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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Art Professor Launches New Center for PostNatural History

Richard PellRichard Pell is the director and curator of the CPNH, a new permanent facility dedicated to the research and exhibition of life forms that have been intentionally altered by humans, from the dawn of domestication to contemporary genetic engineering. MORE
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

News Brief: ETC Offers Classes at 31st Street Studios

ETCThe Entertainment Technology Center will offer some classes at the 31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh's Strip District this semester, where students will have access to an advanced motion capture system and be encouraged to take part in film productions.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Press Release: CMU's Children's School To Host Family Healthy Mind & Body Festival

Americans are struggling with weight and health-related issues at an alarming rate. First Lady Michele Obama is championing the battle against childhood obesity, and now Carnegie Mellon University's Children's School is joining the fight. MORE
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

News Brief: GigaPan-like Photomosaic Reveals Prehistoric Elephant Behavior

mleisa1Two members of the Fine Outreach for Science Fellows program used the photomosaic techniques promoted by the Carnegie Mellon University program to study the long trackway of a herd of prehistoric elephants, resulting in new insights into the social behavior of these creatures. MORE
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visual Attention: CMU Neuroscientists Identify How The Brain Works To Select What We (Want To) See

Figure 1If you are looking for a particular object — say a yellow pencil — on a cluttered desk, how does your brain work to visually locate it? For the first time, a team led by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists has identified how different neural regions communicate to determine what to visually pay attention to and what to ignore. This finding is a major discovery for visual cognition and will guide future research into visual and attention deficit disorders. MORE
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Statement From Jared L. Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University, in Reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama's Proposed Budget

Jared CohonThe proposed budget continues President Obama's bold vision to re-ignite job growth and foster long-term competitiveness by investing in innovation and research. It is a budget that also reflects the important role of America’s universities in sparking regional economic growth. MORE
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University's Mechanical Engineering Students To Host NASA Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman

NASA Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman will discuss her career and the importance of engineering and science education to members of Carnegie Mellon's new student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in Room 224, Scaife Hall. MORE
Monday, February 20, 2012

News Brief: Joe W. Trotter Co-Authors Book On Legendary Photographer Teenie Harris; Book Launch Party Feb. 28

Trotter"Teenie Harris, Photographer" was published in collaboration by the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Carnegie Museum of Art and reflects the art museum's archive of Harris' photography. Part of the museum's permanent collection, the photographs represent one of the most important documentaries of 20th century African-Americans and their communities. MORE
Monday, February 20, 2012

News Brief: Two CMU Students Named Facebook Fellows

LimFacebook launched the fellowship program in 2010 to foster ties with the academic community and support the research of promising computer science Ph.D. students. MORE
Monday, February 20, 2012

News Brief: A Great Day for the School of Music

Feb. 28 is a great day for music in the city of Pittsburgh. That's because the Council of the City of Pittsburgh, by proclamation, will declare next Tuesday "The Carnegie Mellon School of Music Day." MORE
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Sets Tiered Tuition For Incoming and Current Students in 2012-2013

Carnegie Mellon University will increase tuition by 4 percent for its incoming 2012-2013 class. This year's increase, and those of the previous three years, is among the university's smallest since 1975. MORE
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University and Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research

Through this new University Transportation Center, Carnegie Mellon and Penn will explore cutting-edge technologies that could influence everything from the safety of vehicles and roads to the analysis of traffic flow. The consortium also will establish a workforce development program to train graduate students in modern transportation-related technologies and policymaking.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

News Brief: NITRD Symposium Features Wing and Scherlis

NITRDFaculty and alumni will help celebrate 20 years of achievements by the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. MORE
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Team Finds Hurricanes Pose Potential Risks to Offshore Wind Turbines

The team found that offshore wind turbines may be vulnerable to hurricanes because the maximum wind speeds in these storms can exceed the design limits of current wind turbines. Current wind turbines are designed to withstand wind speeds seen in category 1 hurricanes. MORE
Monday, February 13, 2012

Press Release: CMU's School of Drama Opens 2012-2013 Season With British Comedy "The Rivals," Guest Director Annie Tyson

Peter CookeIn addition to "The Rivals," the School of Drama's Subscriber Series includes the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner; the new musical version of "Spring Awakening" by Frank Wedekind with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Stater; a modernized version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet"; "Macbett" by Eugene Ionesco; and "As You Like It or Make it Hurt," adapted from Shakespeare by Jessica Mills. MORE
Friday, February 10, 2012

Press Release: Startups and Emerging Companies Look to Carnegie Mellon's TechSpark To Find New Talent

Career Center LogoMore than 20 startup companies from across the U.S. will attend a new recruiting event at CMU that brings together emerging businesses and students and alumni interested in working for such companies. TechSpark takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 in the University Center's Rangos Ballroom. MORE
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Press Release: "Magpies," Published By Carnegie Mellon University Press, Wins Gold Medal At Florida Book Awards

Magpies"In a time of broad 'experimentation' in short fiction, what is refreshing about Lynne Barrett is that her stories have honest-to-goodness plots. Reading stories which actually tell stories is a satisfying thing," said Gerald Costanzo, professor of English at CMU and founder and director of CMU Press. MORE
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute Launches Novel Online Information Assurance Program for Global Leaders

The Executive Master of Science in Information Assurance (ExecMSIA) Program offers a concentration in cyber forensics and incident response or resilience management. MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Timothy Haggerty Calls Proposition 8 Repeal a "Significant Milestone"

Tim HaggertyProposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, was ruled unconstitutional today by a federal appeals court. Haggerty, director of CMU's Humanities Scholars Program and a leading expert on cultural roles for men and policy issues concerning sexuality, applauds the court's decision. MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Media Advisory: Bettye Collier-Thomas, Acclaimed African-American Women’s History Expert, To Speak at Carnegie Mellon

Bettye Collier-ThomasCollier-Thomas will discuss “The Nexus: Women, Religion, Race and Civil Rights, 1920-1965.” Her talk is presented by Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE). MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Media Advisory: Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty Cooks To Explain African-American History

Michael TwittyTwitty will discuss food’s critical role in the development and definition of African-American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership. He will prepare three dishes that highlight these issues: okra soup, the root of gumbo; chebudniebe, a black-eyed pea dish; and plasas, leafy greens served with onions and garlic. MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hear Me Project Connects USA Network with Clairton School

Heinz WardStudents at Clairton High School who are working with Carnegie Mellon University's Hear Me project interact with the Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward in "NFL Characters Unite," a documentary that premieres at 7 p.m. Friday on the USA Network. MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News Brief: Two Ph.D. Students Honored by Microsoft Research

Yubin KimYubin Kim, a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute, and Julia Schwarz, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, have received recognition and support through two programs sponsored by Microsoft Research. MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News Brief: Nourbakhsh Wins Carnegie Science Award

NourbakhshThe Catalyst Award recognizes excellence in promoting public awareness of scientific issues, and advancing science in society to bring about measurable, beneficial change. MORE
Monday, February 6, 2012

Press Release: CMU Reappoints Susan G. Polansky To Head Modern Languages Department

Susan PolanskyDuring her first term, Polansky, a teaching professor of Hispanic studies, worked to broaden the department’s global education initiatives by creating a new Masters Program in Applied Second Language Acquisition, enhancing faculty and student involvement in community outreach activities and increasing study abroad participation. MORE
Friday, February 3, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Biology Student Receives Churchill Scholarship To Study in England

Judy SavitskayaSenior Judy Savitskaya, a computational biology major and Science and Humanities Scholar, is one of 14 students in the U.S. to earn the award. This is the third consecutive year that a student from CMU’s Mellon College of Science has been among the winners. MORE
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Media Advisory: Prominent Pittsburgh Journalists To Discuss How New Media Is Changing the Aesthetics of News

How are innovations like the iPad and smartphone, and platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr affecting the "art" of the news industry? MORE
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Press Release: Quarter of Tweets Not Worth Reading, Twitter Users Tell Researchers

twitterTwitter users choose the microblogs they follow, but that doesn't mean they always like what they get. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology found that users say only a little more than a third of the tweets they receive are worthwhile. MORE