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News Clips - May 9, 2008

From May 2 to May 8, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 280 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Mysteries of Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon U. finds missing ceiling
The Chronicle of Higher Education Blog | May 7
At Carnegie Mellon University, for instance, a leaded-glass ceiling was removed from the Kresge Theater in the College of Fine Arts building in a renovation about 35 years ago. It wasn’t thrown out, but its whereabouts were forgotten, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


A final farewell
The Wall Street Journal | May 3
Randy Pausch, a professor at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, has become famous for the way in which he chose to say goodbye to his students and colleagues. His final lecture to them, delivered last September, turned into a phenomenon, viewed by millions on the Internet. Dying of pancreatic cancer, he showed a love of life and an approach to death that people have found inspiring. For many of us, his lecture has become a reminder that our own futures are similarly -- if not as drastically -- brief. His fate is ours, sped up.


The TIME 100 team
Time Magazine | May 1
The TIME 100 is not a list of the smartest, the most powerful or the most talented--it is a thoughtful and sprightly survey of the most influential individuals in the world. Influence, like those other categories, is subjective, but you try to measure it in the effect people have on the world. You look at how Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor, has reached millions of people via YouTube with his poignant "last lecture" and its message of fortitude and good humor in the face of death. Influence like that is a form of power, but power is not always influence. The sheer hard power of a Hu Jintao or a Vladimir Putin can put them on the list, but their influence can be different from what seems most obvious. For example, Henry Kissinger writes that Hu's lasting influence may be as much about achieving a harmonious society in China as achieving territorial integrity.,9171,1736719,00.html

Education for Leadership

Glove converts sign language into sound
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 8
It is a sensor-equipped glove, known as HandTalk , that can translate gestures into spoken words on a cell phone. It was developed by students at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a class research project. Three of the four team members, senior computer engineering students Bhargav Bhat, Hemant Sikaria and Jorge L. Meza , demonstrated the prototype yesterday at Carnegie Mellon's "Meeting of the Minds" expo of undergraduate research projects.


Tepper startup NeuroBank takes major Bplan competition
College Mogul | May 7
A team of students from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon won the top prize at the Moot Corp business plan competition this past weekend. Moot Corp, held at the University of Texas at Austin, is considered one of the most important and prestigious competitions in the country. This year’s winners presented NeuroBank, which has developed proprietary technology to extract and preserve adult neural stem cells. This was reportedly the ninth year that Tepper has taken the prize (making them the winningest school in the competition’s 24 year history), this year beating out 37 competing teams from business schools and universities from around the globe.


Kindergarten students raise money with Carnegie Mellon 'Trike-A-Thon'
WTAE | May 5
Kindergarten students at the Children's School at Carnegie Mellon University took part in a heart-warming fundraiser Monday morning in Oakland. The students rode tricycles around the school's gymnasium in their "Trike-a-Thon" fundraiser to support the Ally's Angels organization, which is named for 4-year-old organ recipient Ally Heinz. The organization raises funds for the Gift of Life donor program.

Arts and Humanities

He's a man, as charged
The Washington Post | May 6
Not all who study adolescent decision making are convinced that the new brain science says what its advocates suggest. "It's a very incomplete picture, one of simple tasks created in highly artificial settings," says Baruch Fischhoff, a professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. "It evokes all the prejudices people have about adolescents."


The thinkers: Carnegie Mellon researcher connects emotions and decisions
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 5
When it comes to such varied behaviors as taking advice, promoting an employee or deciding what is unethical, we are all irrational in a very predictable way. That's the conclusion that Carnegie Mellon University researcher Francesca Gino and her colleagues have reached after doing a series of innovative experiments on how our emotions and hidden biases affect everyday decisions.

Information Technology

Are we closer to a 'Matrix'-style world?
NBC 11 News (MSNBC) | May 5
Ralph Hollis, a research professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, isn't about to promise that breakthrough just yet. His laboratory team, however, has harnessed a technology called magnetic levitation to create one of the most sensitive haptic, or touch-based, interfaces in the world.


Moot prize goes to Carnegie Mellon venture firm that stores neural stem cells
Austin American-Statesman | May 6
NeuroBank, a venture company that says it safely collects and stores healthy adult neural stem cells, won the Global Moot Corp Competition at the University of Texas on Saturday. The company, led by two students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, bested 37 teams from around the world for $100,000 in cash and services.


Delaying data could cut net's carbon footprint
New Scientist | May 5
Liu and colleagues "succeeded in significantly reducing power without any perceived effect in user experience," says Diana Marculescu of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US. Little attention has been paid to trying to balance these two factors, she adds.

Regional Impact

A great plan for southwestern Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 7
Another critical issue is managing the water and sewer services essential for suburban developments while dealing with the flooding problems they sometimes create downstream. The Institute of Politics at Pitt has just completed a comprehensive study of the subject by a Regional Water Management Task Force chaired by President Jared Cohon of Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Hassinger said SPC may use that report for future action.


Pay hefty in school of hard knocks
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 8
Robert P. Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, said the rich contracts still do not compare to similar jobs in the private sector. "Go to any corporation Downtown, and the guy or gal in charge is going to make a lot more than $285,000," Strauss said. "From the public's perspective -- the private citizen, taxpayer, voter -- that seems like an awful lot of money. ... But moving a school district, which is entirely tenured and entirely unionized, is like moving a big ship. It's hard."


Lawmakers, consumer groups, ISPs debate future of Internet 'neutrality'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 4
The million-dollar (actually, billions of dollars) question is, "To what extent should your broadband provider be allowed to discriminate in the way it handles your communications?" said Jon Peha, professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He's versed on the subject, and in February moderated a debate on "net neutrality" at the William Pitt Union in Oakland.


Wireless world is almost with us
The Guardian | May 7
Many of the technologies mentioned in the report have already been deployed, but some have gone even further. Engineers at IBM have worked on a system which uses the body itself as a conduit for data, and General Motors - the US car giant - is working with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a fully-automated car, nicknamed The Boss.


Congratulations graduates
The Peninsula | May 6
"It's been wonderful to watch your hopes and dreams come true as you finish your studies and graduate. And now it's time to turn our thoughts toward the future and wait with great anticipation to see how you will apply the education you received at Carnegie Mellon," said Charles E. Thorpe, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, to the Class of 2008. A feature of the formal ceremony was the Scottish tradition, wherein a bagpiper led the formal procession of graduating students, Carnegie Mellon faculty, deans, the university provost, keynote speaker and university president into the Ceremony Tent.


Carnegie Mellon class graduates
Gulf Times | May 6
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar hosted its historic inaugural graduation yesterday in Qatar Foundation’s Education City. Among the parents attending the ceremony was HH the Emir  Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, whose daughter Lulwah Hamad Khalifa al-Thani graduated in Business Administration. Bachelor of Science diplomas were presented to 35 students - 23 in Business Administration and 12 in Computer Science - in the presence of a gathering of more than 700 people. The Class of 2008 represents 11 nationalities – Canada, Egypt, US, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Syria, Belize, Lebanon, UK and India. There were 15 Qataris (seven in Business Administration, eight in Computer Science) and 20 expatriates (16 in Business Administration and four in Computer Science).