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News Clips - August 29, 2008

From August 22 to August 28, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 612 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Pittsburgh puts robots to work, and some can even be eaten
The Wall Street Journal | August 27
Mr. McManus is neither chef nor computer scientist. He's a Pittsburgh executive who, along with about 500 other locals, recently became an amateur robot designer. They were taught by professors at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, which last year launched a citywide outreach program to bring robots to the masses.


Fannie, Freddie woes vex experts and leave U.S. hard choices
The Wall Street Journal | August 25
Although Fannie and Freddie weren't the subject of the formal discussions at the conference, their future was the subject of much hallway and dinner discussion. Fed officials acknowledged what other economists around them believed -- that the lending giants needed public funds as well as private ones. "They've already gone too far to the edge of the cliff," said Allan Meltzer, a Carnegie Mellon University economist.


Western Pennsylvania road trip: Carnegie Mellon University
U.S. News & World Report | August 21
Carnegie Mellon students tend to be techies or artists, and, walking across campus, you can guess who's who. Engineering and computer science have given the university its prestige, but Carnegie Mellon also has standout departments of music, art, and drama. Carnegie Mellon attracts students with a clear vision of what they want to do. Until about five years ago, it favored applicants who were extremely directed, but President Jared Cohon has changed the emphasis. "You'd find them [after graduation] as chief technology officers but not as CEOs," he observes. Now, says Cohon, the school is looking for leadership potential.

Education for Leadership

College sophomore sells his iPhone app To Flixster
The Washington Post | August 26
Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called ( iTunes link) last week, and has re-released the application this evening. As far as we know, this is the first acquisition of an iPhone app. The price isn't being disclosed. was created by Jeffrey Grossman, a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University. The application lets users find show times, watch trailers and get maps to local theaters and has been downloaded 250,000 times. Flixster has updated the app to give users full access to their database of 70,000 movies, so users will be able to look up older titles while at Blockbuster, etc. In the next version users will also be able to link their Flixter accounts to the application.

Arts and Humanities

Study finds smoking tough to quit
United Press International | August 26
Pittsburgh researchers say they have a fix on why smokers find it tough to quit cold turkey. A new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh published in the September issue of Psychological Science, concludes that smokers not currently in a state of craving a cigarette will necessarily underestimate the intensity of their future urge to smoke.


New DFC Fellows honored
Design Intelligence Magazine | August 25
Selections for the 2008 class of Design Futures Council Fellows have been announced by DFC co-chairman Jim Cramer. Nineteen individuals were chosen to receive the honor in recognition of their "significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge leading to innovative design models that improve the built environment and the human condition," according to the citation. […] Laura Lee, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Information Technology

Intel touts progress toward intelligent computers
IT Spot | August 22
Intel envisions devices constructed from tiny programmable elements called catoms, a term coined by Carnegie Mellon University engineers that’s short for claytronics atoms. Each has sensors, processors, and electromagnetic components that can control how far apart the catoms are from each other. With the shape-shifting technology, a mobile phone could shrink for unobtrusive storage in a pocket, then expand to a more convenient size when in use, said Jason Campbell, an Intel Research senior staff scientist. Campbell showed some catom prototypes a few centimeters tall and wide but predicted miniaturization.


MRI used to locate, track specific cells
United Press International | August 21
U.S. medical scientists have created a technology that uses magnetic resonance imaging to locate and track specific cells in a living body. Carnegie Mellon University researcher Eric Ahrens developed novel imaging reagents and technology to visualize "with exquisite specificity" cell populations of interest in the living body, officials said.


How colleges are going green
U.S. News & World Report | August 25
More and more new dormitories are becoming LEED certified. Duke claims the first platinum LEED rating for a campus residence with its new 10-student Home Depot Smart Home. Many other schools around the country, including Warren Wilson College and Carnegie Mellon University, have silver- and gold-rated dorms. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) Students can also think about green dorm decorations.

Regional Impact

Onorato to name air quality panel
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 25
It will include governmental figures such as McKeesport Mayor James Brewster and Allegheny County Councilwoman Joan Cleary, academics from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and representatives from Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), Sustainable Pittsburgh, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, among others, he said.


Oakland businesses are booming again thanks to the return of students
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 26
Classes started at most local colleges yesterday. Many students arrived in town last week, when about 7,000 students, including 3,500 freshmen, moved into University of Pittsburgh dorms and scores of more students descended on Carnegie Mellon University's campus. Students teemed along Fifth and Forbes avenues this past weekend, crowding into restaurants, bars and stores, and checking out the new IGA Market on Forbes Avenue.


Local universities make 'best college' list
KDKA | August 22
A number of local universities have made U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the best colleges in the country. Carnegie Mellon University was named the 22nd best college in the country. Penn State University is 47th. The University of Pittsburgh is 58th. Duquesne University is 130th. U.S. News & World Report drew up the list using criteria such as schools that offer a full range of degrees and being committed to groundbreaking research.


Carnegie Mellon University to hold open day for budding businessmen
The Peninsula | August 28
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is hosting an open day to promote its Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (CIEP) on August 31, at the Four Seasons Hotel. CIEP is a nine-month, part-time course presented by Carnegie Mellon University. The university is a recognized worldwide leader in business education and is in partnership with Qatar Science and Technology Park, a hub for technology-based companies.


Taipei AMPA 2008 shifts Taiwan suppliers` potential into overdrive
The Taiwan Economic News | August 25
This year the TAIFE management invited am impressive list of professional engineers, specialists and corporate managers to address the newest concepts and trends in automotive technology and innovation, including Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan`s executive vice president; Young-ill Kim, vice president of Hyundai Motor; Martial Herbert, professor of U.S.`s Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon); Jonas Ekmark, manager of Volvo Car`s Active Safety division; Shih Shan, ArvinMerritor`s engineering director in China; Fred Silver, vice president of WestStart-CALSTART; and Swamy Kotagiri, vice president of Cosma Engineering.


Trusted sites thwart net hijacks
BBC News | August 22
US researchers have found a way to thwart hack attacks which intercept data passing from a PC to a website. These "man-in-the-middle" attacks are hard to spot because they involve hi-tech hackers who have total control over data streams. Developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon the defense involves sites designated as trusted "notaries."