June-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Press Release: AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Visits Carnegie Mellon To Tout Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Steve Case, Subra SureshAOL co-founder and venture capitalist Steve Case arrived in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning on a tour bus to highlight the message that America's entrepreneurial spirit is alive in places other than Silicon Valley or New York. MORE
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Design Creates New Company To Help Families Fight Childhood Obesity Through Educational Games

FitwitsCreated by CMU's Kristin Hughes, Fitwits offers a system of print and digital tools that provides families, educators and health care professionals greater insight into health decisions that children make on a daily basis. MORE
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Machine Learning Method Automatically Cuts Boring Parts From Long Consumer and Security Videos

Called LiveLight, the method constantly evaluates action in the video, looking for visual novelty and ignoring repetitive or eventless sequences, to create a miniature video trailer that enables a viewer to get the gist of what happened. MORE
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Program for Deliberative Democracy Partners with City of Pittsburgh for New Chief of Police Search

Deliberative forums, which seek to discover citizens' opinions on key issues affecting their neighborhoods after they have engaged in multiple, informed and structured conversations, will be conducted in all six of Pittsburgh's policing zones in June and July. By participating in the forum, residents are encouraged to share their ideas about how to improve policing in Pittsburgh, identify their priorities and suggest the qualities they believe are essential in the new chief of police. MORE
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Lisa Tetrault Uncovers "The Myth of Seneca Falls"

book coverThe story of how the women's rights movement began at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention is a myth. In her new book, Tetrault, an associate professor of history at CMU, details how Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and their peers created and popularized the legend in response to the movement's internal politics and racial politics following the Civil War. MORE
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Press Release: Google Sponsors Carnegie Mellon Research To Improve Effectiveness of Online Education

The muSimon Initiative Imagelti-year program employs a variety of methods to improve MOOCs. The research plan includes development of techniques for automatically analyzing and providing feedback on student work, for creating social ties between learners and for designing MOOCS that are effective for students with a variety of cultural backgrounds. MORE
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Takes Congress for a Ride in Self-Driving Car

Driverless Car 3Following an exciting and successful demonstration of the Carnegie Mellon vehicle in September, which transported Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 33 miles to Pittsburgh International Airport, CMU will provide up to 40 members of Congress the opportunity to ride the vehicle around Washington so they can experience the technology up close and personal. MORE
Monday, June 23, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Creates Programming Library for Developing Interactive Web Pages in JavaScript

ConstraintJSResearchers at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in collaboration with Adobe Research have created a new open-source JavaScript library, called ConstraintJS, that makes it easier for developers to create interactive Web applications. MORE
Monday, June 23, 2014

News Brief: Researchers Determine How Much Energy Storage Must Cost For Its Use To Be Economical in Remote Wind Farms

Wind TurbinesCarnegie Mellon's Inês Azevedo says the costs associated with storage are so high that it often makes more sense to invest in wind resources that are closer to communities until the cost of storing energy can be reduced. MORE
Friday, June 20, 2014

Obituary: Carnegie Mellon Alumna and Hall of Fame Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

Stephanie KwolekKwolek, who earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from CMU in 1946 and an honorary degree from the university in 2001, spent her 40-year career as a research chemist in the Textile Fibers Department at the DuPont Company's Pioneering Research Laboratory. She invented Kevlar®, the essential ingredient in body armor. MORE
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Press Release: Pittsburgh Civic Leader Richard Simmons Donates $7.5 Million to Carnegie Mellon

Richard SimmonsSimmons' gift will support a state-of-the-art auditorium to be built on the university's future David A. Tepper Quadrangle. MORE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women Hosts Networking Reception and Preview, Thursday, June 26

The networking reception and preview will be held from from 4 to 6 p.m. in 322/324 Posner Hall, home of CMU's Tepper School of Business. MORE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Announces New Investments In Maker Education, Infrastructure and Outreach

To commemorate the first White House Maker Faire and nationwide "Day of Making," Carnegie Mellon has announced nine new initiatives focused on expanding the role of making in CMU's educational offerings, building new Maker infrastructure on campus and connecting the university's Maker capabilities to help meet the needs of the Pittsburgh region and the nation. MORE
Monday, June 16, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Jim Ray Daniels Tells "Eight Mile High" Stories

book coverDaniels, an award-winning author, poet and screenwriter, experiments with different writing styles as he puts a small Detroit community under a microscope in his latest book. The official release date is July 1. MORE
Friday, June 13, 2014

News Brief: John Woolford Named Acting Head of Biological Sciences

John WoolfordWoolford, a CMU faculty member since 1979, assumes the post on July 1, when Nathan Urban, the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Professor of Life Sciences and current department head, assumes the position of interim provost. MORE
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Recognized for Excellence in Cybersecurity Education and Research

After a rigorous review process, Carnegie Mellon has been issued designations as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research for academic years 2014 through 2021. MORE
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's "Let's Go" Automated Phone Line Offers Alternative Source of Information for Pittsburgh Transit

Bus Line Photo"Let's Go," which has provided after-hours transit information to riders of the Port Authority of Allegheny County since 2005, is expanding to a 24-hour service available at 412-268-3526. The service will provide scheduling information for future rides, information about whether or not the next bus is full, and if a bus has been re-routed because of parades, snow or other conditions.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names Anind Dey Director of Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Anind DeyA faculty member at the HCII since 2005, Dey uses sensors and mobile technology to develop tools and techniques for understanding and modeling human behavior, primarily within the domains of health, automotive, sustainability and education. MORE
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Franco Sciannameo Co-edits Book Examining Music and Philosophy of Italian Composer Giacinto Scelsi

book coverSciannameo, the associate dean of interdisciplinary initiatives at CMU's College of Fine Arts, was a co-editor of "Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi," a work showcasing scholarly criticism of the music and philosophy of the Italian composer. The book was published by Scarecrow Press in August 2013. MORE
Monday, June 9, 2014

News Brief: Chinese Academy of Sciences Honors Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh as Newly Elected Foreign Member

Subra SureshPresident Suresh was recognized for his scientific contributions in materials science and engineering, including his work connecting nanomechanical cell structure to disease states. He also was honored for his leadership in building the worldwide scientific and engineering research dialogue through the Global Research Council, which he helped to found while director of the U.S. National Science Foundation. MORE
Friday, June 6, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon To Air its First Prime-time TV Commercial During Tony Awards® Broadcast

The 30-second animated spot, which highlights CMU's success in the arts, business, science and technology, will air twice during the Tony broadcast. MORE
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Press Release: Women Comprise 40 Percent of Computer Science Majors Among Carnegie Mellon's Incoming First-Year Class

The school has been a leader in efforts to increase the number of women in the discipline of computer science and its female enrollment has long exceeded national averages. The number of women in this fall's first-year class nevertheless sets a new benchmark for the school. MORE
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Press Release: NSF Grant Supports Carnegie Mellon I-Corps Site To Train Faculty, Students To Become Entrepreneurs

I-Corps LogoThe CMU I-Corps Site's primary goal is to create an efficient and replicable process to commercialize innovations based on customer discovery and product adaptation. The program will incorporate CMU's curricula combined with curricula from earlier I-Corps programs. It will include four elements: workshops, mentoring, funding for projects and customer discovery, and access to incubator space. MORE
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's NREC and Sikorsky Aircraft Will Pair Unmanned Ground Vehicle with Autonomous Helicopter

Black Hawk HelicopterIn a demonstration at the culmination of the 18-month project, a Black Hawk helicopter will carry the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in a sling, deliver it to a remote site and return to base. The UGV will then traverse the rugged site, using its on-board sensors to survey for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contamination. All of this will occur out of direct sight, without human intervention and without putting human lives at risk. MORE
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Alumni Zachary Quinto of "Star Trek," Matt Bomer of "The Normal Heart" To Introduce First, Exclusive Educator Honor at June 8 Tony Awards® on CBS

Tony Educator Honor LogoOn stage at Radio City Music Hall during the live broadcast, Quinto and Bomer will introduce the creation of the "Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education presented by Carnegie Mellon University," which is the first, national recognition program to honor K-12 theatre educators. MORE
Monday, June 2, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Social Integration Improves Lung Function in Elderly

Published in the American Psychological Association’s Health Psychology journal, this study also rebuffs the popular notion that marriage is the only social role that benefits health.