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News Clips - March 13, 2009

From March 6 to March 12, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 362 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Good night? Good luck.
The Boston Globe | March 9
A new study from Carnegie Mellon University illustrates the health risk of insomnia. It links poor sleep "efficiency" (the percentage of time in bed actually asleep) and shorter duration of sleep to a higher risk of coming down with a cold. People who slept fewer than 7 hours were 3 times more likely to get sick than people, equally exposed to the cold virus, who slept 8 hours or more.


Do breach notification laws work?
Wired News | March 9
According to a study (.pdf) conducted by Alessandro Acquisti, professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and his grad student Sasha Romanosky, there are arguments to be made both in support of and against breach laws.


How to land robots on the moon (and keep them alive)
Popular Mechanics | March 5
While some researchers, such as Astrobiotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon, focused on the hardware needed for humans—like a study that explored how a 300-pound robot can create a landing pad out of a combination of melting and bulldozing regolith—most of the focus was put on keeping the robots alive.

Education for Leadership cuts the cost of online shipping, greener too
Pop City Media | March 11
A new Facebook application created by a Carnegie Mellon student allows users to save money and the environment by consolidating shipping on Amazon purchases. Ram Ravischandran, a doctoral student in the School of Computer Science, has developed, an application that introduces people in close-knit communities to one another, especially college campuses, and allows them to easily reach the $25 free shipping limit while cutting down on waste like cardboard and styrofoam peanuts.

Information Technology

Online social sites good tool for police
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 8
Alessandro Acquisti, an assistant professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, said there are a number of reasons people post incriminating items on the Internet. "Some users do not realize how visible the information is," Acquisti said. "They also don't realize how long-lasting it can be."


'Altruistic' kidney donors starting chain-reaction transplants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 12
Using software invented by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists including Dr. Tuomas Sandholm, the method is based on an altruistic donor who voluntarily gives a kidney to anyone in need, starting a chain-reaction among recipients with willing but incompatible donors who in turn donate to another person.


Life cycle comparison of traditional retail and e-commerce logistics for electronic products: A case study of
Environmental Evaluation and Cost-Benefit News | March 8
Christopher Weber, Chris Hendrickson, Paulina Jaramillo, Scott Matthews, Amy Nagengast and Rachael Nealer of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University compare the differences of e-commerce and retail logistics using data received from for electronic products and building on prior logistics Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research.

Regional Impact

A city sees its past, and maybe future, in a theater
The New York Times | March 6
So can an old factory city find the key to revitalizing its downtown? “I think so,” said Luis Rico-Gutierrez, director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “But it is more a matter of attitudes than a matter of scales or money. They need to understand that culture is as important as steel was."


Carnegie Mellon develops 'Yinz Cam' For Penguins' new arena
WPXI-TV News | March 12
Software developed at Carnegie Mellon University offers new benefits for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. The software, called the “Yinz Cam,” lets spectators watch the game from any vantage point in the arena on their cell phones. It even tells them the best times to head for the refreshment stand or the bathroom.


Carnegie Mellon-Q to host MBA panel day
The Peninsula | March 6
The Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar will host the Masters in Business Administration Panel Day on March 8 at the Carnegie Mellon-Q building at 9am. The Panel Day will include Introduction to Business in the Middle East where the panelists, Grahame Maher, chief executive officer of Vodafone Qatar, Mohamed Dobashi, a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon-Q, and Bob Monroe, associate dean at Carnegie Mellon-Q, will tackle the topic of starting a business in the region and the government’s involvement, reforms and incentives to entrepreneurs.


Obama lifts limit on embryonic stem cell research, scientists hail
Al-Jazeerah | March 9
Science and politics often conflict, said Granger Morgan, professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and a former science advisory board chairman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - perhaps illustrated no more wildly than in 1897 when the Indiana legislature attempted to change the mathematical concept of pi to 3.2. Science should provide the facts that politicians use for their decisions, Morgan and Leshner said.,%20scientists%20hail.htm