Linda Babcock To Head Department of Social and Decision SciencesBabcock focuses on negotiations and dispute resolution research with specific attention to gender differences in negotiation and how people react when women negotiate. Her appointment is effective July 1, and she succeeds Paul Fischbeck.
Scientists Work To Improve Research IntegrityThe National Academy of Sciences recently brought together top scientists, including CMU President Subra Suresh and Statistics Professor Stephen E. Fienberg, to address the issue of scientific controversies and "trouble at the lab."
Spring 2015 Dean’s List AnnouncedCongratulations to all of the undergraduate students who have been named to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's List for the Fall 2014 semester.
Classroom Salon To Help Boost Capacity of Computer Science CourseFriday, June 19, 2015
Classroom Salon To Help Boost Capacity of Computer Science CourseCo-created by CMU English Professor David Kaufer, Classroom Salon is a social networking tool that taps the collective intelligence of online study groups. It will be used as part of a multi-year, Google-funded project to boost the capacity of a popular CMU introductory computer science course.
The Mind-Body ConnectionThursday, June 18, 2015
The Mind-Body ConnectionWhen fourth year Ph.D. student Emily Lindsay began practicing yoga in college, it completely changed her life. After just a few weeks, she was less stressed, sleeping better and more productive in her classes.
Conflicting Histories Harm NegotiationsWednesday, June 17, 2015
Conflicting Histories Harm NegotiationsThe role of history in negotiations is a double-edged sword.George Loewenstein and a multi-university research team examine how histories are harmful in negotiations, particularly when an event benefited one party at the other's expense.
From Shakespeare to Torture MemosTuesday, June 16, 2015
From Shakespeare to Torture MemosA new book by English Professor Christopher N. Warren discloses how a Bush Administration lawyer misinterpreted cultural history to justify War on Terror activities.
Obituary: Hilary Masters Was an Acclaimed Writer and Beloved ProfessorMonday, June 15, 2015
Obituary: Hilary Masters Was an Acclaimed Writer and Beloved ProfessorThe award-winning Masters joined the English Department in 1983 and spent the past 32 years inspiring students. He died on Sunday, June 14, at the age of 87. "Our undergraduate creative writing majors were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from a consummate writer who was also an extraordinary teacher and mentor," said Chris Neuwirth, head of the Department of English.
Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a TabletFriday, June 12, 2015
Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a TabletNew research from CMU's Simon Initiative show that although screen technologies are ubiquitous and certainly appealing for children, kids still need real-world experimentation with physical objects to enhance their learning.
Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the BrainTuesday, June 09, 2015
Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the BrainThanks to CMU advances in brain imaging technology, we now know how specific concrete objects are coded in the brain.Now, CMU scientists are applying this knowledge about the neural representations of familiar concepts by teaching people new concepts and watching the new neural representations develop. The research reveals that the brain has a "filing system" that is the same for everyone.
Researchers Find Everyone Has a Bias Blind SpotMonday, June 08, 2015
Researchers Find Everyone Has a Bias Blind SpotIt has been well established that people have a "bias blind spot," meaning that they are less likely to detect bias in themselves than others.Now, researchers have developed a tool to measure the bias blind spot. A new study reveals that believing you are less biased than your peers has detrimental consequences on judgments and behaviors, such as accurately judging whether advice is useful.
Beverley Wheeler To Receive Alumni Distinguished Service AwardWednesday, June 03, 2015
Beverley Wheeler To Receive Alumni Distinguished Service AwardEach year, CMU's Alumni Association honors alumni, students and faculty for outstanding service to the university and alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their chosen professions through the Alumni Awards program. Beverley R. Wheeler, who graduated with a degree in social relations degree from the Dietrich College, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Mobile App Educates Teens On Risky Sexual BehaviorMonday, June 01, 2015
Mobile App Educates Teens On Risky Sexual Behavior"Seventeen Days," a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, will be available at no cost on iPhone, iPad and Android devices beginning June 4."Our goal is to create and make readily available a tool that will help teenagers make better decisions for themselves," said Julie Downs, associate research professor of social and decision sciences who studies how social influences affect decision making and how people can make better decisions by understanding these influences.
Advancing Technology Education at CMU and BeyondMonday, June 01, 2015