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News Clips -November 16, 2007

From November 9 to November 15, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 306 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Games for health and peace
The Chronicle of Higher Education | November 12
Playing computer and video games can be good for your health. That’s the contention of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and it is willing to put $8.25-million into the hands of researchers to back up this claim. ... On the global well-being front, a Carnegie Mellon University professor is using the PeaceMaker video game, in which players attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to examine how knowledge of the conflict affects the ways that people negotiate.


Why China could blame its CO2 on West
The Wall Street Journal | November 12
To understand the deadlock in the debate on global climate change, take a look at your iPod. The vast majority of the world's MP3 players are made in China, where the main power source is coal. Manufacturing a single MP3 player releases about 17 pounds of planet-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. ... Technically, carbon emissions in the U.S. have declined in recent years, a fact noted by President Bush. U.S. carbon emissions fell 1.3% in 2006. But a recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests the U.S. may be cutting its emissions by outsourcing more manufacturing.


No drivers, but a lot of drive
The New York Times | November 11
On Nov. 3, when robot vehicles raced through Darpatown, a simulated suburbia created in an abandoned Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., each machine appeared to show its own distinct personality. ... From the West Coast, the Stanford Racing Team was led by Sebastian Thrun and Michael Montemerlo. Mr. Thrun heads the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Mr. Montemerlo is a senior researcher at the lab. Before coming to Stanford, both scientists were robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, where they worked with William L. Whittaker, a legendary roboticist known as Red. Mr. Thrun and Mr. Whittaker were Mr. Montemerlo’s thesis advisers.

Education for Leadership

Terrier in tartan will represent Carnegie Mellon
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 10
A fierce Scottish terrier inside a shield will be the new symbol of Carnegie Mellon University. ... Carnegie Mellon formed a Mascot Identity Task Force to choose the mascot in November of 2006 and picked the Scottish terrier wearing a plaid scarf after a series of surveys and a town meeting.

Arts and Humanities

Face value: Carnegie Mellon art students capture their images for posterity
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 14
The faces stare back at you from the wall. Some seem normal enough. But then you notice that one has a pig snout and ears. Another has flowers for eyes. Another has a tiny action figure jutting out of its forehead. And what's that in the corner? It's a frying pan, with two faces and a spatula lying inside. The setting for this startling array of visages is the basement of the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Cast in aluminum and welded together in striking collages, the sculptures represent 15 years of work by art professor Ron Bennett's sophomore students.


Forum 61: Lowry Burgess | November 10
Lowry Burgess is an artist who has been exploring the earth, universe, cosmology, and humans’ relationship to these elements since the 1960s. Four of his large-scale paintings, ranging from 15 to nearly 17 feet in height, will be on view in Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum Gallery in Forum 61: Lowry Burgess, November 10, 2007–March 23, 2008. ... Burgess is a professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is also a distinguished fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and former dean of the College of Fine Arts.


The top US architecture schools
ARCHITECT Magazine | November Issue
Every year for the last nine years, the Design Futures Council and the journal DesignIntelligence have produced a ranking of the architecture schools that best prepare students for professional practice. The results are determined through a poll of firms and organizations that hire graduates. Many of the country's leading firms participate; collectively, these participants employ more than 100,000 people. ***Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate architecture program ranked #7.

Information Technology

Tools track computer viruses, trojans, robots
Associated Content | November 13
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a pervasive black market for black warez - viruses and Trojans intended to damage or hijack the computers of unsuspecting users. The researchers estimated the value of the transactions over the seven month period in which they studied the issue at $37 million. The team at Carnegie Mellon was led by Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering Adrian Perring working at the National Science Foundation's Cybersecurity and Trustworthy Computing Center, working with PhD student Jason Franklin.


Carnegie Mellon research team analyzes internet 'miscreants'
Campus Technology | November 9
A team lead by Carnegie Mellon computer science researchers has developed computer tools capable of following the operations of electronic black markets for viruses, stolen data, and attack services. Adrian Perrig, a Carnegie Mellon associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and public policy has led a team that developed the automated techniques to measure activities of spammers, virus writers, and identity thieves.


Places: Architects cite importance of heritage and green design
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 14
The grand old man of Pittsburgh architecture was celebrated last week at Carnegie Mellon University's sixth annual David Lewis Lecture, which featured Hank Dittmar but began with tributes to Lewis, who is 85, and an award -- the Congress for the New Urbanism's Athena Award, a bronze medal presented to Lewis by CNU president John Norquist.


Heating costs can be tamed through actions, projects big and small
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 10
Rebecca Flora, executive director of the Green Building Alliance in the South Side, pauses when she considers how simple so many ideas on energy savings can be. "It's like, a person can say: OK, today is the day I'll start saving energy every day," she says. ... Volker Hartkopf, a professor in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture, has an even simpler idea. Close a door. Well, it's a little beyond that. If you zone a house, he says, you can avoid using heat when that area is empty.

Regional Impact

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt attract millions for military work
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 9
Oakland is a city neighborhood where students streak their faces blue and gold for Panther football weekends, trail clove cigarette smoke past Craig Street's coffee shops and creep across Carnegie Mellon University's Cut before dawn to repaint an 80-year-old fence. But beyond the ivy and dappled light are millions of dollars from the military, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. Carnegie Mellon has the Software Engineering Institute and its CERT center, CyLab and the National Robotics Engineering Center.


Rise in police attacks alarms leaders
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 15
It seems to be open season on police. This year, 168 officers nationwide have died in the line of duty, 63 by gunfire, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That's a 40 percent rise in deaths compared with the same period last year, and 2007 is on track to be the deadliest for America's law enforcement officers since 2001. ... Al Blumstein, criminology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said incidents of citizens and suspects attacking police officers are a result of a societal hostility toward law enforcement. That likely causes officers to react quickly if threatened.


Boss rules: Carnegie Mellon's robotic racer has a mind to win
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 9
Cartoon icon Speed Racer had the Mach 5. Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team has "Boss," a self-navigating robotic vehicle that doesn't require a human driver to maneuver traffic circles and obstacles. Last weekend, Boss beat all 11 of its competitors in a Pentagon-sponsored race in Victorville, Calif., and took home the $2 million first prize. The military is interested in the outcome of these annual races because it wants to sponsor the development of autonomous robotic vehicles for battlefield application.


Yahoo ratchets open source grid platform
The Register | November 15
Hoping to further the Google-battling ways of an open source cluster computing platform named for a stuffed elephant, Yahoo! has decided to share a 4,000-CPU, 1.5 petabyte grid with some boffins at Carnegie Mellon University. The open source platform is called Hadoop. Yahoo! is the primary contributor to this Apache Software Foundation project, and in opening its grid to Carnegie Mellon, the web giant is pulling in some clever collaborators.


Experts discuss impact of industrialism on environment
The Peninsula | November 14
Experts from Education City and around the world came together on Monday to discuss the environmental consequences of Qatar's rapid industrialization. Panelists from each of the branch campuses at Education City took part in the discussion, a press release said. ... Deborah Lange of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh described the leadership role the University is taking in creating and promoting sustainable business practices. In addition to promoting environment-friendly operations at the University, Carnegie Mellon also integrates environmental awareness throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs. For these reasons, Carnegie Mellon was listed by the Sierra Club as one of the top 10 organizations that are committed to environmental action. The Sierra Club is one of the oldest grassroots environmental organizations with more than 1.3 million members in America.


Plugged into the future
Mail & Guardian Online | November 13
If there’s a vehicle that is red-hot in our globally warming world, it’s the plug-in hybrid. ...The CEIC (Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Centre) working paper says the House committee on energy and commerce is considering subsiding the production of fuel from CTL projects. ”But encouraging plug-in hybrids is a less costly policy that also reduce oil imports and does more to lower greenhouse gas emission,” says the paper by Paulina Jaramillo and Constantine Samaras.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar organizes 'recruitment' reception
The Peninsula | November 11
The Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar held a Connections “Networking and Recruitment’ Reception as part of its efforts to give companies an opportunity to meet and network with upcoming graduates. The event brought together more than 30 local companies that are looking for new talent and Carnegie Mellon students who will be graduating in the spring.