Carnegie Mellon University

News Clips - November 5, 2010

From October 29 to November 4, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations counted 355 references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.

International

New system for monitoring electricity consumption
Sify.com | October 29
Pittsburgh researchers say that a new monitoring system to show how much electricity residents are consuming may soon be available. "There are many opportunities for reducing electricity consumption in buildings, but identifying and quantifying them is often very difficult, particularly in single-family homes," said Dr. Mario Berges from Carnegie Mellon University. "This means that for most residents the only indicator of consumption they have is their monthly electricity bill."
http://sify.com/news/new-system-for-monitoring-electricity-consumption-news-international-kk3pkgfddde.html

National

US stocks pare losses as banks rally following Fed's decision
Bloomberg.com | November 3
Joseph Stiglitz, an economics professor at Columbia University, and Marvin Goodfriend, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, discuss Federal Reserve policy and the economy. They talk with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance Midday."
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/64229698/

Arts and Humanities

Conflict Kitchen
The Design Observer Group | November 1
Four months ago, a group of artists associated with Carnegie Mellon University launched an experiment to spark conversations about countries at odds with the United States. In Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, they set up Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant promoting culinary and cultural diversity. Opened with offerings of Iranian food, the venue is about to become an Afghani restaurant with a new name, a fresh menu and an updated facade. The national focus is planned to change at least twice more before the project comes to an end.
http://changeobserver.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=21738

Biotechnology

Connecticut should boost biotech
Hartford Courant | October 31
Connecticut has the assets — financial and intellectual — to reclaim its heritage as a leader in innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Connecticut has demonstrated competitive strengths in several sectors, but only biotech has shown resilience in the face of the Great Recession. For example, employment in life sciences grew 1.4 percent in the first year of the recession. Confirming investor faith in the future of this sector, in the first quarter of 2010 the Nasdaq stock market's biotech index reached an eight-year high. To develop the biosciences, Connecticut should emulate successful strategies used in other states. One arresting example of how to link the intellectual capital of our universities with the private sector comes from the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Pittsburgh's regional foundation community joined in 2001 to build the city's life biotechnology sector.
http://articles.courant.com/2010-10-31/news/hc-op-carstensen-biotech-connecticut-20101031_1_life-sciences-hartford-connecticut

Environment

House science chair enters debate over biodiversity pact's bar on climate engineering
Science Insider | October 29
But there is some difference of opinion on the most immediate concern of scientists, namely, that this "moratorium" could halt studies that scientists hope will shed light on the risks and capabilities of atmospheric tinkering. In a note to ScienceInsider, energy expert M. Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said: I do not think that this will have an adverse impact on the research that I and others have been arguing needs to be done over the next several years. Nobody is seriously proposing to actually implement [climate engineering experiments] at this stage, or to run any field experiments that are so large as to have significant ecological or other impacts.
http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/10/house-science-chair-enters-debat.html

Regional Impact

Kauffman Foundation recognizes Carnegie Mellon as national leader in commercialization efforts
Techburgher.com | October 28
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recognized Carnegie Mellon University for its creative approaches to helping students and faculty move their innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace by awarding a $100,000 grant to the university’s Project Olympus  for a program to train a select group of student entrepreneurs. The Project Olympus Commercialization Fellows Program will create a cadre of students who will graduate with the skills necessary to turn their research ideas into commercial products or services.
http://techburgher.pghtech.org/2010/10/28/kauffman-foundation-recognizes-carnegie-mellon-as-national-leader-in-commercialization-efforts/

Local

Chemistry in the kitchen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 4
That was the bait in the course catalog that lured 28 students at Carnegie Mellon University to sign up for The Kitchen Chemistry Sessions, a five-week mini-course during the fall semester. It was the third offering of this new course. Food science is a hot ticket these days. The stages for teaching it are books, national television shows and the Internet, some of it accurate, some not. Surely, this would be a fun class to audit, I thought. With the professor's permission, I sat in on the classes, taught at Mellon Institute. I didn't understand the chemistry by a long shot, but I reveled in the creativeness of the teaching, as well as the students' remarkable transformations of food by applying chemical principles.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10308/1100338-34.stm