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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inspired Performance

Manfred HoneckPittsburgh Symphony conductor Manfred Honeck recently raised his baton to lead the CMU Philharmonic, as guest of conductor Andrés Cárdenes.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Announces Inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners

DickterVande VelteCMU's Department of Psychology has selected Anna Vande Velde (DC’15) and Adam Dickter (DC’17) as the recipients of the inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards. Funded by an endowment from the George and Elisabeth Ireland family, the awards were established to support high-quality undergraduate research projects. Vande Velde and Dickter will each receive $1,500 to support their work. MORE
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center Named Edison Award Finalist

Mario SavvidesThe center has been named a finalist in recognition of Mario Savvides, who has developed tools that use “bio-metrics,” such as the iris of an eye or the shape of one’s face, to identify people from up to 40 feet away and within a few seconds. MORE
Monday, March 30, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create “Wikipedia” for Neurons

Wikipedia for NeuronsTo help scientists make sense of the decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons, CMU researchers have created www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website to accelerate research and understanding of neuronal function. MORE
Monday, March 30, 2015

Turning Your Smartphone Into a Ruler

smartphone rulerUsing video from smartphones or other devices to create 3-D models of the world has become increasingly common as computer vision has grown more sophisticated. Researchers at CMU have developed a way to use a smartphone’s sensors to build 3-D models of faces or other objects and — literally, with the wave of a hand — provide accurate measurements of those objects. MORE
Friday, March 27, 2015

American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service Award

Joel TarrTarr has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems. MORE
Thursday, March 26, 2015

CMU & the Tonys to Honor Arts Educators

Arts educator and studentThe Inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award will recognize inspirational teachers nominated by their students. MORE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius Prize

Braille Writing TutorThe innovative device developed by the TechBridgeWorld research group helps visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Snake Robots Learn To Turn By Following the Lead of Real Sidewinders

SnakeBot and SandHowie Choset, professor at CMU’s Robotics Institute, said by learning from real sidewinders, researchers can make snake robots much more valuable as tools for urban search-and-rescue tasks, power plant inspections and even archaeological exploration. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Former Mellon College of Science Post-doc Presents Research to British Parliament

Euan Wielewski at ParliamentEuan Wielewski presented research that he conducted under the guidance of CMU Physics Professor Robert Suter. The research focuses on using near-field High Energy Diffraction Microscopy (HEDM), a technique developed by Suter, to determine the likelihood that materials used to make parts for jet engines would fail. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Carnegie Mellon’s Department of English

Andreea RitivoiEffective July 1, Ritivoi, professor of English, will succeed Chris Neuwirth, who has served as department head since 2009. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Study Shows People Act To Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal Information

Privacy NudgeAn experiment at Carnegie Mellon shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that information they rapidly act to limit further sharing. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Presents “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”

Rosa Parks BookAuthor Jeanne Theoharis will discuss Rosa Parks and her place in women’s history in Carnegie Mellon’s ninth annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 in Baker Hall’s Giant Eagle Auditorium. MORE
Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers Show Forest Fragmentation from Shale Development Could Be Reduced by Placing Natural Gas Lines Along Roadways

Shale Gas Well PadForest fragmentation from natural gas development in Pennsylvania is caused by gathering lines, the smaller pipelines that carry extracted natural gas to the main distribution pipes. While the lines are buried underground, the surfaces above them are cleared of all trees, causing almost 19 acres of loss per well pad. MORE
Thursday, March 19, 2015

NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the Humanities

William AdamsAs the National Endowment for the Humanities gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016, Adams believes the NEH can do more to address major challenges in society. He will share his thoughts at Carnegie Mellon on Friday, March 27. MORE
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brain Awareness Week

Brain artworkIn celebration of the progress made in brain research, we highlight CMU’s leading contributions to understanding the human brain.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Researchers Propose Solutions To Reduction in Revenue from Gasoline Tax

Electric VehicleTo compensate for the loss of funds for roadway maintenance, the team proposes a flat vehicle registration fee at 0.6 percent of the vehicles MSRP, a tax of 2 cents per mile, or a tax on electricity (4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour) while charging EVs. MORE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Neuron Bracketology: BrainHub Researchers Pit Teams of Neurons Against Each Other To Learn More About How They Work in Teams

Neuron BracketologyAs March Madness descends on most of America, neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon are engaging in a little bracketology of their own. MORE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teaching Science to the Brain: Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover How the Brain Learns the Way Things Work

Brain ProcessesFor the first time, Carnegie Mellon scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts. MORE
Monday, March 16, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Introduces Speck, a Personal, Wi-Fi-connected Air Quality Monitor

Speck in the kitchenIntroduced at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, Speck is an air pollution monitor in the home that measures the levels of PM2.5, the tiniest of particulates capable of lodging deep in the lungs and aggravating heart and lung diseases. MORE
Monday, March 16, 2015

CMU, Pitt, UPMC Form Alliance To Transform Health Care Through Big Data

Pittsburgh Health Data AllianceThe Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance is a wide-reaching commitment to advance technology and create new data-heavy health care innovations over the coming years, resulting in spinoff companies and furthering economic development in the region. MORE
Monday, March 16, 2015

The Future of Health Care is in the Data

Healthcare and DataCMU, Pitt and UPMC have forged an alliance that will revolutionize health care and jumpstart regional economic development.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Improving the Human Experience

SXSW imageBridging the digital and physical to generate real-world impact is at CMU's core. Examples of these achievements will be showcased at SXSW 2015. MORE
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Engineering Program No. 4

The ranking is the highest the program has received in more than 15 years. MORE
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Unexpected Gamma-Ray Emission From Dwarf Galaxy May Point to New Understanding of Dark Matter

Dwarf GalaxyCarnegie Mellon and Brown researchers have found that a newly-discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way shows evidence that it’s emitting gamma rays, which just might be an indication of dark matter annihilation. If confirmed, their findings may mark the first time researchers have detected non-gravitational properties of dark matter. MORE
Monday, March 9, 2015

Don’t Let a Robot Take Your Child’s Future Career: Roboticist’s Book Offers Educational Advice for Parents

Parenting for Technology FuturesIn the 64-page first volume, CMU's Illah Nourbakhsh provides an overview to help parents understand the strengths and shortcomings of technology education in schools, including the movement to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, digital learning and massive open online courses, or MOOCs. MORE
Monday, March 9, 2015

Columbia Neuroscientist Larry Abbott To Deliver Carnegie Mellon’s 2015 Buhl Lecture March 18

Larry AbbottIn his lecture, Abbott will discuss research into two neural circuits: one that allows flies to interpret the implications of different odors, and another that predicts the consequences of motor actions in an electric fish. MORE
Friday, March 6, 2015

Carnegie Mellon 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens March 27 at Miller Gallery

MFA Art ImageSix artists will present their final work, which "demonstrates how art can resist conformity, present critical viewpoints and communicate alternative values." MORE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

wats:ON? Festival Features Visual, Sound, Performance and Tactile Arts That Engage the Senses

Jill Watson FestivalThis year's festival title, "POW!" celebrates the creative accomplishments of the late CMU alumna Jill Watson. The festival runs March 19-21 in the College of Fine Arts building. MORE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Students Will Flight Test Sensor Package Designed To Model Surface Pits on Moon and Mars

Xombie landingThe flight tests will be conducted aboard a reusable vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing XA-0.1-B rocket, called “Xombie,” built and operated by Masten Space Systems. The three flights — two tethered and one free flight — will take place at the Mojave Air and Space Port and are funded through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP) of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the Flight Opportunities Program of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. MORE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Carnegie Mellon and IBM Launch First Cloud-Based Analytics Partnership for Smarter Buildings

CMU expects to save approximately 10 percent on utilities, nearly $2 million annually, when the IBM system is fully deployed across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus. MORE
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Showing Work As Passion, Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11

Bronx ObamaNow in its ninth season, this year's festival will screen 19 award-winning films from 14 countries at various locations around Pittsburgh. Each screening will feature a special event, such as an appearance by the director, panel discussion, presentation or culinary display relevant to the film’s theme. MORE
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon Announce Judges for First Theatre Education Award

Tony Theatre Ed AwardThe panel of judges — representing the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and Carnegie Mellon — will select the award finalists and winner. The award will recognize a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S., who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. MORE
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas Communicate

Brain CommunicatesThe findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson’s disease. MORE
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CMU’s School of Drama To Welcome Guest Directors Patrick Wilson and Sasha Iliev During 2015-2016 Season

Patrick WilsonWilson (far left)Sasha Illiev will be directing “The Full Monty,” in which he starred on Broadway, and Iliev will direct a devised Commedia dell’Arte piece based on Flaminio Scala’s “The Plague in Venice.” MORE
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Sky's The Limit

Orion nebulaAs chief financial officer for NASA, a Heinz College alumnus' work helps explore beyond the earth and into the heavens.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tickets On Sale for First Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Humanities FestivalThe festival will run March 26-29 and feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators, including Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehren," and actor and activist George Takei, the most influential person on Facebook. MORE
Monday, March 2, 2015

Carnegie Mellon BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED Funding

BrainHub ImageEight new neuroscience projects propose innovative solutions to some of the most pressing questions in brain science and represent the university’s strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering. MORE