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News Clips - April 11, 2008

From April 4 to April 10, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 641 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The Last Lecture: A love story for your life
Good Morning America, ABC News | April 9
What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you? Randy Pausch's speech at Carnegie Mellon has had a dramatic effect on people. That's the hypothetical question posed to the annual speaker of a lecture series commonly known as "The Last Lecture." But for Randy Pausch, the charismatic young professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, the question wasn't hypothetical.


Study gives high marks to U.S. Internet
The New York Times | April 9
Some Internet industry veterans were skeptical of the positive claims about the United States compared with the rest of the world. “My gut feeling is that we don’t have the type of deployment you have abroad,” said David J. Farber, an Internet pioneer and a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. “If you are looking at broadband, we have a lot of problems. We are slow as molasses in deploying the next generation."


Professor Randy Pausch's life, 'Lecture' goes from Web to book
USA Today | April 7
Randy Pausch, a professor at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, isn't about dying, however. He's about living. Living for his wife and their three young children. Living a good life as long as he can.


Fiction writer’s Hollywood detour
The New York Times | April 6
It’s the story of Lawrence Westerhold (Dennis Quaid), a flabby, rumpled, misanthropic English professor at Carnegie Mellon, who lives with his high-achieving Stanford-bound daughter, Vanessa (Ellen Page), his stoner-slacker brother Chuck (Thomas Haden Church), and, most intimately, the painful memory of his dead wife. He drags himself from class to class, blithely alienating his students with his unconcealed contempt for their intelligence and character.


Women, repeat this: Don’t ask, don’t get
The New York Times | April 6
About 10 years ago, I heard that my boss was recommending two of my male colleagues for promotion. Both of these men had joined the faculty the same year I was hired, both were good teachers, and both had published important research. They were certainly qualified to move to the next level, from associate professor to full professor. ***This article was written by Carnegie Mellon professor of economics Linda Babcock.

Education for Leadership

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt students honored with Goldwater scholarships
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 5
Prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to three students at Carnegie Mellon University and two at the University of Pittsburgh. … The Carnegie Mellon students were Andrew David DeYoung, a junior chemistry major; Lawrence D. Jesper, a sophomore majoring in computer science and molecular biology; and Samuel M. Kim, a sophomore biological sciences major.

Arts and Humanities

Campus art galleries: Free, cool, waiting for you
Pop City Media | April 9
One of the leading fine arts colleges in the country, Carnegie Mellon University offers abundant space for students and other artists to display artwork all over campus. Although more people may be familiar with The Frame Gallery at 5200 Forbes Ave, The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery has a broader focus and a more professional appeal. In the Purnell Center for the Arts, the Miller Gallery provides 6,000 square feet of exhibition space on three uniquely designed floors. Whatever the contemporary medium may be, the space gives students “the opportunity to expand – pushing these boundaries,” says Petra Fallaux, the interim director of the gallery. “It is one of the prime spaces in the city."

Information Technology

Carnegie Mellon team zeros in on electronic thieves
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 10
Identity and other types of information theft conjure images of sophisticated, high-tech gurus reaching deep into an organization electronically to extract data they sell to the highest bidder. Not necessarily, says Dawn Cappelli, insider-threat team leader within Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute's Computer Emergency Readiness Team program.


Heart pumps for children pass milestone
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 4
In order to give pediatric heart patients even more time and make the heart pumps less bulky, Wearden partnered with professors at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to create PediaFlow. The walnut-sized device would be implanted beneath the child's skin, with only a wire coming out to a Walkman-sized battery pack.


Symposium looks at 'green' practices for universities
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 10
Ideas about how to reduce energy use and increase environmentally sustainable programs on the campuses of three Pittsburgh universities will be presented at a symposium Downtown tomorrow. A report will be delivered on the findings of a semester-long cooperative project of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University titled "One Step at a Time: Shrinking the Campus Footprint."

Regional Impact

Another list? Pittsburgh lands in the Forbes Top 10 Tech Cities
Pop City Media | April 9
A city can never be on too many A-lists. Famous for its lists, Forbes magazine ranked Pittsburgh No. 6 on its Top 10 Tech Cities list this month. ... Forbes also applauded Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and the school’s Collaborative Innovation Center “that has enticed Intel and Apple to build labs in the area.”


Carnegie Mellon at forefront in building thinking machines
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 6
Just as Carnegie Mellon University produced the prototype computer that eventually checkmated World Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, it now leads efforts to create robots that will defeat the world's best 11-man squad on grass by 2050.


Carnegie Mellon, Pitt graduate schools rated highly
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 5
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are listed among the nation's best in a graduate school ranking released Friday by U.S. News & World Report. At Carnegie Mellon, the graduate engineering school ranked seventh best, down from sixth best last year. Business programs ranked 17th best, unchanged from last year.


Genes trigger phobias in kids and teens
New Scientist | April 7
David Rakison of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, showed five-month-old babies simple representations of spiders, made up from block-like shapes, as well as more jumbled images made from the same shapes. The babies looked at the schematic spiders for an average of 24 seconds, but spent around 8 seconds less on the more jumbled images.


Fun way to learn: Carnegie Mellon develops Tablet PC
The Peninsula | April 6
Carnegie Mellon University has developed an innovative Tablet PC based system for learning mathematics through games. The Tablet PCs provide a unique mode of computer interaction using a digital pen. The pen provides a natural input medium and allows previous workflows centered on paper to continue uninterrupted. The computer becomes "intelligent paper", capturing the benefits of the digital environment and traditional paper.


Teams from 17 local high schools take part in BOTBALL
Al Bawaba | April 6
Teams of students from 17 local high schools will put their robots to the test in the Qatar BOTBALL competition on Saturday, April 19 in Education City. The students have been busy designing, building and programming their Lego© Mindstorm robots for the past seven weeks in preparation for the competition that is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. The teams will compete against each other on a playing field the size of a ping-pong table in a high energy, non-destructive tournament.


Something reassuring about bulging green eyes and finger-jabbing style
The Guardian | April 4
Marvin Goodfriend, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, argues that over the last couple of decades, the industrialized world has succeeded in taming inflation. Traditional economic downturns, he suggests, tended to be sparked by central banks ratcheting up interest rates to curb price rises. But as the inflationary threat has largely receded, such interventions are no longer so necessary.


Will it fly?
The Economist | April 3
Bird-watching is high on the list of Hank Paulson's leisure pursuits. This week America's Treasury Secretary made it quite clear which avian creature his country's system of financial regulation most resembled: the albatross. His “blueprint” for change, presented on March 31st, is the boldest attempt to overhaul the rulebook since the Depression, when much of it was written. ... Moreover, regulatory competition is not always bad, says Allan Meltzer of Carnegie Mellon University. The Fed has been coaxed forward by more proactive agencies many times over the years, for instance.