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News Clips - October 31, 2008

From October 24 to October 30, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 398 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Stocks take big leap as investors await Fed
The Wall Street Journal | October 29
In recent public comments, central bank officials have left the door open to further easing, though they've done little to signal how aggressively they intend to move. Many economists expect another half percentage point -- or 50 basis points -- of cutting, something also reflected in interest-rate futures markets. "This is a very bleak outlook," says Marvin Goodfriend, a professor at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business and a former Fed economist. "The case is pretty strong to do the 50."


Asia, Europe leaders urge more finance rules before Bush summit
Bloomberg | October 26
"It is foolish to think that within a few weeks Europe and the U.S. are going to be able to overhaul international financial regulation," said Allan Meltzer, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "It will be extremely hard to come up with a consensus. I doubt the Europeans will even be able to agree among themselves."

Education for Leadership

If no one sees it, is it an invention?
The New York Times | October 26
When he completed his degree this year at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon, he received “lots of offers from all the big places,” according to Paul Dietz, who convinced Mr. Johnny Lee to join him in the applied sciences group of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division. “When we told Bill Gates we were trying to recruit Johnny, he already knew about his work and was anxious to bring him to Microsoft,” adds Mr. Dietz, a research and development program manager.

Arts and Humanities

Psychology Today | October 29
But why are some people more likely to come down with a cold in the first place? That's a question Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh asked. Cohen specializes in researching the way environmental stress affects human health and wanted to find a way to experimentally confirm some of the results he was seeing in the field. In a series of experiments, Cohen and his colleagues surveyed 256 volunteers about stress factors in their lives, then infected them with a cold virus. The researchers then watched how the volunteers' immune systems fought off the infection.


This week in gaming history
The Escapist Magazine | October 27
In serious gaming news, a team of students from Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) program announced PeaceMaker this week in 2005. A game simulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the player took on the role of either the Israeli Prime Minister or the Palestinian President and attempted to bring peace to the Middle East. Two of the students involved in the project went on to form ImpactGames, a studio designed to "promote change through interactive media."

Information Technology

Of varying degrees
The New York Times | October 27
Just this fall, moreover, Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science began offering a graduate-level degree called a Master of Science in Information Technology in IT Service Management (MSIT-ITSM). Other schools, like the University of Dallas, are beginning to offer MBAs and other master's degree programs with an emphasis on ITSM.


Change in diet can help reduce carbon footprint
Southtown Star | October 30
Christopher Weber, Carnegie Mellon University researcher, found that 11 percent of food-associated greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation while 83 percent are linked with food production. A "low-carbon diet" recommended by environmentalists and nutritionists is based on foods that create fewer greenhouse gases versus the high greenhouse gas emissions from beef, dairy and transported foods.,103008changeworld.article

Regional Impact

U.S. panel suspends voting machine company over test methods
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 30
A company that tested the software of Allegheny County's electronic voting machines this month is about to have its federal accreditation suspended by a U.S. oversight commission. […] This will not likely affect voting next week, but should remind the public to be vigilant about the performance of voting machines, said Michael Shamos, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who has examined electronic voting machines for Pennsylvania since 1980.


Carnegie Mellon sets $1 billion fund-raising goal
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 27
Carnegie Mellon University this morning went public with a campaign to raise $1 billion, an amount that will spur its various endeavors from scholarships and campus life enhancements to research and teaching. The campaign, which began in 2003, has so far raised $550 million toward its goal. Although it is going forward in a worsening recession, Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon expressed confidence regarding donor support given the generosity already shown and the school's record of innovation. "We know the current economic crisis does not change the world's needs for innovative solutions to urgent problems," Dr. Cohon said. "If anything, we feel these needs more deeply than ever."


Gadgets designed at Carnegie Mellon work off gestures, brain signals
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 29
Gestris is a cool game, but don't expect to see it on store shelves next to Nintendo Wii systems anytime soon. Players use body gestures -- but no controller or special clothing -- to move pieces on a big screen in the Tetris-style game that researchers at the Intel Corp.'s Pittsburgh Research Lab developed. "It's a little showcase," Intel's Padmananabhan "Babu" Pillai said Tuesday as the lab at Carnegie Mellon University's Collaborative Innovation Center showed off its latest futuristic work at an open house.


Carnegie Mellon announces $1B--that's billion--future growth campaign
Pop City Media | October 29
Carnegie Mellon University—the birthplace of some the most innovative and imaginative technical achievements in the world and home to 16 Nobel laureates—is thinking big, as in billions. In the face of a looming recession, the school announced a $1 billion public campaign this month to carry the institution into the future. Already halfway toward the goal, Carnegie Mellon has raised $550 million in the “quiet” phase of the campaign that kicked off 2003.


Business students test their skills in contest
Gulf Times | October 30
A group of students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar raised QR30,000 by implementing different business ideas over a three-day period through participation in the campus’s second version of American reality show The Apprentice. “It is all about teamwork, collaborative planning and finding the individual strength of each team member and using it for the greater good of the team,” said junior business administration major Saad al-Matwi who served on the board of directors for the competition.


Carnegie Mellon announces public phase of comprehensive US$1 billion campaign targeted to endowment, future growth
Business Intelligence Middle East | October 29
For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has been addressing the world's urgent needs through education and research. This past weekend, with more than US$550 million raised, the university announced the public phase of a US$1 billion campaign that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the university. "This campaign will shape the university's future. Carnegie Mellon is one of the most imaginative and innovation-intensive universities in the world; a university that measures its excellence through its impact. This campaign has already enabled more innovation at Carnegie Mellon, and it will inspire more in the future," said Jared L Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon.