May-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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May

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fitwits Helps School Share Healthy Life Lessons

BanitaA small idea can make a big difference in a community. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Advice From Nature

Fruit FlyYou can’t fool Mother Nature, but you can learn from her. CMU researchers and students have found inspiration from her for a variety of projects. The process, called biomimicry, is an innovative method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Diplomatic Relations

Meera ShankarMeera Shankar, India’s Ambassador to the United States, toured Carnegie Mellon CyLab on April 29.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Rooms With a View

Qatar RoomThe new student lounge at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus, currently referred to as the “Doha Room,” connects students to Carnegie Mellon Qatar through a continuous video conferencing link.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Student Speaker Hopes To Stir Restless Hearts

AliaAlia Poonawala looks at human life through different lenses. This year’s commencement speaker, Poonawala is a biological sciences and drama major, who will share her experiences in a speech titled “Cor inquietum” —  Latin for “restless heart.”

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet Bubba the Bubo Virginianus

Earth DayThe College of Engineering and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research hosted “Flying High and Heels on Wheels,” an exhibit of birds of prey and a kickoff to a bicycle challenge to help the Pittsburgh region escape rising fuel prices by pedaling to work. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Mosaic of Memories

mosiacGraduating senior Nofe Al-Suwaidi returns the 2011 class tile to G. Richard Tucker, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, during the graduation ceremony on the Qatar campus on May 2. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Seniors Super in Their Fields

CMWAThe Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association recently awarded three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Driving the Economy

HolsteinJournalist William Holstein's book, “The Next American Economy – Blueprint for a Real Recovery,” features several CMU faculty members in the book’s second chapter, titled “From Steel to Advanced Robots — Pittsburgh Attempts to Reinvent.”
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Q&A: John R. Anderson on How His Work Has Evolved

John R. Anderson has re-defined the field of cognitive psychology by taking a theory of how we think and using it to improve the learning process for students across the globe. A pioneer, Anderson recently joined the likes of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, the late CMU professor Allen Newell, known as a father of artificial intelligence, and CMU Professor Takeo Kanade as recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. The Piper recently caught up with Anderson to talk about his career, his mentors and the future. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Scientist’s Legacy Is Revolutionizing How We Learn

John R. Anderson believes that one of the things that makes humans unique is our ability to pick up a brand new skill — whether it’s driving a car or solving math problems. This notion has driven Anderson to spend the past four decades researching how the brain works and creating better ways for students to learn. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Improv Troupe Helps Students Build Skills for Life

Quick and creative thinking is important during a job interview. It’s also important on stage. Carnegie Mellon’s student improv troupe, the No Parking Players, are using what they’ve learned through a hobby and applying it to their work.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Rouse Says “Pirates of the Caribbean” Series Hijacks History

Arrrggh. The swashbuckling theatrics of Pirate Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, are much more than sources of escapist entertainment says Carnegie Mellon Associate Teaching Professor of History Roger Rouse. MORE
Monday, May 2, 2011

Students Raise Awareness on Refugees’ Plights in Pittsburgh

A new Student College Course (StuCo) next year will teach undergraduates about the issues refugees face. MORE
Sunday, May 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 the university community, Carnegie Mellon 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 March 15, 2011: $4,250,923. MORE