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News Clips - November 14, 2008

From November 7 to November 13, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 341 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Carnegie Mellon develops agile UAV
Aviation Today | November 11
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have equipped an unmanned rotorcraft with the ability to fly at low altitudes, navigate tight spaces and avoid almost imperceptible obstacles. The helicopter utilizes a pre-loaded 3-D map to circumvent large obstacles, like buildings and bridges. A 3-D laser scanner detects inconspicuous barriers, such as power lines from as far away as 500 ft. Unmanned aerial vehicles with such capabilities could assist in urban military efforts, search-and-rescue operations and eventually earn authorization to fly in civilian airspace.


Obama inherits a crisis; Palin's meteoric rise; what's next for Palin; transition to power
CNN American Morning | November 6
Kiron Skinner (Carnegie Mellon), Hoover Institution: Much of the economy includes not just good economic policy, but a sense that a leader is in control. And Senator Obama seemed in control. And I believe that reassures voters.


World's largest truck goes robotic
Discovery Channel | November 6
The largest truck in the world is about to become the largest robotic vehicle in the world. Computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up with engineers from Caterpillar to automate the 700-ton trucks, which are made to haul loads up to 240 tons from mines. That's nearly two million pounds of metal, fuel and stone powered by a 3,550-horsepower, 24-valve engine moving at up to 42 miles per hour, with software and a robot at the wheel.

Education for Leadership

Students use information systems for green causes
Peninsula On-line | November 11
Seventy-five high school students in Qatar have been given a task: ‘Use Information Systems to improve awareness about environmental challenges in Qatar. The task is the focus of the new Ibtikar Qatar competition at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Ibtikar Qatar was created by the Information Systems faculty at Carnegie Mellon Qatar as a way to get high school students involved in an environmentally focused competition, while at the same time peaking their interest in the field of Information Systems. “Since we just launched the Information Systems major this year, we wanted to find a way to inform students about the program and the field of IS,” said Selma Limam Mansar Information Systems faculty member.

Arts and Humanities

Artists stage street scenes to lurk in Google maps
Associated Press | November 11
"But instead of dwelling on the darker undertones of these issues, we began to think about ways of playing with the system," Kinsley said in an e-mail interview from Iceland, where he is participating in an artist residency. The "Street With a View" project was his master of fine arts thesis project at Carnegie Mellon University. "We were interested in interjecting something staged, something fictional, into Street View and playing with — and subtly questioning — the notion of reality in something that we perceive as a factual representation of our world," said Kinsley, 26.


Yes Men meeting
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 13
If you haven't yet heard of The Yes Men -- the outrageous artist-activists who infiltrate corporate conventions posed as scheduled presenters, announced the World Trade Organization's (faux) dissolution to shift focus to helping the poor, and crafted a hoax official Web site for candidate George W. Bush -- you can learn about and meet some of them this weekend at Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery. At 5 p.m. Friday a free "How to Be a Yes Man Workshop," including film clips from the upcoming "The Yes Men Movie," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be followed by a "Business Casual Reception," with Yes Men Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, to open the first Yes Men survey exhibition, "Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism With The Yes Men."

Information Technology

Yes we can - A glimpse into Obama's Google-enabled government
IT Business | November 11
The White House may control the IT budget, but the federal government agencies have their own CIOs, management, methods and turf. That limits the power of any federal CTO, said Dave Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and former chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission.


Green dorm design
Dwell Blog | November 7
When I was in college I lived in a cinder-block walled dorm room.  I'm not complaining, I went to a small art school and had a pretty large room that I only shared with one other person. I thought I was pretty lucky. But today's students are getting high end dorms designed by big name architects who are committed to building sustainably and building green. […] An even more impressive feat when you consider that campus building often faces leaner budgets and hard deadlines for completion. Some other notable green university buildings are the SUNY Cortland Glass Tower, The New House at Carnegie Mellon, Green Quad at the University of South Carolina, and the newly renovated Shattuck Hall at Portland State.

Regional Impact

Pittsburgh invents everything | November 10
Carnegie Mellon University's Education Technology Center's virtual interview with George Westinghouse boasts state-of-the-art-touch-screen interactive technology that lets visitors ask Westinghouse any of 200 questions.


Tax revenue plunge chokes funding
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 9
Revenue could remain below budget estimates for some time, forcing more cuts in service programs, said Robert P. Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at the H. John Heinz Ill School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.


Cal U robotics competition set
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 9
The Western Pennsylvania VEX Robotics Competition is presented through a partnership between California University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy. Preparation for the event helps to build student competencies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as problem solving and team work.


Intel's Rattner says the machines will get us in the end
The Inquirer | November 12
Rattner's talk explored other futuristic elements: three-dimensional electronics, cognitive radio, and programmable matter, primarily work being done at Carnegie Mellon. "It's really research at this point," he says of Carnegie Mellon's claymation project, which relies on tiny processors called "catoms" to create a pocket-sized slab that will turn into anything – a car key or a video screen. "But the rate at which it's advancing has really surprised us. We're beginning to have realistic conversations about getting it down in the range of a few hundred microns. Whether it's five years away or ten years away it's hard to tell."


UAE requires less regulated market for smaller firms
Emirates Business 24/7 | November 11
Allan Meltzer, professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of A History of the Federal Reserve, said lawyers and politicians wrote rules and markets developed ways to circumvent those rules without violating them. "The financial markets offer many examples," he said. "In the 1970s Federal Reserve Regulation Q restricted the interest rate that banks and thrifts could pay depositors. In response, the market developed money market funds that circumvented the regulation."