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Friday, September 28, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University’s Astria Suparak, Miller Gallery Director and Curator, Nominated for Prestigious Curatorial Award

Astria SuparakSuparak is one of 15 nominees from around the world for the Independent Vision Curatorial Award, which recognizes individuals for their “exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related writing.” MORE
Friday, September 28, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab To Host Panel Discussion, Screening of New Movie Documenting Rise of Information Technology Age

Computer Code“CODE 2600” was created to heighten public awareness about the growth of data collection and social networks and explores the implications of that growth for cyber attacks, privacy invasion and identity theft. MORE
Friday, September 28, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Erye Hernandez To Receive Prestigious Fellowship For Study in Information Technology and Security

HernandezCarnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy have awarded CMU student Erye Hernandez with a fellowship to pursue her master's degree in Information Security Technology and Management. MORE
Friday, September 28, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University Engineering Students Host Photojournalism Excellence Award

Carnegie Mellon University Engineering students will honor National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson for more than 30 years of photography excellence at noon, Monday, Oct. 1 in the Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall. MORE
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Metin Sitti Receives Critical Funding For Novel Medical Robotics Research

Metin SittiMetin Sitti was one of six researchers nationwide to receive funding to develop robots that can interact and work cooperatively with people in a variety of healthcare environments. Sitti, a professor in mechanical engineering and head of the CMU Nanorobotics Lab, will receive a total of $787,000 for three years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a CMU matching grant. MORE
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Cognitive Neuroscience Lab Participates In Brain Imaging Data Exchange To Advance Autism Research

"This is a phenomenal collaboration that will allow researchers unprecedented access to a massive dataset, collected under careful conditions from a very large sample of individuals with autism, all of whom have been carefully characterized in term of their behavioral profile," said Marlene Behrmann, professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. "We can now get a sense of the heterogeneity of the disorder and, for the first time, can begin to discern major trends in the group as a whole." MORE
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

News Brief: HCII Paper of 2002 Named "Most Influential"

HandsThe IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing has recognized a 2002 paper on usable programming systems co-authored by Brad A. Myers, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and two of his students, as the joint winner of the Most Influential Paper of one decade ago. MORE
Monday, September 24, 2012

Press Release: Smart Traffic Signals Pilot Results: Pollution Plunges, Traffic Clogs Cleared

TrafficWith funding support from three Pittsburgh foundations, Carnegie Mellon University has worked with the City of Pittsburgh and East Liberty Development Inc. to deploy a new adaptive traffic signal control technology that promises to dramatically reduce harmful vehicle emissions and frustratingly long travel times through urban neighborhoods. MORE
Monday, September 24, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Safaba Automates Translation for Global Companies

Greenlighting LogoSafaba Translation Solutions, LLC, customizes state-of-the-art machine translation to conform to each client company’s branding and the vocabulary of its business domain. These Safaba-engineered systems can significantly reduce the time necessary to produce translated text, while also delivering translations with far higher quality than possible with generic online translation programs. MORE
Monday, September 24, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal For Inaugural Smith Family Lecture in the Applied Humanities

McChrystalFew people have as much insight on the current state of military and global affairs as General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan.

General McChrystal will visit Carnegie Mellon University to give the inaugural Bradford and Diane Smith Family Lecture in the Applied Humanities to "Security Challenges Facing America," at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 in McConomy Auditorium.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Break Ground for Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall

Scott HallSherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall will house the recently announced Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a major research and education initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. MORE
Friday, September 21, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Golan Levin Named One of 50 "Influential Designers Shaping the Future"

LevinFast Company magazine has named Golan Levin, director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and associate professor of electronic art at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the "50 most influential designers shaping the future."

In the article announcing the 50 innovators, editors said they "chose a group of people who are pushing the boundaries of their discipline into promising new directions."
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Press Release: "Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?" MIT's Andrew W. Lo To Present Nash Lecture in Quantitative Finance

LoAndrew W. Lo, one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2012, will present Carnegie Mellon University's sixth Nash Distinguished Lecture in Quantitative Finance. His lecture, titled "Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer," will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall), on CMU's Oakland campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. MORE
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Master of Arts Management Program To Kick Off Yearlong 25th Anniversary Celebration

MAMCarnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management (MAM) Program will kick off a yearlong 25th anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 6, with the inaugural Symposium on Arts Management and Innovation.

The one-day event, during the university's annual Cèilidh Homecoming Weekend, will feature keynote speaker Doug McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal, the leading arts news aggregator on the Internet and home to more than 60 prominent arts bloggers. The symposium also will include a series of interactive lectures and workshops led by 12 innovative local and national MAM alumni.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Launches Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Scott HallMade possible by a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott (E’66) and his wife, Joyce Bowie Scott (A’65), the institute is a university-wide effort that will focus on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. MORE
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Welcome Urban Designer, Educator And Author Raymond Gindroz, Monday, Oct. 1

Urban designer, educator and author Raymond Gindroz will speak on "Humane Urbanism: Episodes from a Life with Urban Design Associates" at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Oakland. His talk will mark the 11th annual David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design, which is co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture of Carnegie Mellon University and the Heinz Architectural Center of Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public. MORE
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Press Release: Autistic Adults Have Unreliable Neural Responses, Carnegie Mellon-Led Research Team Finds

NeuronAutism is a disorder well known for its complex changes in behavior - including repeating actions over and over and having difficulty with social interactions and language. Current approaches to understanding what causes these atypical behaviors focus primarily on specific brain regions associated with these specific behaviors without necessarily linking back to fundamental properties of the brain's signaling abilities. MORE
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Accepting Submissions for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards

Open to all high school and college students in the Pittsburgh-area, the awards committee seeks personal narratives dealing with individual experiences of racial or cultural differences or personal reflections on King's legacy that rely on concrete detail. MORE
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Latinos In/On Film Festival 2012

The festival aims to acknowledge the history and contributions of the diverse Latino population to the American experience and to recognize the accomplishments of Latino writers and filmmakers. MORE
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Team Creates Most Comprehensive Research Guide Available to Date on Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas Extraction

The resource will allow policymakers and scholars to make sense of the existing body of research on this topic and identify new opportunities for investigation. MORE
Monday, September 17, 2012

Media Advisory: Presidential Adviser and National Economic Council Director Gene D. Sperling To Speak at Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday, Sept. 18

One of President Barack Obama's top advisers and Director of the National Economic Council (NEC), Gene D. Sperling, will share his unique perspective on America's policy choices during talk titled "American Economic Policy at a Crossroads: The View from the West Wing." Sperling will address the Carnegie Mellon University community at the Heinz College Convocation Lecture at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18. MORE
Monday, September 17, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Alumni Awarded Conducting Prizes

Maria Sensi-SellnerChris FecteauMaria Sensi-Sellner and Chris Fecteau have received the American Prize in Conducting for their work on opera productions in Pittsburgh and New York. MORE
Monday, September 17, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Voice Verification Technology Prevents Impersonators From Obtaining Voiceprints

Voice SecurityComputer users have learned to preserve their privacy by safeguarding passwords, but with the rise of voice authentication systems, they also need to protect unique voice characteristics. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute say that is possible with a system they developed that converts a user's voiceprint into something akin to passwords. MORE
Friday, September 14, 2012

Press Release: Cameron Tonkinwise Joins Carnegie Mellon School of Design as Director of Design Studies

Cameron Tonkinwise"Cameron's research and experience will make him a vital contributor to the school's mission of providing a world-class design education that prepares students to become catalysts for innovation and social change. We look forward to him leading conversations in designing the next iteration of our Ph.D. program, as well as helping to develop a new design studies curriculum that reflects our new mission and vision," said Terry Irwin, head of CMU's School of Design. MORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Media Advisory: The Honorable Tom Ridge To Discuss the Presidential Election Season at Carnegie Mellon University

Tom RidgeRidge, former governor of Pennsylvania (R), will survey the political landscape and explore the primary issues of this campaign season and America's future in a talk titled "Political Leadership in the Presidential Election Season." The talk is scheduled for 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 in Kresge Theater in CMU's College of Fine Arts.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

News Brief: More Than 50 Top Law Schools Visit Carnegie Mellon for Second Annual Law School Fair

Carnegie Mellon University students and alumni interested in applying to law school will not have to travel very far to meet with representatives from 54 of the country's top law schools. The university's second annual Law School Fair will be held from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Sept. 28, in the Wiegand Gym. MORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012

News Brief: Harvard Appoints Carnegie Mellon Vice President

Rick McCulloughRick McCullough will join Harvard as vice provost for research, effective Oct. 15. McCullough played a key role in advancing Carnegie Mellon's entrepreneurial culture. MORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering To Host Media Panel About Presidential Coverage In the Time of Twitter

Panel participants include: Jodi Enda, senior contributing writer for the American Journalism Review and former Knight Ridder reporter covering the White House, Congress and presidential campaigns; Rem Rieder, editor and senior vice president of the American Journalism Review; and Jon Delano, money and politics editor at KDKA-TV. The moderator will be Ed Schlesinger, head of CMU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Adam W. Feinberg Wins Prestigious Innovation Award from National Institutes of Health

FeinbergCarnegie Mellon University's Adam W. Feinberg was awarded a five-year, $2.25 million National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award to continue developing new biomaterials and cardiac tissue engineering strategies to help repair the human heart following injury and disease. MORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Literary and Cultural Studies Program Celebrates 25 Years With Two Days of Events, Sept. 20-21

Carnegie Mellon University's Literary and Cultural Studies Program within the Department of English focuses on the interpretation of these individual cultural artifacts - films, novels, plays, music - and how their meanings are created, distributed and impact different cultures. Founded in 1986 as one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, the Literary and Cultural Studies Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two days of events Sept. 20-21. The events will showcase the program's faculty, alumni and students' wide range of expertise in using the field to understand the world's cultures. MORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012

News Brief: Kamlet Discusses Education Innovations at World Economic Forum

KamletThe future of education is not going to have a one-size-fits-all solution. But there is the potential for an explosion of opportunity.

A panel of experts, including Mark Kamlet, provost and executive vice president of Carnegie Mellon, at the World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of New Champions" this week in Tianjin, China, discussed what some of those changes might be.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

News Brief: Yuan Zhou Receives Simons Graduate Fellowship

Yuan ZhouThe Simons Foundation has awarded Yuan Zhou, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, a Simons Graduate Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science for his project "New Directions in Approximation Algorithms and Hardness of Approximations." MORE
Monday, September 10, 2012

News Brief: Five SCS Students Named Seibel Scholars

SeibelThe Seibel Scholars Foundation has named five Carnegie Mellon University graduate students — Sanjiban Choudhury, Ruta Desai, Min Kyung Lee, Martina Rau and Zeyu Zheng — to the 2013 class of Seibel Scholars. MORE
Monday, September 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art Fall Lecture Series Features Artistic Stars Across Disciplines

Van WoertInternationally acclaimed artists and writers whose work and research span sculpture, installation, computation, film and video, photography and painting are highlighted in the lecture series. Lectures take place at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the Kresge Theater in the College of Fine Arts Building.  MORE
Monday, September 10, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names Thanassis Rikakis Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology

RikakisCarnegie Mellon University today announced that Thanassis Rikakis has been named to the newly created position of Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology MORE
Friday, September 7, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering To Host Innovative Career Conference Featuring Broad Range of Employers

More than 300 companies will compete for the attention of Carnegie Mellon University’s best and brightest at the annual Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC), Sept. 11-12 at CMU’s Wiegand Gym in the University Center. MORE
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students To Thank and Honor Injured Clairton Police Officer James Kuzak Jr. With Race Car Dedication

SAECarnegie Mellon University's Society of Automotive Engineering Race Team will rededicate its formula-one-style race car to honor an injured Clairton police officer at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Scaife Hall Garden. MORE
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Press Release: Cassell To Receive Geschke HCII Directorship During Sept. 10 Ceremony at Carnegie Mellon

Justine CassellJustine Cassell will formally receive her appointment as the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). The director's post has been newly endowed by Charles M. Geschke, a CMU alumnus and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., and his wife, Nancy. MORE
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon’s David R. Shumway To Discuss Filmmaker John Sayles on Sept. 18

In “John Sayles,” Shumway's latest book, he writes about how Sayles has used his freedom to write and produce films with a distinctive personal style and clearly expressed political opinions. MORE
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Host Deliberative Democracy Event on Climate Change

The campus conversation is designed to get college student feedback on potential policy issues. MORE
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

News Brief: CMU Provost To Participate in World Economic Forum Webcast

Carnegie Mellon is a player on the world stage.

For the first time during a World Economic Forum meeting, Carnegie Mellon will be represented at a session that will be webcast live offering a glimpse into the foremost global community of business, political and intellectual leaders. Most WEF sessions are closed to the public and the press.
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