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News Clips - February 27, 2009

From February 20 to February 26, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 655 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


What do dreams mean? Less than we think
TIME | February 25
The authors of the new study — psychologists Carey Morewedge of Carnegie Mellon University and Michael Norton of Harvard — offer a few theories. For one, dreams often feature familiar people and locations, which means we are less willing to dismiss them outright. Also, because we can't trace the content of dreams to an external source — because that content seems to arise spontaneously and from within — we can't explain it the way we can explain random thoughts that occur to us during waking hours.,8599,1881498,00.html


In Geithner we trust eludes treasury as market fails to recover
Bloomberg | February 25
As New York Fed chief during one of Wall Street’s greatest bull markets ever, Geithner shared authority over some of the country’s biggest commercial banks with the Comptroller of the Currency. While the banks loaded up on mortgage-backed securities and derivatives, Geithner failed to use his power to force the firms to build adequate capital cushions and risk controls, says Allan Meltzer, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who monitors the Federal Reserve.


Why all-inclusive vacations pay off
U.S. News & World Report | February 24
People don't like to pay for every little thing. When you head to the Caribbean and end up pulling out your wallet every five minutes for drinks, food, and other indulgences, you can end up in a foul mood. Paying for one product or service at a time, says George Loewenstein, professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, "makes the costs and how much you're paying much more salient. You're forced to think about it more."


You can now use location-tracking tools to track down your TA's — Should you?
The Chronicle of Higher Education – Wired Campus Blog | February 23
Norman M. Sadeh, a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, knows exactly where his research assistants are. He can just pop open his laptop and see their locations on a Google map, represented as push-pin-like icons scattered around the campus. And his colleagues can track him, too — well, at least during weekdays when he’s in town.

Education for Leadership

Carnegie Mellon students ready to take musical theater to Port Authority bus stops
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 23
Every day, thousands of commuters cram onto Port Authority buses, united only by a common destination. They stand and sit shoulder to shoulder, with little communication, and even a slight smile or a misplaced stare can create uneasiness. So on Friday night, commuters and travellers were a little startled when a troupe of inconspicuously dressed Carnegie Mellon University students spontaneously broke into song at public transit stations with the accompaniment of a three-piece band, performing as people commonly seen on the bus -- the bizarre cat lady, the self-involved hot girl.

Arts & Humanities

Director of Carnegie Mellon gallery charts challenging course
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 25
By way of introduction, curator Astria Suparak has given us an astute critique of the proliferation of big-box structures, an immersion in the artist collaborative Yes Men as they challenge a capitalistic system on steroids, and, currently, an overview of the visual expression risen from international movements that pursue social examination and change. Not bad for the first exhibition season planned by the new director of the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.

Information Technology

reCaptcha: How to turn blather into books
The Christian Science Monitor | February 19
“We can coordinate literally millions of people on the Internet to work together to do something that computers cannot do,” says Luis von Ahn, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


Linear actuator wiggles to perform heart surgery
Eureka | February 17
The heart crawling robot is called the HeartLander OMNI, or Onboard Motor Navigational Instrument, and has been developed by a team led by Professor Cameron Riviere at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute in the US.


Ravenstahl, Peduto issue joint ‘green lighting’ plan
WPXI-TV News | February 25
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Council member William Peduto joined forces to issue one comprehensive plan for creating more environmentally efficient lighting in Pittsburgh. Each had his own plan, but Ravenstahl and Peduto introduced a new plan that merges ideas from both their proposals on Wednesday. The new plan calls for the creation of a task force with representatives from the city, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Illuminating Engineering Society. The task force will work with the city during a nine-month trial of different energy-efficient lights to create a new model of lighting for the 21st century.

Regional Impact

Robotics training offered at Pittsburgh-area colleges | February 23
Several area schools are going high-tech, thanks to a two-year robotics training program being offered at many colleges in association with Carnegie Mellon University. The program is aimed at training people to be robotic technicians and to provide skills used in a number of industries like mining and construction.


Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival spotlights 'Faces of Realism'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 26
What is reality? Uh ... could we start with something simpler? No, we can't -- thanks to Carnegie Mellon University's third annual International Film Festival, whose theme this year is "Faces of Realism," as rendered in nine extraordinary new feature and documentary films from six different countries.


Yinz Cam captures Penguins in action, inside the box
Pop City Media | February 25
Carnegie Mellon University has teamed up with the Pens to give fans unique camera angles from wherever you may be sitting in Mellon Arena. Want a tight shot on Fleury? Check out the Goalie Cam. Pens in trouble? Zoom in with the Penalty Box Cam.


Boffins: Send robot lawn tractors to the Moon
The Register | February 26
Thus the concern. Robotics brains at Carnegie Mellon Uni - birthplace of the 600 tonne autonomous Godzilla-lorry landship, among other triumphs - have allied with others from Moon mining startup Astrobotics Inc.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar's new building officially inaugurated benefiting students from UAE
AME Info | February 26
Already home to numerous students from the United Arab Emirates, these world class facilities are set to attract even more students from the UAE. H.H. Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, chairperson of Qatar Foundation, was joined on stage by the entire Carnegie Mellon Qatar student body, to cut the ceremonial ribbon on stage.


Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar gets new building
Gulf Times | February 23
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad with Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s students and alumni at the opening ceremony of the university’s state-of-the-art 460,000sq ft building in Education City yesterday evening.