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News Clips -February 20, 2009

From February 13 to February 19, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 336 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Do energy-saving LED lamps save energy?
The New York Times – Bits Blog | February 13
The short answer is, yes. In what is apparently the first “life cycle assessment” of LED lights, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University looked at the energy needed for material and parts manufacturing, product manufacturing, and use of an LED light source and compared it with that of an incandescent bulb.


For MBA applicants, final-round blues
BusinessWeek | February 12
The good news: Some schools, including Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, have a streamlined application process for reapplicants and even waive the second application fee.

Education for Leadership

How's your date going? Ask the artificially intelligent table
The Chronicle of Higher Education – Wired Campus Blog | February 13
Computers have already relieved their human creators of plenty of mental chores, such as doing their taxes and keeping track of their appointments. But what about reading a date’s signals at dinner? Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, three undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University have applied computer technology to the science of romance with their EyeTable, an artificially intelligent dinner table that reads physical gestures and speech patterns and lets the participants know how the date is going—in real time.

Arts and Humanities

Most people believe dreams are meaningful
U.S. News and World Report | February 17
Dreams might mean nothing, but many people take them seriously nonetheless, as Sigmund Freud did, new research finds. People in at least three countries, including the United States, believe dreams contain important hidden truths, said researcher Carey Morewedge, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


Artist/cartoonist made political statements with his drawings
The Jewish Chronicle | February 18
“Art is not my aim, but my means,” illuminator and cartoon satirist Arthur Szyk is often quoted as saying. His aim - exposing injustice, and chronicling historical struggles and triumphs-is strikingly rendered in a traveling exhibit entitled “Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk,” and can be viewed at Carnegie Mellon’s Posner Center now through March 28.

Information Technology

Securing cyberspace: What it means for higher education
Campus Technology | February 13
To get an academic perspective from someone not involved with Washington policy, over an informal breakfast this month I asked Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, to comment on what she saw as the cybersecurity implications of the Obama presidency.


Beef: As bad For the environment As the Hummer?
Environmental Leader | February 17
“Switching to no red meat and no dairy products is the equivalent of (cutting out) 8,100 miles driven in a car,” Chris Weber, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University told AP.

Regional Impact

New orchard technologies emerging
Lancaster Farming | February 13
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has been on the cutting edge of robotic technology. They have developed robots that have helped clean up accidents at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant; ones that can go into volcanoes to assist with scientific research; and ones that can even go to the moon.


Penn Township turnpike slip ramp still a possibility
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | February 17
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.


Two local legends receive nation’s highest engineering honor
Pop City Media | February 18
Dr. William “Red” Whittaker, founder of the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and John Swanson, ANSYS founder and University of Pittsburgh engineering alumnus and trustee, joined the illustrious national panel, an honor that will give them a voice on important issues to Congress and the Obama administration.


Pittsburgh economists sought by media as financial crisis worsens
Pittsburgh Business Times | February 13
It’s a supply and demand story. There are only so many practitioners of the dismal science to go around, so the media’s hunger for economic expert sources has some Pittsburgh academics’ phones ringing off the hook. Between September 2008 and the second week of February, two economists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business have given more than 100 news interviews.


Gaming experts talk with Vietnamese students
Saigon GP Daily | February 18
Prof. Don Marinelli’s trip is part of a training cooperation program between the US’s Carnegie Mellon University and Software Engineering Group of Vietnam. Before reaching Da Nang, Prof. Marinelli also had a discussion with the students of Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City Monday.


Students get rich experience from computer workshop
The Peninsula | February 18
A number of participants of the third CS4Qatar Computer Science Workshop for high school students, which was hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University, said the workshop introduced them to a new way of thinking and computer programming.


Lessons from international net neutrality, broadband policies
Web Wereld | February 12
David Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, thinks that traditional American political culture represents one of the biggest barriers to deploying an effective national broadband network and to promoting effective competition for broadband services.