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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CMU Team Places Second in DOE Competition

DOE Competition Winners
Waven Technologies, a team from Carnegie Mellon University placed second in the Allegheny Region CleanTech University Prize competition, held at CMU during its inaugural Energy Week celebration, March 14–18.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Neuronal Feedback Could Change What We "See"

Optical Illusion
Ever see something that isn't really there? Could your mind be playing tricks on you? The "tricks" might be your brain reacting to feedback between neurons in different parts of the visual system, according to a new study.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Students Design Water Barrel That Filters as it Rolls

Water Barrel
Mechanical Engineering seniors design an all-in-one system to transport and purify water.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

"What's a Steak"

MFA Steak
The annual exhibition of new work by Carnegie Mellon first- and second-year MFA students opens April 1.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

“Fastball” To Premiere in Pittsburgh

Fastball
The film has several connections to Pittsburgh. Three CMU scientists are prominently featured; CMU Trustee Thomas Tull produced the documentary; and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon appears in it.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CMU Celebrates Today’s Women Making Tomorrow’s History

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Throughout the month of March, Carnegie Mellon University is commemorating Women's History Month by highlighting women and programs that are making a difference.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Manuela Veloso Named Head of Machine Learning Department

Manuela Veloso
A computer scientist renowned for her work in artificial intelligence and robotics, Veloso succeeds Tom Mitchell who remains part of the faculty.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

College of Fine Arts Steiner Speaker Series Presents Special Guest Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart
Bogart, one of the three co-artistic directors of the SITI Company, is a towering figure in contemporary theater making.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sophomore Ian Asenjo Receives State Department Scholarship To Study in India

Ian Asenjo
Asenjo, pictured with Joanna Dickert, assistant director of national fellowships, will be traveling to India, where he hopes to gain proficiency in Punjabi and explore his passion for Bhangra.
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Researchers Find Worry Over Falls Among Elderly Leads to Action

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Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering conducted a survey on falls among the elderly and discovered that Americans are very worried about an elderly parent falling — and that this worry leads to action.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Mathematician Boris Bukh Receives NSF CAREER Award

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The five-year grant will support his research into developing a powerful and novel approach to establish connections between two fundamental mathematical fields: combinatorics and algebra.
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Driverless Bulldozer Entrepreneur, Alumnus Wins Fellowship

Seun Aremu
CMU's Fellowship and Scholarship Office offers application assistance for current students and alumni, such as Oluseun (Seun) Aremu, who is heading to Australia to study autonomous vehicles.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

CMU Professor Receives Grant To Monitor Electrical Activity of Cells in 3-D

NSF Career Award
Tzahi Cohen-Karni, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon, recently received an NSF CAREER award for his project.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

From Teacher to Leader: One Alumna is Leading CS Efforts in NYC

Leigh Ann DeLyser at Bronx Academy for Sofware Engineering
Computer science needs K-12 educators, especially ones like Leigh Ann DeLyser (CS 2010, 2014), a former high school teacher and director of education and research for CSNYC - NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DOE Selects Robotics Institute for Environmental Remediation Training

DOE Training
The five-year agreement for a Robotics Traineeship program is valued at up to $3 million and will provide full or partial support for as many as 20 Ph.D. and master’s degree students in robotics.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CMU Senior Receives Luce Scholarship

Kaytie Nielsen
Carnegie Mellon University senior Kaytie Nielsen has won a nationally competitive fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Most Presidential Candidates Speak at Grade 6-8 Level

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A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in CMU's Language Technologies Institute finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Greeks Pledge Songs, Service for Philanthropy

Greek Sing
Greek Sing aims to wrap up a $160,000, two-year commitment for a nonprofit that assists families dealing with cancer.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Students Find Chemistry in Annual Murder Mystery

Masks and chemistry
Everyone on stage is a suspect in the annual Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry. Created by the department's Student Advisory Committee more than 10 years ago, science majors come together to present all-original scripts with acting, singing, dancing and audience participation.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CMU, Airviz Will Make Air Quality Monitors Available at Public Libraries Nationwide

Speck in Library
CMU researchers plan to provide free Speck air quality monitors to 100 public libraries in the U.S.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mayor William Peduto, CMU To Hold Press Conference Today on Smart City Application

Pittsburgh Bridges
Mayor Peduto and Raj Rajkumar, director of CMU's Metro 21 and Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation Center, will discuss the city’s “Smart City Challenge” bid.
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Monday, March 14, 2016

A Scottish-Inspired Savory Pie for Pi(e) Day 2016

Pi Day
In celebration of Pi Day, CMU Alumna Quelcy Kogel created a Scottish-inspired savory pie.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

U.S. IMO Team Celebrates Pi Day at the White House

Pi Day
Coach Po-Shen Loh and the winning U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team are being honored in the nation's capital.
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Eyes on the Road

Potholes
A CMU researcher uses budget-friendly technology to give public works a big picture of the roads.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Website Sheds Light on Shortcomings of Privacy Policies

Norman Sadeh
The Usable Privacy Policy website allows users to explore the content of a number of privacy policies. Color codes help users select from a menu of privacy practices that might interest them.
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Friday, March 11, 2016

School of Drama Presents “The Plague in Venice” Directed by Sasha Iliev

The Plague in Venice
"The Plague in Venice," opening on 8 p.m., April 8 in the Philip Chosky Theater and running through April 23, is based on a scenario by Flaminio Scala and adapted and directed by movement mime and mask specialist Sasha Iliev, a guest of the School of Drama.
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Scholarship, Program Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Corps

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Scholarship, Program Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Corps.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Black Women’s History Pioneer to Deliver Lecture

Darlene Hine
Darlene Clark Hine, who helped found the field of black women’s history, will speak at CMU’s 10th annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History on Friday, March 18.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Scott Institute Hosts Energy Week, March 14-18

Energy Week
With great power comes great responsibility. No one knows that better than the 100+ renowned experts in Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Physicist Di Xiao Named Cottrell Scholar

Di Xiao
Xiao is one of 24 of the nation's top early career scientists who received the designation from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Each will receive $100,000 to fund their research and teaching.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

NREC Selected for Research Projects Totaling More Than $11 Million

Profiler
CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center has been selected as a prime contractor or subcontractor on four major new federal research projects totaling more than $11 million over the next three years.
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Alumnus Gives Voters A Better Way to Decide

Karl Janecek
Karel Janeček earned a Ph.D. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 and went on to found RSJ, one of the world's top market makers on international derivative exchanges. He's recently turned his attention to revitalizing the democratic process with his innovative voting system, Democracy 2.1.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

CMU Hosts Inaugural Energy Week, March 14-18

Energy Week
Each day has a theme: Research, Policy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Workforce and Education, and Field Trips.
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Spike Lee To Attend CMU Screening of “Chi-Raq”

Spike Lee
Lee will attend the screening of his latest film at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19 in McConomy Auditorium. He'll also participate in an exclusive Q&A.
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kiron Skinner Reflects on Nancy Reagan

Skinner met Nancy Reagan in 1994, when the former first lady gave Skinner nearly exclusive access to President Ronald Reagan’s private papers. MORE
Friday, March 4, 2016

Simon Lecturer: Keep Patients First as Tech Changes Medicine

Fineberg
Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former president of the National Academy of Medicine, understands the medical industry's struggles.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Federal Policy Reverses Benefits of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Electric Volt
In the short term, electric vehicles may not be as beneficial as expected.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

“Self Driving Car” Opens March 18

Self Driving Car
The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition presents seven emerging artists forging their own paths through new mutimedia work.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

School of Drama, Pittsburgh CLO Welcome “Spring Awakening” Creators for "Nero" Workshop

Nero
The reading will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 19, in the Purnell Center for the Arts’ Al Checco Studio.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

“Barack Obama’s Literary Legacy” Highlights President’s Role as Writer

Purcell Book Cover
Carnegie Mellon’s Richard Purcell and co-editor Henry Veggian have collected a group of essays that highlight Obama’s literary influences and merits as a writer.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Privacy Regulation Can Improve Technology Adoption in Health Care When Combined With Incentives

Stethoscope and Keyboard
To date, 25 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation to incentivize health information exchanges, address patient privacy concerns, or both.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

School of Drama Announces 2016-2017 Season

New Drama Season
Highlights include a guest director from the U.K. and a musical by an acclaimed Pittsburgh composer.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Harvard’s Lars Hernquist To Present Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology, March 15

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Hernquist will discuss the new generation of numerical models that are allowing researchers to create accurate simulations of galaxy formation and evolution.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CMU Junior Receives Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship

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An English and global studies major, Melanie Diaz is interested in pursuing policy work related to immigration and education reform.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Students Present Educational Premiere of “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical”

Polkadots
“Polkadots” serves as a colorful musical history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
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