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News Clips - May 15, 2009

From May 8 to May 14, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 260 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Course catalog: Sneaking into pop culture
University Business Magazine | May 2009
"Sneaker culture is a huge part of American culture and urban culture,” says Elliott Curtis, a Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) senior majoring in social and design science. So why not have a class about it? Thanks to Carnegie Mellon’s Student College, for which students develop and teach classes, Curtis and fellow “sneakerhead” Jesse Chorng, an economics major, share their passion through Sneakerology 101. The class explores the footwear’s impact in “fashion, identity, and culture throughout the world."


Perfectly happy
Boston Globe | May 10
"Part of what it means to be human is to have a range of emotions, which includes positive emotions and negative emotions," says George Loewenstein, an economist at Carnegie Mellon whose own work has illustrated many of the irrational tendencies of human economic behavior. "There are so many things that people care about other than happiness - capabilities and functioning, richness of experience and meaning - and that's very legitimate."

Education for Leadership

President Obama announces more key administration posts
The White House | May 13
Evan Segal, Nominee for Chief Financial Officer, United States Department of Agriculture: Evan Segal is the former President & Owner of Dormont Manufacturing Company, the leading manufacturer of flexible stainless steel gas appliance connectors. […]  Segal is a member of the UJF Pittsburgh Management Committee, a board member at the Community Day School and a member of the Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Life. He also currently serves as an Executive-In-Residence at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business and as a mentor to start-up businesses. Segal graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business with a B.S. Administration & Management Science and an MBA.


The future is here at Carnegie Mellon’s Meeting of the Minds
Pop City Media | May 13
Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate researchers showered sparks of future science at the university’s 14th annual Meeting of the Minds this month. More than 425 undergraduates participated in this year’s 14th annual research symposium, an event that encourages and supports the future pursuit of research. This marks the 20th year for the university’s nationally recognized and flourishing undergraduate research office.


Carnegie Mellon Students Dedicate Race Car To Fallen Heroes
KDKA | May 7
Pittsburgh Police officers say since three of their own were killed in the line of duty last month, the outpouring of support has been phenomenal. Some students at Carnegie Mellon University added to that support with a special dedication ceremony Thursday. Perched above a small crowd on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, a lone bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" as part of a special ceremony for fallen officers Eric Kelly, Paul Sciullo II and Stephen Mayhle.

Arts and Humanities

Many of the top lecturers and professors in the subject of games will be at Carnegie Mellon University for GES
Game Daily | May 13
Organizers of the Game Education Summit (GES) today announced that many of the most recognizable individuals in game education will be giving sessions at this year's event. […] GES will also feature industry executives from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Sony, Blizzard Entertainment, Obsidian and more. […] GES will take place at the Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center from June 16 – 17.

Information Technology

Carnegie Mellon takes IT project management online
Campus Technology | May 12
Carnegie Mellon University has rolled out a custom implementation of TeamDynamixHE to help manage IT projects and end user support. TeamDynamixHE is a Web-based project management system designed specifically for higher education institutions. It offers a single platform for analysis, communications, and management and includes risk analysis and scorecard ranking features for prioritization.


Pharma mergers a double-edged sword for biotech
Pittsburgh Business Times | May 11
“It can take years to penetrate a big company and find the right person,” said Bob Wooldridge, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation. Though Carnegie Mellon does work with drug companies on its medical device inventions, its ventures into drug discovery are minimal compared with the University of Pittsburgh, Wooldridge said. Pitt’s Office of Technology Management licensed 58 discoveries in 2008, the majority of which were in life sciences.

Regional Impact

Westmoreland women often earn much less
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 15
Keynote speakers Ron Porter, an adjunct instructor of multicultural management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Move the Mountain Leadership Center in Ames, Iowa, both said the public needs to be educated about poverty's reach.


Carnegie Mellon names new dean of student affairs
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 9
Carnegie Mellon University has named Karen D. Boyd as the school's new dean of student affairs, effective July 1. She succeeds Jennifer Church, who left the university last summer to relocate with her family. G. Richard Tucker, the Paul Mellon university professor of applied linguistics, was interim dean of student affairs this academic year.


Notable architecture critic explores new building at Carnegie Mellon
AME Info | May 14
Isozaki is one of the most interesting architects of his generation. There is strength in the general layout of Education City. The building designs are very clever and sleek and very conscious of style including a beautiful interpretation of Islamic motif in Isozaki's building across from Carnegie Mellon.


Changes in the Sun don't cause global warming
The Economic Times | May 12
In a new study, scientists have developed a model which has determined that changes in the sun are not causing global warming.  The study was carried out by Carnegie Mellon University's Peter Adams, along with Jeff Pierce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, UK.


Industry executives gather at Carnegie Mellon to discuss human resource practices
Zawya | May 11
Dr. Mark Fichman, an associate professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business led the discussion.  Dr. Fichman received a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.


Fed chief looks for moment to apply the brakes
The London Times | May 9
Now, just as the economy might be picking up, all that cash has driven the inflation rate — measured by the most reliable indicator, the GDP deflator — to almost 3%. “Enormous budget deficits, rapid growth in the money supply and the prospect of a sustained currency devaluation . . . are harbingers of inflation,” according to Allan Meltzer, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the authoritative A History of the Federal Reserve.