Tool Helps States Meet New Emission StandardsCMU researchers have developed an easy-to-use but technically detailed interactive tool to help states decide how to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new carbon dioxide emission standards.In June 2014, the EPA proposed a Clean Power Plan under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act for the state-level regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from existing electric generating plants. The proposal, which will be finalized this summer, sets state-specific goals for CO2 emissions but provides each state with flexibility to choose how to meet its goal.
New $20M National Center for Forensic Science LaunchedThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence. Based at Iowa State University, it will include researchers from Carnegie Mellon University; the University of California, Irvine; and the University of Virginia.The center's primary goal will be to build a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation under two branches of forensics: pattern evidence (including fingerprints and bullet marks) and digital evidence (including data from cell phones and computers).
Students Inducted Into Phi Beta KappaTwenty-three Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society during commencement weekend. Although membership is restricted to students at the 283 American colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, there are currently more than half a million members worldwide.
Congratulations, Class of 2015!Friday, May 22, 2015
Congratulations, Class of 2015!Dietrich College alumni are impacting education policy and teaching in many different ways - thanks to their own Carnegie Mellon training and experience.
“Mr. Everything” Dick Tucker RetiresFriday, May 22, 2015
“Mr. Everything” Dick Tucker RetiresSince arriving at Carnegie Mellon in 1992, Richard (Dick) Tucker has served as head of the Department of Modern Languages, interim dean of Student Affairs, associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon Qatar, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Title IX Coordinator.This spring, following a glittering career that has taken the beloved and respected Tucker to numerous countries around the world, he will retire and begin the next phase of his colorful life journey.
CMU Community Reflects On Dick Tucker’s LegacyFriday, May 22, 2015
CMU Community Reflects On Dick Tucker’s LegacyTucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics, has been an outstanding educator, winning both the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and CMU's top teaching awards. The university recently gathered to celebrate Tucker.
New Grad Wins Inaugural G. Richard Tucker AwardFriday, May 22, 2015
New Grad Wins Inaugural G. Richard Tucker AwardTo honor his dedicated service to Carnegie Mellon University, the Department of Modern Languages has established the G. Richard Tucker Award for Scholarship and Leadership. The award will be given annually at the department's diploma ceremony.Natalie Giannangeli (DC'15), a global studies and Hispanic Studies major, is the first recipient.
Two Recent Grads Receive Fulbright AwardsThursday, May 21, 2015
Two Recent Grads Receive Fulbright AwardsAlexandria Hernandez and Erin Kiekhaefer will be making a global impact through this year's Fulbright U.S. Student Program.The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sponsors the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."
Decisions That MatterWednesday, May 20, 2015
Decisions That MatterThere is no question that sexual assault is a huge problem in American society and on college campuses. While there have been some recent ideas to try and prevent assaults from happening, none have seemed to work. That may just change with "Decisions That Matter" - a new interactive graphic novel created by students in a unique class offered by the Dietrich College and the Entertainment Technology Center.
Suicide Trends in School-Aged Children Reveal Racial DisparityTuesday, May 19, 2015
Suicide Trends in School-Aged Children Reveal Racial DisparityWhile suicide rates in children younger than 12 have remained steady for the past 20 years, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to observe higher suicide rates among black children.Led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's, the National Institute of Mental Health and The Ohio State University, the report's analysis showed that suicide ranked 14th as a cause of death among 5- to 11-year-old black children from 1993-1997 but rose to ninth from 2008-2012. For white children, suicide ranked 12th from 1993-1997 and 11th from 2008-2012. Rates have remained stable in Hispanic children and children of other races.
Working for ChangeTuesday, May 19, 2015
Working for ChangeWith a shared passion for making a difference, Dietrich College alumni are making their mark in the NGO, non-profit and community-organizing arena. Their years at Carnegie Mellon helped pave the way."CMU was my microcosm," said Kamilah Woods (DC'02), a project manager and business advisory consultant to federal government clients and public sector entities.
Nature + NurtureTuesday, May 19, 2015
Nature + NurtureIf you see a snake or spider, chances are it will scare you. Is your fear inherent or learned? David Rakison believes it is both and that nature and nurture work together to help you develop fear for potentially threatening recurrent evolutionary threats. Rakison, associate professor of psychology, studies how infants learn about the world around them.
Aspiring and AmbitiousTuesday, May 19, 2015
Aspiring and AmbitiousAnna Vande Velde is one driven young lady. Hailing from Cassadaga, N.Y., a farm-town of only 600 people, she came to Carnegie Mellon University for its highly-rated psychology program in order to work in the field of child development. This is an aim she's had in one manner or another since a young age.Aspiring to become a clinical psychologist and work with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vande Velde continually strived in her education as a psychology major to reach this objective.
Statistics and Physics Major Receives 2015 Judith A. Resnik AwardTuesday, May 19, 2015
Statistics and Physics Major Receives 2015 Judith A. Resnik AwardKathryn McKeough, a 2015 graduate with a B.S. in physics with an additional major in statistics, received the Judith A. Resnik Award during commencement weekend. The award, which honors Carnegie Mellon alumna and space shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Judith A. Resnik, is presented annually to an outstanding woman graduating in the sciences or engineering who plans to attend graduate school and whose academic performance, creativity and vision illustrate potential for high academic achievement in her field.
English Graduate Lands Job at Top Technology CompanyTuesday, May 19, 2015
English Graduate Lands Job at Top Technology CompanyBefore Soniya Shah even had the chance to graduate, she was offered a technical writing position at technology giant, Hewlett-Packard's HP Vertica.Shah, who majored in technical writing and communication (TWC) in the Department of English, will start as an information developer, or technical writer, in August.
Digital Dreams: Circulo Juvenil Brings Digital Learning To Hispanic ChildrenFriday, May 15, 2015
Digital Dreams: Circulo Juvenil Brings Digital Learning To Hispanic ChildrenLocal Hispanic children spent the past semester interacting with digital technology, thanks to a special program in the Department of Modern Languages. El Circulo Juvenil de Cultura, a Hispanic Studies outreach program, hosted "Sue&#241;os Digitales," or "Digital Dreams" for 20 Spanish-speaking children. Every semester since 2007, Circulo Juvenil has held similar workshops - all designed to use arts and technology to keep Latino children speaking Spanish, familiarize them with their native culture and create a sense of community among them and their families.
Meeting of the Minds Turns 20Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Meeting of the Minds Turns 20This year's May 6 finale marked the 20th anniversary of Meeting of the Minds, which has mushroomed from its initial 157 presenters in 1995 to more than 450 participants.The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences was well-represented at the event, with projects ranging from "#InstaCuba: Viewing Cuban Identity Through the Tourist Filter" to "Infants' Understanding of Newton's Third Law.""The breadth and quality of student work from Dietrich College continues to astonish me every year," said Tim Haggerty, director of the Humanities Scholars Program who oversees judging for the Dietrich College Meeting of the Mind award categories.
Researchers Find Self-Promotion Often BackfiresTuesday, May 12, 2015
Researchers Find Self-Promotion Often BackfiresBragging to coworkers about a recent promotion, or posting a photo of your brand new car on Facebook, may seem like harmless ways to share good news.Published in Psychological Science CMU researchers found that self-promoters overestimate how much their self-promotion elicits positive emotions and underestimate how much it elicits negative emotions.
Alumni Impacting EducationTuesday, May 12, 2015
Alumni Impacting EducationDietrich College alumni are impacting education policy and teaching in many different ways - thanks to their own Carnegie Mellon training and experience."I get to do wonderful things because I went to Carnegie Mellon," said Beverley Wheeler (DC'76, HNZ'78), who has served, among other positions, as president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, executive director of the DC State Board of Education and is now an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College Washington DC program.
Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Nine History StudentsMonday, May 11, 2015
Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Nine History StudentsNine students with majors or minors in the Department of History have been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. They were selected for demonstrating exceptional academic achievements.
Researchers Find More Sex Doesn't Lead To Increased HappinessFriday, May 08, 2015
Researchers Find More Sex Doesn't Lead To Increased HappinessCountless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier. In the first study to examine the causal connection between sexual frequency and happiness, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that simply having more sex did not make couples happier, in part because the increased frequency led to a decline in wanting for and enjoyment of sex.
16 Students Inducted into International English Honor SocietyThursday, May 07, 2015
16 Students Inducted into International English Honor SocietyCarnegie Mellon's Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Omega Tau, welcomed 16 new members into the International English Honor Society at its induction ceremony on April 28 in the Steinberg Auditorium. Read more.
Rebecca Nugent Wins Ryan Award For Meritorious TeachingWednesday, May 06, 2015