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Friday, August 29, 2014

News Brief: Green Building Alliance Names Carnegie Mellon Among Founding Partners of Oakland's Sustainability Effort

Carnegie Mellon is one of 22 organizations named Founding Partners of the Pittsburgh 2030 District's expansion to Oakland. Pittsburgh's group of building owners and managers, community partners and local resource partners is committed to achieving 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption and transportation-related emissions by the year 2030. The Green Building Alliance launched the Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown in 2012. MORE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Press Release: CMU Selects Moore Ruble Yudell Architects To Design New Gateway Building For Tepper Quadrangle

The 295,000 square-foot building will be the centerpiece of the university's new north campus and will be located on a 4.5-acre site on Pittsburgh's Forbes Avenue. The creation of this new academic area was made possible by a $67 million gift from the charitable foundation of CMU alumnus and renowned investor David A. Tepper. MORE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Press Release: Flexing the Brain: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Scientists Discover Why Learning Tasks Can Be Difficult

Nature CoverPublished as the cover story in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature, the researchers found for the first time that there are limitations on how adaptable the brain is during learning and that these restrictions are a key determinant for whether a new skill will be easy or difficult to learn. The research could lead to improved treatments for stroke or other brain injuries. MORE
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Launches Global Brain Research Initiative, Leveraging Strengths in Computation and the Brain Sciences

BrainHub3Coalescing its strengths in computer science, neuroscience, psychology and engineering, Carnegie Mellon University today announced the launch of CMU BrainHubSM, a new initiative focusing on understanding how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh and Colleagues Create New Device That Could Help Assess Cancer's Spread

Suresh and researchers from MIT and Pennsylvania State University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh Elected to Battelle Board of Directors

Subra SureshSuresh brings unrivaled technical and leadership experience to the world's largest non-profit research organization. Battelle serves government and commercial customers in the areas of national security, energy, health and the environment. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music’s 2014-2015 Season Features Renowned Guest Conductors Manfred Honeck, David Effron and Barry Douglas

Andres CardenesThe School of Music’s 2014-2015 season begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, with the Philharmonic’s concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland under the direction of Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, artistic director of Orchestral Studies for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: Neuroscience and Big Data: Carnegie Mellon's Byron M. Yu Describes How To Find Simplicity in the Brain

Byron YuIn a new review paper published in Nature Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University's Byron M. Yu (left) and Columbia University's John P. Cunningham describe the scientific motivations for studying the activity of many neurons together, along with a class of machine learning algorithms — dimensionality reduction — for interpreting the activity. They contend that using dimensionality reduction as a standard analytical method will ultimately lead to improved treatments and interventions for brain injuries and disorders. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: "Haven't I Seen This Before?" Researchers Show How Neurons Respond to Sequences of Familiar Objects

Training ImagesResearchers from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint project between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, found that when subjects were exposed to familiar and unfamiliar images in a rapid succession, their neurons — especially the inhibitory neurons — fired much more strongly and selectively to images the subject had seen many times before. MORE
Friday, August 22, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon’s Adam Feinberg Earns Grant To Study Electrical Interaction Between Heart Muscle Cells

Adam FeinbergThe three-year, $750,000 award from the Human Frontier Science Program will support his research on cellular synchronization in the heart, the failure of which can lead to irregular heartbeat, or worse, sudden cardiac arrest. MORE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Press Release: Former Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Dean Now Assisting in White House Policy Office

Randy BryantRandal E. Bryant, who finished a decade of service as dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science on June 30, has begun a temporary assignment in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide analysis and advice on Big Data. MORE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Press Release: Leading Researchers on Gender and Women in the Workplace To Convene at Carnegie Mellon, Sept. 4-5

The conference, titled "Women in the Workplace: Navigating the Labyrinth," will share the latest findings in gender inequality, stereotypes and cultural issues. MORE
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Whitehead Named a Pioneer on MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 List

Katie WhiteheadWhitehead, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, is helping to shape the frontiers of drug delivery: getting therapeutic drugs — such as those that help fight cancer and other diseases — to the right cells in the body.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News Brief: Alumna Chikako Suzuki Wins Her First Emmy Award

Chikako SuzukiSuzuki, who earned a master's degree in scenic design from CMU's School of Drama, was honored for her art direction in the Showtime comedy "House of Lies." MORE
Friday, August 15, 2014

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 17

Carnegie Mellon will welcome approximately 1,470 first-year students to its Pittsburgh campus this weekend. Orientation will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, the city and each other through a weeklong series of events on and off campus. Some highlights of the week include Move-in Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17; Playfair, 8:30-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18; and a Day of Service, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Aug. 22. MORE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Traffic Advisory: Three Oakland Streets To Close Aug. 17 as First-Year Students Move in at Carnegie Mellon

The affected streets are the 5100 block of Margaret Morrison Street, between Forbes Avenue and Tech Street; the 100 block of Tech Street, between Margaret Morrison Street and Schenley Drive; and the 1000 block of Morewood Avenue between Fifth and Forbes avenues. MORE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Press Release: New Startup "SitWith" Brings Strangers Together For Productive Networking Lunches

SitWith LogoFounded by students at Carnegie Mellon, SitWith has made it easier to meet new people in Pittsburgh. MORE
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

News Brief: Mapping America's Energy Future

book coverCarnegie Mellon University's Jay Apt and Paulina Jaramillo led a team of 22 researchers in a review and analysis of the technical and policy options available for integrating variable energy resources, such as wind and solar power, into the existing power system. Their new book, "Variable Renewable Energy and the Electricity Grid," addresses how the U.S. could increase the amount of electricity it produces from renewable energy sources. MORE
Friday, August 8, 2014

Press Release: Five Recent Carnegie Mellon Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards To Teach, Conduct Research Abroad

Fulbright AwardsFrom addressing clean water shortages in urban Mexican communities to teaching English in Brazil, Germany, Montenegro and Turkey, Carnegie Mellon alumni will be making a global impact through this year's Fulbright U.S. Student Program. MORE
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Developing Programming Language That Accommodates Multiple Languages in Same Program

Wyvern paper authorsMany programming tasks can involve multiple languages; when building a Web page, for instance, HTML might be used to create the bulk of the page, but the programmer might also include SQL to access databases and JavaScript to allow for user interaction. By using type-specific languages, this new programming language, called Wyvern, can simplify that task for the programmer while avoiding workarounds that can introduce security vulnerabilities. MORE
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Photo Editing Tool Enables Object Images To Be Manipulated in 3-D

3D CraneThe 3-D photo editing system makes it possible to take a photo of an origami crane, and turn it to reveal surfaces hidden from the camera, while maintaining a realistic appearance. The object’s shape can be changed, here enabling an animation showing the crane flapping its wings. MORE
Monday, August 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Sheds Light on "Brown" Carbon's Role in Warming the Planet

Brown CarbonA team of researchers has uncovered key attributes of so-called "brown carbon," atmospheric particles that play an important role in warming the atmosphere but are poorly understood. The team, led by Carnegie Mellon University with scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Montana, said these findings, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, could help improve global climate predictions. MORE