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News Clips - May 25, 2007

From May 18 to May 24, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 230 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.

Special Section: Jared L. Cohon Reappointed President

Carnegie Mellon leader Cohon gets new 5-year deal
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 22
Carnegie Mellon University trustees yesterday reappointed Jared L. Cohon to a third five-year term as president, continuing the school's tradition of long tenure in the post. "Jared Cohon has been, and will continue to be, an exceptional leader of Carnegie Mellon University," said Carnegie Mellon board Chairman David Shapira in a news release.


Carnegie Mellon prexy gets 3rd term
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 22
Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University on Monday reappointed President Jared L. Cohon for a third five-year term, commending him as an "exceptional leader." Cohon, 59, of Squirrel Hill, became Carnegie Mellon's eighth president in 1997 and was reappointed in 2002. A 12-member review committee formed last fall recommended his second reappointment.


Carnegie Mellon reappoints Cohon as president
Philadelphia Daily News (AP) | May 21
Carnegie Mellon University trustees on Monday reappointed President Jared L. Cohon for a third five-year term. Cohon, 59, of Pittsburgh, became the university's eighth president in 1997 and was reappointed in 2002. His salary was not immediately available. "I don't believe there's a better person to lead this great university than Jared Cohon," board chairman David Shapira said in a statement.


Carnegie Mellon retains Cohon
Pittsburgh Business Times | May 21
Carnegie Mellon University said Monday that it reappointed President Jared Cohon for a third five-year term. Cohon, the Pittsburgh school's eighth president, was named to the post in 1997.


In bubbles and metal, the art of shape-shifting
The New York Times | May 22
The next time you stare into a beer, contemplate the bubbles. Mathematicians and scientists do. But for the thousands of years that brewers have been brewing beer, those beer-drinking researchers have not had an equation to describe how the bubbles change over time. Now they do. ... Foundries today are bigger and more complex, but the underlying knowledge remains based more on experience rather than science. Even when material scientists know of a desirable arrangement of metal grains, they have to discover by experiment a process that can produce it. "It's completely trial and error," said David Kinderlehrer, a professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon who wrote an accompanying commentary in Nature.


Roboticist inspired by more than machines
CNET | May 18
Carnegie Mellon University is becoming to robots, what Cooperstown is to baseball. Aside from its Robot Hall of Fame, Carnegie Mellon has unique outreach projects to engage mainstream America with robots. It has hosted RoboCup, a global soccer tournament played by robots, and most recently released DIY robot recipes that allow anyone to make robots from off-the-shelf parts through its Terk program. The people behind Carnegie Mellon's unique Robotics Institute have also become a hot topic for analysis since the release of a nonfiction book about them by Lee Gutkind. On Tuesday, Matt Mason, the director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon announced the 2007 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame. The honor, which is judged by a jury of both leading science and science fiction experts, was created in April 2003 to call attention to the contributions robots and their creators make to society. Mason is known for his work on the mechanics of robot manipulation and has written four books on the topic. He spent some time with CNET from the great glass hall of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston during RoboBusiness 2007.


Moody's double talk may cost taxpayers $3.6 billion
Bloomberg | May 18
When California sells taxable bonds to foreigners, Moody's Investors Service says the state's credit is Aaa, the highest possible. When the state sells tax-free debt to U.S. citizens, its creditworthiness is four levels lower. The discrepancy may cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion in extra interest on bonds sold during 2006, said Matt Fabian, an analyst at Municipal Market Advisors, a research firm in Concord, Massachusetts. New York-based Moody's doesn't allow towns and cities to apply the higher rankings to tax-exempt financings that make up 90 percent of the $2.4 trillion in outstanding municipal bonds. ... Moody's opened "a Pandora's box" and may cause public finance officials to question whether credit-rating companies' practices cost local governments money, said Richard Larkin, an analyst with JB Hanauer & Co., a fixed-income broker in Parsippany, New Jersey. Larkin previously worked at S&P for more than 20 years and was head of municipal ratings there. "Ratings don't reflect the low default rates of municipalities," said Richard Green, a public finance professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh. "Pennsylvania is not going to stand by while garbage piles up in the streets of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia."


Game turns moviegoers into human joysticks
The New York Times | May 17
As part of a multimedia campaign to get people more involved with its Web news content, has launched a game, called NewsBreaker Live, that plays in movie theaters. A motion-sensitive camera in the front of the theater measures how the audience is moving its arms. The camera then translates that collective motion to an onscreen paddle that players use to bounce a ball back up to the top of the screen to knock out blocks. ... The game is being run in place of the advertisements that usually play before film previews, and if a video posted on YouTube of the game being run in L.A. is any indication, it seems audiences are responding enthusiastically. The technology behind the theater game was created at Carnegie Mellon University, Mazur said.

Education for Leadership

Knight Foundation awards $12 Million for digital news projects
The Chronicle of Philanthropy | May 23
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today the first winners of an unusual contest to foster Web logs and other digital efforts that seek to bring together residents of a city or town in ways that local newspapers historically have done. The foundation awarded $12 million to universities, nonprofit Internet sites, bloggers, and companies. ... In addition, Knight awarded eight grants of $15,000 each to bloggers. They include Dan Schultz, a sophomore majoring in information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Schultz, 20, said he will use the money to create a Web site that allows people to search for news stories from mainstream sources or local amateur reporters based on Global Positioning System coordinates. For example, a person could search for articles using the coordinates of his or her house or neighborhood. People will "get a more personalized version of the news," Mr. Schultz explained.


Cosby urges Carnegie Mellon nerds to 'accept themselves'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 21
Looking relaxed as ever in a gray university sweat suit, Bill Cosby bypassed a traditional salute to graduates, addressing those at Carnegie Mellon University simply: "Uhhhh ... Nerds." With a devilish chuckle, the much-loved actor, author and comedian told the graduates gathered yesterday in Gesling Stadium that he was "bothered why anyone would accept themselves as nerds," who "don't know how to mingle ... don't know how to get along with other people, or dance, or just stand in a room and look human." The students took the jabs in good humor. ... Mark G. Wessel also broke from the standard decorum when it was his turn to help confer degrees on graduates of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Dean Wessel dropped his voice an octave, adopted a gravely tone and belted out in "Fat Albert" style, "HEY, HEY, HEY, Mr. President!" before recommending that the graduates be granted their diplomas. Before the keynote address, school President Jared L. Cohon and Provost Mark S. Kamlet gave six honorary doctorates.


College degrees in the fast lane
KRIS-TV | May 21
In just a year, Lee Levenson upgraded his law career by earning 57 credits of rigorous computer programming and engineering courses. ... It's a concern among educators, certainly, but students should also ask themselves: Is the accelerated degree worth the rush? Ongoing research being conducted by cognitive scientists and education experts at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that it is. Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI), funded by $5.6 million in grants from the Hewlett Foundation, designed a series of high-quality introductory college level courses available for free on the Internet to anyone with an interest. ... "We wanted to make OLI better, faster," explains Candace Thille, director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon. "Now we're testing to see whether we can get the same outcome with less work and less time." At press time, the class was still underway, but OLI statistics professor Oded Meyer says it's clear that the students are much more focused. "Right now it seems like it's succeeding," he says, noting that the online test scores have been as good if not better than typical classes. "It's not just that they learn quicker, but they maintain the same depth of learning and they do it faster," says Marsha Lovett, the associate director of Carnegie Mellon's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. "The best word for it is 'efficient.'"

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon finds entertainment niche
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 22
Lee Hollin has watched every show Fox will premiere this fall. He helped pick one show's theme music and frequently coordinated meetings between executives and producers. Fox hired him in January and promoted him to a full-time gig in March. All before he graduated. On Sunday, Hollin and 11 other students were the first to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Entertainment Industry Management program. The program, which teaches students here for the first year and at its Los Angeles campus for the second, is designed to give aspiring executives an edge on the glut of young talent hoping to make it in the entertainment business. ... Carnegie Mellon's network of Hollywood power brokers -- alumni Steven Bochco, John Wells and Bud Yorkin among them -- told the university it could create a niche program to capitalize on that market, program director Dan Martin said.


Yearlong festival celebrates women in Pittsburgh arts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 20
Pittsburgh's arts and cultural scene has been carrying the standard for the city's economic development for years, but it has another aspect worth bragging about: a significant number of women in leadership roles. ... To celebrate that success -- and keep it percolating -- the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side is holding a festival called "Women in the Arts: Founders, Pioneers, Instigators," which begins with a fund-raiser June 13. The yearlong festival will continue with a multi-day symposium in September and performances in September, November, January and February. ... Arts patron Jane Arkus, in an interview with Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts Dean Hilary Robinson, says, "We caught the attention of people in a power position and made a big noise. ... It's very satisfying to have people come to you for what they think are all the answers, which you don't have, but what you can do is prod and probe and help generate answers."

Information Technology

Sell spectrum like ads, Google says
PC World (IDG News Service) | May 23
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has tried and failed to develop spectrum auctions that allow startup companies to get into the mobile service provider industry but now Google thinks it has a better idea. In a filing made to the FCC on Monday, Google proposes a spectrum policy that allows would-be service providers to bid real time in an auction for the right to use a piece of spectrum for a given period of time in order to deliver services to phones or other devices. The auction system could be similar to AdWords, the system Google offers to companies that bid against each other to have their ads displayed online when users search for certain terms. The proposal will "bring innovative new broadband-based applications, services, and devices to all Americans" and bridge the digital divide, Google wrote in the filing. ... Some experts say that Google's plan would ultimately favor companies with deep pockets. "It's not going to help smaller companies," said Dave Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon and a former chief technologist at the FCC. Figuring out how to build or access a network while also bidding on spectrum sounds expensive and risky to him. Farber also imagines opportunities for gamesmanship. Competitors could overbid in the auctions to try to keep others out, he said. "I think this is a response from big companies like Google to be able to get some of the new spectrum and they're trying to figure out how to do it without spending the type of money" typically required, he said.,132166-c,wireless/article.html


Carnegie Speech: helping overseas agents overcome on of their biggest obstacles
TMCnet | May 23
Let's face it, we've all encountered occasional "language barrier" problems while trying to get tech support for our computers—or while ordering products from our favorite catalog. But the next time you find yourself in this situation, here's something to think about: Very often, the problem isn't that the agent doesn't understand what you are saying, it's that you don't understand what the agent is saying. Agents who hail from India and the Philippines, for example, are fluent in English, so more often than not, they can understand you perfectly—it's just that their accent can sometimes be an impediment to effective communication. ... Helping overseas agents to overcome this difficult obstacle—and become better performers at work—is Pittsburgh Pa.-based Carnegie Speech, which creates software for testing and improving English pronunciation for non-native speakers. Using advanced speech recognition technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University, the company's software enables call center agents to "self-train" themselves into becoming better English speakers. ... Carnegie Speech boasts an experienced management team with years of expertise in the areas of artificial intelligence and language technology. Company Chairman Jaime Carbonell is one of the world’s foremost experts in artificial intelligence and language technology and is Director of Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University.


Carnegie Mellon CS Dean receives IEEE award
Dr. Dobb's Portal | May 22
The IEEE has named Randal E. Bryant, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as the recipient of its 2007 Emanuel R. Piore Award in recognition of his contributions to the simulation and verification of electronic systems. With the ever-increasing complexity of electronic systems and the increasing extent to which they are used, ensuring the quality of their design is critical. To address this issue, Bryant developed efficient algorithms based on ordered binary decision diagrams (OBDDs) to manipulate the logic functions that form the basis for computer designs. His work revolutionized the field, enabling reasoning about large-scale circuit designs for the first time.


Randal E. Bryant receives IEEE Award
Cadalyst Magazine | May 22
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) named Randal E. Bryant, university professor and dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as the recipient of its 2007 Emanuel R. Piore Award. Bryant received the award for his contributions in the field of simulation and verification of electronic systems.


Remember this?
The New Yorker | May 28
October arrived in 1998, and Gordon Bell went paperless  after hearing from a professor at  Carnegie Mellon who was engaged in a project to scan a million books and post them online. The  professor, a friend of Bell's named Raj Reddy, had called to ask if he could scan and post Bell's books including one on how to start a high-tech business. Bell said, "Of course." This, by the way, is the Gordon Bell, aged seventy-two, of  Microsoft, who has been described as "the Frank Lloyd Wright of computers"; who, at the Digita Equipment Corporation, was among the first engineers to fashion computers into a network; who led the National Science Foundation effort to link the world's supercomputers—the Internet.


Carnegie Mellon adds 4 bots to Robot Hall of Fame
Campus Technology | May 21
Carnegie Mellon University inducted four robots into its Robot Hall of Fame, including a hopping robot; the first car to drive itself across the country; a kit that enables anyone to build a robot; and the android Data from Star Trek. Officially, the four inductees are Raibert Hopper, the NavLab 5 self-steering vehicle, the LEGO Mindstorms kit, and Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek.


No efficiency without controls
WorldChanging | May 23
Many people are working on inventions that push the efficiency envelope in lighting, heating, computers, and more. But control technologies may actually be more important--by only using what we need, we can save huge amounts of energy with existing systems, and control technologies help us take only what we need. ... Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is another realm where control is crucial. It's also the realm that tends to be the #1 and #2 complaints of building occupants (with "it's too hot" and "it's too cold" vying for the top gripe position). In addition to occupancy sensors, the revolution that has happened over the last decade is giving individual users control over the temperature and ventilation of their own spaces. Companies that do this include Computrols and Argon Air among others; the latter claims "reduction in cost and energy consumption of at least 20%" using their system, and say it "requires 50% less outside air". Extensive research has also been done on it at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and other institutes. A joint study between Carnegie Mellon and Oak Ridge National Lab showed that individual HVAC control not only yielded 20-35% less energy use, but also "lower first costs, significant churn savings [reconfiguration costs], measured thermal comfort and indoor air quality gains."


Creating a new chemistry
The Allegheny Front | April 18
Evan Beach is a graduate student in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He works at the school's Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry, or Green Ox. The chemists and grad students at Green Ox are looking for ways to neutralize harmful pollution from paper mills and other sources. They use a catalyst called TAML. Colin Horwitz, a Carnegie Mellon professor and Green Ox researcher, sketches out how it works on a whiteboard in his office. **Click on the story link to view slideshow and interview.


Biotech eyes linking Cleveland, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 20
From outer space, distance is relative and state boundaries don't exist. That's the point Baiju Shah hopes to illuminate when he shows off a satellite view of the United States -- Pittsburgh and Cleveland are two nearby dots on a map, their suburbs bleeding into each other, a single corridor of light. And Mr. Shah, president of BioEnterprise in Cleveland, wants to use that two-hour drive to promote medical research and life-science businesses in both cities. ... The combined research talent, which in a perfect world spawns local business investment, is second to none if you add up the two regions, said Mark Coticchia, vice president within Case Western Reserve University's research and tech management division. He, as much as anyone else, has a sense of what both cities have to offer in biotech if they join forces -- before coming to Cleveland, he helped start Carnegie Mellon University's tech transfer office and also served as director of tech transfer at Redleaf Group, a Pittsburgh seed-stage venture firm. "If you take a look at the amount of research happening in those two regions and draw a circle around it, it's as big as any other geographic region in the country," he said. Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, UPMC and the Cleveland Clinic have as much national clout as any foursome of research hospitals and schools, and Pittsburgh alone has 700 life-sciences firms, large and small, more than 200 of them having been nurtured by the Greenhouse since summer 2002.

Regional Impact

Pa. school funding at heart of property tax cut debate
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 20
After yet another proposal to cut property taxes was pummelled at the polls, lawmakers are trying to figure out what's next. The first thing voters and decision-makers need to realize is the debate really isn't about property taxes -- it's about how to pay for public schools, said Beverly Cigler, professor of public policy and administration at Penn State Harrisburg. ... A lawsuit being decided by Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Stanton Wettick could force Pennsylvania lawmakers to retool the state's school tax system. The suit challenges the constitutionality of Allegheny County's base-year property assessment system. If Wettick deems the system, which is used by all 67 counties, unconstitutional, the General Assembly might revamp school funding to stave off court-ordered reassessments of every property in the state, analysts have said. Otherwise, voters will have to make it politically dangerous for lawmakers who fail to overhaul the tax system, said Robert Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.


Tech hub expansion for Carnegie Mellon in works
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 24
Carnegie Mellon University scored what is believed to be a national first two years ago by attracting researchers from three technology industry giants -- Intel, Google and Apple -- to the same building, the Collaborative Innovation Center in Oakland. Now, Carnegie Mellon and the Carnegie Museums are teaming up to repeat that success -- and attract more technology talent to Pittsburgh, officials said. With corporate, university-related and other operations filling just about every inch of the 128,000 square feet of space in the Collaborative Innovation Center, Carnegie Mellon and the Carnegie Museums are moving full-speed ahead on plans for Collaborative Innovation Center 2 in the same Junction Hollow section of Oakland.


Study says state lags in startups
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 24
Launching a new business isn't popular activity among Pennsylvanians, according to a new report that reinforces the long-held argument that the state isn't entrepreneur-friendly. ... The Pittsburgh region drew the fewest number of immigrants, about 16,000, of any metropolitan area in the country between 2000 and 2006, according to U.S. census data. This lack of immigrants is Pittsburgh's primary problem in terms of business generation, said S. Thomas Emerson, the David T. And Lindsay J. Morgenthaler professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. But Pennsylvania's business tax structure isn't helping, either, Dr. Emerson added, noting other states have tax policies that allow entrepreneurs to keep more of the value they create.


Rendell's 6.17% oil profits tax to bail out transit is called viable
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 24
With gasoline prices soaring, a liberal-leaning think tank on Wednesday called for the Legislature to approve Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed oil profits tax that several economists say would be passed along in higher prices at the pumps. ... The study released yesterday asserted that the federal courts are unlikely to strike down such a ban and that most costs associated with the tax would be borne by company stockholders. ... "The question is, who's got the market power? My guess is the oil companies have market power," said Robert Strauss an economist and tax expert at Carnegie Mellon University. Asked whether consumers will ultimately bear a significant portion of the tax, Strauss, said, "Yeah, of course."


Hunt Botanical exhibit shows importance, beauty of herbs
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 23
Serious gardening generally begins this weekend in our area, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University has the perfect exhibition to complement the seasonal excitement. An open house June 3 and 4 gives gardeners, botanical art enthusiasts and plant lovers in general an opportunity to tour the show with the curator and to go behind the paneled walls of the prestigious institute. "Virtues and Pleasures of Herbs Through History: Physic, Flavor, Fragrance and Dye" is a delightful and informative compilation of botanical drawings, books and manuscripts centered upon 20 herbs, five from each title category.


Carnegie Mellon computer scientist awarded 2007 Godel prize
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 23
Is there a way to bypass wonder and just get to the answer? How much difference is there between creating and appreciating? Is knowing that a solution to a problem exists the same as actually solving it? These questions anyone can ponder, but answering them -- and proving the answer is correct -- is one of the world's biggest mathematical challenges. It's called the P versus NP problem. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Steven Rudich and Russian mathematician Alexander A. Razborov will receive a prestigious award in June for proving that a solution to the problem can't be proved -- at least not with math as we know it. The Association for Computing Machinery's 2007 Gödel Prize will be awarded to Rudich and Razborov in San Diego at the association's annual meeting the week of June 11.


Carnegie Mellon dean wins tech award
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 23
The dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science will be honored next month for his work in the field of computer-aided design. Randal E. Bryant was named Tuesday as the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.'s 2007 Emanuel R. Piore Award, based on his development of algorithms, or strategies, that can be used to create complex electronic systems. His work enabled reasoning about large-scale circuit designs for the first time. Bryant is to receive the award June 5 at an institute conference in San Diego.


Scientists develop artificial blood
Nigerian Tribune | May 24
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have developed an artificial 'plastic blood', which could act as a substitute for real blood in emergency situations. The 'plastic blood' made from a plastic is light to carry and easy to store. The 'plastic blood' can be stored as a thick paste in a blood bag and then dissolve it in water just before giving it to patients, making it very easy to transport than liquid blood. ... Chien Ho, lead researcher from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. similarly described a method to produce small amounts of hemoglobin in a laboratory. Different types of hemoglobin can be designed using the same techniques. For example, they might be tailored to meet specific medical requirements for afflictions like sickle-cell anemia and other blood-related disorders.


World Bank struggles with identity crisis
International Herald Tribune | May 22
The crisis has ended over Paul Wolfowitz, with his resignation as president of the World Bank last week. But the bank's identity crisis has just begun. ... Some bank officials acknowledge that one reason for continuing loans to middle-income countries is that their repayments keep the bank staff large enough to provide technical assistance and analysis needed by donors and recipients alike. In 2000, an advisory commission created by Congress and headed by Allan Meltzer, professor of political economy and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, recommended stopping loans to middle-income countries and converting loans to the poorest countries into grants. Meltzer said recently that he once had high hopes that Wolfowitz would transform the bank in this direction and was disappointed that he did not. "The basic problem for the bank is that it's hard to see what good it has done anywhere," Meltzer said.


Testing the limits of hard disk recovery
BBC News | May 22
As our digital appetites increase, so does our need to store our data. But as we move into the terabyte age with trillions of bytes of storage available for a few hundred pounds, can we rely on hard disk drives to safeguard precious information? And what happens when they do fail or are damaged? ... A recent report from Google engineers suggested that there is no link between heavy use and hard drive failure. Hard drives less than three years old that are used a lot are less likely to fail than similarly aged hard drives that are used infrequently, according to the report. However, a Carnegie Mellon University report recently suggested that the failure rate of hard drives used in the business sector was a lot higher than manufacturers' claims.


I, coach
Linux World (Computerworld) | May 21
Someday robots will do more than vacuum your floors. They will train you, advise you and help you remember things as they strive to improve your quality of life. Takeo Kanade is a roboticist, but his work extends far beyond the C3PO-like humanoids that often come to mind when one thinks of robots. He has been a pioneer in computer vision, smart sensors, autonomous land and air vehicles, and medical robotics. Kanade, a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, recently told IDG that people's notions of what robots can and should do will change. Robots will serve as coaches and advisers, not so much replacing human labour as enhancing it.;1790692719;fp;16;fpid;0


Seminar for local school teachers
The Peninsula | May 20
Carnegie Mellon University is organizing a three-day training workshop for local school teachers. The professional development workshop on CS4Qatar, a new program, is to be conducted by the Faculty of Computer Science and it is tailored to reach out to technology, math and computer science teachers in local schools and middle schools. Faculty members from both Pittsburgh and Qatar will provide resources to teachers that will better allow them to teach computer science principles in a fun and relevant way. This includes helping teachers understand all of the exciting career possibilities that are available to students who go on to study computer science in college. "We're finding that a lot of teachers don't know what computer science is," says Majd Sakr, professor of computer science. "If we can help teachers understand what the field of computer science encompasses, they will be better equipped to educate their students and enhance computer science programs at their schools."


Good decision makers are bred not born
NewKerala | May 18
A recent research has found that people are not born with good decision making skills, but can be trained to make sound choices. The study, conducted by decision scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the RAND Corp, has found that people who excel in a series of decision-making tasks concerning hypothetical situations are likely to have more positive decision outcomes in their lives. The study, which is being published in the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and will be presented on May 25 at the Association for Psychological Science's annual convention in Washington, D.C., also proposes that an improved quality of life is possible if people are taught better decision-making skills. ... "Intelligence doesn't explain everything. Our results suggest that people with good decision-making skills obtain better real-life outcomes, even after controlling for cognitive ability, socio-economic status and other factors. That is good news, because decision-making skills may be taught," said Wandi Bruine de Bruin, a researcher in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and the lead author of the study.