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Obituary: Lois Josephs Fowler Inspired and Mentored Generations of StudentsFowler, professor of English, emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon, died Dec. 28. She was 89. Fowler joined the CMU faculty in 1961 and was often referred to as an "unforgettable" teacher.
Mellon Foundation Grants CMU $2 Million To Transform Graduate Education in HumanitiesThe five-year award will train humanities Ph.D. students in digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning through intensive, weeklong courses that will also be available to anyone online.
Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and InfectionLed by Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen, researchers found that a hug-a-day could keep the doctor away.
Students Suggest Ways for Pittsburgh To Balance Privacy and Public SafetyTo help Pittsburgh officials understand the issues and develop effective policies, City Councilman Dan Gilman (DC'04) turned to Ethics, History and Public Policy (EHPP) seniors.
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH FellowshipRitivoi will use the the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore how the concept of "captive nations" emerged in early Cold War political discourse, and how their liberation only appeared as an American responsibility.
Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt”The collection features 19 stories that the award-winning Schmitt published in her lifetime. Schmitt was a dedicated and beloved professor of English at CMU, where she founded the Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind.
Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Alex Imas With New Investigator AwardImas, assistant professor of social and decision sciences, won for his paper, "The Realization Effect: Risk-Taking After Realized Versus Paper Losses," which explores how prior losses influence a person's attitude toward taking on additional risks.
Local Children to Sing Spanish-Language CarolsThe young carolers are taking part in an outreach program called El Circulo Juvenil de Cultura.
EHPP Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City CouncilFrom drones to traffic cameras to body cameras, technology is giving law enforcement officials many new options to watch and protect citizens. However, their use raises legal and ethical questions, including potentially violating the privacy rights of innocent people. CMU students will present their recommendations on the issue to Pittsburgh officials from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Council Chambers.
Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism DiagnosisTuesday, December 02, 2014
Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism DiagnosisLed by Psychology Professor Marcel Just, CMU researchers have created brain-reading techniques that use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy, establishing the first biologically based diagnostic tool that measures a person's thoughts to detect the disorder.
A Buggy Connection: Samuel Swift (DC’04)Tuesday, December 02, 2014
A Buggy Connection: Samuel Swift (DC’04)Samuel Swift (DC'04, TPR'09,'12) cemented his lifelong connection to Carnegie Mellon University when he joined the Fringe buggy team. As a founder of the CMU Alumni Buggy Association, Swift has enabled countless like-minded alumni to sustain that same invaluable tie.
Moneythink: Dietrich College Students Mentor High School StudentsMonday, December 01, 2014