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2010 Press Releases

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MCS Graduate Students Recognized by Professional Societies

Physics Ph.D. student Eric Evarts and Chemistry Ph.D. student Lea Veras were recently honored by professional societies in recognition of their excellence in research. MORE
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Researchers Discover Mechanism for Signaling Receptor Recycling

An international team of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University's Manojkumar Puthenveedu has discovered the mechanism by which signaling receptors recycle, a critical piece in understanding signaling receptor function. Writing in the journal Cell, the team for the first time describes how a signaling receptor travels back to the cell membrane after it has been activated and internalized. MORE
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MCS Staffer Shows Steelers Spirit

Several years ago, Rob Dalmasse received a phone call from the most unlikely of callers—the Pittsburgh Steelers. The organization had gotten wind of the electric football league Dalmasse, a lab technician in the Department of Chemistry, had been running with chemistry graduate students. The Steelers had an unusual request.  MORE
Friday, November 5, 2010

MCS Women Honored by Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni Association

Three outstanding women from the Mellon College of Science are among 19 individuals Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Association will honor during its 2010 Homecoming Weekend. Senior chemistry major Heather Bernard, Vice Provost for Education Amy Burkert and alumna Kristine Ferrone will accept their awards at the Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception on Nov. 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Rangos Hall, University Center. MORE
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bone Tissue Engineering Center Receives Research Grant to Help Injured Soldiers

CMU's Jeffrey O. Hollinger, director of the center, and Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski have received a three-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Defense research grant to develop a therapy that would aid amputees, specifically wounded soldiers. The therapy aims to prevent bone nodules from forming in the muscle at the site of amputation, a painful condition that makes it difficult for amputees to wear limb prostheses. MORE
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rick McCullough Receives Thomas Lord Professorship in Chemistry

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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gathering Area Dedicated in Memory of Bill Brown

A gathering area with benches, sculptures and a rock garden located next to the side entrance of Doherty Hall serves as a visible and lasting memorial to recognize and honor the late Professor William E. Brown’s broad contributions to the university. The outdoor space was dedicated on Friday, Sept. 17. MORE
Monday, September 20, 2010

Alumnus and Famous “Mathemagician” Dazzles MCS Students

Art Benjamin broke the cardinal rule of magicians—he shared his secrets with the audience. But he is no ordinary magician—he’s a “Mathemagician,” and his secrets revealed the mind-boggling techniques he uses to perform feats of mental math for audiences around the world. Benjamin, a 1983 graduate of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, returned to his alma mater on September 13 to perform his “Mathemagics” show for more than 200 MCS students. MORE
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mathematician Walter Schachermayer Presents Nash Lecture Sept. 7

Noted mathematician Walter Schachermayer will present Carnegie Mellon University's fifth Nash Distinguished Lecture, titled "The Duality of Money," at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the Hillman Center's Rashid Auditorium on the university's Oakland campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.  MORE
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Neuronal Diversity Makes a Difference

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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project Receives Top Priority Ranking From National Academy of Sciences

A committee convened by the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics has ranked the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a collaborative research project in which Carnegie Mellon University is a partner, as its top priority among ground-based projects. MORE
Monday, August 16, 2010

Researchers Turn Up Brightness on Fluorescent Probes

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. MORE
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Researchers Create Fluorescent Biosensor To Aid in Drug Development

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. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Radio Astronomers Develop New Technique for Studying Dark Energy

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. MORE
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Success STEMs From Carnegie Mellon's Summer Academy for Math and Science

Carnegie Mellon University is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS), a program designed to increase the number of outstanding college-bound students from diverse backgrounds who pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Structure of Ultra-Small, Chiral Gold Nanoparticles Revealed

X-rays can reveal broken bones or a hidden weapon in a piece of luggage. For graduate student Huifeng Qian, X-rays have revealed that a gold nanoparticle he developed holds great promise as a chiral catalyst—a tool highly sought-after by the pharmaceutical industry. MORE
Friday, June 4, 2010

Terry Collins Named the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry

Three Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have received endowed professorships from The Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Terry Collins of the Mellon College of Science has been named the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry; Ramayya Krishnan of the H. John Heinz III College has been named the H. John Heinz III Dean; and Lowell Taylor of the Heinz College has been named the H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics. MORE
Monday, May 24, 2010

Rothstein Receives NASA Grant to Calculate Gravity Wave Signatures

Physics Professor Ira Rothstein has been awarded a $563,000 grant from NASA to calculate the expected gravity wave signature that is created when black holes collide. The research will help to interpret data collected from gravitational wave detectors. MORE
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Carnegie Mellon Receives $1M from HHMI for Undergraduate Research

Carnegie Mellon University has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to continue to help fund the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. HHMI has funded undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon for more than 20 years, with close to 700 students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program since 2000. MORE
Thursday, May 13, 2010

MCS Staff Awards, 2010

On April 30, 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. MORE
Thursday, May 6, 2010

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 3. Winners included Tristan Bereau, Cameron Exner, Rupal Gupta, Sam Rauhala and Sonal Shruti. MORE
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PIttsburgh Supercomputing Center Will Host Specialized Machine for Biomolecular Research

With stimulus funding from NIH, the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will soon be accepting proposals for biomedical researchers to use a novel special-purpose supercomputer for biomolecular simulation that is being made available without cost by D. E. Shaw Research. MORE
Monday, May 3, 2010

Bill Hrusa Wins Barbara Lazarus Award

At the university’s Celebration of Teaching ceremony on April 21, Mathematical Sciences Professor Bill Hrusa received the 2010 Barbara Lazarus Award for fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty at Carnegie Mellon. MORE
Sunday, May 2, 2010

Biologists Breathe New Life Into Ancient Mammoth Blood

A team of international researchers has "resurrected" authentic woolly mammoth hemoglobin - the blood protein responsible for delivering oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. The research has discovered special evolutionary adaptations that allowed the iconic Ice Age creatures to cool down their extremities in harsh Arctic conditions and minimize costly heat loss. MORE
Thursday, April 29, 2010

ChemCollective Wins Science Prize for Online Resources in Education

The ChemCollective website, developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to provide chemistry instructors with access to virtual lab and scenario-based learning activities, has received the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE).  The award, sponsored by Science magazine, recognizes outstanding freely available online materials that enrich science education. MORE
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gelbart to Give Buhl Lecture, "Viruses from Scratch," April 28

William M. Gelbart, a leader in biophysical virus research, will deliver Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture, titled "Viruses From Scratch," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 in 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. MORE
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Physics Course Teaches Students the Science Behind Hot Button Political Issues

Physics is at the heart of an enormous number of important problems facing our society. What can we do to prevent the world’s nuclear material from being used by terrorists? Why don’t we have more battery-run cars? Political leaders and concerned citizens alike have a hard time evaluating these types of issues because they don’t understand the underlying science. The Carnegie Mellon Department of Physics is preparing future leaders to tackle such issues in the Physics for Future Presidents course. MORE
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Toby Nelson Receives Two Prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Carnegie Mellon University postdoctoral research associate Dr. Toby Nelson has the rare honor of receiving two prestigious fellowships — a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a United Negro College Fund/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship — that will support his research on designing plastics that have the potential for creating cheap, flexible, and easy-to-produce solar cells. MORE
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Graduate Student Duff Neill Receives Theoretical Physics Fellowship

The famous physicist Neils Bohr once said: Predictions are rather difficult, especially if they concern the future. Graduate student Duff Neill couldn’t agree more. The 4th year PhD candidate in the Department of Physics is working feverishly to predict the behavior of subatomic particles that are being produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. MORE
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Logic and Discrete Math Programs Rank High in U.S. News & World Report

The department of mathematical sciences’ logic and discrete mathematics and operations research Ph.D. programs have been ranked among the top such specialty programs in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools."  MORE
Monday, April 12, 2010

Catalina Achim and Richard Holman Win Mellon College of Science Awards for Education

Catalina Achim and Richard Holman — winners of this year's Mellon College of Science awards for education — will be recognized at the University Celebration of Teaching ceremony on April 21. Their accomplishments will be further celebrated at the Mellon College of Science annual meeting on May 3. MORE
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chemistry Student Receives UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship

Carnegie Mellon University junior Xochina El Hilali has received a prestigious 2010 United Negro College Fund/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding work in biomedical research and her future potential. The award, one of only 15 given nationwide, consists of a $25,000 scholarship and two summer stipends totaling $10,000. MORE
Friday, April 2, 2010

Ellis Receives Graduate Student Service Award

Chad Ellis, a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department who served as the 2009 Vice President of External Affairs for CMU’s Graduate Student Assembly, is this year’s recipient of the Graduate Student Service Award. He is being recognized for his service to his fellow students at Carnegie Mellon, and to his colleagues around Pittsburgh and the nation.
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kitchen Chemistry Course Makes Science Palatable

Chemist Subha Das is bringing the same techniques found in the world's leading restaurants to the classroom to teach students about the principles of chemistry. MORE
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Scientists Create Toolbox of Fluorescent Probes

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. MORE
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Graduate Students Receive Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships

Graduate students Tristan Bereau and Rupal Gupta have been awarded Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships in the Mellon College of Science in recognition of their outstanding creativity, dedication and commitment to carrying out leading-edge research. MORE
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Renowned Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter to Receive Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in Science

Carnegie Mellon University will award its 2009 Dickson Prize in Science to Saul Perlmutter, an astrophysicist best known for the revolutionary finding that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. Perlmutter will receive the award, which includes a medal and a cash prize, before giving the Dickson Prize lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17 in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus. His lecture, titled "Stalking Dark Energy and Mysteries of the Expanding Universe," is free and open to the public. MORE
Friday, February 19, 2010

Sophmore Bagpiper Sefcik Earns Early Acceptance to Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Roberta Sefcik, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore and talented bagpiper who believes understanding music will make her a better doctor, is one of 36 students nationwide to receive admission to New York City's Mount Sinai School of Medicine through its Humanities and Medicine Early Acceptance Program. MORE
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nathan Urban Named Head of Biological Sciences

Nathan N. Urban has been named head of Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Biological Sciences. He succeeds Professor John Woolford, who served as acting department head since the passing of Elizabeth Jones in June 2008. Jones became head of the department in 2002. A member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 2002, Urban is best known for his research into the molecular, cellular and circuit-level mechanisms of sensory processing in the olfactory system. MORE
Friday, February 5, 2010

Physicist First to Measure Energy Released From a Virus

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. MORE
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chemistry Major Receives Churchill Scholarship

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, which funds a year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. The Churchill scholarships are one of the most prestigious awards for studying abroad in the
United Kingdom.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Online Tutoring Program Helps City Students

A high school student can't figure out how to solve a physics problem. He asks his tutor for help, and the tutor begins to diagram possible solutions on a white board, guiding the student through the problem. While this may sound like a standard classroom tutoring session, Carnegie Mellon students have introduced a new twist, doing all of this online as part of a new initiative in the TutorNet program. MORE

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