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News Clips - June 6, 2008

From May 30 to June 5, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 288 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Computer science 101: Gates and Google
Information Week Blog | June 3
I checked out the Gates Center construction project on a recent visit to Carnegie Mellon, which is just east of downtown Pittsburgh. I was in town to meet with local entrepreneurs and tech startups and had arranged to conduct the interviews at Carnegie Mellon, which produces a lot of the local talent in software, video games, and Web technologies. Bill Gates knows that, of course, and Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) supports the university in a number of ways. Among other things, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $20 million to the construction of Carnegie Mellon's new computer science complex.


Bernanke optimism on growth, inflation dashed by surge in oil
Bloomberg News | June 3
"It is pretty clear that the Federal Reserve has interest rates about as low as they need to go,'' Marvin Goodfriend, a former Richmond Fed policy adviser who is now at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said in a Bloomberg Radio interview.


Five lessons from 'Young@Heart' for us all
USA Today | June 1
Good relationships may prolong life because people are nudged by others to take good care of themselves, and they're more likely to do that if there are others they care about, says Sheldon Cohen, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


Internet gives M.B.A. schools global reach
The Wall Street Journal | May 30
Many M.B.A programs are setting up their own social-networking sites and blogs, making it easy for prospective applicants to contact both current students and graduates. The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, for example, has set up blogs, discussion boards and a searchable database where prospective students can locate alumni with similar job experience and undergraduate degrees.


A defense of non-European languages
Inside Higher Ed | May 30
Recent moves by the University of Southern California to abolish the German department prompted Stephen Brockmann, a professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University, to write “A Defense of European Languages.” Brockmann freely concedes both his “subjective interest” in and his “loyalty to [his] profession.” Nevertheless his contribution, while reflecting the views of many who teach European languages, systematically fails to address the strategic choices at stake.

Education for Leadership

Robot helps psychologists learn about child behavior
Victoria Times Colonist | June 2
Marek Michalowski, a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, has helped equip Keepon with complex features that make it less robotic.

Arts and Humanities

Exhibit a testament to city's visual-arts scene
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 5
Next to Ciotti's work are two large oil paintings by Lowry Burgess, a professor at the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Visitors might recall his work from a fall exhibition last fall at the Carnegie Museum of Art's Forum Gallery. Four massive paintings summed up a variety of artworks and performances produced by the artist during the past four decades in locales throughout the world.


Playing lowball
The Washington Post | May 31
After a buyer makes an initial offer, the seller can reject the bid completely or make a counteroffer. When responding to a counteroffer, buyers may give away hints about the flexibility of their price range if they are not careful, said Linda Babcock, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University. "If you bid $400,000 for something and your next bid is $450,000, that says one thing. But if you go from $400,000 to $405,000, that tells the seller something else," Babcock said. "Remember, the seller is trying to read you, too."

Information Technology

How to fire an IT person
Macroworld Investor | June 2
"You need to structure your IT organization so that no one is indispensable," says Robert Monroe. Now a management professor at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent 15 years in software development and management.


AI improves automated high-throughput screening
Bio-IT World | May 29
“Current automated screening systems for examining cell cultures look at individual cells and do not fully consider the relationships between neighboring cells,” said Geoffrey Gordon, associate research professor in the Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science's Machine Learning Department. “This is in large part because simultaneously examining many cells with existing methods requires impractical amounts of computational time."


$35 carbon fee would trigger immediate reduction in emissions
Sustainable Business | June 2
If U.S. legislators set a price of $35 per metric ton on carbon dioxide emissions the nation could achieve short-term reductions in emission levels of up to 10% according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology by Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

Regional Impact

Panel examines ways to spread wealth of The Waterfront in Homestead
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 31
"People tell us the disparity between what happened at The Waterfront and what didn't happen in the neighboring communities [of Homestead, West Homestead and Munhall] is still big and very noticeable," said Meredith Meyer Grelli, program coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center at Carnegie Mellon University.


Region's employment picture shifts to health care
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 1
Briem said the ability of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University to attract federal research dollars increases local job opportunities in medical research. And specialized health-care facilities -- such as UPMC's $104 million, Hillman Cancer Center that opened in 2003 -- pulls patients from around the United States who all require personal tending.


Carnegie Mellon naming 'green' dorm after 5th president
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 4
Carnegie Mellon University is renaming New House in honor of H. Guyford Stever, its fifth president. Stever presided over the creation of Carnegie Mellon from the merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon Institute of Research in 1967. He also led the formation of what are now called the School of Computer Science and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.


New IIITs to offer six-year dual degree course
The Business Standard | June 4
Raj Reddy, professor at Carnegie Mellon University and RGUKT chancellor, said the residential course would have an intense curriculum. At the end of the course, students would get two degrees -- BTech in Information Technology and BTech in either construction engineering, automotive engineering, nanotechnology or energy technology, or BTech in IT and MSc in science (physics, chemistry and mathematics). Each student would be given a laptop as the teaching would extend beyond the classroom.


Expert unveils 'pre-history' of emoticons
The National Post | June 2
The emoticon is generally attributed to computer scientist Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who first used :-) on his computer screen on Sept. 19, 1982.


A computer model that reveals 'how brain represents meaning'
The Hindu | June 2
Now, a team at Carnegie Mellon University has taken the next step by predicting these activation patterns for concrete nouns -- things that are experienced through the senses -- for which fMRI data does not yet exist. They constructed the computational model by using fMRI activation patterns for 60 concrete nouns and by statistically analysing a set of texts totaling more than a trillion words, called a text corpus.


Have we begun to crack the brain's code?
New Scientist | May 30
"I think of it as us beginning to break the brain's code," says Marcel Just, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, who led the study along with colleague Tom Mitchell.