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Researchers Map How the Brain Processes Faces From Sight to RecognitionCMU researchers used highly sophisticated brain imaging tools and computational methods to measure the real-time brain processes that convert the appearance of a face into the recognition of an individual. They are hopeful that the findings might be used in the near future to locate the exact point at which the visual perception system breaks down in different disorders and injuries.
Carnegie Mellon Launches First-of-its-Kind Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations MajorRecently, there has been an explosion of interest by government, non-profit and industry organizations to hire trained behavioral economists. To meet this demand, CMU has created the first and only undergraduate major in behavioral economics. Students will be trained to apply psychological insights to human behavior to explain and predict economic decision-making. And they will learn about behavioral economics at the institution responsible for pioneering the field.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Award Winners Tackle Self-Identity, Racism, Terrorism and Other Diverse TopicsWhat does it mean to be Asian-American? Or Nigerian-American? Or simply American? Winners in CMU's 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards will read their poems and essays at an awards ceremony.
First Person: Networking and Career Building Don’t Have to be OverwhelmingMonday, December 19, 2016
First Person: Networking and Career Building Don’t Have to be OverwhelmingA senior professional writing major,member of the Humanities Scholars Program, publisher of "The Tartan" and involved in countless other activities on and off of campus, Sarah Gutekunst is no stranger to taking advantage of opportunities for students. She recently attended "Under Construction: Building Your Future" for the first time and wrote about her experience.
Student-Athletes Embrace Full CMU ExperienceThursday, December 15, 2016
Student-Athletes Embrace Full CMU ExperienceThe annual Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration celebrates junior and senior athletes who have excelled balancing studies and sports. Dietrich College students Lisa Murphy and Tristan Lockwood share their experiences.
Capital One Competition Pairs Students With Alumni MentorsThursday, December 15, 2016
Capital One Competition Pairs Students With Alumni MentorsWhat if a mobile device could tell how you're feeling? Juniors Natalya Buchwald and Rebecca Kern posed this question to develop a winning mobile app for an Information Systems Program class competition.
Obituary: Internationally Acclaimed Statistician Stephen E. Fienberg Changed the Field and Brought Statistics to Science and Public PolicyWednesday, December 14, 2016
Obituary: Internationally Acclaimed Statistician Stephen E. Fienberg Changed the Field and Brought Statistics to Science and Public PolicyAn internationally acclaimed statistician, Fienberg was best known for developing and using statistical applications to influence science and public policy in many areas, including aspects of human rights, privacy and confidentiality, forensics, survey and census taking.
Bringing Deliberative Democracy to CubaTuesday, December 13, 2016
Bringing Deliberative Democracy to CubaCMU's Program for Deliberative Democracy is participating in a working group with key figures from Cuban pro-democracy groups to promote mutual learning between U.S. proponents of deliberative democracy and independent, Cuban civic leaders interested in the practice. Save
Alex John London Appointed To Department of Health and Human Services CommitteeMonday, December 12, 2016
Alex John London Appointed To Department of Health and Human Services CommitteeAs part of the committee, London, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy, will advise, consult and make policy recommendations related to the safety of blood, blood products, organs and tissues. He will serve for two years. Save
Is Statistical Modeling Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?Friday, December 09, 2016
Is Statistical Modeling Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?CMU statisticians and computer scientists are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop methods of accurately forecasting flu activity.
Behind the Scenes at The HistoryMakersTuesday, December 06, 2016
Behind the Scenes at The HistoryMakersThe HistoryMakers is the largest African-American oral video archive in the world. CMU has many connections to the project, including alumnus Dionti Davis who works for the non-profit.
Inventing Languages, One Philosophy Course at a TimeMonday, December 05, 2016
Inventing Languages, One Philosophy Course at a TimeWhy do languages work the way that they do? Why do they follow certain rules? "Invented Languages" was designed to get students thinking about language in a whole new way, and in doing so, inventing their own languages from scratch.
QSSS and HSP Scholars Delve Into the Digital HumanitiesFriday, December 02, 2016
QSSS and HSP Scholars Delve Into the Digital HumanitiesIt may seem that students in the Dietrich College's Quantitative Social Science Scholars (QSSS) Program and Humanities Scholars Program (HSP) are studying different subjects and learning to approach their various disciplines in contrasting ways. But as first-year students in each program recently learned, there is definitely some common ground.
J. David Creswell To Receive Prestigious Health Psychology Early Career AwardFriday, December 02, 2016
J. David Creswell To Receive Prestigious Health Psychology Early Career AwardCreswell focuses on how the mind and brain influence stress resilience and physical health. Among his many discoveries, he was the first to determine the brain mechanisms that cause stress management strategies such as mindfulness meditation and self-affirmation to work.
Teaching ShakespeareThursday, December 01, 2016