Carnegie Mellon University

News Clips -December 18, 2009

From December 10 to December 17, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 423 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.

National

Becoming more computer saavy always a good career move
Chicago Tribune/Associated Press | December 15
Robert Kelley, an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, suggests that applicants set up informational interviews with the companies they're interested in. That way, they can learn the specific computer skills and experiences needed for the position, while also making a connection with the employer.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/fl-tech-skills-20091215,0,1243909.story

 

The President wants banks to return the bailout favor
PBS Nightly Business Report | December 14
GRECH: Professor Baruch Fischhoff is with Carnegie Mellon University. He says our appetite for risk has a lot to do with how we interpret information. BARUCH FISCHHOFF, PROFESSOR, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIV.: Just like you'd find two people, one who will stay in a job because she thinks it's too great a risk to move to something else and somebody will leave the job because she's afraid that the industry or the company is going down.
http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/onair/transcripts/nbr_transcripts_091214/

 

'Nanosensors' spot early signs of cancer
U.S. News and World Report | December 13
Nanotechnology is able to work at the sub-cellular level, said Yoed Rabin, associate professor of biothermal technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. These particular nanosensors in the new study, Reed said, "sense the absorption of molecules on its surface and give an electrical signal output." Much of these innovations are a direct outgrowth of the Human Genome Project, which identified and sequenced the entire human genome of about 30,000 genes, Phelps said.
http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/12/13/nanosensors-spot-early-signs-of-cancer.html

Education for Leadership

Biophysical Society announces winners of 2010 Student Travel Awards
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News | December 16
The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its student travel award to attend the Biophysical Society's 54th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, February 20-24, 2010. The recipients of this competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference. […] The 2010 recipients of the Student Travel Award are: Tristan Bereau, Carnegie Mellon, "IDENTIFYING TWO-STATE TRANSITIONS BY MICROCANONICAL ANALYSIS: COARSE-GRAINED SIMULATIONS OF HELICAL PEPTIDES." […] Siddharth Shenoy, Carnegie Mellon University, "LIPID DIFFUSION IN TETHERED BILAYER LIPID MEMBRANES (TBLMS)."
http://www.genengnews.com/news/bnitem.aspx?name=71229778

Arts and Humanities

Boys at home in the kitchen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 13
About a month ago, a group of boys in Carrie Hackett's second-grade class were out on the playground discussing -- of all things -- Easy-Bake Ovens. They were mad that there weren't any ovens for boys. "I told them there's a blue-and-white one but they said, 'No, there's a girl on the box.'" […] "To me, it's completely infuriating that all of these 'women's crafts' are professionalized by men. It's so wrong!" said Kathy M. Newman, an English professor at Carnegie Mellon University whose classes have included the literature of gender studies and pop culture.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09347/1020636-34.stm

Information Technology

Document reveals TJX hacker’s assistance to prosecutors
Wired.com | December 15
During the sessions, Gonzalez met with Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, Kimberly Peretti of the Justice Department’s computer crime division, as well as two agents from the U.S. Secret Service and a representative of Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Emergency Response Team, which often provides technical analysis of malware and other assistance to law enforcement agencies. Notes that agents took at these sessions added up to 212 pages, according to the memo.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/gonzalez-memo/

Biotechnology

Surviving heart disease
Suite 101 | December 13
Researchers at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have been working on a small implantable device that can help support a failing heart in infants. The device which will be the size a small battery will be used to help children as young as newborn and up to 35 pounds who would otherwise die as result of heart failure (PediaFlow Pediatric VAD: Launch Point Retrieved December 12, 2009, from LaunchPoint Website).
http://medical-biotechnology.suite101.com/article.cfm/surviving_heart_disease

Environment

Carnegie Mellon team to study water quality from shale gas development
Pollution Online | December 15
Carnegie Mellon University's Kelvin Gregory is leading a research team developing a new treatment for cleaning water used in shale-gas production. Gregory, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and University of Pittsburgh engineering professors Radisav Vidic and Eric Beckman have received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop a system to improve the use of hydraulic fracturing by drilling companies.
http://www.pollutiononline.com/article.mvc/Carnegie-Mellon-Team-To-Stud-Water-Quality-0001?VNETCOOKIE=NO

Regional Impact

Energy research funds to flow into Pittsburgh area
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 16
Three companies and a consortium of five universities have received a major federal contract for energy research that could be worth nearly half a billion dollars over the next five years, with much of the money flowing into the Pittsburgh region. The research contracts will support the work of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in South Park and Morgantown, W.Va., and fund everything from carbon capture techniques to cleaner power production. The schools providing research scientists are the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Penn State University and Virginia Tech.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09350/1021161-28.stm#ixzz0Zr2e5GGh

Local

TV, video games offer science education
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 17
Another way Pollock, Pogue and the Duquesne team are expanding access to science learning is through video games, said Don Marinelli, executive producer of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center. Marinelli and other center colleagues partnered with Duquesne researchers to make video games such as one about regenerative medicine, Marinelli said. "It turns the player into the physician who's healing someone who broke their leg," he said. "They took something very, very complicated and made it very understandable."
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_658115.html

 

CMU project could help drivers find parking spots
WPXI-TV News | December 14
New technology could help you find a place to park faster. Parking can be a big problem, especially at this time of year, when everyone is out shopping and running errands. That is why a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are trying to bring the parking spaces to you via the Web and mobile phones.
http://www.wpxi.com/news/21961777/detail.html

International

Students develop online patient referral system
Gulf Times | December 17
“QDA needed a technology that would capture diabetic patients’ data as they get referred by physicians,” director Sharoud al-Jundi Matthis said. The Carnegie Mellon Qatar team also worked with ictQATAR’s e-health clinical adviser Dr Yasir Khan and QDA’s dietician Katie Nahas.
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=332382&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

 

The big question: Does the latest online technology pose an unacceptable threat to our privacy?
The Independent | December 15
"Generally speaking, they know very, very little about what goes on online, under the screen, under the hood," said Joseph Turow, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, while Lorrie Faith Cranor, an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said that many people were even "confused about which part of a web page is advertising."
http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/big-question/the-big-question-does-the-latest-online-technology-pose-an-unacceptable-threat-to-our-privacy-1840974.html

 

Fields of automation
The Economist | December 10
Yet farmers, like factory owners, will want a return on their investment. “It is actually not hard to pick an orange, but it is very hard to pick an orange cost effectively,” says Tony Stentz of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Because robots can work all day without a break, they have one advantage over manual labour. But it is their potential for accurate information-gathering that is proving to be an equally important talent.
http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15048711