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News Clips - August 28, 2009

From August 21 to August 27, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 375 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The house of your dreams
The New York Times | August 26
The study, “When Dreaming Is Believing: The (Motivated) Interpretation of Dreams,” by Michael I. Norton and Carey K. Morewedge, researchers from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon, involved a survey of 1,000 people in the United States, South Korea and India, including engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who, the researchers suspected, would be less likely to give weight to their dreams.


Four ways to help Africa
The Wall Street Journal | August 25
(About the author: Ms. Jendayi Frazer, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2005-2009.) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently concluded her maiden trip to sub-Saharan Africa carrying in her words "a tough message lovingly delivered." Simultaneously, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk visited Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal also touting, in his words, "a tough love" message for Africans.


3 new farm bots programmed to pick, plant and drive
Popular Mechanics | September Issue
That is poised to change as sensors and software become cheaper and more advanced. “In the next five years or so, we’ll see robots out in the field,” says Tony Stentz, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. “And they’ll lose their novelty. To the farmers, it’ll just be another tractor, with no one in the cab."

Education for Leadership

Newsmaker: Eric Blood
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 24
Residence: Rochester, N.Y. Age: 21 Family: Father, Jeff; mother, Susan; sisters, Kristen and Laura; brother, David. Education: Senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Noteworthy: Interned this summer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., building a computer database of maneuvers for Boeing Co.'s X-48B unmanned aircraft.


Carnegie Mellon's Adrien Treuille named among top 35 young innovators in the world
Pop City Media | August 26
Imagine allowing a firefighter to view a fire in real-time and quickly see the best and safest point of entry. It doesn't exist yet, but Carnegie Mellon's Adrien Treuille sees the day when computer simulation technology will lift us to new levels. If anyone can turn the world of real-time computer simulation into a life saving force, it's Treuille and the work he is doing on at Carnegie Mellon. Treuille was recently named one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review, selected from among more than 300 nominees.

Arts & Humanities

G-20 summit viewed as chance to spotlight Pittsburgh's arts scene
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 24
A coalition of arts groups called Pittsburgh is ART plans to use the Group of 20 summit as a springboard to tell the world how the arts helped remake the city. "We see the Pittsburgh summit as a great opportunity to get the message out about how the arts have been part of the story of Pittsburgh's transformation," said Hilary Robinson, chairwoman of the 48-member coalition and dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.

Information Technology

Social networks--the new front in war on terror
CNET News | August 24
"Social network analysis is analysing information about who knows who or who talks to whom," professor Kathleen Carley of Carnegie Mellon told Connor. "What social network analysis is about is giving me the whole of the 'Facebook-style' data and saying that I'm going to analyze it mathematically to tell you who the critical people are."


Carnegie Mellon scientists' software a step to treating complex diseases
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 26
A method Carnegie Mellon University scientists developed to look at how genetic changes cause disease might improve treatment options and accuracy in diagnosing complex illnesses including asthma, diabetes and cancer, doctors and researchers said. Researchers traditionally examine individual genetic alterations that cause specific disease symptoms, said Eric Xing, a computational biologist at Carnegie Mellon.


Greenest colleges and universities | August 27
The Greenopia Leaf Award allows consumers to easily assess the overall greenness of a business or product. Four-Leaf Rated listings meet our most stringent criteria while One-Leaf Rated listings meet our minimum qualifying standards. The Greenopia Scorecard allows consumers to easily see the specific areas of greenness in the product’s or brand’s life cycle. […] Carnegie Mellon received a Three-Leaf Rating.  Only University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Washington received a Four-Leaf Rating.

Regional Impact

The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is back, brimming with life science companies
Pop City Media | August 26
Following the fair, the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Technology Management and Carnegie Mellon University will cosponsor a showcase of emerging university technologies. For the first time, startup companies of the future will be on hand during "On Deck Circle," poster presentations of up to 30 cutting-edge technologies developed at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, Penn State, and West Virginia University.


20 schools recognized for aid given to veterans
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 24
Twenty area colleges and universities were recognized as military friendly schools by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication. The publication honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that do the most to help America's veterans as students. Schools on the list offer additional benefits to student veterans. The publication polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide to compile its list. Western Pennsylvania institutions include: […] H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar class learn the secret to success
The Gulf Times | August 24
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar celebrated its 6th annual convocation yesterday, officially welcoming the Class of 2013. The 92 students, along with Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty and staff, participated in the formal event held in the three-storey atrium of the Carnegie Mellon building in Education City.


Dollar edges up vs euro ahead of U.S. consumer data
Guardian Unlimited | August 24
Allan Meltzer, a political economy professor at Carnegie Mellon University, also told Reuters that the flood of money the Fed and Treasury have injected into the banking sector and economy since the crisis began will soon threaten the dollar.