Carnegie Mellon University
Skip navigation and jump directly to page content

News Clips - April 16, 2010

From April 9 to April 15, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 361 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


A perk of power: Trading in companies you oversee
The Wall Street Journal | April 10
You might not be surprised to hear about an investor who made money betting that the Nasdaq stock index would collapse during the financial crisis—unless you found out that he is a U.S. congressman who is intimately involved in overseeing the capital markets. As Congress resumes debating how to reform every other aspect of the financial system, it also might consider revisiting its own investing rules. [...] George Loewenstein, a behavioral economist at Carnegie Mellon University, has studied conflicts of interest. "People can be biased by surprisingly small incentives," he says, "so even if a congressman's portfolio is small, it could still influence his behavior in votes and hearings."


How security professionals monitor their kids
PC World | April 13
Cell phones, texting, IM, email, Facebook, MySpace--kids are interconnected today in ways hardly imagined two decades ago. But these technology-based communication platforms also enable new forms of an age-old parenting strategy: monitoring your kids. Who are they talking to? What are they talking about? Are they going where they said they are going? [...] nstead of trying to block her kids from questionable or dangerous content and communication, Dena Haritos Tsamitis, head of the Information Networking Institute and director of outreach for Carnegie Mellon CYLAB, approached the security and safety issue by trying to change behavior.

Education for Leadership

Strikes and patient care
Minnesota Public Radio | April 12
Paul is closely monitoring contract negotiations between 12,000 nurses and 6 hospital systems in the Twin Cities. There is talk of a strike, although it's unclear how real the risk is that bargaining will actually break down before the contract ends on May 31. Still, what is the potential impact of a hospital strike on patients? That's the question investigated in a recent National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper, Do Strikes Kill? Evidence from New York State by economists Jonathan Gruber of MIT and Samuel A. Kleiner of Carnegie Mellon.

Arts and Humanities

Theater: Ready to take on the rotten
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | April 14
Director Matt Gray's production of "Richard III" will explore the historic king, not the hunchbacked villainous murderer and usurper of legend and lore. [...] The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama production of "Richard III" begins Thursday and continues through April 24 with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Fridays and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays

Information Technology

Economic experts warn against net neutrality rule in Verizon-funded study
The Washington Post – Post Tech Blog | April 12
Economists, law professors and industry consultants told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday they don’t like the idea of a new net neutrality rule. In comments filed with the agency, 21 economic professors from universities such as George Mason University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania said that new rules would curb investment, dampen the prospects for innovative new technologies and reduce competition.


Call for urgent changes in building designs
The Peninsula | April 9
With Qatar at the helm of rapid growth in the construction sector with thousands of commercial and residential buildings being erected, there’s an urgent need to switch to sustainable building designs. [...] “Qatar’s water consumption per capita was 675.5 litres last year, higher than the US,” said Rami El Samahy, Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, in his presentation on ‘Why Sustainable Design Matters'.

Regional Impact

MCCC offers gaming seminar
The Reporter | April 14
Montgomery County Community College will host a virtual lecture by game designer, entrepreneur and professor Jesse Schell on April 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. [...] He is also on a faculty of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches classes on game design and serves as a project adviser. Before starting is own company in 2004, Schell was the creative director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality studio, where he worked as a designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest.


Experts: Perfect defense against cyber attacks just not possible
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | April 12
Here was the recipe for disaster: Improved "March Madness" college basketball software would hide the Web equivalent of a smart bomb. When downloaded, the bomb would infect millions of computers and cell phones, overloading the Internet with traffic. [...] Though Obama named Howard Schmidt, a distinguished adjunct fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, in December as his cybersecurity coordinator, Schmidt likely lacks authority to enact "the whole-pie" approach, Kuehl said. Lieberman's cyber coordinator position wouldn't be cabinet-level, Phillips said. But it would "bring clarity, a unity of effort and coordination to who's in charge of cybersecurity," she said.


'Qatar's education presents huge opportunities for Korea'
Korea Times | April 15
The perception by Koreans of this tiny Middle Eastern country is largely limited to its rich reserves of oil and gas.  As Qatar's second largest importer of natural gas after Japan, Korea has been an important business partner for the nation, which boasts the world's second highest GDP per capita at $61,902. [...] The country is home to a number of extended campuses of some of the most prestigious U.S. universities, including Cornell, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern, among others.


No change on Obama's policy towards state says former envoy | April 10
Former US president's George Bush's top advisor says no different between the approach of current Obama administration to war-torn Somalia and his predecessor. Jendayi E. Frazer, former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under the Bush Administration said President Barack Obama is still applying the same policy of his predecessor. "There's not much variation in policy at all, it is the same," says Jendayi Frazer, who is now a scholar at Carnegie Mellon University in the state of Pennsylvania. She said she does not anticipate any changes to be brought by the planed Transitional Federal Government of Somalia's offensive to flush out.


Visual tricks can make downloads seem quicker | April 9
Twiddling our thumbs while waiting for files to download is one of the great frustrations of our high-speed, technologically interconnected world. Computer scientists are unlikely to eliminate the waiting any time soon – but they've done the next best thing. Chris Harrison at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working with Zhiqaun Yeo and Scott Hudson, has shown that animated pop-up download progress bars which use visual illusions make the process seem around 10 per cent faster than it really is.