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News Clips - November 13, 2009

From November 5 to November 12, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 395 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


More job seekers scramble to erase their criminal past
The Wall Street Journal | November 11
Millions of Americans are in a similar position. In 1967, 50% of American men had been arrested. Since then, arrests made in connection with domestic violence and illegal drugs have pushed the number to 60%, estimates Alfred Blumstein, a criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University. The annual number of arrests for possession of marijuana more than tripled to 1.8 million from 1980 to 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.


Study estimates hot air released by the U.S. health care system
Scientific American | November 11
The researchers started by looking at the amount of money spent in different areas of health care, including hospitals, home heath services, prescription drugs and scientific research, based on 2007 records. Then they subjected these numbers to a model developed at the Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute called the Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA). Because the most up-to-date EIO-LCA model is based on 1997 industry reports, the authors adjusted 2007 spending to 1997 U.S. dollars to account for inflation.


A dream interpretation: Tuneups for the brain
The New York Times | November 9
But people can read almost anything into the dreams that they remember, and they do exactly that. In a recent study of more than 1,000 people, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard found strong biases in the interpretations of dreams. For instance, the participants tended to attach more significance to a negative dream if it was about someone they disliked, and more to a positive dream if it was about a friend.


With jobs scant, MBAs consider startups
BusinessWeek | November 9
In the last year, 42% of MBA students at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business (Tepper Full-Time MBA Profile) took at least one class in entrepreneurship. The program saw the entrepreneurship track rise from 12 to 27 participants. And 75 of the 210 incoming MBA students chose to participate in the entrepreneurship boot camp before classes started.

Education for Leadership

The business of government
BusinessWeek | November 9
But I didn't chug the Kool-Aid. There is a downside (political and organizational reality for starters). MBAs are well-trained to handle the fundamentals of due diligence and organizational transformation; we certainly focus heavily on them at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business (Tepper Full-Time MBA School Profile). There is, for better and worse, a veritable gulf between the highest-performing federal employees and the lowest-performing ones, but unlike in the corporate world, one cannot simply fire a federal employee, because of a bevy of civil service protections and the operation of unions within government agencies.

Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic performs banned composers at concert
The Jewish Chronicle | November 12
On Monday, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic commemorated Kristallnacht with a performance. The orchestra played works by prominent European-Jewish composers whose music was banned during the Holocaust, the performance highlighted the Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a month-long collaborative effort of 17 educational and artistic programs designed to encourage a communitywide dialogue about the Holocaust, sponsored by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Mellon+Philharmonic+performs+banned+composers+at+concert+-%20&id=4432217-Carnegie Mellon+Philharmonic+performs+banned+composers+at+concert+-&instance=home_news_1st_left

Information Technology

Not bilingual? $25 iPhone app for that translates spoken English and Spanish
CIO | November 10
Enter Mobile Technologies, headed by Alex Waibel, a professor of computer science and language technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, which had been working on an app for the iPhone 3GS that would marry sophisticated speech-to-speech translation with the ease of an iPhone.


Researchers to develop probes to understand neuronal navigation
Medical News Today | November 12
An international group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Goettingen Medical School in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have received a Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) grant to develop molecular probes that will help researchers better understand the "cellular GPS" system that guides neurons to create a properly wired nervous system.


Carnegie Mellon researchers receive grant
E! Science News | November 6
Carnegie Mellon University's Lucio Soibelman, H. Scott Matthews and Jose M.F. Moura received a three-year $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to identify inexpensive ways to track energy consumption in buildings. Bosch Research and Technology Center North America (Bosch RTC-NA), the R&D arm of the global automotive, industrial, consumer goods and building technology supplier, will assist with the broad-based project to track energy consumption.

Regional Impact

Gender pay gap improves little in Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 10
The wage gap between women and men in Pennsylvania narrowed to about 20 percent during the past 12 years, with women still earning less than men in comparable jobs, a government report released Monday shows. […] "It doesn't seem so good. There's not been as much progress as in other decades, like the '80s," said Linda Babcock, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and author of "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide."


At the food court: Want to take a Carnegie Mellon survey with that?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 12
Lunchtime at the food court: pizza, sodas, scientific research. Carnegie Mellon University opened the doors yesterday to its Research Cafe, a 1,700-square-foot lab on the second floor of Downtown's Fifth Avenue Place. The grand opening, which continues through tomorrow, offers cookies, brownies and the chance to win a $100 Giant Eagle gift card to anyone donating their spare time to participate in a survey.


The trouble with carbon
Asia Sentinel | November 11
But carbon warming as a component of food production is complicated. According to a study by Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews of Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, transportation from the farm to the supermarket accounts for just 4 percent of emissions related to food, and a minuscule amount of the total carbon footprint. Although the desire to buy local may be laudable, it may have little effect on carbon output.


Carnegie Mellon Qatar establishes "New First-Year Programs Office"
AME Info | November 7
The New First-Year Programs Office has been established to develop a series of initiatives aimed at integrating the new students into the university environment and to ultimately become more successful at Carnegie Mellon. "We are very excited about initiating this new program to help freshmen get acclimated to their new life at university," said Gloria Khoury, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Carnegie Mellon Qatar.