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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Zooming Technique For Entering Text Into Smartwatches, Ultra-small Computers

ZoomboardCalled ZoomBoard, this text entry technique is based on the familiar QWERTY keyboard layout. Though the full keyboard is impossibly small on a watch-size display, simply tapping the screen once or twice will enlarge an individual key until it can be comfortably and accurately pressed. MORE
Monday, April 29, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Use Statistical Model To Draft Fantasy Teams of Neurons

Like NFL teams this past weekend, CMU scientists are attempting to compile “dream teams” of neurons using a statistics-based method that can evaluate the fitness of individual neurons. MORE
Monday, April 29, 2013

Press Release: Engaging Online Crowds in the Classroom Could Be Important Tool for Teaching Innovation

MindswarmOnline crowds can be an important tool for teaching the ins and outs of innovation, educators at Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University say, even when the quality of the feedback provided by online sources doesn't always match the quantity. MORE
Monday, April 29, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and Pitt Professors Share Prestigious Environmental Engineering Award

aaaeesCarnegie Mellon University's David A. Dzombak and the University of Pittsburgh's Radisav D. Vidic were recently recognized by the American Academy of Environmental Scientists and Engineers at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for helping to address the global water shortage for use in power plant cooling systems. MORE
Friday, April 26, 2013

Press Release: Four Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon

CohonCarnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon and three professors, Dennis Epple, Marcel Just and Steven E. Shreve, have received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. The rank of University Professor recognizes a faculty member for representing the intellectual leadership of Carnegie Mellon through their expertise and accomplishments in their respective fields of study. MORE
Friday, April 26, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's NREC's Robotic Paint-stripping System Is Edison Award Winner

EdisonA robotic paint-stripping system being developed by Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation of Johnstown, Pa., was named a Gold winner in the materials science category of the 2013 Edison Awards, announced April 25 at an awards ceremony in Chicago. MORE
Thursday, April 25, 2013

News Brief: With Wave of the Hand, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Touch-based Interfaces on Everyday Surfaces

world kitResearchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated how these touch-based interfaces can be created almost at will, with the wave of a hand. MORE
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News Brief: Hear Me Launches School Climate Campaign

The Hear Me Project of the Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab will launch a new four-month campaign focused on the theme of School Climate with an open house on Friday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Big Dog Coffee, 2717 Sarah St., on the South Side. MORE
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Co-Presents AfricAméricas Week To Explore Afro-Latin Culture, History and Arts

posterCarnegie Mellon University will co-present AfricAméricas Week, a series of events to explore racism in Cuba and Afro-Latin culture, history and the arts on May 6-11. The activities, including presentations, films, dance workshops and performances, will give the Pittsburgh community a chance to learn both historical and contemporary perspectives of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin life. MORE
Monday, April 22, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Alex John London To Speak at Presidential Commission for Study of Bioethical Issues Meeting, April 30

Alex John LondonAn internationally renowned expert on research ethics, London will address the obligations that researchers owe to study participants and the obligations clinicians owe to their patients. MORE
Monday, April 22, 2013

News Brief: Oracle and Curriki Release Curriculum for Alice

AliceThe Oracle Academy, an educational initiative of Oracle, and Curriki, a nonprofit, global community for sharing educational resources, are working to make a curriculum for Carnegie Mellon University's Alice software widely available to secondary school teachers and students. MORE
Friday, April 19, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Art Student Drops Minivan To Illustrate America's Passive Relationship With Violence

Minivan DropSenior Emily Wobb, who created the upholstered minivan and commissioned a crane operator, will supervise the drop at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 25, a545 Coraopolis Road, Coraopolis, Pa. MORE
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Nancy Ko Awarded Prestigious Congress-Bundestag Fellowship for Study in Germany

Carnegie Mellon University's Nancy Ko has been selected to participate in the 30th annual Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a yearlong, federally funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. MORE
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Modest Rebound Effects From Energy Efficiency Efforts

CEDMDon't trash the insulation or double-paned windows yet. Those energy efficient items can still help to save energy and lower the carbon emissions that result from making all the goods and services we consume. MORE
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Civil and Environmental Engineers Work To Develop Tools for Dam Safety Risk Assessments

A team of Carnegie Mellon University civil and environmental engineering faculty and students is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help assess the risk of dam failures nationwide. The recently released 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card collectively gave the 84,000 U.S. dams a D grade. MORE
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Press Release: Silly Phone Game Puts Illiterate Pakistanis In Touch With Potential Employers

pollyA silly telephone game that became a viral phenomenon in Pakistan has demonstrated some serious potential for teaching poorly educated people about automated voice services and provided a new tool for them to learn about jobs, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Pakistan's Lahore University of Management Sciences. MORE
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

News Brief: Two From Carnegie Mellon Named 2013 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows

Alumna Faith Hall (DC'02) and graduate student Riley Ohlson (HNZ'13) are among the 19 recipients.  The fellowship program provides young American leaders with a yearlong professional exchange program in Germany and the European Union. MORE
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Presents Modern-Day "Romeo & Juliet," April 27 - May 4

Romeo & JulietSeniors Grace Rao and Adam Hagenbuch star in the School of Drama's modern-day portrayal of Shakespeare's most-beloved romantic tragedy. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.drama.cmu.edu, at the Box Office in the Purnell Center Lobby or by phone at 412-268-2407. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. MORE
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art POP Cabaret Presents “SPRUNG,” April 26

Pop CabaretThe show begins at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Andy Warhol Museum. Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. Admission is free. Led by Associate Art Professor Suzie Silver, the Pop Cabaret course meets weekly at the museum, where students use the theater as a playground and performance space to create short solo and group performances.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News Brief: Message from President Jared L. Cohon

Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon sent a message to the university community following the events in Boston and at the Iran/Pakistan border. MORE
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Press Release: Associate Director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory To Deliver Carnegie Mellon's 2013 Buhl Lecture April 23

HoltkampNorbert Holtkamp, associate laboratory director for the accelerator directorate at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will present Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture "Particle Accelerators: Ships of Discovery - Tools for a Better Life - Technologies for the Future" is free and open to the public. MORE
Monday, April 15, 2013

News Brief: NY Times Poetry Chronicle Calls Carnegie Mellon University Press’ "Birds of the Air" "Impressive"

Birds of the AirWritten by CMU alumnus David Yezzi (A’88), “Birds of the Air” mixes “charged lyrics with longer dramatic narratives.” The 24 poems cover topics pertaining to urban life. MORE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival Set for April 18–20

Spring CarnivalTraffic Alert: Forbes and Morewood avenues will be closed near the campus intermittently from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, April 12, to allow students to transport their booths to the Spring Carnival Midway. Margaret Morrison, Tech and Frew streets, Circuit Road and Schenley Drive will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, for the Sweepstakes buggy races.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon "Mathletes" Place Fifth in 2012 Putnam Competition

maaCarnegie Mellon University has placed fifth in the Mathematical Association of America's 73rd William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. This marks the second consecutive year that a Carnegie Mellon team has placed among the top five teams. Only 15 other universities have placed in top five more than once since 1990. MORE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama To Celebrate Drama Professor Barbara Anderson

Barbara AndersonThe distinguished designer in film, theatre and television will be honored from 5 - 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20, in the Purnell Center for the Arts Lobby on CMU's Pittsburgh campus. MORE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives Grant To Study How Social Media and Big Data Affect Protection of Human Rights

Jay AronsonThe growth of smartphones and social media are giving the world instant, first-hand accounts of human suffering and political repression during events like the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, recent elections in Kenya, and the ongoing uprising in Syria. MORE
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Christopher Bettinger Develops Edible Electronics for Medical Device Industry

Christopher BettingerIt sounds futuristic, but today Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing edible electronic devices that can be implanted in the body to improve patient care. MORE
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

News Brief: Aarti Singh Receives NSF CAREER Award

Aarti SinghAarti Singh, assistant professor of machine learning, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to develop computationally efficient and principled methods of extracting clusters and graphs from "big and dirty" data sets. MORE
Monday, April 8, 2013

Press Release: New Indie Film To Be Screened at Carnegie Mellon

Wedding Breakup"Breakup at a Wedding," a new independent film by Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alumni Zachary Quinto (A'99), Neal Dodson (A'00), Corey Moosa (A'00) and Victor Quinaz (A'00) will be screened at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium. MORE
Monday, April 8, 2013

Press Release: Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots And Helps Developers Fix Flaws, Ensure Safety

Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot. MORE
Friday, April 5, 2013

Press Release: Governor Corbett, Carnegie Mellon University Announce Acceptance of Students into the Governor's School for Sciences Summer 2013 Program

Governor Tom Corbett and Carnegie Mellon University announced that 56 Pennsylvania high school juniors have been selected to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences summer program. MORE
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives $30 Million Gift From Richard King Mellon Foundation

Scott HallCarnegie Mellon University has received a $30 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to dramatically expand its strategic initiative to address energy research, education and innovation. The gift - the largest private foundation grant in CMU's history - will propel the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to coordinate university-wide activities with the overall goals of improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. MORE
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Startup, Neon, Secures VC Seed Funding

NeonNeon, the Carnegie Mellon University startup that uses cognitive neuroscience to improve online video clicks, has secured venture capital (VC) funding in a Series Seed round led by True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Silicon Valley-based firms Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) and XSeed Capital, and entrepreneur Steve Blank also participated. MORE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates National Robotics Week With Daniel Wilson Lecture, Robot Races and Demonstrations

WilsonThese public events will be April 18-19, coinciding with the university's annual Spring Carnival. National Robotics Week this year is geared toward inspiring the next generation of innovators to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MORE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Tony Wasserman Receives Influential Educator Award

WassermanAnthony (Tony) Wasserman of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus is the recipient of the Influential Educator Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) for pioneering software engineering curriculum. He will receive the award May 24 at the 35th International Conference on Software Engineering in San Francisco. MORE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Chien Ho Awarded Gold Medal From International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

HoChien Ho, the Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences in Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and director of the Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research, is being recognized for his pioneering role in the area of cell tracking using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The work of Ho's laboratory has laid the foundation for much of the prolific research being done in the field today. MORE
Monday, April 1, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives First Round of Funding To Improve Tools for Additive Manufacturing

Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve University are leading a team of five universities, five companies and two national laboratories that has won funding for two projects to better control and understand three-dimensional printing technologies for fabricating metal components. MORE