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News Clips - July 10, 2009

From July 3 to July 9, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 200 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The science of happiness turns 10. What has it taught? | July 8
It has been 10 years since University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman kick-started the field of Positive Psychology — the study of what makes people happy, what makes life fulfilling and the role of positive emotions in the human psyche. […] At Carnegie Mellon, for instance, psychologist Sheldon Cohen has been exploring exactly how positive emotions affect the body. (This is the flip side of previous work by Cohen and others linking stress, Type-A behavior and negative emotions to lowered immunity, heart disease and shorter lifespan.,8599,1908173,00.html?xid=rss-health


Report: Social Security numbers can be predicted | July 7
The researchers from Carnegie Mellon University analyzed Social Security numbers of people who have died to detect statistical patterns in the assignment of numbers. They were then able to use those patterns to predict a range of values likely to include a living person's Social Security number.


Robot mowers take the sweat out of lawn care
NPR | July 7
Sanjiv Singh, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, says that he uses an electric push mower to keep his small yard tidy — even though his day job involves developing new lawn-mowing robots.

Education for Leadership

Amazing feats for 25-year-old
Sun Publications | July 8
Smith received an associate's degree in May from JCCC and received two scholarships totaling $25,000 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., where she intends to major in creative writing and incorporate her travels into various narratives, part of her "hodgepodge" of goals. "I want to join the Peace Corps and serve in North Africa or the Middle East, hone my Arabic skills and continue to write," she said.

Arts and Humanities

From the margins: Invest in our youth
Glendale News Press | July 6
While this theory may seem reasonable to most, Alfred Blumstein, a criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University, says most of the people who lose their jobs aren’t on the street the next day to resort to crime if money is tight. Instead, it’s young people, mainly young men, who create the most trouble.

Information Technology

Cyber attacks expose security flaws in govt, corporate IT
The Wall Street Journal | July 8
These types of attacks occur continuously across the Internet but rarely turn into headlines because companies successfully defend against them, said Marty Lindner, a principal engineer on the computer emergency response team at Carnegie Mellon University. But in some cases, the size and scope of the attack overwhelms preventive systems, and a Web site will be affected. "Is any defensive measure perfect? The answer is no," Lindner said.

Regional Impact

Roboworld now open at the Carnegie Science Center! | July 8
Are you ready to go robotic? Meet Andy, the robot greeter, and learn how robots sense, think, and act! This exhibit, featured at the Carnegie Science Center, is most comprehensive permanent robotics exhibit in the world. It features over 30 interactive displays featuring all things robotic, including the first physical home for the Robot Hall of Fame, powered by Carnegie Mellon University.


Newsmaker: Chenbo Wang
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 9
Occupation: Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student in organic chemistry; expects to earn doctorate in the fall. […] Noteworthy: One of 12 doctoral students nationwide to receive Roche Pharmaceuticals' Excellence in Chemistry Award for research accomplishments in organic chemistry. Wang presented his work on Haouamine A, a potential anticancer drug, at the two-day symposium Roche held for the award winners in June at the company's headquarters in Nutley, N.J.


Carnegie Mellon sends winning regional Botball team to Global Conference on Educational Robotics
AME Info | July 9
The Al Mawakeb School, Al Garhoud from the UAE was the winning team in the regional tournament held at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in April, and represented the Middle East region in the International Botball Tournament at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER 2009).