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News Clips - July 24, 2009

From July 17 to July 24, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 401 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Meltdown 101: Earnings outlooks hint at the future
Associated Press/The New York Times | July 17
In sectors like banking, where service is key, statistics on the number of employees and total compensation takes much of the focus, said Pierre Jinghong Liang, associated professor of accounting at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business.


Congress to restore hydrogen car funding
The New York Times – Green Inc. Blog | July 21
Reader Comments: “The direct monetary cost of geoenginering would be at least 100 times less than the cost of a full program of GHG abatement”…from PowerPoint on the website of M. Granger Morgan Department of Engineering and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University. The full PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded by those interested in learning more. It is an excellent primer and offers a fair treatment of the scientific and policy tradeoffs.

Education for Leadership

No resolve for a US return to moon
Boston Globe | July 21
Jay Apt, a Springfield native who flew on four shuttle missions and now teaches engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said among them will be shortening how long it would take to travel vast distances and finding ways to generate enough water for the crew. He said it would take more than seven months with current propulsion technology to reach Mars, a trip that could be cut to as little as one month with much more powerful plasma engines - a system in early testing that would use radio waves to superheat rocket fuel such as hydrogen.

Arts and Humanities

Shaker Heights High School graduate enjoys performing in 'Hair' on Broadway
Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio] | July 19
He started right away, going to Heights Youth Theater and Stagecrafters, for such shows as "Annie" and "Merrily We Roll Along." At Shaker Heights High School, a guidance counselor helped point him to the legendary and highly selective theater program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, which he was invited to attend after doing a summer workshop there before his senior year in high school.

Information Technology

Your next touchscreen might bulge with inflatable buttons
Popular Science | July 21
It seems increasingly rare to see a new gadget these days without a touchscreen. However, touchscreens' versatility is both the technology's biggest strength and its weakness. […] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are trying to combine the benefits of both, by adding a latex overlay on top of a touchscreen that inflates to create a tactile surface.

Regional Impact

Cardiorobotics Inc. plans clinical trials
Pittsburgh Business Times | July 24
Cardiorobotics licenses its technology from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The robotic probes can be used in hard-to-reach areas of the body, potentially determining the stage of cancer in the chest or correcting failed bariatric bypasses.^1866170


'Red Rover' to roam moon's surface
KDKA-TV News | July 20
On the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon, a local company is hoping to get back there. In 22 months, William "Red" Whittaker, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, wants a robot to make the trip. He and the astrobiotic team have developed and tested the Red Rover and have gone through a redesign all while depending on Rover's own landing pad to get it there safely.


Pittsburgh to install first solar water heaters in fall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 20
The Ravenstahl administration announced today that it plans to install solar panels to heat hot water at the No. 34 firehouse in Woods Run in October. The city is in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy on the initiative, and is working with Carnegie Mellon University to select five other city facilities for solar upgrades.


Research internship for CMU-Q students
Research internship for CMU-Q students | July 22
Six Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar (CMU-Q) students are participating in TechBridgeWorld research group’s newly launched research internship offering computing solutions in Tanzania. The programme, Innovative Student Technology Experience (iSTEP), will conduct computing technology field research with impact in developing communities.