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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Students Helping Students

students
CMU's School of Music Heritage Scholarship campaign helps to ensure deserving students pursue their dreams.
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Develops New Method for Analyzing Synaptic Density

Synapse
A high-throughput, machine-learning tool could help researchers better understand synaptic activity in learning and disease.
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Pop Art


Coca-Cola celebrates 100 years of its soda bottle with help from Burton Morris, who channeled fellow CMU alumnus Andy Warhol.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Year in Review


New buildings. Historic gifts. Advances in robotics. Big data. Small business. The year has been filled with news about Carnegie Mellon University.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CMU Alumnus, Trustee Jonathan Rothberg To Receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Rothberg
The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life, and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"A Visit from St. Nicholas"


CMU's latest addition to its collection of a classic holiday poem has a "Frozen" twist as alumnus Josh Gad revisits his role as Olaf.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Chemists Develop Bright, Fluorescent Bottlebrush Polymer Probe for Cell Detection

Bottlebrush Polymers
The much brighter probes will allow scientists to detect very low levels of protein expressed in cells.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Dean Ramayya Krishnan Honored With 2015 Nayudamma Award

Ramayya Krishnan
Krishnan is being honored for his research and leadership in making data-driven decisions in key societal domains, including transportation, smart cities and living analytics.
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Friday, December 18, 2015

iGEM Gold


CMU students competing in this year's premiere synthetic biology competition brought home high honors for a bright idea.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Even With 24/7 Access, Investors Tend To Put Their Heads In The Sand When Expecting Bad News

ostrich effect
Research by CMU economists finds that the “ostrich effect” takes over when markets are down.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

CMU Behavioral Economists: Health Insurance Complexity Leads to Costly Mistakes

While insurance exchanges were designed to benefit consumers by offering more plan choices, for many people, selecting a health plan is a source of confusion and stress. MORE
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CMU Makes Facial Image Analysis Software Available to Researchers

Intraface
Automated facial analysis is at the heart of a host of potential applications, from monitoring the emotional state of patients to detecting whether a public speaker is losing an audience’s attention.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Social Stress: Brain Circuitry Fails To Connect in Children With Autism

Brain Images
An innovative brain imaging study has uncovered new evidence explaining why "theory of mind" deficiencies are present in ASD children.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Whitacre Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Jay Whitacre
A professor of engineering and public policy and materials science and engineering at CMU, Jay Whitacre has more than 30 patents issued or pending.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Researchers Find Hospital Prices Vary Significantly for Privately Insured

Health Insurance
The new study gives policymakers a more accurate view of Americans’ health care spending.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Vegetarian and “Healthy” Diets Could Be More Harmful to the Environment

Bacon and Lettuce
According to a Carnegie Mellon study, eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Energy Education

students
Elizabeth Forward Middle School teachers had a question - how could they create a space to teach energy concepts in a different way?
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Student Team Wins Grand Prize at Facebook Global Hackathon

Hackathon Winners
The competition, which took place over three days in late November at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, featured 78 finalists representing 21 teams from 11 countries.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Study Finds Simple Ways To Increase Participation in Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax form calculator
Redesigned and less complex forms, coupled with a reminder, led to a 22 percent greater participation rate from those eligible to receive the credit.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In A Galaxy [Not] So Far Away...

star wars
CMU is helping to train people for the experience economy, which includes a proposed "Star Wars" theme park.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Miller Gallery’s “Mind the Matter” Features Culmination of CMU Design Students’ Work

Senior Design Exhibit
The senior class exhibition, which runs through Sunday, Dec. 13, offers "insight into the students’ evolution over four years of study in which they develop both problem-solving and form-giving skills."
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Nearby Nature Project Empowers Students To Monitor Their Environment

Nearby Nature
The Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab project will enable middle school and high school students in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to study scientific phenomena in almost any outdoor space.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Lehoczky, Rajkumar and Sha To Receive IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sha Rajkumar and Lehoczky
The medal recognizes technical leadership and contributions to fundamental theory, practice and standardization for engineering real-time systems.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Cranor Named Chief Technologist of Federal Trade Commission

Lorrie Cranor
Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, will join the FTC in January and will be primarily responsible for advising the commission on developing technology and policy matters.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Center for Iranian Music Hosts Segâh Festival of Persian and Turkish Music

Segah Festival
The festival, Jan. 14-16, will bring the shared musical and cultural history of the two civilizations to the foreground and educate people about their entwined history.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Not Mere Trickery: Effects of Behavioral Nudges Persist Despite Disclosure

pen and form
A team led by CMU behavioral economist George Loewenstein investigated the impact of making people aware that they were being nudged toward a particular decision.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Research Team Finds Detailed Record of Mysterious Fast Radio Burst

fast radio burst
A team of astronomers, including CMU’s Jeffrey Peterson and Hsiu-Hsien Lin, has uncovered the most detailed record ever of a Fast Radio Burst — a brief yet brilliant eruption of cosmic radio waves from the distant universe.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Center for Human Rights Science Secures Over $1M for Video, Image Analysis

protest
CMU’s Center for Human Rights Science has secured over $1 million in funding to develop tools to collect, analyze and disseminate information gathered from human rights media.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Computer System Will Be an Angel on Your Shoulder, Whispering Advice, Step-by-Step Instruction

Angel Gabriel
CMU researchers are building a cognitive assistance system called Gabriel that, like the angel that is its namesake, will seemingly look over a person’s shoulder and whisper instructions for various tasks.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Iconic Images

Einstein
On Dec. 28, 1934, the famous physicist explained his theory to a packed Kresge Theater on CMU's campus.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Tech Behind Tory Burch

Tory Burch
A CMU alumna and senior web designer for the global luxury fashion house brings collections — including surfboards and unique prints — to digital life.
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