Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners AnnouncedThe Department of Psychology has selected Anna Vande Velde (DC'15) and Adam Dickter (DC'17) as the recipients of the inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.The awards, funded by an endowment from the George and Elizabeth Ireland family, were established to support high-quality undergraduate research projects.
American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service AwardJoel Tarr, who has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the ASEH.Caroline Acker, head of the Department of History, said that the field of environmental history is on the rise as issues like climate change and global warming take on urgency. She believes Tarr's work has been critical.
Like Sports Analytics? You’ll Love This New Student ClubA student-run club, participants use in-depth quantitative data to develop an understanding of sports analytics, strategies and management.
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Department of EnglishMonday, March 23, 2015
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Department of EnglishAndreea Deciu Ritivoi has been selected to lead CMU's Department of English, a renowned leader in professional, technical and creative writing as well as rhetoric and literary and cultural studies. Effective July 1, Ritivoi will succeed Chris Neuwirth, who has served as department head since 2009."Professor Ritivoi will be a wonderful leader. She is fully credible in all three areas in our English Department: creative writing, literary and cultural studies and rhetoric," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksMonday, March 23, 2015
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksThe popular image of Rosa Parks, often called the "first lady of civil rights," is that of a quiet seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped end public segregation.A new book by acclaimed author Jeanne Theoharis challenges this public perception of Parks. In "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," the first scholarly biography of Parks, Theoharis unearths her political philosophy and six decades of social justice work, revealing a woman who had a history of being rebellious. Theoharis will discuss Parks and her place in women's history in Carnegie Mellon University's ninth annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 in Baker Hall's Giant Eagle Auditorium.
The New Faces of Marketing & MediaMonday, March 23, 2015
The New Faces of Marketing & MediaMichelle Bova (DC'07) and Claire Morgenstern (DC'09) navigated their internships, first jobs and career switches in marketing and the media by drawing on their experiences studying at CMU.
Pickin' and Grinnin’ - Statistics Professor Takes Time for BanjoFriday, March 20, 2015
Pickin' and Grinnin’ - Statistics Professor Takes Time for BanjoOh, play me some mountain music, like grandma and grandpa used to play.Maybe you know that line from Alabama's number one hit "Mountain Music." What you may not know is Brian Junker, associate dean of the Dietrich College, has been granting that request weekly at the Schenley Park Visitor's Center.Junker, who has played guitar off and on since he was a teenager, took up the banjo eight years ago after becoming perplexed during a performance by local songwriter Emily Pinkerton.
Dietrich College Spring Carnival ReceptionFriday, March 20, 2015
Dietrich College Spring Carnival ReceptionThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold a reception for alumni, faculty, staff and students on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Baker Hall Terrace.The reception is your chance to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Find out which faculty members are attending and register attend.
22 Inducted Into Phi Sigma IotaFriday, March 20, 2015
22 Inducted Into Phi Sigma IotaTwenty-two Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students were recently inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. The inductees all have either a major or minor in the Department of Modern Languages and were nominated because of outstanding academic achievement.The inductees are now part of Phi Sigma Iota's Epsilon Epsilon chapter, which is joint with Duquesne University.
NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the HumanitiesThursday, March 19, 2015
NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the HumanitiesWilliam Adams, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), believes that government support for the public humanities is critical to our national welfare.In the last five years, the NEH has granted more than $22 million to support humanities programs, research and collections in Pennsylvania. As the agency gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016, Adams believes the NEH can do more to address major challenges in society.Adams hopes to influence the work of the NEH through several grant initiatives. He will share his fresh perspective on the humanities at Carnegie Mellon University at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 27 in the Cohon University Center's Rangos 1 Ballroom.
Teaching Science to the BrainTuesday, March 17, 2015
Teaching Science to the BrainWhen you learn a new technical concept, something happens in your brain, but exactly what has been a mystery until now.For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts. Published in NeuroImage, the findings reveal how new technical knowledge is built up in the brain during the course of different learning stages. The findings foreshadow the capability to assess the effectiveness of instruction and efficiency of learning by monitoring changes in the brain.
Pulitzer Prize Winner To Speak At Adamson Writing AwardsTuesday, March 17, 2015
Pulitzer Prize Winner To Speak At Adamson Writing AwardsTracy K. Smith is no stranger to award ceremonies.Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, "Life on Mars." In 2014, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which is given to one poet annually to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.Smith, the author of two other award-winning poetry books, "Duende" and "The Body's Question," will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's 2015 Adamson Student Writing Awards.
Undergraduates Train in Technology, Arts through IdeateMonday, March 16, 2015
Undergraduates Train in Technology, Arts through IdeateThis semester, undergraduate student Steve Epple is investigating the merging of live performance with digital technology in his mediated reality course. Eleanor Haglund is learning about entrepreneurship. Haglund, however, is not a business major as one might think. And, Epple is not a drama major, nor a media design major. Epple and Haglund are both English majors in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences who decided to minor in the Integrative Design, Arts, Technology Network.
Every Day Is Grammar DayThursday, March 05, 2015
Every Day Is Grammar DayPaul Hopper doesn't need a special holiday to commemorate grammar. A world-renowned linguist, he focuses on the relationship between the structure of language and rhetoric. Hopper, the Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in the Department of English, offers five grammar tips to keep in mind.
International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11Wednesday, March 04, 2015
International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11Focusing on both the body and soul of workers worldwide, the 2015 CMU International Film Festival will screen 19 award-winning films from 14 countries. Following the festival's well-established tradition, each screening will also feature a special event, such as appearances by the director or someone else associated with the film, panel discussions, presentations and culinary displays relevant to the film's themes.
Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateWednesday, March 04, 2015
Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateUsing diffusion spectrum imaging and fiber technology, CMU neuroscientists have identified a new way that several brain areas communicate in the striatum. The findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
Building Strong FuturesTuesday, March 03, 2015
Building Strong FuturesMajoring in everything from psychology to statistics, students have many career choices to choose from. It can be daunting trying to figure it all out.
Tickets On Sale for First-Ever Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalMonday, March 02, 2015
Tickets On Sale for First-Ever Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalThe festival will run March 26-29 and feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators, including Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehren," and actor and activist George Takei, the most influential person on Facebook.Dietrich College will be well-represented at the festival with Chris Warren, Kiron Skinner, Timothy Haggerty, Harrison Apple and Tim Dawson participating.
BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED FundingMonday, March 02, 2015