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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and Infection, Say Carnegie Mellon Researchers

HugsLed by Sheldon Cohen, researchers found that a hug-a-day could keep the doctor away. Their results showed greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms. MORE
Friday, December 12, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH Fellowship

Andreea RitivoiRitivoi will use the the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore how the concept of "captive nations" emerged in early Cold War political discourse, and how their liberation only appeared as an American responsibility. MORE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt"

Gladys Schmitt Book CoverThe collection features 19 stories that the award-winning Schmitt published in her lifetime. Schmitt was a dedicated and beloved professor of English at CMU, where she founded the Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Carnegie Mellon's Alex Imas With New Investigator Award

Alex ImasImas, assistant professor of social and decision sciences, won for his paper, "The Realization Effect: Risk-Taking After Realized Versus Paper Losses," which explores how prior losses influence a person's attitude toward taking on additional risks. MORE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council

From drones to traffic cameras to body cameras, technology is giving law enforcement officials many new options to watch and protect citizens. However, their use raises legal and ethical questions, including potentially violating the privacy rights of innocent people. CMU students will present their recommendations on the issue to Pittsburgh officials from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Council Chambers.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

brain image CMU researchers have created brain-reading techniques to use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy, establishing the first biologically based diagnostic tool that measures a person's thoughts to detect the disorder. MORE