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News Clips - October 26, 2007

From October 19 to October 25, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 468 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Intel, scholars explore tech frontier
The New York Times | October 25
On university campuses in three states, teams funded by Intel Corp. are exploring the future of computing -- and of the market for Intel's industry-driving microprocessors. Research teams at universities in Pennsylvania, California and Washington state have for six years been seeking ways to further integrate computers into daily life. With about 70 projects under way, the teams at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University are doing their part to advance the boundaries of the industry. ''We're really the exploratory, far-out dreamers,'' David O'Hallaron, the facility's director, said before an annual open house Wednesday.


World Bank Weary
The Wall Street Journal | October 19
When the World Bank convenes 185 member nations for its annual meeting in Washington this weekend, it will face a wider audience grown weary of a monologue that is all process and no performance. ***This article was written by Carnegie Mellon professor of economics, Adam Lerrick.


Get ready for still-higher energy costs (AP) | October 19
Jim Ammons grumbles to himself every time he fills up his Ford Expedition, but he says gas prices would have to almost quadruple to $10 a gallon before he'd ditch his SUV. ...Oil's rise has been impressive. In 2003, New York Mercantile Exchange oil futures averaged $31.08 a barrel. The march higher in the following four years by almost $60 a barrel has increased the U.S. economy's total energy expense by an additional $250 billion a year, said Lester Lave, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. "That's a lot of money."

Arts and Humanities

Balada overseas
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 22
Carnegie Mellon University professor Leonardo Balada is off to Europe again, only this time not just to native Spain. The Catalan composer initially attends the first stagings of his operas "Hangman, Hangman!" and "The Town of Greed" (both available Naxos) in Madrid and then travels to Berlin to hear the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra give the premiere of his Triple Cello Concerto Oct. 28.


Two new exhibits celebrate master woodworker George Nakashima
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | October 21
Two exhibits on display in this region bring to light the mastery of Japanese-American furniture maker George Nakashima (1905-90) of New Hope. ... Interestingly, of the seven major university commissions listed in Nakashima's biography, four were for schools in Pittsburgh. They include Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh. Of all of them, only one remains entirely as originally intended -- the collection at Carnegie Mellon, part of which is on exhibit for the first time in Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Information Technology

Social engineering: The good guys strike back
PC World | October 20
If you can't beat them, scam them back...or slander them into quitting. That's the approach some researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are suggesting for making it harder for individuals to trade in malware and stolen financial and identity data in the Internet black market. A lot of the illegal activity that is happening on the Internet these days is readily accessible to absolute newbies as well as to experienced professionals, said Jason Franklin, a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon's computer science department.,138675-c,researchreports/article.html


Simple tactics can disrupt internet underground
Information Week | October 18
To reduce cybercrime, the government may want to consider the tactics employed by the music industry against copyright scofflaws, suggests Jason Franklin, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Franklin has co-authored a paper with Adrian Perrig, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Vern Paxson, associate professor at University of California, Berkeley; and Stefan Savage, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, which explores the underground hacker economy.


Universities compete in third solar decathlon
Chemical and Engineering News | October 22
Twenty student teams from universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany, and Spain arrived in Washington, D.C., for the third Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the energy industry and the Department of Energy and held Oct. 12-20 on the National Mall. ... Carnegie Mellon University's home incorporated a living wall and roof-a "greenscape" of plants to help cool the house in Washington's heat.


Carnegie Mellon house design has perfect 'energy balance'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 20
A Pittsburgh team competing in an international challenge to build an energy efficient house and display it on the National Mall in Washington finished 14th of 20 on Friday, though they had a perfect "energy balance" score. ... Carnegie Mellon University's 800-square-foot house featured a "plug-and-play" design that allowed for easy removal and replacement of rooms. Engineering students from the University of Pittsburgh and interior design students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh were part of the team.


Discoveries and breakthroughs: Using game theory to match kidneys
The Mathematical Association of America | October 19
In the United States, about 4,000 people in need of kidney transplants die each year because of the slow process of matching patients and donors. Now, a new computer program developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon) could speed kidney exchange, saving lives. As shown in a recent episode of the syndicated TV series Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science (DBIS), Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Tuomas Sandholm and his colleagues applied game theory to come up with an efficient algorithm to match donors' kidneys with patients in need of kidney transplants. By taking over the complex task of identifying the right donors for the right patients, the new software makes the organization of swaps safer, faster, and more efficient, especially in cases involving three- and four-way exchanges.


Carnegie Mellon gets Intel tech demonstration
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 25
If it can be dreamed up, it has a chance at appearing in Intel Research Pittsburgh's annual open house at Carnegie Mellon University. Seventy presentations on Wednesday included research about creating morphing objects from thousands of computers, each the size of a grain of sand; independently thinking robots that make decisions in uncertain situations; and software that can search tens of thousands of medical scans for similarities.


Pitt and Carnegie Mellon researchers study stress with innovative e-watch
Pop City Media | October 24
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a new wrist instrument that they hope will more effectively measure psychosocial stress exposure more effectively around the clock.


Hanging with a genius: Honored Carnegie Mellon professor loves 'CSI,' misses Guatemalan food
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 23
Computer scientist Luis von Ahn, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, just keeps raking in the honors. Last year's included a $500,000 MacArthur "genius" grant and a spot on Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" list. Now the Guatemala-born researcher has been named one of the nation's top young innovators by Smithsonian magazine. The editors were impressed by his "games with a purpose," in which online players have fun while helping solve larger problems, such as how to make computers "think" more like people.


Foundation grants $25 million to life sciences at Carnegie Mellon
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 23
Carnegie Mellon University will use a $25 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to attract faculty and graduate students, and build labs in the life sciences. "Attracting the best graduate students and supporting them will help us strengthen and expand the research we do in the life sciences," Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon said in an interview Monday, after the award was announced.


Carnegie Mellon robotic SUV nearly ready to compete for $2 million prize
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 22
Boss finally is ready to roll. Its 18 sensors are focused, and while its driver's seat is empty, its computer bank is loaded with 300,000 lines of newly developed software code. The $2 million question is whether the Chevy Tahoe developed by Carnegie Mellon University has enough technological oomph to become the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of robots. Can Boss win a robot race against the world's best? "We believe we have a very capable robot," said Chris Urmson, Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing director of technology.


Carnegie Mellon professor with cancer continues to inspire
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 22
When Randy Pausch found out he had terminal cancer and decided to Webcast his final lecture at Carnegie Mellon University last month, he thought he would be leaving a nice legacy for his children and some of his friends. He never expected to become a worldwide icon. In the weeks since his Sept. 18 lecture, which focused on his gratitude for achieving his childhood dreams and his advice on how to live a fulfilling life, more than 1.2 million people have viewed the video of the address.


Head in the clouds
Nature News | October 24
Earlier this month, Google and IBM announced their own approach to cloud computing. They say that they will offer free use of a cluster of several hundred servers to the computer-science departments of six top US research universities. ... “Right now, we have no choice,” says Randal Bryant, dean of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “except from stepping up from desktops to using these giant supercomputers."


Ground-shaking research relies on Herculean computing
iSGTW | October 24
The basic goal of earthquake research is to know how the Earth will shake. Even from one city block to the next, the level of shaking can change dramatically due to subsurface soil and the nature of the seismic waves,” says Jacobo Bielak, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.


Three Nigerian dons on Nobel-Prize winning UN panel
The Guardian | October 23
Nigeria is sharing in the honor of this year's Nobel Peace prize. This is so because two Nigerian professors from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have been identified as active contributors and authors to the work of the United Nations (UN) Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC), which won this year's Nobel Peace prize alongside former United States' Vice President Al Gore. ...  They are Professors Segun Adegbulugbe, Francis I. Ibitoye and Felix Dayo, all of who have been associated with the Obafemi Awolowo University at different times in their academic careers. ...   Ibitoye is currently Associate Professor at the same center at the OAU, while Dayo formerly of the same OAU is now partly based in the Pittsburgh, U.S, where he's Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at the famous Carnegie Mellon University and also the CEO of Triple E Systems Associates in Lagos, Nigeria.


Emirate pushes on to global stage
Financial Times | October 23
At the Asian Games in Doha last winter, squalls of rain threatened to mar a lavish opening ceremony. As Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's crown prince, rode an Arabian horse up a flight of wet steps, his mount slipped. The entire stadium missed a heartbeat as presentational disaster loomed, but Sheikh Tamim, a skilled equestrian, managed to guide the stallion up the last few metres to light the Olympic flame. ... Art Boni, a former businessman who is a director of Carnegie Mellon University's executive entrepreneurship program, is running a course for 45 students to form a new generation of entrepreneurs for a knowledge-based economy.


IMF bail-outs: valuable function or out of touch?
BBC News | October 22
Its key function has always been preserving international financial stability and for many years that meant sustaining the system of fixed currency exchange rates. The system was consigned to history by the early 1970s but by the mid 1990s, it was once again obvious what was the main threat to financial stability - a wave of financial crises in major developing countries. ... But Professor Adam Lerrick of Carnegie Mellon University and the American Enterprise Institute says IMF bail-outs would no longer work.


Carnegie Mellon awarded $25 million grant
Daily India | October 22
A $25 million grant has been awarded to the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., to help attract students and faculty. ... "This grant represents a powerful vote of confidence in Carnegie Mellon and a major investment in the future of our region," said university President Jared L. Cohon in a statement.$25-million-grant