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News Clips - May 29, 2009

From May 22 to May 28, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 285 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Four states adopt 'no-smiles' policy for driver's licenses
USA Today | May 25
But there's a wrinkle in the technology: a person's grin. Face-recognition software can fail to match two photos of the same person if facial expressions differ in each photo, says Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor Takeo Kanade.


What, me worry? Putting some perspective on panic
The New York Times | May 22
But part of the problem is that we don’t receive particularly good information to help us assess risks and, therefore, “are left to go on guesswork,” said Baruch Fischhoff, a professor of decision science at Carnegie Mellon University. “If people are given good, straightforward information, they make pretty good decisions, but it’s hard to get that information."


A memory for faces, extreme version
The New York Times | May 25
Facial recognition is both extremely complex and vitally essential, said Dr. Marlene Behrmann, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Behrmann has found that in prosopagnosics, structural fibers connecting the subregions of the brain involved in facial recognition are compromised.


Inflation ‘cure’ exposed when in-laws move in: Caroline Baum
Bloomberg | May 22
“Trying to manage a slight increase in the rate of inflation in a discretionary way is not practical,” says Marvin Goodfriend, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh. Or consider this: If the Great Moderation of the last 25 years has seen the purchasing power of the consumer dollar cut by more than half, imagine what 6 percent inflation would do.

Education for Leadership

'Sneakerheads' pay big bucks for rare kicks | May 27
It's supply and demand at its simplest, said Elliott Curtis, a former Carnegie Mellon University basketball player who for two semesters taught Sneakerology 101, billed as the first accredited class on sneaker culture. […] "It's like a status symbol. If Nike is selling a shoe for $2,000, they're not expecting to sell that many," the recent graduate said, adding that sneakerheads are drawn to scarcity.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon event to unite musicians, scientists
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 26
Carnegie Mellon University will host a conference exploring the interdisciplinary creations of artists and scientists. The New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference will be held June 4-6. The conference is in its ninth year. During the conference, researchers and musicians from around the world will share their knowledge and work on new musical interface design in a series of presentations, installations and concerts, officials said.


Student wind turbine project wins innovation contest
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 27
Carnegie Mellon University chemistry student Jacob Mohin and team won third prize for a device that would transmit home power-use data to a personalized Web site, reducing consumption by informing people in real time how much power they are using.


Project economy: 5 tips when interviewing for a job
WTAE-TV News | May 21
"It has been difficult. I've been searching now for a year and the jobs are just not out there because of the economy," said job seeker Renee Vid Coleborn. Coleborn met with Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Young who offered her five strategies to success. First and foremost, applicants should have their resume in order. "Its purpose is to get you an interview so you want it to be perfect -- limited to no more than two pages in length. I encourage students to use bulleted format as opposed to paragraphs," said Young.


Newsmaker: Karen D. Boyd
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 24
Noteworthy: Karen Boyd was hired to become Carnegie Mellon's dean of students after a national search. She will begin on July 1. Quote: "This is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the good work they've already been doing to help students reach their potential — which at Carnegie Mellon is something special."


Is it safe to hire someone with a criminal record?
Yahoo! India | May 28
Carnegie Mellon University scientists created a model for obtaining empirical evidence on when an ex-convict has been 'clean' long enough to be considered 'redeemed' for a job. The study, funded by The National Institute of Justice, used criminal-history records of more than 88,000 first-time offenders in New York in 1980.


Which model will win?
Khaleej Times | May 27
The presence of stores-within-a-store often indicates the strength of retailers, rather than manufacturers, according to a detailed study titled “Store-Within-a-Store”, written by Kinshuk Jerath of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and Wharton marketing professor Z. John Zhang.