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News Clips - July 4, 2008

From June 27 to July 3, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 225 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Mobilizing higher education-- and industry
Campus Technology | July 1
This spring in Santa Clara, CA, Carnegie Mellon University's West Coast campus (CA) and UC-Berkeley's Fisher IT Center at the Haas School of Business partnered to hold a conference on "The Mobile Future: Technology Revolutionizing Our Lives". The unique conference brought together both academics and industry leaders to discuss technology and the evolving mobile marketplace. CT sat down with James Morris, dean of CMU-West and a professor of computer science, to discuss higher education's role in fostering mobile technology innovation.


GM centennial: Manufacturing innovation
Assembly Magazine | June 30
Some GM executives had wanted to get rid of the money-losing Chevrolet division. But, under Knudsen’s leadership, Chevrolet became the foundation for GM’s long-term production strategy. “He built an organization and production system that could accommodate change and expansion,” says David Hounshell, professor of technology and social change at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh).


Windows could use a rush of fresh air
The New York Times | June 29
Apple did not have to build a microkernel from scratch. It relied on more than a decade of development work performed by engineers at Next Computer, Steve Jobs’s start-up of the late 1980s and early ’90s. The engineers at Next, in turn, drew upon microkernel research by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

Arts and Humanities

The 5-minute vacation
Men’s Health Magazine | July 1
Talk about your trip with coworkers, and relive it with the people who went with you. Psychologists call this "rehearsal" -- the more (and sooner) you talk about an experience, the better it lodges in your memory, says George Loewenstein, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. "You may think it's cheesy to give a slideshow," he says, "but the benefit of boring your friends and neighbors is that you're more likely to retain the experience yourself."


$80 million Schenley tab challenged
The New Pittsburgh Courier | June 27
“This is not a $74 million question of whether to save Schenley or not,” said Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University architecture professor, in a letter to the school board. “The question is, ‘should we repair and upgrade a grand, crafted school building that has 50-100 years left, or should we repair and upgrade buildings with 20 years of life left, sinking our tax dollars into oblivion?'"


Could wind power work in Florida?
Miami Herald | June 30
FPL Energy is ''one of the most efficient wind operators in the country,'' says Jay Apt, executive director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. ``They're very good at it.'' FPL Energy has 55 wind farms in 16 states including the nation's largest, the 735-megawatt Horse Hollow field in Texas. Last week, it announced a new $2 billion wind farm to be spread over 250 square miles in North Dakota.

Regional Impact

Lame excuses for not cutting state business taxes
Pittsburgh Business Times | June 27
The new state budget in Pennsylvania is due next week. Will the governor and General Assembly use it to fix America's worst business tax? At 9.99 percent, Pennsylvania's corporate net income, or CNI, tax, has the highest flat rate in the country. (Iowa has a 12 percent rate on net income over $250,000, but the rate is only 8 percent for the first $100,000 in income.) Moreover, Pennsylvania is one of only two states (the other is New Hampshire) that caps the amount of net operating loss carry-forwards, which means that startup companies and businesses in cyclical industries pay the high tax rate on more of their income than in other states. ***This article was written by Harold D. Miller, adjunct professor of public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University


Citiparks' Roving Art Cart takes creativity on the road
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 3
The Design-A-Bot projects come from a joint venture between Art Cart and "Robot 250," a program launching this month as part of the "Pittsburgh 250" celebration. Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and several local foundations, "Robot 250" gives people the opportunity to explore robotics and make their own robots.


Longtime educator in line for WVU post
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 1
Separately, Mr. Manchin yesterday named former Oracle Corp. president and Moon native Ray Lane to the board of governors. Mr. Lane will join former Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Charles M. Vest and professional soccer team executive Oliver Luck, who were nominated by Mr. Manchin last week. Mr. Lane, a member of the board of trustees at Carnegie Mellon University and managing partner of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, fills the final vacancy on WVU's board.


At Carnegie Mellon, Obama targets energy and education issues
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 27
Sen. Barack Obama yesterday joined an A-list panel of business, labor and education leaders at Carnegie Mellon University in a wide-ranging conversation on the roles of energy innovation, education and infrastructure improvements as foundations of prosperity.


Billion-dollar babies
Aljazeera | July 1
AM General has also assisted Carnegie Mellon University researchers in developing robots for the Pentagon blue-skies outfit, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's "Grand Challenge," an autonomous robot-vehicle competition.


Enrollment begins for entrepreneurship course
The Peninsula | June 30
Enrollment for the Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (formerly the Executive Entrepreneurship Certificate Program) for 2008-09 has opened. The course, conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and Qatar Science and Technology Park, is designed for aspiring business leaders who want to create a new technology business - either within their current company or by starting a new company.


Driving under the influence
The Economist | June 27
And you don't have to be the one doing all the talking for your reaction times to lengthen dangerously. According to scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, merely listening can reduce activity in the region of the brain that processes spatial and visual information by as much as 37%.