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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross To Speak at Carnegie Mellon on Phonographic Music

Alex RossRoss, a music critic for the New Yorker since 1996, writes about classical music, from the Metropolitan Opera to the downtown avant-garde. He also has written essays on pop music, literature, 20th century history and gay life. He will discuss "Phonographic Music: Composers and the Early Era of Reproduction" at 7 p.m., Oct. 9 in the Cohon University Center's McConomy Auditorium.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama Presents August Wilson’s "Seven Guitars,” Directed by Cameron Knight

Seven Guitars ImageWilson, the Pittsburgh-born, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright known as “the American Shakespeare,” brings the 1940s Hill District back to life in “Seven Guitars.” The show opens Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 11.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pittsburgh Business Leader Henry L. Hillman Provides $5 Million Gift for Carnegie Mellon's New BrainHub(SM) Initiative

BrainHub ImageLaunched last month, CMU established BrainHub to bring together global strategic partners from the government, public, private, and philanthropic sectors to develop innovative computational and technological approaches for studying the links between brain and behavior. This effort will lead to new insights into topics such as cognition, learning and perception, and will shed light on brain disorders such as autism and Parkinson's disease. MORE
Monday, September 29, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Research Shows Viral DNA Infects Cells by Changing from Solid to Fluid-Like State

EvilevitchCMU biophysicist Alex Evilevitch's exciting discovery in the role that DNA plays in the spread of a viral infection could lead to an antiviral therapy that wouldn't be prone to developing drug resistance. MORE
Monday, September 29, 2014

Sergey Schepkin, Associate Professor of Piano, To Perform Bach's Six Keyboard Partitas on Oct. 11

SchepkinThe 7:30 p.m. recital at Mellon Institute Auditorium in Oakland will be the first of three Partitas recitals that Schepkin will give to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first performance of the cycle. Schepkin started performing Bach's Partitas as a cycle 20 years ago while he was a doctoral student at New England Conservatory. His performances of the Partitas have garnered him great acclaim from The New York Times and The Boston Globe. MORE
Sunday, September 28, 2014

CMU President, Two Alumni Attend Private Meeting With India's New Prime Minister

President Subra Suresh, Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technologies, and Romesh Wadhwani, CEO of Symphony Technology Group, attended a personal briefing with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 27.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Internationally Renowned Pianist and Conductor Barry Douglas To Conduct Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic, Oct. 12

Barry DouglasDouglas will lead the Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at Carnegie Music Hall.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Research Team Awarded NSF Grant to Combine Biophysical and Statistical Models of Neuronal Computation

Nathan Urban, interim provost, and Robert Kass, professor of statistics and machine learning, have received a $930,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to apply biological and statistical neuroscience approaches in order to create a better overall understanding of how neurons encode information. The research is part of Carnegie Mellon's BrainHubSM, an interdisciplinary neuroscience research initiative. MORE
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Researchers Combine Mechanics With Biology To Make Key Discovery About Communication Between Cells

Phil LeDucA new microfluidics tool is enabling researchers to stimulate a very small region of cells to better understand how the cells communicate with each other. Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to advancements in treatments for birth defects and therapies for cancer patients. 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Students Take Stage To Share Funny, Touching Stories Behind the Science

Story Collider ImageFive students from CMU's computer science, engineering and biology programs will tell their stories during a show at 8 p.m., Oct. 6 at the Rex Theater on the South Side. MORE
Monday, September 22, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Alter Cancer Cells To Stop Them From Metastasizing

Kris DahlCMU engineers, led by Kris Dahl, have demonstrated that they can prevent cancer cells from metastasizing by altering the cells' mechanical behavior. In a collaborative project with researchers from Penn State, a protein that is associated with normal and premature aging was introduced into melanoma cells. This caused the cells' nuclei to artificially stiffen and prevented metastasis. MORE
Thursday, September 18, 2014

“Leningrad”: Carnegie Mellon Presents the Trauma of War and Art

Leningrad Book CoverReturning visiting professor Igor Vishnevetsky will discuss his book, "Leningrad," which is now an award-winning film, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Carnegie Mellon's Baker Hall A53.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Opens New Section of Pittsburgh Biennial

Pittsburgh BiennialThe Miller Gallery's exhibition features an eclectic group of artists who have collected and reconfigured the data and debris of today's world to produce works with a fresh perspective. Throughout the exhibition, a rotating roster of presentations will showcase innovative experiments in dance, social practice, performance and more. MORE
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carnegie Mellon To Host Shirley Brice Heath for Lecture on Benefits of "Meandered Learning"

Shirley BriceHeath will explore how since numerous aspects of life impose order, "meandering" or "mucking about" is typically discouraged. But she will draw on recent neuroscience research that shows that is not necessarily the case, especially for those learning languages. Heath will explain those instances and make the case for "meandered learning" across the life span, from seven months to 70 years old. MORE
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology Receives $3.1M From DSF Charitable Foundation To Develop Synthetic Nucleic Acids

The gift will allow the center to create synthetic molecules geared toward understanding and treating genetic, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases. MORE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paul Glasserman To Present Carnegie Mellon's Nash Lecture in Quantitative Finance

Paul GlassermanThe Columbia University business professor and adviser to the U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Research will speak on "Systemic Risk and the Risk Management Paradox." The lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6 in McConomy Auditorium on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus. MORE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

History Course Inspires Carnegie Mellon Alumnus To Reproduce Great-Grandfather's World War I Photo Album

German soldiersAs the world marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, CMU graduate Dean Putney (DC'11) has reproduced a photo album created by his great-grandfather, who served as a German officer, into a book. A corresponding exhibit, "Photography in the Trenches, 1914-1918," is running at the Carnegie Museum of Art through December 2014.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Research Explains Why People Endure Discomfort for Philanthropic Purposes

Christopher OlivolaChristopher Olivola, assistant professor of marketing at the Tepper School of Business, says when someone endures pain for a charitable cause, for example by soaking themselves in ice-cold water, the sacrifice of their own comfort makes their contribution to the cause seem far more meaningful. Olivola calls this the 'Martyrdom Effect.' MORE
Monday, September 15, 2014

The Science of Science Communication: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Publish Recommendations To Improve Scientific Decision-Making and Policy Issues

FischhoffIn a special issue of PNAS, CMU's Baruch Fischhoff, Julie Downs, Alex Davis and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi outline the need for better science communication, how to communicate scientific uncertainty, how to use narratives to communicate science effectively and the benefit of using principles of behavioral science to communicate.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Intimate Strangers: Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Analyzes Foreigners' Perspectives on American Politics in New Book

Intimate Strangers Book CoverUsing four respected intellectual exiles as examples — Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Edward Said — Ritivoi explores the benefits of their "stranger ethos" in order to improve political systems and societal problems. MORE
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Keith Cook Awarded $2.4M NIH Grant To Develop Artificial Lungs That Can Be Worn at Home

Keith CookCook, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is leading a project to create a longer-lasting artificial lung for patients waiting for a lung transplant. While in the past "bridge" lungs have lasted for days to a couple of weeks before failing, Cook's goal is to create a device that can last for three months.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers

Smart HeadlightsA smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night. The research team assembled their experimental system from off-the-shelf parts and mounted the system atop the hood of a pickup truck, serving as the equivalent of a third headlight during street tests. MORE
Friday, September 5, 2014

News Brief: Tzahi Cohen-Karni Receives a Grant from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Tzahi Cohen-Karni, Ph.D., and his team will share a 2014 Kaufman Foundation grant of roughly $2 million with nine researchers from across six Pennsylvania universities. As a winner in the New Investigator Research category, The Cohen-Karni Lab was awarded $150,000 to fund their research that examines how cells in the pancreatic islet communicate. MORE
Friday, September 5, 2014

Press Release: Social Support: Carnegie Mellon's Brooke Feeney Details How To Thrive Through Close Relationships

Brooke FeeneyClose and caring relationships are undeniably linked to health and well-being for all ages. Previous research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better physical and mental health and lower mortality rates. However, exactly how meaningful relationships affect health has remained less clear. In a new paper, Carnegie Mellon's Brooke Feeney and University of California, Santa Barbara's Nancy L. Collins detail specific interpersonal processes that explain how close relationships help individuals thrive. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society Launches Performance Initiative

The center plans to approach the concept of performance as an expansive form, from the traditional relationship between an audience and an actor to the constructions of political protest or how we frame our lives through social rituals, athletics, digital devices and everyday acts. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery To Exhibit Works by More Than 75 Artists This Fall

Pgh BiennialFree and open to the public, the Miller Gallery team has planned nine events, five exhibitions, and one touring exhibition. "From design to art to neuroscience, these works show the breadth and depth of the Miller Gallery's content going forward," says Franco Sciannameo, head of programming for the gallery.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Press Release: Rock Star: Carnegie Mellon's David R. Shumway Explores the Making of Musical Icons From Elvis to Springsteen

Rock Star Book CoverIn the new book "Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons From Elvis to Springsteen," Shumway looks at how changes in American society and the media industries allowed rock stars to have more political power than Hollywood's studio stars and gradually replaced movie stars as key cultural heroes. MORE
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Press Release: Douglas Sicker Named Head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Douglas SickerSicker, former DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has spent time in academia, government and industry, allowing him to bring a unique and balanced view to the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). He succeeds EPP's founding department head, University and Lord Professor of Engineering M. Granger Morgan, who has stepped down after leading the department for 38 years.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives $5.6M NSF Grant for Cybersecurity Education

Cybersecurity imageThe CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program has funded full-tuition scholarships and stipends for graduate students in information security at Carnegie Mellon for more than a decade through awards totaling more than $21.6 million. MORE