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Carnegie Mellon University Newsletter: February 2014
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What do bobsleds and stamps have in common?

CMU alumni, of course.


As creative director of BMW's DesignworksUSA, Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Michael Scully has spent the last two years working on the ultimate driving machine for the U.S. Olympic team.

It's a bobsled, but some have said it's also a work of art.

With a background in racing, architecture, sculpture, industrial design, strategy and conceptual engineering, Scully brought a variety of skills to the table, and it helped the U.S. win one silver and two bronze medals.

Watch how the design team created the medal-winning sled (video) »






CMU Stories & Research


Sealed With Love

Sealed With Love


Her clients include Tiffany & Company, Estée Lauder, The New Yorker and others, but this month, her heart was with the U.S. Postal Service.

Alumna Elizabeth Q. Cassetti designed this year's limited edition Love stamp.

"Cut Paper Heart" was inspired by folk art traditions. Cassetti — whose portfolio includes hundreds of valentines — finds inspiration in many forms, including Andrew Carnegie.

See her Carnegie-inspired valentine design »





Counting Counts

Counting Counts


Want to improve a young child's early number skills? Break out the board games.

A study co-published by CMU Professor Robert Siegler finds that parents can make a small change in playing board games with numbered spaces to increase children's learning.

It's all in the counting method.

The findings were published shortly after CMU launched the Simon Initiative to accelerate the use of learning science and technology to improve student learning.

Learn the best way to count with kids »





Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering


Imagine magical, whispering trees in Thailand and Peru that allow people to talk to each other half a world apart.

This idea, part of a project titled "Antipode," earned CMU students the top prize in a Walt Disney Imagineering competition.

Teams were tasked with selecting large, densely populated urban areas and designing an experience for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

The CMU students proposed a two-week cultural exchange festival unfolding simultaneously in Bangkok, Thailand, and Lima, Peru, where trees serve as portals between the two cities.

Read more about the Disney competition and winning CMU project »





Project InMind

Project InMind


Yahoo and CMU have announced a five-year, $10 million partnership.

Called Project InMind, it will allow CMU researchers to use Yahoo's real-world data as they develop personalized mobile applications.

InMind will use artificial intelligence techniques to automatically learn the needs and preferences of its users, enabling it to anticipate what information mobile users need and to provide that information when and where they need it.

Hear more about the project and partnership (video) »




News & Events


Networking Events: CMU Connect in DC & San Fran

Carnival, April 10-12: Celebrating 100 Years

Commencement, May 18

School of Drama 100 Years: Tell Your Story, Share Your Memories

World Economic Forum: CMU Makes Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2014

CMU News: President Emeritus & University Professor Jared L. Cohon Named Director of Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

NBC News: Broadway Bots: Robots Take Lead Roles in Drama, Standup

NPR: Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

Politico: The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh

CNN Money: Duolingo, the language learning service, raises $20 million

New York Daily News: Black History: 'Amazing times' on Broadway

Technology Review: Storing the Sun

Chicago Tribune: Attack on California electric grid raises alarm



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Facebook As Sochi Olympic Games open, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama professor reflects on her Emmy-winning design of the London 2012 opening ceremony: cmu.li/tnXGY

Facebook New research from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon suggests that larger portions of food lead to less enjoyment and reduce how often people eat certain items: cmu.li/tjhbG

Facebook Love is in the air. And in the mail. US Postal Service commissioned Carnegie Mellon alumna for limited edition LOVE stamp. cmu.li/tAApN




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