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News Clips - April 24, 2009

From April 17 to April 23, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 318 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Carnegie Mellon scientists develop method for verifying safety of computer-controlled devices
National Science Foundation | April 20
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance systems, high-speed train controls and other complex, computer-controlled devices, collectively known as cyber-physical systems.


Negotiating tips
The Chronicle of Higher Education | April 17
A while back we wrote about a study that showed that while men have no qualms about asking for what they want in salary and benefits negotiations, women are more reluctant to do the same, and are often penalized when they do. In the latest issue of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession’s newsletter, Linda C. Babcock, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an author of that study, counsels women on how to negotiate without penalties.


Innovation: Harnessing spammers to advance AI
New Scientist | April 17
Spammers have already written software able to match humans at some CAPTCHAs. But when CAPTCHAs finally fail, their co-creator Luis von Ahn at Carnegie Mellon University says there will be reason for celebration as well as concern.

Education for Leadership

Carnegie Mellon junior wins Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 22
Amelia Nichols, a junior at Carnegie Mellon University, has won a 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Established by Congress, the scholarship gives up to $30,000 for graduate study leading to a career in government or public service. Nichols, a double major in psychology and urban history/education policy, plans to pursue graduate studies in social work and public policy. She is from Seattle.

Arts and Humanities

Abbey Rosen Holmes joins Carnegie Mellon faculty
Lighting and Sound America | April 21
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama has named Abigail Rosen Holmes as an associate professor of lighting design. She joins lighting technologist Todd Brown, and professor of lighting design Cindy Limauro.

Information Technology

Carnegie Mellon researchers address worst tech nightmares: colliding planes, trains and automobiles
Network World | April 20
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have come up with algorithms to help spot bugs in "cyber-physical systems" (CPS), those computerized mechanisms used to automate everything from aircraft collision avoidance to robotic surgery. Their breakthrough, which involves analyzing the logic behind system design, has already been used to find a flaw in an aircraft collision avoidance maneuver that has since been corrected.  In some ways, the technique is similar to Model Checking, a widely used method of spotting errors in complex hardware and software systems.


Carnegie Mellon team wins grant to advance iris-recognition system
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 22
Iris and face recognition soon could be the new fingerprints for criminal investigators and even U.S. troops, thanks in part to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Though troops use iris-recognition technology in Iraq, targets must remain stationary for several seconds and at a distance of about 13 centimeters, roughly 5 inches, for the camera to work, said Marios Savvides, a Carnegie Mellon professor of electrical and computer engineering who directs the school's CyLab Biometrics Lab.


What's greener: Shop at store or ship to door?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 20
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. Dr. Matthews, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, began to wonder: Which was more environmentally friendly, ordering the book online or going to a store?

Regional Impact

Miss Pa. talks to students about overcoming obstacles
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal | April 22
Perry was crowned Miss Pennsylvania on July 12. The 23-year-old Pittsburgh woman is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, where she was the recipient of a $40,000 academic scholarship. Perry also received the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Scholarship, the 2007 Presidential Volunteer Service Award and is a William Zimmerman Scholar.


Science Center introduces 'roboworld' exhibit
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 21
"I suppose I should apologize to those who thought I would be a live, living gold man walking among you," said Anthony Daniels, who also is a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center. "Coming back to Pittsburgh is like coming home -- though it would be nice if you'd leave the roads where they are."


Experts to discuss role of technology in development
The Peninsula | April 17
A three-day global conference on information and communication technology, which begins today at the Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar (Carnegie Mellon-Q) will bring together experts from different fields to discuss not only the latest innovations in ICT but also the social impact of technology on people in the developing world.


Qatar invests in future: Gates
Qatar Tribune | April 19
Microsoft chairman Gates advised institutions and organisations not to flinch from investing in innovation even if the returns seem disproportionately small. That is how it happens, the IT czar whose company invested $7.1 billion of its $51.12 billion revenues in 2007 in research and development told the gathering at the 3rd International Conference on Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD 2009) at the Carnegie Mellon University in Doha on Saturday.