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News Clips - December 4

From November 27 to December 3, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 367 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Community colleges get gift of millions for online education
The Chronicle of Higher Education | December 3
Finally, Carnegie Mellon University’s Community College Open Learning Initiative received $2.5-million to help other institutions develop Web-based open-learning environments for certain courses. The environments will be developed by cognitive scientists, human-computer interaction experts, software engineers, and faculty members with expertise in particular subjects from over 40 community colleges across the country.


Northrop joins with academics for cybersecurity work
The Wall Street Journal | December 1
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) is joining with several U.S. universities in a consortium to address near and long-term Internet security. The Los Angeles company will invest millions of dollars a year for the next five years, and likely beyond, to partner with Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University to find ways to secure computer hardware, software and systems that support information sharing around the globe.


Meeting of the minds: The future of “made in the USA”
CNBC | November 30
Manufacturing led the United States to become the richest nation in the world and has been the foundation of the middle class. But times have changed and today's economy values innovation and design over manual labor -- emphasizing mind over matter. This sea of change has spurred many questions: Are the manufacturing jobs in the US gone forever? Does an economy that doesn't produce anything have any real value and has 'Made in the USA' died, taking with it the soul of our country? CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo gathers some of the most influential leaders in manufacturing for a Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University to answer those questions and plan for the industry’s future.

Education for Leadership

Students bring together sports and smarts
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 3
When smarts meets sports, technology such as the YinzCam, allowing Penguins fans to access different camera angles at Mellon Arena on their phones, is the result. Now, the professor whose project was behind the YinzCam is giving Carnegie Mellon engineering students an even greater outlet to marry a passion for sports with invention. Priya Narasimhan's unique Sports Technology course, a 15-week project course in which students use embedded and mobile-systems technology to enhance the sport of their choice, is wrapping up its first-ever semester.

Arts and Humanities

An international array of artists smartly explores and re-imagines the modern sense of place.
Pittsburgh City Paper | December 3
(Experimental Geography continues through Jan. 31. Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon campus, Oakland. 412-268-3618 or <> ) Just outside of Lima, Peru, the shantytown of Ventanilla stands at the foot of a gigantic sand dune. The village's small, colorfully painted shacks are dwarfed by the dune's imposing monotony. In 2002, the Belgium-born, Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs chose Ventanilla as the site for "When Faith Moves Mountains," a huge-scale community-based art project that brought 500 people, armed with shovels, to move the dune.


A tone-deaf message on mammograms
Boston Globe | November 27
As the task force’s Dr. Diane Petitti said with classic understatement, “We probably, in retrospect, could have been more clear.’’ What the scientists did, says Carnegie Mellon’s Baruch Fischhoff, who studies the fine art of risk communication, “is give an external view of what’s true at the population level.’’ In other words, they told the statistical story from up high. “What people want is an internal view - what does this mean for my life?’’ Fischhoff said. “They were off in their own world.’’ This was never going to be an easy message. The breast cancer research is more complex and controversial than the cervical cancer research that was released just days later with recommendations to delay and reduce pap smears. But nevertheless, this perfect storm created a perfect case on how not to deliver a public health message.


E-mails fueling climate debate
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 3
M. Granger Morgan, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Center for Climate Decision Making, called the controversy "a tempest in a teapot." "The fundamental science, that more carbon dioxide in the climate warms up the atmosphere, is not subject to any significant academic debate," he said.

Regional Impact

Immigrants here mostly in top jobs
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 2
Pittsburgh has few immigrants, compared to other regions. But those who do arrive here are more likely to work as managers or professionals than immigrants in the nation's 24 other largest metropolitan areas, a new report based on census data says. The Fiscal Policy Institute, a New York-based, nonpartisan research organization, looked at documented and undocumented immigrants using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey for 2005 through 2007, and concluded in a report released Tuesday that immigrants contribute to a region's economy in direct relation to their share of the population. […] Syed Ahmed wasn't surprised by the local area's high rate of foreign born professionals. Many immigrants drawn to Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris and other universities decide to stay here afterward, he said.


Carnegie Mellon behind region's companies leading in language tech
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 29
If that Northwest Airlines plane had some Pittsburgh-grown technology for its co-pilot, it would not have over-shot its airport by 150 miles in late October. A synthesized voice would have repeatedly told the pilots something like, "You just missed Minneapolis." The voice might even have scolded the crew in Spanish or some other language. Led by a deep research base at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh is a virtual mecca of language technology. The region is home to 20 or more companies, mainly spun out of Carnegie Mellon, that employ computer technology to unravel babel.


Some give thanks by giving back
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 26
Southwestern Pennsylvanians are opening their homes and their hearts this holiday, welcoming to their Thanksgiving tables Burmese refugees, Asian college students and others who would otherwise be alone today. […] Sharing a twist today will be some 40 Carnegie Mellon students, most of them Asian, who will get to experience an American tradition when 30 alumni welcome them to their homes as part of a first-year program. It was the brainchild of Linda Dickerson, a Carnegie Mellon alumna and a member of the school's Board of Trustees, and Deborah Kelly, also a Carnegie Mellon alumna who has been very active in alumni affairs and whose husband, M. Satyanarayanan, is a Carnegie Mellon professor of computer science.


Bernanke to defend his record and the Fed's
Yahoo! India Finance | December 2
"My guess is he'll be confirmed, but he'll take a lot of flak," said Allan Meltzer, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh and an expert on the Fed's history. "We're in a bad period and the public is very unhappy. So that comes out in the Congress."


NHS Trust condemned for providing despicable care: Do hospitals in GCC rank better? | December 1
Currently, government run hospitals lack managerial skills needed to run healthcare facilities and thereby fail to attract specialists to treat surging numbers of patients with lifestyle diseases such as chronic diabetes, heart disease and cancer, just based on cash incentives.  This gap has been recognised and governments are now collaborating with international universities, like Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, to enhance skills of nationals to meet the demands of running world-class hospitals.


Mini helicopter ‘Sensorfly’ that cannot be knocked out | November 29
According to a report in New Scientist, the ‘minicopters’ have been developed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in Moffett Field, California. The robotic copter is manufactured by adding custom processors, sensors and software to rotors and motors from an off-the-shelf toy helicopter. Each robot has a radio, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.