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News Clips - April 10, 2009

From April 3 to April 9, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 358 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Robot gardener plants, tends and harvests
Discovery Channel | April 8
Sanjiv Singh, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has been developing robots for use in large-scale agriculture. Singh says there are many opportunities for robots in farms and orchards, from weeding to harvesting, that could make agriculture faster and more efficient.


Archer Daniels Midland project aims to bury carbon dioxide
Los Angeles Times | April 7
A gushing leak not only could release the emissions back into the atmosphere, it might also pose health risks to people in the form of "immediate death from asphyxiation" or prolonged exposure to high amounts of carbon dioxide, said David Gerard, executive director of the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.,0,4993574.story

Education for Leadership

Student entrepreneurs absorb sage advice at Carnegie Mellon event
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 4
People often are judged by the company they keep. And that company might also determine whether a business succeeds or fails, investor and marketing strategist Regis McKenna told about 100 people attending the Inventing the Future Conference. In its fifth year, the conference Friday and today at Carnegie Mellon University serves as a networking workshop for students and recent graduates who have high-tech entrepreneurial ambitions.


Carnegie Mellon Student's Robot Aiding In Studies Of Children With Autism
WTAE-TV News | April 3
Marek Michalowski, a research and doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University, co-created Keepon with his mentor Hideki Kozima, with the aim of studying children with autism.

Arts and Humanities

Student films to be shown Wednesday at PNC Park
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 3
Few aspiring filmmakers get the chance to see their own work on the big screen. But even fewer get to see it on the really big screen -- the biggest screen in town -- the Jumbotron at PNC Park. A group of film and video artists from Carnegie Mellon University are getting just such a chance today. More than 50 student and faculty-produced videos will be shown -- ranging from a musical tribute to a dead fish, to a psychic cat that won't leave you alone, to an absurdist story of Andrew Carnegie's first trip to Pittsburgh. Plus, of course, many unusual short cartoons.

Information Technology

Fate of Sun's products up in the air
InfoWorld | April 5
"I think [a merger] would make a stronger case for use of open source software, particularly at the infrastructure level," says Tony Wasserman, executive director of the Center for Open Source Investigation, which is part of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Wasserman was the founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), which provided a modeling tool running on both IBM and Sun workstations. "I was one of Sun's first ISVs [independent software vendors]," he notes.


GreenSpace: E-tail or retail kinder to Earth? They did the math
Philadelphia Inquirer | April 6
As Scott Matthews took in all the hoopla about the 9,000 delivery vehicles FedEx was deploying to deliver all the copies ordered from - more than 250,000 - he was taken aback. "That was an awful lot of stuff to put together for the convenience of not having to go to the store," he recalled. Matthews, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, began to wonder: Which was more environmentally friendly, ordering the book online or going to a store?

Regional Impact

Someplace special: Pittsburgh region has many amenities to offer retirees
Beaver County Times | April 7
Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, Pitt, Point Park and Robert Morris offer area residents plenty of quality sports options. But US News also pointed out another advantage to living in places with colleges and universities — the cultural and arts offerings they make possible. In fact, the article specifically cited Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music concerts, which offer a discount to senior citizens. Some events are free.


Pittsburgh KIZ/Point Park Partnership receives $53,000
New Pittsburgh Courier | April 2
When Gov. Ed Rendell announced $2.5 million in funding on Monday, three Pittsburgh institutions were among the beneficiaries. More than $300,000 has been allocated to recruit top faculty researchers for Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh, all affiliated with the Keystone Innovation Zone.


The benefits of being positive
Turkish Press | April 6
There are many other advantages associated with a positive outlook, according to a review from Carnegie Mellon University in America. "Positive emotional style was found to be associated with lower rates of stroke, and improved pregnancy outcomes among women undergoing assisted fertilisation. It is also linked to better overall health, and to less pain."


Bill Gates for Doha meet
The Gulf Times | April 8
The conference, being held in the Middle East for the first time, is being hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar at Education City on April 17-19. Senior World Bank official Carlos A Primo Braga (director, Economic Policy and Debt, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network) is to deliver a keynote presentation on April 19.