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News Clips - December 19, 2008

From December 12 to December 18, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 352 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Next move in Fed's most activist year
The Christian Science Monitor | December 15
“The Fed has been more active in this year than in any of its history," says Marvin Goodfriend, a central banking expert at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "There's no question that the Fed policy has cushioned the downturn to a huge extent." Yet, he adds that ending the recession may be a job beyond even the Fed's large influence.


Ticketmaster introduces audio CAPTCHA for the visually impaired
Trading Markets | December 15
In another industry first, and in response to feedback from fans, Ticketmaster, a Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:TKTM) operating business, today announced its Canadian and US Websites have teamed up with Carnegie Mellon's reCAPTCHA Project to assist visually impaired consumers. -- CAPTCHA technology is used to prevent automated software from accessing tickets. -- reCAPTCHA provides an Audio option that allows visually impaired customers to hear a set of eight digits that can be entered instead of characters.

Education for Leadership

Miss Pa. to headline PAM New Year party
Lancaster New Era | December 12
New Year's Eve at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music promises to be a magical event. The academy will be showcasing its castle — the $25 million school and professional performance center which opened this spring — and hosting a visiting princess. […] Perry, a graduate student at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, will perform Frederic Chopin's "Ballade No. 1 in G minor." Perry, 24, has been practicing the piece with academy founder and concert pianist Frances Veri in preparation for her performance in the nationally televised Miss America Pageant next month.

Arts and Humanities

A diet plan that works: Pay for weigh
Yahoo! News | December 11
There are few things people won't do for money. That's the thinking behind a new weight-loss study published by behavioral economists Kevin Volpp of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School and George Lowenstein of Carnegie Mellon University. With a shocking 71% of Americans considered overweight or obese and most weight-reduction plans proving helpful at getting pounds off but far less so at keeping them off, Volpp and Lowenstein decided it was time to quit fooling around.;_ylt=Agnw8d2NxxiPqdG0C6fvSpOQeZd4


Pittsburgh researcher creates game Web site with a purpose
The Daily American | December 12
Got a few minutes? How about using the time to play some online games and help computers get smarter at the same time? That’s what researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are hoping people will do at their new Web site. The site, which launches Wednesday, is made up of five simple games that are each designed to help computers with tasks they can’t automatically do. […] Jacobs holds master’s degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University, plus a health care certification from Harvard University. He is a co-founder and creator of the Windber Research Institute.

Information Technology

Data breaches: Ignorance is dangerous
Tech News World | December 15
A team of researchers at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon has attempted to do so, however. The researchers compared identity theft rates, over time, in states with and without security breach laws, and concluded that data breach disclosure laws have "no statistically significant effect" in reducing identity theft.


Use recycled paper gift wrap
The Daily Green Blog | December 15
During the holidays, Americans will send nearly 2 billion cards and use more than 38,000 miles of ribbon. Then there's gift wrap. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the average American household increases its trash output by 25%, resulting in 5 million extra tons of garbage. According to the Carnegie Mellon Green Practices initiative, "If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields."

Regional Impact

Sunday forum: Resilient Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 14
For the past several months, PittsburghToday has been reporting that the regional economy is outperforming the United States as a whole and most of the similar metro regions benchmarked by the Pittsburgh indicators project. The questions pessimists keep asking are: "Can this really be true?" and "How long can it last?" (About the Author) Harold D. Miller is president of Future Strategies LLC, a management and policy consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, and adjunct professor of public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University.


Women at the top of business outearn men
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 13
A Carnegie Mellon University study has concluded that women executives out-earn their male counterparts. The study, which examined 16,000 executives over 14 years, found that women at the top of the business world bring in a bit more than men and are promoted at the same rate, countering the popular notion that women earn less than men for the same work.


Australian Leadership Awards for six Lankans
Daily Mirrori | December 13
Six Sri Lankan professionals have been awarded prestigious Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarships which help strengthen regional leadership and build partnerships in the Asia-Pacific, the Australian High Commission in Colombo announced. […] In addition to the six ALAs, ten Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) and two Carnegie Mellon University Scholarships were awarded to Sri Lankan citizens to study in Australia in 2009.