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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.
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
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.
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
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.

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.