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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Press Release: Climate Predictions are Better Understood by Adding Numerical Estimates To Verbal Communications, According to Carnegie Mellon Research

BroomellCMU's Stephen Broomell teamed up with researchers in 24 countries to measure how well policymakers and the public understand statements that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses to describe scientists' research findings. MORE
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Press Release: Molecular, Neural and Bacterial Networks Provide Insights For Computer Network Security, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find

The robust defenses that yeast cells have evolved to protect themselves from environmental threats hold lessons that can be used to design computer networks and analyze how secure they are, say Carnegie Mellon computer scientists.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Press Release: Give Our Regards to Broadway: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Six 2014 Tony Award Nominees

Tony Awards PartnershipCarnegie Mellon University congratulates its six alumni who were nominated for Tony Awards this morning in New York. This follows the university's announcement yesterday that it will partner with the Tony Awards as its first, exclusive higher education partner. As part of the collaboration, the two organizations will jointly create and launch the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school theatre educators. MORE
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Press Release: Real-time Information From Drug Monitoring Systems Improves Regimen Adherence, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find

Drug Monitoring SystemIn a 10-month study in the homes of older adults with chronic health problems, the researchers found that adherence to a medication regimen improved when people had ready access to a digital display of their medication-taking record. These people were more likely to take the correct medication promptly and at the same time of day than people who didn't receive the ongoing feedback.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Press Release: Five Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet and four professors, Sheldon Cohen, Jim Daniels, Irene Fonseca and Manuela Veloso, have received the title of University Professor for representing the intellectual leadership of Carnegie Mellon through their expertise and accomplishments in their respective fields of study. MORE
Monday, April 28, 2014

Press Release: Teddy Bears at the Push of a Button: CMU-Disney Researcher Invents 3D Printing Technique for Making Soft, Cuddly Stuff

Printed Teddy BearScott Hudson, a professor in CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, developed the felting printer with Disney Research support, and said the results are reminiscent of hand-knitted materials. MORE
Monday, April 28, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Awarded $7.5 Million Department of Defense Grant To Reshape Mathematics

AwodeySteve Awodey, professor of philosophy in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and his research team will use the award to continue building on his groundbreaking discovery in 2005 of "Homotopy Type Theory," a deep and surprising connection between abstract, mathematical geometry and computational logic. MORE
Monday, April 28, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy For Women Opens Enrollment for 2014-2015 Cohort

The academy — the first program of its kind to look at critical leadership skills through a negotiation lens — is now offered through Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business Executive Education program in partnership with the H. John Heinz III College. "Our goal is to help women embrace opportunities to negotiate successful strategic initiatives and deals on behalf of their organizations and stakeholders — and for themselves," said CMU's Linda Babcock, academy co-founder and faculty director.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Become First, Exclusive Higher Education Partner of the Tony Awards®

Tony Awards PartnershipAs part of the collaboration, the two organizations will jointly create and launch the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school (K-12) theatre educators. MORE
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Press Release: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Discovered on Floppy Disks from 1985

VenusThe purely digital images, "trapped" for nearly 30 years on Amiga® floppy disks stored in the archives collection of The Andy Warhol Museum (AWM), were discovered and extracted by members of the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club, with assistance from the AWM's staff, CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (FRSCI), the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and New York-based artist Cory Arcangel. 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Press Release: Girls of Steel Team Helps Construct Autodesk Robot and Vies at National FIRST® Robotics Competition

Girls of SteelFor this year's FIRST, the 39-member Girls of Steel built a robot called Atlas that is designed to catch and throw 24-inch game balls. During the event, the robots will play a game called Aerial Assist, in which two alliances of three robots each will try to score as many goals as possible within a time limit. MORE
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Press Release: A Key To Enjoying Massive Online Photo Files May Be Giving Up Some Control, Researchers Say

Photobox PhotosA 14-month study showed that people reflected more on past events and developed a renewed interest in their online photos when a device called Photobox would randomly print four or five of those photos at varying intervals each month. Though the study involved just a handful of households, the researchers said their findings suggest that, in a world where technology is always on, people sometimes find value in taking it slow. MORE
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Masters of Fine Arts Students Create "For The Birds" Visual Symphony for National Aviary

For the BirdsDaniel Allende and Tucker Marder said the collaboration aims to inspire a new perspective on and respect for the beauty and power of birds through theatrical performance. Two performances appropriate for all ages are scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, May 4, and 6 p.m., Sunday, May 11. MORE
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art's "Cluster Truck" Makes Art Galleries Out of 20-Foot U-Hauls

Cluster TruckAs part of the Advanced Sculpture, Installation, Sitework course "Simulation and Perception," each artist is given a rental truck to create an installation that considers site, methods and audience. The event is one night only, from 5 - 8 p.m., Thursday, May 1, on the CMU College of Fine Arts lawn. MORE
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon System Lets iPad Users Explore Data with Their Fingers

Called Kinetica, this proof-of-concept system for the Apple iPad converts tabular data, such as Excel spreadsheets, so that data points appear as colored spheres on the touchscreen. People can directly manipulate this data, using natural gestures to sort, filter, stack, flick and pull data points as needed to help them answer questions or explore hidden relationships. MORE
Monday, April 21, 2014

Press Release: David Spergel To Present Second Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology

David SpergelSpergel, chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, will address what we can learn from images of the universe in its infancy — when it was a mere 380,000 years old — in a lecture, titled "Taking the Universe's Baby Picture," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the Gates-Hillman Center's Rashid Auditorium. 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Press Release: Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

With the new method, dubbed Sailfish after the famously speedy fish, estimates of gene expression that previously took many hours can be completed in a few minutes, with accuracy that equals or exceeds previous methods. MORE
Friday, April 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Senior Art Students Present Final Exhibition; "Actual Size" Opens May 2 at Miller Gallery on Campus

Actual SizeThe exhibition opens with a reception at the gallery from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, May 2. The exhibition will be on view through May 17, with artist and faculty talks at the gallery from 1 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 6. Admission is free and open to the public. MORE
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Team's Energy-Efficiency Strategies Earn Two First-Place Awards at Better Buildings Competition

Team Everpower won two "Best Proposal" awards for solutions to cases that address real-world energy problems that businesses and other organizations encounter. MORE
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Press Release: Google VP Named Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science

Andrew MooreAndrew Moore, a distinguished computer scientist with expertise in machine learning and robotics, served as a professor of computer science and robotics at CMU before being named founding director of Google's Pittsburgh engineering office in 2006. MORE
Monday, April 14, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences To Host "Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences"

Mapping H&SSLast summer, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released the "Heart of the Matter," a report on the current state of the humanities and social sciences and their role in creating a vibrant, competitive and secure nation. On Monday, April 21, Carnegie Mellon and the American Academy will hold the first Pittsburgh-area discussion of the report and its implications for improving education and creating a sustainable global society.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Press Release: Feature Film Based on Carnegie Mellon Brain Research To Screen On Campus

Justice is MindFilmmaker Mark Lund was so mesmerized by the CMU thought identification research on "60 Minutes" that he decided to use the groundbreaking work as the basis for his next feature film. "Justice Is Mind" will screen without charge for the CMU and Pittsburgh communities at 5 p.m., Monday, April 28 in Baker Hall's Giant Eagle Auditorium (A51). MORE
Friday, April 11, 2014

Press Release: Tepper School Alumna and Faculty Member Jointly Contribute $1 Million in Support of Tepper Quadrangle and New Business School Facility

The gift from Gunjan Kedia (TPR ’94) and her husband, Sridhar R. Tayur, the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management at the Tepper School of Business, will support the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, an initiative announced last fall that will construct a new home for the Tepper School while integrating programs, curricula and research from across the university’s world-class schools and colleges. MORE
Friday, April 11, 2014

Media Advisory: Acclaimed Novelist Andre Dubus III To Read at Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Student Writing Awards

Andre DubusDubus is the author of six books, including "House of Fog and Sand," "Townie," "The Garden of Last Days" and, most recently, "Dirty Love." MORE
Friday, April 11, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Appoints David Danks Head of its Philosophy Department

David DanksDanks, associate professor of philosophy and psychology, succeeds Richard Scheines, who is stepping down to become dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. MORE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Obituary: Remembering Margaret Shadick Cyert

Margaret CyertMargaret Shadick Cyert, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and former matriarch of Carnegie Mellon University, died peacefully with her family and loving staff of Longwood at Oakmont by her side on Wednesday, April 9. She was 89. MORE
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Press Release: Christopher R. Genovese To Head Carnegie Mellon's Department of Statistics

GenoveseGenovese joined CMU in 1994. His research focuses on solving complex and high-dimensional problems in the sciences, and his work has produced new methods and results in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, learning science and cosmology/astrophysics. MORE
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

News Brief: Message from President Subra Suresh

Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh sent the following message to the university community today to announce a leadership transition regarding Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet. MORE
Monday, April 7, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings

The field testing of the Intelligent Dashboard for Occupants engages 80 employees at a major Pittsburgh corporation in online communication, consultation and control supported by plug-in devices that measure energy consumption and provide digital on-off control. By helping building occupants see their actual energy use, see recommendations for ways to save energy, and allowing the online ability to control plug loads at each desk, the team is proving that dashboards save energy. MORE
Monday, April 7, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Present Ricardo Dolmetsch with Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

DolmetschThe prize, given by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its centennial celebration, recognizes trailblazers in the mind and brain sciences whose research has helped advance the field and its applications. The CNBC will present the award to Dolmetsch at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 22 in CMU's Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Hillman Center. MORE
Monday, April 7, 2014

Press Release: CMU Selects Farnam Jahanian, Accomplished Scientist and Successful Entrepreneur, as VP of Research

Farnam JahanianJahanian is the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 to 2011 and as director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 to 2000. Since 2011 he has been on leave as the National Science Foundation's assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. MORE
Friday, April 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Wireless Researchers Seek To Improve Emergency Alert Messaging

Martin GrissMartin Griss, founding director of CMU-SV's Disaster Management Initiative, Bob Iannucci, associate dean and director of CMU-SV, and Hakan Erdogmus, professor of electrical and computer engineering, are heading the team that will study issues surrounding the creation, dissemination and reception of emergency messages and how first responders and the public react to different types of messages. MORE
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Spring Carnival, A Century of Tradition

Spring CarnivalStudent organizations will build and host booths focused on the theme "Best of the Best." The booths, often reaching two stories in height, include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Despicable Me," "Games Through The Ages" and "Pittsburgh: The Best City In The World." Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street, Circuit Road and Schenley Drive (Panther Hollow and Schenley bridges included) will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 for the Sweepstakes Buggy Races. MORE
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Media Advisory: Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan To Speak At Carnegie Mellon April 3

Khan will discuss "Education Reimagined" as part of Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series, a forum for thought leaders focused on scientific advancement and disruptive innovation in the field of education. Khan will be visiting Pittsburgh to accept one of the Heinz Family Foundation's 19th annual Heinz Awards for his work. The lecture takes place at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 3 in Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, on CMU's Pittsburgh campus. MORE
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Places Second in 2013 Putnam Mathematics Competition

Putnam graphicFor the third consecutive year, CMU "mathletes" placed among the top five teams in the definitive math competition for undergraduates in North America. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon had 35 students who scored among the top 10 percent, the second most of any university. MORE
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture Hosts Marcin Jakubowski, Founder of Open Source Ecology

Civilization starter kitJakubowski, a Princeton-trained fission-physicist-turned-farmer, created Open Source Ecology, which aims to develop a set of easy-to-follow, open source blueprints for the 50 machines most essential for modern life (including an automobile, an induction furnace and a bakery oven). MORE