April-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

The Piper is a source for official Carnegie Mellon news from the Internal Communications Department. Published monthly during the academic year, the Piper includes stories about university research, the people who make that research happen, the students we all support, and the events and activities that make this university and its branch locations a vibrant place to live, work and learn.

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April

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lecture Spotlight

AronsonFor years science fiction writers have dreamed up fanciful possibilities for what quantum computers can do, including jettisoning characters into parallel universes or creating their own alternate realities. Computer scientist Scott Aaronson is more interested in what quantum computers can’t do.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Watson Too Quick For Students

WatsonResearch won the day as IBM’s Watson added Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh students to the list of humans it has soundly defeated in the game of “Jeopardy!” MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Q&A: Wallach, Staff Aid Students' Quest for Scholarship

Stephanie WallachStephanie Wallach and her staff love working closely with students. And students love working with them. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Celebrates 25 Years of Cutting-Edge Technology

PSCThe Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) started from an idea over lunch in 1984. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

CMU Responds to Japan Crisis

JapanThe trip to the Tokyo stock exchange wasn’t quite what they expected. A group of students from the Tepper School of Business was in Tokyo when the massive earthquake struck Japan’s northeastern coast on March 11.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Directing the Future

John WellsHollywood executive producer John Wells has made giving back to his alma mater a priority in his life. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Campaign Update

WE can make a difference. Carnegie Mellon University is on track to reach the $1 billion goal of the Inspire Innovation campaign. Thanks in part to the support of our campus community, the university is in the homestretch to achieve this historic milestone. Visit cmu.edu/campaign for the latest campaign news and progress, or to make your gift today. Progress since January 31, 2011: $5,389,673. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Chef Sizzles at Regional Culinary Challenge

AldoGood things often come in threes. One of those is CulinArt Chef Aldo Ramirez’s award-winning recipe for tri-tip beef. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

CMU, Shrinivas Dempo Announce $3 Million Gift

Shrinivas V. Dempo, chairman of the Dempo Group of Companies in Goa, India, has made a $3 million gift to endow a professorship at the Tepper School of Business. Dempo earned a graduate degree in industrial administration from CMU in 1998. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Frankly Speaking

Students can now get motherly advice every Tuesday night without even calling home. “What Would Your Mother Say?” a candid talk show in its first season on WRCT 88.3 FM, Carnegie Mellon’s student radio station, brings students together with a mother  — unrelated to them — to discuss everything from dating, relationships and marriage, to social networking, academic stress, money and roommate etiquette.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Reveling in Robot Innovations

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Some look like cars or toys — others like humans — and their diversity will be celebrated at Carnegie Mellon during National Robotics Week, April 11-15. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Students Hit the Road To Tackle Social Media Challenges

The course “Measuring Social Initiatives” at Heinz College is taking students everywhere from executive boardrooms to truck stops. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Workshop Aims To Create Female Negotiators of All Ages

When it comes to negotiating, women often hesitate. Linda Babcock is working to change that.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Educators Recognized for Work Inside and Outside Classroom

To see the impact Professor Bruce Armitage has had on chemistry education at Carnegie Mellon and across the country, one only needs to see the numerous letters of support that include former students who are now teaching their own chemistry courses. MORE
Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Carnival: Marketplace, Memory Lane Add to Midway Offerings

A time machine will be part of campus soon. It won’t hurl anyone into the distant future or the pre-historic past, but it will walk attendees through the 91-year history of Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Carnival, which takes place April 14-16.

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