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News Clips - August 22, 2008

From August 15 to August 21, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 762 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


If you use the web, you may have already been enlisted as a human scanner
Scientific American | August 19
You might think that computer scientists would have figured out a way to get computers to decipher those characters. But they haven't, so instead they've figured out a way to harness all that effort you're making to protect your security. "When you're reading those squiggly characters, you are doing something that computers cannot," says Luis von Ahn, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University (C.M.U.) in Pittsburgh.


Could robot aliens exist?
Popular Science | August 19
This brain swap may not be as far off for humans as one might think. In only a few decades, the computer revolution here on Earth has produced supercomputers capable of performing more than a quadrillion calculations per second. (According to research by Hans Moravec, an artificial-intelligence expert at Carnegie Mellon University, that rate trumps the human brain’s estimated top speed of 100 trillion calculations per second.)


IT school to watch: Carnegie Mellon University
Computerworld Magazine | August 18
When Sara Culberson arrived at Carnegie Mellon University straight off a red-eye flight from her California home in 2003, it was sight unseen. But she soon fell in love not just with the school but with the human-computer interaction program she had enrolled in. "It had such a good reputation, I didn't even need to see it," she says. It's true that Carnegie Mellon is considered one of the top schools offering a master's program in human-computer interaction. Six of its faculty are members of the Association for Computing Machinery's CHI Academy.


Orientation is getting longer
BusinessWeek | August 17
On a recent warm day in Pittsburgh, as one attendee recounts it, a middle-aged man with tufts of white hair and a broad grin, elicited a pledge of loyalty from about 200 incoming MBA students at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. "He talked about commitment, and he asked, 'are you ready?'" says Wendy Hermann, the school's director of student services. "And they all said, 'we are ready!"

Education for Leadership

Carnegie Mellon team takes top honors
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 15
Raymond Sekula and Sasha Bakhru from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business students beat out 37 other teams worldwide in the annual Global Moot Corp. business plan competition. The win marks the Tepper School's fifth in the Moot Corp.'s 25-year contest history. The winners received a prize package valued at $100,000, plus the opportunity to ring the opening bell this morning at the Nasdaq stock market.


Carnegie Mellon students to ring bell on Wall Street
Pittsburgh Business Times | August 14
Students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, will ring the opening bell Friday at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York City. It is part of the estimated $100,000 prize packages the student team won at the Global Moot Corp competition, a business plan competition held annually by the University of Texas at Austin since 1983.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama hires theatre director Marianne Weems
Stage-Directions | August 18
In an innovative model for theatre education, Marianne Weems will divide her time between Carnegie Mellon and The Builders Association in New York City, actively engaging students in her new productions. Students will have the opportunity to work in the field while creating new connections in theatre to further their careers.

Information Technology

University IT managers juggle server safety, academic freedom
Pittsburgh Business Times | August 18
“My peers in information security are always surprised to learn of what goes on in a campus environment,” said Mary Ann Blair, Carnegie Mellon University’s director of information security. IT security managers on college campuses say their jobs are a balancing act: maintaining academic freedom while protecting the university’s information systems. It’s a much different role from the corporate setting, where IT managers can exercise top-down enforcement and create a locked-down computer system, formatting computers a specific way. That means some companies monitor Internet activity or block sites altogether that could expose the company’s servers to malicious software or programs.


Hydrogels scaffolding to promote bone cells growth developed
Thaindian News | August 18
Carnegie Mellon University researchers say that they have developed hyaluronic hydrogels that can provide scaffolding for growth of bone cells. The researcher trio behind this creation Newell Washburn, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Jeffrey Hollinger says that their hydrogels have already shown promising results in encouraging the growth of preosteoblast cells, cells that aid the growth and development of bone.


GHG reporting practices of most industries overlook 75% of emissions
Environmental Leader | August 19
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are urging companies to broaden their carbon footprint calculations with a new method that estimates the amount of GHG emissions across all tiers of the entire supply chain for all industries. Carbon footprints are typically reported in “tiers.” Tier one includes emissions by the company’s own activities. Tier two expands to include emissions from electricity and steam purchased by the company. Tier three includes all other emissions from the company’s entire supply chain of goods and services.

Regional Impact

Defense trade show puts focus on state
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 16
The tour began in Philadelphia, then visited York County before stopping Thursday in Johnstown and at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, a research center focused on Internet security.


'Pausch's People' walk to raise awareness
WTAE-TV News | August 16
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch inspired millions with his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Several hundred people gathered Sunday at North Park in McCandless to ensure Pausch's message of hope lives on.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes fresh batch of students
Gulf Times | August 19
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar has welcomed its fifth and largest batch ever, the Class of 2012, which features 85 students, including 38 women. There are 28 Qataris with the rest representing 20 different nationalities. The new students, along with faculty and staff, participated in a formal convocation event held in the three-storey atrium of the new Carnegie Mellon building in Education City on Saturday.


Archives aided by anti-spam tools
BBC News | August 18
It is estimated that Captcha schemes are used about 100 million times every day. Created by Luis von Ahn at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Recaptcha project scoops up words that optical character reading software has marked as unreadable by computers.


Mission creep at the Fed
Financial Express | August 15
Two weeks later the Fed said it would accept any AAA-rated securities as collateral, including those backed by student loans. Mr. Dodd praised the decision. But Allan Meltzer, a Fed historian at Carnegie Mellon University, cringed, saying it looked as if the Fed had caved in to political pressure: “It gets close to the idea of credit allocation. And every Fed chairman without exception worried about that."