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News Clips - October 23, 2009

From October 16 to October 22, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 361 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


The high-tech future of body language
The Washington Post | October 22
Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with researchers from Japan's Osaka University and ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratory found that a robot's eye movement is key to guiding the flow of a conversation with more than one person. The robot (called Robovie) used for the experiments was given the ability to combine gaze with speech.


AT&T takes on Google in fight over ‘terrifying’ internet rules
Bloomberg | October 21
Rules on managed services also could affect TV programming offered by phone companies, including Verizon’s Fios and AT&T’s U-verse, said David Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, in an interview. Farber served as the FCC’s chief technologist in 2000 and 2001.


What is the real cost of power production?
Scientific American | October 19
Market prices don't reflect hundreds of billions of dollars in hidden costs of energy production to human health and the environment, a National Research Council panel said in a report released today. "There are many external effects of energy production and use," said Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University and chairman of the panel that wrote the report. "These are important because they can lead to distortions in decision making."


Researchers tout 'wimpy nodes' for net computing
CNET News | October 16
"We were looking at efficiency at sub-maximum load. We realized the same techniques could serve high loads more efficiently as well," said David Andersen, the Carnegie Mellon assistant professor of computer science who helped lead the project.

Education for Leadership

Sneakerheads rule
AdWeek Magazine | October 19
"If you think about it, Nike could sell 500 shoes and sell them all out. But these are limited runs, and, in fact, the companies often lose money on them," says Elliott Curtis, a sneaker aficionado who teaches a class at Carnegie Mellon University called Sneakerology 101. "It's pure marketing." Or, Curtis might say, marketing to mavens, which is what pushing sneakers is all about these days. In the 2000 book The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell laid out a theory about how hit products or movements spread.

Arts and Humanities

Opera: Carnegie Mellon stages Poulenc's 'Carmelites'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 21
Masterpieces needn't be typical of their composers. Francis Poulenc is best known for light instrumental music, but his operatic masterpiece "Dialogues of the Carmelites" is a powerful tragedy that Carnegie Mellon University is staging this week.

Information Technology

Why data centers aren't energy hogs | October 21
Fortunately, one comprehensive study has recently been published by Jonathan Koomey and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University entitled "The Energy and Climate Change Impacts of Different Music Delivery Methods."


Medical records: Stored in the cloud, sold on the open market
Wired News | October 19
Vendors say they re-sell the data for research purposes and scrub it of identifying information first to protect patient privacy. But in 1997, Latanya Sweeney, director of the Data Privacy Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, showed how she was able to pick out the medical records of William Weld (then the governor of Massachusetts) from scrubbed medical information published by the state’s insurance commission by simply correlating the anonymized data with birthdays, ZIP codes and gender information published in the state’s voter-registration rolls.


Whither the weathermen
The Energy Collective | October 16
Peter Adams, an assistant professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert in atmospheric chemistry and climate change, said he first encountered meteorologists skeptical of climate change during a lecture in Cleveland this summer.

Regional Impact

Pittsburgh's profile rising in video games
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 18
Husband-and-wife artists Grant and Clara Struthers are 2003 graduates of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Designer Fred Zeleny, artist Megan Sawyer and programmer Jay Woodward are Carnegie Mellon University alums.


Many just can't resist texting while driving
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 22
He really shouldn't, said Carnegie Mellon University psychology professor Marcel Just, who has done brain imaging research showing that just listening to a cell phone conversation reduces the amount of brain activity dedicated to driving by 30 percent. Writing a text message would be a "double whammy," said Dr. Just, because not only are drivers' brains occupied but their fingers and eyes are as well.


Adm. Roughead expects array of military, other challenges
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 22
Roughead, who met with Tribune-Review reporters and editors after touring Carnegie Mellon University on Wednesday, predicted the Navy would spend the next few years focused on the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. "Those areas are going to drive global events, and we as a navy need to focus on that," Roughead said. "We are there, and we are going to stay there."


44 enroll for corporate executive programme
Gulf Times | Octobrt 21
The Qatar Science & Technology Park and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar have launched the Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (CIEP) for the 2009-2010 academic year. There are 44 students, including 12 Qataris with the remaining representing 12 other nationalities, enrolled in the nine-month, part-time certified executive course.


Finally a video of the Snackbot
Engadget German | October 19
Perhaps you remind you: Almost one year ago, in January 2009, we showed up a little surprised: Whose can't Ernst in the Carnegie Mellon University be that? 500,000 dollar from Microsofts human Robot Interactionfund for a robot, which sells Snacks? Now, Botjunkie opened a video of the Süssigkeitenkerlchen: Snackbot gives a greeting speech by the Menscheit and wackelt then a little schildkrötig depressive by a grey office corridor. Future, baby! Video after the BREAK.