NovemberSo far in the month of November, Carnegie Mellon Media Relations has counted hundreds of references to the university in worldwide publications. Here is a sample.
Qatar Foundation forum honors 15 researchers | The Peninsula
Ameena Al Zeyara from the Carnegie Mellon University was awarded for computer science research.
From the 353 abstracts submitted for consideration, 280 were selected for either oral or poster presentation.
Student posters were awarded for research on the following topics: Parkinson’s disease, the next generation of internal combustion engines, bio-insecticides, assistive technology for people with hearing and speaking disabilities, and tribal settlement patterns as a model for contemporary sustainable urban design.vember 23
Greenhouse gases soar | Associated Press/Sydney Morning Herald
Andrew Weaver at the University of Victoria, Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University and Gregg Marland of Appalachian State University agreed with the MIT analysis that holding warming to two degrees now seems unlikely.
"There's no way to stop it. There's so much inertia in the system," Morgan said. "We've committed to quite a bit of warming."
5 college Thanksgiving traditions | U.S. News and World Report
While Thanksgiving is a national holiday that isn't tied to a specific religion, Carnegie Mellon University uses this time of year to promote spirituality.
November is known as Spiritual Development Month at Carnegie Mellon, and it gives the school a "chance to highlight all the different faith traditions taking place on campus," says Kenneth Lawson, coordinator for spirituality and meaning-making programs at the university.
Hottest major on campus? Computer science | NetworkWorld.com
The nation's best undergraduate computer science programs are bracing for a record number of applications this fall, as more high school seniors are lured by plentiful jobs, six-figure starting salaries and a hipster image fostered by the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
Early admissions are piling up at elite tech schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Harvey Mudd College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - all of whose undergraduate computer science and engineering programs are rated tops by U.S. News & World Report, the de facto college ranking in the United States.
Intelligent assistance for a better future | South China Morning Post
It is a problem that has been bothering Guangdong for decades, and one that Dr Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, offered a solution to. Cohon told acting governor Zhu Xiaodan , senior officials and hundreds of students at Sun Yat-sen University that universities could play a very important role in regional transformation and pointed to the way Carnegie Mellon University had helped Pittsburgh deal with a similar situation.
Cohon was in Guangzhou both for the International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong, held every two years, and to sign agreements between his university and Sun Yat-sen University on the establishment of a joint engineering institute in Guangzhou that will offer masters and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from 2013.
A plastic that behaves like glass | Chemical and Engineering News
The researchers have been able to recycle the material so that it has the same properties as the original. Also, scratches and small breaks in the plastic can be repaired by heating it. Leibler’s team has patented the material and hopes to see it commercialized soon. The chemical components, he says, are inexpensive and readily available.
“The reported results demonstrate how, in a very simple way, one can make new easily processable materials with excellent properties,” comments polymer expert and Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. “The chemistry is very simple, robust, and provides unique organic materials that behave better than classical inorganic glasses.”
Best of what’s new: Carnegie Mellon Astrobotic Red Rover | Popular Science
To win the $20-million Google Lunar X Prize, a team must build a rover, land it on the moon, and send footage back to Earth. Team Astrobotic, headed by Carnegie Mellon professor William “Red” Whittaker, took the lead this year over 26 competitors when its solar-powered rover completed an unassisted 0.6-mile simulated lunar traverse at the university’s proving ground. The 173-pound rover is designed to take 3-D, high-definition images of the moon’s surface—and in February the team signed a deal with SpaceX to send it to the moon to do just that.
Seeing the big (and small) picture: Panoramic tool lets users observe dynamic imagery | Scientific American
The system, GigaPan Time Machine, was developed by Carnegie Mellon University, with the aid of NASA and Google. The project is an offshoot of GigaPan, a system for creating detailed panoramas by robotically panning a digital camera across a scene and stitching together the resulting images into a billion-pixel, or gigapixel, image. Users can then delve into the high-resolution mosaic to, for instance, examine the facial expressions of individual attendees in the enormous crowd at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. The Time Machine adds time-domain control to the extensive panning and zooming available through Gigapan. In other words, Time Machine imagery is not static but dynamic, a time-lapse movie in which the viewer can zoom in or out as he or she pleases to watch different stories play out on small scales across the frame.
New CMUQ dean ‘keen to enroll more Qatari pupils’ | Doha Insight
The new Dean of Carnegie Mellon University–Qatar (CMUQ) yesterday unveiled some upcoming developments including adding more courses and faculty at the university as the institution tries to draw in more Qatari students.
Dean Ilker Baybars, speaking to the media, said CMUQ’s business school will be adding more courses and faculty in the next year, particularly in finance and marketing.
He said CMUQ has specific plans to increase enrolment of Qatari students at the school. Out of around 100 students admitted this year, 42 of them are Qatari nationals, which he said is good considering the fact that Qataris only make up around 15% of the population.
Sun Yat-sen University partners with CMU to establish institute of engineering | Guangdong News
In the evening of November 14th, Sun Yat-Sen University and Carnegie Mellon University signed the Collaborative Agreement for the Establishment of SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (with its subsidiary school of Electrical and Computer Engineering ) during the 2011 plenary of International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong Province.
According to the agreement, SYSU and CMU will establish a joint Institute of Engineering in Guangzhou, China, initially offering master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering beginning in 2013.
Super Cameras from NASA are used to register every face within enormous crowd | cubadebate.cu (Translated from Spanish)
Photographer Ronnie Miranda of Port Moody utilized a GigaPan (superpanorama) camera to take a photo of the crowd of people on Georgia Street, with the ability to recognize every face within the miles of people that were in the center of Vancover before the riots before the last Stanley Cup on June 15.
Captured at 5:46 P.M. on the 15th of June of 2011, and published 8 days later in the Vancouver's Tri-City News Diary, the image is made possible by GigaPan technology, a system of photographer developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group that consists of three developed technologies: a robotic poppet-head that operates the camera and captures a mosiac of high resolution images, a software that ensembles hundred of millions of images into one photo, and a Gigapan browser that allows users to explore these super photos.
132 economists think GOP job plan better for country | CNN iReport
Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner in a statement released yesterday says 132 economists throughout the nation preferred the Republican's jobs bill to that being offered by President Barack Obama.
"The Boehner list is a retort to Obama's call to have independent analysts compare the GOP plan with his. Those surveyed by Boehner include economists from Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Carnegie Mellon University, American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute -- fairly conservative institutions. Boehner said the economists' support for the GOP plan is further proof that Obama needs to engage Republicans."
U.S. joins hunt for brutal warlord in Africa | NPR’s “Tell Me More”
MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program we remember the boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier. He passed away yesterday. But first, we want to talk about the Obama administration's decision to send a group of U.S. military forces into Central Africa. Their mission: to help capture Joseph Kony, head of the Lord's Resistance Army. This rebel group is widely believed to be responsible for some of the worst atrocities associated with modern warfare on the continent for committing mass killings and mass rapes.
We wanted to know more about this important but not much discussed mission, so we've called upon Jendayi Frazer, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the George W. Bush administration. She also served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa. She's now a distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Ambassador, thank you so much for speaking with us.
Nice guys finish last | Topretailing.com, Chinese News Website
Social scientists have long sought a reasonable explanation for why altruism exists. One widely accepted assumption is that groups recognize altruistic contributions by conferring status on the generous person, whether that be through higher social rank, recognition, or simply respect. Yet this theory is not perfect, as it fails to explain why leaders who behave selfishly make it into power.
Robert Livingston, an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, and co-authors Nir Halevy, an acting assistant professor at Stanford University, Eileen Chou, a lecturer at the Kellogg School, and Taya Cohen, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, are the latest to weigh in on the debate about the role of altruistic behavior in human society and its origins. Altruism, they argue, may be beneficial or detrimental to a person’s social status, depending on how it is defined. It can also serve as a barrier on the path to leadership.
Opinion: Should we further empower Big Brother? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
GPS technology raises the scary possibility that the government will always know where we are, warns Carnegie Mellon University's Norman M. Sadeh.
A car's navigation system that helps us find our way to any destination and a smartphone that locates a nearby restaurant are among the everyday marvels of life today. But GPS, like any technology, poses perils as well as benefits. If a technology can tell you where you are, it can just as easily tell someone else where you are.
Does the government, for instance, have the right to always know your whereabouts? Most of us would adamantly answer "no," but government lawyers are arguing the opposite in a case under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the court is set to hear arguments in a case involving the surveillance of an alleged drug dealer in which the government claims it has the right to use GPS technology to track anyone's motor vehicle without warrant and without the owner's consent.
Mark Zuckerberg returns to college with East coast university tour | TechNews.am
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be visiting three colleges during an East coast speaking tour starting November 8th. He will be visiting Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, and MIT.
Zuckerberg started Facebook in a dorm room at Harvard University and then left the school in 2004 to move offices to Palo Alto.
Carnegie Mellon University says that while at its school, Zuckerberg will join Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer to talk to a select crowd of computer science and electrical and computer engineering students.
10 universities with the most international students | U.S. News and World Report
Coming to the United States for college can be a major undertaking for international students. There are tests to pass and visas to obtain, and, once you've settled on a college campus, the challenges might continue.