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News Clips - May 23, 2008

From May 16 to May 22, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 348 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Networking for interns
Yahoo! News | May 20
Save the Tough for Last. Reach out to those who are easiest to approach first -- hold off on chatting with the heads of the company who probably know less about incoming interns. "Don't start at the top of the food chain -- network with people who can still identify with where you are as a student intern," says Ken Keeley, executive director of the Career Opportunities Center at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. Going to the higher-ups later in the summer also increases the chance that a colleague will put in a good word about the intern before the actual approach.;_ylt=AvpRhJ3CHMAUd9oCk2G_y5q1v0gC


Business lessons from Randy Pausch's last lecture
BusinessWeek | May 16
Like millions of people, I watched the video of Randy Pausch giving his "last lecture" at Carnegie Mellon. Pausch, who is dying of cancer, created a lecture that offered life lessons (, 11/21/07) as a guide for his children when they grow older. I developed an even greater appreciation for Pausch's wisdom after reading his book, The Last Lecture, and realizing many of the lessons can be applied to business leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers in how they interact with customers and employees.


Gore tells graduates to be third 'hero generation'
USA Today (AP) | May 19
Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday told graduates of Carnegie Mellon University they could become part of the next "hero generation" in American history by solving environmental problems. In a commencement address before a record crowd of about 10,000 people, the Nobel laureate said there had already been two "special generations" of Americans: the one that founded the country and the one that defeated fascism during World War II.


Al Gore, Randy Pausch highlight Carnegie Mellon's 111th Commencement
FOX Business | May 18
The ceremony also featured an appearance by Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor with terminal cancer whose inspiring "last lecture" about childhood dreams has been viewed by millions of people worldwide over the Internet. Pausch is also the author of the best selling book The Last Lecture, which expands on his speech about the importance of having fun and dreams.

Education for Leadership

Improbable props for Knoop table
San Francisco Gate | May 17
Josh Urso can twirl a rope better than any cowboy. Urso, who began experimenting with fabric and design as an industrial design student at Carnegie Mellon University, has added the Knoop (Dutch for "knot") line of glass-topped tables to his creations for Josh Urso Designs in New Jersey. Urso impregnates the rope - approximately 400 feet for a 2-by-2-foot coffee table base - with resin to stiffen it into a structural element for each handmade table.


Dynamo walking
Science Careers | May 16
For someone so young, Bertrade "Betty" Mbom is surprisingly accomplished and well connected. Mbom sometimes breakfasts with the associate dean for undergraduate affairs for Carnegie Mellon University's (Carnegie Mellon's) College of Science and is a regular visitor to his office. She founded, and runs, a successful minority peer-mentoring program that dissolves barriers between faculty members and minority undergraduate students and draws new students into the science classroom.

Arts & Humanities

Can a tomato revive a community ... and save the planet?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 17
"I want people to come here and see this and say, 'I can do this,' " Ms. Schwartz said. "The way we're living on this planet is not sustainable. I know we can figure out how to do it." This fall, she may get a big helping hand from a multidisciplinary team of students and teachers in Carnegie Mellon University's Urban Lab program.

Information Technology

Q&A: Software's advance is so steady, you probably don't even notice it
Computer World | May 19
William Scherlis is a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Institute for Software Research there. He specializes in software assurance, software evolution and technology to support software teams. He has a long association with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Scherlis spoke with Computerworld's Gary Anthes about progress in software development.

Regional Impact

Federal aid sought for Pittsburgh landslide problems
WTAE-TV | May 19
An 18-month study by architecture consulting firm Perkins Eastman in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University found that generations of developers have built houses on some of the most unstable land throughout the city.


Pittsburgh a national hub for artificial intelligence companies, hiring
Pop City Media | May 21
It’s no coincidence three of the most successful companies in the business are located here, adds Piconi, who gives credit to research coming out of the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and the Education Technology Center.


Amazon founder enjoys his role at Carnegie Mellon commencement
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 19
But Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of online retailer, was comfortably surrounded by Carnegie Mellon University computer science graduates there yesterday. The man once named Time magazine's person of the year declared himself a geek from way back -- a kid who played the role of computer in re-enacting "Star Trek" episodes and a computer science graduate from Princeton University.


Students finish project with special needs kids
The Gulf Times | May 22
A group of business administration students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar have completed a program, that combined community service and reflective thinking, with special needs children at HopeQatar. Called ‘It’s Not That Simple’, the program prompts students to think about their lives and why they do what they do.


Students all set for robot contest
The Peninsula | May 20
The students have been busy designing, building and programming their Lego© Mindstorm robots for the past several weeks in preparation for the competition that is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. The teams will compete against each other on a playing field the size of a ping-pong table in a high energy, non-destructive tournament.


Study sheds light on signs of autism
Times & Transcript | May 19
Kevin Pelphrey, an associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, said it's part of a broad effort by many groups around the world trying to identify how kids who will go on to develop autism differ from those who will not.


New game site designed to make computers smarter
The Register | May 16
The games are the brainchild of Luis von Ahn, the Carnegie Mellon University professor whose research led to the CAPTCHA, which is used by websites to prevent computer scripts from signing up for accounts. The puzzles with blurred images and squiggly lines take advantage of computers' inherent difficulty recognizing patterns.