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News Clips - December 10, 2010

From December 3 to December 9, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 200 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


CMU hosts workshop on bio-diversity
Qatar Tribune | December 4
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Qatar hosted a workshop for students at Education City recently. Ibtikar Qatar, the Information Systems Innovation competition for high school students, kicked off with a workshop under the theme of the United Nation’s 2010 year of bio-diversity. Ibtikar, which is the Arabic word for “innovation”, was created as a holistic approach to create awareness among students, where youngsters learn more about projects that benefit the community. Through Ibtikar Qatar, high school students are encouraged to design creative solutions to some of the current challenges that society is facing using information technology while at the same time developing an interest in Information Systems.


U.S. 'Connects The Dots' To Catch Roadside Bombers
NPR – “Morning Edition” | December 3
"Someone has to build it, someone has to place it, someone has to do surveillance on the place where you place it," said Kathleen Carley, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and the unofficial godmother of social network analysis as applied to the IED problem. "If you're trying to defeat IEDs, what you're talking about is understanding that whole process — who is involved, how they are connected to each other — so that you can figure out where the best place is to intervene," Carley said.

Arts and Humanities

Adolescents Found No Less Likely To Recognize Risks
Education Week | December 6
Contrary to the popular view that adolescents are uniquely reckless in ignoring risks, young people are no more likely than adults to perceive themselves as less vulnerable to life risks than others, a new study concludes. Moreover, the study by psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University finds, both adolescents and adults consider adults to be less vulnerable than teenagers to adverse events.

Information Technology

Recommended: Evaluating Data Breach Disclosure Laws | December 2
I imagine most of you have received one or more letters from companies informing you that they lost your personal information. If so, what, if anything, did you do about it? Did you check your credit history?; close a financial account?; something else?; or nothing at all? If you did act, you likely did it to reduce your risk of suffering identity theft. My research question is: did it work? This is something that I’ve been examining for a number of years now. In a paper coauthored with Rahul Telang and Alessandro Acquisti at Carnegie Mellon University, we empirically examine the effect of data breach disclosure (security breach notification) laws on identity theft. For a policy researcher, this represents a fantastic opportunity: a clear policy intervention (adoption of laws across different states), a heated controversy regarding the benefits and consequences of the laws that is both practically and academically interesting, good field data, and a powerful empirical analysis methodology to leverage (criminology).


Best Careers 2011: Biomedical Engineer
U.S. News & World Report | December 6
Forget the stereotypes about biomedical engineers, says Philip Leduc, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and member of the Biomedical Engineering Society board of directors. Since this is such a new field, Leduc says it's constantly being redefined. Some graduates will head into traditional fields like pharmaceuticals, but he's seeing an increasing number move into fields such as strategic consulting, law, and even finance. Don't limit yourself when pursuing jobs in this field. "Find out your real passion first," he says. "There's so much [biomedical engineers] can do."


Bioplastics Not So Green
Discovery News | December 6
Using cellulosic sources of biomass, such as corn stalks, grasses, or woody plant parts would be better, agreed Michael Griffin of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "If instead of using something like corn, you move to something like cellulosic, that immediately gets you a reduction of impact. A lot of these cellulosic feedstocks use fewer chemicals and you get higher yield," he said. Bio-based plastics face an uphill battle, because they are competing against a highly streamlined production process for petroleum.

Regional Impact

CMU unit lands $6M for climate, energy issues
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 7
The Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, a new research center at Carnegie Mellon University, has received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to assist leaders in making decisions regarding climate and energy. The center is headed by executive director Inez Lima Azevedo.


Google search: Tech-minded workers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 8
Using artificial intelligence and "massive number crunching," he said, the Pittsburgh employees determine which online ads are the most relevant to show people when they query about something. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Google landed in Pittsburgh in 2005, with a staff of two Carnegie Mellon University professors at the university's Collaborative Innovation Center in Oakland. Its presence here ballooned to about 100 in 2009, when it selected the East Liberty space. "If you run out of space here, we can probably find more space for you somewhere else," said Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon.