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Friday, March 30, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Raj Rajkumar Named to Prestigious U.S. Transportation Advisory Committee for Smart Highways

RajkumarThe U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has named Carnegie Mellon University's Raj Rajkumar to the Intelligent Systems Program Advisory Committee. The ITSPAC acts in an advisory capacity to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the study and development of intelligent transportation systems in the United States. MORE
Thursday, March 29, 2012

News Brief: LTI Spin-out Safaba Awarded $500,000 SBIR Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to Safaba Translation Solutions LLC, a company spun out of the Language Technologies Institute. MORE
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's Jonathan A. Malen Receives Career Award From National Science Foundation

Jonathan MalenMalen is being recognized for his innovative work with hybrid materials in plastics and semiconductors. MORE
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Photo Advisory: Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, Nonprofits Get a Hand With Spring Cleaning, March 31

Day of Service LogoCarnegie Mellon students, faculty, staff and alumni will be working at more than 30 sites around Pittsburgh. MORE
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Press Release: Research on Cash Payments To Promote Health: Carnegie Mellon's Alex John London Says Ethical Concerns May Be Misplaced

Alex LondonLondon argues that when incentives are used to encourage people to engage in healthy activities from which they are likely to benefit, and with which they are already familiar, ethical concerns about the use of incentives may be out of place.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates School of Music's Centennial Anniversary With Concerts in Pittsburgh and New York City

The concerts, featuring illustrious alumni and world-class students in Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic, Repertory Chorus and Concert Choir, will be at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for the Performing Arts and at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. MORE
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College Developing Data Scientists To Help Meet Hollywood's Growing Digital Needs

"There is a real need for data scientists — professionals who not only understand where the data comes from, such as social network sites, blogs, and twitter for example — but also understand how that data can be used by various business units to make better decisions about their marketing and operations," said Ari Lightman, distinguished service professor of digital media and marketing at Heinz College.  MORE
Friday, March 23, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Showcases Academic Excellence at National Society of Black Engineers' Convention

The college will host an information booth featuring interactive robots and the autonomous Chevy Tahoe Boss. MORE
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Press Release: CMU "Mathletes" Place Second in Prestigious Putnam Competition

The team of three first-year students gives CMU its best showing in the definitive math competition for undergraduates in North America. MORE
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Press Release: Two CMU Students Selected Public Policy & International Affairs Fellows

Christian AponteJuniors Christian Aponte and Nicole Hamilton will attend summer institutes at a top-ranked university to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. MORE
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Media Advisory: CMU To Host Animation Symposium April 1-2

CosgroveThree of the biggest names in the animation industry are coming to Pittsburgh to share their films and experiences. Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society and School of Art and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will present an Animation Symposium April 1-2 to look at the role of the individual in animation.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Press Release: CMU Students To Transform Bakery Square Into Art Exhibit and Fundraiser March 30

Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Management students will showcase the annual first- and second-year MFA show and celebrate Future Tenant Gallery’s 10th anniversary. MORE
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News Brief: Series of Events Focus on the "Drug War" in Mexico: Who is Who?

CASIn the U.S., we tend to see the violence in Mexico from a distance as the product of a war between drug trafficking groups and the Mexican government. Unfortunately, reality is not so clear-cut or black and white. A series of Carnegie Mellon University events explores issues surrounding the "Drug War" from a variety of perspectives.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

News Brief: Blum, Veloso and Wing Make "Famous Women in Computer Science" List

Lenore Blum, Manuela Veloso and Department Head Jeannette Wing are among 55 computer scientists who are technological pioneers, as well as those who are leaders or founders of technical companies, and who have achieved success and recognition beyond their home organizations. MORE
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Taps Top-Ranked Korean Alumnus for New Mechanical Engineering Fellowship

A longtime Carnegie Mellon supporter, Nam Pyo Suh received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from CMU in 1964 and an honorary doctorate in science and technology in 2008. MORE
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Press Release: Keck Award Enables Carnegie Mellon and Stanford To Dramatically Expand Crowdsourced RNA Design

Support from the W.M. Keck Foundation will make it possible for researchers to test thousands of player-designed molecules each month. MORE
Thursday, March 15, 2012

News Brief: Computerworld Honors HCII’s MILLEE Project

Computerworld MedalThe Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies, or MILLEE, project is using educational mobile phone applications to help children in the developing world acquire language literacy in a game-like environment. MORE
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Presents Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts April 12-14

watsONAmazing transformations from humble beginnings is the theme of this year's Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. wats:ON? 2012: TRANSFORMER, will be held April 12-14 at CMU's College of Fine Arts (CFA).
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Press Release: CMU’s Center for the Arts in Society To Host Acclaimed Filmmaker Tom Kalin

Savage GraceKalin's visit, March 29-30, marks the launch of the center's "Gender/Sexuality/Media" project. MORE
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Statement From Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon on Proposed U.S. Network for Manufacturing Innovation and Pilot Manufacturing Institute

Jared CohonPresident Cohon says, "Working together, American universities, industry, community colleges, economic development partners and startup companies can launch entirely new manufacturing industries around innovations in advanced materials, flexible electronics and a new generation of robotics." MORE
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

News Brief: Graduate Study Programs Retain #1 Ranking in US News

The information and technology management course of study at the Heinz College and the multimedia/visual communications track at the College of Fine Arts are ranked #1 in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools." MORE
Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: Future Tenant Art Space Celebrates Decade of Pushing Boundaries With Fundraiser on March 30

Future TenantFuture Tenant, an experimental downtown Pittsburgh art space managed by Carnegie Mellon University students, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fundraiser 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 that expands its own boundaries to Bakery Square. Founded in 2002, Future Tenant is a joint project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, and the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College. MORE
Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: CMU’s International Film Festival Brings Two Sundance Winners to Pittsburgh

Faces of OthersRunning March 22 through April 15, “Faces of Others“ uses a record 20 films to explore the concept of the other — or anything that is not us. The Sundance winners featured in the festival are "Putin's Kiss" and "5 Broken Cameras." MORE
Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: "The You Inside of Me": Carnegie Mellon School of Art's MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens March 23

MFA ExhbitionSeven Carnegie Mellon University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates will present their final thesis exhibition, titled "The You Inside of Me," March 23 through April 22 at CMU's Miller Gallery in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Pittsburgh campus. MORE
Monday, March 12, 2012

News Brief: Girls of Steel Qualify for FIRST Championship

The robotics team composed of high-school-age girls, and their robot, Watson, won awards for Website and Engineering Inspiration at the 10th Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, March 8-10, at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center.
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon CyLab Researchers Develop New Smartphone App To Protect Consumers From Cybercriminals and Unsafe Communications

SafeSlingerCarnegie Mellon University CyLab researchers have developed a new smartphone app that leverages the growing proliferation of these devices to establish a secure basis for Internet communications.
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center Offers Professional Education on Robot Capabilities

NREC LogoEngineers and managers responsible for research and new product development can learn how and where robotic technology can be applied successfully. MORE
Monday, March 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Marija Ilic Leads Team Developing New Smart Grid Models and Tools for Low-Cost Green Islands

EESGRemote island communities from the Azores to Nome, Alaska, could experience drastic reductions in the cost of electricity and CO2 emissions by using new smart energy grid technology developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Electric Energy Systems Group. MORE
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University Students Win Competition That Promotes Energy-Efficient Buildings

A team of graduate students won “best proposal” in the U.S. Energy Department’s 2012 Better Building Challenge for developing an energy-efficient plan for a case study involving Walter Reed Army Medical Center. MORE
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Performs First Large-Scale Analysis of "Soft" Censorship of Social Media in China

Researchers in CMU's School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or "weibos," to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. MORE
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

News Brief: CMU's Nicole Hassoun's New Book Examines "Globalization and Global Justice"

Hassoun Book CoverHassoun, assistant professor of philosophy within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, argues that there are significant obligations that must be met to aid the impoverished.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Press Release: Unlocking Autism's Mysteries: CMU's Marcel Just Uses New Brain Imaging and Computer Modeling To Predict Autistic Brain Activity and Behavior

BrainNew research from Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just provides an explanation for some of autism's mysteries — from social and communication disorders to restricted interests — and gives scientists clear targets for developing intervention and treatment therapies. MORE
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Press Release: Two Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Receive Newly Endowed Cooper-Siegel Professorships

paulosRichard PellEric Paulos, associate professor in SCS's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will fill the first Cooper-Siegel Professorship of Computer Science, and Richard Pell, assistant professor of art, will hold the first Cooper-Siegel Professorship in Art. MORE
Monday, March 5, 2012

Press Release: Renowned Condensed Matter Physicist Marvin L. Cohen To Receive Carnegie Mellon's Prestigious Dickson Prize in Science

Marvin CohenCohen's work, which focuses on developing theories to predict and explain the properties of materials, has had a significant impact in the fields of nanotechnology and materials science. He will lecture on "Einstein, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience & Superconductivity" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8 in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

News Brief: Newt 2012 Names CMU's Kiron Skinner as National Co-Chair for its Women With Newt Coalition

Kiron SkinnerSkinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of CMU's Center for International Relations and Politics, will provide Newt 2012 with expertise in the areas of international relations, security policy and political strategy. MORE
Thursday, March 1, 2012

News Brief: CMU's Stephen Fienberg Receives Research Grant From National Science Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau

Stephen FienbergFienberg and his team will conduct research on three basic issues of interest related to collecting census data: privacy, costs and response rates. MORE
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Press Release: Evolution by the Numbers: CMU Professor’s New Book Examines How Biology Became Infused With Mathematical Arguments

James Wynn Book CoverMost people assume that mathematics and science always go hand in hand, but James Wynn shows that was not always the case. MORE
Thursday, March 1, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon President Receives Honorary Degree from KAIST

Jared CohonPresident Jared L. Cohon received the degree in recognition of his professionalism and dedication to science, technology and higher education. CMU and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have been operating joint research projects, student and faculty exchanges, and a dual-degree program since 2007. MORE