Computational Biologist Part of All-Star Alzheimer's Collaboration
School of Computer Science
February 20, 2017
As part of an international research team assembled by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, Andreas Pfenning will use computational techniques to potentially identify thousands of genetic sequences that hold therapeutic potential for Alzheimer's disease. He is also developing new biological techniques to test the function of those human DNA fragments in the brains of mice.
Innovation in Brain Imaging
College of Engineering
February 16, 2017
Writers and scientists throughout history have searched for an apt technological analogy for the human brain, often comparing it to a computer. For CMU's Pulkit Grover, this analogy couldn’t be more fitting. Although Grover and his research team spend much of their time exploring how information flows through computer networks (such as coding systems, cyberphysical systems, and low-power wireless systems), they also apply these information theory principles to brain-imaging systems. This cross-disciplinary research approach bridges mathematical theory with clinical applications—striving to improve the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy.
How to Speed Read the Internet
January 29, 2017
Skimming can serve as an exercise in efficiency and prioritization: Is what you’re reading actually worth your time? According to Marcel Just, director of the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon, “Sometimes you’re really familiar with something and you can reconstruct the text after skimming. Speed reading isn’t a good method for expanding your knowledge base, but it is a good way to quickly determine what some piece of writing is about and whether it’s worthwhile to go read it in detail or not.”
How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to Science
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
January 19, 2017
For the millions of people watching NFL football games this weekend, it is not all fun and games. Rooting for your favorite team can leave you feeling anxious and stressed — right down to the last second.
The good news is that there is a way to help manage your stress reactions during the game. Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve stress management, and CMU scientists are leading the way to understanding how and why.