July-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University


Friday, July 29, 2011

Photo Advisory: Young Scientists Test Water Quality At Phipps Conservatory, Aug. 1

Aspiring scientists entering grades 4-6, armed with test tubes, laboratory equipment and safety goggles, will collect and analyze water samples at the aquatic gardens next to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens building. The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES) is hosting the daylong workshop "Chemistry and Analysis of Water" to expose students to environmental research, laboratory equipment and careers in science. MORE
Thursday, July 28, 2011

News Brief: ETC To Partner With Salford University in United Kingdom

University of SalfordThe Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Salford in Manchester, United Kingdom, to collaborate on interactive, creative digital media projects. MORE
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Press Release: Hilary Masters' Latest Novel Combines Murders, Mystery and Humor into Futuristic Fable

Masters BookcoverCarnegie Mellon English Professor Hilary Masters' latest novel, "Post: A Fable," is part-mystery, part-environmental elegy and futuristic tale about ruining things that we love. MORE
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Develops iPhone App That Predicts When Bus Will Arrive

TiramisuWaitTimesEverybody who waits at a bus stop wants to know one thing: Where's the bus? Thanks to Tiramisu, a new iPhone application developed at Carnegie Mellon University, transit riders in Pittsburgh will soon be able to get the answer by using crowdsourcing to share arrival times with each other. MORE
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

News Brief: CMU Startups @ Google

Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition is the second CMU spinoff acquired by Google in the last few years. MORE
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU Researchers Will Demonstrate Public Transit App for iPhone

CMU researchers will demonstrate Tiramisu, a new, free iPhone app that helps Port Authority of Allegheny County transit riders find out when their bus or light rail vehicle will arrive.
Monday, July 25, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Andrew J. Gellman To Be Recognized For Outstanding Research by American Chemical Society

Andrew GellmanCarnegie Mellon University’s Andrew J. Gellman will be recognized as a 2011 fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Aug. 29 at its annual meeting in Denver. MORE
Monday, July 25, 2011

Press Release: CMU’s Jiyong Jang Receives Symantec Graduate Fellowship

Jiyong JangCarnegie Mellon University’s Jiyong Jang is the recipient of the Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowship for helping researchers better understand and protect against new online threats. MORE
Monday, July 25, 2011

Press Release: CMU School of Design, Eat'n Park Restaurants Launch Innovative Partnership To Fight Childhood Obesity

FitwitsFor five weeks, starting on Aug. 1, 2011, Eat'n Park Restaurants will introduce the Fitwits program to guests by offering a series of five Fitwits collectible character cards to families. Each card contains nutritional information, recipes, trivia and memory triggers to teach children about appropriate portion sizes. MORE
Monday, July 25, 2011

Obituary: Dr. David Servan-Schreiber Empowered Cancer Patients

Dr. David Servan-Schreiber (CS’89,’90), who was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters at Carnegie Mellon’s commencement this past May, died of brain cancer on Sunday, July 24. He was 50. MORE
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Press Release: Top Linguistics Students from Around the World Will Compete at Carnegie Mellon July 24-30

IOLVisitors to Pittsburgh may sometimes be confused by the local dialect, but that's not likely to be a problem for high school students from around the globe who will be competing in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), hosted for the first time in the United States by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) July 24-30.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Jacobo Bielak Elected As Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

BielakCarnegie Mellon University's Jacobo Bielak has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the highest distinction that organization awards. He will be inducted on Oct. 20 at the 2011 ASCE convention in Memphis, Tenn.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Obituary: CMU's Horacio Arló-Costa Was an Acclaimed Logician and Philosopher

arlo-costaHoracio Arló-Costa, professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, died July 14 at age 54. A renowned logician and philosopher, Arló-Costa's innovative research crossed many different fields, including formal epistemology, artificial intelligence, behavioral decision research and cognitive neuroscience. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas Quinn Funeral Home, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City N.Y. 11106.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

News Brief: Software Engineering Students Develop Warhol App

Warhol appThree students in last year's Institute for Software Research's Professional Software Engineering programs developed an iPhone/iPad application for The Andy Warhol Museum. The application allows users to create a digital silkscreen print by following Warhol's famed silkscreen process step by step. MORE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

News Brief: Information Systems Students Support Props, Costumes Project

IS SummerWhen a performing arts company donated millions of props and costumes to Urban Impact in Pittsburgh, they thought that they would never have to purchase another item for a play or musical again. But, the magnitude of the items quickly became overwhelming — simply locating specific items within the warehouse was virtually impossible. MORE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Obituary: Carnegie Mellon's Herbert Lawrence Toor Leaves Lasting Legacy for University and College of Engineering

ToorHerbert Lawrence Toor, former dean of Carnegie Mellon University's engineering college and the emeritus Mobay Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy for more than 40 years, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. 

A celebration of Toor's life is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 6 at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury, Vt., where he lived since retiring from Carnegie Mellon in the early 1990s.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Press Release: CMU Names Renowned Alumni Relations Expert Associate Vice President for Advancement

ShaindlinAndrew Shaindlin, founder of the international consulting firm Alumni Futures and alumnifutures.com, the first blog devoted to the profession of alumni relations, has been named associate vice president for Advancement, and associate vice president for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University, which has more than 86,500 alumni around the world. MORE
Monday, July 18, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Students Developing Tech Solutions For Improving English Literacy in Uruguay

iStepSeven students from Carnegie Mellon University’s campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Doha, Qatar, are working with government education officials in Montevideo, Uruguay, this summer to develop new technological tools for teaching English in Uruguay high schools. MORE
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Press Release: Four Professors Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon

Mary ShawLorenz (Larry) T. Biegler, John P. Lehoczky, George Loewenstein and Mary Shaw, have been awarded the elite title of University Professor. MORE
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Press Release: CMU and Princeton Neuroscientists Uncover Neural Mechanisms of Object Recognition

Brain LesionsvideoCertain brain injuries can cause people to lose the ability to visually recognize objects — for example, confusing a harmonica for a cash register. MORE
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

News Brief: Paying for Privacy

A new study by Carnegie Mellon researchers debunks the conventional wisdom that online consumers won't pay a premium to purchase from vendors with clear, protective privacy policies. MORE
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

News Brief: Students Light Up African Village

Engineering and public policy doctoral student Paul van der Boor and rising junior economics and statistics major Tori Baggio are part of a four-member team from Project Yele that will be working in the African country through Aug. 11. They are blogging about the experience at http://projectyele2011.wordpress.com/. MORE
Friday, July 8, 2011

News Brief: Hollywood Comes to CMU

Carnegie Mellon will once again play host to Hollywood, when several scenes for a major motion picture by Warner Bros., currently using the working title “Magnus Rex,” are filmed outside of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in late July, and inside and outside of the Mellon Institute in early August. Carnegie Mellon is working closely with the production company to ensure that the university and its students, faculty and staff will benefit from the movie-making experience with minimal disruption to normal operations.
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Announces Winners of Inaugural Rothberg Research Awards in Human Brain Imaging

Jonathan RothbergThe human brain is becoming less of a mystery thanks in part to groundbreaking work by world-renowned Carnegie Mellon University scientists. Now, new research awards made possible by Carnegie Mellon alumnus and trustee Jonathan M. Rothberg (E’85), founder of four genetics companies aimed at improving human health, will enable CMU scientists to make even more important neural discoveries. MORE
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Press Release: Symposium Explores How Computer Programs Can Be Made Easier To Write and Understand

Jeannette WingComputers may be a common part of modern life and work, but the languages and methods used to program those computers continue to confound most people. Researchers who are developing ways to make computer programs easier to write and use will be sharing their ideas at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), Sept. 18-22, in Pittsburgh. MORE
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Press Release: July Issue of Carnegie Mellon’s GigaPan Magazine Features Interactive Panoramas of Civil War Sites

Armchair historians can interactively explore nine panoramas of Civil War sites in Gettysburg and other Pennsylvania locales featured in this month’s issue of GigaPan Magazine, http://gigapanmagazine.org/, an online publication of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. MORE
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Press Release: Kids Using Billboards To Share Stories About Bullies, Environment and More

HearMe BillboardBillboards typically help motorists find a place to eat, a car to buy or a politician to support. But a new billboard campaign in the Pittsburgh area, part of Carnegie Mellon University's "Hear Me" project, is giving young people a new way to communicate about bullies, school and other topics important to them. MORE
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News brief: Robotics Institute Hits NYC

Robot Film FestivalThe Robot Film Festival in New York City July 16-17 boasts a number of firsts, perhaps none more surprising than both Spike Jonze and Matt Mason presenting films on the same screen. MORE