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News Clips - November 12, 2010

From November 5 to November 11, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 200 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.


CMU-Q students visit Oman
The Peninsula | November 5
The first-year class of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) visited Oman to discover new interests and build relationships with professors and university staff. This was mending to help freshmen students settle into university life by familiarising them with faculty and staff as well as helping them form new friendships. Sixty-four first-year students and 28 faculty and staff made this three day visit sponsored by the Office of First-Year Programmes. "The First-Year Trip to Oman is an opportunity for Carnegie Mellon students to establish meaningful connections with their classmates, professors, and university administration. Last year's trip proved to be very successful in achieving this goal, so Carnegie Mellon decided to make this an annual trip," said David Stanfield, Director of student activities, organiser of the First-Year trip.


Obama invokes Gandhi, whose ideal eludes India
The New York Times | November 6
In praising Gandhi, Mr. Obama has often cited the influence of Gandhi’s civil disobedience campaigns on the civil rights movement in the United States. Dr. King visited India in 1959, more than a decade after Gandhi’s death, seeking to draw from the taproot of his moral power, in a trip publicized in India and the United States. “The trip for King was very much about laying claim to the Gandhian legacy,” said Nico Slate, a historian at Carnegie Mellon University who has researched the linkage between the two men. Unlike Mr. Obama, Dr. King and Gandhi had the advantage of never having to govern. And even Dr. King learned the limits of Gandhi’s influence in an India confronted with the realities of global politics.

Education for Leadership

Going clubbing
The New York Times | November 5
Organizations have gone viral. Harvard has more than 400, up from about 250 six years ago. The University of California, Berkeley, has more than 1,000 organizations. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, estimates more than 800, with a Web site that encourages students to “Discover your passions. Bring your résumé to life.” The Web site of the College of William & Mary, which has 400 clubs, boasts “endless geekery from quiz bowl to Ping-Pong to heavy metal.” One Sunday at a hometown hotel, my family watched a video presentation for Carnegie Mellon. After becoming acquainted with various clubs devoted to building self-propelled robot cars for Darpa field tests, an attractive student enthused about ballroom dancing. A few weeks later, the scene was repeated by a coed at Rose-Holman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Given the institute’s academic atmosphere, the video held out the promise of full body contact, a selling point for geeks and nerds and my son.

Arts and Humanities

Restaurants adding politics to the menu
The Globe and Mail | November 9
At Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen, the items on the diverse menu have one thing in common: All originate in countries that have a beef with America. Founded by three artists, the restaurant endeavours to demystify the nations with a plate of food. How? Staff working the takeout window are trained to “facilitate” dialogue about each country with patrons. “We describe the project and then we ask them where they’re from, or what they might know about Iran and what they might not know,” says Jon Rubin, an artist and professor at Carnegie Mellon University who co-founded the restaurant. s-to-the-menu/article1791947/

Information Technology

VA's VistA health IT system could be national model
Federal News Radio | November 11
Could the IT health system at the Department of Veterans Affairs serve as a model for hospitals and doctor's offices across the country? The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) program is "a huge success story," said James Herbsleb, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in an interview with the DorobekINSIDER. Herbsleb refers to Phillip Longman's book "Best Care Anywhere" that explores how the VA's system could be a model to help save the U.S. Health care system.


Qatar exec: Shale gas not cheap, copious
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 11
An energy executive from Qatar, a tiny Middle Eastern nation whose energy resources have helped to propel it to second in the world in per-capita GDP, raised the slightest of cautionary flags Wednesday regarding the prospects for Marcellus Shale natural gas. [ … ] In addition to Mr. Al-Mohsin, the panel, titled "The Big Drill: Getting Marcellus Right," featured John R. Duda, director of the Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in South Park; Kelvin Gregory, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon; Venkee Sharma, president and CEO of Aquatech International in Coraopolis; and Ray N. Walker, chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and senior vice president, Marcellus Shale Division, Range Resources Corp.

Regional Impact

Photographer uses poets to bring character to 'Milltown' images
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 7
The black-and-white photographs stand alone on their own merits. Sometimes stark, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant, Charlee Brodsky's images of Homestead and the Waterfront, the shopping center that replaced a steel mill along the banks of the Monongahela River, need no explanation. But Brodsky, a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University, knew there were hidden stories pictures alone could not tell. She enlisted writers Jane McCafferty and Jim Daniels, colleagues at CMU, to add words to the photos.


CMU to provide engineering education in India
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 11
Carnegie Mellon University and a foundation in India today announced a partnership to deliver undergraduate engineering instruction to students in that country who will study there and in Pittsburgh to earn a CMU degree. The announcement by CMU and the Shiv Nadar Foundation comes as the Indian parliament weighs legislation that could one day enable CMU and other leading U.S. universities to establish campuses in that country. A number of prominent universities already have expressed interest in expanding into India, or at least deepening their strategic ties there, given the country's rapidly growing economy and sheer size.