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Monday, April 30, 2012

Obituary: Entrepreneur Curt Stone Advanced Quality of Life Technologies

Curt StoneCurt Stone, a Carnegie Mellon University executive-in-residence and the founder and former director of the QoLT Foundry, died suddenly Thursday evening. A memorial service was on Monday morning at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. MORE
Monday, April 30, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Qatar Graduation Ceremony

GraduationCarnegie Mellon University in Qatar cordially invites you to attend its graduation ceremony for the class of 2012. The graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, May 7, where 62 students — 33 in Business Administration, 16 in Computer Science and 13 in Information Systems — will receive Carnegie Mellon University diplomas. MORE
Monday, April 30, 2012

Press Release: Google recognizes outstanding Computer Science students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Anita Borg ScholarsThis past week, Google recognized two Carnegie Mellon students through its 2012 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship program. The recipients are Sidra Alam and Hanan Mohammed Alshikhabobakr, both juniors in computer science. The students are among 40 young women who were chosen this year in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The students will receive a scholarship equivalent to 7,000 euros and an invitation to an all-expenses-paid Google Scholars' Retreat, which will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from June 17-20. MORE
Monday, April 30, 2012

News Brief: Thorpe Named Senior VP and Provost at Clarkson University

Chuck ThorpeThorpe, a CMU alumnus, is a former head of the Robotics Institute and the founding dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar (2004-2010). MORE
Monday, April 30, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's High Point Pittsburgh Project Team To Present Web-based Simulation of US Steel Tower Rooftop Venue

High pointIf you've ever imagined the view of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle and beyond from the tallest point in town, virtual satisfaction is headed your way. A Carnegie Mellon University team of researchers and graduate students has created Virtually There — High Point Pittsburgh, an interactive experience that lets people envision a three-story addition to the U.S. Steel Tower. MORE
Friday, April 27, 2012

News Brief: CMU Student Team Takes First Place at Microsoft's US Imagine Cup Finals

imagine cupThe CMU team created Redux, a game that challenges players to turn waste into profitable, usable products. MORE
Friday, April 27, 2012

Press Release: Actor Patrick Wilson Returns to Alma Mater Carnegie Mellon University To Give 2012 Commencement Keynote

Patrick WilsonCarnegie Mellon University alumnus Patrick Wilson (A'95) will deliver CMU's keynote address for its 115th Commencement at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 20 in Gesling Stadium. Wilson, a critically acclaimed, award-winning actor, was most recently seen in Paramount Pictures' Young Adult and also starring in the CBS drama, A Gifted Man. MORE
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Welcomes Ari Pelto as Guest Conductor for May 3 Concert

Under the direction of guest conductor Ari Pelto, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic rounds out the 2011-2012 Carnegie Music Hall concert series 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3. With performances that have been called "poetic, earthy, vigorous and highly individual," Pelto is in demand at elite opera houses, ballets, symphonies and conservatories throughout the United States. He trained in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio, and in conducting at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. MORE
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Luis von Ahn To Receive Grace Hopper Award

von ahnThe Association for Computing Machinery will honor Luis von Ahn, the A. Nico Habermann Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, with its Grace Murray Hopper Award for his work enabling humans and computers to work together to solve problems that neither humans nor computers could solve alone. MORE
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

News Brief: Guruswami Wins Presburger Award

Venkatesan GuruswamiThe European Association for Theoretical Computer Science has named Venkatesan Guruswami, associate professor of computer science, and Mihai Pătraşcu of AT&T Labs as joint recipients of its 2012 Presburger Award for young scientists. MORE
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Examine Economic Feasibility Of Using Direct Current Circuits To Power Lights in Commercial Buildings

CEDMFor more than a century, electric power has been produced and distributed using alternating current (AC) technology championed by George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Climate and Energy-Decision Making Center report that a competing direct current (DC) electrical power system, pioneered by Thomas A. Edison in the 1880s, may be the most economic way to power lights in commercial buildings, especially in buildings using solar photovoltaics. MORE
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Press Release: Vibrating Steering Wheel Guides Drivers While Keeping Their Eyes on the Road

Haptic Steering SimulationA vibrating steering wheel is an effective way to keep a driver's eyes safely on the road by providing an additional means to convey directions from a car's navigation system, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and AT&T Labs have shown. MORE
Monday, April 23, 2012

News Brief: CMU Part of New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress

NYCvideo Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with New York University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York, the University of Toronto, City University of New York, the University of Warwick, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, IBM and CISCO, among many others, will be part of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, a second program that is part of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plans to build strong ties with leading research universities around the nation and the world. MORE
Friday, April 20, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Report That US Cities Need To Respect History To Improve Sustainability Planning

Works by famed industrial landscape artist Aaron Gorson are visual reminders of the 1940s, when Pittsburgh was the nation’s steelmaking center. Surprisingly, new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that today’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are as low as those of that gritty decade.    MORE
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Press Release: Director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III To Deliver Carnegie Mellon's 2012 Buhl Lecture April 24

Daniel EisensteinHarvard Astronomy Professor Daniel Eisenstein will discuss the universe's expansion in his talk titled "Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound." MORE
Thursday, April 19, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Students Reach Microsoft Imagine Cup's U.S. Finals — And Need Your Votes

imagine cupA Carnegie Mellon University student team has reached the U.S. Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup for Game Design. The Imagine Cup, known as the world's premier technology competition, gives students the chance to apply innovation in business, technology and digital media toward real world challenges. The theme for the competition is "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems."
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

News Brief: Current Research Insufficient to Assess Deterrent Effect of Death Penalty, Report Finds

The National Research Council committee report was headed by Carnegie Mellon Professor Daniel S. Nagin. MORE
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names Building for Former University President Robert Mehrabian

Robert MehrabianThe Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center recognizes his contributions to economic development in Pittsburgh and to technology commercialization at Carnegie Mellon. MORE
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University’s Mechanical Engineering Department Named Bicycle-Friendly Workplace by League of American Bicyclists

Billy EptingPh.D. student Billy Epting has spearheaded the bicycle-friendly initiatives in the department. He says in the last year he's saved more than 1,920 pounds of carbon dioxide and more than $800 by riding his bicycle to his engineering lab at CMU. MORE
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News Brief: Xing Wins IBM Open Collaboration Research Award

xingEric Xing, associate professor of machine learning, language technology and computer science, has been awarded an IBM Open Collaboration Research (OCR) Award to develop novel and scalable ways to use very large data sets to search for associations between genetic variants and traits such as major diseases. MORE
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Jared CohonSince its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation. In addition to President Cohon, this year's class includes Jeffrey Bezos, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Melinda F. Gates, Sir Paul McCartney, Andre Previn and Neil Simon.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

News Brief: Psychology Professor David Klahr's Work Integrating Children's Cognitive Development and Education Sciences Celebrated In New Book

bookCarnegie Mellon University's David Klahr, the Walter van Dyke Bingham Professor of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences, has spent his career investigating the relationship between children's cognitive development and educational practice. Klahr's influential work combines the two previously independent fields of study by joining a detailed understanding of children's reasoning and skill acquisition with the role of education in influencing and facilitating scientific explorations. Klahr's pioneering efforts are celebrated in a new book, "The Journey From Child To Scientist: Integrating Cognitive Development and the Education Sciences." MORE
Monday, April 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Drama Alumnus Earns Prestigious Arts Fellowship

Eric BerrymanEric Berryman, a 2011 graduate, has received a $50,000 fellowship from The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Students Learn iPad Programming in New Course Co-Taught by Professor and Pros

Developing iPad CourseThe course has proved popular with students from across Carnegie Mellon, however anyone can access the lectures for free as HD videos at Carnegie Mellon University on iTunes U. MORE
Friday, April 13, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Scientists Create Mimic of Disease-Fighting Cyclic Peptide

Danith LyCMU chemists, led by Danith Ly, have created a synthetic form of a cyclic peptide known for its remarkable ability to combat a wide variety of pathogens, including HIV and SARS.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host Annual Engineering Outreach Program for Pittsburgh Fourth Graders

Fourth graders from five area Pittsburgh schools, including Colfax, Liberty, Linden, Minadeo and Grandview, will learn about polymers they use in their daily lives, build accelerometers, and build and launch model rockets during the day-long science program.  MORE
Friday, April 13, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Cyborg Cabaret Explores Human-Robot Relations

Cyborg CabaretHumans and robots will share the stage of the North Side’s New Hazlett Theater at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27 for the Cyborg Cabaret, a variety show designed to make the audience laugh hard and think harder about how technology is changing society. MORE
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Purchases 100 Percent of its Energy From Wind Power

Wind TurbinesThe amount of green power purchased by the university will offset nearly 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions — equivalent to avoiding the annual carbon dioxide emissions of almost 10,000 U.S. homes or more than 15,000 passenger vehicles. MORE
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Purchases 100 Percent of its Energy from Wind Power

The amount of green power purchased by the university will offset nearly 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions — equivalent to avoiding the annual carbon dioxide emissions of almost 10,000 U.S. homes or more than 15,000 passenger vehicles. MORE
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival Set for April 19-21

Carnival LogoStudent organizations will build and host booths focused on the theme "As Seen on TV." The booths, often reaching two stories in height, include "Shark Week," "MythBusters," "The Price is Right," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Looney Tunes." Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the Sweepstakes Buggy Races.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News Brief: Electric Car Challenge To Make Pit Stop at Carnegie Mellon

Electric Car challengeThe Ford Focus Electric will make use of one of six electric vehicle charging stations that have been installed outside of the Electric Garage on Forbes Avenue. MORE
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Tapped To Join New Global Foundation for Improving Urban Life

Carnegie Mellon has joined the New Cities Foundation (NCF), a prestigious new global platform designed to improve the urban environment, from better lighting to safer roads and improved infrastructure. MORE
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering To Form Partnership With Portuguese Business School

The two-year, dual-degree program in engineering and business will give participants the opportunity of studying one year in Portugal at the University of Porto and another year in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon. MORE
Monday, April 9, 2012

News Brief: Robotics Institute Heads to DC for Robotics Week Event

The Robotics Institute's snake robots and orchard automation projects will be on display in Washington, D.C., April 17 as part of AUVSI Day on Capitol Hill, a National Robotics Week event that will highlight robotic and unmanned systems technology. MORE
Monday, April 9, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates National Robotics Week With Robot Demonstrations, Lecture, Open House

Robotics WeekRobotics Professor Howie Choset will give a special lecture about the wide variety of types and sizes of robots and what makes make them work. He will speak at 2 p.m. April 20 in the Rashid Auditorium of CMU’s Gates and Hillman centers. MORE
Monday, April 9, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama To Present Free Matinee of "Bus Stop" for High School Students

Bus Stop PosterThe free performance of William Inge's American classic is at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4 in the Philip Chosky Theater in Carnegie Mellon's Purnell Center for the Arts. MORE
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Press Release: New Book By Carnegie Mellon's David R. Shumway Examines Filmmaker John Sayles and the Politics of American Cinema

SaylesJohn Sayles is the very model of the contemporary independent filmmaker. Sayles functions more independently than most directors because he raises the funds for his films himself. In the new book "John Sayles," Carnegie Mellon University's David R. Shumway profiles Sayles and how he has used his freedom to write and produce films with a distinctive personal style and clearly expressed political opinions.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

News Brief: Astrobotic Announces New Robot Design, New Lunar Mission

PolarisAstrobotic Technology has unveiled a new design and name — Polaris — for its lunar rover, which will prospect for potentially rich deposits of water ice, methane and other resources at the moon's north pole. MORE
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and Pitt Research Provides Insight Into Genetic Makeup of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Researchers, including Carnegie Mellon University's Kathryn Roeder and the University of Pittsburgh's Bernie Devlin, have for the first time identified three genes that affect a child's risk for autism. Published in Nature, the series of studies suggests that autism spectrum disorders are caused by variations in multiple unrelated locations within the genome. These findings provide a basis for future gene discovery, diagnostics and therapeutics.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Researchers Report That Changes in Video Console Standards Could Easily Lower US Electricity Consumption

Modifications to popular video game consoles, like Nintendo’s Wii or Microsoft’s Xbox 360, could save consumers more than $1 billion annually in electricity bills.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Press Release: Laptop Orchestras in Seven Cities Unite via Internet for First-of-its-Kind Concert

Roger DannenbergCarnegie Mellon’s Roger Dannenberg will direct musicians at seven universities in the United States and the United Kingdom in an undprecedented joint performance on April 16. MORE
Monday, April 2, 2012

Press Release: How Stress Influences Disease: Carnegie Mellon Study Reveals Inflammation as the Culprit

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health. MORE