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News Clips - April 17, 2009

From April 10 to April 16, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 420 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Randy Pausch's 'Last Lecture' still going strong, a year later
USA Today | April 15
Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling The Last Lecture, died last summer, but his widow, Jai, is still receiving cards and letters from readers he touched with his inspirational tale. […] More than 9.6 million people have watched the YouTube video of Pausch's last lecture at Carnegie Mellon, which inspired the book.


Sustainable nanotech
Chemical and Engineering News | April 13
"I'm actually not of the belief that we can design out all of the potentially adverse effects from these materials," said Gregory V. Lowry, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. "The reason we are interested in these materials and will use and benefit from them is because they generate reactive oxygen species or electron holes or pairs. If we design that out, they won't serve their function anymore. I am leaning toward the side of trying to limit exposure more," he said.


In Qatar, Carnegie Mellon U. opens a showplace
The Chronicle of Higher Education Blogs | April 10
Carnegie Mellon University has a big new building to show off, but don’t go looking for it in Pittsburgh — it’s in Qatar’s Education City, on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar’s capital.

Education for Leadership

Bucs honor No. 42 on a special night
Pittsburgh Pirates News | April 15
Ashley Hill, a mechanical engineering major at Carnegie Mellon, and Anna Nwokelo, a biology major at the University of Pittsburgh, were both given No. 42 Pirates jerseys by team president Frank Coonelly in the on-field ceremony. Each has received a college scholarship from the foundation, which awards four-year scholarships to academically-gifted minority students who otherwise would not have the financial means to go to college.


Sneakerology 101 kicks out limited edition Reverse Jams for Hill House
Pop City Media | April 15
Picture Andrew Carnegie kicking back in high tops with Scottish plaid and wool tucked inside, slate nubuck and chalk yellow on the outside. Carnegie Mellon entrepreneurs Elliot Curtis and Jesse Chorng and their class, Sneakerology 101, have designed a sneaker with the help of Reebok. Now they’re selling 101 pairs of the limited edition Reverse Jams for $75 each to raise money to benefit Pittsburgh’s Hill House Association.

Arts and Humanities

When you're flush, but acting flat broke
Washington Post | April 15
Under the theory, it's easier to gamble, or spend, money when it is earned without having to do much work. "It's not the absolute money that you have, but the whole history of how you got it," said George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.


Decline in blacks in prison for drug crimes reverses 25-year trend
The Christian Science Monitor | April 14
"If citizens believe the criminal justice system is grossly biased, it undermines its effectiveness," says Jonathan Caulkins, a criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For years, the disproportionately large percentage of imprisoned African-American drug offenders fueled calls for reform of local police departments as well as the national criminal sentencing structure.

Information Technology

Multifunctional cell phones spur data revolution
Deseret News | April 15
As Eric Paulos of Carnegie Mellon University puts it, the phones are ideal tools for incorporating environmental sensors of all types, able to track global temperatures, air pollution levels, wind speeds, pollen count.,5143,705297621,00.html


Join the eco-friendly revolution around town this Earth Day
Pop City Media | April 15
Pennsylvania’s Green Economy Forum: Repowering Refueling and Rebuilding America is a town hall inviting elected officials, representatives from environmental organizations and green businesses to gaze into the green crystal ball of the future. The evening takes place at Carnegie Mellon on April 16th at 7 p.m. Speakers will include Rep. Jason Altire, Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation, Fred Redmond, United Steel Workers and Thomas Granville, CEO of Axion Power International. For more information, click here.

Regional Impact

Commission: Penn Township can't afford E-ZPass turnpike exit
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 16
A Carnegie Mellon University study, completed in 2003 said a turnpike interchange for use by E-ZPass customers in the area of Route 130 and the turnpike bridge would be affordable and practical. The study also stated such an interchange would help to ease traffic congestion and other problems on Route 130.


Short list: Thu., April 16 -- Carnival
Pittsburgh City Paper | April 16
Tonight's the kick-off for Carnegie Mellon University's Spring Carnival. It's big, it's free, and it's -- for the most part -- open to the public. The good times start with stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, he of many a Comedy Central special. Then on Fri., April 17, there's the big outdoor concert, featuring indie rockers The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. […]Bertolt Brecht is among the most studied figures in 20th-century drama. […] These collaborations take center stage in A Bite of Brecht, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama's night of cabaret-style theater.


Carnegie Mellon University to offer two new degrees in Music and Technology
Pittsburgh Business Times | April 10
Carnegie Mellon University will offer two new degrees in music and technology, the school announced Friday. The Bachelor of Science in Music and Technology and the Master of Science in Music and Technology will include faculty from Carnegie Mellon's music, computer science and engineering departments, and will train students in music signal processing, sound production, composition and the cognition of music, according to a release from the school. The first classes for the new degrees will start in the fall.


Young scientists get set for Botball contest
Gulf Times | April 15
The Botball Robotics Challenge is free and is open to the general public. Al Jazeera Children’s Channel has partnered with Carnegie Mellon Qatar for the third year to cover the robotics event.


Sheikha Hanadi to address CMU-Q’s graduating class
The Peninsula | April 13
Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani, founder and chairperson of Amwal, CEO of Al Wa’ab City and Deputy CEO of Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani & Sons Group, will deliver the commencement speech at the second graduating class of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.