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News Clips - March 20, 2009

From March 13 to March 19, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 371 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


En route to greener life? You'll need a map
Boston Globe | March 18
A key example of understanding broad-brush ecofriendly rules comes from a study published last year by Christopher Weber, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who studies international trade and the environment and also happens to be a foodie.


Computer-science enrollment rises for the first time in six years
The Chronicle of Higher Education | March 17
Top programs, like the ones at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University, have been reporting increases in enrollments in recent years, but this report makes it official: The computer science major is back.


Stimulus money puts clean coal projects on a faster track
The New York Times | March 16
“We need to get off the dime with this and build some full scale projects to demonstrate this technology at scale,” Edward S. Rubin, a professor of environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, told The Times, “but the price tag per project is $800 million to $1 billion."

Education for Leadership

Big ideas meld into businesses
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 18
If Carnegie Mellon University student David Chen and his collaborators have their way, by the end of this year Pittsburghers will be able to use the navigation systems in their cars to not only find restaurants, but also to check their menus and to make reservations.


Carnegie Mellon: Twitter graphing tool, Grafitter, offers surprising personal insights
WPXI-TV News | March 13
Twitter shares plenty about the activities and insights of others, but can it reveal something to us about ourselves? A Carnegie Mellon doctoral student has created a personal graphing tool, Grafitter, that collects the tweets we send and puts them into graph form on Twitter, revealing everything from subtle personal patterns, our exercise and eating habits to monthly mood swings.

Arts and Humanities

Green building concepts
Northeast Real Estate Business Magazine | March Issue
Recent studies conducted by Vivian Loftness, FAIA from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a collaborated report by Joseph Romm from the U.S. Department of Energy and William Browning from the Rocky Mountain Institute, prove that sustainable design can offer the benefits of reduced absenteeism, increased employee retention and improved worker productivity.


Playground Central 2009 at Carnegie Mellon University
LiveDesign | March 12
Playground Central is Carnegie Mellon’s weeklong celebration of independent student work, during which all classes and productions are temporarily halted so that students can propose and participate in any project that they can imagine. The culmination of this is a three-day theatre festival at the end of the week utilizing all three performance spaces at Carnegie Mellon’s Purnell Center for the Arts.

Information Technology

Future shock: The PC of 2019
IT Vendors Directory | March 16
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."


Omnyx readies first digitalized tissue technology, hiring 15
Pop City Media | March 18
Omnyx also works with Carnegie Mellon University through the Human Computer Interaction Program, which is collaborating on aspects of the pathology workflow to digital. The new technology will eliminate the painstaking physical process of moving slides around and increase efficiency and speed, opening up a whole new world of diagnostic opportunities. The quality of diagnosis will vastly improve as a result.


Going greener, even if you don't see the difference
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 19
Joel A. Tarr, 74, the Carnegie Mellon University professor with expertise in urban environmental history and an enduring love of his adopted city, began with a slide show: There was a 19th century woman dumping wastewater beside a well, part of the reason Pittsburgh led the country in typhoid fever in the latter half of the 19th century; there was one of those classic photos of what looked like a night-time scene of Downtown, but only newcomers were surprised to hear that the dark vista was actually a mid-day photograph from 1946.

Regional Impact

Can Pittsburgh save Detroit?
CNN - Anderson Cooper 360 Blog | March 18
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is now the biggest employer in town with 26,000 people. Carnegie Mellon University is well known for an innovative Robotics program, and biotech is hot here.


Regional Insights: The road to the economic championship
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 17
But they need money to do it -- money for researcher salaries, for laboratories, for student tuition, etc. The good news is the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University do extremely well in obtaining federal research and development funding. In 2006 (the most recent data available), Pitt ranked eighth among public universities and Carnegie Mellon ranked 10th among universities without a medical school.


Rendell issues $2.5M to colleges for research
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 17
Gov. Ed Rendell issued $2.5 million to 18 colleges and universities to fund research, via the state's Keystone Innovation Starter Kit program. In a news conference at Carnegie Mellon University yesterday, the governor issued $150,000 grants to Carnegie Mellon and Washington & Jefferson College.


Technology park takes Qatar closer to knowledge economy
The National | March 17
“The notion of US-style intellectual property, write a business plan, hire a CEO, then go out and raise venture capital, that’s new to this part of the world,” explained Charles Thorpe, dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar. “That’s where we come in – training people to do that and as a result become successful entrepreneurs at home."


Men more willing to negotiate in the workplace than women
In Business | March 17
Men are more likely to get promotions in the work place than women, says visiting Carnegie Mellon University Economics Professor, Linda Babcock. In Adelaide for the first two months of March to promote her new co-written book, Ask for It, How Women can use the Power of Negotiation to get what they really want, Professor Babcock says woman need to overcome self doubt and advance their own ambitions business environments.