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News Clips - September 5, 2008

From August 29 to September 4, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 251 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Youth suicide rate is still high
Los Angeles Times | September 3
Despite the decrease in suicides, researchers cautioned that the trend was still clearly upward. "It is certainly cause for concern," said Robert D. Gibbons, a biostatistician at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was not involved in the report. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh analyzed data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.,0,6842391.story


A revolution in research
The Chronicle of Higher Education | September 5
About one in two pedestrians is up for it, says George Loewenstein, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who dreamed up the Data Truck. During an internship program this summer, graduate students and faculty members cruised the streets of Pittsburgh conducting various studies of behavior and decision making. They completed 26 studies, each involving 1 to 300 subjects. Mr. Loewenstein says the endeavor has been wildly successful — far moreso than any stationary university laboratory could be. "I think it's really revolutionized our research capabilities here," says Mr. Loewenstein, who teaches economics and psychology.


Elevated rate of teen suicide stirs concern
The Wall Street Journal | September 3
"We're seeing [more than] 600 more suicides in this two-year period than we would have expected, and that is cause for concern," said Jeffrey Bridge, an epidemiologist at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of the study. A co-author was Joel Greenhouse, a statistician at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Education for Leadership

N.C. native finds success in pageantry
Winston-Salem Journal | September 1
When Kendria Perry was five years old, her parents took her to a movie and then stopped at a store in Raleigh on the way home and bought her a toy keyboard. They were surprised that, when Perry began playing with the toy keyboard, she could play songs from the movie that they had just seen. Perry's skill on the piano has propelled her from Raleigh to the UNC School of the Arts, to the Miss Forsyth County pageant and then on to Carnegie Mellon University.

Arts and Humanities

Art Preview: Artist shows how communities are reusing big box stores
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 3
Her exhibit, "Your Town, Inc.," opened last week at Carnegie Mellon University's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. It's the first show curated by the gallery's new director, Astria Suparak, who was attracted to what she describes as the "critical but optimistic" stance of Christensen's work.

Information Technology

The challenge of scaling a wireless LAN
PC World | August 30
But everyone agrees that capacity planning at the level of the access point is more art than science. "When I speak on this topic, I always emphasize that we, the IT professionals, not the vendors are the ones who best understand the user and application scenarios we'll be dealing with in our deployments," says Dan McCarriar, assistant director of network services at Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh.


Reports on DNA research findings from Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering provide new insights
News Rx | News Rx
“Each PNAA handle independently interacts with the micellar phase, reducing the overall mobility of this complex relative to individual PNAA binding. The sequence-and size-based dependence of this separation technique is maintained with multiple PNAA binding over a range of DNA sizes. Results are accurately described by ELFSE theory, yielding alpha=54 for single-micelle tagging and alpha=142 for dual-micelle tagging," wrote J.M. Savard and colleagues, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering.


Carbon taxes
Mother Jones | August 29
According to a recent study out of Carnegie Mellon University, the distance traveled by the average American's dinner rose about 25 percent from 1997 to 2004, due to increasing global trade. But carbon emissions from food transport saw only a 5 percent bump, thanks to the efficiencies of vast cargo container ships.

Regional Impact

Landmark Green Chemistry conference comes to Pittsburgh
Pop City Media | September 3
“Green Chemistry, Solutions for a Healthy Economy” features a slate of outstanding speakers who will share insights on the economics, regulatory and public awareness issues including: Dr. Paul Anastas, the founder of the principles of green chemistry; Dr. Terry Collins of Carnegie Mellon University, head of The Institute for Green Science, a research, education and development center and Dr. Bruce Lanphear, the principle investigator of a study on the relationship of prenatal and early childhood exposures to environmental toxins and their relationship to behavioral problems, learning problems and asthma in children.


Memorial Sept. 22 for Carnegie Mellon's Randy Pausch
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 3
Carnegie Mellon University has scheduled a campus memorial ceremony for former professor Randy Pausch for Sept. 22, but expects so many will want to attend that it already has made arrangements to broadcast the service live on ABC's Web site. The invitation-only memorial service for Dr. Pausch, who died of pancreatic cancer July 25 at age 47, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the school's largest space, Rangos Hall.


Carnegie Mellon's Quesenberry leading study to examine diversity
Pittsburgh Business Times | September 1
Jeria Quesenberry, an assistant teaching professor in the college of information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, is helping lead a new study for the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative to demonstrate the relationship between a diverse work force and economic growth. After studying diversity in the information technology field as part of earning her doctorate at Penn State University, Quesenberry is eager to help the WPDI, a nonprofit collaborative started in 2005 whose goal is to promote economic growth by providing employers with resources to help them hire and retain employees from diverse backgrounds. She plans to present the first phase of the study, called “Fostering a Diverse Human Capital Infrastructure,” next spring.


Carnegie Mellon introduces innovation course
The Peninsula | September 1
An Open Day was held by Carnegie Mellon University to encourage and help aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to venture into their own business through a Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, held at the Four Seasons yesterday. The event was organized by Carnegie Melon University along with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).


Researchers offer new way to avoid bogus websites
The Globe and Mail | August 28
Intercepting Internet traffic and spying on the communication between two computers is a gold mine for hackers. Now Carnegie Mellon University researchers hope software they've built will make it harder for criminals to hit that jackpot. The software, a free download for use with latest version of the Firefox Web browser, creates an additional way for people to verify whether the site they're trying to visit is authentic.


Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar to hold open day for budding businessmen
Midle East North Africa Financial Network | August 28
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is hosting an open day to promote its Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (CIEP) on August 31, at the Four Seasons Hotel. CIEP is a nine-month, part-time course presented by Carnegie Mellon University. The university is a recognized worldwide leader in business education and is in partnership with Qatar Science and Technology Park, a hub for technology-based companies.