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2013 Press Releases

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Matyjaszewski Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Mellon College of Science Chemistry Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI Fellows are recognized for their "prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

GREAT3 Challenge Seeks New Methods for Measuring Weak Gravitational Lensing

Think you can figure out a way to unlock one of the biggest secrets of the universe? The recently launched third Gravitational Lensing Accuracy Testing challenge (GREAT3) is giving researchers the opportunity to do just that. GREAT3, which is led by Carnegie Mellon University's Rachel Mandelbaum and UCL's (University College London's) Barnaby Rowe, invites researchers from many fields, including astrophysics, statistics and machine learning, to test new and existing methods for measuring weak gravitational lensing. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Alan Guth to Present First Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology

Is our universe truly unique? Or could our universe be just one of many universes - part of what cosmologists call a multiverse? Leading astrophysicist Alan H. Guth will address this question during Carnegie Mellon's first Bennett-McWilliams Lecture on Tues., Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Rashid Auditorium. MORE
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Receives $1 Million for Mathematics Scholarship from The Benter Foundation

Carnegie Mellon University has received $1 million from The Benter Foundation to establish an endowed undergraduate scholarship for students majoring in mathematical sciences. The Benter Foundation Mathematics Scholarship recognizes Carnegie Mellon's leadership in applied mathematics and honors former Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. MORE
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

James T. Hynes To Present the Third Biennial John A. Pople Lecture in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Theoretical chemist James T. "Casey" Hynes will deliver Carnegie Mellon University's Third Biennial John A. Pople Lecture in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 15 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture, "Jumps and Hydrogen Bonds: From Pure Water to DNA" is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in the Mellon Institute lobby.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MSCF Program Earns #1 Overall Ranking Among Financial Engineering Programs by QuantNet

The Master in Computational Finance (MSCF) program at Carnegie Mellon University was awarded the top position among financial engineering programs in the 2013-14 ranking of financial engineering programs released this week by QuantNet, a leading source of information for financial engineering graduate students.  MORE
Friday, September 20, 2013

Obituary: Morton Kaplan

Morton Kaplan, emeritus professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, died September 19. He was 79.  A member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty for 37 years, Kaplan had a prolific scientific career, where he studied a wide range of topics from the chemical aspects of Mössbauer spectroscopy and hyperfine interactions to the primordial chemistry of the early universe. MORE
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Names Neil M. Donahue New Director of its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research

Carnegie Mellon University has named Neil M. Donahue director of its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER). Donahue, who joined the faculty in 2000, is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric chemistry and air-quality engineering. MORE
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Internationally Renowned Green Chemist Terry Collins Named Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Terry Collins, the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Collins was one of 96 new fellows honored at the society's annual meeting held in September for their outstanding contributions to science, the profession and ACS.  ACS has 163,000 members, of which only 761 have been named Fellows. MORE
Monday, August 26, 2013

Researchers Discover How Inhibitory Neurons Behave During Critical Periods of Learning

We've all heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." For years, neuroscientists have struggled to understand how the microcircuitry of the brain makes learning easier for the young, and more difficult for the old. New findings published in the journal Nature show how one component of the brain's circuitry — inhibitory neurons — behave during critical periods of learning.  MORE
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Obituary: Remembering Hugh Young

Hugh David Young, emeritus professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University, died Tuesday, Aug. 20. He was 82. An influential teacher and mentor to thousands of students, Young was a member of the Carnegie Mellon community for more than 60 years. 
Monday, August 5, 2013

Nathan Urban Receives Simons Foundation Grant To Study Unreliability of Neuronal Responses in Autism

Nathan Urban, the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences and head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has received a $250,000 grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative to study the neuronal basis of unreliable sensory evoked responses in a model of autism.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Five MCS Professors Awarded Research Grants From Pittsburgh Foundation's Charles E. Kaufman Fund

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Joel McManus a received two-year, $150,000 New Investigator grant, while Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Veronica Hinman, Professor of Biological Sciences Jonathan Minden, Chemistry Professor Bruce Alan Armitage and Associate Chemistry Professor Danith H. Ly received a two-year, $300,000 New Initiative award. MORE
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Biophysicist Alex Evilevitch Obtains First Experimental Evidence of Internal Pressure Inside Herpes Virus

Carnegie Mellon University biophysicist Alex Evilevitch together with his graduate student David Bauer and University of Pittsburgh collaborators Fred Homa and Jamie Huffman have measured, for the first time, the pressure inside human herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1).  MORE
Monday, July 22, 2013

Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test

A family of molecules developed at Carnegie Mellon University to break down pollutants in water is one step closer to commercial use. Study results published online in the journal Green Chemistry show that the molecules, which are aimed at removing hazardous endocrine disruptors from water sources, aren't endocrine disruptors themselves as they proved to be non-toxic to developing zebrafish embryos. MORE
Monday, July 15, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Artificial Cells To Study Effects of Molecular Crowding on Gene Expression

The interior of a living cell is a crowded place, with proteins and other macromolecules packed tightly together. A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University has approximated this molecular crowding in an artificial cellular system and found that tight quarters help the process of gene expression, especially when other conditions are less than ideal. MORE
Monday, June 24, 2013

Chemistry Alumnus Huifeng Qian Wins 2013 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) prize recognizes the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences as described in 1000-word essays. Qian is one of five students to receive the award. MORE
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mingjiang Zhong Receives Prestigious 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Mingjiang Zhong, a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, has received the 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. MORE
Friday, May 31, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Biologists Find Regulatory Networks Responsible for Neuron Development in Starfish

Developmental biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have identified the gene regulatory networks (GRNs) responsible for the creation and organization of neurons in starfish. The findings, published in the May 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provide a better understanding of how genes are regulated in order to form complex patterns of neurons. MORE
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Discover New Phase of Synaptic Development

Students preparing for final exams might want to wait before pulling an all-night cram session — at least as far as their neurons are concerned. Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have discovered a new intermediate phase in neuronal development during which repeated exposure to a stimulus shrinks synapses.  MORE
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MCS Staff Awards, 2013

On May 3, 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 7, 2013

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 6. Winners included Wendy Li, Brendan Sullivan, Mingjiang Zhong, Yu Feng and Saumya Saurabh. MORE
Monday, May 6, 2013

Unique Wave Flume Facility Allows Scientists To Study How Sea Spray Seeds Clouds

A great deal of attention has been paid to the environmental impact of what humans put into the oceans and release into our air. But as waves crash, the ocean itself is releasing tiny particles that can impact cloud formation and climate. Using a 33-meter wave flume, scientists have for the first time accurately recreated sea spray aerosols in a laboratory setting, which allowed an international group of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon University's Ryan Sullivan, to study the chemistry of sea spray aerosols.

Monday, May 6, 2013

National NMR Center in Czech Republic Named for Carnegie Mellon Emeritus Professor Josef Dadok

The Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) in Brno, Czech Republic has named their national NMR center after Carnegie Mellon University Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Josef Dadok. The Josef Dadok National NMR Centre, one of the most advanced centers of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, focuses on using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study the atomic structure of biologically significant molecules. The Dadok National NMR Centre was dedicated in a ceremony held in Brno earlier this year. Dadok will be celebrated in Pittsburgh at the 2013 Pittsburgh Conference Lecture on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Dadok will give a lecture titled “My 50 Years in Scientific Instrumentation – Mostly NMR.” 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

John Mackey Wins William H. and Francis S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching

What could cause majors and non-majors alike to pack a mathematics lecture hall? Or recruit the best young mathletes to attend Carnegie Mellon? Or contribute to the number of math majors at CMU to almost doubling in 10 years? “Call it the ‘Mackey Effect’.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gregg Franklin and Giovanni Leoni Win Mellon College of Science Awards for Education

Gregg Franklin and Giovanni Leoni—winners of this year’s Mellon College of Science awards for education—will be recognized at the University Celebration of Education ceremony on April 30. Their accomplishments will be further celebrated at the Mellon College of Science annual meeting on May 6. MORE
Monday, April 29, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Use Statistical Model To Draft Fantasy Teams of Neurons

This past weekend teams from the National Football League used statistics like height, weight and speed to draft the best college players, and in a few weeks, armchair enthusiasts will use similar measures to select players for their own fantasy football teams. Neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University are taking a similar approach to compile “dream teams” of neurons using a statistics-based method that can evaluate the fitness of individual neurons. MORE
Friday, April 26, 2013

Mathematical Sciences Professor Steven Shreve Named University Professor

Mathematical Sciences Professor Steven E. Shreve, has received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. The rank of University Professor recognizes a faculty member for representing the intellectual leadership of Carnegie Mellon through their expertise and accomplishments in their respective fields of study. MORE
Monday, April 22, 2013

Biology Student Receives 2013 Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association Scholarship

Catherine Byrd, a senior biological sciences major with a history minor, received a Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding senior undergraduate women. MORE
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Associate Director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory To Deliver Carnegie Mellon's 2013 Buhl Lecture April 23

Norbert Holtkamp, associate laboratory director for the accelerator directorate at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will present Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture "Particle Accelerators: Ships of Discovery - Tools for a Better Life - Technologies for the Future" is free and open to the public.  MORE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carnegie Mellon "Mathletes" Place Fifth in 2012 Putnam Competition

Carnegie Mellon University has placed fifth in the Mathematical Association of America's 73rd William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. This marks the second consecutive year that a Carnegie Mellon team has placed among the top five teams. Only 15 other universities have placed in top five more than once since 1990. MORE
Friday, April 5, 2013

Governor Corbett, Carnegie Mellon Announce Acceptance of Students into the Governor's School for the Sciences Summer 2013 Program

Governor Tom Corbett and Carnegie Mellon University today announced that 56 Pennsylvania high school juniors have been selected to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) summer program. MORE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chien Ho Awarded Gold Medal From International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

For his major research contributions to the field of magnetic resonance in biomedical sciences, Chien Ho, the Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences in Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and director of the Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research, has been awarded the 2013 Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). MORE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ACS To Recognize Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon Institute for Landmark Contributions to Chemistry

Cellulose hot-dog casings, World War I gas masks, silicone rubber and investigations into air pollution. While they don't appear to have anything in common, these and numerous other developments are products of research conducted at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, an internationally renowned nonprofit research laboratory that operated in Pittsburgh for more than 50 years. Established in 1913, the Mellon Institute merged with Carnegie Tech in 1967 to form Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). CMU and the American Chemical Society (ACS) will celebrate the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in recognition of its numerous research accomplishments and legacy of scientific training. A ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m., March 28 in the Mellon Institute Conference Room.
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Graduate Students Receive Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships

Graduate students Yu Feng and Saumya Saurabh 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
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Asian Desert Dust Causes Californian Snowfall

The next time you try to catch a snowflake on your tongue, just think that the particle at the core of that snowflake may have traveled thousands of miles from a desert in Asia before it fell from the sky above the United States. A new study published online in Science Express by an international group of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Ryan Sullivan, has found that airborne dust and biological particles from the Sahara Desert in Africa and deserts in Asia can form the nucleus of ice-induced precipitation in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range.  MORE
Friday, February 22, 2013

Two MCS Faculty Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowships

Two MCS faculty members, mathematician Gautam Iyer and physicist Rachel Mandelbaum, have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships. They are among 126 scientists and scholars, and two of four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, to be honored this year by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Astrophysicists To Participate in European Space Agency’s Dark Energy Mission

NASA has named Carnegie Mellon University astrophysicists Shirley Ho and Rachel Mandelbaum to a 40-member U.S. science team that will participate in the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Euclid mission. A space-based telescope, Euclid will be used to investigate the greatest mysteries of the universe — dark matter and dark energy. 
Monday, January 28, 2013

CMU Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski To Receive Inaugural AkzoNobel North America Science Award

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science, has been named the first recipient of the AkzoNobel North America Science Award for his cutting-edge polymer chemistry research.  The award is given by AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paints and coatings company, and the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
Friday, January 25, 2013

MCS Postdoctoral Fellow Dahlia Haynes to Appear on UNCF An Evening of Stars

Dahlia Haynes, a postdoctoral research associate in the department of chemistry, will be recognized as a rising star on the 34th Annual UNCF An Evening of Stars. The nationally televised variety show is scheduled to air at 10 pm EST, Sunday Jan. 27 on BET, and on other channels Saturday, Jan. 26 (check local listings for stations and times).  MORE
Monday, January 14, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University Welcomes Back Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences

Fifty-six of the state’s brightest incoming high school seniors will spend five weeks at Carnegie Mellon University this summer learning about biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics from some of the area’s leading science professors as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) returns to the university’s Pittsburgh campus.  MORE

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