March-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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March

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Running Commencement a Real Marathon This Year

MarathonWhen does a marathon become an obstacle course? When it falls on Sunday, May 15, and more than 2,000 graduates, their families, guests, faculty and staff will be navigating the crowds and street closings associated with the Pittsburgh Marathon on their way to Carnegie Mellon’s 114th commencement and diploma ceremonies.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Campaign Update

WE can make a difference. Carnegie Mellon University is on track to reach the $1 billion goal of our 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 http://www.cmu.edu/campaign for the latest campaign news and progress, or to make your gift today. Progress since January 31, 2011: $691.5 million. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Professor Receives Elite Wolf Prize in Chemistry

KrzysztofKrzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences in the Mellon College of Science, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry from Israel’s Wolf Foundation. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Words, Form Take Center Stage in Poetry Spotlight Series

James LogenbachNational Poetry Month is April, but Carnegie Mellon is starting its celebration early. American poets and critics Daisy Fried, James Longenbach and Fred Moten will read their work and discuss the state of contemporary poetry from 7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in McConomy Auditorium.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

GM Foundation Supports Fund

GrantWalt Dorfstatter executive director of Integrated Vehicle Health Management for GM Research & Development, presented Ed Schlesinger, head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Gaurav Bhatia, a researcher at the CMU Collaborative Laboratory, with a $70,000 scholarship grant from the General Motors Foundation for students on Feb. 10. at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Judy Resnik : Family, Friends Remember Engineer Who Reached for the Stars

Judy ResnikFamily, colleagues and friends of Judith A. Resnik don’t want her just to be remembered as one of the seven astronauts who died in the Challenger Space Shuttle breakup 25 years ago. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Love a Donor

MDonorore than 1,500 students wrote thank you notes to donors who have helped support their college education during Love a Donor Week (Feb. 14-18). MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ridge Calls for Best Practices in Marcellus Drilling

RidgeFormer Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge discussed the risk management involved in today’s gas industry as it relates to the Marcellus Shale. But he said it was worth it to help drive economic energy and vitality into rural communities in the state will result in additional income and higher paying jobs. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Qatar National Research Fund Awards Grants to Three Researchers

GrantAge might only be a number, but for post-doctoral researchers Behrang Mohit, Peter Hansen and Thierry Sans, it was a factor in each of them winning a grant from the first cycle of the Young Scientists Research Experience Program from Qatar National Research Fund. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Planning To Attend Spring Carnival Events? Think Ahead

Space won’t be quite as tight as inside a Sweepstakes buggy, but you better make your Spring Carnival reservations early. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Diversity of Data Privacy Research on Display at CMU Forum

Posts and tweets may seem harmless by themselves, but together they could paint a negative picture when it comes to privacy. MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cohon Joins Prestigious Global Leaders Forum

Following his participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon has been invited to join the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). MORE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chess Champ Keeps Game, Studies in Check

In the royal world of professional chess, Lufei Ruan came within just a few moves of being crowned queen. Not bad for someone who doesn’t even play every day.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Students Create Bridge Between Business and Health Care

Carnegie Mellon doesn’t have a medical school, but that doesn’t stop students from working on health care solutions. From bioengineering to quality of life technology, collaborations abound.

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Immigrants’ Dreams the Focus of CMU Film Festival

Film FestivalVeteran film and TV producer Esaú Meléndez, a native of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago, sees the United States as a country built by immigrants — generation after generation with people much like himself. MORE

Lecture Spotlight: Cells Become Factories for Dickson Prize Lecturer

David TirrellThirty years ago, David Tirrell influenced young, talented scientists to come to Carnegie Mellon. This month, those faculty members are returning the favor.
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A Q&A on QA (Question Answering) Research With Eric Nyberg

WatsonEric Nyberg, a professor in the Language Technologies Institute, builds software applications that can understand and process human language. For the past decade, he has worked on question-answering technology, often in collaboration with colleagues at IBM. Since 2007, he and his CMU colleagues have participated in the Open Advancement of Question Answering, a collaboration with IBM that led to the development of Watson, a question answering computing system that recently defeated human opponents in nationally televised matches of Jeopardy!
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