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News Clips - June 13, 2008

From June 6 to June 12, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 477 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


A flashy Facebook page, at a cost to privacy
The Washington Post | June 11
But revealing information on quizzes or maps of places visited, for instance, may also make it easier for strangers to piece together tidbits to create larger security threats, said Alessandro Acquisti, assistant professor of public policy and information systems at Carnegie Mellon University.


Companies offering free gas to attract business
Associated Press | June 8
Two magic words are turning consumers' heads lately. Not ''Get rich'' or ''Lose weight.'' Try ''Free gas.'' Businesses from banks and hotels to golf-club makers and blood-donation centers are offering promotions that involve free gas -- generating more attention and goodwill from price-stunned drivers than traditional promotions might deliver. […] The trend will grow in the short-term as more businesses jump on the free-gas bandwagon, predicts Baohong Sun, a marketing professor at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.


Computer literacy tests: Are you human?
TIME Magazine | June 5
This electronic hoop you have to jump through was invented in 2000 by a team of programmers at Carnegie Mellon University. Somebody at Yahoo! had gone to them, complaining that criminals were taking advantage of Yahoo! Mail--they were using software to automatically create thousands of e-mail accounts very quickly, then using those accounts to send out spam. The Carnegie Mellon team came back with the CAPTCHA. (It stands for "completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart"; no, the acronym doesn't really fit.) The point of the CAPTCHA is that reading those swirly letters is something that computers aren't very good at. If you can read them, you're probably not a piece of software run by a spammer. Congratulations--you can have an e-mail account.,9171,1812084,00.html

Education for Leadership

2008 Energy Efficiency Forum recognizes youth for awareness of energy and climate change issues
CNN Money | June 5
Carnegie Mellon University engineering graduate students Shazeen Attari of Dubai, UAE; Ines Margarida Lima de Azevedo of Lisbon, Portugal; Constantine Samaras of Annapolis, Md.; and Benjamin Flath of Scotch Plains, N.J. will be recognized for winning a letter-writing competition entitled "Tomorrow's Energy Ambassadors, Managers, and Scholars" (TEAMS). Their compelling letter was published in USA Today and called on the presidential candidates to clarify their positions on such topics as energy independence and climate change.

Arts and Humanities

Three Rivers Arts Festival: Quilt artist shows it's hip to be square
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 11
You'd never know from looking at the vibrant, confident and innovative works that fill Regina Gouger Miller Gallery that Nancy Crow seriously considered giving up quilt-making a couple of decades ago. The Ohio artist, credited with being one of the early revolutionaries of the art quilt movement and whose pieces now command five figures, became disillusioned with the restraints of the form's traditional heritage. "By 1990, I had had it with quilt-making," she told an interviewer. That she found a way out of her creative block is evident in the 55 exquisite quilts -- and I use that designation expansively -- in "Nancy Crow: Works From 1988-2008" on the Carnegie Mellon University campus.


Why today's publishing world is reprising the past
The Chronicle of Higher Education | June 13
Jeffrey J. Williams, a professor of English and literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon University, is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2001, second edition in preparation). He is finishing a book on the history of modern criticism.

Information Technology

Study to come on global impact and implications of information growth
Storage Newsletter | June 7
The LSI sponsorship builds on a long history of contributing to academia-led research projects that provide the industry with a higher level of knowledge across a broad spectrum of storage and networking-related challenges and trends. In addition to the HMI study, LSI is a member of the Parallel Data Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, and participates in the Rethinking Analog Design (RAD) initiative at Stanford University. LSI also participates in research initiatives at the University of Minnesota, including the Digital Technology Center Intelligent Storage Consortium (DISC) and the Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies (MINT).


Time to save -- and savor the world
Baltimore Sun | June 12
Speaking at this year's commencement at Carnegie Mellon, Al Gore implored graduates to become the next "hero generation" and save the Earth. "We face a planetary emergency," Gore said. "The concentrations of global warming pollution have been rising at an unprecedented pace and have now given the planet a fever. ... This moment of your graduation sees the United States poised to reclaim its rightful place as the leader of the world as the world confronts this unprecedented challenge.",0,7009026.column

Regional Impact

Pittsburgh makes the top and bottom of many lists
Beaver County Times | June 10
Pittsburgh is one of the 10 geekiest cities in America, according to a report released last year by Wired Magazine. The city scored high marks for having a high number of comic-book and Circuit City stores per capita, as well as a top-ranked engineering school. Says Wired: “Come for the country’s top-ranked computer science school; stay for the robotics startups that Carnegie Mellon alums are founding. If androids aren’t your style, try for a gig at Google’s new engineering office."


Survival a creative exercise in rust belt cities
The National Post | June 6
Earlier in the last century, the Steel City, along with New York and Chicago, was a major destination for Fortune 500 companies. It didn't hurt that such recognizable names as Heinz, Carnegie and Mellon had set up shop there. Hilly and breathtaking in parts, with lots of parks, the city had physical allure, if one could see through the purple haze of pollution. Once it cleaned itself up and poured money into its research centers such as Carnegie Mellon University, the city's relatively low cost of living and appealing quality of life retained students and drew in families, which in turn brought in business.


Carnegie Mellon computer model reveals how brain represents meaning
Pop City Media | June 11
Carnegie Mellon University scientists are always teaching computers new tricks. The latest research represents an important step toward understanding how the human brain codes the meaning of words. The work may one day lead to the use of brain scans to identify thoughts and support breakthroughs in the study of autism or disorders of thought such as paranoid schizophrenia and semantic dementias.


Carnegie Mellon to rename 'green' residence hall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 7
Carnegie Mellon University is renaming a residence hall for H. Guyford Stever, the university's fifth president. Stever House, formerly New House, was described as the nation's first "green" dormitory when finished in 2003 at a cost of $12.5 million.


Carnegie Mellon-Q grooming next generation of entrepreneurs
The Peninsula | June 11
The spirit of entrepreneurship is thriving in the country, be it among nationals or residents. To encourage this very same spirit, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (Carnegie Mellon-Q) and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) will be offering a nine-month part-time 'Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program' (CIEP) for the second year running at the Education City campus here. Carnegie Mellon-Q recently graduated a batch of 40 students who completed the first edition of the course.


Carnegie Mellon dean’s robot in Hall of Fame
The Peninsula | June 10
Charles E. Thorpe, Ph.D, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and former head of the Robotics Institute, was one of the main researchers to develop the robot car called NavLab5, which has earned a spot in the Robot Hall of Fame. "This is really cool. It's great to be the first to do something and be recognized for the impact our robot can have," said Thorpe. Since 1984, Thorpe and his colleagues have developed 11 NavLab robotic vehicles. Thorpe says there are two main reasons for NavLab's work: building better robots and the development of safety technology. "There is robotic technology out there on the roads now that can save lives. It's the creation and development of this technology that drives the field of robotics," he said.


Rummaging through the internet
The Economist | June 5
Microsoft is also developing a 3-D browser, called Deepfish, for mobile devices. Many other 3-D browsers are in the pipeline. It is seductive technology that can look gorgeous. But Dave Farber, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon who is one of the internet’s founding fathers, says the enthusiasm for cool visuals will be replaced by a realization that 3-D navigation is a much-needed tool. He points to Hyperwords, which he thinks will become widely used (and imitated). It allows people to make more connections of the kind that interest them.


New IIITs to offer six-year dual degree course
India EduNews | June 6
Prof. Raj Reddy, from the Carnegie Mellon University said that at the end of the course, students would be offered two degrees, namely B.Tech in Information Technology and B.Tech in construction engineering, automotive engineering, nanotechnology or energy technology, or B.Tech in IT and MSc in science (physics, chemistry and mathematics).