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News Clips - January 16, 2009

From January 9 to January 15, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 856 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Fed may find expectations defy easy managing
Bloomberg | January 14
“Bernanke is saying, correctly, that expectations are conditional,” said Allan Meltzer, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and author of a two- volume history of the Fed. “But the Fed isn’t the only influence on those expectations."


Older adults among newer members on social networking sites
USA Today | January 14
The value of these sites grows with the numbers, suggests social psychologist Robert Kraut of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He says his son and daughter-in-law now post pictures and videos of his new grandchild on Facebook. "So my wife and I are looking at Facebook much more because there's actual value."


Patterns: Trying to avoid a cold?
The New York Times | January 12
The study, led by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, was published Monday in The Archives of Internal Medicine. After controlling for age, body mass index, race, smoking and other factors, researchers found that those who got less than seven hours of sleep a night were almost three times as likely to have clinical symptoms as those who got eight or more.


Bilateral training opportunities in the United States and Portugal
AAAS Science Magazine | January 9
Three new collaborative programs between U.S. and Portuguese universities offer master's- and Ph.D.-level training opportunities in engineering, computer science, mathematics, and related areas (see box below). Initiated and sponsored by the Portuguese national government, the programs connect departments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas, Austin (UT Austin), with several universities in Portugal.

Education for Leadership

Carnegie-Mellon students inventing a Snackbot
Slashfood | January 12
The students at Carnegie Mellon University are quite familiar with the unconventional dining hours that they and the rest of their cohort keep and so are working to address the situation in a new and unique way. They're creating a Snackbot.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon violin professor honored
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 9
The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media has awarded Carnegie Mellon University School of Music professor of violin Cyrus Forough a 2008 Persian Golden Lioness Award for his contributions to classical music. The Iranian-American violinist received the award in a ceremony in London.

Information Technology

Cybersecurity: Are you safe?
Certification Magazine | January Issue
As for outsider offenses, a frequent method of attack involves tracking keystrokes, said Virgil Gligor, co-director of CyLab and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. This occurs when a user visits a malicious Web site that secretly downloads keystroke-tracking software onto his or her computer. When that user logs in to his or her bank account, this tool records that information and returns it to the cybercriminal.


Carnegie Mellon to unveil new sequestration plan
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News | January 9
Carnegie Mellon University's M. Granger Morgan will unveil a novel "two-stage'' approach for developing new energy technologies that can help society reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and create a cleaner economy during a policy briefing January 9 at 1 p.m. at 1200 New York Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C.


Nimble moves come from a different section of the brain
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 14
The research showed that the neurons that control fine motor movements in the hands, arms and shoulders of rhesus monkeys are connected directly to a part of the brain's motor cortex that evolved more recently, said Peter Strick, co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint operation of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University.


Randy Pausch’s Alice Project inspires young students to love the language of Java
Pop City Media | January 14
Carnegie Mellon University, with the support of Sun Microsystems, unveiled the beta-version of Alice 3 this month, an innovative, Java technology-based program that teaches students the platform through the creation of  lively, 3D animations, stories and video games. The latest version will improve upon Alice 2, which is already in use in schools.


Hind wings help butterflies make swift turns to evade predators
NetIndia123 | January 9
Eisner and the research paper's lead author, Benjamin Jantzen, a doctoral student in philosophy of science at Carnegie Mellon University, clipped off the hind wings of butterflies and then filmed their flight using two cameras to get three-dimensional views of their flight trajectories.


Female executives earn more than men
Management Issues | January 8
Research by the Tepper School of Business at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University tracked the career paths and compensation of more than 16,000 executives over a 14-year period. This found that female executives actually earned about $100,000 more per year than men of the same age, educational background and job experience.


International meet on educational leadership
The Hindu | January 7
Bangalore: A “International Conference on Educational Leadership” began at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) here on Monday. […] Paul Goodman, Carnegie Mellon University, and co-author Gerard Beenen from Tepper School of Business, Pittsburgh; Kamal K. Jain from Indian Institute of Management, Indore, and co-author Mohar Yusof from Tun Razak University, Malaysia, are expected to present their papers at the conference.