Carnegie Mellon University

News Clips - January 19, 2009

From June 12 to June 18, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 342 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.

National

Five ironies of Obama's bank plan
Forbes.com | June 17
Nor has the Fed been able to stop previous systemic breakdowns. It was on the sidelines of the Savings and Loan crisis, the Latin American debt crisis, the "irrationally exuberant" dot-com bubble and the current credit crisis. "They have never been a very effective regulator," says Alan Meltzer, a Fed historian and economist at Carnegie Mellon University.
http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/17/larry-summers-banking-regulation-business-beltway-regulation.html

 

Stuck in a rut? Call on memory for a good time
MSNBC.com | June 16
However, merely recalling the variety of life — within the category that we're struggling with (say, all lunches if we are bored with the usual suspect) — "dishabituates" our minds and we're more likely to re-enjoy the previously enjoyable, says researcher Jeff Galak, a marketing professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31391928/ns/health-behavior/

 

Code warrior
Inside Higher Ed | June 16
It would be difficult to make the case that an undergraduate posting code online after an assignment was due constituted either cheating or copyright violations, according to David Farber, a fellow at the Association for Computing Machinery, an educational and scientific computing society. While it’s routine to ask graduate students who are working on grants to not publish their work, Farber said he knew of no precedent where an institution asked unpaid undergraduates to never release work they’d done for a course. “No school I know of would play that,” said Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “And I think if they did they’d have a revolution on their hands."
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/16/computer

Education for Leadership

Summer camps evolve -- offer unique experiences
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 18
Joseph Zubrow, 12, of Marshall will attend his third iD Tech Camp at Carnegie Mellon University this summer. He has developed video game scenarios called "mods" for the popular strategy computer game Warcraft III during the camp, which counselors let him keep to play at home with friends.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_629896.html

Arts and Humanities

Game education summit smartens up Pittsburgh this week
GamePolitics.com | June 15
The 2009 Game Education Summit will kick off in Pittsburgh tomorrow. The conference features an impressive array of speakers, including some names that will be familiar to GamePolitics readers. These include Savannah College of Art & Design prof Brenda Brathwaite and Jason Della Rocca, former head of the International Game Developers Association. The conference will take place at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center and runs through Wednesday.
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/06/15/game-education-summit-smartens-pittsburgh-week

Information Technology

What's behind Carnegie Mellon's cool new Java acronyms
Network World | June 17
Every so often an acronym comes along that just can't do the words behind it justice. Take Carnegie Mellon's new mineral-inspired acro Jadeite, one of two new tools designed to make Java programming easier (the other is dubbed Apatite). The gist of the tools is that they help developers more easily pinpoint APIs from the thousands of options at their disposal.
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/42769

Biotechnology

Cells are like robust computational systems, Carnegie Mellon-led team reports
InSciences.org | June 16
Gene regulatory networks in cell nuclei are similar to cloud computing networks, such as Google or Yahoo!, researchers report today in the online journal Molecular Systems Biology. The similarity is that each system keeps working despite the failure of individual components, whether they are master genes or computer processors. This finding by an international team led by Carnegie Mellon University computational biologist Ziv Bar-Joseph helps explain not only the robustness of cells, but also some seemingly incongruent experimental results that have puzzled biologists.
http://www.insciences.org/article.php?article_id=5692

Environment

Solid-state lighting is a bright idea for energy efficiency, study says
Greener Buildings Blog | June 11
It is imperative for society to move to solid-state lighting to save money in the built environment and lessen the impacts to the broader environment -- but in the U.S. it may take a policy change to force the nation to use more sustainable lighting, according to a recent study by Carnegie Mellon engineering and public policy researchers.
http://greenerbuildings.com/news/2009/06/11/solid-state-lighting-a-bright-idea

Regional Impact

Pittsburgh ranks in top 20 economically
KDKA-TV News | June 17
"With UPMC being a world leader in medical services and technology, all the great startup companies we have with Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, the other great colleges we have in the area," said Dye. "Pittsburgh has that synergy between the education and the technology."
http://kdka.com/local/Pittsburgh.economy.Brookings.2.1048368.html

 

Council seeks vendor to file all its meetings
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 16
Already, the technology is filtering into city politics. Mr. Peduto's political campaign is using Panopto, a company with technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University, to create "Bill TV," which will webcast important events like neighborhood group meetings in his council district.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09167/977619-53.stm#ixzz0IafF2eSh&D

Local

Credit card companies willing to make deal with debt
WTAE-TV News | June 16
While most credit card users consider the practice of "charging and forgetting" a dangerous methodology, it's the very type of behavior some companies appear to be rewarding. "So they want their money now -- just like mortgages that are being renegotiated and stretched out -- they're willing to take a percentage on the dollar, so this is a time to make a deal," said Carnegie Mellon University economist Robert Strauss.
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/money/19770889/detail.html

International

Good sleep patterns help protect body from colds
Vancouver Sun | June 17
People who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a cold as their more well-rested friends and neighbors, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The study supports the theory that sleep is important to immune function, said Sheldon Cohen and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/Good+sleep+patterns+help+protect+body+from+colds/1171898/story.html

 

Carnegie Mellon-Q students use summer break for community service in Thai village
The Peninsula | June 15
Fifteen students of Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar (Carnegie Mellon-Q) did not spend their summer break to relax, but used it for a rewarding social work outside of the country in a remote village in Thailand, where they helped build a community kitchen and a dining area for the use of all community members.
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=June2009&file=Local_News200906154594.xml

 

Boys in the 'hood learn very bad habits
Shanghai Daily | June 12
This is the first of three articles about the causes of the global financial crisis. Stuart P.M. Mackintosh is executive director of the Group of Thirty. Allan H. Meltzer is a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University. They addressed a global video conference hosted by the US Consulate General on May 14.
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2009/200906/20090612/article_403824.htm