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News Clips - April 4, 2008

From March 28 to April 3, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 286 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Chaos on Wall Street
CNN Money/Fortune Magazine | March 31
A leading political economist, Allan Meltzer of Carnegie Mellon, calls it "an unusual situation, but not unprecedented." When was the last time it happened in the U.S.? "In 1929," he says. And it touched off the Great Depression.


Statistical tools help guide responses to human rights crises
Science News Magazine | March 29
Statisticians are well-suited to answer these questions because they have the tools to put together partial information into a global picture. For example, even if complete records can't be gathered, a statistician can survey a small number of randomly chosen people affected by a crisis and infer from their experiences the likely impact on the population as a whole. For example, Jana Asher of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., developed an estimate of the rates of rape across Sierra Leone by determining how many women from a national sample had been raped.


Chatting up Tepper
BusinessWeek | March 27
Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business, ranked 16th in BusinessWeek's most recent list of best MBA programs, accepted 30% of the 1,331 people who applied in 2006. The percentage of applicants accepted in 2008 could be smaller because, according to Laurie Stewart (LStewartTepper), executive director of master's admissions, this is turning out to be "the most competitive year ever."

Education for Leadership

Random acts of kindness
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 3
My husband and I take courses at Carnegie Mellon through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. We have gotten lost a number of times looking for a classroom on campus, and very often the students have been so kind in leading us to the correct room. But recently we had an extraordinary experience with the kindness of a young man there.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon film festival examines technology's effect on life
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 2
With the ranks of Pittsburgh's film festivals growing by the month, it would be easy for Carnegie Mellon's International Film Festival to get lost in the shuffle. That would be unfortunate -- this film fest is always one of the best.


Exhibit explores artful play of gamers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 1
Video games can be much more than child's play or a release for pent-up aggression through shooter game fantasies. An exhibit exploring the video game as art is the centerpiece of The Art of Play, a two-day symposium at Carnegie Mellon University.


Researchers to curb CO2 emissions | April 3
“We developed an environmental impact model that will enable Canadians to see what can be done to meet the Kyoto protocol as well as examining the environmental implications consumers choose to make,” said Chris Hendrickson, a professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and co-director of the Green Design Institute, a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to impact environmental quality through green design.


Hydrogen fuel cars: The expensive truth
ABC 7 | April 1
"I don't care what runs my car. I don't care if it's hydrogen, ethanol, or whatever. What I do care about is that it doesn't produce carbon dioxide, not produce a lot of smog," says Dr. Granger Morgan from the Carnegie Mellon Institute.

Information Technology

Privacy policies and search engines
Search Engine Land | March 27
Carnegie Mellon University runs the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS), which has been exploring "privacy and security software and systems" since 2004. One of their projects is the Privacy Finder search engine and search bar, which lets you search both Google and Yahoo in a manner that pays attention to the privacy policies of web sites. Their Frequently Asked Questions page tells us this about how it works.


New cardiac robot crawls its way to your heart
Wired Blog | March 28
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University designed and built the inch-long robot to move through the body and perform procedures on the surface of the human heart. Once inserted through a small incision, the inch-long robot (best pronounced "RO-bet," as in 1950s horror films) is controlled by a doctor wielding a joystick in between light cycle games of Tron.

Regional Impact

Panel envisions 'green' development on Neville Island
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 29
The group, which first was brought to Neville Island in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon University to help plot development strategies, believes the township has made enough progress to make the goal a realistic one.


Michelle Obama wows them at Carnegie Mellon
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 3
"So I hear this is a tough mike," she said to the early afternoon crowd of 1,500 at Carnegie Mellon University's Skibo Gymnasium -- the first words out of her mouth, spoken as casually as if she were in her living room. Tall and lean and athletic-looking in a chic pantsuit, she grapples with said balky mike, which promptly slides down even further.


Carnegie Mellon professor: $7 gas may cure what ails us
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 29
A Carnegie Mellon economics professor thinks that doubling the price of gasoline is a smart move that would force motorists to conserve, thereby cutting the nation's reliance on foreign oil.


Carnegie Mellon gets foundation grants
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 30
The Gordon and Betty More Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University two grants totaling $4.15 million, the university announced Friday. The first grant of $2.05 million is dedicated to accelerating the university's work in global energy issues, providing support for graduate students to work with faculty on key projects and for the acquisition of research instruments. The remainder of the energy research grant will be used by Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy to study policy issues related to sustainable energy technologies and climate change.


Carnegie Mellon University looks to meet Qatar's skills needs in technology job market
AME Info | April 2
Local companies are starting to recognize that they need to develop their own tools, rather than use technology and applications from off of the shelf. Also, multinational companies are beginning to open up in Qatar to be close to their customers. This is all leading to an increase in the number of Computer Science-centered jobs, says Majd Sakr, Ph.D., Computer Science professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.


The rigid future of DNA labels
Chemistry World | April 2
"It is an enduring challenge to develop tags that accurately report on - without perturbing - biomolecule structure and/or function," says Bruce Armitage from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, US, who works in the field of biomolecule recognition. "This rigid linker elegantly achieves this elusive goal."


Here’s to Nova Scotia’s flawed new law
The Chronicle Herald | April 1
Just last month, the results of a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon showed that it is the act of listening to another person, not whether one hand was free or not, that impaired the brain’s ability to concentrate on driving. The researchers monitored areas of the brain used for driving a vehicle, while undisturbed and when answering simple true-or-false questions. They showed that when tasked with both driving and listening, brain activity in those crucial navigational areas decreased by 37 percent.


‘roBlocks’ ahead
Mumbai Mirror | April 1
Mark Gross, a professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, and Eric Schweikardt, a Ph D candidate, have designed ‘roBlocks’ – small, magnetic robot-blocks that children can plug together to form complex robots.