Carnegie Mellon University

News Clips - May 1, 2009

From April 24 to April 30, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 410 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.

National

Financial failure can shatter illusions of success
USA Today | April 28
The economic downturn is so widespread that many take solace in knowing that "we're all in this together." But others take it much more personally and see these troubled times as a mark of personal failure, say psychologists and others who have studied failure. "Americans have a sort of paradoxical attitude toward failure," says associate professor Scott Sandage of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who teaches a course on success and failure.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/2009-04-28-failure-psychology_N.htm

 

Computer program to take on ‘Jeopardy!’
The New York Times | April 26
Eric Nyberg, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, is collaborating with I.B.M. on research to devise computing systems capable of answering questions that are not limited to specific topics. The real difficulty, Dr. Nyberg said, is not searching a database but getting the computer to understand what it should be searching for.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/27jeopardy.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=%22Carnegie%20Mellon'&st=cse

Education for Leadership

Freshman wins Carnegie Mellon-Q contest
The Peninsula | April 29
A freshman student bested over 30 students who presented a total of 24 research projects in the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar’s (Carnegie Mellon-Q) third annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Project Symposium held yesterday. “Last year, I was dreaming to be a Carnegie Mellon-Q student and today I have competed with the seniors and won,” Rashid Al Kaabi, who won three awards for two projects, said in utter amazement.
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&month=April2009&file=Local_News200904297056.xml

Information Technology

Software: The eternal battlefield in the unending cyberwars
CIO | April 27
William Scherlis, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and a specialist in software security and reliability, says that attacks today are more sophisticated, more stealthy and carried out much faster than ever before. He points to three trends in IT that are making the problem worse.
http://www.cio.com/article/490791/Software_the_Eternal_Battlefield_in_the_Unending_Cyberwars?taxonomyId=1419

Biotechnology

Electronic lab a tool in bio surveillance
KDKA-TV News | April 27
The RODS System, or Real-Time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance, is capable of detecting a sudden increase of symptoms indicating possible epidemics. Early in the last century it was called the Spanish Influenza or La Grippe. But public health policy and technology have come a long way since the Great Pandemic filled hospitals to overflowing in 1918-1919. Nearly seven years ago, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon opened the Bio-Medical Security Institute. They have software there that runs 24-7.
http://kdka.com/health/RODS.bio.surveillance.2.995924.html

Environment

Sussing sustainability
Pittsburgh City Paper | April 30
That would require recognizing that all wealth derives not from investment portfolios, but from sun, soil, water and air. "The land needs to be thought of as supplying a life-support service," says Cliff Davidson, director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Sustainable Engineering.
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A62567

 

Simple steps for eating low on the carbon food chain
Philadelphia Examiner | April 26
Food production is responsible for as much as a third of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Emissions are produced in the production, transportation and packaging of food, however, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews, it is dietary choice, not food miles, which most determines a household's food-related climate impacts.
http://www.examiner.com/x-7030-SF-Sustainable-Food-Examiner~y2009m4d26-Simple-steps-for-eating-low-on-the-carbon-food-chain

Regional Impact

$25 million National Science Foundation grant helps local students
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 28
Shane Crawford figured taking the SAT preparation class at Steel Valley High School would help him do well on the test. Crawford, 17, a junior from Munhall, is finding the class to be even more useful than he expected because of a computer tutorial that gives him "immediate feedback" as he solves a problem. The school district gets the tutorial through the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, founded five years ago by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_622595.html

Local

Newsmaker: Cliff Robinson
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 24
Noteworthy: Won Carnegie Mellon's highest teaching award, the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching, bestowed "for consistent creative and innovative academic excellence."
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_622050.html

International

Physical buttons on touchscreens could soon be a reality
CNET Asia | April 29
If we were to rank concepts that we hope to see in reality soon, this one by Chris Harrison and Scott Hudson at the Carnegie Mellon University would top the list easily. The graduate student and computer science professor pair have developed a proof-of-concept display that makes haptic and audio feedback on current touchscreen panels look like child's play.
http://asia.cnet.com/crave/2009/04/29/physical-buttons-on-touchscreens-could-soon-be-a-reality/

 

Now, gecko-inspired supersticky robots that scale walls, ceilings
Daily India | April 28
If you thought it was only Spiderman who could glide on any surface with no apparent gravitational pull, then it's time to get out of fiction and look closer to reality - scientists have created robots that can scale walls and hang off the ceiling just like geckos. Metin Sitti and Ozgur Unver of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have claimed that their new robots - a sticky-tracked wall climber and a 16-legged ceiling walker - could tackle many jobs in the home including painting ceilings and clearing cobwebs.
http://www.dailyindia.com/show/309916.php

 

The International Monetary Fund returns
BBC News | April 24
Professor Adam Lerrick of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, an expert on the IMF, says "it is truly a miracle.” "They have been resurrected from the dead.” Two years ago, he says, the IMF's outstanding loans were worth $10bn - down from £100bn in 2003. But in the last six months they have put out more money than in any other comparable period in their history.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8015979.stm