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News Clips - June 12, 2009

From June 6 to June 12, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 465 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The Next Great Crisis: America's Debt
CNN Money and Fortune Magazine | June 5
The trend is just beginning, according to Allan Meltzer, the distinguished monetarist at Carnegie Mellon. "Rates can only stay low if foreign investors keep buying our debt," he warns. "I predict far higher rates over the next few years."


More Specific Drug Ads, Labels Would Help Consumers, A Study Reveals
Los Angeles Times | June 8
Drug fact boxes are a "terrific idea," said Baruch Fischhoff, a Carnegie Mellon University professor of psychology and decision science who chaired the FDA advisory committee. The goal is to "present information in a way so that most people will understand what they need to know in order to make a good decision.",0,984365.column

Education for Leadership

Summer Flu, Fall Headaches?
Inside Higher Ed | June 9
Anita L. Barkin, director of student health services for Carnegie Mellon University, who led a panel about the flu at the American College Health Association's annual meeting in late May. "Even though H1N1 ... is not as virulent or severe as the virus of 1918, when you have a lot of sick people on your campus, it tends to disrupt the day-to-day functioning of campus business."


9 American Fashion Designers To Watch - First Lady Michelle Obama Does
The Canadian Press | June 11
The company now known as Subversive Jewelry has been "an organic progression" of designer Justin Giunta's artistic pursuits. A Pittsburgh native, Giunta studied at Pratt Institute and the Gerrit Reitveld Academie in Amsterdam before getting a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and then a fellowship from Yale.

Arts & Humanities

Polaroids Are a Glimpse of Warhol's World
Orlando Sentinel | June 5
Warhol's immigrant parents came from what is now Slovakia; his father was a coal miner. After a childhood plagued by illness, Warhol studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University) and moved in 1949 to New York City, where he enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator in the 1950s.,0,2277911.story


Topekans Take Home Tonys
Topeka Capital-Journal | June 8
Another product of Topeka theater, Tommar Wilson is a member of the Tribe in the 1960s rock musical “Hair,” which earned the Tony for best revival of a musical. […] Wilson, a 1994 Topeka High School graduate with numerous local stage credits and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, has become a seasoned Broadway veteran, earning his Actor Equity Association card in 1998.

Information Technology

Software Engineers Bestow Inaugural Influential Educator Award
Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery | June 5
ACM's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) has honored the late A. Nico Habermann, the founding dean of Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU's) School of Computer Science, with the inaugural Influential Educator Award. Habermann is being recognized for his "significant and lasting contributions to the field of software engineering as a teacher and mentor." Habermann's widow, Marta Habermann, accepted the award from SIGSOFT chair William Griswold at the recent International Conference on Software Engineering.


Snakes on a Pane
Science Magazine, AAAS | June 8
One possible application for any new information about snake movement is in the building of snakelike robots, such as for search and rescue or even minimally invasive surgery. But robotics scientist Howard Choset of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says he doesn't plan to use this particular mode of movement with his mechanical slitherers. Choset's robots usually move across flat ground by sidewinding, scrunching up like an inchworm, or rolling like a sausage.


Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
The New York Times | June 8
William L. Whittaker, a Carnegie Mellon University roboticist and the winner of a Defense Department urban challenge robot driving contest last year, said it was “unprecedented” for a robot to navigate in a building reliably and repeatedly recharge itself. “These guys are the real deal,” he said.


Carnegie Mellon Engineers Unveil Lighting Solutions
First Science News | June 9
A study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers argues that new lighting technologies can be a key player in the portfolio of strategies needed to promote energy efficiency and to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

Regional Impact

Robots Take Center Stage at Pittsburgh Museum
AP and KDKA-TV News | June 7
The Pittsburgh area — a steel powerhouse whose fortunes tumbled with the collapse of heavy industry — has more than 60 robotics firms. Carnegie Mellon University is internationally renowned for robotics, and the lesser-known California University of Pennsylvania also has a successful program.


Carnegie Science Center Adds Roboworld to Permanent Exhibits
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 10
Many of the exhibits showcase products from Pittsburgh's thriving, cutting-edge robotics industry, like Aethon's medical helper-bot "Tug." Contributions from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and California University of Pennsylvania also are highlighted and ongoing.


Now is the NIME
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 4
Bad headline, I know. Today, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference begins at Carnegie Mellon University. This is an innovative group of researchers, musicians, instrument makers, theorists, scientists and more who work on creating new instruments and new ways to play old ones.


University Students Volunteer to Work with the Disabled
The Peninsula [Qatar] | June 10
Sixteen students from Texas A&M, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar in the Education City have volunteered to work with the Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs (QSRSN). The students showed a strong spirit in volunteering and working with the current volunteers in the QSRSN to help the disabled.


Confidence Prevails Over Precision
Times of India | June 10
Don Moore of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has argued that in competitive situations, such blind confidence could drive those offering advice to increasingly exaggerate how sure they are. And it spells bad news for scientists who try to be honest about gaps in their knowledge, reports New Scientist magazine.


Free As It Gets
Sydney Morning Herald [Australia] | June 11
I speak of iTunes U (U for university), founded by Apple in 2007 as a free public-service adjunct to the hugely successful iTunes Music Store. The list of universities using this global resource is impressive. In our case it ranges from the University of Melbourne to the Australian National University, Griffith, Swinburne and the University of WA. They stand alongside many imposing outfits: Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Lausanne, McGill and more.