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News Clips - May 16, 2008

From May 9 to May 15, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 470 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Dying of cancer, but full of life lessons
The New York Times | May 11
Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward arrived for this month’s Steelers minicamp with two books tucked in his duffel bag: the team’s playbook and a copy of “The Last Lecture,” co-written by Randy Pausch, who left his job as a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University last September. “Randy is an inspiration,” Ward said by telephone last week. “He told me he’s one of my biggest fans, and I told him that I’m one of his."


Even listening is dangerous
The New York Times | May 11
Conducted at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the study used brain imaging to document that when driving and listening, activity in the parietal lobe, the portion of the brain associated with driving, was reduced by 37 percent.


Inflation concerns keep Europe's rates on hold
The Wall Street Journal | May 9
Allan Meltzer, a Carnegie Mellon University economist and frequent IMF critic, said the IMF's new interest-rate advice was wrong. Raising rates would sap demand, he said, and deepen the chances of a downturn. "It's not the business of central banks to try to create recessions," he said. "It's the business of central banks to head off recessions."

Education for Leadership

The Tom Sawyer of innovation
Newsweek | May 19
Last March, Peek posted what he calls a WiiMote library on his Web site—a collection of codes that other programmers can download, then use to build WiiMote applications of their own. Peek's library acts as a sort of translator between the WiiMote and a computer, "breaking the code of the WiiMote," says Peek. He estimates that his library has been downloaded tens of thousands of times. Lee, who does research on human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, used Peek's codes to design the WiiMote Whiteboard, then posted the software online free of charge, as well as instructions on how to create the hardware.


Carnegie Mellon students develop 'talking' glove
KDKA | May 9
A group of Carnegie Mellon University students are working on a senior project that could ultimately help thousands. They call it "Hand Talk" - a special glove developed by four Carnegie Mellon undergraduates that has great potential to help the hearing impaired. By moving the fingers of the glove, special sensors attached to tiny computer discs transmit text messages to a cell phone that actually vocalize the message.  The students wanted to make something that would benefit others, like allowing the deaf to vocalize their sign language, but using a laptop computer you can program the glove in many other ways, like even playing musical notes on a cell phone.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon adds degree combining computers, arts
Philadelphia Inquirer (AP) | May 12
Carnegie Mellon University is going to be offering a new degree program this fall. The bachelor of computer science and arts will be an interdisciplinary program that explores the connection between computers and the arts.

Information Technology

IBM India, ISB to improve the competitiveness of the services sector
IT News Online | May 14
IBM is working with Carnegie Mellon University and University of California, Berkeley for research in developed economies. ISB is the first B - School in Asia to work with IBM on this collaborative research. The study will focus on Indian companies to begin with and later extend to Asian companies.


The future of national security looks like Pittsburgh’s HandShot
Pop City Media | May 14
You are about to become your hand. Carnegie Mellon University’s Laboratory for International Data Privacy, also known as the Data Privacy Lab, has developed security technology that may soon change the way travelers enter foreign countries, forensic scientists investigate crime and terrorist scenes and the way you wave to friends.


War on wounds
Newsweek | May 19
The full array of potential regenerative therapies being developed by AFIRM is astonishing. Newell Washburn at Carnegie Mellon University is working on special gels to help tamp down inflammation at the site of a deep wound, allowing skin to regenerate without scarring. Dr. Charles Sfeir at the McGowan Institute is developing a powder containing bone proteins, growth factors and biodegradable cement that can be mixed with water in the operating room and molded to the shape of missing bone.

Regional Impact

Study says casinos cut into bingo profits
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 13
But according to the firefighters who rely on such games of chance to pay bills -- as well as a Carnegie Mellon University research team -- legislation proposed to more than double the allowable payouts at bingo games can't trump the power of real casinos.


At Carnegie Mellon, building fun toys that also teach
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 14
On the Carnegie Mellon University campus, one expects to find advanced research in software, robotics, physics and many other academic disciplines. What one might not anticipate is a laboratory focusing attention on, of all things, toys -- real toys that children actually enjoy.


Productive internship requires extra effort on both sides
Pittsburgh Business Times | May 12
Keep track of your work. Make a list of accomplishments and ask for job descriptions to put on your resume, said Susan Timko, assistant director of career services at Carnegie Mellon University.


Outsourcing executive: Quality, not price, will be deciding factor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 9
Mr. Roddam, the CEO of Satyam BPO Ltd., said he sees the growth of outsourcing in much the same way. "The world is full of intelligent markets," he said, and increasingly, jobs will be carried out wherever the expertise resides, not just because they can be done more cheaply in a particular location. He was at the university yesterday because his company is the first in the world to achieve the top level of excellence using quality standards for outsourcing developed at Carnegie Mellon.


Talk to the hand via HandTalk
CNET News Asia | May 13
There may come a day when telling someone to "Talk to the hand" won't intimate you're turning a deaf ear to what the other person has to say. Quite the contrary. Designers Bhargav Bhat, Hemant Sikaria and Priya Narasimhan have in hand a prototype gadget called HandTalk, which essentially is a phone for the hearing impaired. […]  Recently showcased at the Meeting Of The Minds expo at Carnegie Mellon University Center, the mobile software app can reportedly detect 32 words to date--a mere drop in the ocean of the hearing impaired's vocabulary. But it's a start, and one the team hopes to expand by integrating pressure sensors and accelerometers to augment the flexor strips on the glove's digits.


Aisha Hussein Alfardan and Natra Abdulla speak at the Women Leadership Forum at Carnegie Mellon University
AME Info | May 13
The event, organized by Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Office of Professional Development, was created so that female students at Carnegie Mellon Qatar could meet and learn from successful women who are already involved in various aspects of the business world in Doha.