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News Clips - July 3, 2009

From June 25 to July 2, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 200 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


2-year-olds possess grammatical insights
Science News | July 1
“Children could well have some basic syntactic knowledge by age 2, which continues to develop throughout early childhood as they identify the statistical regularities of their language,” remarks psychologist Erik Thiessen of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


Study could ease concerns over hiring ex-offenders
USA Today | July 1
"We believe that our analysis provides the criminal justice community with the first scientific method for estimating how long is long enough for someone with a prior record" to no longer be considered a special risk, according to the study authored by Carnegie Mellon criminologist Alfred Blumstein.


Teens who think they'll die young take more risks
U.S. News and World Report | June 29
I think most of us parents tend to worry, on the contrary, that teenagers have a grandiose sense that they are invulnerable—that teenage "myth of invulnerability." But scientists who study human behavior and risk long ago punctured that myth. Baruch Fischhoff, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University who pioneered research on risk and decision making, says that teenagers may feel more strongly than adults do that life is beyond their control.

Education for Leadership

School's out! What are Ridgefield teenagers doing this summer?
Ridgefield Press | June 27
Stephen Mark, a rising senior, is participating in a drama program at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. “The program is three weeks of conservatory style learning, and I hope that it will help me decide if I can handle that sort of college experience,” he said. While he agrees that the college class is challenging, he said “the evenings and weekends are filled with social activity and group outings so it’ll be a summer of leisure as well as work."

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon merges art with reality TV and fresh waffles
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 29
It was supposed to be a two-semester community artistic social experiment for a Carnegie Mellon University art class, videotaping hip late-night crowds discussing what was on their minds while they ate waffles. But the combination of homemade treats and homegrown reality show has proven to be an unusual recipe for success since Waffle Shop opened its doors last fall in East Liberty. School is out, but the doors are staying open, weekend brunch hours have been added and the menu has expanded.

Information Technology

Carnegie Mellon delivers tools to cut time and complexity for Java developers
Smarter Technology | June 29
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science have developed two new tools to help make Java programming easier and faster for developers. The two tools, Jadeite and Apatite, enable Java developers to select from among thousands of options within Java APIs. Carnegie Mellon officials said the tools leverage human-centered design techniques to help reduce the time and guesswork associated with finding the right classes and methods of APIs.


Carnegie Mellon researchers developing mobile health monitors
KDKA-TV | July 1
A research team at Carnegie Mellon University is developing new ways for the elderly to easily monitor their own health. The device is called Health Node. It's a mobile kiosk that can measure about a half-dozen vital functions, including blood pressure and blood oxygen levels.


Carnegie Mellon professor wins 'green' chemistry award
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 29
A Carnegie Mellon University professor has received the 2009 Presidential Green Challenge Chemistry Award for developing an environmentally friendly method to make polymers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the award last week to Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon's J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Regional Impact

3-acre plot in Oakland may help Carnegie Mellon spur economy
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 1
Carnegie Mellon University officials plan to develop about three acres of land in Oakland that the school has bought from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and PNC Bank. Development options include creating another location that would attract private-sector companies, which Carnegie Mellon did with its Collaborative Innovation Center -- which houses Apple, Google, Intel and Microsoft, said Ken Walters, a university spokesman.


Pittsburgh-area economy endures recession better than other markets
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 28
George Lowenstein studies consumer behavior as professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh-area residents are "considerably more frugal than average," he said, and are "probably not as much in hock as the rest of the country."


Carnegie Mellon reappoints engineering dean
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 25
Carnegie Mellon University today announced the reappointment of Pradeep K. Khosla to a second five-year term as dean of its engineering college. Dr. Khosla's reappointment as head of the Carnegie Institute of Technology is effective July 1, the university said. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and has been a member of the institute's faculty since 1986.


Environmental sensors in mobile phones
Public Radio International | June 30
Eric Paulos, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh, wants to put tiny environmental sensors he hopes to implant in mobile phones soon.  He wants people to become "citizen scientists," measuring things around them.


The Next 20 Years
New Zealand PC World | June 30
One thing everyone seems to agree on: The PC of 2019 won’t look like today’s laptops. “I’m not seeing people carrying anything that looks like a book,” says Dan Siewiorek, a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the university’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. “It would be like a phone or a ring or watch. It will probably take multiple form factors."