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Monday, February 28, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Ski and Snowboard Team Carves Out First Bid to National Championships

ski clubIn addition to the ski and snowboard team, Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Student Activities supports more than 20 team and individual club sports, ranging from baseball, cricket, ultimate Frisbee and water polo to cycling, fencing and Shaolin kung fu.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Press Release: CMU Sets 4 Percent Tuition Increase for Entering Students This Fall; 3 Percent for Current Students

For 2011, tuition for entering undergraduate students will be $43,160. Increases for room and board at the Pittsburgh campus were set at a rate of 3.97 percent, with housing costs set at $6,550 and board costs at $4,560, representing increases of $250 and $110, respectively.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

News Brief: K-pop Star

Chemical and biomedical engineering major Chris Hong is just as likely to be found in College of Fine Arts' recording studios as he is in the College of Engineering's labs. MORE
Friday, February 25, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Presents Exhilarating Smorgasbord of Music During Third Annual Collage Concert

cfaAny music lover will find a composition they will love in this 90-minute nonstop concert that will include performances by all of the school's ensembles, orchestras, quartets and choirs, including faculty members who are Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Press Release: Aron Ralston, Carnegie Mellon Alumnus and Subject of "127 Hours," To Speak at CMU Commencement

aron ralstonAron Ralston (E'97) will bring his amazing inspirational story home to Carnegie Mellon on May 15, 2011, when he delivers the keynote address at the university's 114th Commencement ceremony.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Professor Edward S. Rubin Helps California Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ed rubinWhile the U.S. still lacks a national climate policy, California has strict state-level requirements to reduce global warming pollution over the next decade and beyond.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Press Release: CMU Creative Writing Student Mackenzie Evan Smith Wins Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship

mackenzie smithWhen Mackenzie Evan Smith transferred to Carnegie Mellon as a junior, she began looking for opportunities to combine travel and creative writing — something she has been doing for a big part of her life — and the Luce Scholarship seemed like a perfect fit.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Press Release: Applicants for Undergraduate Admission To Carnegie Mellon Increase 6.5 Percent

As of Feb. 1, the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission reports that 16,497 students have applied for fall 2011, while 15,496 students applied for fall 2010.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Press Release: CMU International Film Festival Focuses on Immigration Issues

Sponsored by CMU's Humanities Center, the Heinz Endowments and PNC Bank, "Faces of Migration" will feature 15 award-winning independent films hand-picked by Jolanta Lion, festival director and assistant director of the Humanities Center. Lion.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

News Brief: Watson Wins Jeopardy Challenge

A standing-room-only crowd filled the Rashid Auditorium on Feb. 16 to view three episodes of Jeopardy! featuring IBM’s Watson question-answering system, including the live broadcast of the final episode in which Watson convincingly beat human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. MORE
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Press Release: CMU Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski To Receive Esteemed 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry

krzysztof matyjaszewskiMatyjaszewski will be recognized with two other noted chemists, Stuart Alan Rice of the University of Chicago and Ching Tang of the University of Rochester, for their "deep creative contributions to the chemical sciences in the field of synthesis, properties and an understanding of organic materials.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music's Ronald Zollman Hired as Principal Guest Conductor of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

ronald zollmanThe conductor has worked with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra several times in recent years.  The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest symphonies in the Czech Republic.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Cyert Center Celebrates Engineers Week With Model Clay Bridge-Building Challenge

hamerschlagCyert Center students are putting their own artistic style and design to the bridge project with clay models and two-dimensional drawings that include real wire braces and trusses.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon and IBM To Host "Jeopardy!" Viewing Party

lti logoCarnegie Mellon University and IBM will host a viewing party to celebrate the final "Jeopardy!" episode featuring IBM's new "Watson" computing system competing against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Press Release: Two Carnegie Mellon Professors Elected Into Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

nadine aubreyCarnegie Mellon University's Nadine N. Aubry and Chris T. Hendrickson have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors an engineer can achieve.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Physics Student Receives Prestigious Churchill Scholarship To Study in England

rebecca krallAfter completing her senior year at CMU this spring, Rebecca Krall will go to Cambridge to pursue a Master of Advanced Study in Experimental and Theoretical Physics, a program that combines courses and research.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Press Release: CMU and IBM Collaborate on Open Computing System For Advancing Research on Question Answering

lti logoWatson will compete against “Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a historic “man vs. machine” match that will air on Jeopardy! Feb. 14-16.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

News Brief: Recruiting Revival

This fall, employers responding to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2011 survey reported plans to hire 13.5 percent more bachelor's degree graduates from the Class of 2011 than they did from the Class of 2010. The Wall Street Journal also named Carnegie Mellon graduates among the top 10 recruiter picks, and No. 1 for computer science graduates. MORE
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

News Brief: Drive the Chevy Volt

Chevrolet's new, extended-range electric car is making a special trip to Carnegie Mellon, and you're invited to ride or drive the Volt on Friday, Feb. 11. MORE
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Receive Scholarship Grant From GM Foundation and Test Drive New Volt at Pittsburgh Auto Show

hamerschlagCarnegie Mellon University’s Ed Schlesinger will receive a $70,000 scholarship grant from the GM Foundation to support outstanding student research and studies at the university’s top-ranked College of Engineering at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Pittsburgh Auto Show at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

News Brief: Artful Alumnus Passes

John J. Brady (A'75), a longtime friend of the university who endowed a scholarship and whose design work has become part of Carnegie Mellon's philanthropic tradition, died on Friday, Feb. 4. He was 57. MORE
Monday, February 7, 2011

News Brief: Mission Moves Forward

Lunar LanderAstrobotic Technology Inc., the Carnegie Mellon University spin-off headed by William "Red" Whittaker, has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch Astrobotic's exploration robot to the Moon atop one of the company's Falcon 9 boosters. MORE
Monday, February 7, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Gregory R. Ganger To Receive Professorship In Electrical and Computer Engineering for Expertise in Computer Systems

greg gangerThe professorship is named for the late Stephen J. Jatras (E'47), former chairman of the Telex Corp. and a leader in a variety of academic, civic and community organizations stretching from Pittsburgh to Tulsa, Okla.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU's CAUSE Lecture Series To Present Nell Irvin Painter and "The History of White People"

Nell Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University, will tell what she believes is the most important forgotten story in American history: how the definitions of who is "white" and who is "American" evolved over time.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

News Brief: Science Stars

majetichrajkumarThe Carnegie Science Center announced the recipients of its Annual Awards of Excellence and a number of Carnegie Mellon scientists have been recognized for their innovative work. MORE
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Press Release: Ernest Green of the "Little Rock Nine" To Share Historic Memories In Black History Month Keynote at Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 10

ernest greenErnest Green, a living legacy of the civil rights era's "Little Rock Nine," will recall the events of 1957, during his Black History Month keynote address at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in McConomy Auditorium in CMU's University Center.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

News Brief: Improving Health Care

As part of its mission to advance health care information technology, UPMC's new Technology Development Center (TDC) has awarded grants worth $550,000 to five innovative research projects at academic partner Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Press Release: CMU Receives $1.2 Million NIH Grant To Develop Ethics, Policy Recommendations for Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster DNA ID Practices

jay ronsonForensic DNA profiling has become a standard tool in the search for missing people in the aftermath of mass violence and disaster, but until now there has been very little effort to identify and analyze the major ethical and policy challenges associated with this new use of genetic technology.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Press Release: CMU Researchers Suggest Standards for Low-Carbon Fuels Based on Life Cycle Tools Likely To Fail

Carnegie Mellon University researchers Kimberley Mullins, Aranya Venkatesh, W. Michael Griffin, Paulina Jaramillo and H. Scott Matthews have found that ignoring uncertainty in greenhouse gas emissions from fuels could mean the difference between meeting or not meeting omissions reduction targets in policies like low-carbon fuel standards.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Press Release: Crowd Workers Are Not Online Shakespeares, But Carnegie Mellon Research Shows They Can Write

robotEach person in the CMU experiments completed just a sliver of the work of preparing an article, such as preparing an outline, gathering facts or assembling facts into simple prose.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

News Brief: Visual Experience

CenterbeamProfessor of Art Lowry Burgess' art was on display as part of MIT's 150th year celebration. MORE
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Press Release: Media Advisory: Former Gov. Tom Ridge To Speak About "Getting It Right on Marcellus" at CMU Lecture Series

campusFormer Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will discuss "Getting It Right on Marcellus: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security" at Carnegie Mellon University's 21st annual Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. At 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3 in Porter Hall 100.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Press Release: CMU’s Jim Daniels Has Little Talk With Academia, Musicians in New Poetry Book

jim daniels bookIn his latest book, “Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry,” Jim Daniels tackles a variety of topics from living in Detroit and Pittsburgh and differences between childhood and parenthood, to meditating on memory and loss and confronting issues in everyday life.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama To Bring "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" to New Hazlett

spelling beeThe musical follows six semi-pubescent middle-schoolers competing to be the best speller and equally quirky adult moderators who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. In this hilarious tale, they learn the lesson that winning is not everything, and losing does not necessarily make you a loser.

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