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Thursday, March 31, 2011

News Brief: TEDxCMU Sunday

Nine Carnegie Mellon students representing 11 majors will host the second annual TEDxCMU conference Sunday, April 3 in the University Center’s McConomy Auditorium. Speakers will explore the theme “ImPossible” by discussing challenges in their lives and how they turn them into opportunity. MORE
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Electrify Polymerization

matyjaszewskiFrances Allen and Barbara Liskov, the first two women to receive the highest honor in computer science, the A.M. Turing Award, will share their insights at OurCS (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science), a workshop for undergraduate women considering graduate study in computer science, March 4-6. MORE
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Host Social Media Analytics Case Competition

Students will form innovation teams that have 40 hours to develop ideas for new products. The top five teams will be invited to pitch their ideas to a team of judges from CMU and comScore, including comScore’s chief marketing officer. MORE
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Press Release: Award-winning Broadway, Film and Television Producer Nelle Nugent To Speak at Carnegie Mellon, April 8

cfaNelle Nugent, producer and general manager of dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway hits, will be the inaugural lecturer of Carnegie Mellon University's Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 in the Philip Chosky Theatre in CMU's Purnell Center for the Arts. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. MORE
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students To Host Memorial Cricket Fundraising Game To Honor Pittsburgh Police Officers

campusThe Carnegie Mellon University Cricket Club will host “Pay to Play,” a benefit cricket game to raise money for a memorial to honor fallen Pittsburgh Police officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo, who were killed responding to a domestic call in the city’s Stanton Heights neighborhood in April 2009. The game will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2 on the College of Fine Arts lawn. MORE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Hosts "Teach 4 Amerika" Rally Promoting Change in Art School Education

cfaCarnegie Mellon University's School of Art, in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum and The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon, will host "Teach 4 Amerika," a new project by The Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF) to promote change in American art education. The project is presented by Creative Time, the New York-based nonprofit public art presenter. MORE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University Engineering Students Team Up With Children's Museum of Pittsburgh To Celebrate NanoDays

hamerschlagCarnegie Mellon University engineering students will showcase a series of user-friendly activities and scientific experiments to help children learn about nanotechnology at a festival dubbed NanoDays. The event will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212. MORE
Monday, March 28, 2011

News Brief: Student Tragedy

Carnegie Mellon Dean of Student Affairs Gina Casalegno sent the following update to the university community on Monday, March 28, regarding the tragic death of senior Jee-Hoon Choi. The senior art student died in a car accident on Friday, March 25. Following this update is the initial announcement sent by Casalegno last Friday. MORE
Monday, March 28, 2011

Press Release: New Report Urges US Intelligence Community To Improve Analyses Using Methods, Research From Behavioral, Social Sciences

fischoffA new report from the National Research Council recommends that the U.S. intelligence community adopt methods, theories and findings from the behavioral and social sciences as a way to improve its analyses. MORE
Monday, March 28, 2011

Press Release: “Fresh Baked Goods,” CMU’s Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Runs Through April 8 at Bakery Square

cfaCarnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, Future Tenant and Bakery Square/Walnut Capital, present “Fresh Baked Goods,” new site-specific work by first- and second-year CMU Master of Fine Arts students. The show, which opened Saturday, March 26, includes a Performance Night from 5–8 p.m., Friday, April 1, and concludes from 7p.m. – midnight, Friday, April 8 in conjunction with Future Tenant’s annual fundraiser bash, “SUGAR FACTORY.”
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon Wins National Engineering Award

jared cohonCarnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon has been named the 2011 recipient of the National Engineering Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies. The award recognizes inspirational leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of engineering education and to the advancement of the engineering profession. MORE
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Press Release: CMU Alumnus, Hollywood Producer John Wells Makes Gift To Enhance Drama School’s Directing Program

john wellsWhen John Wells graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama in 1979, he never imagined the opportunities that would come his way to produce Peabody and Emmy award-winning television and film, or the opportunities to return to his alma mater, to connect with students in master classes and to share what he’s learned. MORE
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Press Release: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

mellon instituteThere are billions of neurons in the brain and at any given time tens of thousands of these neurons might be trying to send signals to one another. Much like a person trying to be heard by his friend across a crowded room, neurons must figure out the best way to get their message heard above the din.  MORE
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Partners With Pittsburgh Cares For Day of Service March 26

Volunteers will work at more than 20 sites across the city. One group will organize donations, wash vans and decorate the Gwen’s Girls building at 400 N. Lexington St. in Point Breeze from 9 a.m. to noon. Gwen’s Girls’ mission is to empower girls, ages 8 to 18, to have productive futures through holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experiences. MORE
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

News Brief: Campus Superstars

Five College of Fine Arts students have been named finalists in the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh's fourth annual Campus Superstar competition. This solo singing competition is modeled after the popular television show "American Idol." MORE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Press Release: CMU’s Edith Balas Pens Memoir Depicting Life as a Survivor and Scholar

balas book coverIn a new book published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, “Bird in Flight: Memoir of a Survivor and Scholar,” Edith Balas, a professor of art history, tells her story of facing grim situations and becoming what she describes as a “professional survivor.” MORE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Press Release: “Food-bot,” Friend of Starving Students, Wins Carnegie Mellon’s Smiley Award

food-botThat’s the idea behind Food-bot, a website for identifying events offering free food on college campuses and this year’s winner of Carnegie Mellon University’s Smiley Award. The $500 award is given by the CMU Computer Science Department and Yahoo! to students who have developed innovations in technology-assisted person-to-person communication. MORE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Media Advisory: Howard Dean To Discuss “The Health of the Nation” at Carnegie Mellon

howard deanGovernor Dean emphasized health care and fiscal responsibility during his 2003 presidential candidacy. Dean left public service in 2009 and currently works as an independent consultant focusing on health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.  He also is a public commentator and contributor for CNBC and the founder of Democracy for America. MORE
Monday, March 21, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic To Perform Two Premieres at the Kennedy Center, April 8

cfaThe program includes the American premiere of “Silhouette,” a new orchestral piece by Pärt, and a “first performance” by Zahler titled “Symphony.” The “Fifth Symphony” by Bohuslav Martinu and Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” complete the program. A preview concert will be held in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 at the Carnegie Music Hall. MORE
Friday, March 18, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Electric Car Will Be Unveiled At March 25 ChargeCar Project Open House

charge carRepresentatives of Baum Boulevard Automotive and other local garages that plan to offer gas-to-electric conversions will be on hand to discuss costs and other issues. Rides in electric vehicles will be available. Bill Peduto, a member of Pittsburgh City Council, is also on the program. MORE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

News Brief: CMU Explores Potential in NYC

Carnegie Mellon, in partnership with NYU, the University of Toronto, City University of New York and IBM, has taken a very preliminary step to explore the potential for establishing research and education programs in New York City. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is interested in building stronger ties with leading research universities around the nation and the world. MORE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU’s Baruch Fischhoff Warned of Nuclear Energy Industry’s Communication Problem in 2009

baruch fischoffBaruch Fischhoff, the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy and a world-renowned risk communication expert, argued that if the nuclear energy industry is to be seen as a responsible partner with the public, it must change the way it communicates.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Press Release: CMU-mentored Girls of Steel Robotics Team Wins Rookie Award in FIRST Competition

girls of steelThe 24-member team includes girls from 11 Pittsburgh area high schools, one from a home school and three from schools outside the Pittsburgh area. Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center has hosted and mentored the team. At the Pittsburgh regional, the team competed against 39 other teams from the U.S. and Canada. MORE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Study Impact Hybrid Cars Have on Global Environment

hamerschlagThe 24-member team includes girls from 11 Pittsburgh area high schools, one from a home school and three from schools outside the Pittsburgh area. Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center has hosted and mentored the team. At the Pittsburgh regional, the team competed against 39 other teams from the U.S. and Canada. MORE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU’s International Film Festival, “Faces of Migration,” Runs March 17 – April 10

Sponsored by CMU's Humanities Center, the Heinz Endowments, PNC Bank and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, "Faces of Migration" will feature 15 award-winning independent films hand-picked by Jolanta Lion, festival director and assistant director of the Humanities Center.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Press Release: DSF Charitable Foundation Gives $3.9 Million To Support Carnegie Mellon's Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology

mellon instituteThe grant will allow the interdisciplinary team of researchers to advance their work aimed at providing innovative approaches for understanding and treating disease. These include the development of peptide nucleic acids (PNA), synthetic analogs of DNA and RNA that have extraordinary scientific and therapeutic potential.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Press Release: Professor Robert M. Dammon Chosen To Lead Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business as Dean

robert dammonHe will succeed Kenneth Dunn, who stepped down as dean on December 31, 2010, after nine years at the post. Carnegie Mellon University Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet has served as acting dean since Dunn's departure.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's Jeannette Wing To Receive Computer Research Association Distinguished Service Award

jeanette wingThe CRA, an association of more than 200 academic computer science departments, industry and government laboratories and affiliated professional societies, selected Wing in recognition of her national and international thought leadership with respect to computational thinking.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Hosts Sixth Annual Washington Speaker Series

pradeep khoslaCarnegie Mellon University's Pradeep K. Khosla will moderate a distinguished panel of infrastructure experts and urban planners from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the sixth annual Washington Speakers Series at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU's CAUSE Lecture Series To Present "The Lost Vernacular of a Vanishing Tribe"

richard purcellRichard E. Purcell, the CAUSE postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor of English at CMU, specializes in African-American literature, film studies and Cold War studies.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Press Release: Ring, Click, Buzz! CMU’s Doug Cooper Animates His Pittsburgh Mural To Be Backdrop of Large Pinball Game

cfaFamous for his large illustrative panoramas of Pittsburgh, muralist Doug Cooper, the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, animated his local landscapes as a big pinball machine in his first short film.  The film, called “Pinburgh,” can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/15749259.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Press Release: Cloud Services Measurement Consortium Gains Critical Membership

hamerschlagThe CSMIC was first unveiled in May 2010 with founding members CA Technologies, a New York-based software company, and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. New members include: Accenture, Cask LLC, City University London, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), Mycroft, State of Colorado's Office of CIO, Stony Brook University, N.Y., TM Forum, and the University of Melbourne in Australia.    

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Names Ilker Baybars Dean

ilker baybarsIlker Baybars will assume duties from interim dean G. Richard Tucker, who has been serving since August 2010. He will be Carnegie Mellon Qatar's second dean, following Charles E. "Chuck" Thorpe, who served in this role from 2004 to 2010.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition "Up Down Up Down" Opens March 18

mfa exhibitionArtists are Jesha Chen, Courtney Dow, Nicholas Sean Glover, Daniel Luchman and James Robert Southard, and the work on view includes sculpture, installation, video, audio and photography.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Presents Annual wats:ON? The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts March 17-19

watson festivalThrough film, video, photos, dance and music, Carnegie Mellon University's annual Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts will highlight how the magnitude of velocity, whether fast or slow, can change our perception of the world.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

News Brief: Thank You, Congressman

DoyleThree students from Carnegie Mellon University presented U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania with a plaque to thank him for supporting legislation that would guarantee open access to publicly funded research. MORE
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Press Release: World-Renowned Chemist To Receive Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in Science

david tirrellDavid Tirrell will receive the award, which includes a medal and cash prize, before giving the Dickson Prize Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 21 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture, titled "Reinterpreting the Genetic Code," is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

News Brief: Four on Top 10 Watch List

Daniel B NeillFour of the 10 most promising young scientists working today in the field of artificial intelligence are either Carnegie Mellon University faculty members or have recently earned their Ph.D.s in computer science at CMU, according to the editors of IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine. MORE
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

News Brief: "Rock Prodigy" Wins Appy

“Rock Prodigy,” an iPhone/iPad app that uses a signal processing algorithm developed by Roger Dannenberg, associate research professor of computer science and art, has won the 2011 Appy Award for Education. The Appy Awards, which honor mobile apps in a number of categories, were presented Feb. 28 at MediaPost’s annual OMMA Global Conference & Expo in San Francisco. MORE
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Shrinivas V. Dempo Announce $3 Million Gift To Endow Chair at Tepper School of Business

The gift will be used to endow the Vasantrao Dempo Reflective Chair, which will be held by a Tepper School of Business professor and support teaching and research on societal scale phenomena that are relevant to India. Vasantrao S. Dempo was the founder of the Dempo Group, and Shrinivas Dempo's grandfather.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and McGill University Ethicists Outline Ways To Improve Risk/Benefit Estimates in New Drug Trials

In the latest issue of the journal PLoS Medicine, ethics experts Jonathan Kimmelman, associate professor at McGill University's Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Social Studies of Medicine, and Alex John London, associate professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, argue that this pattern of boom and bust may be related to the way researchers predict outcomes of their work in early stages of drug development.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Using Cell Phones, Facebook To Identify, Map and Monitor Potholes

pothole databaseA Carnegie Mellon University project allows anyone with a GPS-linked cell phone camera and a Facebook account to take an active role in monitoring the constantly changing pothole environment.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and Singapore Management University To Create the Living Analytics Research Center

cfaThe collaboration has received a $20 million grant over five years from the National Research Foundation in Singapore. This fund is managed through the multi-agency Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) hosted by Media Development Authority of Singapore. With SMU and CMU committed to cash and in-kind contributions, and third party funding, the $47 million center will establish Singapore as one of the world's pre-eminent centers of excellence in computational social science.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

News Brief: RoboChair

An "Innovation Nation" video regarding PerMMA, a wheelchair with robotic arms being developed at the University of Pittsburgh for the Quality of Life Technology Center, is featured on the March 3 edition of the National Science Foundation's Science360 website. MORE
Thursday, March 3, 2011

News Brief: Khosla Named Infosys Prize Chair

KhoslaThe Infosys Science Foundation today announced the appointment of Carnegie Mellon Professor Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, as the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science. Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at CMU,  takes over this role from Professor Subra Suresh, who was appointed the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the United States Senate. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU Hosts Women Who Received Computer Science's Top Hono

Frances Allen and Barbara Liskov, the first two women to receive the highest honor in computer science, the A.M. Turing Award, will share their insights at OurCS (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science), a workshop for undergraduate women considering graduate study in computer science.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Press Release: How Do You Design the Future? CMU School of Design's "Transdisciplinary" Speaker Series Explains How

capra fritjofThe collaboration has received a $20 million grant over five years from the National Research Foundation in Singapore. This fund is managed through the multi-agency Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) hosted by Media Development Authority of Singapore. With SMU and CMU committed to cash and in-kind contributions, and third party funding, the $47 million center will establish Singapore as one of the world's pre-eminent centers of excellence in computational social science.

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