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Friday, March 29, 2013

Media Statement

Carnegie Mellon University has indefinitely suspended the operations and activities of one of its fraternities, Beta Theta Pi. The national fraternity organization has also suspended this chapter's activities. MORE
Friday, March 29, 2013

Press Release: Annual wats:ON? Festival Begins Thursday, April 4; Focus is on “the Realm of Noise” Via Enhanced Music

watsonThe Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts, or wats:ON? Festival, will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Kresge Theater, in the College of Fine Arts building at Carnegie Mellon University. The festival features six events, beginning with the opening performance and ending April 6 with a physical electronic music performance.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Media Advisory: Steinbrenner Institute To Kick Off Environmental Expo With Demos by World Champion Paper Airplane Pilot

John Collins, the Guinness Book world-record holder for flying paper airplanes the farthest distance, will kick off the second annual Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Expo at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 in Rangos 2 and 3, University Center. MORE
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Students Win Energy Department's Better Buildings Case Competition

Better Buildings TeamThe CMU team took first place for its plan to help the City of Forth Worth, Texas, and local utilities and industry work together to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The team also placed first in the "Everything Store" case study, in which students recommended options to increase the cooling efficiency in big retail store rooftop air conditioning units. MORE
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College Launches Humanism Initiative

To promote humanistic inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has launched a new, three-year Humanism Initiative. The initiative will approach humanism as an inclusive, value centered philosophical outlook with which students can examine the human condition, scientific research, moral analysis and more. The initiative will pursue community building, education and research. MORE
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University To Host Symposium on the Implications Of Shale Gas for America's Regional Manufacturing Economies

Shale gas production across the United States is increasing at a rapid rate and is expected to become half of the U.S. natural gas supply by 2040. Carnegie Mellon will host a symposium on shale gas and its implications for regional manufacturing from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 4 in McConomony Auditorium. MORE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

News Brief: Cranshaw, Shun Named Facebook Graduate Fellows

Justin CranshawJulian ShunCranshaw, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research's Computation, Organizations and Society program, and Shun, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department (CSD), are among a dozen Facebook Graduate Fellowship winners for 2013-2014. Four CMU students were finalists. MORE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Radu Marculescu Wins Most Influential Paper Award

Radu MarculescuThe electrical and computer engineering professor has revolutionized the design process for portable information devices. He is being honored for being the first to formally address the problem of energy-aware mapping of IP cores onto multicore platforms, where communication happens via the network-on-chip architecture. MORE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Kevin Zollman Earns NSF Award To Investigate Economics of Science

Kevin ZollmanZollman, an associate professor of philosophy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will use the five-year, $400,000 award to further understand the relationship between scientists and the incentives they face to secure funding, publish papers and receive promotions. MORE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Student Startup Places Payments at Users' Fingertips

PayTangovideo bugIt may take two to tango, but payments now are as easy as one touch. Four Carnegie Mellon University seniors tired of digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for their student identification and debit cards have developed PayTango, a fingerprint-based identification and payment system. MORE
Monday, March 25, 2013

Press Release: ACS To Recognize Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon Institute for Landmark Contributions to Chemistry

Mellon InstituteCMU and the American Chemical Society (ACS) will celebrate the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research's groundbreaking work at 3:30 p.m., March 28 in the Mellon Institute Conference Room.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Press Release: Collaborative MFA Exhibition Brings Together Emerging Artists from Pittsburgh and Chicago

Colab MFA Exhibit“LIVE ARCHIVE,” a first-ever collaborative exhibition among first- and second-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago, will run April 13-14 and April 19-26 at the Crucible Building, a warehouse space in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. MORE
Monday, March 25, 2013

Press Release: New Book by Carnegie Mellon Roboticist Suggests Humans Brace Themselves for Robo-Innovation

Robot FuturesRobots already vacuum our floors, help dispose of bombs and are exploring Mars. But in his new book, "Robot Futures," Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, argues that robots are not just wondrous machines, but a new species that bridges the material and digital worlds. The ramifications for society are both good and bad, he says, and people need to start thinking about that. MORE
Friday, March 22, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s LeDuc and Kryder Among Global Leaders Addressing Worldwide Problems at London Conference

Mark KryderPhil LeDucMark Kryder and Philip R. LeDuc joined global thought leaders including Bill Gates, March 12-13, at the Grand Challenges Summit at Savoy Place in London.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Carmel Majidi Wins Air Force Research Award for Work in "Soft Robotics"

Carmel MajidiMajidi was awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young (AFOSR) Investigator Program to improve electronic power sources and sensors for air vehicles and flight suits. MORE
Thursday, March 21, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Partners With Alcoa for Campus Recycling Initiative

CMU has received 75 recycling bins from the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program in support of RecycleMania, a friendly nationwide competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses. MORE
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Professors Use Nanocrystal Arrays To Explore Novel Heat Flow In Hybrid Materials

Carnegie Mellon University's Jonathan A. Malen and Alan J. H. McGaughey are leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring how heat is transported in organic-inorganic hybrid materials. MORE
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Students Shed New Light On Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra "Mercury Soul" Event

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are making music together this spring, blending classically trained virtuosity and technical prowess to create a hybrid event that's unlike any other symphony performance. MORE
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Boosts Entrepreneurship Efforts By Merging Project Olympus and Don Jones Center

Carnegie Mellon University is bolstering its leadership in turning university research and ideas into commercial enterprises by establishing the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which merges the strengths of Project Olympus and the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. MORE
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art Presents "Basement Miracle"

Basement MiracleSeven Masters of Fine Arts candidates present their final work in "Basement Miracle," the School of Art's 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 29, in the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Students Host Computer Security Competition for High School Students

RobotTwo Carnegie Mellon University student-run teams will host the first picoCTF, a computer security competition running April 26 to May 6 that challenges high school students to learn the basics of hacking in the context of a story-driven game. MORE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute Releases New Policymaker Guide Indicating Critical Need for Shale Gas and Environment Initiative

A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers is scheduled to visit Capitol Hill March 13 to encourage U.S. national, regional and state officials to establish a government-university-industry research and education initiative to inform the public about issues surrounding shale gas and the environment so the nation can better prepare for its energy future. MORE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Linda Babcock Discusses Negotiation on "Katie"

BabcockvideoLinda Babcock appeared on Katie Couric's show, "Katie," on Monday, March 11, to be a part of a roundable discussion on gender inequality. Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics, is the founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS). MORE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Press Release: Four Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Awarded Sloan Fellowships for Pushing Frontiers of Research

David BrumleyGautam IyerSeyoung KimRachel MandelbaumDavid Brumley, Gautam Iyer, Seyoung Kim and Rachel Mandelbaum were chosen for showing great potential to advance knowledge in their field. Each fellow will receive a two-year, $50,000 grant to pursue his or her research. MORE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Scale CHIMP Robot Has Four Limbs, But Moves on Treads Like a Tank

CHIMPIts rubberized tracks could make CHIMP a champ in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, in which robots with human-like capabilities will respond to calamities such as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. MORE
Monday, March 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s BXA Programs Celebrate Student Work With 15th Annual Kaleidoscope Exhibition, March 22-April 6

BXA ExhibitStudents will exhibit their interdisciplinary work at the Frame Gallery at 5200 Forbes Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public. MORE
Monday, March 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Opens With Oscar Winner Michel Gondry’s Latest Work

Film FestivalThe festival, which opens with Gondry’s “The We and the I" on March 21, will bring 16 award-winning films to various locations in Pittsburgh. The festival runs through April 13.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Robot, HERB, Featured in Oreo “Cookie vs. Creme” Campaign Robot Separates Creme from Cookie in YouTube Video

HERBIn the humorous video, HERB twists an Oreo apart and scrapes off the “precious” creme. HERB, the only actual research robot in the videos,  is the fourth and final “Oreo Separator” machine featured in a series of online videos.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's John Anderson Earns Highest Honor From Association for Psychological Science

John AndersonAnderson, whose human thought and cognition research has revolutionized how we learn, is being recognized for his profound impact on the field of psychological science and his significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. MORE
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Senior Wins America's Newest Screenwriter Contest

Madelyn Glymour, a logic and computation major with a minor in creative writing, received a $2,500 cash award for "Nuclear," a drama about a family lawyer who helps her clients get the most out of their divorces while trying to navigate her own dysfunctional family life. MORE
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Press Release: Despite Efforts To Protect Privacy, Users Increase Amount of Personal Information Available Online, Carnegie Mellon Study Finds

A seven-year Carnegie Mellon University study of Facebook has found evidence of three contrasting trends in the amount of information Facebook users disclosed over time: decreasing public disclosures; abrupt changes in disclosure due to interface and policy changes;  and increasing private disclosures. MORE
Friday, March 1, 2013

News Brief: NREC's Robotic Paint-stripping System Named Edison Award Finalist

RobotThe Advanced Robotic Laser Coating Removal System (ARLCRS) uses high-powered lasers mounted on mobile robotic platforms to remove paint and coatings from aircraft. The National Robotics Engineering Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation are developing the system for the U.S. Air Force. MORE