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News Clips - November 7, 2008

From October 31 to November 6, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 381 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


NASA tests rover concepts in Arizona
The Future of Things | November 4
TFOT has also covered Scarab, a moon rover designed by the Lunar Rover Initiative, a group of researchers from the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, and two of NASA’s lunar developments, an energy generator based on nuclear power and a lunar habitat. Other related TFOT stories include the Martian lender Phoenix, which was designed a couple of years ago and has landed in May 2008.


Failure is an option. . .
The Washington Post | October 30
"There seems to be no way in American public life to talk about failure without resorting to cliches," continues Scott Sandage, who also teaches history at Carnegie Mellon University. "Like 'You're not a failure unless you quit' or 'Failure is a learning opportunity.' They're kind of true, but they presume failure is always shameful. They presume failure is excusable only in the context of a continued all-out quest for success."

Education for Leadership

'Innovation' looks at area's will-do heritage
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 3
That innovative sense emerges in one of the displays. A stop at the office of industrialist George Westinghouse will permit visitors to ask him questions by pointing to topics in his log book or objects on his desk. The interactive display was designed by students at the entertainment technology center at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. Shirley Saldamarco, supervising producer at the center, says the two-year graduate program is spinning off robotic and game-making companies that reflect the business reality of the program.

Arts and Humanities

A vote for confidence | November 3
But investors' cold feet also might have something to do with what behavioral economists call the "disjunction effect," the idea that people don't think one step ahead when making decisions because they're waiting for more information. George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, says there's "probably something like that going on with the election, where people are kind of afraid to make investment decisions"--even though the outcome probably wouldn't have significantly altered those decisions anyway.


Many video 'games' are for personal growth
San Francisco Chronicle | November 2
Don Marinelli, executive producer of the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, said traditional education programs are on a collision course with video games, which he believes will be increasingly relied upon to deliver teaching and lessons. "Games are so well suited for this," he said. "It's foolhardy to not welcome them in an educational environment because of the benefits of interactivity and ease of which 21st century digital natives interact with virtual worlds and cyberspace."

Information Technology

Education IT chiefs debate open source
Computer Sweden | October 31
"I found a lot of truth in both sides," said Brian Bennett, a Carnegie Mellon University IT staff person, who's just taken the new title and full-time job of documentation and training coordinator for the community-source Kuali Student project.


Radiation exposure drug gets contract
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 31
Among the most successful is Cardiorobotics Inc., co-founded in 2005 by Dr. Marco Zenati, a Pitt professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, and Howie Choset, a Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor.


Energy 'independence' is easier said than done
Houston Chronicle | November 1
Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, fire up the faithful with promises to spend billions in tax dollars to stimulate the commercialization of alternative fuels and plug-in hybrid vehicles. But neither policy actually would wean the U.S. from foreign oil, says Lester Lave, an energy economist and professor in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Regional Impact

Mine water plagued church; soon it will heat and cool it
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 1
Community leaders and local officials broke ground yesterday in the Hill District to install a big heat pump that will use water runoff from an abandoned mine to heat and cool John Wesley AME Zion Church on Herron Avenue. The $80,000 project is expected to cut heating costs by 80 percent and cooling costs by 50 percent. The land is owned by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which in 2006 asked students at Carnegie Mellon University's Urban Lab to come up with a "dream" design for Herron. Geothermal energy was part of their plan. The Rev. Cash said the overall design calls for a mix of homes and stores.


Team tries to render cells deaf to HIV
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 4
An anti-HIV drug might someday work by simply telling cell proteins to ignore the virus, researchers theorize. Judith Klein-Seetharaman, a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute, heads a team using statistical computer methods that analyze languages to identify which proteins might listen to that kind of drug and not the HIV virus.


Moon at center of Carnegie Mellon universe
Pittsburgh Business Times | November 6
Imagine overseeing the balance sheets of 600 small businesses, some overseas. That’s not too far from what Deborah Moon does as CFO of Carnegie Mellon University. The Oakland research university grants a great deal of autonomy to its seven colleges and the hundreds of departments within, which often act similarly to individual businesses. Moon’s CFO role requires her to supervise the financials of such disparate entities. “By design, we rely on this,” Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon said. “We want deans to be in charge of their colleges; department heads to be in charge of their departments."


New fellows of the Royal Society Of New Zealand
Voxy | November 5
As well, the Academy has elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand three New Zealanders who are carrying out innovative research at Universities overseas. Professor Terry Collins, a graduate of The University of Auckland who is now with the Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, is a pre-eminent scientist developing 'green chemistry' for sustainable development.


Virtual Attack
Japan Inc. Magazine | November 4
Nicolas Christin, associate director at Carnegie Mellon University’s Networking Institute, says such leakages often follow quite a mundane route, such as a company employee deciding to bring their laptop home. The laptop ends up getting infected with a virus and customer or user data is then compromised. “This isn’t hypothetical” Christin says. He believes the key is education and raising awareness among corporations and users. “Education is of paramount importance. Once private information is gone, you can’t get it back. But what you can do is educate people so they are secure…Corporations need to train employees and the government should invest in education,” he says.