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News Clips - December 3, 2010

From November 26 to December 2, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 318 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


Study: Brain computes genders of faces differently depending on their location
Wired | November 29
Michael Tarr, codirector of the Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University, says the findings add to the growing evidence that the brain is not always consistent in how it perceives objects under different circumstances. He adds that the study leaves unanswered the question of why each person develops different bias patterns. "Is it just noise within the system, or is some other kind of learning occurring that they haven't figured out yet? That's really the fascinating question."


Don't ask, don't tell
The Washington Post | November 30
Tim Haggerty : My name is Tim Haggerty, and I am a historian at Carnegie Mellon University.  In 1993, I was a contributor to the study published by the Rand Corporation that preceded the policy now known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  The work I completed was an overview of the policies that have been developed during the last hundred years concerning military service and same-sex behaviors.  Since then I have published widely on the topic.,-don%27t-tell-11-30-10.html?hpid=topnews

Arts and Humanities

Fell Off My Bike, and Vowed Never to Get Back On
The New York Times | November 29
George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, says there are several factors that separate running injuries from cycling ones. Running injuries are often hidden — like a torn hamstring — and tend to heal gradually on their own. Bicycling injuries, he told me, “tend to be more acute and dramatic — often there is blood or even bones sticking out,” and “if it’s a gory image, it tends to deter us."

Information Technology

Cheat Sheet: Auto Crazy | November 26
The Head-up Display (HUD) technology being developed by General Motors, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California uses sensors and cameras, projecting real world situations on to the car screen. For example, you could be driving in fog, but see, on the HUD, where the road begins to curve. GM says that the technology is still some years away.


Will a Flood of Tiny Sensors Help Us Cut Emissions?
The New York Times | November 29
Sensor networks could also benefit cities that want to stay wary in a changing climate. Carlos Guestrin, an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, said most localities don't give much thought to water quality, for example. "The only real thing we can do right now is put some chlorine in the water and hope for the best," he said.

Regional Impact

CMU's all-girls robotics team programmed to succeed
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 29
Move over, Rosie the Riveter. Pittsburgh is training Rosie the Robot-builder. Twenty-six high school girls are designing, assembling, programming and testing a robot at Carnegie Mellon University in preparation for a nationwide competition. The Girls of Steel team, founded by the PghTech Women's Network and the university, is part of an effort to get more girls and women into high-tech fields where they traditionally are under-represented.


Vivid exterior lighting for Hunt Library at CMU
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 29
The exterior of Hunt Library at Carnegie Mellon University has a new lighting design, which will change for holidays and special events. The lighting installation was funded by the Hunt Foundation to mark the library's 50th anniversary year.