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2009 Press Releases

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alison Barth Receives Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel Research Award

Alison Barth, associate professor of biological sciences, has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Germany's Humboldt Foundation. The award will allow Barth to spend seven months in Germany to work on research projects with neuroscientist Michael Brecht at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin.  MORE
Friday, December 11, 2009

Global Team To Improve Predictions About Air Quality and Climate

Carnegie Mellon University's Neil Donahue and Allen Robinson are working with a team of more than 60 scientists, including researchers from the University of Colorado and the NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, to develop a more holistic approach to improving climate and air quality prediction models. Donahue and Robinson are co-authors of a study that appears in the Dec. 11 issue of the journal Science. MORE
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Barth and McCartney Named to Eberly Chairs

Alison Barth and Brooke McCartney, both biological sciences faculty members, were named the most recent recipients of the Eberly Family Career Development Professorships in the Biological Sciences. MORE
Monday, November 16, 2009

Carnegie Mellon's Bachelor of Science and Arts Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Carnegie Mellon University is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) program, a joint interdisciplinary program between its College of Fine Arts (CFA) and Mellon College of Science (MCS). MORE
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Introduces SAFE-Net

Do internet passwords protect personal information from unwanted intrusion? How can you be sure if someone on-line is who they say they are? Does anti-virus software really protect your hard-drive? To help with these questions and others associated with wide usage of the Internet, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has created SAFE-Net, a program of cyber-security awareness. MORE
Monday, November 2, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Use NMR Methodology To Elucidate Chemical Structure of Natural Compounds

A new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methodology being developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Roberto Gil has enabled a group of chemists to determine the correct chemical structure of a natural compound known as a withanolide, which has been shown to slow the growth of breast cancer cells. MORE
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Math Honors Kinderlehrer and Kramkov

Two esteemed members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences have been honored with named professorships. David Kinderlehrer received the Alumni Professorship in Mathematical Sciences and Dmitry Kramkov received the Mellon College of Science Professorship in Mathematical Finance. MORE
Monday, October 26, 2009

DOE Grant Launches Carnegie Mellon Initiative To Automate Discovery of Astrophysical Phenomena

Automated methods for discovering astrophysical phenomena by sifting through massive amounts of cosmological data are being developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington. MORE
Monday, October 19, 2009

Mathematics Professor Peter Andrews Honored at the 22nd International Conference on Automated Deduction

In honor of Peter Andrews’ distinguished career, leading scholars in the field of Simple Type Theory contributed to a Festschrift. Andrews’ Festschrift is a collection of papers that includes reprints of eight seminal papers in Simple Type Theory as well as thirteen new articles, contributed by those who have been influenced by his work.
Monday, October 12, 2009

Chemist Marcel Bruchez and Colleagues To Develop Probes To Understand Neuronal Navigation

An international group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Goettingen Medical School in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have received a Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) grant to develop molecular probes that will help researchers better understand the "cellular GPS" system that guides neurons to create a properly wired nervous system. MORE
Friday, October 9, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Appoints New Co-Director Of Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Michael J. Tarr, a new professor of psychology, co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). The CNBC is a joint project between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh devoted to investigating neural mechanisms and their impact on human cognitive abilities. MORE
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alison Barth and Colleagues Develop Method To Make Cortical Neuronal Firing More Efficient

Neuronal firing in the cerebral cortex is notoriously unreliable. In this area of the brain, a neuron will fire at varying rates — and sometimes not at all — in response to the same stimulus. Alison Barth and colleagues have found that firing reliability in the cerebral cortex can be significantly improved through pattern sensory activation, indicating that this unreliability isn't a necessary component for cortical function. MORE
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Family of Nobel Laureate John A. Pople To Present Nobel Medal To Carnegie Mellon at Inaugural John A. Pople Lectures

Carnegie Mellon University will become one of only a few universities in the United States to display a gold Nobel Prize Medal, through a generous bequest from the late John A. Pople. Pople's children will present their father's medal, which he received for winning the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to the university at the inaugural John A. Pople Lectures in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Biologist Gregory Newby Among Three Carnegie Mellon Alumni Named Fulbright Scholars

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program has named three recent Carnegie Mellon University graduates 2009 Fulbright Scholars. Gregory Newby, who received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 2009, will conduct research at the Biochemistry Institute of the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Receives EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences and University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, received the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Matyjaszewski, the second Carnegie Mellon professor to receive the award, was recognized in the academic category for the development of an environmentally low-impact form of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP), a widely used method for preparation of functional polymers. MORE
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Mechanism Fundamental to the Spread of Invasive Yeast Infections Identified by Aaron Mitchell

Biological Sciences Professor Aaron Mitchell has identified a novel regulatory gene network that plays an important role in the spread of common, and sometimes deadly, yeast infections. The findings, which establish the role of Zap1 protein in the activation of genes that regulate the synthesis of biofilm matrix, were published in the June 16, 2009, issue of PLoS Biology. MORE
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cells Are Like Robust Computational Systems, Carnegie Mellon-Led Team Reports

Gene regulatory networks in cell nuclei are similar to cloud computing networks, such as Google or Yahoo!; each system keeps working despite the failure of individual components. This finding by computational biologist Ziv Bar-Joseph helps explain not only the robustness of cells, but also some seemingly incongruent experimental results that have puzzled biologists. MORE
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Carnegie Mellon's Bob Murphy Appointed to National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council

Murphy, the Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology, has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. The council, composed of leaders in biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs, perform the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and also offer advice on policy and program development of the NIGMS.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Natalie Weir Receives 2009 Judith A. Resnik Award

Natalie Weir, a 2009 graduate with a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry, received the 2009 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
Thursday, May 7, 2009

MCS Staff Awards, 2009

On May 6, 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.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Peter Berget Receives the Julius Ashkin Award for Excellence in Teaching

Peter Berget, associate professor of biological sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Julius Ashkin Award for Excellence in Teaching. Berget has been teaching for more than two decades and his passion for science continues to inspire students every day. MORE
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mellon College of Science Students Earn Education and Research Awards

The winners of the Dr. J. Paul Fugassi and Linda E. Monteverde Award, Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award and Hugh D. Young Graduate Teaching Award were announced at the MCS Annual Meeting.
Monday, May 4, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify New Drug To Prevent Seizure Progression in Model of Epilepsy

"We have found a new anticonvulsant compound that eliminates seizures in a model of epilepsy," said Alison Barth, associate professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon's Mellon College of Science. "The drug works by inhibiting ion channels whose role in epilepsy was only recently discovered. Understanding how these channels work in seizure disorders, and being able to target them with a simple treatment, represents a significant advance in our ability to understand and treat epilepsy." MORE
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Student Work Showcased at Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 6

Meeting of the Minds is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Office, which encourages and supports undergraduates to engage in the type of research and innovation that at many institutions is the sole domain of faculty and graduate students. Many projects grow out of students' coursework in their majors, while others typify Carnegie Mellon's emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration to solve real-world problems. MORE
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Physicist Leonard Kisslinger is the co-awardee of the first Mark Gelfand Service Award for Educational Outreach Award

MCS Professor Leonad Kisslinger along with H&SS's Linda Flower were the first co-recipients of the Gelfrand Award. Established in 2009, the Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Carnegie Mellon GlueX experiment makes a big step forward with the Department of Energy groundbreaking

Physicist Curtis Meyer, spokesperson of the Gluonic Excitations Experiment or GlueX, was at the groundbreaking for a $310,000,000 upgrade to the Jefferson Lab facility. A key part of this project will help physicists understand why quarks are trapped inside the protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus of an atom.  MORE
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Physicist To Discuss Mysteries of the Dark Universe At Carnegie Mellon's Buhl Lecture, April 21

Renowned physicist Edward W. "Rocky" Kolb will deliver Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture, titled "Mysteries of the Dark Universe," at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday April 21 at the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Mellon Institute Lobby. 
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MCS Names Noel Walkington Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs

Mathematical Sciences Professor Noel Walkington has been named associate dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs. Walkington has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences since 1989. MORE
Monday, March 30, 2009

TeraGrid is Transforming Research, Say Physicists at the American Physical Society Meeting in Pittsburgh

“High-performance computing is transforming physics research,” said Ralph Roskies, co-scientific director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), during a presentation on Friday, March 20, at the American Physical Society Meeting, held in Pittsburgh, March 16-20. MORE
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Colleagues Celebrate Bothner-By’s Work in NMR Spectroscopy

Fifty years ago, NMR spectroscopy was a young field, with spectroscopists spread across the country. They wanted to meet with each other to share their ideas, and Emeritus Professor Aksel Bothner-By was one of the men who got the ball rolling. Bothner-By and his colleague Barry Shapiro hosted the second through 11th Experimental NMR Conference (ENC). At age 88, unable to travel to California for this year’s ENC, Bothner-By’s colleagues at Carnegie Mellon are hosting a symposium in his honor. MORE
Monday, March 16, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Scientist Confirms Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Silicon

Using rigorous computer calculations, researchers have established evidence that supercooled silicon experiences a liquid-liquid phase transition, where at a certain temperature two different states of liquid silicon exist. The two states each have unique properties that could be used to develop new silicon-based materials. MORE
Thursday, March 5, 2009

Renowned Computer Scientist Richard M. Karp To Receive Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize

Carnegie Mellon University will award its 2008 Dickson Prize in Science to Richard M. Karp, a computer scientist best known for his work in developing algorithms to solve some of the world's most complex problems. Karp will receive the award, which includes a medal and a cash prize, before giving the annual Dickson Prize lecture. MORE
Thursday, February 26, 2009

New McWilliams Fellows Named

The new Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellows are changing the status quo. From refining procedures for preparing magnetic storage material to creating techniques for developing new polymers, graduate students Chip Hogg and Renaud Nicolaÿ exemplify the purpose of the fellowship — to support graduate students conducting leading-edge research in emerging fields such as nanotechnology, biophysics and cosmology. MORE
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Carnegie Mellon's Tiziana Di Matteo Presents Detailed Cosmological Simulations at AAAS Meeting

Tiziana Di Matteo, associate professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University, is harnessing the power of supercomputing to recreate how galaxies are born, how they develop over time and, ultimately, how they collapse. Di Matteo presented an overview of her cosmological simulations as part of the "Big, Small, and Everything in Between: Simulating Our World Using Scientific Computing" session at the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Feb. 15 in Chicago. MORE
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Aaron Mitchell Appointed Section Editor for PLoS Pathogens

Biological Sciences Professor Aaron Mitchell has been appointed a section editor for PLoS Pathogens, an open-access journal that publishes original research articles on pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, and their interactions with their hosts. He will review and edit submitted papers that deal with fungal pathogenesis. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Team A Finalist in the Elsevier Grand Challenge

A Carnegie Mellon University team of experts in computational biology and machine learning is among four finalists in the inaugural Elsevier Grand Challenge on Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences, a contest designed to encourage development of tools dealing with the ever increasing amount of online life sciences information.   

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