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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Roeder Helps Identify Clues to the Origin of Autism

RoederIn a study led by Yale University, Roeder looked for unusual clustering of a targeted list of autism genes in a map of the brain determined by BrainSpan, a digital atlas of where genes are expressed in the human brain over the lifespan. The results of the study are reported in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal "Cell." MORE
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Press Release: GREAT3 Challenge Seeks New Methods for Measuring Weak Gravitational Lensing

GalaxiesThe recently launched third Gravitational Lensing Accuracy Testing challenge (GREAT3) is giving researchers the opportunity to unlock one of the biggest secrets of the universe.

GREAT3 invites researchers from many fields, including astrophysics, statistics and machine learning, to test new and existing methods for measuring weak gravitational lensing.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Alumna Named Rhodes Scholar

WittekindCourtney T. Wittekind of Mason, Ohio, who earned a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2013, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most prestigious international study awards available to students in the United States. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Leads Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility

Through this five-year, $3.7 million project, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, researchers from CMU, Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Home To Two New AAAS Fellows

Jay Apt Mark Kamlet Carnegie Mellon University's Mark S. Kamlet and Jay Apt have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Report Finds Pittsburghers More Civic-Minded Than Average Americans

Report CoverPittsburgh residents are significantly more civically healthy than other Pennsylvanians and average Americans, according to a new report conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and produced by the National Conference on Citizenship. MORE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and Temple Researchers Offer Fresh Perspective To Improve Learning by Taming Instructional Complexity

To maximize the potential of improving research behind educational practice and student learning, the researchers offer five recommendations. MORE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination

Alesandro AcquistiChristina FongAlessandro Acquisti and Christina Fong say the findings suggest that, while hiring discrimination via Internet searches and social media does not seem widespread, the impact of revealing certain traits online can have a significant effect on the behavior of employers who look online for candidates' personal information. MORE
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Computer Searches Web 24/7 To Analyze Images and Teach Itself Common Sense

A computer program called the Never Ending Image Learner is building a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale and enhancing the ability of computers to understand the visual world.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Partners with Steiner Studios and NYC To Create Integrative Media Program

Steiner StudiosCMU's Integrative Media Program (CMU-IMP) at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn will provide students with hands-on training in creative commercial working environments alongside professionals in the field. Students will work in industries integrating technology and the arts, with a focus on applications in film, games, social media, big data, interactive computing, performing and visual arts, integrative innovation in products and services, and urban design. MORE
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's New Institute for Strategic Analysis Supports National Security With Science, Engineering Expertise

Kiron SkinnerDirected by Kiron Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of CMU's Center for International Relations and Politics, the CMU-ISA will tap expertise from across the university with particular emphasis on researchers in computer science, cybersecurity, decision science and international relations. MORE
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Press Release: With Board Games, It's How Children Count That Counts, Say Carnegie Mellon and Boston College Researchers

Chutes and Ladders

The researchers tested two counting methods. In the first method, referred to as "count-from-1," children started counting from the number one each time they moved a piece. In the other method, students would "count-on" from their latest landing spot in the game. So a child who had moved her piece 15 spaces would "count-on" beginning with 16 during her next move. Researchers found that counting-on improves their abilities to learn numbers.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Raj Rajkumar To Testify Before House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Raj RajkumarRajkumar, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and co-director of the joint U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Center, will tell members of a House Committee and Subcommittee on Highways and Transit that new technology holds great promise for dramatically improving highway safety and efficiency. MORE
Monday, November 18, 2013

Press Release: Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely To Develop Alcohol Problems as Young Adults, Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Researchers Find

Kasey CreswellKasey Creswell, lead author of the study, found that Compared to their peers who drink only in social settings, teens who drink alone have more alcohol problems, are heavier drinkers and are more likely to drink in response to negative emotions.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives $67 Million Gift from David Tepper To Transform Pittsburgh Campus

David TepperThe gift will enable CMU to establish a new university gateway and interactive hub through the creation of the "David A. Tepper Quadrangle" and the construction of a 295,000 square-foot building along Forbes Avenue that will be a new home for CMU's Tepper School of Business. It is both the largest gift from a CMU graduate and for a building project at CMU in the university's history. MORE
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Press Release: Award-Winning Poet, Artist Tan Lin Presents "Environmental Reading With Perfume Soundtrack, Tweet Mirror, and The Joy of Cooking," Nov. 20

Tan LinLin's videos explore communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video game walk-throughs, the couplet, and the PowerPoint slide as they affect reading and genre. He also will read from his books, "Insomnia and the Aunt" (Kenning editions 2011) and "Heath Course Pak" (Counterpath Press, 2011). MORE
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh as the University's Ninth President

Subra SureshThe investiture ceremony will be held from 3 - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in Carnegie Music Hall. The ceremony will include an inaugural address by President Suresh, a keynote speech by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and a performance by Tony Award-winner and alumna Patina Miller (A'06). MORE
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Elected Officials Announce Record Year for Startup Company Creation

Launch CMUThirty-six new startup companies were created at CMU this year — a record for the university and a major economic milestone for the Pittsburgh region. MORE
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Media Advisory: LaunchCMU To Showcase Startups, Research and Innovations from Carnegie Mellon and its Alumni

Launch CMUThe Nov. 13 event brings together CMU innovators, community development stakeholders and leaders in the venture capital community. MORE
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students, University Police and Naval ROTC Program Launch Ninth Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Rocking HorseThis year, the CMU Toys for Tots event features a giant gingerbread holiday village and hand-sculpted sugar figures, including Santa Claus and his eight famous reindeer, by PAA pastry chefs David Watson, Lori Baldwin and Alex Baker. MORE
Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon CyLab Researchers Work To Make Commercial Technologies Secure for Defense Department

Researchers are using a four-year, $3.9 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to improve security for commercial-off-the-shelf technology used by the military. MORE
Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Chris Pistorius Receives POSCO Professorship

Chris PistoriusPistorius, a professor of materials science and engineering, said that research funding attached to the professorship will help him explore new areas and try out new ideas that may turn into full graduate research projects. MORE
Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Limited Residential Parking a Barrier to Electric Vehicle Adoption

Electric VehicleCMU's Jeremy Michalek says less than half of U.S. vehicles have dedicated off-street parking in a location suitable for installing a charger. MORE
Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Creates Simon Initiative To Drive Better Understanding of Student Learning Using Emerging Educational Technology Platforms

Woman at ComputerNamed to honor the work of the late Nobel Laureate and CMU Professor Herbert Simon, the initiative will harness CMU’s decades of learning data and research to improve educational outcomes for students everywhere. MORE
Friday, November 8, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Begins New Initiative With Nov. 19 Recital Featuring Faculty and Special Guests

Chamber Music RecitalLorna McGhee (principal flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) will be among the artists performing at the kickoff for Chamber Music @ CMU, a new initiative that aims to foster a vibrant chamber music culture within CMU and the Pittsburgh community and to showcase chamber music masterpieces.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Security of Online Passwords

Inkblot PasswordThis new type of password, dubbed a GOTCHA (Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart), would be suitable for protecting high-value accounts, such as bank accounts, medical records and other sensitive information. MORE
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host First Community Screening of Robert Reich's Film, "Inequality For All"

Inequality for AllThe film follows Reich, the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. Following the screening at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Reich will participate in a question and answer session via Skype. MORE
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Information Networking Institute Student Receives Scholarship From (ISC)² Foundation

Pratibha DohareThe cybersecurity scholarship will support Pratibha Anjali Dohare's studies in CMU's Masters of Science in Information Technology-Information Security Program.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Study Suggests Repetition of Rare Events Could Reduce Screening Mistakes by Security Officers

Judith Gelernter's study results suggest that one way to make threat detection more effective is to have screeners routinely encounter and respond to simulated threats. MORE
Monday, November 4, 2013

Press Release: Pittsburghese: Carnegie Mellon's Barbara Johnstone Uncovers the Story of a Dialect

Pittsburghese Book CoverJohnstone's new book uncovers that there is much more to "Pittsburghese" than how native western Pennsylvanians speak. It traces the history of Pittsburgh's language as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers. MORE
Monday, November 4, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Jon Peha Warns US Officials of Dangers Of Weakening Cybersecurity To Facilitate Government Surveillance

Jon PehaPeha, a professor of engineering and public policy and former chief technology officer of the FCC and assistant director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology, said deliberately weakening commercial products and services may make it easier for U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance, but "this strategy also inevitably makes it easier for criminals, terrorists and foreign powers to infiltrate these systems for their own purposes." MORE
Monday, November 4, 2013

Press Release: The Franklin Institute Honors Two Carnegie Mellon Professors

Edmund ClarkeMark KryderEdmund M. Clarke is the recipient of the 2014 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and Mark H. Kryder is a co-recipient of the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. MORE
Monday, November 4, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Alan Russell Tapped To Participate In Conference Addressing Challenges for Medical Research

Alan RussellRussell has been invited to present a session at the Partnering for Cures Conference on the Carnegie Mellon Disruptive Health Technology Institute's model to develop healthcare innovations that can be clinically tested and rapidly delivered to patients. The conference is being held Nov. 3-5 in New York City.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Creative Writing Program Introduces New Faculty Members With Special Reading

Kevin González, who received his bachelor's degree in creative writing and international relations from Carnegie Mellon, and Lauren Shapiro, who holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, join an award-winning faculty of poets and prose writers in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of English. MORE
Friday, November 1, 2013

Press Release: Children of Lower Socioeconomic Status Grow Up More Susceptible To Catching Colds, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find

TelomeresThe study showed that children and teens with parents of lower socioeconomic status have shorter telomeres as adults, which ultimately affect their susceptibility to colds as middle-aged adults.  MORE