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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Erica Fuchs Discusses How Global Redistribution of Manufacturing Is Changing Innovation

Erica FuchsSending U.S. products overseas to be manufactured may be cheaper, but it also may stifle innovation depending on the technology and the constraints facing firms, says Fuchs in her paper published this week in Science. MORE
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Chemists Create Nanofibers Using Unprecedented New Method

NanofibersResearchers from Carnegie Mellon have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. The work offers a promising new way to fabricate materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. MORE
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Jay Apt To Testify at EPA Hearing on Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

Jay AptApt's testimony, focusing on innovations and strategy for existing power plants, is scheduled to take place at 9:50 a.m., Thursday, July 31 at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Press Release: Students at Carnegie Mellon's Integrated Innovation Institute Tackle Acquaintance/Date-Rape Crisis With Marketable Solutions

Spot A ProblemTwo novel product prototypes — NightOwl and Spot (A Problem) — targeted to the college population and designed by graduate-student teams, employ mobile technology to encourage bystander intervention and generate shared community responsibility. MORE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Press Release: Weighing the Milky Way

Milky Way GalaxyAn international team of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon's Matthew Walker, has devised a precise method for calculating the mass of galaxies. MORE
Friday, July 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Physicist Shirley Ho Wins Outstanding Young Researcher Award From International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers

Shirley HoThe Macronix Prize, which is given to young, ethnic Chinese physicists or astronomers working outside of Asia, recognizes Ho for her leadership in large, international collaborations that have resulted in the most precise measurement of cosmic distances and contributed to the understanding of the nature of the expansion history of the universe. MORE
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Press Release: Gene Changes in Breast Cancer Cells Pinpointed With New Computational Method

The method could provide new insights into cancer and identify the most promising molecular targets for drug therapy. In their study, the researchers at Carnegie Mellon and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were able to show how changes in these gene networks led breast cancer cells to develop resistance to several different agents being evaluated as drugs for targeted therapy. MORE
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University in East Africa Graduates First Class

CMU-Rwanda GradsTwenty-two students earned their master's degrees in information technology. In 2012, CMU became the first U.S. university to offer a master's degree program taught by full-time faculty residing in Africa. MORE
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Will Partner With Duolingo To Evaluate English Language Certification Test

Duolingo LogoThe Duolingo Test Center, which Duolingo launched today with the support of Google, would enable users to certify English proficiency using a mobile app for a fraction of the cost of existing language certification tests. The test eliminates the cost and inconvenience of travelling to a designated test site, takes less time to complete and provides results immediately. MORE
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News Brief: James Duesing Appointed Director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society

James DuesingDuesing, a professor of art, has been on the CMU faculty since 1997. He is an award-winning animator who has worked in many forms, from traditional hand-drawn and early digital work to 3-D and motion capture. His work has been exhibited and broadcast worldwide, and he has received numerous prestigious grants and awards. MORE
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Scott Sandage Helps "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson Learn His Family History on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Scott Sandage and Jesse Tyler FergusonPremiering at 9 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 30, the episode will show Sandage helping Ferguson uncover the life of his great-grandfather whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. MORE
Monday, July 21, 2014

News Brief: Pittsburgh is Hosting ASCE Shale Energy Engineering Conference

Jared CohonJared Cohon, president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University and a University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, is presenting the keynote talk "Working Together to Address the Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development." MORE
Monday, July 21, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Kathy Newman Reflects on 60th Anniversary of "On the Waterfront" and How Oppressive Working Conditions Still Plague Labor Workers

On the WaterfrontNewman, associate professor of English, notes that the movie's central theme — oppressive and dangerous working conditions for dock and other laborers — still persists today. MORE
Monday, July 21, 2014

Press Release: Using New Statistical Tools, Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Roeder Finds Genetic Risk for Autism Stems Mostly From Common Genes

Kathryn RoederPublished in the July 20 issue of the journal "Nature Genetics," the study led by Roeder found that about 52 percent of autism was traced to common genes and rarely inherited variations, with spontaneous mutations contributing a modest 2.6 percent of the total risk. MORE
Friday, July 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and University of Warwick Announce $10 Million Research and Education Collaboration

CMU President Subra Suresh signed the agreement on July 15 while visiting the U.K.-based university to receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. The two universities intend to collaborate in strategic areas related to cutting-edge data acquisition, analysis and processing for next-generation applications. CMU's expertise in robotics and autonomous systems, cybersecurity, design, machine learning, computational health applications and sensors will come together with Warwick's world-leading expertise in areas including manufacturing, digital health care, cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces, and robotics. MORE
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Combines Hundreds of Videos To Reconstruct 3D Motion Without Use of Markers

Panoptic Bat SwingThough the research was performed in a specialized, heavily instrumented video laboratory, Yaser Sheikh, an assistant research professor of robotics who led the research team, said the techniques might eventually be applied to large-scale reconstructions of sporting events or performances captured by hundreds of cameras wielded by spectators.   
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Media Advisory: Department of Energy Announces Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting in Pittsburgh

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, July 21 in Carnegie Mellon University's Rashid Auditorium on the Pittsburgh campus to receive stakeholder input to the Quadrennial Energy Review, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for energy transmission, storage and distribution in the U.S. MORE
Thursday, July 17, 2014

News Brief: Ramayya Krishnan Reappointed Dean of Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III College

Ramayya KrishnanKrishnan began his role as dean on July 1, 2009. He has been a member of the Heinz College faculty since 1988 and is a founding faculty member of the Master of Information Systems Management Program. MORE
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Press Release: Infosys Co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan Donates $1.8 Million to Carnegie Mellon To Promote Brain Research and Education

Kris GopalakrishnanGopalakrishnan's gift establishes a research partnership between CMU and the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. The partnership will strategically leverage the research strengths of both institutions while enhancing the connection between CMU and India. MORE
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Press Release: Facebook Study Did Not Breach Research Ethics, Says Carnegie Mellon's Alex John London

Alex John LondonLondon, professor of philosophy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of CMU's Center for Ethics and Policy, co-authored an opinion paper in the July 17 issue of Nature to argue that claims in the media that the Facebook study was scandalous or an egregious breach of research ethics are overblown. MORE
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Stephen E. Fienberg To Testify Before U.S. Senate on How Federal Government Can Capitalize on R&D Investments

Steve FienbergFienberg will outline how scientific research impacts society and how all efforts should best be measured for accountability. MORE
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

News Brief: IGN Taps Carnegie Mellon Startup Neon Labs for 30 Percent Boost in Video Views

Neon Labs ImageFounded on research conducted in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Neon Labs uses an image selection platform to maximize viewership of, and revenue from, digital content. MORE
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Press Release: 16 Alumni Startups Receive Investment From Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

Established by Carnegie Mellon alumnus and Flip Video Camera creator Jonathan Kaplan and his wife Marci Glazer, the OFEF provides early-stage business financing and support to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the last five years. Kaplan earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 1990. MORE
Monday, July 14, 2014

Press Release: New Computing Cluster at Carnegie Mellon Traces Lineage to Los Alamos' Roadrunner Supercomputer

Narwhal Computing ClusterThe new computing cluster, called Narwhal, is being built at CMU from 448 blade computers salvaged from Cerrillos, the smaller stablemate of what was once the world's fastest computer, Roadrunner. In 2008, Roadrunner became the first computer to break the petaflop barrier, performing more than one million billion calculations per second, or one petaflop. MORE
Monday, July 14, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Alumnus, Three Undergraduates Receive Funding for STEM Research in Germany

CMU’s Fellowships and Scholarships Office provides support to students who are interested in pursuing competitive national and international funding opportunities. MORE
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Robotics — A Robot Invasion Is Near

Illah NourbakhshThis article on the future of robotics, written by Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Robotics Illah Nourbakhsh, was featured in the 125th anniversary edition of The Wall Street Journal. Nourbakhsh was among a small group of experts invited to make predictions about likely developments in various fields. MORE
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Lecture Series

PierceCovillePopular authors Tamora Pierce and Bruce Coville will kick off the lecture series July 27 with a discussion about the cultural phenomenon of young adult science fiction and fantasy. MORE
Thursday, July 3, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Rob Kass Details How Statisticians Are Imperative To Advance Federal BRAIN Initiative

Rob KassKass, a leading expert on using statistics in neuroscience, was motivated to lead the American Statistical Association BRAIN Initiative group in order to have "the opportunity to work with a group of accomplished statisticians with extensive experience in the brain sciences and to provide some guidance, especially to NSF as it develops its funding priorities connected to the BRAIN Initiative for the coming year." MORE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Press Release: Only 25 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation Alleviates Stress, According to Carnegie Mellon Researchers

CreswellPublished in the journal "Psychoneuroendocrinology," the study investigates how mindfulness meditation affects people's ability to be resilient under stress and is the first to show that as little as 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation for three consecutive days can alleviate stress. MORE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Press Release: John Flaherty Appointed Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Heinz College Washington, D.C.

John FlahertyFlaherty, who has been at the intersection of public policy, business and politics for over three decades, will provide strategic direction and lead relationship building for the Heinz College in the nation's captital. MORE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Corporation of New York Honors Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh

Subra SureshCarnegie Corporation of New York is recognizing President Suresh as part of its "Great Immigrants — The Pride of America" campaign, which celebrates naturalized citizens whose contributions have helped to make the U.S. vibrant and strong. MORE
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Ph.D. Student Honored for Work To Improve Circuits in Electronic Devices

Shupeng Sun, a Ph.D. student in CMU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received the newly established Best Poster Award at the ACM SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at the Design Automation Conference. The poster focused on Sun's radically new statistical analysis methodology that will allow companies to produce better circuits in electronic devices. MORE
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Philip LeDuc Selected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Phil LeDucLeDuc's research focuses on the possibilities of merging mechanical engineering and biology. He attempts to look at biological processes through a mechanical lens, thereby changing the way we tackle biological issues such as nutrition, bioenergy and disease. MORE