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News Clips - May 8, 2009

From May 1 to May 7, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 253 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Quinto wants long, prosperous career
Jam! Showbiz | May 7
A top student in the acting conservatory at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, Quinto says, "I never envisioned myself living in Los Angeles at all. I wanted to do theatre. It's how I learned the craft and it was the part of the acting experience that was rewarding and visceral to me."


Cool companies
Grist Magazine | May 6
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s “Intelligent Workplace”–a must-see building for anyone designing a new or upgraded office-have begun to quantify these productivity improvements.  They have systematically analyzed a large post-occupancy database of new buildings and retrofits.  The researchers then estimated the benefits of design improvements for a 100,000-square-foot workspace with 500 employees.  They concluded, for instance, that while improved lighting design would add $370,000 to the initial cost of the workplace, it would add $680,000 in value in energy savings and other reduced operating costs.  Far more important, Carnegie Mellon has calculated that efficient lighting could provide a productivity benefit of $14.6 million.


U.S. students try life on Qatar campuses
USA Today | May 3
"Qatar knows there aren't enough Qataris to build the economy that they want to build, so they are delighted when people come from all over the world," says Chuck Thorpe, dean of Carnegie Mellon's branch here in Doha. "They are willing to offer all sorts of financial aid to get people to come here and study."


Deadline time for students’ college picks
The New York Times | May 1
James Carroll, a senior at Darien High School in Connecticut, chose Carnegie Mellon University after sizing up four colleges during spring break. He was particularly impressed by a slide show showcasing some of the school’s research projects, including a lunar robot. James concluded that Carnegie Mellon would do the best job of preparing him for a career. “It was very easy for me to understand the progression from school to work,” he said.

Education for Leadership

Carnegie Mellon is home to nation's only graduating bagpipe major
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 7
It's not unusual for young boys to be spellbound by pirates. But when Nick Hudson would watch the movie version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped" as a child, it wasn't for the sword play or the adventure on the high seas. Rather, he was completely captivated by a bagpipe duel. More than a decade later, Mr. Hudson is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University -- and the nation's only graduating bagpipe major.


Pittsburgh Marathon: Along the way, an audience of friends, family and even pets
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 4
Chit Sethi, a software programmer and part-time student at Carnegie Mellon University who was running his first half-marathon, chugged along just ahead of Mr. Syiek. "So as long as you're behind me, I'm OK?" he asked. […]Peg Mangan of Brentwood said she was glad she could finally see her son, Bill Mangan, compete in a marathon close to home. Mr. Mangan, a 24-year old Carnegie Mellon University graduate now living in New York City, has participated in marathons as far away as South Africa over the last four years. He ran the Pittsburgh Marathon, his first in the city, with the brothers of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Arts and Humanities

Denis Johnson reverts to his verse
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 5
His fiction, most notably "Tree of Smoke," winner of the 2007 National Book Award, has overshadowed his respected body of poetry in the past decade or so, but Gerald Costanzo, Carnegie Mellon University poet and publisher, put it back into the spotlight.

Information Technology

Carnegie Mellon deploys project management solution
NewsFactor Network | May 6
In an effort to facilitate IT project management across its central IT organization, Computing Services, Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Mellon) has deployed TeamDynamixHE, a leading Web-based project and portfolio management (PPM) solution for the higher education market. Carnegie Mellon is a renowned private research institution in Pittsburgh, Pa. that serves more than 5,700 undergraduate students and more than 4,600 graduate students.


Cell phones to sense our environment and its pollutants | May 5
"How would it change your ideas about moving around in the world, if you could suddenly sense things you couldn’t see?” asks Eric Paulos, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Paulos wants to put tiny environmental sensors in cell phones and turn phone users into roving citizen scientists who continuously sample and respond to their personal environment.


For a sustainable diet, change what you eat before eating locally
The Chronicle of Higher Education Blog | May 5
But if you are calculating greenhouse emissions, reducing “food miles” is not the only way — or even the most reliable way — to reduce impact, Ms. DeWeerdt writes. She cites research by Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews, of Carnegie Mellon University, who looked at the field-to-plate impacts of the American diet.


Call 4 action: Protect yourself when shopping online
WTAE | May 6
In 2008, the FBI said there was a 33 percent jump from 2007 in reported cyber crimes ranging from hacking to scams. "It basically should tell us that there's a risk in every transaction," said Pradeep Khosla, director of Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, which patrols the Internet for viruses and scams. Khosla said he worries that the economic crisis is putting people at greater risk, making them easy prey for thieves who dangle offers that are too good to be true.


Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, PSU score high in national ranking
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | May 1
Carnegie Mellon University ranked second nationally in three programs, according to the latest rankings of graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. Carnegie Mellon ranked second in information systems, production/operations and cognitive psychology. The University of Pittsburgh ranked third in medical research and Penn State University fifth in industrial/manufacturing engineering. For more information, check and click on "Best Graduate Schools" on the education tab in the left margin.


Scientists identify promising compound to treat epilepsy
Yahoo! News | May 5
Scientists have identified a new anticonvulsant compound, called paxilline, which may cease the progression of epilepsy, a neurological disorder marked by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that leads to recurring seizures. The study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers is based on a previous work in which scientists identified a specific molecular target whose increased activity is linked with seizure disorders- a potassium channel known as the BK channel.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar students graduate
Gulf Times | May 5
The Class of 2009 at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, comprising 36 seniors from 14 nationalities, received diplomas yesterday  evening at the second graduation ceremony of the branch campus in the presence of a 700-strong audience. The first graduation in Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s new building in Education City was held in the grand three-storey walkway that runs through the state-of-the-art facility and webcast live to the parent campus in Pittsburgh, US.


Preparing leaders for tomorrow
The Peninsula | May 3
Carnegie Mellon-Q is Carnegie Mellon University’s (Carnegie Mellon) first undergraduate branch campus, which opened in 2004 as part of a collaborative effort with the Qatar Foundation to bring outstanding American education programs to the Middle East. The university shares Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to maintain the same quality of instruction and standard of student performance demanded on the main campus.