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News Clips - February 6, 2009

From January 30 to February 5, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 311 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Why saving for your future is so hard
CNN Money | February 4
Psychologists, economists and legal scholars often speak of people as having multiple selves. This odd idea helps to explain a lot of our mistakes - we just don't always know what will make our future selves happy. In fact, we make predictable errors, says Carnegie Mellon University economist George Loewenstein, thanks in part to a mental habit called projection bias.


Out of office: Job loss in the age of blogs and Twitter
The Wall Street Journal | February 3
Robert Kraut, a professor of social psychology and human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, says games and other forms of entertainment can provide escape for people steeped in anxieties about the economy. "There's evidence these distractions have a psychological benefit because they prevent a downward spiral of rumination," says Dr. Kraut.


Lacker says Fed should avoid favoring specific credit markets
Bloomberg | February 1
The debate partly reflects the FOMC’s inexperience in conducting monetary policy when interest rates are at or near zero, said Marvin Goodfriend, a professor at Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business and former policy adviser at the Richmond Fed.

Education for Leadership

Community organization program aims to teach skills for jobs in environmental fields
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 5
"What we've tried to do is give them a skill set that's a lot more broad than an environmental technician," said Deborah Lange, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and an instructor in the environmental technician program.

Arts and Humanities

When dreams come true
American Scientist | February 2
In an effort to understand whether people take their dreams seriously, Carey Morewedge of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Michael Norton of Harvard University surveyed 149 college students attending universities in India, South Korea or the United States about theories of dream function.


Lockhart, Carnegie Mellon have New York reunion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 30
Conductor Keith Lockhart knows a thing or two about making the most of opportunities. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a master's in conducting in 1983, he estimates he got about 130 rejection letters for auditions. But the few times an orchestra did invite him, he usually won the job.

Information Technology

Sensitive data insecure abroad, McAfee report finds
Search Security | January 29
"Managing insider threats is difficult," Tim Shimeall, an analyst at Carnegie Mellon University's CERT Network Situational Awareness Group wrote in the report. "With more sophisticated technologies at their fingertips and increased access to data, it has become easier for current employees and other insiders, such as contractors, consultants, suppliers and vendors, to steal information.",289142,sid14_gci1346368,00.html


Carnegie Mellon's robotic arm helps medics assist wounded soldiers without being in the line of fire
Gizmodo | February 3
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robotic arm that can be controlled remotely and help medics assist wounded soldiers that can't be carried off the battlefield. Howie Choset, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon, engineered the robotic arm with various sensors so it can monitor and assess a soldier's condition. The are detectors on it can determine if a person is breathing.


Coal isn't clean -- but is carbon capture and sequestration our best hope against climate change?
Pittsburgh City Paper | January 29
Without CCS, proponents say, we'll never cut CO2 emissions enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change. A new high-profile report from a group headed by Carnegie Mellon professor M. Granger Morgan urges the Obama administration to create a commission to regulate CCS, and to overcome legal and other obstacles to deploying it.


'Smart' buildings, structures may save billions
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | February 3
But an emerging technology could save money on repairs and alert officials well before failures occur, said Matthew Sanfilippo, executive director of the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research at Carnegie Mellon University.


Carnegie Science Awards announced
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 30
Lenore Blum, of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Catalyst Award as a founding director of Project Olympus, which targets high-tech talent to help with economic growth in the region. She's also worked at Carnegie Mellon to achieve one of the highest percentages of women in a computer-science program worldwide.


Why a bad economy will help social networks
Sitepoint | February 4
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, for example, there was a surge of Internet traffic, according to Dr. Robert Kraut, social psychology and human computer interaction professor at Carnegie Mellon University, as people turned to web chat rooms and message boards for “sensemaking” and escapism.


GigaPan Epic to capture detailed panoramas unveiled
TechShout | January 31
Henry Hillman Jr., Founder, President and CEO of GigaPan Systems, mentioned, “Today we are offering the general public breakthrough high-resolution imaging technology that is the result of years of research by scientists at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University."