2008 Press Releases-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

2008 Press Releases

Friday, December 19, 2008

Four Carnegie Mellon Professors Elected AAAS Fellows

Four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers: Michael Widom, John Woolford, Tom Mitchell, and Eswaran Subrahmanian.  MORE
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Associate Professor Alison Barth Receives Two SfN Awards

Associate Professor Alison Barth was recently awarded both the Research Award for Innovation in Neuroscience (RAIN) and the Career Development Award from the Society of Neuroscience (SfN). RAIN is given annually to “honor imaginative, innovative research that will advance novel ideas and have the potential to lead to significant breakthroughs in the understanding of the brain and nervous system and related diseases,” according to SfN’s website. MORE
Monday, November 17, 2008

Gregg Franklin Named Head of Carnegie Mellon's Physics Department

Gregg B. Franklin, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science (MCS), has been named head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Physics, effective Nov. 1. He succeeds Fred Gilman, who served as department head from 1999 until he was appointed dean of MCS in April 2008. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Elizabeth W. Jones Memorial Symposium

The symposium honors Elizabeth W. Jones, Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences, University Professor & Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Beth Jones was an accomplished geneticist and pioneer of lab-based undergraduate education in the biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Media Advisory: Noted Economist To Discuss "Dark Markets" in Carnegie Mellon's Nash Distinguished Lecture

The Fourth Annual Nash Distinguished Lecture features Darrell Duffie, the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at Stanford University. Duffie will review evidence of "Dark Markets" from a growing body of empirical research, citing examples from insurance markets, bond markets, stock markets and money markets. MORE
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nick Tsarevsky (S'05) Won the National Starch & Chemical Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky (S ’05) has won the 2008 National Starch and Chemical Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry. The award, which recognizes the best in graduate polymer science and engineering research, was presented at symposium honoring Tsarevsky at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, August 17-21, 2008. MORE
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Develop MRI Technology That Non-Invasively Locates, Quantifies Specific Cells in the Body

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) isn't just for capturing detailed images of the body's anatomy. Thanks to novel imaging reagents and technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University scientist Eric Ahrens, MRI can be used to visualize — with "exquisite" specificity — cell populations of interest in the living body.  
Monday, August 18, 2008

Hydrogels Provide Scaffolding For Growth of Bone Cells

Hyaluronic hydrogels developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers may provide a suitable scaffolding to enable bone regeneration. The hydrogels, created by Newell Washburn, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Jeffrey Hollinger, have proven to encourage the growth of preosteoblast cells, cells that aid the growth and development of bone. MORE
Monday, August 18, 2008

Green Catalysts Provide Promise For Cleaning Toxins and Pollutants

Tetra-Amido Macrocyclic Ligands (TAMLs) are environmentally friendly catalysts with a host of applications for reducing and cleaning up pollutants, and a prime example of "green chemistry." Carnegie Mellon University's Terry Collins, the catalyst's inventor, believes that the small-molecule catalysts have the potential to be even more effective than previously proven. MORE
Monday, August 11, 2008

John Woolford Announced as Acting Department Head of Biological Sciences

John Woolford, Ph.D. has been named acting head of the Mellon College of Science's (MCS) department of biological sciences, succeeding Beth Jones who passed away in June. Currently a professor of biological sciences and co-director of the Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology, John has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon community since 1979. MORE
Monday, July 21, 2008

EPA Honors Chemistry Alumna

If you happen to notice new green cleaning products on the shelves the next time you’re at the supermarket, be sure to thank Melanie Vrabel, a Carnegie Mellon chemistry alumna, for making these safe and environmental friendly products available to you. Marked by the DfE (Design for the Environment) logo, these products have been formulated with green chemistry principles resulting in a safer product for human health and the environment. MORE
Friday, June 13, 2008

Obituary: Carnegie Mellon Professor, Head of Biological Sciences Elizabeth Jones Will Be Remembered For Her Mentorship, Research

Elizabeth W. Jones, an internationally renowned geneticist and admired educator at Carnegie Mellon University, died June 11 following complications from surgery. "Beth was a leader in research, education and as a department head. She loved her work, her students and Carnegie Mellon," said Fred Gilman, dean of the university's Mellon College of Science (MCS). "Her legacy will live on through her students and colleagues, for whom she worked tirelessly." MORE
Friday, June 6, 2008

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology To Host 9th Great Lakes Cosmology Workshop

The Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University will host the 9th Great Lakes Cosmology Workshop (GLCW9). The workshop offers a forum for Great Lakes-based advanced graduate students, post-doctoral students and young faculty working in all areas of cosmology and particle-astrophysics.  The conference will highlight the research of students and faculty. Senior faculty will also provide important overviews of the subject matter. MORE
Friday, May 16, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Unveil New Tool To Understand Evolution of Multi-Domain Genes

Carnegie Mellon scientists have discovered critical flaws in the standard method used to analyze gene evolution. Standard methods fail when applied to genes that encode multi-domain proteins, an important class of proteins crucial to human health. Computational biologist Dannie Durand and colleagues have for the first time tackled the dilemma of how to study the ancestry of multi-domain genes. MORE
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mellon College of Science Students Earn Education and Research Awards

The Mellon College of Science’s (MCS) awards for education and research were presented during the college’s Annual Faculty Meeting on May 5. Winners included Robert Aguirre, Haifeng Gao and Mariela Zeledón. MORE
Friday, May 9, 2008

MCS Staff Awards, 2008

On May 2, faculty, staff and administrators gathered in the Mellon Institute to honor MCS staff members for their dedication and service to the Mellon College of Science. The award recipients were: PJ McCarthy, Michelle Waters, Georgene Wittig, Paul Nowoczynski, Donna Thomas, Al Scheuring, Pallavi Ishwad, and Al Brunk. MORE
Thursday, May 8, 2008

MCS Names Amy Burkert New Assistant Dean for the Health Professions Program and Educational Initiatives

Amy Burkert has been named assistant dean of MCS for the Health Professions Program (HPP) and Educational Initiatives. MORE
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hanadie Yousef Receives the 2008 Judith A. Resnik Award

Hanadie Yousef, a 2008 graduate with a B.S. in chemistry with honors and a minor in Hispanic studies, received the 2008 Judith Resnik Award during commencement weekend. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman graduating in the sciences or engineering who plans to attend graduate school and whose academic performance, creativity and vision illustrates potential for high academic achievement in her field. MORE
Monday, May 5, 2008

Prof. Terry Collins is first recipient of $50,000 Charles E. Kaufman Award

Pioneering research in green chemistry has earned Terry Collins, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, the new $50,000 Charles E. Kaufman Award “for substantial contributions to science for both the betterment and understanding of human life. ”Prof. Collins is the first honoree of the Award – to be presented annually – established through a special fund created by Mr. Charles Kaufman, 95, at The Pittsburgh Foundation. MORE
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Establishes Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology

Carnegie Mellon University has announced it has received a major gift from Bruce and Astrid McWilliams to establish the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology in its Mellon College of Science. Researchers at the center will strive to unravel the mysteries of the universe through multidisciplinary efforts in astrophysics, particle physics, computer science and statistics.
Monday, April 21, 2008

MCS Faculty to Participate in Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)

Jeffrey O. Hollinger, professor of biomedical engineering and biological sciences will direct the craniofacial reconstruction team for the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). AFIRM is an $85 million project funded by the federal government to develop treatments for wounded soldiers. MORE
Monday, April 21, 2008

Amy Burkert and Paul Karol are this year’s winners of the Mellon College of Science’s awards for education

The Julius Ashkin Award for Excellence in Teaching has been awarded to Amy Burkert, associate department head for undergraduate affairs, Biological Sciences, and director of the Health Professions Program. Paul Karol, professor of chemistry, received The Richard Moore Award for his “substantial and sustained contributions to the educational mission of MCS.” MORE
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Carnegie Mellon's Jeffrey Hollinger To Direct Craniofacial Reconstruction Program, Team In New Medical Consortium

Carnegie Mellon University's Jeffrey O. Hollinger will be the director of the Craniofacial Program, one of five research programs comprising the Rutgers University-led consortium in the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). MORE
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Three Carnegie Mellon Sophomores Earn Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Three Carnegie Mellon University students have received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships to encourage their pursuit of careers in the natural sciences. Andrew David DeYoung, Lawrence D. Jesper and Samuel M. Kim are three of 321 sophomores and juniors nationwide chosen from more than 1,000 nominations to receive scholarships this year.
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Biological Sciences Student Receives HHMI's Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

Carnegie Mellon University senior Bertrade "Betty" Mbom has been selected as one of five recipients of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study.  The prestigious fellowship provides full support for up to five years of graduate study towards a doctorate in the sciences. The support will enable Mbom and the other Gilliam Fellowship recipients to gain the knowledge and experience needed to address some of the world's health care challenges through a career in research. MORE
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project

Carnegie Mellon University joined the collaboration building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and is now among the 23 universities, national laboratories and corporations involved in constructing the world's most powerful survey telescope. MORE
Monday, January 7, 2008

International Team Identifies 480 Genes That Control Human Cell Division

A team of U.S., Israeli and German scientists used computational biology techniques to discover 480 genes that play a role in human cell division and to identify more than 100 of those genes that have an abnormal pattern of activation in cancer cells. MORE
Thursday, January 3, 2008

Developmental Biologist Vernonica Hinman Uncovers the Nuts and Bolts of How Gene Regulatory Networks Evolve

More than 500 million years ago, sea urchins and starfish diverged from their common ancestor and went down different evolutionary paths to become what they are today. When you look closely at their embryonic development, you’ll notice that both species still develop in very similar ways while growing into distinctly different animals. Look even closer, as Veronica Hinman has, and you’ll find a lot of evolution that is hidden in the nuts and bolts of the genetic processes that control development. MORE
Thursday, January 3, 2008

Novel Mechanism for Long-Term Learning Identified by Carnegie Mellon Researchers

Practice makes perfect - or at least that's what we're told as we struggle through endless rounds of multiplication tables, goal kicks and piano scales - and it seems, based on the personal experience of many, to be true.  That's why neuroscientists have been perplexed by data showing that at the level of individual synapses, or connections between neurons, increased, repetitive stimulation might actually reverse early gains in synaptic strength.  Now, neuroscientists from Carnegie Mellon University and the Max Planck Institute have discovered the mechanism that resolves this apparent paradox. The findings are published in the Jan. 4 issue of Science. MORE

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