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Friday, February 27, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Receives Three Gifts Totaling $17 Million for Tepper Quad, Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships

Rohr Suresh TullCMU trustee James E. Rohr, along with his wife, Sharon, as well as Legendary Entertainment, whose Founder and Chairman Thomas Tull is a trustee, have made gifts to support the Tepper Quad. Alumnus Wallace Sadauskas and the estate of his late partner, Patricia Chotiner Traylor, have provided a gift to support Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships. Pictured (-r) are James Rohr, President Suresh and Thomas Tull. MORE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Intermediary Neuron Acts as Synaptic Cloaking Device, Says Carnegie Mellon Study

Star Trek NeuronIn the study published in the March 16 issue of Current Biology, the researchers found that a class of inhibitory neurons, called somatostatin cells, send out a signal — much like a cloaking device — that silences neighboring excitatory neurons. MORE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Startup Gets Bite on "Shark Tank"

Shark TankA Tepper alumna's products tempt investors and picky eaters alike. MORE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Math & Humanity

Theater photo of the play

Instead of a lecture, two alumni performed a play to co-teach their course on "The Mathematics of Being Human."

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Top-Rated Statistics Department Among Fastest-Growing

Stats ImageThe number of CMU statistics undergraduate majors has roughly doubled since 2010 and has grown twenty-fold since 2005. MORE
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Electric Vehicle Range and Emissions Vary With Climate

energy mapProfessor Jeremy Michalek and graduate student Tugce Yuksel used data collected from Nissan Leaf drivers together with weather data to analyze the regional effect of air temperature on the range, energy consumption, and emissions of electric vehicles. They found that electric vehicles have shorter range and more emissions in regions with extreme weather. MORE
Monday, February 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Team Finds Exporting Natural Gas Will Not Increase, But Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Natural Gas PipelineThe findings, published in a paper in "Environmental Science and Technology," have major implications for U.S. climate and trade policy. MORE
Monday, February 23, 2015

Three Carnegie Mellon Professors Win Sloan Research Fellowships

Boris BukhRaphael FlauglerAriel ProcacciaMathematician Boris Bukh, physicist Raphael Flauger and computer scientist Ariel Procaccia are among 126 early-career scientists and scholars from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who will receive $50,000 to further their research. MORE
Monday, February 23, 2015

The Game of Life

SimsTelemetry and big data help alumna Rachel Franklin build virtual worlds as executive producer of "The Sims 4" at Electronic Arts.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

American Society of Civil Engineers Honors CMU’s James H. Garrett, Jr. and Mitchell Small

Jim GarrettMitchell SmallGarrett, dean of the College of Engineering, and Small, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy, were named Civil Engineer of the Year and Professor of the Year, respectively. MORE
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Biomedical Engineering Department To Create Heart Science Program

HeartAccepted students will spend 10 weeks working with faculty on a research project in a cardiovascular area of biomedical engineering, such as myocardial tissue engineering, artificial hearts, cardiac function modeling and imaging, or cardiovascular biomaterials. MORE
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Olympic Feat

OlympicsBoston. Paris. Rome. These and other cities vying to host the 2024 Olympics could get a jump on the competition from work conducted by Heinz DC alumni.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Transcendence

LionA student team from CMU's Entertainment Technology Center was recognized by PEACEapp for their game focused on therapy for traumatized youth.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

CMU Study Finds Chinese Consumers May Adopt Electric Vehicles First, Impacting Auto Market

Electric VehicleCMU engineering professors Jeremy Michalek and Erica Fuchs, Ph.D. student John Helveston and their co-authors surveyed automobile consumers in China and the U.S. to understand their preferences and willingness to pay for vehicle attributes. MORE
Friday, February 13, 2015

“The Wiz” Takes Center Stage at CMU’s School of Drama Spring Showcase

The WizAdapted from the beloved classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "The Wiz" opens at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 and runs through Feb. 28 in the Philip Chosky Theater. MORE
Friday, February 13, 2015

Maker Designs Sweet Sentiments

Romeo DeliversArt alumna Anne Lopez has combined a burning desire to create and a love of entrepreneurship to build her company, Romeo Delivers.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects Health

breatheCMU Psychology Professor J. David Creswell and graduate student Emily K. Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways. Their work, published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science,” describes the biological pathways linking mindfulness training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes. MORE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Catch a Sneak Preview of Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Feb. 27

Songs from the Forest“Song from the Forest,” a German film about a musicologist from New York City who spends 25 years in the Congo, will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27 in McConomy Auditorium. MORE
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Student Win Carnegie Science Center Awards

Carnegie Science Center LogoFive faculty members and one doctoral student will be recognized for their outstanding science and technology achievements on May 8. MORE
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Mathematical Sciences Student Tomer Reiter Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Tomer ReiterReiter, only the second CMU student to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, plans to study number theory at the University of Cambridge. MORE
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Farnam Jahanian Named Carnegie Mellon University Provost

Farnam JahanianJahanian, an accomplished scientist and successful entrepreneur, brings extensive leadership experience in higher education administration, an impressive background in scholarly achievement, and a strong commitment to teaching and learning to his new role. MORE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kloehn, Higher Education Communications Leader, Takes New Position as CMU Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Steve KloehnIn this new position, Kloehn will lead the university's efforts in expanding the global visibility of CMU and strategically highlighting the university's role in transforming lives and shaping the world through innovative, top-tier academics and world-renowned research. MORE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bay Area Inspiration

Swartz FellowsA New Year's Trek to Silicon Valley helps James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows start the year off on the right foot.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern Researchers Provide New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From Fingers

TouchscreenA new mathematical model and experimental results on "haptic illusions" could one day lead to flatscreen displays featuring active touchback technology, such as making your touchscreen’s keyboard actually feel like a keyboard. MORE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Carnegie Mellon To Receive American Humanist Association Award for Philosophical Diversity

American Humanist AssociationThe award is given to higher education institutions that demonstrate standards of openness to humanism and are inclusive in their acceptance of the freedoms of expression and religion. The award will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 12 as part of CMU's Darwin Day celebration. MORE
Friday, February 6, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Professor Elected To Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

CaulkinsCMU's Jonathan Caulkins has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive. Caulkins is the H. Guyford Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Center for the Arts in Society Selects "The Requiem for Rice" as Final Performance Initiative Project

Edda Fields BlackEdda Fields-Black, associate professor of history, will use the project — a modern take on "Verdi's Requiem" — to bring the records, stories and lives of Africans enslaved on low country rice plantations to life. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

CMU Master of Fine Arts Students Present "Gallery 808," a Series of Pop-Up Exhibitions Starting Feb. 12

First- and second-year Master of Fine Arts students will present new work spanning multimedia installations, video, performance, sculpture, and interactive projects at 808 Ivy Street in Shadyside through March 19.  MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck To Guest Conduct Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic & Chorus, Feb. 19

Manfred HoneckVerne LundquistThe concert will feature Honeck's dramatic and unique version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem Mass, K. 626." Legendary CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist (left) will complement this monumental work with readings from Mozart's letters to his father and liturgical texts.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Scott Weingart Joins Carnegie Mellon as Digital Humanities Specialist

Scott WeingartWeingart will teach a summer workshop that all humanities Ph.D. students and interested faculty will take to become fundamentally literate in digital humanities. He also will teach faculty how to use computational techniques in their research. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Donna Harsch To Head Carnegie Mellon's History Department

Donna HarschHarsch, a political and social historian of modern Germany, succeeds Caroline Acker, who has led the department since 2011 and is retiring from CMU. MORE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Maker Movement" Pioneer Joseph DeSimone Wins Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in Science

Joseph DeSimoneDeSimone, a chemist and chemical engineer, has developed two techniques for the rapid prototyping of vehicles for drug delivery. He'll receive the award and give a lecture at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bill Moushey To Discuss Innocence Project's Future at Carnegie Mellon

Bill MousheyMoushey, an award-winning journalist, founded "The Innocence Institute" in 2001 to expose systemic issues in the criminal justice system. He'll talk about the project at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 16. MORE
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Autonomous Drone Flies in Dark, Tight Quarters To Assist Firefighting Inside Naval Vessels

DroneDeveloped by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and CMU spin-off Sensible Machines, the drone flew autonomously through confined, dark, smoke-filled compartments to map fires and locate victims. MORE
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fulbright Scholar

Stephen Brockmann photoA well-timed semester in Leipzig, Germany, provides Professor Stephen Brockmann new ideas for the classroom.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Michael Trick Elected President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies

Michael TrickTrick’s election continues a long-standing commitment to the field of operations research and organizations that serve as a catalyst for the exchange of knowledge. His three-year term begins in January 2016.
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Uber, Carnegie Mellon Announce Strategic Partnership and Creation of Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh

Uber PartnershipThe partnership will provide a forum for Uber technology leaders to work closely with CMU faculty, staff and students — both on campus and at its National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) — to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology. MORE
Monday, February 2, 2015

College of Engineering Research Team Receives NSF RIPS Grant To Study Climate Change Impacts on Critical Infrastructure

Power LinesThe $1.44 million grant is for their work to develop methods for studying the implications of climate change on electric power generation and water supply. 
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