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News Clips - January 23, 2009

From January 16 to January 22, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 391 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Hello Worlds: Why humanities students should learn to program
The Chronicle of Higher Education | January 23
Procedural literacy, which starts with exercises like making a snowball, will be essential if humanities students are to understand virtual worlds as rhetorical and ideological spaces, just as film and the novel are likewise understood as forms of representation and rhetoric. One of the many legacies of the late Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Randy Pausch is a software learning environment called Alice, which teaches programming to nonspecialists precisely through the building of virtual worlds.


Fighting a cold? Every bit of sleep counts
Los Angeles Times | January 17
"Very small disruptions in sleep, very small losses in terms of duration of sleep, were associated with pretty big increases in your probability of getting sick if you're exposed to a virus," said Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and the first author of the study. "It's not just insomniacs or people being deprived of sleep.",0,981875.story

Education for Leadership

Lecture at CMU links challenges of Obama, King
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 20
Speaking at a Carnegie Mellon University symposium celebrating the life and works of Dr. King yesterday, Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University sociology professor, said both the civil rights leader and the man who will become the 44th American president today challenged America to rise beyond its dark history of racism. "The restoration of the dignity of America rests itself in a man who was once called un-American," Dr. Dyson told an audience of more than 500 in a lecture titled, "King, Obama and The American Dream."


Inside the IGF Student Competition: Trino
Gamasutra | January 15
In a series of exclusive articles, GameCareerGuide has been looking behind the curtain of this year’s Independent Games Festival, interviewing Student Competition entrants. In this case, the site has been talking to the students at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University who made Trino.

Arts and Humanities

Vital's LOOKING FOR THE PONY begins performances 1/21
Broadway World | January 21
Andrea Lepcio's plays include One Night Under, Eclipse, Hook & Eye and the musical The Bronx Casket Co, which have been produced and developed at Chashama, Here, Women's Project, Hangar Theatre, Trustus Theatre, among others.   […] Andrea is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director and is a visiting faculty member in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon.  Education: M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.

Information Technology

Data theft, breach, infection - a solution?
ZDNet | January 22
Price Waterhouse Cooper and Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab have recent surveys that show the senior executive class to be, basically, clueless regarding IT risk and its tie to overall enterprise (business) risk. I like to pass along things that work, in hopes that good ideas make their way back to me. Data breaches and thefts are due to a lagging business culture – and people aren’t getting the training they need.,1000001161,39599480-39001093c-20100059o,00.htm


New tool gives researchers a glimpse of biomolecules in motion
NanoTech Wire | January 18
To avoid the water problem, the NIST team needed to find a way to provide a simple but realistic environment for the biomolecules that contained the least amount of water possible. NIST researcher Ted Heilweil, National Research Council postdoctoral fellow Catherine Cooksey and NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow Ben Greer from Carnegie Mellon University found their solution in the form of nanoscale droplets made of soap-like molecules called micelles.


Scientific assessment presents best practices for characterizing, communicating and incorporating scientific uncertainty in climate decision making
7th Space Interactive | January 17
"While there is considerable uncertainty associated with climate change and its effects, there are good tools and methods available to address and deal with it, and to make decisions today. We routinely make important decisions in our public and private life in the face of comparable or even greater levels of uncertainty," said M. Granger Morgan from Carnegie Mellon University and lead author of the report.

Regional Impact

A city goes from misery to marvelous
Miami Herald | January 18
Pittsburgh reworked itself into what President Bush dubbed ''Knowledge City.'' The region rebuilt an economy on the so-called ''ed and meds'' model around the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, investing heavily in high-tech and medical research. The brownfield site of an abandoned smelter works became a technology center with 110 high-tech start-ups. Steel City became a national center for robotics -- the Wall Street Journal dubbed the city ''Roboburgh'' and ranked it among the leading ''hotbeds'' for technology.


Freshman applications up 9 percent at CMU
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 18
Carnegie Mellon University received 22,212 freshman applications for fall 2009, up 9 percent from the 20,315 applications last year, the school announced. The cutoff for undergraduate applications was Jan. 1, university spokesman Ken Walters said.


CMU professor could put end to NFL ref guesswork
WTAE-TV News | January 16
Imagine: no more guessing in football games if it was it a touch down or a fumble. A professor at Carnegie Mellon University has a new device that would take the guesswork out of calls by the referees. CMU students are developing technology which could make all the difference in games like the AFC championship taking place at Heinz Field on Sunday. A smart glove and football that have sensors embedded inside can track the ball's exact location.


Learning 2.0
Arabian Business | January 21
Connections for a networked society: "What percentage of the knowledge you need to do your job is stored in your mind?" This was the question posed to a group of workers in a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. When the group was surveyed in 1986, the average answer was 75%.  In 1997, the year the internet began to take off in the business world, it was 15-20%.


Carnegie Mellon's new building opens on Feb 22
The Peninsula | January 16
The Carnegie Mellon University Qatar will open its new building on February 22 at 7pm, said an official of the university. “H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned will inaugurate the new building, which has been built by the Qatar Foundation for Carnegie Mellon,” said Noha Al Afifi, media relations manager, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.