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News Clips - September 11, 2009

From September 3 to September 10, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 323 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


How Will You Die?
MSN Health and Fitness Blogs | September 10
In Greek mythology, Cassandra is granted the gift of prophecy after Apollo, mesmerized by her beauty, falls in love with her. But the gift turns to a curse when she doesn’t return his affection. Doomed to suffer in frustration and misery when her dire warnings of future catastrophes are ignored, Cassandra ultimately foresees her own death. For most of us, how and when our lives will end is a question we’re happy to leave unanswered. But for those who want a clue into what might do them in, a new Web site created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University can help.

Education for Leadership

Community sheds its blue-collar trappings
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | September 8
Since the arrival of the newcomers, real estate in Lawrenceville has escalated in price in ways that make the recession seem an afterthought: Median home prices in the 6th and 9th Wards, which comprise Lawrenceville, appreciated about 8 percent a year during the past 12 years, according to a recent study by students at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.

Arts and Humanities

Art: To the moon, artists
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | September 9
Now many artists are scheming for a fantastic future. Opening Friday at Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery, the exhibit "29 Chains to the Moon" features artists who put forth radical proposals, from seasteads and tree habitats to gift-based cultures, in hopes of making the world work better.

Information Technology

Emerging Trends in Online Fraud
PC Quest | September 3
There is an ongoing debate about the impact of customer education and how much it really does to mitigate the threat of online fraud. There are a number of public sources available that can be used to make people more aware. For example, Carnegie Mellon University developed a new tool called Anti-Phishing Phil.


Can you be comfortable in a green building?
Environmental Expert | September 10
A web-based tool, e-Bids, now available from the Centre for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University, documents the power of arguments to date for various green building design strategies in terms of energy savings, health cost savings, productivity gains and return on investment. The take home message from these landmark studies is that occupant comfort, health and productivity can payoff just as much as energy and resource conservation over the lifetime of a building.

Regional Impact

Five things that allowed Pittsburgh to turn the corner
Pop City Media | September 9
3. Greenhouses – I'm talking Digital and Life Sciences.  Sometime during the mid 90's, our region and the State under Governor Ridge began thinking about economic development in a new way. By bringing university research, technology, public and private investment and wrap-around support to start up companies, Pittsburgh developed two highly successful economic development models that have guided our growth in the knowledge sector.  Who were the key drivers? Pitt, Carnegie Mellon U, UPMC, and Dennis Yablonsky, former everything and current President of the Allegheny Conference.


Gates to speak at ribbon-cutting for new buildings at Carnegie Mellon
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 10
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., will visit a Carnegie Mellon University campus for the fourth time since 2004 -- this time to dedicate a computer-science building project his foundation helped to fund. Mr. Gates' last visit occurred last spring at Carnegie Mellon's campus in Qatar. But on Sept. 22, he will be on the Pittsburgh campus to deliver the keynote address and participate in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies.


Why touch screens push our buttons
The Independent | September 9
"This is a dramatic evolution in how we interact with technology," says Chris Harrison, who is part of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at America's Carnegie Mellon University. "We have grown used to intermediate devices that martial our input into computers – they allow us to talk to them. Touch is moving us to direct manipulation. That's a big change."


Only humans allowed
The Economist | September 3
Unlike a user login, which proves a specific identity, CAPTCHAs merely show that “there’s really a human on the other end”, says Luis von Ahn, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and one of the people responsible for the ubiquity of these puzzles. Together with Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper and John Langford, Dr von Ahn coined the term CAPTCHA (which stands for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart”) in a paper published in 2000.