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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

News Brief: Faloutsos to Receive Honorary Degree from Aristotle University

FaloutsosThe Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the largest university in Greece, will award an honorary doctorate degree to Christos Faloutsos, professor of computer science. The title of Doctor Honoris Causa will be conferred to Faloutsos during a May 30 convocation, one of a number of events this month that mark the 20th anniversary of Aristotle University's Department of Informatics. MORE
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Premiere "Seventeen Days," a New Film Aimed at Reducing Risky Sexual Behavior Among Teens

Julie DownsSupported by a five-year, $7.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the film is an update of CMU Professor Julie Downs' earlier interactive video, "What Could You Do?" which was shown to increase abstinence among teenage girls. MORE
Friday, May 25, 2012

Press Release: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Bay Valley Visual Artist Provide $1 Million Endowment to Alma Mater Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University on Monday announced a $1 million endowment to name a studio dedicated to the collaboration of art, technology and other disciplines across the university. Alumni Edward H. Frank (CS'85) and his wife, Sarah G. Ratchye (A'83), announced the naming of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry — part of the College of Fine Arts — during a program in the college's Alumni Concert Hall. Their gift establishes the Fund for Art at the Frontier, which in large part will be used to fund the creation of new works of art that push boundaries and inspire imagination. MORE
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Innovation and Discovery

Silicon Valley CampusA decade of innovative research, academic excellence and entrepreneurial success stories will take center stage at an event June 9 celebrating the creation of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. A beacon of technological achievement and a hub for developing creative software management leaders and entrepreneurial startups, CMU's Silicon Valley campus has quadrupled in size since its inception in 2002 and helped launch more than a dozen startups.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Press Release: Relatively Speaking: Carnegie Mellon and UC Berkeley Researchers Identify Principles That Shape Kinship Categories Across Languages

Video A new study published in Science by Carnegie Mellon University's Charles Kemp and the University of California at Berkeley's Terry Regier shows that kinship categories across languages reflect general principles of communication. The same principles can potentially be applied to other kinds of categories, such as colors and spatial relationships. Ultimately, then, the work may lead to a general theory of how different languages carve the world up into categories. MORE
Thursday, May 24, 2012

News Brief: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientist Participates in Study of Next-Generation Advanced Reactor

pscThe U.S. Department of Energy awarded a three-year $875,000 grant for a team of Pittsburgh scientists, including Anirban Jana of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, to develop computational models for turbulent mixing in the VHTR (Very High Temperature Reactor), a Generation IV nuclear reactor. MORE
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Press Release: Microsoft Research Awards Faculty Fellowship To Carnegie Mellon Computer Scientist Emma Brunskill

Emma BrunskillEmma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, is one of seven recipients this year of a prestigious Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes pioneering young academic researchers working in key areas of computer science. MORE
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Brain Research Shows Visual Perception System Unconsciously Affects Our Preferences

New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) shows that the brain's visual perception system automatically and unconsciously guides decision-making through valence perception. Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the review hypothesizes that valence, which can be defined as the positive or negative information automatically perceived in the majority of visual information, integrates visual features and associations from experience with similar objects or features. In other words, it is the process that allows our brains to rapidly make choices between similar objects.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Press Release: Three Professors Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon

Nadine AubryJaime CarbonellChris HendricksonProfessors Nadine Aubry, Jaime Carbonell and Chris Hendrickson have received the elite honor of University Professor.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

News Brief: Rising Prices Drive Health Spending Growth, First HCCI Report Finds

The newly formed Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) is led by Martin Gaynor, the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III College. MORE
Friday, May 18, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Researchers Find Geography Plays Key Role in Emission Benefits of Renewables, Energy Efficiency Measures

The study, recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that energy efficiency measures in the Midwest and parts of the mid-Atlantic result in significant emission reductions, but much smaller reductions are realized in Texas, the Northwest and West.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Penn Launch University Transportation Research Center

The UTC will sponsor research in intelligent systems for vehicles to make them safer, smarter, and more energy efficient. Using cutting edge sensors, robotic systems, and machine learning tools, the UTC will work with consortium members on deploying these ideas in real-world situations. MORE
Thursday, May 17, 2012

News Brief: AIA Presents Honor Award for Gates and Hillman Centers

Gates Hillman CentersThe centers, which opened in 2009, is one of just nine recipients worldwide this year. The Honor Award is the architectural profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence. MORE
Thursday, May 17, 2012

News Brief: SCS Alum Charles Geschke Elected to American Philosophical Society

GeschkeCharles M. Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., is one of 30 distinguished men and women elected this spring to the American Philosophical Society, an honorary society whose members are drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines. MORE
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

News Brief: Clarke, Veloso Featured at Turing 100 Celebration

clarkeVelosoEdmund M. Clarke and Manuela Veloso, professors of computer science, are among the distinguished scientists invited to give talks at The Alan Turing Centenary Conference, June 22-24 in Manchester, England. The conference hosted by the University of Manchester celebrates Turing, one of the most influential computer scientists of all time, on what would have been his 100th birthday. MORE
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Report the First To Examine How Corporate Boards and Executives are Managing Cyber Risks

The report reveals that corporate boards and executives are taking risk management seriously but there is still a gap in understanding the link between information technology (IT) risks and enterprise risk management. This gap indicates that boards have a lack of understanding of how all business operations are supported by computer systems and digital data and how risks in these areas can undermine operations. MORE
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Conference, Performances of Eco-centered Dramatic Works

EMOSThe eco-minded come together in any manner of ways to express their passion on the topic of the environment, and Carnegie Mellon University will host a group that's dedicated to expressing concerns about the planet through dramatic performances. The Earth Matters on Stage Playwrights' Festival and Symposium (EMOS) 2012 conference will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama from May 31-June 2 at the Purnell Center for the Arts. The performance artist Holly Hughes, whose most recent work explores the use and meaning of animals in performance, will deliver the keynote speech, "The Dog and Pony Show: Bring Your Own Pony." MORE
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Arts Greenhouse Project To Host Mixtape Release Party May 26

Arts Greenhouse Album CoverTeens in the program will present "Arts Greenhouse Volume Four: A Mixtape," an album of 14 original songs, from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art Partners with Local Groups To Create Sustainable Art in Wilkinsburg Neighborhood

A new ecological art project in the Hay Recreation Area and on a lot on Rebecca Avenue will use fruit trees, berries and perennial edibles as the basis for a sustainable food source and as a community engagement garden. MORE
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Astrophysicist Rachel Mandelbaum Receives Department of Energy Early Career Award for Dark Matter and Dark Energy Research

Rachel MandelbaumMandelbaum is an assistant professor of physics and a member of the Burce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology. MORE
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Kathy M. Newman Reflects on the Legacy of Maurice Sendak

Yesterday, internationally acclaimed children's author Maurice Sendak died at age 83. Sendak was known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously "Where the Wild Things Are," which sold more than 19 million copies. MORE
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Student Volunteers To Make Remote India School More Sustainable

Engineers without BordersThree Carnegie Mellon University engineering students will travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip this summer to put solar panels on a grade school in northern India.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Press Release: Social Security’s IT System Could Benefit by Joining the Cloud, Carnegie Mellon Scientist Says

William ScherlisThe Social Security Administration should restructure its already massive information technology systems so they can be readily scaled up, much like the systems used by Google and Amazon, William L. Scherlis, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, testified today before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security subcommittee. MORE
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Joseph B. Kadane Authors "Principles of Uncertainty"

Principles of UncertaintyIn his new book Kadane, the Leonard J. Savage University Professor of Statistics and Social Sciences, Emeritus, draws on his vast experiences as an effort to explain Bayesian statistics and math. MORE
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Student Work Showcased at Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 9

More than 450 students from Carnegie Mellon University's six undergraduate schools will present research at the annual Meeting of the Minds. MORE
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

News Brief: Pa. Governor Appoints Carnegie Mellon's Kiron Skinner to Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

Kiron SkinnerThe commission advises and makes recommendations to the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the African American community. MORE
Monday, May 7, 2012

Press Release: 61 Graduates Join Global Carnegie Mellon Family of Alumni

Qatar GraduationCarnegie Mellon University in Qatar celebrated its largest graduating class to date at a ceremony on Monday, May 7, at the Qatar National Convention Centre. His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al-Thani, Director General of the Al Jazeera Network, delivered the keynote speech to the 61 graduates and an audience more than 1,000 family, friends and community members. MORE
Monday, May 7, 2012

Press Release: Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts To Make Sense of Online Information

People who have already sifted through online information to make sense of a subject, plan a vacation or decide what product to buy, can help strangers facing similar tasks without ever directly communicating with them, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research have demonstrated. MORE
Friday, May 4, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Majors To Showcase Consumer Product Prototypes at Senior Design Expo

Carnegie Mellon mechanical engineering students have created a new quiet door latch and a rapid drink chiller that cools a warm drink in seconds by spraying the rotating bottle or can with water cooled by a thermoelectric cell. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

News Brief: University of California Taps Carnegie Mellon Alumnus, Dean

Pradeep KhoslaPradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's highly regarded College of Engineering, has been named chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Press Release: "In the Name of El Pueblo," by Carnegie Mellon's Paul K. Eiss, Wins Book Award From Latin American Studies Association

Paul EissThe award honors the best book on Mexico published in all social science fields in 2010 and 2011. Eiss will be presented with the award at LASA's 2012 conference May 25 in San Francisco. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Press Release: Rethinking Research Ethics: Carnegie Mellon and McGill Researchers Challenge Post-marketing Trial Practices

Current research ethics focuses on protecting study participants, but according to bioethicists from Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University, these efforts fail to prevent problems that undermine the social value of research. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Press Release: New Book Draws Lessons From Social Science To Guide Creation of Thriving Online Communities

Online communities are among the most popular destinations on the Internet, but attempts to create social networking sites often meet with failure. In a new book, Carnegie Mellon University's Robert E. Kraut and the University of Michigan's Paul Resnick use evidence from the social sciences and their own research to suggest ways that organizers can effectively address major design challenges. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Senior Art Students Present Final Exhibition; “Terms & Conditions” Opens May 4 at Miller Gallery on Campus

Senior Art ExhibitionThe exhibition presents a wide range of work spanning video, printmaking, painting, sculpture, digital fabrication, performance and more. MORE
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Press Release: Revolutionary Technology Enables Objects To Know How They Are Being Touched

DisneyA doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips and a chair that adjusts room lighting based on recognizing if a user is reclining or leaning forward are among the many possible applications of Touché, a new sensing technique developed by a team at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Dynamic View Of City Based on Foursquare Check-in Data

LivehoodsThe millions of "check-ins" generated by foursquare, the location-based social networking site, can be used to create a dynamic view of a city's workings and character, Carnegie Mellon University researchers say. In contrast to static neighborhood boundaries and dated census figures, these "Livehoods" reflect the ever-changing patterns of city life. MORE