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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Research Team Identifies 33 Genes That Contribute to Autism Risk

Kathryn RoederBernie DevlinThe list of genes identified with autism has expanded from nine to 33, according to a new study by an international research team led by the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC), including Carnegie Mellon University's Kathryn Roeder and the University of Pittsburgh's Bernie Devlin. MORE
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Becomes Affiliate of Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

Carnegie Mellon researchers will participate in workshops where they will collaborate with partners, other affiliates and the JCESR hub to find cheaper and more efficient systems for energy storage. MORE
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney's Latest Character

BaymaxAn inflatable robotic arm made of a balloon-like material at CMU is the inspiration behind Baymax (left), a pivotal character in Disney's latest animated feature film "Big Hero 6," set to premiere on Nov. 7. MORE
Monday, October 27, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Student Writing Awards Seek Entries From Pittsburgh-Area High School and College Students

Carnegie Mellon invites students to submit poetry and prose pieces about their personal experiences with race, discrimination and other obstacles as part of the university's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards. The deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 21.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Carnegie Mellon I-Corps Site Chooses Teams for Inaugural Cohort

The 15 teams are comprised of faculty members, alumni and students at the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels. The companies cover enterprises ranging from adaptive traffic signals, to on-the-go food options, to lightweight, durable air freight containers. MORE
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards Data Science Grant to Carnegie Mellon Researcher

Carl KingsfordCarl Kingsford, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Lane Center for Computational Biology, has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant to support his efforts to develop efficient new methods for searching the massive amounts of DNA and RNA sequencing data now available worldwide. MORE
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Big Factories Won't Solve High Cost of Electric Vehicles, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Say

Nissan Leaf Battery PackCarnegie Mellon researchers have found that the cost savings associated with manufacturing a high volume of batteries for electric vehicles may be nearly exhausted. Mass production lowers cost, say the researchers — but only up to a point. MORE
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Information Networking Institute Student Receives Full Scholarship To Study Information Security

Hana HabibHana Habib, a first-year graduate student in the INI's Information Technology-Information Security program, has received a scholarship from the INI and the Alta Associates Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Unifying the Mind: Carnegie Mellon’s David Danks Outlines New Cognitive Architecture To Explain How Thought Process Works

David DanksIn “Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representation as Graphical Models,” Danks outlines a new cognitive architecture that explains two aspects of the human thought process: the ability to pay attention to only things that matter; and to use many different types of cognition to learn and reason about our world. MORE
Friday, October 17, 2014

CMU To Host Second Annual Nationwide High School Computer Security Contest, Oct. 27-Nov. 7

The PicoCTF competition challenges both novices and experts through a "Capture the Flag" (CTF) interactive game, in which participants capture virtual "flags" by reverse engineering, breaking, hacking or decrypting challenges. Unlike traditional exams or courses, the contest offers open-ended problems that can be solved in many ways, usually requiring independent research and encouraging student exploration. MORE
Friday, October 17, 2014

CMU Research Shows Highly Competitive Elections Create Extremely Polarizing Politics

Researchers at CMU's Tepper School of Business have studied voter behavior and found that when contests are perceived to be highly competitive, voters on both sides of the political spectrum tend to favor candidates who are more strongly conservative or liberal, contradicting conventional wisdom. MORE
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh To Be Inducted into Institute of Medicine

Subra SureshPresident Suresh is one of only 16 living Americans and the only university president to be elected to all three national academies — the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mellon College of Science Professors to Discuss 2014 Nobel Prizes on Oct. 20

A panel of professors will discuss the discoveries that won the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry and Physics this year. MORE
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Mark Roth To Receive First Friend of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Award

Mark RothRoth is being recognized for his cutting-edge journalism that brings current science and medical issues to the public's attention.The award coincides with the CNBC's 20th anniversary celebration.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Venkat Viswanathan To Develop Electrolyte Genome Search Engine For Faster, More Successful Testing of New Materials for Battery Development

Venkat ViswanathanThe assistant professor of mechanical engineering is researching new types of lithium batteries for electric vehicles. He realized how slow and inefficient it is to search for specific information on the different components and was inspired to find a solution by President Barack Obama's Materials Genome Initiative.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Shares Hidden Side of Energy

Stephen Rose, a post-doctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, will share his views on wind power and the inner workings of American energy in an informal discussion beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 15 at Biddle's Escape, 401 Biddle Ave. in Wilkinsburg, Pa. The event will kick off a series of monthly conversations with scientists, called Speakeasy Science. MORE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Cabaret Evening Featuring Acclaimed Artist Andrew Lippa

Andrew LippaLippa, a composer and songwriter best known for his music and lyrics for Broadway musicals such as "The Addams Family," "Big Fish" and "The Wild Party," will accompany the musical theater ensemble of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama for an evening of song Sunday, Oct. 26, at CLO Cabaret at Theater Square. MORE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carnegie Mellon To Host Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter

David SouterSouter will be the 2014 speaker for Carnegie Mellon's John and Mary Lou Lehoczky Lecture Series in the Humanities and Social Sciences. will discuss "The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive and Secure Nation" from 1 - 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 in CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Philosophy Department Partners With Pitt To Maximize Data Science for Biomedical Research

Clark GlymourFunded by a four-year, $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the new Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery will help scientists capitalize more fully on enormous and growing collections of data, and to make computerized searches for causal relations a more prominent component of biomedical research. CMU's Clark Glymour (pictured at left) is a co-principal investigator on the project.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes

SnakeBot and SandIn a study published in the October 10 issue of the journal Science, researchers from Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Zoo Atlanta report that sidewinders improve their ability to traverse sandy slopes by simply increasing the amount of their body area in contact with the granular surfaces they're climbing. The principles used by the sidewinders were tested by a modular snake robot developed at Carnegie Mellon.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Neurons and Other Memories" Opens at CMU's Miller Gallery

Brain ArtCurated by Adjunct Associate Professor Patricia Maurides in collaboration with the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint program between CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, the exhibition features investigations, translations and reflections of neural mechanisms by artists and neuroscientists. The exhibit runs Oct. 10 - 26.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh Celebrate 20 Years of Advancing Brain Research Through Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)

CNBC 20th AnniversaryOn the heels of being recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for their efforts in brain research and their support of the federal BRAIN Initiative, CMU and Pitt will celebrate the accomplishments of the CNBC, a joint center leveraging the strength's of each school to investigate the neural mechanisms that give rise to human cognitive abilities. MORE
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Honors 19 For Service and Professional Achievement

This year's Alumni Awards ceremony will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday Oct. 10, in Kresge Theatre and Great Hall in the College of Fine Arts.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Drop That Beaker: Online Games and Remote Experiments Could Reduce Scientific Fraud, Cherry-picking

One way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research is through massive online laboratories, which use videogames to engage large numbers of non-professional investigators and prevent scientists from manually testing their own hypotheses, researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford say.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Mary Shaw Will Receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Mary ShawPresident Barack Obama announced today that he has selected Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as a recipient of the nation's highest honor for achievement in the field of technology, innovation and invention. MORE
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Leads New NSF Project Mining Educational Data To Improve Learning

The five-year, $5 million project led by CMU's Ken Koedinger will create a large distributed storage system called LearnSphere that will securely store data on how students learn.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Experts Discuss Strategies For Closing the Gender Pay Gap on WQED Special, Oct. 2

Carnegie Mellon’s Ayana Ledford and Linda Babcock will be among featured experts on “Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay,” a one-hour talk show exploring ways to overcome barriers to equal pay through policy, improved workplace practices and the empowerment of women. MORE