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2012 Press Releases

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chemistry’s Roberto Gil Named Guest Editor of Special Issue of the Journal Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry

Roberto Gil, research professor of chemistry and director of the Department of Chemistry’s NMR Facility, served as guest editor of a special issue of the journal Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry. MORE
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carnegie Mellon's Alison Barth Receives Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award From McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Alison Barth has received a 2013 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. Barth is one of four researchers to receive the award. MORE
Friday, December 7, 2012

International Team of Green Scientists, Including Carnegie Mellon's Terry Collins, Proposes Safety Testing System for Development of New Chemicals

A group of scientists from North America and Europe, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Terry Collins, has developed a five-tiered testing system that manufacturers can use to ensure that the chemicals and consumer products they produce are free of harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA or DDT. MORE
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two CMU Professors Elected AAAS Fellows

Two Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, Justine Cassell and Chien Ho have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS Fellows are elected by their peers in recognition of the recipients’ distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. MORE
Friday, November 16, 2012

Luc Berger Wins Prestigious Buckley Condensed Matter Prize From American Physical Society

Carnegie Mellon University Emeritus Professor of Physics Luc Berger has been named a winner of the 2013 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize by the American Physical Society (APS). The prize, endowed in 1952, recognizes and encourages outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed-matter physics and is awarded for a highly important contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field. MORE
Monday, November 5, 2012

CMU Wins Best Foundational Advance at iGEM Jamboree

A fluorescent biosensor that measures cellular activity, created by a team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduates, earned the Best Foundational Advance prize at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's World Championship Jamboree held Nov. 2-5 in Cambridge, Mass.  MORE
Monday, October 22, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Lead Work To Develop Devices for Improving Lives of Amputees

Carnegie Mellon's Christopher T. Bettinger and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski received $1.6 million for the next four years from the U.S. Army to improve the use of prosthetic devices. MORE
Monday, October 22, 2012

CMU, Penn State Researchers Awarded $300,000 New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology Grant

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology and The Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a $300,000 New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology Grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  MORE
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gittis Named a Finalist for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Carnegie Mellon University's Aryn Gittis, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, has been named a finalist in the competition for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. MORE
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CMU's iGEM Team Advances to World Championship

A team of undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University has been selected to advance to theI nternational Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's World Championship Jamboree to be held Nov. 2-5 in Cambridge, Mass. 
Monday, October 15, 2012

Biological Sciences Student Receives Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology

Biological Sciences senior Abigail Simmons was recently awarded an undergraduate research fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She was one of 56 students selected nationwide for the fellowships, which provide students the opportunity to conduct research with an ASM mentor and present their results at the 113th ASM General Meeting in Denver. MORE
Friday, October 12, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Students Compete in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

Can biological building blocks be turned into a biosensor that can measure cellular activities? “Absolutely!” says a team of undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University. The students have created just such a biosensor using a kit of interchangeable biological parts and a fundamental knowledge of synthetic biology. They will present their project in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition’s Americas East Regional Jamboree. MORE
Monday, October 1, 2012

Curtis Meyer Named MCS Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs

Physics Professor Curtis Meyer has been appointed the associate dean for faculty and graduate affairs for the Mellon College of Science. Meyer has been on the faculty for 19 years and brings strong academic and leadership experience to his new position. MORE
Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?" MIT's Andrew W. Lo To Present Nash Lecture in Quantitative Finance

Andrew W. Lo, one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2012, will present Carnegie Mellon University's sixth Nash Distinguished Lecture in Quantitative Finance. His lecture, titled "Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer," will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall), on CMU's Oakland campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Launches Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University launched the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation today, a major research and education initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. The institute was made possible by a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott (E’66), president and founder of Delmar Systems, and his wife, Joyce Bowie Scott (A’65), a trustee of the university. The institute is named for Sherman’s father, Wilton E. Scott. MORE
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Students Use New Technology to Sequence Genomes

Reading the instructions encoded within our DNA holds the promise of a better understanding of health, disease and life itself, and presents one of the newest and most exciting challenges for career biologists.  Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Biological Sciences is preparing students to meet this challenge. As part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded Phage Genomics Research course, first-year students are getting hands-on experience in reading the genomes of viruses that infect bacteria, known as bacteriophages (phages for short), using one of the newest and most promising technologies available -- the Ion Personal Genome Machine. MORE
Friday, August 31, 2012

CMU Research Team Develops Tools to Ease the Pain of Combat Injuries

A multidisciplinary research team led by Carnegie Mellon University is developing new nanostructural polymer-based treatments to eliminate pathological bone formation in soft tissue, a common occurrence following orthopedic surgeries and amputations. MORE
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Biological Sciences and CNBC Host Next Generation Imaging Workshop

Experts from around the world will gather at Carnegie Mellon University to discuss the newest game-changing technologies that will revolutionize the field of medical imaging. Speakers from institutions including CMU, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard, Stanford and MIT will talk about a wide range of imaging techniques including ultrasound, MRI, spectroscopy and microscopy, and how these technologies can be applied to the fields of neuroscience and medicine and to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions like cancer and traumatic brain injury.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Show That Skin-Aging Radicals Also Age Naturally Formed Particles in the Air

Pine trees are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution. They give off gases that react with airborne chemicals — many of which are produced by human activity — creating tiny, invisible particles that muddy the air. New research from a team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Neil Donahue shows that the biogenic particles formed from pine tree emissions are much more chemically interesting and dynamic than previously thought. The study provides the first experimental evidence that such compounds are chemically transformed by free radicals, the same compounds that age our skin, after they are first formed in the atmosphere.
Friday, August 3, 2012

NSF Advances Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to Final Design Stage

The National Science Board (NSB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has given the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope(LSST) project approval to advance to the final design phase. The NSB approval permits the NSF Director to include funds for construction of the 8-meter wide-field survey telescope in a future budget request.  The NSF will construct the LSST in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is funding the LSST camera. MORE
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chemistry Graduate Students Named Steinbrenner Graduate Fellows

Graduate students Adam Ahern and Matthew Mills have been awarded Steinbrenner Graduate Fellowships to support their environmentally-focused, interdisciplinary research projects. The fellowships provide tuition support to highly qualified, second-year graduate students across all seven colleges at Carnegie Mellon who are engaged in cutting-edge environmental research. MORE
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chemistry’s Danielle Chirdon Receives DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

Graduate student Danielle Chirdon has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship to support her research on developing new materials to improve the performance of solar cells. The fellowship provides three years of support for outstanding students pursing advanced degrees in scientific and engineering fields supported by the Office of Science. MORE
Friday, June 1, 2012

Tom Bohman Receives Alexander M. Knaster Professorship as Head of Mathematical Sciences

Tom Bohman, professor and head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named the Alexander M. Knaster (E'80) Professor in recognition of his leadership of the department. MORE
Monday, May 21, 2012

Biology Student Receives 2012 Judith A. Resnik Award

Judy Savitskaya, a 2012 graduate with a B.S. in computational biology, received the Judith A. Resnik Award during commencement weekend. The award honors Carnegie Mellon alumna and space shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Judith A. Resnik. MORE
Friday, May 11, 2012

Mandelbaum Receives Department of Energy Early Career Award for Dark Matter and Dark Energy Research

Carnegie Mellon University physicist Rachel Mandelbaum was awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study the elusive dark matter and dark energy that make up the majority of the universe. MORE
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MCS Students Earn Education and Research Awards

The Mellon College of Science (MCS) presented its awards for education and research during the college’s annual faculty meeting on Monday, May 7. Winners included Lisa Alexander, Brian Kell, Duff Neill, Udom Sae-Ueng and Mingjiang Zhong. MORE
Monday, May 7, 2012

Alumna Sara Stanford Stitches a Memory

If there is a gene for sewing, Sara Stanford inherited it. She started sewing when she was a little girl under the tutelage of her mother, who has a bachelor of science degree in clothing, textiles, and interior design. Since then, Stanford, a 2011 chemistry graduate, has made everything from purses and baby blankets to formal dresses and a business suit. MORE
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MCS Postdoctoral Fellow and Ph.D. student Receive UNCF-Merck Fellowships

Dahlia Haynes, a post-doctoral research associate in the department of chemistry, and Elizabeth Ransey, a doctoral student in the department of biological sciences, have received fellowships from the UNCF-Merck Science Initiative. The prestigious UNCF-Merck fellowships are given to approximately 10 post-docs and 12 doctoral students nationwide each year.  MORE
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MCS Staff Awards, 2012

On April 27, 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
Monday, April 30, 2012

What’s CO2 Got To Do With It?

Carnegie Mellon boasts another fence that’s attracting some attention. But instead of being locked in the middle of campus, this one spans a stretch of real estate along Forbes Avenue and has recently been transformed into a timeline going back hundreds of thousands of years into the Earth’s past. MORE
Monday, April 23, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Use New Fluorescent Biosensor To Reveal Mechanism Critical to Immune System Amplification

Using a new fluorescent biosensor they developed, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered how a key set of immune cells exchange information during their coordinated assault on invading pathogens. The immune cells, called dendritic cells, are harnessed by cancer vaccines and other therapeutics used to amplify the immune system. The finding marks the first time that scientists have visualized how antigens are transferred in the immune system between dendritic cells. MORE
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III To Deliver 2012 Buhl Lecture

Daniel Eisenstein, director of the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, will present Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture "Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound" is free and open to the public. MORE
Monday, April 16, 2012

Chemists Create Mimic of Disease-Fighting Cyclic Peptide

Carnegie Mellon University chemists have created a synthetic form of a cyclic peptide known for its remarkable ability to combat a wide variety of pathogens, including HIV and SARS. Synthetic peptides like the one developed at Carnegie Mellon could provide an exciting new class of pharmaceuticals aimed at combatting hard-to-treat diseases. Furthermore, the manufacturing technique developed by Associate Professor of Chemistry Danith Ly could further the study of cyclic peptides by making the molecules easier and less expensive to produce. MORE
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Danith Ly and Jon Minden Win Mellon College of Science Awards for Education

Danith Ly and Jon Minden—winners of this year’s Mellon College of Science awards for education—will be recognized at the University Celebration of Education ceremony on April 25. Their accomplishments will be further celebrated at the Mellon College of Science annual meeting on May 7. MORE
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Putting their Knowledge to the Test

Most students went in to Alison Barth’s Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience course thinking that their knowledge would be tested by a quiz or an exam. They didn’t anticipate that they would end up making videos, a quilt and storybooks to demonstrate what they’ve learned. But that’s exactly what happened. In place of an exam, Barth asked her students to artistically or dramatically represent glutamatergic synapses, the major excitatory synapse of the nervous system. MORE
Friday, March 23, 2012

MCS "Mathletes" Place Second in Prestigious Putnam Competition

A team of first-year students from Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science has placed second in the Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. MORE
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tom Bohman Named Head of Mathematical Sciences

Tom Bohman has been named the new head of the Mellon College of Science’s Department of Mathematical Sciences. Under this appointment he also will receive the Alexander M. Knaster Professorship, which was established in 2006 to recognize the departmental leadership of the head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. MORE
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Graduate Students Receive Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships

Graduate students Udom Sae-Ueng and Mingjiang Zhong have been awarded the 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
Monday, March 5, 2012

Renowned Condensed Matter Physicist Marvin L. Cohen to Receive Carnegie Mellon's Prestigious Dickson Prize in Science

Carnegie Mellon University will award its 2011 Dickson Prize in Science to Marvin L. Cohen, one of the most influential condensed matter physicists in the world. His work, which focuses on developing theories to predict and explain the properties of materials, has had a significant impact in the fields of nanotechnology and materials science.  MORE
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Physicist Rachel Mandelbaum Receives the Annie Jump Cannon Award

Assistant Professor of Physics Rachel Mandelbaum was presented with the 2011 Annie Jump Cannon Award at the semi-annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society held in January 2012. MORE
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University Chemists Create "Giant" Gold Nanoparticle

Chemists at Carnegie Mellon University have manufactured the largest atomically precise gold nanoparticle yet. It comes in at a whopping 333 gold atoms. MORE
Friday, February 10, 2012

Fred Gilman Elected Chair of AURA Management Council for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Fred Gilman, Dean of the Mellon College of Science, has been elected chair of the AURA Management Council for the LSST.  The council will oversee the final stages of the design and then the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is being built by a consortium of universities and national laboratories including Carnegie Mellon University.  MORE
Monday, February 6, 2012

Biology Student Receives Churchill Scholarship To Study in England

Carnegie Mellon University senior Judy Savitskaya, a computational biology major and Science and Humanities Scholar, is one of 14 students nationwide to receive a 2012 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. MORE
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Study Reveals Potential Of Manganese in Neutralizing Shiga Toxin

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered that an element commonly found in nature might provide a way to neutralize the potentially lethal effects of a compound known as Shiga toxin. New results published in the Jan. 20 issue of Science by Carnegie Mellon biologists Adam Linstedt and Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay show that manganese completely protects against Shiga toxicosis in animal models.  MORE
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Researchers Begin To Read Largest Map of the Universe

Researchers have analyzed a trillion pixel map of the universe to create the most accurate calculation of the power spectrum of the universe over the past six billion years. The group led by Carnegie Mellon's Shirley Ho presented their findings Jan. 11 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Austin, Texas.  MORE

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