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CMU Launches Global Brain Research Initiative

BrainHub3Coalescing its strengths in computer science, neuroscience, psychology and engineering, Carnegie Mellon University today announced the launch of CMU BrainHubSM, a new initiative focusing on understanding how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors.

CMU scientists and their global partners will work together to develop innovative computational and technological tools for studying the links between brain and behavior, enabling new insights into topics such as cognition, learning and perception, as well as shedding light on brain disorders such as autism and Parkinson's disease.

Over the next five years, BrainHub and CMU's efforts in brain science will be supported by initial commitments totaling about $75 million. Leveraging funding from multiple sources, CMU will focus concerted efforts on understanding the brain, one of the grand challenges of the 21st century.

"Carnegie Mellon is home to some of the world's top scientists investigating brain function and human behavior," said Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh. "We also are home to the pre-eminent computer science program in the country and a world-class engineering school. By combining these areas of expertise, along with CMU's renowned talents in data sciences, the science of learning, policy and cybersecurity, we will enable innovative computational approaches to understanding brain function and dysfunction, as well as facilitate the development of tools to unravel the complexities of the human mind."

Related Links: Read the full announcement | BrainHub


CMU President Suresh, Colleagues Create New Device To Help Assess Cancer's Spread

Subra SureshCarnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh (right) and researchers from MIT and Pennsylvania State University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel.

Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread.
“The method we describe in this paper is a step forward in the detection and isolation of circulating tumor cells in the body,” Suresh said. “It has the potential to offer a safe and effective new tool for cancer researchers, clinicians and patients.”

The research is published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Related Links: Tilted Acoustic Tweezers Separate Cells Gently | Sorting Cells With Sound Waves


Alumna Wins an Emmy Award for Art Direction

SuzukiIt's another awards show in the entertainment industry and once again Carnegie Mellon alumni are shining in the spotlight.

Chikako Suzuki (A'04), pictured, won her first Emmy Award last weekend for her art direction in the Showtime comedy series "House of Lies." Suzuki, who earned a master's degree in scenic design from the School of Drama, won in the category of Outstanding Art Direction for Contemporary Art Program (half-hour or less). She received the award during the Creative Arts Emmys Show, Aug. 16.

In all, 14 Carnegie Mellon alumni were nominated in 13 categories for 2014 Emmy Awards; 11 were in the creative arts platform.

Related Links: Read More | CMU's Emmy Award Winners

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