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Proposals Due for Dietrich Undergraduate ColloquiumThe DUC is a unique opportunity for Dietrich College students to present their projects, creative work or research in a formal, but low stakes setting.This year's colloquium will be held on Nov. 6. Students interested in participating must submit a proposal by Oct. 10.
Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars AnnouncedACS Scholars are CMU undergraduates who achieve high standards of academic excellence combined with outside of the classroom activities, such as volunteerism, involvement in student organizations, participation in sports or the arts and leadership.
Patricia Maurides Receives CNBC Friend of the Year AwardMaurides, an adjunct professor of art at CMU, frequently integrates her interests in molecular genetics and psychology by probing issues of identity and origins in her art practice. The award recognizes Maurides' contributions to the Pittsburgh neuroscience community through both scientific and artistic literacy.
Robert Kass Named Interim Co-director of CNBCThursday, September 24, 2015
Robert Kass Named Interim Co-director of CNBCThe Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) is a joint project between CMU and Pitt that was founded 21 years ago to investigate the neural mechanisms that give rise to human cognitive abilities. Robert E. Kass, professor of statistics and machine learning, is one of the world's foremost experts on using statistics in neuroscience, a key component of CMU's approach to brain research.
I Never Learned To Spell “Successful”Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I Never Learned To Spell “Successful”Javier Soltero (DC'98) attended CMU at the dawn of the Internet era. Since then, Soltero - an information systems major - has climbed to the top of the technology industry. However, Soltero's path to becoming the corporate vice president of Outlook Program Management at Microsoft was not without hurdles. He will share his experiences with the CMU community on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts' Kresge Theater.
Beyond the ObviousTuesday, September 22, 2015
Beyond the ObviousThe Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery will open an exhibition on Oct. 1 featuring the work of CMU's Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky."Beyond the Obvious: Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky" will feature their work from five different collaborative projects completed over the past dozen years and include an interactive component for visitors.
How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English DegreeTuesday, September 22, 2015
How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English DegreeAs CMU alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC'14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine. "I think studying English promotes skills that enable emotional and intellectual engagement with patients," said McCarty, who also majored in biological sciences with a neuroscience track.
Philosophy and the Real WorldMonday, September 21, 2015
Philosophy and the Real WorldCMU's Department of Philosophy will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month. The department is renowned for using research and technology to make an impact in the complex world we live in. Its areas of strength include ethics, medicine and neuroscience - as well as teaching the next generation of philosophers.
Researchers Determine How Groups Make DecisionsFriday, September 18, 2015
Researchers Determine How Groups Make DecisionsFrom Beats headphones' rise to prominence or a political candidate's surge in the polls to how ants and bees select a new nest site, decisions emerging from groups frequently occur without a leader. Researchers in the Social and Decision Sciences Department explain how it happens.
Bright Minds, Big IdeasFriday, September 18, 2015
Bright Minds, Big IdeasTen CMU faculty members have received Summer 2015 Google Research Awards, which fund cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields.Psychology Professor Laurie Heller is one of them. She is working on a device to allow people with little or no sight to navigate their environments using echolocation.
Celebrating 20 Years Black Urban Life ScholarshipThursday, September 17, 2015
Celebrating 20 Years Black Urban Life ScholarshipTo link the history of race with how it has impacted work and economic opportunities over time with current analyses of the politics, urban labor force and employment policies that shaped black urban lives, CMU established the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE).This academic year, CAUSE will host a conference, lecture series and film screening to mark 20 years of scholarship. On Oct. 2, Earl Lewis, president of the A.W. Mellon Foundation, will give the conference keynote lecture on the complicated intersections of race and class within and outside U.S. higher education.
Celebrating Hilary Masters’ WorkTuesday, September 15, 2015
Celebrating Hilary Masters’ WorkHilary Masters left his mark on more than three decades worth of CMU students and faculty members, as well as his readers across the world.The Department of English will host a memorial service to celebrate the life of the late award-winning writer and CMU English professor on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts Kresge Theater.
Learning Is Not a Spectator SportMonday, September 14, 2015
Learning Is Not a Spectator SportA recent study shows that the central approach of MOOCs - having students watch to learn - is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by CMU's Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more.
Presidential Fellowships & ScholarshipsMonday, September 14, 2015
Presidential Fellowships & ScholarshipsCarnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh launched the Presidential Fellowship and Scholarship Program in 2014 to provide critical financial support to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students across the university's seven colleges and schools.
Department of Education Renews PIER GrantMonday, September 14, 2015
Department of Education Renews PIER GrantBased on PIER's impressive track record, with respect to training students both in their core disciplines as well as in education research, the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has funded CMU's program for the third time with a grant of $3.67 million.
Moneyball Throws a CurveFriday, September 11, 2015
Moneyball Throws a CurveWhat does medicine share with baseball and the law? According to Christopher J. Phillips, a new assistant history professor, the answer may be Moneyball.In a new course next spring, Phillips will dig deep into the history of topics including baseball, medicine and the law, while exploring how and why Americans have come to believe that mathematical and computational methods can solve complicated problems, even in seemingly unrelated subject areas.
#LoveWinsFriday, September 11, 2015
#LoveWinsIn this in-depth look at the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage, Tim Haggerty reflects on LGBTQ history and Kristina Straub discusses gender studies.
Professor Puts Talents on IceTuesday, September 08, 2015
Professor Puts Talents on IceThe Pittsburgh Penguins have signed CMU's Sam Ventura.He's not a play-making forward, a hard-hitting defenseman or a lightning quick goaltender, but the alumnus and new junior faculty member in the Statistics Department is hoping to make a big impact nonetheless.
Philosophy and “The 100”Friday, September 04, 2015
Philosophy and “The 100”Science fiction meets philosophical scrutiny in a CMU classroom. Students taking the freshman seminar will examine issues the popular television show raises. And, it's just one of the courses introducing students to Dietrich College faculty members' diverse research areas.
Voter TurnoffTuesday, September 01, 2015