced to her family each night which phase the moon was in or which it would be entering...read more

Barth wins research award
The Tartan, January 18 2010

Alison Barth, associate professor of biological sciences, has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The award is presented by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is given to internationally renowned scientists and scholars who completed their doctorates within the last 12 years...read more

Plextronics receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Your Renewable News, January 18, 2010

Plextronics, Inc. announced today it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. The company was awarded this designation by ABS-QE for its compliance with quality process standards and effective quality management systems in the production and other operations related to conductive polymers and inks for use in printed electronic applications...read more

CMU Grad Gets National Attention for Good Samaritan Act
WPXI-TV, January 7, 2010

A Peters Township native is getting national recognition for being a Good Samaritan in Chicago. Dean Germeyer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988, got a job out of state and moved away from Pittsburgh. He now lives in Chicago with his wife and travels extensively for his job...read more

Air Quality LabHittin' the Road: Improving Air Quality Predictions
Carnegie Mellon home page story, January 2010

They come from different sources — diesel engine emissions and wood fires — but until recently, there was no clear picture for how organic aerosols change once they become part of the atmosphere.  "The atmosphere acts like Dan Aykroyd's Bass-O-Matic," explained Neil Donahue, the atomospheric chemist who heads Carnegie Mellon's Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS)...read more

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse appoints three new board members
Pittsburgh Business Times, January 5, 2010

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse has appointed three new members to its board of directors. The South Oakland-based economic development organization, which supports and invests in biosciences companies in southwestern Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday that George Klinzing, Richard McCullough and Donald Spence have all been elected to the board...read more

Education, Education, Education
The Textile Dyer, January 5, 2010

"We don‘t have a community well educated in toxicity and ecotoxicity" is possibly one of the under-statements of 2009. The comment was made by Terry Collins who is the Director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University at a recent conference in Mumbai...read more (subscription only)