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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

News Brief: CoBot Wishes a Happy Halloween!

cobot CoBot donned a pumpkin-garbed costume to bring reverse-trick-or-treating to the halls of the Gates and Hillman centers. MORE
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

News Brief: Alumnus To Appear on "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley"

David MurrayWhen David Murray was an undergrad at Carnegie Mellon, his friends used to kid him that he'd never find a job that combined all three of his majors - computer science and human-computer interaction (HCI) in the School of Computer Science, and voice performance in the School of Music. MORE
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's David Dzombak Reviews Impact of Clean Water Act

DzombakCarnegie Mellon University's Dave Dzombak recounts the challenges and success of the Clean Water Act as it reaches its 40th anniversary. MORE
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Launches Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics

The new initiative will conduct research into timely public policy and managerial questions raised by the emergence of digital distribution channels for entertainment content. MORE
Friday, October 26, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students Compete In National Chem-E-Car Competition

Students use innovative fuels and materials to create and power a shoebox-size car to carry a specific load a predetermined distance. The car that gets the closest to the distance wins a $2,000 prize. MORE
Thursday, October 25, 2012

News Brief: Bossa Nova Develops Commercial Version of Ballbot

ballbotBossa Nova Robotics, a company founded by Robotics Institute Ph.D. alumnus Sarjoun Skaff, announced Oct. 23 at the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit that it is producing mObi, the first commercially available robot that uses a unique locomotion technology pioneered by the Robotics Institute's Ralph Hollis in his Ballbot robot. MORE
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Celebrates Start of New Partnership with Portuguese Business School

MS MBAThe two-year program gives participants the opportunity of studying one year in Portugal at the University of Porto and another year in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon. Students are required to meet academic requirements from both universities to receive a master's of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a master's of business administration from Porto Business School. MORE
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Press Release: Two Carnegie Mellon Teams Get Nod To Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge

chimpRoboticists at Carnegie Mellon University will field two teams in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition in which robots will perform complex, physically challenging tasks as they respond to disaster scenarios in human-engineered environments, such as nuclear power plants. MORE
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Press Release: Robot Hall of Fame® Inducts NAO, PackBot, BigDog and WALL-E

NAOFor the first time inductees were selected by a popular vote of more than 17,000 people from every continent except Antarctica.  MORE
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Lead Work To Develop Devices for Improving Lives of Amputees

Chris BettingerKris MatyjaszewskiCarnegie Mellon's Christopher T. Bettinger and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski received $1.6 million for the next four years from the U.S. Army to improve the use of prosthetic devices. MORE
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Qatar Welcomes 104 Students; Record Number of Applications Received

2016Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar welcomed an incoming class of 104 students for the 2012-2013 academic year, including 97 new freshman and seven transfer students. The freshmen class included 20 nationalities and 44 Qatari nationals - a record in university history. This year's incoming class brings the total number of undergraduates to 373. MORE
Monday, October 22, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Jon Peha Receives Prestigious Technical Publication Award

Jon PehaThe engineering professor is being recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for decades of outstanding techno-economic analysis of cognitive networking trends. MORE
Monday, October 22, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Students Tackle National “Make A Difference Day” by Feeding Abandoned Cats and Kittens

Carnegie Mellon’s Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Race Team is raising money and collecting food to help feed abandoned cats and kittens housed at the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center on Hamilton Avenue in Pittsburgh. MORE
Friday, October 19, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Lorenz T. Biegler To Chair Annual Conference of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Larry BieglerBiegler is the program chair for the premier educational forum for chemical engineers. The conference is slated to bring more than 5,000 scholars to Pittsburgh to discuss and present leading-edge research about energy, the environment and health care. The meeting takes place from Oct. 28 - Nov. 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. MORE
Friday, October 19, 2012

News Brief: Siemens Competition Regional Returns to Carnegie Mellon

The Siemens Foundation invited 93 students from 25 states to compete as Regional Finalists in this year's Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students. Also announced were 322 semifinalists. 
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

News Brief: CMU, Penn State Researchers Awarded $300,000 New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology Grant

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology and the Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a $300,000 New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology Grant from the John Templeton Foundation. MORE
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Media Advisory: Robot Hall of Fame® Inducts Four New Members

RoboWorldThe RHOF, created in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon, recognizes excellence in robotics technology. It honors both the fictional robots that inspire innovation and the real robots that embody it. The new class will be inducted at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Carnegie Science Center.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Helps Launch Computer Systems Research Center in New Mexico

Carnegie Mellon will join with the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday, Oct. 18, to celebrate the opening of the PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center, a one-of-a-kind computer systems research center located in Los Alamos, N.M. MORE
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Students Advance to International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition's World Championship Jamboree

iGEMA team of undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University has been selected to advance to the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's World Championship Jamboree to be held Nov. 2-5 in Cambridge, Mass. MORE
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Amy Wesolowski Tracks Spread of Malaria in Africa Through Cellphone Records

The Ph.D. student's study, recently published in the journal Science, used millions of cellphone records to document the impact human movement has on malaria disease patterns in the densely populated nation of Kenya. MORE
Monday, October 15, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Explore Technology's Impact on Music Culture

Listening Spaces Conference"Listening Spaces: 21st Century Explorations of Music, Technology and Culture" will explore whether technology has improved our experiences with music. The event will be held in two parts on Friday, Oct. 19 — from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts' Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Alumni Hall. MORE
Monday, October 15, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Integrates Policy and Technology In New Master’s Degree for Privacy Engineers

People tasked with safeguarding privacy in this age of Big Data and easy Internet access need an unusual combination of technological know-how and policy savvy — expertise that will be honed in a new master’s degree program for privacy engineers offered by Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. The Master of Science in Information Technology-Privacy (MSIT-Privacy) is a 12-month program that begins in the 2013 fall semester. MORE
Monday, October 15, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt To Host Second Language Research Forum, Oct. 18-21

Language ForumThe conference - which is expecting a record of more than 500 attendees from 25 different countries - will provide a unique space for researchers and educators across academic fields to share their work. MORE
Friday, October 12, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon “Capture the Flag” Teams Reach CSAW Finals, Again

The CMU teams are among 15 teams to qualify to compete Nov. 15-17 in the finals of the Cybersecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Capture the Flag competition at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. CMU teams have won numerous Capture the Flag crowns, including first place in the final round of the competition for the past three years. MORE
Friday, October 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Students Compete in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

iGEM LogoThe students have created a biosensor using a kit of interchangeable biological parts and a fundamental knowledge of synthetic biology. They'll present their work this weekend at a premier synthetic biology competition in Pittsburgh.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Relaunches Successful Breakthrough Products Book as Blueprint for Innovation

Creating Breakthrough ProductsJonathan Cagan and Craig M. Vogel, authors of “Creating Breakthrough Products,” identify that innovation in the 21st century is spurred by the integration of technology with lifestyle desires. The result is integrated product-service ecosystems that connect activities across spectrums of use. MORE
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Students Have Option This Fall To Make Robotics An Additional Undergraduate Major

RoboticsStudents pursuing computer science, engineering or other undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University will have the option this fall to include an additional major in robotics. MORE
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News Brief: Capacitive Fingerprinting Enables Touchscreens to Know Who is Touching Them

CapacitiveChris Harrison, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has worked with colleagues at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, to develop a technique called capacitive fingerprinting that enables touchscreens or other objects to tell the difference between users based just on their touch. MORE
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News Brief: Using 3D Printing to Produce "Printed Optics"

ChessScott Hudson, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Karl D.D. Willis, a Ph.D. student in the School of Architecture's Computational Design Lab who is co-advised by Hudson, have worked with Disney Research, Pittsburgh, to adapt 3D printing to create customized, interactive devices that have optical sensors, display and illumination elements embedded directly in their structure. MORE
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Greenhouse Gas Reductions Overestimated on Energy Transitions

In two research papers, one appearing in the October issue of Environmental Research Letters, and the other in Environmental Science and Technology, the researchers explored two of the primary forces that continue to affect the short-term environmental effects of making electricity: the increase in natural gas-fired generation as a result of low natural gas prices and the retirement of coal plants. MORE
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Press Release: Aisling Kelliher Joins Carnegie Mellon School of Design

Aisling KelliherKelliher’s research primarily focuses on the development of tools and online environments for sharing, annotating and creating media stories about our everyday lives. She comes to CMU from Arizona State University.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Astrobotic Technology Assembles Prototype of Lunar Water-Prospecting Robot

PolarisThe first of its kind, Polaris can accommodate a drill to bore one meter into the lunar surface and can operate in lunar regions characterized by dark, long shadows and a sun that hugs the horizon. It's 5 1/2 feet tall, 7 feet wide and almost 8 feet long, and can move at about a foot a second on 2-foot-diameter composite wheels. MORE
Monday, October 8, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes Writer/Director and Performance Artist For Discussion on Gender Representation in Society

Ernst and DruckerWriter/Director Rhys Ernst and performance artist Zachary Drucker, a Los Angeles-based transgender couple that addresses trans-feminine and trans-masculine experiences, respectively, will visit Carnegie Mellon to present "A Perfect X: Intersecting Transgender Perspectives in Film, Video and Performance." Their presentation will be at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in Porter Hall 100.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Receives NEH Grant To Support Translation Work on Lessing's "Hamburg Dramaturgy"

The translation of a centuries-old German text still relevant today to theater artists has earned Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts its first National Endowment for the Humanities grant. MORE
Friday, October 5, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Anthony I. Wasserman Lauded With Distinguished Educator Award

WassermanCarnegie Mellon University's Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Educator Award from the Technical Council on Software Engineering of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for outstanding and sustained contributions to the design of individual software engineering courses, curricula for degree programs and curriculum recommendations. MORE
Friday, October 5, 2012

News Brief: CMU Awarded Funding for Big Data Projects

NSFThe National Science Foundation, with support from the National Institutes of Health, awarded two grants totaling more than $1.7 million to Carnegie Mellon researchers to support new big data research projects on Oct. 3. MORE
Friday, October 5, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Present Alumni Awards During Cèilidh Weekend

CeilidhA pioneer in AIDS research and Emmy Award-winning production designers are among 15 alumni, students and faculty Carnegie Mellon University's Alumni Association will honor for their achievements and service to the university as part of Cèilidh Weekend.

This annual event combines the university's Homecoming and Family Weekend into one celebration. The Scottish Gaelic word Cèilidh represents a traditional social gathering and pays tribute to the heritage of CMU founder Andrew Carnegie.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

News Brief: CMU Press Accepting Poetry Submissions Through Oct. 31

Carnegie Mellon University Press is accepting unsolicited manuscripts from any poet who has not previously been published by CMU Press.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

News Brief: Look Here!

In a study published in the Oct. 5 issue of Science, researchers from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint program between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, demonstrated that neurons in the lateral intraparietal area (LIP) respond strongly to very good objects (like a $20 bill lying on the ground) and very bad objects (like a snake). They call out to the rest of the brain: “pay attention to this.” They leave it to other brain areas to decide whether “this” is good or bad. MORE
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama Presents Cabaret Evening With Acclaimed Artist, Alumnus Stephen Schwartz

Stephen SchwartzThe award-winning Schwartz (A’68) will return to Pittsburgh for “Schwartz on Schwartz,” presented by CMU’s School of Drama at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at the CLO Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. MORE
Thursday, October 4, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Awarded Grant To Preserve Executable Content

Gloriana St. ClairThe Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a two-year, $497,756 grant to Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists and library personnel led by University Libraries' Dean Gloriana St. Clair, to develop Olive, the first archiving system for the preservation for executable content. MORE
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s David A. Dzombak Chairs NRC Research Committee Charged With Advising US Army Corps of Engineers on Water Resources

Army CorpsIn a new report, the committee recommended that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expand revenues and strengthen partnerships with the public sectors and local and state governments to help manage the corps’ aging water infrastructure. MORE
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Obituary: Carnegie Mellon's Erwin R. Steinberg, Legendary English Professor Helped Found Technical Writing Field and Worked Tirelessly To Improve Education

ErwinErwin R. Steinberg, professor of English and rhetoric, Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University for 60 years who helped found the field of technical writing and held numerous administrative roles in which he worked to improve education, died Oct. 2 at age 91. MORE
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Alumnus Lt. Col. Christopher Raible To Be Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

RaibleCarnegie Mellon University alumnus Lt. Col. Christopher "Otis" Raible (E'95) will be laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Carnegie Mellon flag will be flown at half-staff in his honor. MORE
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama Opens Season With British Comedy “The Rivals,” Oct. 4-13

Rivals PosterGuest artist and renowned British director Annie Tyson will direct the performances, which will take place in the Purnell Center for the Arts on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus through Saturday, Oct. 13. MORE
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Media Advisory: US Commerce Undersecretary for International Trade To Speak at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College Oct. 3

Francisco J. Sánchez will discuss "Commercial Diplomacy: How International Trade Drives Economic Growth." MORE
Monday, October 1, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes Robotics Industry Leaders to Pittsburgh for RoboBusiness 2012

RoboBusinessGraphicCarnegie Mellon will be the research institution host for the RoboBusiness 2012 Leadership Summit, an international executive-level business development event for robotics technology innovators, influencers, developers and investors, Oct. 22-24 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.  MORE