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Confirmed: Lack of Sleep Connected To Getting SickIn 2009, Professor Sheldon Cohen found for the first time that insufficient sleep is associated with a greater likelihood of catching a cold. Now, Cohen and researchers from UC San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have confirmed the finding using objective sleep measures.
Psychology Department Turns 100The 2015-16 academic year is extra special for one of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' core departments. The Department of Psychology was founded in 1915 with a focus on applied psychology. Over the past century, it has become a major force in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, developmental psychology, social/health psychology and the science of learning.
Meet the New Assistant Dean for Educational InitiativesJennifer Keating-Miller has joined the Dietrich College as the new assistant dean for educational initiatives. Previously, she served as CMU's associate director of undergraduate research and national fellowships. Keating-Miller talks about her new role.
Alumni Q&A with Patrick CavanaghFriday, August 21, 2015
Alumni Q&A with Patrick CavanaghPatrick Cavanagh (DC'72) started out as a computer and electrical engineer, but an interest in artificial intelligence led him to Carnegie Mellon University, where he could study "the really big computer." Since receiving his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from CMU, Cavanagh worked on aspects of memory and now focuses on how the visual perception system constructs our three-dimensional world.
Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry AwardThursday, August 20, 2015
Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry AwardThe Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected "Fugitives," a manuscript by CMU alumna Danielle Pieratti, as its 2015 winner.A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection. Lost Horse Press publishes the winning manuscripts. Acclaimed novelist and poet Kim Addonizio judged this year's submissions.
A Safe and Creative Space To Share Difficult StoriesTuesday, August 18, 2015
A Safe and Creative Space To Share Difficult StoriesSince 1999, Carnegie Mellon University has encouraged Pittsburgh-area high school and college students to write poetry and prose pieces about how discrimination has affected their lives. Learn more about the writing awards program and how you can get involved.
BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia PathwaysMonday, August 17, 2015
BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia PathwaysProfessor Timothy Verstynen's latest research involves a breakthrough could help see the pathways that degenerate with Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease.
New Assistant Dean, AAC Director NamedFriday, August 14, 2015
New Assistant Dean, AAC Director NamedAnna Maria Ulloa will administer academic policies and procedures, maintain student records and ensure a high quality of advising throughout Dietrich College.
National Institute of Statistical Sciences Honors Stephen E. FienbergFriday, August 14, 2015
National Institute of Statistical Sciences Honors Stephen E. FienbergFienberg was praised by the acting director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences for his exceptional leadership in a variety of professional and governmental organizations.
New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar ElementsThursday, August 13, 2015
New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar ElementsCMU psychologists, led by Professor Lynne Reder, uncover a critical relationship between working memory and the strength of information "chunks."
Apology to the MoonTuesday, August 11, 2015
Apology to the MoonIn his 15th poetry book, "Apology to the Moon," English Professor Jim Daniels details the life of a man from his college days to fatherhood while drawing on inspiration from the Moon Arts Group Collaborative.
In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki HelgesonMonday, August 10, 2015
In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki HelgesonIn 1990, Vicki Helgeson applied for her first job- a junior faculty position in the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Helgeson, now a professor of psychology, has been here ever since, teaching and building an impressive program of health psychology research.
Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than GoodThursday, August 06, 2015
Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than GoodKickstarter campaigns for medical research trials? CMU ethicists warn that patient-funded trials may seem beneficial, but instead they threaten scientific rigor, relevance, efficiency and fairness.
World Economic Forum Selects CMU BrainHub Startup as Technology PioneerWednesday, August 05, 2015
World Economic Forum Selects CMU BrainHub Startup as Technology PioneerNeon's proprietary technology uses cognitive science, neuroscience and machine learning tools to understand how humans see and react to images, and selects images that emotionally resonate with viewers.
Training PA’s Chinese TeachersWednesday, August 05, 2015