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News Clips -November 2, 2007

From October 26 to November 1, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 511 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The female critique
The New York Times | November 1
Don't get angry. But do take charge. Be nice. But not too nice. Speak up. But don’t seem like you talk too much. Never, ever dress sexy. Make sure to inspire your colleagues — unless you work in Norway, in which case, focus on delegating instead. ...  Also this summer, Linda C. Babcock, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, looked at gender and salary in a novel way. She recruited volunteers to play Boggle and told them beforehand that they would receive $2 to $10 for their time. When it came time for payment, each participant was given $3 and asked if that was enough.


Abizaid: Mideast wars may last 50 years
The New York Times (AP) | November 1
It might take as long as half a century before U.S. troops can leave the volatile Middle East, according to retired Army Gen. John Abizaid. ''Over time, we will have to shift the burden of the military fight from our forces directly to regional forces, and we will have to play an indirect role, but we shouldn't assume for even a minute that in the next 25 to 50 years the American military might be able to come home, relax and take it easy, because the strategic situation in the region doesn't seem to show that as being possible,'' Abizaid said Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University.


$100-a-barrel oil? Perhaps, but don't panic
National Public Radio | November 1
Oil prices have risen steeply in recent months, from $69 a barrel in late August to around $95 a barrel today. The days of $100-a-barrel oil may not be far off, analysts warn. Does this signal economic disaster? Probably not, according to most economists. ... "We're in much better shape than we were 30 years ago," says Lester Lave, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University.


Knocking down cultural barriers
Entrepreneur Magazine | November Issue
The word "yes" is spoken. Heads nod. You think you're about to ink the deal, then silence. It turns out that "yes" really meant, "We hear you," not, "We agree." The problem could be a clash of cultures, whether you're working with a prospective client or supplier or, as Japanese giant Sony learned, even your own subsidiary. ... There may have been something more, though. Both Japanese and Hispanic cultures are based on relationships and have a lot of machismo, so saying a project isn't going well could be humiliating, speculates John Hooker, professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and author of Working Across Cultures. In Sony's case, Aguirre ultimately had to replace the Japanese team with Latin Americans who were empowered to make the changes they considered necessary.


Rage, report, reboot, and, finally, accept another system crash
The Wall Street Journal | October 31
The error-reporting service built into the Windows operating system is a massive global network for speaking truth to power. Be you a lowly clerk of accounts or a mighty captain of industry, when a Windows program crashes, you'll see a pop-up with an offer to "tell Microsoft about this problem." ... Mahadev Satyanarayanan, who teaches computers at Carnegie Mellon, says it's impossible for software to be defect-free. Still, he thinks Microsoft folks would be better off if, in open-source fashion, they let others see under the hood. A million eyes beat two dozen any time.


Pentagon robot challenge is all business
USA Today | October 26
When the Pentagon's research arm first called for innovators to design and race a self-driving car to make warfare safer, a ragtag bunch of garage tinkerers, computer geeks and even high school students answered. ... DARPA does not endorse any team or corporate sponsor, but it encourages academia and business to work together. "It's wonderful to have associates to complement each other. Together you're much greater than the sum of the parts," said William "Red" Whittaker, Carnegie Mellon robotics professor who is competing for the third time.

Education for Leadership

Bhangra contest to help kids
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 28
More than a dozen Carnegie Mellon University students have been staying awake into the early morning, sweating over a centuries-old tradition. The growing popularity of bhangra -- a South Asian style of music and dance -- has transformed it into a melange that incorporates hip-hop and reggae into its Punjabi origins.


Making fast food even faster
The New York Times | October 28
It took four years, for instance, for HyperActive Technologies, which makes a system that uses artificial intelligence to predict customer order flow, to have a restaurant chain buy the product. And it took three years for Exit 41, a developer of call-center software, to make its first significant corporate sale. HyperActive Technologies started selling its system, HyperActive Bob, in 2003 and had a few sales here and there. But not until January this year did it land a corporate customer, when Zaxby’s Franchising, a chain of 400 restaurants based in Athens, Ga., approved the system for use in all its franchises. ... R. Coulter, co-founder and chief scientist at HyperActive, based in Pittsburgh, says he decided to use his Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University on fast food rather than, say, space exploration because “it’s the last $100 billion industry that still makes all its products by hand."

Arts and Humanities

Service by design
The Tampa Tribune | October 28
Why do most customer service experiences drive you nuts? Why do call center workers keep asking for your personal information again and again? And why do many hospitals make patients walk in public wearing flimsy gowns - or worse, with their testing samples? ... "When it's all working together, as a customer, you don't notice anything wrong, and it's all just fabulous," said Shelley Evenson, an associate professor with Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design and an apostle of service design in the United States. "When it's broken, it's just unbelievably horrible for the customer, and you tell everyone you know how bad it was."


Bach choir teams with winds for 'Rainland'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 26
Choir director Thomas Wesley Douglas, English composer Joseph Phibbs and wind band expert Denis Colwell all see different benefits in the composer's "Rainland." ... He's talking about the use of Colwell and the student wind ensemble from Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland, where Colwell and Douglas teach.


Go big green
Sierra Magazine | November/December Issue
Many young people see environmental problems—especially global warming—as the challenge of their generation, and 400 college and university presidents have responded by signing a pledge to make their institutions carbon neutral. Students at almost 600 U.S. and Canadian schools are organizing around clean-energy solutions as part of the Campus Climate Challenge, a two-year-old campaign initiated by youth environmental groups (including the Sierra Student Coalition) that has added sass and sex appeal to a somber topic. ... You'd expect innovation from a school renowned for its tech programs, and Carnegie Mellon University delivers with student-designed green roofs on several buildings, what it claims was the country's first ecofriendly dorm, and a collaborative research center with a modular raised-floor system that doubles the amount of fresh air circulating in the building.


Carnegie Mellon getting plaudits for getting greener
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 26
On everything from building construction to energy conservation to cage-free eggs and organic granola in the dining halls, area universities are turning "green." The growing environmental bent of area schools was recognized in the November/December issue of Sierra magazine, out yesterday, which named Carnegie Mellon University and Penn State University two of its "10 Coolest Schools" for their efforts to address global warming.

Regional Impact

Panel dreams up $1B Pittsburgh transit link
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 1
A network of automated, electric cars could carry riders underground or on elevated light rail between Downtown, Oakland and Allegheny County's airport corridor on a more than $1 billion transit system introduced Wednesday by County Chief Executive Dan Onorato's Transportation Action Team. ... "By working together ... we can inspire our region," said Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon, who worked with the team as a member of the Oakland Investment Committee.


Talking with ... Audrey Russo
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 28
Audrey Russo worked for a decade as a director and manager for social services agencies and facilities before jumping to the corporate sector and jobs with Reynolds Metals Co., Alcoa and Maya Design. ... Q: Do you think Pittsburgh is perceived as a place for thriving technology businesses? A: Carnegie Mellon University helps us tremendously. And the University of Pittsburgh has become much more selective and improved for recruiting since I've been here. One of the issues for tech firms is the availability of risk capital, and I think there are some people doing amazing things, like Innovation Works and some of the venture capitalists.


Monster employment index reports September online recruitment soared in Pittsburgh
Pop City Media | October 31
Online job recruitment activity rose in 22 of 28 top U.S. metro markets in September, and Pittsburgh showed the biggest increase in online job demand, according to the Monster Local Employment Index. ... “Our access to such diverse and experienced local talent is critical,” notes Eric Spaulding, spokesperson for, the Pittsburgh-based online marketplace for freelance talent. “As organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Carnegie Mellon University aggressively accelerate the health care and tech/engineering industries, the demand for white-collar and blue-collar jobs will continue."


Carnegie Mellon team qualifies for robot race in California
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 31
Carnegie Mellon University said its Tartan Racing team yesterday became the first team to qualify for the Urban Challenge final event, a robot race with a $2 million first prize that will be run this Saturday in Victorville, Calif.


Only known recording of Andrew Carnegie gives voice to history
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 30
Andrew Carnegie is 78 years old, far from Pittsburgh and the steelmaking that made him rich. His voice is shrill, laced with an unmistakable Scottish brogue, as he reads from his 1889 essay "The Gospel of Wealth," a text he altered slightly for a reading inside Thomas Edison's sound studio in the Bronx, N.Y. ... Earlier this month, a digitally restored copy of the Jan. 20, 1914, recording was given to Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon by James Mellon II, a great-great grandson of Mr. Carnegie's Pittsburgh contemporary, "Judge" Thomas Mellon, during a philanthropic medal ceremony in Oakland.


$22M gift to Carnegie Mellon will start school
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 26
Carnegie Mellon University will create a new School of Information Systems Management using some of the $22 million awarded to Carnegie Mellon by The Heinz Endowments. The school will be part of a new college that will house a restructured H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. It will study the strategic implications of technology in business and important social issues.


A grand reception for Archbishop Tutu
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 26
Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu yesterday thanked Pittsburghers who worked to end apartheid in South Africa and received an unprecedented dual honorary doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.


Think tank on sustainable buildings meeting in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) | October 31
The Benchmarking Think Tank on Sustainable Buildings and Construction Initiative (SBCI) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is to meet for the first time in Kuala Lumpur beginning Friday. ... The think tank is chaired by Prof Volker Hartkopf, Director at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University and currently includes 24 members, representing a wide spectrum of stakeholders from four regions and 16 countries.


Saudis build $10bn IT research center
VNU Business Publications | October 29
The cornerstone has been laid on the King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (Kaust) a new $10bn university in Saudi Arabia devoted to pure research and applied sciences. ... Building a new research university, especially one with such resources, is very exciting," said Professor Peter Lee, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. "The opportunity is to design the perfect site. For all of us there is the chance to free ourselves from the legacy of existing systems, which is very exciting."


$20M boosts to defense engineering
The Australian | October 26
Under the Prime Minister’s plan, one of the world’s top military software research laboratories would have a branch at Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide. The money would go towards establishing a software engineering institute such as that operated by Carnegie Mellon in the US which is funded by the US Department of Defense.,25197,22654075-31477,00.html