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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Press Release: CMU Researchers Uncover How the Brain Processes Faces

Facial RecognitionCarnegie Mellon University's Marlene Behrmann, David Plaut and Adrian Nestor have discovered that an entire network of cortical areas work together to identify faces. Published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), their findings will change the future of neural visual perception research and allow scientists to use this discovery to develop targeted remedies for disorders such as face blindness. MORE
Saturday, May 28, 2011

News Brief: Research Cited in Senator's Report

A Carnegie Mellon University study that explored new methods for studying regional dialects using the Twitter social networking site showed that the use of slang and jargon can reveal important information regarding an author's identity. MORE
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Press Release: GigaBlitz Will Turn High-Resolution Images of Nature Into Global Inventory of Organisms, Habitats

GigapanCarnegie Mellon University's Metin Sitti received the 2011 Nano-engineering Award from SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics for his work on devices that can manipulate objects on a molecular level. MORE
Friday, May 20, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Metin Sitti Wins Prestigious Nano-engineering Award

Metin SittiCarnegie Mellon University's Metin Sitti received the 2011 Nano-engineering Award from SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics for his work on devices that can manipulate objects on a molecular level. MORE
Friday, May 20, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and INTA Collaborate To Develop A Sensing Tool To Track Magnetic Nanoparticles For Tissue Engineering

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Instituto de Tecnica Aereoespacial (INTA) in Madrid, Spain have built a MEMS-based sensor for tracking magnetic nanoparticles used to tag tissue scaffolds. MORE
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Press Release: Language Learning: CMU Researchers Use Video Games To Crack the Speech Code

Lori HoltSungTo replicate the challenges of learning language as an infant, Carnegie Mellon University’s Lori Holt and Sung-Joo Lim and Stockholm University’s Francisco Lacerda used video game training with a mock “alien” language. MORE
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

News Brief: Gold Standard

RodriguezCatherine Rodriguez, a Carnegie Mellon University senior majoring in Hispanic studies and drama, is already a winner, but she needs your vote. MORE
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley Campus To Host Disaster Management Workshop and Emergency Vehicle Rally

Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus, in conjunction with the California Fire Chiefs Association and the California Emergency Management Association, will host the second annual Disaster Management Initiative Workshop and Mobile Command Center Rally to showcase new technologies for improving mobile emergency communications May 22-23 in Mountain View, Calif.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

News Brief: Turning Ideas Into Reality

Carnegie Mellon faculty and students will help Toyota turn five ideas for repurposing Toyota automotive technologies into reality during a rapid prototyping session in Newell-Simon Hall and the Electric Garage June 3-5. MORE
Monday, May 16, 2011

News Brief: "Pittsburgh Noir"

Pittsburgh NoirPittsburgh may be "the most livable city in America," but the new crime book "Pittsburgh Noir" shows the Steel City in a different light. MORE
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Press Release: Entrepreneurs Wanted: New Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund To Jumpstart Creation of Innovative Businesses by Carnegie Mellon Graduates

After revolutionizing the consumer electronics industry with his Flip video camera, Jonathan Kaplan is now further energizing the entrepreneurial spirit at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon announced today that Kaplan and his wife, Marci Glazer, have provided a substantial financial gift to create the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF) at Carnegie Mellon University, which will provide early-stage business financing to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the past five years. MORE
Friday, May 13, 2011

News Brief: Grad Roulette

Grad RouletteWhat happens when one of the premier graduate schools in the United States turns over control of a YouTube channel to its graduating students? MORE
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Press Release: Three Carnegie Mellon Students Earn Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

GoldwatersBenjamin Cowley, Robert Tisherman and Stephanie Guerra were among 278 sophomores and juniors nationwide chosen from more than 1,000 nominations to receive scholarships this year. Carnegie Mellon students have earned 13 Goldwater Scholarships since 2007. MORE
Thursday, May 12, 2011

News Brief: With a Cherry On Top

ice creamPerhaps it was the water wheel or the windmill that attracted people. Or maybe it was the robot powered by alternative energy that served ice cream sundaes. MORE
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

News Brief: CREATE Lab Wins Data Hero Award

Data HeroThe Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab, which recently unveiled its GigaPan Time Machine for exploring high-resolution videos, is the winner in the media category of the 2011 Data Hero Awards. MORE
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

News Brief: Supporting the Arts

Support the region’s arts and cultural organizations during PITTSBURGH IS ART Day of Giving, a 24-hour online donation match campaign, Wednesday, May 11. Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and its Conflict Kitchen, Miller Gallery, Studio for Creative Inquiry and Waffle Shop are participating. MORE
Monday, May 9, 2011

Press Release: Obituary: CMU Professor Lester Lave Was A Leading Environmental Economist

Lave was a University Professor — the highest distinction a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon — the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics at the Tepper School of Business, professor of engineering and public policy, director of the Green Design Institute and co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center.  MORE
Monday, May 9, 2011

Press Release: Virtual Possessions Have Powerful Hold On Teenagers, CMU Researchers Say

The very fact that virtual possessions don't have a physical form may actually enhance their value, researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and School of Design discovered in a study of 21 teenagers. A fuller appreciation of the sentiments people can develop for these bits of data could be factored into technology design and could provide opportunities for new products and services, they said. MORE
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU Mechanical Engineering Students Showcase Innovations From Design Capstone Class

Jeremy Michalek, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon and course instructor, said his students worked on a variety of prototypes ranging from solar-powered automatic blinds that raise and lower on a tilt with the push of a button, to a rolling luggage bag that folds up when not in use. Other products include a device to clean solar panels and a device to automatically shuffle a deck of cards.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Press Release: Robot Based on Carnegie Mellon Research Engages Novice Computer Scientists

Finch RobotLearning how to program a computer to display the words "Hello World" once may have excited students, but that hoary chestnut of a lesson doesn't cut it in a world of videogames, smartphones and Twitter. One option to take its place and engage a new generation of students in computer programming is a Carnegie Mellon University-developed robot called Finch. MORE
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

News Brief: Study Says PA Losing Millions

A new economic study released Tuesday and compiled by Carnegie Mellon University Professor Robert Strauss shows that Pennsylvania could be collecting between $246-$398 million in additional revenue per year by requiring online-only retailers without a physical presence in Pennsylvania, such as Amazon.com, to collect and remit sales taxes for Internet transactions. MORE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Press Release: CMU's Classroom Salon Uses Social Networking To Tap Collective Intelligence of Online Study Groups

Classroom SalonVideoTaking their cue from social media, educators at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a social networking application called Classroom Salon that engages students in online learning communities that effectively tap the collective intelligence of groups. MORE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU Engineering Students To Honor Injured Clairton Police Officer Jim Kuzak With Fundraiser, Race Car Dedication

Carnegie Mellon University's Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Race Team will dedicate its formula-one-style race car to honor injured Clairton Police Officer James Kuzak Jr., who was shot three times responding to a home invasion last month. The dedication will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in the Scaife Hall Garden. MORE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Alumnus John Cooper Wins German Chancellor Fellowship

John CooperJohn Cooper, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of 10 U.S. recipients of the 2011 German Chancellor Fellowship. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards the fellowships to young, prospective leaders from the United States, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. MORE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Media Advisory: Aron Ralston, Carnegie Mellon Alumnus and Subject of Film "127 Hours," To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 15

Aron Ralston (E'97), whose amazing and heroic story of survival is the subject of the film "127 Hours," will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's 114th commencement, Sunday, May 15. Pinned by a half-ton boulder in a Utah canyon for nearly a week, Ralston had to choose between his hand and his life. He chose survival — amputating his own limb, rappelling 65 feet and hiking seven miles to rescue.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Revamps Courses For Introductory Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science is implementing a major revision of its introductory computer science curriculum. The new courses reflect a more rigorous approach to developing reliable software and a greater emphasis on parallel computation — routinely breaking problems into parts that can be solved simultaneously by multiple processors to increase speed. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Shaw and Garlan Honored For Pioneering Research in Software Architecture

ShawDavid GarlanMary Shaw and David Garlan, faculty members who led Carnegie Mellon University to prominence in the field of software architecture, have been named co-recipients of the Outstanding Research Award for 2011 presented by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT).
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Press Release: CMU Engineering Students Win Education Category at University Alliance Design Competition Sponsored by Sandia National Labs

Carnegie Mellon University mechanical engineering students Vitali Brand, Henry Kung, Sam Powers and Emrecan Soylemez will be honored for a unique computer-aided micro-machine design May 17 at the prestigious Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. Micro-machines are mechanical objects that are fabricated in the same general manner as integrated circuits. MORE