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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Press Release: Asian Desert Dust Causes Californian Snowfall

Sahara DesertA new study published online in Science Express by an international group of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon University's Ryan Sullivan, has found that airborne dust and biological particles from the Sahara Desert in Africa and deserts in Asia can form the nucleus of ice-induced precipitation in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. MORE
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Press Release: With First Round of Seed Grants, Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute To Explore Technology, Policy Issues on Energy Efficiency, Sources

CMU's new Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.   MORE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Franz Franchetti Receives Defense Department Funding To Develop Safer Software Technologies

Franz FranchettiFranchetti, an associate research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 4.5-year, $6 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop software for protecting unmanned ground vehicles and high-end cars from cyber attack. MORE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Press Release: Camera Inside Spiraling Football Provides Ball's-Eye View of Field

BallCamResearchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo have shown that a camera embedded in the side of a rubber-sheathed plastic foam football can record video while the ball is in flight that could give spectators a unique, ball's-eye view of the playing field. MORE
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art POP Cabaret Presents "14 Karat Filth"

Pop CabaretUndergraduate students enrolled in the POP Cabaret course will present an evening of short stunning performances and mayhem, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at 6119 Penn Ave. in East Liberty. Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. Admission is free. MORE
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Sheng Shen Earns NSF Career Award For Work To Improve Thermal Transport and Management

ShenShen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a five-year, $400,000 grant to understand and improve thermal transport nanostructures, which can be highly beneficial to the electronics and energy industries. MORE
Monday, February 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Startup, Neon, Named Edison Award Finalist

Edison AwardsNeon, which uses cognitive neuroscience to improve online video clicks, is a finalist in Electronics and Computers, one of 12 categories honored by the Edison Awards, which recognize excellence in innovation.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data Lab Receives Funding From Intel for Cloud Computing Research

Greg GangerThe PDL, under CMU Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Gregory Ganger, has received $487,500 from the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor products. 
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Press Release: Renowned Environmental Scientist François M. M. Morel To Receive Carnegie Mellon’s Dickson Prize in Science

morel.francoisMorel, the Albert G. Blanke Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, is world-renowned for his contributions to understanding the biological and chemical processes that influence the marine ecosystem.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Press Release: Reforming US Research Ethics: Carnegie Mellon's Alex John London Calls For System That Works For All Stakeholders

Alex LondonAt a time when the U.S. government is contemplating changes to federal guidelines governing research with humans, serious questions are being raised about the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in overseeing such research. Particularly, vocal critics have cited lost time, money and even lives under a system that they claim consumes scarce resources and stifles academic freedom. In response, defenders of the IRB system point to the need to protect research participants from abuse. MORE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes President-Elect Suresh Feb. 21

Subra SureshSuresh and his family will make their first public visit to the Pittsburgh campus since the university named him to become its ninth president, effective July 1.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Press Release: Tool Boosts Success of Online Collaborations By Redistributing the Burdens of Leadership

PipelineThe Web makes it possible for lots of people to collaborate on projects, but it doesn't make it easy to lead them. MORE
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Biological Marker That Predicts Susceptibility to the Common Cold

CohenPublished in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and led by Carnegie Mellon's Sheldon Cohen, the study found that the length of telomeres - protective cap-like protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes - predicts resistance to upper respiratory infections in young and midlife adults. MORE
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Establishes Center for Iranian Music

Carpe Diem QuartetThe grand opening will be held at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7, in the College of Fine Arts’ Alumni Concert Hall. The center will honor the Master of Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) Dr. Dariush Saghafi for his contribution to Iranian music and his dedication and support of the Iranian-American community in Pittsburgh.  In addition, the opening night will feature performances by the renowned Carpe Diem String Quartet and Dr. Ramin Saghafi. MORE
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

News Brief: CMU Joins National Effort to Increase Number of Women in Computing

NCWITCarnegie Mellon University is one of 20 universities and 14 companies that will participate in the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters, a two-year program that seeks to radically increase the number of women in technology and computing. MORE
Monday, February 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, iCarnegie Global Learning Unite With Mexican Universities To Open 34 Project Training Centers

These new training centers will offer iCarnegie's Software Development Program (SDP), which consists of more than a dozen courses in software design, engineering, quality assurance, project management, and other topics. All courses will be taught by iCarnegie-certified local instructors. MORE
Monday, February 18, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's 2013 International Film Festival Offers Sneak Preview Feb. 22

"Danube Hospital" will be featured at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 in Carnegie Mellon's McConomy Auditorium. MORE
Thursday, February 14, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's "Red" Whittaker Leads NASA Study To Keep Planetary Rovers Rolling

Red WhittakerWhittaker, director of Carnegie Mellon's Field Robotics Center and CEO of Astrobotic Technology Inc., will lead a NASA-funded study to figure out how robots such as the Mars rover Curiosity can avoid getting stuck in sinking sand or similarly hazardous terrain. MORE
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

News Brief: CMU Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

Engineering Professor Gary Fedder, who heads CMU's efforts in the manufacturing innovation institute mentioned by President Obama in his State of the Union address, calls for support of the president's push to launch more manufacturing hubs. MORE
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Brain Imaging Research Shows How Unconscious Processing Improves Decision-Making

Unconsious ThoughtNew brain imaging research from Carnegie Mellon finds that the brain regions responsible for making decisions continue to be active even when the conscious brain is distracted with a different task. The research provides some of the first evidence showing how the brain unconsciously processes decision information in ways that lead to improved decision-making. MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon University Press' Latest Poetry Book Lands On Publishers Weekly's Picks List

Birds of the AirWritten by David Yezzi, Publishers Weekly calls "Birds of the Air" "sad and serious" and says that "it should impress not just those who follow 'formal' poetry generally, but almost anyone who has an abiding love for the poetry of Robert Frost." MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Pioneering Interdisciplinary Program Designed To Promote Innovation

MPDCarnegie Mellon University's Master of Product Development (MPD) program will host a panel discussion with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, titled "Innovating in the Next Decade," from 9-11 a.m., Friday, April 12, in the Singleton Room of Roberts Engineering Hall. MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Astrophysicists To Participate in European Space Agency's Dark Energy Mission

Shirley HoRachel MandelbaumMcWilliams Center for Cosmology researchers Shirley Ho and Rachel Mandelbaum have been named to the U.S. science team working with Euclid, a space-based telescope, to investigate the greatest mysteries of the universe.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon’s Jendayi Frazer To Discuss Upcoming Kenya Election at Brookings Institution

jendayiCarnegie Mellon University’s Jendayi Frazer will participate in a panel discussion on the upcoming presidential election in Kenya from 1–2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Brookings Institution. The panel, titled "Elections in Kenya: Pathways for Progress," will be moderated by Voice of America’s Vincent Makori. MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Team Takes Second in ImagiNations Design Competition

ImaginationsA team of Carnegie Mellon University mechanical engineering students took second place in a nationwide design competition created by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote diversity and showcase design skills. MORE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon To Address Pitt’s Honors Convocation and Receive Honorary Degree Feb. 22

cohonCarnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon will be the keynote speaker at the University of Pittsburgh’s 36th annual Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. He will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree from Pitt.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Press Release: Two Carnegie Mellon Professors Elected Into Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

bieglermouraMembership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) honors people who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, and who have demonstrated unusual accomplishments in pioneering new and developing fields of technology. Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler and Jose M.F. Moura join the current 2,250 NAE members and 211 NAE foreign associates. MORE
Monday, February 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Analysis Shows Online Songwriters Seek Collaborators With Complementary Skills, Status

networkA musical collaboration, be it Rodgers and Hammerstein or Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, requires a mix of shared and complementary traits that is not always obvious. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University discovered elements of this unique chemistry by using an automated technique to analyze an online songwriting community. MORE
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Press Release: Research Could Ensure That Crowd Work Becomes a Career Option, Not a Dead End

HCIILeading researchers in crowd work from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute and other institutions will present their plan, hashed out in a special workshop last spring, at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2013, Feb. 27 in San Antonio, Texas. MORE
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

News Brief: Two Ph.D. Students Receive Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowships

gennadyjeffGennady Pekhimenko, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, and Jeff Rzeszotarski, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, are among 12 students of U.S. universities who are recipients of 2013 Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowships. MORE
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names NSF Director as its Ninth President

Subra SureshDr. Subra Suresh will succeed Jared L. Cohon, who is stepping down from the position after 16 years. Dr. Suresh will assume the post of CMU president on July 1. MORE
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Lead Collaborative Team Developing Digital Mapping of Poisonous Plants

Poisonous PlantsThe system will be available as an app, which will be as simple to use as taking a smartphone picture of a leaf. The app would identify the plant and list the plants' appearance, toxicity and remedy/antidote for health care professionals to administer. MORE
Monday, February 4, 2013

Press Release: Chinese Academy of Sciences Honors Carnegie Mellon’s Edmund Clarke With 2013 Einstein Professorship

Ed ClarkeAs part of the professorship, Clarke will visit the Suzhou Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Science and Technology of China later this year. He subsequently will host a Chinese scholar for several months at Carnegie Mellon. MORE
Friday, February 1, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Team Wins NSF Prize For Technological Innovation and Positive Impact to Society

CBPD TeamVolker Hartkopf, director of the CBPD, accepted the prize at the Annual Directors Meeting of the NSF I/UCRC on Jan. 9 in Arlington, Va. Other team members honored for their contributions are: Professor David Archer; Senior Researcher Azizan Aziz; Professor Khee Poh Lam; Professor and Head of the School of Architecture Stephen Lee; and University Professor Vivian Loftness. MORE
Friday, February 1, 2013

Press Release: "[En]Coding Architecture 2013" at Carnegie Mellon Presents Experimental Work Through Computational Thinking and Digital Fabrication

EncodingThe series features rising superstars, experienced researchers and thought-provoking designers who will present experimental work that blends the principles of architectural theory, cultural philosophy, digital fabrication and computational architecture. MORE