Four Ways To Make Your New Year's Resolutions StickLooking at New Year's resolutions through the lens of CMU behavioral economists, here are four ways to map out a plan of attack and have your 2018 goals stick.
Information Systems Students Get InnovativeFifteen teams of CMU seniors in Information Systems created plans for new and creative apps.
CMU Researchers Receive DARPA Grant to Forecast the Flow of Information OnlineThe $6.7 million grant is one of the largest federally funded projects of its kind. It comes at a time when, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center Study, a majority of U.S. adults rely on social media as their primary news source.
Pittsburgh Organizations Can Now Find CMU Dietrich College Interns More EasilyThursday, December 21, 2017
Pittsburgh Organizations Can Now Find CMU Dietrich College Interns More EasilyLaunching in 2018, the Dietrich College Pittsburgh Summer Internship Program will offer students in need of valuable internship experiences an opportunity to connect with companies and organizations in the Pittsburgh area, particularly in ways that benefit the community.
Learning by Doing GoodWednesday, December 20, 2017
Learning by Doing GoodIn the project course "Computing for Good," several dozen students used satellite imagery to detect illegal mines in the Congo, created apps to coordinate timely pickup of harvested crops in Columbia and designed an augmented reality system for farmers in Rwanda.
Carnegie Mellon Launches the First Behavioral Economics Ph.D. ProgramWednesday, December 20, 2017
Carnegie Mellon Launches the First Behavioral Economics Ph.D. ProgramSmartly designed and implemented behavioral interventions change the way we make decisions, alter the way organizations operate and influence how policies are implemented. Now, students looking to do cutting-edge research at the intersection of economics and psychology can get the first and only Ph.D. in behavioral economics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Student-Athletes Honored at Fourth Annual Academic Achievement CelebrationSaturday, December 16, 2017
Student-Athletes Honored at Fourth Annual Academic Achievement CelebrationHosted by CMU's Department of Athletics, twenty-nine student-athletes paused during finals week to celebrate each other and their successes on and off the field.
The Voices Behind Teenie Harris’ PhotosWednesday, December 13, 2017
The Voices Behind Teenie Harris’ PhotosCMU’s Joe Trotter and Newcastle University’s Ben Houston created the exhibit “Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice.”
Study Shows Default Choices Matter, Especially for Poorer, Less Educated IndividualsWednesday, December 13, 2017
Study Shows Default Choices Matter, Especially for Poorer, Less Educated IndividualsResearchers took advantage of a resulting federal lawsuit against a fraudulent company to test default choice architecture when the optimal choice was clear: End the subscriptions.
Selecting Sounds: How the Brain Knows What To Listen ToMonday, December 11, 2017
Selecting Sounds: How the Brain Knows What To Listen ToA team led by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Birkbeck, University of London has developed a new approach to how the brain singles out a specific stream of sound from other distracting sounds.
Koedinger Assumes Hillman ProfessorshipFriday, December 08, 2017
Koedinger Assumes Hillman ProfessorshipKen Koedinger, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Department of Psychology, accepted the Hillman Professorship of Computer Science in a ceremony Dec. 6 in the Gates and Hillman centers.
Marking Human Rights Day With a Focus on Scientific FreedomThursday, December 07, 2017
Marking Human Rights Day With a Focus on Scientific FreedomDecember 10 is International Human Rights Day, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s observance coincides with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) recently released scientific freedom and responsibility statement that supports its mission to promote scientific freedom—and that freedom’s inseparable counterpart, scientific responsibility.
Psychology Graduate Students Host Workshops for Local StudentsThursday, December 07, 2017
Psychology Graduate Students Host Workshops for Local StudentsLast weekend, Sewickley Academy’s Super Saturday event included time on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus.
Advances to Brain-Interface Technology Provide Clearer Insight Into Visual System Than Ever BeforeMonday, December 04, 2017
Advances to Brain-Interface Technology Provide Clearer Insight Into Visual System Than Ever BeforeCarnegie Mellon University engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain’s neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before.
DoD Appoints Kiron Skinner to Defense Policy BoardSaturday, December 02, 2017
DoD Appoints Kiron Skinner to Defense Policy BoardU.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has appointed Carnegie Mellon University’s Kiron Skinner to the Defense Policy Board.
Shaw Intern ReunionThursday, November 30, 2017
Shaw Intern ReunionDan Shaw, a creator of the Shaw Internship Fund, met with former Shaw Interns to discuss internship experiences and where they are now.
IEEE Elects Roberta Klatzky as a 2018 FellowWednesday, November 29, 2017
IEEE Elects Roberta Klatzky as a 2018 FellowKlatzky is a world-renowned expert in cognition who examines the relationships between human perception and action, with a focus on touch.
CMU Statistics and Data Science Graduate Students Keep Winning BigTuesday, November 28, 2017
CMU Statistics and Data Science Graduate Students Keep Winning BigWithin the past year, CMU Statistics & Data Science Ph.D. students have been placing in the top five at major datathons.
Dietrich Student's Flights Have Evacuated More Than 200 Following Hurricane MariaWednesday, November 22, 2017
Dietrich Student's Flights Have Evacuated More Than 200 Following Hurricane MariaRosana Guernica's hurricane relief efforts have changed the lives of 211 Puerto Rican evacuees. Guernica and other volunteers have raised more than $174,000.
Five Andrew W. Mellon Fellows SelectedTuesday, November 21, 2017
Five Andrew W. Mellon Fellows SelectedFive Ph.D. students from the English, HIstory and Modern Languages Departments have been selected as Andrew W. Mellon Fellows.
Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Fourteen StudentsTuesday, November 21, 2017
Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Fourteen StudentsFourteen students were inducted into CMU's chapter of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
Kevin González Granted NEA Creative Writing FellowshipMonday, November 20, 2017
Kevin González Granted NEA Creative Writing FellowshipEarlier this month, Kevin González, assistant professor of English at CMU, was granted the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship.
Anna Fisher Receives NSF Science of Learning GrantMonday, November 20, 2017
Anna Fisher Receives NSF Science of Learning GrantFisher will work to understand whether design of reading materials for beginning readers can be optimized taking into account children’s developing attention regulation skills.
Michael J. Tarr Named 2017 AAAS FellowMonday, November 20, 2017
Michael J. Tarr Named 2017 AAAS FellowMichael J. Tarr has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Alumni Talk Internships at Under ConstructionMonday, November 20, 2017
Alumni Talk Internships at Under ConstructionAt Under Construction: Internships, Dietrich College sophomores had the chance to hear from and network with Carnegie Mellon alumni.
How to Predict the Perfect GiftMonday, November 20, 2017
How to Predict the Perfect GiftIt's an age-old question. Do shoppers pick out a gift they think someone might like, or do they purchase exactly what the recipient has asked for?
Philosophy Class Visits NavlabWednesday, November 15, 2017
Philosophy Class Visits NavlabMate Szabo, a philosophy postdoctoral fellow, and his class visited Navlab, a group that builds computer-controlled vehicles for automated and assisted driving.
In 16th Poetry Collection, Jim Daniels Returns to Old Turf With New EyesTuesday, November 14, 2017
In 16th Poetry Collection, Jim Daniels Returns to Old Turf With New EyesJim Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, recently published his 16th book of poetry, “Street Calligraphy."
Dietrich College Alumna and CMU Basketball Star Turns ProMonday, November 13, 2017
Dietrich College Alumna and CMU Basketball Star Turns ProAs of early November, Lisa Murphy (DC'17) is the leading scorer with 19.2 points per game for Lemvig Basket, one of the premier teams in Denmark.
How a Graduate Degree in Neural Computation Prepares for Career in MedtechMonday, November 13, 2017
How a Graduate Degree in Neural Computation Prepares for Career in MedtechAfter graduating with a Ph.D. in neural computation, Kubra Komek made the switch to the medtech industry. She uses her degree every day.
50th Anniversary Events Celebrate CMU's Impact, Bright FutureSunday, November 12, 2017
50th Anniversary Events Celebrate CMU's Impact, Bright FutureMembers of the university community honored a half-century of achievements at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Homecoming on Nov. 10-11.
CMU’s Kasey Creswell Receives $1.9 Million NIH Grant To Study Alcohol’s Effects in Young AdultsFriday, November 10, 2017
CMU’s Kasey Creswell Receives $1.9 Million NIH Grant To Study Alcohol’s Effects in Young AdultsCreswell’s research will be the first to evaluate how lab-based findings translate to risk processes outside of the laboratory by assessing drinking experiences in daily life using surveys sent to participants’ smartphones.
Brain Research is Underserved by Statistics, Says Carnegie Mellon’s Rob KassThursday, November 09, 2017
Brain Research is Underserved by Statistics, Says Carnegie Mellon’s Rob KassKass believes brain research is in desperate need of cutting-edge statistics, which can and should supply a crucial link between new, highly complex data and the thorough scientific explanations the research aims to generate.
How You Make Decisions Can Affect Your PatienceWednesday, November 08, 2017
How You Make Decisions Can Affect Your PatienceCMU Ph.D. student Daniel Wall’s latest behavioral economics research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
NIH Renews CMU, Pitt Predoctoral Training Program in Behavioral Brain ResearchWednesday, November 08, 2017
NIH Renews CMU, Pitt Predoctoral Training Program in Behavioral Brain ResearchB-squared trains students to incorporate neuroscience and behavioral research to advance the understanding and treatment of many health issues.
Highlights From CMU’s Sports Analytics ConferenceTuesday, November 07, 2017
Highlights From CMU’s Sports Analytics ConferenceCMU's Sports Analytics Conference hosted some of the biggest names in the field and was followed by the Tartan Data Science Cup.
Unique Fusion of Economics and Psychology Drives Carnegie Mellon’s Approach to Behavioral EconomicsWednesday, November 01, 2017
Unique Fusion of Economics and Psychology Drives Carnegie Mellon’s Approach to Behavioral EconomicsCompanies, organizations and even governments are turning to behavioral economics. The reason: Smartly designed and implemented behavioral interventions change the way we make decisions, alter the way organizations operate and influence how policies are implemented.
The Newest Buzzworthy Classes in the Dietrich CollegeMonday, October 30, 2017
The Newest Buzzworthy Classes in the Dietrich CollegeLearn about some of latest cool classes that Dietrich College students are taking.
CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal ThoughtsMonday, October 30, 2017
CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal ThoughtsResearchers led by CMU’s Marcel Just and Pitt’s David Brent have developed an innovative and promising approach to identify suicidal individuals by analyzing the alterations in how their brains represent certain concepts, such as death, cruelty and trouble.
GovTrack To Adopt Carnegie Mellon’s Citizen Input FeatureFriday, October 27, 2017
GovTrack To Adopt Carnegie Mellon’s Citizen Input FeatureGovTrack has teamed up with CMU’s Program for Deliberative Democracy to develop and implement an enhanced voter-input feature.
Neurons to Neighborhoods Focuses on the Teen BrainFriday, October 27, 2017
Neurons to Neighborhoods Focuses on the Teen BrainTo combat sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, Julie Downs and her team have developed an interactive video, Seventeen Days, to help teen girls learn how to make sound decisions during emotionally charged moments.
Lost in TranslationFriday, October 27, 2017
Lost in TranslationWhen 40 Roma families recently sought asylum in a small Pennsylvania town, CMU’s Emanuela Grama offered to do what was needed most: Listen.
CMU Student To Charter Third Plane To Deliver Aid to Puerto RicoThursday, October 26, 2017
CMU Student To Charter Third Plane To Deliver Aid to Puerto RicoIn the wake of a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, CMU student and Puerto Rican native, Rosana Guernica, has chartered two planes and delivered roughly 3,500 pounds of supplies to the island. For her upcoming third trip, she is chartering a 70-passenger plane that will deliver 16,000 pounds of supplies and evacuate roughly 60 people needing medical attention.
"Frankenstein"'s 200th Anniversary Inspires Discussions on Technology, AITuesday, October 24, 2017
"Frankenstein"'s 200th Anniversary Inspires Discussions on Technology, AIAI and ethics expert David Danks participated in a recent discussion on "Creation and Consequence.”
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Mindfulness Meditation App Works—But Acceptance Training Component Is CrucialMonday, October 23, 2017
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Mindfulness Meditation App Works—But Acceptance Training Component Is CrucialFor the millions of mindfulness meditation mobile app users, there is good news: New research shows that they can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.
NFL Football: CMU’s Jason England Says, “It’s Not Just a Game”Friday, October 20, 2017
NFL Football: CMU’s Jason England Says, “It’s Not Just a Game”For England, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing, sports are far more than just games on a field. They’ve not only shaped his life but deepened the way he understands the United States.
Carnegie Mellon Changes Statistics Department’s Name To Reflect Its Eminent Position in Data Science Research and EducationMonday, October 16, 2017
Carnegie Mellon Changes Statistics Department’s Name To Reflect Its Eminent Position in Data Science Research and EducationCarnegie Mellon University has changed the name of its Statistics Department to the Department of Statistics and Data Science. The new name reflects the broad reach of statistics at Carnegie Mellon, which encompasses the many facets of modern data science.
Me and My ShadowFriday, October 13, 2017
Me and My ShadowEd Shriver, architect and principal at Pittsburgh-based design firm Strada, was not sure what to expect when he was partnered with Boyan Zhang, a CMU statistics major, in the Take a Tartan to Work program. However, the one-day job shadow experience ended up being beneficial to both.
Never Fear, Dietrich College Sophomores… Alumni Are Here!Friday, October 13, 2017
Never Fear, Dietrich College Sophomores… Alumni Are Here!Dietrich College sophomores will have access to 25 alumni to pick their brains for secrets to success when gaining valuable work experience.
Eight Dietrich College Seniors Named Andrew Carnegie Society ScholarsThursday, October 12, 2017
Eight Dietrich College Seniors Named Andrew Carnegie Society ScholarsACS Scholars are CMU undergraduate students who combine high academic standards with extracurricular activities.
The Stanley Cup Visits CMU Statistics and Data Science DepartmentWednesday, October 11, 2017
The Stanley Cup Visits CMU Statistics and Data Science DepartmentDirector of Hockey Research for the Pittsburgh Penguins and triple alumnus of CMU’s Statistics and Data Science Department, Sam Ventura brought a special guest to the department’s faculty lunch this weekend. Before his new appointment, Ventura worked for the Penguins as an analytics consultant for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 NHL playoffs, helping to bring Lord Stanley to Pittsburgh two years in a row.
Alumnus Named MacArthur FellowWednesday, October 11, 2017
Alumnus Named MacArthur FellowCybersecurity expert Stefan Savage, a 1991 graduate from Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of 24 winners of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, often known as "genius grants." this year. He will receive $625,000 over the next five years.
CMU Student Charters Plane, Delivers Aid to Puerto RicoTuesday, October 10, 2017
CMU Student Charters Plane, Delivers Aid to Puerto RicoRosana Guernica, a junior decision science major and Puerto Rican native, chartered a plane to deliver nearly 1,000 pounds of supplies to the island.
Anthology Details Nearly Two Decades of Young People Creatively Expressing Struggles With DiversityMonday, October 09, 2017
Anthology Details Nearly Two Decades of Young People Creatively Expressing Struggles With DiversityWhat started as an annual writing contest encouraging students to express their personal struggles with race and discrimination is now an anthology featuring 91 pieces by 83 writers on topics ranging from racial and cultural stereotypes and school bullying to homophobia and identity questions.
Fingerprints Lack Scientific Basis for Legal CertaintyThursday, October 05, 2017
Fingerprints Lack Scientific Basis for Legal CertaintyIt may surprise many, especially those susceptible to the CSI effect, but fingerprint evidence is not conclusive beyond a reasonable doubt.
New Interdisciplinary Minor Puts the Human in Digital HumanitiesFriday, September 29, 2017
New Interdisciplinary Minor Puts the Human in Digital HumanitiesCMU’s Department of English has a new interdisciplinary minor for undergraduate students: Humanities Analytics.
CMU’s Center for Human Rights Science Receives $100K Grant From Open Society FoundationsThursday, September 28, 2017
CMU’s Center for Human Rights Science Receives $100K Grant From Open Society FoundationsCHRS is uniquely positioned to explore how new technologies could be harnessed in efficient and effective ways to advance accountability, transparency and justice without jeopardizing the mandate, sustainability or safety of the practitioners and organizations involved.
Event: Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges: Joel Tarr's First 50 Years at Carnegie Mellon UniversityWednesday, September 27, 2017
Event: Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges: Joel Tarr's First 50 Years at Carnegie Mellon UniversityFew people know the history of Pittsburgh better than Joel Tarr—or better understand the relationships between cities, the environment and technology—or can tell you more about the history of CMU.
Public Health Communicator Makes a Global ImpactWednesday, September 27, 2017
Public Health Communicator Makes a Global ImpactWhen researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean needed to collaborate on HIV/AIDS, Tim Ryan (DC '96) conceptualized and developed an information and communication system. At the time, he was "only" a technical writer associated with the Mexican National Institute of Public Health.
Alumnus Talks The Strength Behind Ph.D. in Neural ComputationTuesday, September 26, 2017
Alumnus Talks The Strength Behind Ph.D. in Neural ComputationFour years ago, Shreejoy Tripathy was graduating with a Ph.D. in neural computation from CMU's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition’s. Now, Tripathy is a postdoc in the Pavlidis Lab at the University of British Columbia, studying neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and autism.
ESPN's Brian Burke To Keynote CMU's Sports Analytics ConferenceMonday, September 25, 2017
ESPN's Brian Burke To Keynote CMU's Sports Analytics ConferenceSome of the biggest names in sports analytics are coming to Pittsburgh this fall for the Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Conference.
Could Your Favorite Professor Be Next?Thursday, September 21, 2017
Could Your Favorite Professor Be Next?Faculty, staff and students past and present are eligible to nominate a full-time professor for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service.
Nora Volkow To Receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain SciencesWednesday, September 20, 2017
Nora Volkow To Receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain SciencesA pioneer of using brain imaging to investigate the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs, National Institute of Health’s Nora Volkow will receive the fifth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences.
Soaring Demand for Data Science Drives Dietrich College MomentumTuesday, September 19, 2017
Soaring Demand for Data Science Drives Dietrich College MomentumAs the sophisticated use of digital information transforms business and daily life, an innovative approach to data science across academic fields is fueling a popularity boom at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in what was once a quiet corner of the academy: Statistics.
RoboTutor Named Global Learning XPRIZE FinalistMonday, September 18, 2017
RoboTutor Named Global Learning XPRIZE FinalistLed by CMU’s Jack Mostow, RoboTutor is educational technology that incorporates cognitive tutors pioneered by Dietrich College researchers. The goal is to increase basic literacy and numeracy for children, and it will now be field-tested in Africa.
CMU's Sharon Dilworth Behind New Play Reading SeriesWednesday, September 13, 2017
CMU's Sharon Dilworth Behind New Play Reading SeriesOn occasional Monday evenings, Wigle Whiskey’s new Threadbare Cider House & Meadery will offer a chance to hear brand new full length plays read by seasoned professional actors, with a talkback with the playwrights.
Students Channel Emotions, Experiences with Discrimination Through Writing ContestWednesday, September 13, 2017
Students Channel Emotions, Experiences with Discrimination Through Writing ContestSince 1999, thousands of western Pennsylvania high school and college students have chosen to react to discrimination by writing about it. CMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards serve as a creative and safe outlet for high school and college students to have an honest conversation through poetry and prose about their experiences with racial and cultural discrimination.
New Educational Technology Projects Receive CMU ProSEED FundingTuesday, September 12, 2017
New Educational Technology Projects Receive CMU ProSEED FundingPart of the university's Simon Initiative, the projects will leverage CMU's learning engineering ecosystem and integrate learning research with data-driven, innovative educational practices.
Fall Events Focus on Karl Marx's Growing PopularityMonday, September 11, 2017
Fall Events Focus on Karl Marx's Growing PopularityKarl Marx was born nearly two centuries ago, but in the last 10 years he's made a comeback. CMU's Kathy M. Newman and David Shumway are planning a series of events exploring Marx's continued relevance. This fall marks the beginning of a year of events that will culminate in a 200th birthday celebration for Karl Marx in May of 2018.
Redefining the Human TouchFriday, September 08, 2017
Redefining the Human TouchBy pursuing the science of perception, Psychology Professor Roberta Klatzky is changing the way people see the world.
DACA: A Long-held Dream With CMU and Pittsburgh TiesThursday, September 07, 2017
DACA: A Long-held Dream With CMU and Pittsburgh TiesThe History Department's Michal Friedman has been involved in several projects that focused on immigration reform, including the documentary film, "Dream Acts: Sueños en Vilo." The film tells the story of undocumented minors in Pittsburgh who were not protected from any immigration laws and were living their lives in fear of deportation.
Celebrating the Arts in SocietyThursday, September 07, 2017
Celebrating the Arts in SocietyThe Center for Arts in Society has been re-framing the view of day-to-day life since 2008. Projects from CAS' latest mission - the Performance Initiative - were on display at the Miller Gallery recently, and they announced their latest focus: narrative.
Carnegie Mellon's Flu Forecasts Prove Most AccurateWednesday, September 06, 2017
Carnegie Mellon's Flu Forecasts Prove Most AccurateFor the third year in a row, CMU's forecasts of national influenza activity have proven to be the most accurate among all forecasting systems evaluated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ryan Tibshirani is part of the research group.
Congratulations To Our Monday Mailer Instagram Contest Winner!Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Congratulations To Our Monday Mailer Instagram Contest Winner!In celebration of the new academic year, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences held an Instagram contest to see how undergraduate students are spending their first week on campus.
Welcome to Dietrich College, It’s a Feast for the MindWednesday, August 30, 2017
Welcome to Dietrich College, It’s a Feast for the MindAttending college can be one of the most transformative journeys, and the beginning presents quite a few unknowns. Luckily, the new first-year students in Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences are joining a legacy built on respect and inclusiveness.
Alumna In LawWednesday, August 30, 2017
Alumna In LawAt 23, Kyla Vick (DC'15) has done things she never thought possible, like seen the inside of a federal courtroom and secured a position as a summer associate at an exclusive Chicago law firm.
Introducing the Dietrich College’s Newest Faculty MembersWednesday, August 30, 2017
Introducing the Dietrich College’s Newest Faculty MembersThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' community of scholars has grown by 16. Professors and researchers in a variety of disciplines are joining a world-class faculty with a shared passion for their students.
CMU, Pitt Receive Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant To Plan Platform for Digital ScholarshipTuesday, August 29, 2017
CMU, Pitt Receive Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant To Plan Platform for Digital ScholarshipThe $60,000, 18-month grant will support "Digits," a project that will explore how new technologies that make it increasingly easy to publish, share, reproduce and archive complex digital materials can be sustained in a unified and flexible way.
Educators Tap Into DataTuesday, August 29, 2017
Educators Tap Into DataLearnLab Director Ken Koedinger noticed his lab's summer school was different from years past. Interests spiked in creating online courses and interpreting the data collected by digital tools to provide evidence that students are learning.
Q&A: Alumnus Takes His Ph.D. Training in Neural Computation to the NIHMonday, August 28, 2017
Q&A: Alumnus Takes His Ph.D. Training in Neural Computation to the NIHWith an overall goal to work at the intersection of genomic, neuroimaging and behavioral data in order to better understand complex, polygenic psychiatric disorders, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer's disease, Gustavo Sudre uses a combination of machine learning techniques, genomics and neuroimaging to study brain systems.
Instagram Contest: Win an Amazon Gift Card!Monday, August 28, 2017
Instagram Contest: Win an Amazon Gift Card!The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is having an Instagram contest to celebrate the start of a new academic year. Here's how it works.
Atkinson Takes Talents, Passions to Iconic ChautauquaMonday, August 28, 2017
Atkinson Takes Talents, Passions to Iconic ChautauquaAs visitors descend upon the thriving lakeside educational community of Chautauqua, New York, CMU creative writing alumnus Atom Atkinson thinks about how to transform the group's literary arts experience.
Book Offers 18 Years of Student Perspectives on “Challenges to the Dream”Friday, August 25, 2017
Book Offers 18 Years of Student Perspectives on “Challenges to the Dream”Unfortunately, being young does not shield anyone from facing discrimination. For the past 18 years, western Pennsylvania high school and college students have been given a safe, creative space to express their personal struggles with race and diversity through the written word.
Polarization for Controversial Scientific Issues Increases With More EducationMonday, August 21, 2017
Polarization for Controversial Scientific Issues Increases With More EducationA commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education. However, CMU researchers found that the opposite is true: people's beliefs about scientific topics that are associated with their political or religious identities actually become increasingly polarized with education, as measured by years in school, science classes and science literacy.
CMU Receives Two NSF Grants For Brain ResearchMonday, August 21, 2017
CMU Receives Two NSF Grants For Brain ResearchThe National Science Foundation recently awarded $16 million to 19 cross-disciplinary teams to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Two Carnegie Mellon University researchers received funding, including Assistant Professor of Statistics Max G'Sell.
CMU's Kathy M. Newman Reflects on Jerry LewisSunday, August 20, 2017
CMU's Kathy M. Newman Reflects on Jerry LewisProfessor Newman is available for phone, Skype or on-camera interviews to share more on these topics.
Moving Beyond Nudges to Improve Health and Health Care PoliciesWednesday, August 16, 2017
Moving Beyond Nudges to Improve Health and Health Care PoliciesWith countries around the world struggling to deliver quality health care and contain costs, a team of behavioral economists led by CMU's George Loewenstein believes it's time to apply recent insights on human behavior to inform and reform health policy.
Simon Summer Institute Helps Pittsburgh-area Professors Build Ed Tech Tools for Their ClassroomsTuesday, August 15, 2017
Simon Summer Institute Helps Pittsburgh-area Professors Build Ed Tech Tools for Their ClassroomsFor the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) teamed up with the Simon Initiative to host the PCHE Simon Summer Institute. The voluntary weeklong session was designed to help faculty members from eight colleges and universities understand and incorporate Simon Initiative technologies and methods.
Spring 2017 Dean’s List AnnouncedFriday, August 11, 2017
Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 semester.
Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue OpportunitiesFriday, August 11, 2017
Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue OpportunitiesResearch on how our social lives affects decision-making has usually focused on negative factors like stress and adversity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the reverse: What makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed? CMU Psychology Professor Brooke Feeney made an important discovery.
Work-Life Balance Through a Soviet LensThursday, August 10, 2017
Work-Life Balance Through a Soviet Lens2017 marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution and the start of the world's first socialist society. This historic event inspires questions about what lessons it and its experiments with free love, women's equality and the socialization of household labor can offer the world today. History Professor Wendy Goldman explains the lessons we are still learning from it.
Nathan Healy Receives Steinberg AwardTuesday, August 08, 2017
Nathan Healy Receives Steinberg AwardCongratulations to Nathan Healy, this year's recipient of the Erwin R. Steinberg Master's in Professional Writing Scholarship!
Causing a Scene: Miller Gallery Explores Performance Through Protest and Everyday LifeMonday, August 07, 2017
Causing a Scene: Miller Gallery Explores Performance Through Protest and Everyday LifeHighlights from the CAS Performance Initiative, including a dot map illustrating sectarian division in Belfast over time and augmented reality events from Pittsburgh's past, will be displayed at CMU's Miller Gallery from August 19 through September 3. A special reception will be held on August 31.
Improving Security Science Through CollaborationWednesday, August 02, 2017
Improving Security Science Through CollaborationComputer scientists need to collaborate with their counterparts in the natural and social sciences to advance cybersecurity research, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that was co-chaired by CMU's Baruch Fischhoff.
Group Travels To Witness Poland's Jewish Past and PresentFriday, July 28, 2017
Group Travels To Witness Poland's Jewish Past and PresentCMU faculty and alumna Laurnie Wilson spent eight days in Poland, thanks to Classrooms Without Borders. They met people personally affected by the course of history who then demonstrate how the events resonated.
Making Education Technology Work for EveryoneFriday, July 21, 2017
Making Education Technology Work for EveryoneSeveral Simon Initiative members, including a few from the Dietrich College, presented at the 2017 Global Learning Council Summit. Topics included best practices for TEL in global cross-cultural contexts and overcoming barriers to implementing TEL in higher education.
Aging Power Plants Provide Trump Administration With Environmental Risks and Economic OpportunitiesWednesday, July 19, 2017
Aging Power Plants Provide Trump Administration With Environmental Risks and Economic OpportunitiesWhen it comes to the current plans to retire U.S. power plants, CMU researchers believe we are "running towards a cliff with no fence." In a recent study, they found that power plant retirement trends will complicate achieving long-term carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction targets and require a significant increase in capital investments.
Salakhutdinov, Roeder and Wasserman Receive UPMC Professorships To Help Shape the Future of HealthcareWednesday, July 12, 2017
Salakhutdinov, Roeder and Wasserman Receive UPMC Professorships To Help Shape the Future of HealthcareThe financial support continues nearly three decades of UPMC's investment in CMU, which includes the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance - a collaboration between CMU and the University of Pittsburgh that uses data to improve health outcomes and hopes to transform the practice of medicine. According to Farnam Jahanian, professorships make significant and life-changing research possible at Carnegie Mellon.
Four Nonprofits Receive Bequest from Steinberg EstateTuesday, July 11, 2017
Four Nonprofits Receive Bequest from Steinberg EstateErwin R. and Beverly Steinberg planned to leave one last gift, naming Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and WQED as the recipients of a $1 million dollar donation split among the organizations.
Computer Vision Takes OffWednesday, July 05, 2017
Computer Vision Takes OffComputer vision has exploded over the past five years, and it is now able to identify objects with uncanny accuracy, leading to advances in everything from surveillance cameras to self-driving vehicles.
Alex John London Receives Clara L. West Professorship in Ethics and PhilosophyMonday, July 03, 2017
Alex John London Receives Clara L. West Professorship in Ethics and PhilosophyA prominent ethicist who is frequently called upon to address critical problems nationally and internationally, London researches foundational ethical issues in human-subjects research, issues of social justice, the ethics of autonomous technologies and methodological questions in theoretical and applied ethics.
Highway Safety: National Academies Committee Recommends Implementation ImprovementsWednesday, June 28, 2017
Highway Safety: National Academies Committee Recommends Implementation ImprovementsThe committee, co-chaired by CMU's Joel Greenhouse, found that while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) used to identify vehicles at high risk for future crashes is conceptually sound but should develop a more statistically principled approach based on item response theory (IRT) to measure the "safety fitness" of each carrier.
Alumna's Double Life is One for the BooksWednesday, June 28, 2017
Alumna's Double Life is One for the BooksA technical director at Hexagon PPM, Kristina Chess spends her days managing a diverse group of departments in user experience, documentation and development services. In the evenings, Chess meets her husband at their Alabama home, they eat dinner, and she sleeps for a few hours before waking up in what most people would consider the middle of the night. These are Chess's most creative hours.
Second Verse: Jones Plays On After TeachingMonday, June 26, 2017
Second Verse: Jones Plays On After TeachingFrench Teaching Professor Christopher Jones is retiring June 30 to spend more time at home pursuing his other profession. He will continue writing, playing, producing and marketing his own music in his soundproof, fully equipped recording studio in his backyard.
CMU Delegation at World Economic Forum in ChinaMonday, June 26, 2017
CMU Delegation at World Economic Forum in ChinaTimothy Verstynen, assistant professor of psychology, has been named a 2017 Young Scientist for the Word Economic Forum.
Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness “Mind Reading” Technology to Decode Complex ThoughtsMonday, June 26, 2017
Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness “Mind Reading” Technology to Decode Complex ThoughtsThis latest research led by CMU's Marcel Just builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." The findings indicate that the mind's building blocks for constructing complex thoughts are formed by the brain's various sub-systems and are not word-based.
Economists Discuss How Desire to Shape Beliefs Influences BehaviorFriday, June 23, 2017
Economists Discuss How Desire to Shape Beliefs Influences BehaviorBelieve it-or not-the extent of how much our personal beliefs and morals influence decisions is spurring academic inquiry. Two recent events brought top minds to CMU to discuss moral influence, self-image and sense-making and their implications for economics and much more.
'Mind Field' Aims To Raise Awareness of Subtle RacismThursday, June 22, 2017
'Mind Field' Aims To Raise Awareness of Subtle RacismA student-created interactive film explores the potential for subtle racism in questions as commonplace as, "Where are you from?" CMU students produced "Mind Field" to raise consciousness about race, stereotyping and inadvertently offensive comments that can occur even among friends.
RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE SemifinalsWednesday, June 21, 2017
RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE SemifinalsXPRIZE is attempting to address the acute shortage of teachers in developing countries by funding an international competition to create open-source Android tablet apps that enable children ages 7-10 to learn basic reading, writing and math skills without requiring adult assistance. Apps were created in both English and Swahili.
2017 Staff Recognition Lunch and CeremonyTuesday, June 13, 2017
2017 Staff Recognition Lunch and CeremonyThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences recently celebrated its extraordinary staff and recognized those who have spent many years working with great commitment and loyalty to the college.
Children of Separated Parents Not on Speaking Terms Are More Likely to Develop Colds as AdultsMonday, June 05, 2017
Children of Separated Parents Not on Speaking Terms Are More Likely to Develop Colds as AdultsPrevious research has indicated that adults whose parents separated during childhood have an increased risk for poorer health. However, exactly what contributes to this has been less clear, until now. A team led by CMU psychologists wanted to better understand if specific aspects of the family environment following a separation better predicted children's long-term health outcomes.
Sounds of SuccessFriday, June 02, 2017
Sounds of SuccessAlumnus Steve Martocci is splicing together quite a career. His latest endeavor is a cloud-based music creation platform with a library of more than two million sound samples, which can be used by anyone.
NeuroHackathon Competitors Race Clock To Study the BrainWednesday, May 31, 2017
NeuroHackathon Competitors Race Clock To Study the BrainThe winning team, from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, found characteristic that could point to a gene associated with autism in mice.
Class of 2017: Ready for the Next StepWednesday, May 31, 2017
Class of 2017: Ready for the Next StepBefore the ink even dried on their Carnegie Mellon University diplomas, many of the newest Dietrich College graduates had secured jobs or spots in top graduate programs.
145 Dietrich College Students Graduate with HonorsWednesday, May 31, 2017
145 Dietrich College Students Graduate with HonorsAn astounding 145 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences students walked away with more than a diploma during Carnegie Mellon University's Commencement Weekend.
New Graduates: We Can’t Wait To See What You Do NextWednesday, May 31, 2017
New Graduates: We Can’t Wait To See What You Do NextCaps were tossed, tassels moved from right to left and now Carnegie Mellon University's Class of 2017 will show the world what they're made of. "Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University is no small feat," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Seniors, English Professor Honored at Phi Beta Kappa CeremonyWednesday, May 24, 2017
Seniors, English Professor Honored at Phi Beta Kappa CeremonyForty-eight seniors were inducted into CMU's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) this spring and 12 were from the Dietrich College. English Professor and PBK member Peggy Knapp delivered the keynote speech, telling the initiates, "The world needs you."
The Ethics of Time TravelFriday, May 19, 2017
The Ethics of Time TravelWhen it comes to time travel, physicists say it could happen. Mara Harrell, teaching professor of philosophy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, asks whether it should.
Danielle Wenner to Explore Ethics and Exploitation in Brocher ResidencyFriday, May 19, 2017
Danielle Wenner to Explore Ethics and Exploitation in Brocher ResidencyIs it ethical to "rent out" a disadvantaged woman's womb? What can scientists do to ensure the autonomy of clinical research subjects? These are just a couple of the questions on the mind of CMU's Danielle Wenner. Wenner will examine those questions in the Brocher Summer Residency Program in Geneva, Switzerland.
Meeting of the Minds Showcases Students’ Diverse TalentsWednesday, May 17, 2017
Meeting of the Minds Showcases Students’ Diverse TalentsFrom designing a constitution for a reunified Korea to writing a collection of short stories, students in CMU's Dietrich College work on projects that tackle real problems and showcase their creativity. Undergraduates in the college recently shared what they've been working on at the Meeting of the Minds research symposium.
Listen Up: Auditory Scientists Catch Students’ AttentionWednesday, May 17, 2017
Listen Up: Auditory Scientists Catch Students’ AttentionThis spring, students in CMU's Auditory Perception course participated in Q and A sessions with guest speakers who lectured about auditory science topics from absolute pitch to cochlear implant technology. Visitors included neuroscientist, musician, professor and author Daniel Levitin and Heather Bortfeld, who leads developmental cognitive science research at University of California, Merced.
Meeting of the Minds: Dietrich College WinnersWednesday, May 17, 2017
Meeting of the Minds: Dietrich College WinnersSince it began in 1995, Meeting of the Minds has grown from 157 student presenters to over 600. The university's diverse array of disciplines and research areas were showcased at the event, which included poster sessions, oral presentations, art installations and more.
Robert Cavalier May Be Retiring, But He's Not Slowing DownTuesday, May 16, 2017
Robert Cavalier May Be Retiring, But He's Not Slowing DownCMU's Robert Cavalier may be retiring this June, but he doesn't plan on slowing down. "I'll have extra time to focus on many issues of importance to me and the larger community," said Cavalier, director of the Program for Deliberative Democracy in the Dietrich College's Department of Philosophy.SaveSave
Remake Learning Days Offer Sneak Peek Into Next Gen ClassroomTuesday, May 16, 2017
Remake Learning Days Offer Sneak Peek Into Next Gen ClassroomThe future of learning is here, during Remake Learning Days-a regional celebration and exploration of the future of learning. Researchers in CMU's Simon Initiative, which aims to transform education by continuously improving teaching and learning based on data, will be an integral part of the event running May 15-26.
Documentary Class Takes Students to CubaMonday, May 15, 2017
Documentary Class Takes Students to CubaOne way to learn about an unfamiliar place is to step behind the lens. That is exactly what Carnegie Mellon University students did this semester to learn about Cuban artists.
Three Dietrich College Seniors Receive Fulbright Awards to Study AbroadMonday, May 15, 2017
Three Dietrich College Seniors Receive Fulbright Awards to Study AbroadSix CMU seniors have been named Fulbright award winners - and three of them come from the Dietrich College. The Fulbright award recipients for 2017 will teach and conduct research all over the globe, living and working in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Taiwan, Switzerland and Germany.
An Anthropologist in the 21st Century ClassroomFriday, May 12, 2017
An Anthropologist in the 21st Century ClassroomEducational tools can make all the difference to the learner, but despite the availability of excellent new options, many of the best technology enhanced learning (TEL) resources are being left on the shelf. CMU researchers have been working to understand this quandary.
Soon-To-Be #cmugrad(s) Tell Their Stories Through Social MediaFriday, May 12, 2017
Soon-To-Be #cmugrad(s) Tell Their Stories Through Social MediaSarah Gutekunst served as a social media ambassador for the university in order to provide a window into graduating students' experiences.
The Country That Dines Together Stays TogetherFriday, May 12, 2017
The Country That Dines Together Stays TogetherTwo Dietrich College alumnae created Make America Dinner again to bring individuals with diverse ideologies in a non-threatening environment-the dinner table-to respectfully exchange views.
Students Honored at Writing Awards CeremonyThursday, May 11, 2017
Students Honored at Writing Awards CeremonyOne way the Department of English highlights student excellence is through the annual Adamson Student Writing Awards. Winners are awarded in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and nonfiction and are selected by off-campus writers and honored during a formal ceremony.
Peggy Knapp To RetireWednesday, May 10, 2017
Peggy Knapp To RetireFor the past 47 years, one constant has been English Professor Peggy Knapp riding her bike to work every day. Her dedication to her students is another. Through her engaging courses, Knapp has changed the way students learn.
Global Studies Projects Examine Language, Education PolicyWednesday, May 10, 2017
Global Studies Projects Examine Language, Education PolicySeniors in the Dietrich College's global studies capstone seminar develop independent research projects on topics that interest them. "I think that by their senior year, most CMU students are ready and eager to follow their intellectual passions and pursue a research project," said John Soluri, director of global studies and associate professor of history.
Doctors Should Be Paid By Salary, Not Fee-for-Service, Argue Behavioral EconomistsTuesday, May 09, 2017
Doctors Should Be Paid By Salary, Not Fee-for-Service, Argue Behavioral EconomistsIn a JAMA Viewpoint article, CMU's George Loewenstein and UCLA's Ian Larkin outline the problems associated with the fee-for-service arrangements that most doctors currently operate under. Such compensation schemes, they argue, create incentives for physicians to order more, and different, services than are best for patients.
Eberly Center’s First Teaching Institute Already Impacting ClassroomsTuesday, May 09, 2017
Eberly Center’s First Teaching Institute Already Impacting ClassroomsTo show CMU faculty how to successfully integrate active learning or enhance what they are already doing, the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation held a three-day institute last summer on "Teaching as Research." And instead of just handling over ideas or tools, the Eberly Center focused on how instructors can use their classrooms as learning experiments by collecting data and using it to then go back and re-tool how the activities are used.
Obituary: Gloria Hill, Former Dietrich College Assistant DeanMonday, May 08, 2017
Obituary: Gloria Hill, Former Dietrich College Assistant DeanHill, who had been a staff member at Carnegie Mellon University for 35 years before her retirement in 2015, died Wednesday, May 3. She was 70.
Ten Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors FellowsMonday, May 08, 2017
Ten Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors FellowsTen distinguished juniors have been selected as Dietrich College Honors Fellows. They will spend the summer working on research and creative projects that span from how the U.S. federal court system can restrain an "imperial presidency" to exploring the future of work through poetry.
Five CMU Friends Keep the ConnectionFriday, May 05, 2017
Five CMU Friends Keep the ConnectionIn 1964, five freshman girls arrived at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became close friends. More than 50 years later, the women's bond that was forged over studying and becoming young adults together remains strong, as does their connection to what is now Carnegie Mellon University.
Three-Minute Thesis Exhibition in Posner CenterThursday, May 04, 2017
Three-Minute Thesis Exhibition in Posner CenterJuliann Reineke, a Ph.D. student in English, is bringing her thesis to life.
Senior Dedicated to Giving Back Receives Alumni Association’s Student Service AwardWednesday, May 03, 2017
Senior Dedicated to Giving Back Receives Alumni Association’s Student Service AwardA chemistry major and Japanese minor in Carnegie Mellon University's Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) program, Josh Zak has figured out one of life's greatest secrets. Giving to others is easy, if you love what you do.
$6.2 Million MURI Grant To Fund Cybersecurity ProjectWednesday, May 03, 2017
$6.2 Million MURI Grant To Fund Cybersecurity ProjectThe project, "Realizing Cyber Inception: Towards a Science of Personalized Deception for Cyber Defense," will develop deception tactics based on theories from cognitive science, computational game theory and computer systems engineering. These new tactics are expected to leap ahead of attackers by moving towards active defense, where new cyber environments will make it impossible for attackers to determine what is real and what is deceptive.
Baruch Fischhoff Elected to National Academy of SciencesTuesday, May 02, 2017
Baruch Fischhoff Elected to National Academy of SciencesA cognitive psychologist by training, Fischhoff is a renowned expert in decision science and risk analysis. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive and recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Restricting Pharmaceutical Reps’ Marketing Tactics Changes Physician Prescribing BehaviorTuesday, May 02, 2017
Restricting Pharmaceutical Reps’ Marketing Tactics Changes Physician Prescribing BehaviorResearchers examined restrictions 19 academic medical centers placed on pharmaceutical representatives' visits to doctors' offices. Published in JAMA, the results reveal that the restrictions caused physicians to switch from prescribing drugs that were more expensive and patent-protected to generic, significantly cheaper drugs.
Meeting of the Minds Explores Students' Talents, Passion for ResearchTuesday, May 02, 2017
Meeting of the Minds Explores Students' Talents, Passion for ResearchPaloma Sierra-Hernandez, a sophomore studying creative writing and drama in the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) program, will present a bilingual poetry reading that focuses on Puerto Rican identities. She is just one of the many Dietrich College students who will participate in this year's event.
CMWA Supports Students’ Commitment to Advancement of WomenMonday, May 01, 2017
CMWA Supports Students’ Commitment to Advancement of WomenAlexandra Pasch, who is majoring in international relations and politics and ethics, history and public policy, received a $1,000 scholarship for their commitment to the advancement of women in their academic disciplines.
Program Takes Students Behind the Scenes in D.C.Thursday, April 27, 2017
Program Takes Students Behind the Scenes in D.C.CMU's Washington Semester Program gives students the opportunity to explore the capital while completing coursework and internships with D.C.-based organizations. Dietrich College's Institute for Politics and Strategy, which sponsors the program.
What Can You Do With a Master of Science in Computational Finance?Thursday, April 27, 2017
What Can You Do With a Master of Science in Computational Finance?CMU's MSCF Program is the top-rated financial engineering degree and is a joint program between the Tepper School of Business, the Mathematical Sciences Department, the Department of Statistics and the Heinz College.
David Danks Wins 2017 Andrew Carnegie FellowshipWednesday, April 26, 2017
David Danks Wins 2017 Andrew Carnegie FellowshipCarnegie Corporation of New York has named David Danks a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The 35 selected fellows will receive a total of $7 million in funding, or $200,000 each, making it the most generous stipend for humanities and social sciences research available. Danks' project will explore trust and autonomous technologies.Save
Psi Chi Honor Society Inducts 21 CMU StudentsTuesday, April 25, 2017
Psi Chi Honor Society Inducts 21 CMU StudentsTwenty-one CMU students with primary or additional majors in the Department of Psychology were inducted into Psi Chi this spring. They join more than 700,000 members of the international psychology honor society.
Legacy Scholarships Leave Lasting ImprintsMonday, April 24, 2017
Legacy Scholarships Leave Lasting ImprintsWhen Peter Brady arrived at Carnegie Mellon University four years ago, he was used to working while going to school and thought that would continue during college. However, Brady, who will graduate in May with degrees in economics and international relations and politics, was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship.
Celebrating Excellence in EducationMonday, April 24, 2017
Celebrating Excellence in EducationEvery year CMU recognizes individuals who exemplify the highest standards of excellence and commitment to students. This year, Emily Half, academic program manager, and Ryan Tibshirani, associate professor of statistics, are among the recipients.
NIH Awards Team $7 Million for Autism Genetics ResearchWednesday, April 19, 2017
NIH Awards Team $7 Million for Autism Genetics ResearchFive organizations, including CMU, have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to extend the work of the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC) through 2022. Established in 2010, the ASC collects and shares samples and genetic data from individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Helping Companies Win by Treating Customers RightTuesday, April 18, 2017
Helping Companies Win by Treating Customers RightAs consumers have better access to information than ever before, companies can gain a competitive edge by improving the experiences customers have every day. Peter Kriss (DC '12), lead research scientist at Medallia, applies research based in behavioral economics to help many of the world's largest companies learn about their customers faster and create better experiences. Kriss joined Medallia immediately after earning his doctorate from in behavioral decision research.
Understanding Decisions: The Power of Combining Psychology and EconomicsTuesday, April 18, 2017
Understanding Decisions: The Power of Combining Psychology and EconomicsA new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows how collaborations between psychologists and economists lead to better understanding of such decisions than either discipline can on its own.
Twenty CMU Students Join Phi Sigma IotaTuesday, April 18, 2017
Twenty CMU Students Join Phi Sigma IotaThis spring, students joined Phi Sigma Iota, a prestigious international honor society that recognizes the achievements of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures and cultures.
Senior Wants to Help Young Children Reach Their PotentialTuesday, April 18, 2017
Senior Wants to Help Young Children Reach Their PotentialCMU's Lisa Murphy may be well known as a basketball superstar, but she is making a name for herself off the court as well. Murphy is the 2017 recipient of the Dietrich College's Gretchen Lankford Prize, which recognizes graduating seniors who are interested in a teaching career.
Ten Students Inducted Into National History Honor SocietyTuesday, April 18, 2017
Ten Students Inducted Into National History Honor SocietyTen students with majors or minors in CMU's Department of History were inducted in Phi Alpha Theta this spring. Upsilon-Kappa, CMU's chapter of the national history honor society, was established in 1973.
Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners AnnouncedFriday, April 14, 2017
Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners AnnouncedAidan Kestigian and Mary Glavan are the 2017 recipients of the Dietrich College's Graduate Student Teaching Award, which recognizes Ph.D. candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching.
Meg Whitman Named Commencement SpeakerThursday, April 13, 2017
Meg Whitman Named Commencement SpeakerMeg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and former president and chief executive officer of eBay, will be the speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's 120th Commencement. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Practice degree in recognition of her leadership in industry and politics.
Examining Gender-Based Violence from Multiple PerspectivesThursday, April 13, 2017
Examining Gender-Based Violence from Multiple PerspectivesGender-based violence has been declared a global health crisis. Beginning in Spring 2018, CMU's Lisa Tetrault, Candace Skibba and Jess Klein will co-teach a course on the topic, part of the Dietrich College's new Grand Challenges Freshman Seminars that tackle significant social problems using an interdisciplinary approach.
Psychology Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesWednesday, April 12, 2017
Psychology Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesRoberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Professor of Psychology, is a world-renowned expert in cognition who examines the relationships between human perception and action, with a focus on touch. She investigates this from the perspective of multiple modalities, sensory and symbolic, in real and virtual environments. Her research has been instrumental to the development of telemanipulation, image-guided surgery, navigation aids for the blind and neural rehabilitation.
Carnegie Mellon Junior Wins Truman ScholarshipWednesday, April 12, 2017
Carnegie Mellon Junior Wins Truman ScholarshipMikaela Wolf-Sorokin, a global studies and Hispanic Studies major, has won a 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Selected from 768 candidates, Wolf-Sorokin is one of 62 recipients of the prestigious national scholarship designed to support the next generation of public service leaders. Wolf-Sorokin is the sixth overall CMU student to receive this award and the first since 2009.
National Academies Committee Outlines Steps To Combat Disease EpidemicsWednesday, April 12, 2017
National Academies Committee Outlines Steps To Combat Disease EpidemicsUsing key lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has outlined how to improve the speed and effectiveness of clinical trial research while an epidemic is occurring.
CMU Wins Putnam Math CompetitionMonday, April 10, 2017
CMU Wins Putnam Math CompetitionCarnegie Mellon University has placed first in the Mathematical Association of America's 77th William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics competition for undergraduate students in North America. Forty-four CMU students, including two from the Dietrich College, placed in the top 517, the second most of any university.
Speak UP! PittsburghThursday, April 06, 2017
Speak UP! PittsburghPROGRESS encourages girls and young women to use their voices to advocate and speak up on behalf of themselves. With Duquesne University, they recently hosted and interactive negotiation workshop for girls 7 to 13+. PROGRESS is led by Ayana Ledford, director of diversity and inclusion for the Dietrich College, and it's based on Professor Linda Babcock's research.
Making an Impact on Issues That MatterThursday, April 06, 2017
Making an Impact on Issues That MatterCMU alumna Satvika Neti (DC'16) is charging full speed ahead, propelled by Andrew Carnegie's famous dictum: "My heart is in the work." As a Coro fellow, Neti is learning the ropes of fundraising, events and consulting at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Homewood Children's Village. And she is building her own non-profit organization, WE Education.
Students Inducted Into International English Honor SocietyThursday, April 06, 2017
Students Inducted Into International English Honor SocietySixteen students were welcomed into Carnegie Mellon's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Omega Tau.
Vishwas Prabhakara Doesn't Hold BackWednesday, April 05, 2017
Vishwas Prabhakara Doesn't Hold BackVishwas Prabhakara (DC'02), general manager of Yelp Reservations, gave students on the verge of entering the workforce a wealth of information at an interactive talk and a roundtable discussion for the Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series, co-sponsored by CMU's Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.
Psychology Alumna Receives Highly Competitive NSF FellowshipWednesday, April 05, 2017
Psychology Alumna Receives Highly Competitive NSF FellowshipMaya Schumer's exposure to cutting-edge research began during her first year at CMU when she joined David Creswell's Health and Human Performance Laboratory.
Reddit AMA on Information AvoidanceMonday, April 03, 2017
Reddit AMA on Information AvoidanceThree Carnegie Mellon University behavioral economists participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" online Q and A on Information Avoidance. Find out what George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann were asked, how they answered and how you can get involved with their research.
Steven Schlossman Wins Dietrich College’s Top Teaching AwardMonday, April 03, 2017
Steven Schlossman Wins Dietrich College’s Top Teaching AwardSteven Schlossman, professor of history and director of undergraduate studies, has won the 2016-17 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College. Since joining CMU, Schlossman has distinguished himself as a scholar in a wide range of social and political history studies including homework in American schooling, juvenile courts and delinquency and the rise of modern golf. He also helped to co-found the ethics, history and public policy major, offered jointly with the Department of Philosophy.
Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Jean-Pierre BourguignonFriday, March 31, 2017
Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Jean-Pierre BourguignonMathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will deliver the 2017 Carnegie Mellon University Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohon University Center's Rangos 3. Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council, will discuss "Scientists, Power and the Power of Scientists."
Short and Simple Is Key in Three Minute Thesis CompetitionThursday, March 30, 2017
Short and Simple Is Key in Three Minute Thesis CompetitionThree Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges Ph.D. students to give a compelling presentation on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language that anyone can understand. Two Dietrich College students made it to the finals this year: Social and Decision Sciences' Ania Jaroszewicz and English's Will Penman.
TEDxCMU Speakers To Urge Pushing BoundariesWednesday, March 29, 2017
TEDxCMU Speakers To Urge Pushing BoundariesTEDxCMU 2017, a student-run conference designed to provide a TED-like experience, will be held on Friday, April 1, at Carnegie Mellon University. The theme of this year's sold-out event is Pivot. The Statistics Department's Rebecca Nugent is one of the speakers.
Student Team Wins $25K at DatathonTuesday, March 28, 2017
Student Team Wins $25K at DatathonThe Department of Statistics recently hosted the Citadel/Citadel Securities Datathon, powered by Correlation One. Approximately 125 students, with majors ranging from statistics to computer science and economics, were selected to compete for a $25K cash prize. The top two teams will travel to New York City in November for "The Data Open" which carries a $100K grand prize, and they will be eligible to interview for careers with Citadel and Citadel Securities.
Dietrich Day Trivia Answers and PhotosMonday, March 27, 2017
Dietrich Day Trivia Answers and PhotosThe Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted Dietrich Day on Thursday, March 23.
Statistician Nancy Reid To Give 2017 Morris H. DeGroot Memorial LectureMonday, March 27, 2017
Statistician Nancy Reid To Give 2017 Morris H. DeGroot Memorial LectureFifty years ago, Morris H. (Morrie) DeGroot became the founding head of Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Statistics. To honor his legacy of building the foundations of a world-class statistics program and his influence on the theory of rational decision-making, the Statistics Department has invited Nancy Reid to give the 2017 DeGroot Memorial Lecture.
Dietrich College Carnival EventsFriday, March 24, 2017
Dietrich College Carnival EventsThis year, Carnival will be held April 20-27. Several special events are being planned in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, including the annual college reception. And, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Department of Statistics is hosting the Morris B. (Morrie) DeGroot Memorial Lecture, a student poster session and reception.
CMU Students To Compete for $100K in Citadel and Citadel Securities DatathonThursday, March 23, 2017
CMU Students To Compete for $100K in Citadel and Citadel Securities DatathonWith data scientist and statistician among the fastest growing jobs, organizations in nearly every industry and sector are hunting for the best and brightest. Citadel, the $26 billion hedge fund is no different, but their approach is somewhat unique. The firm is sponsoring 18 data science competitions at universities across the U.S. and Britain, with a grand prize of $100K. CMU's Department of Statistics - top-rated and one of the fastest growing programs - will host the Correlation One and Citadel Datathon on March 25.
Looking Forward in Women's HistoryWednesday, March 22, 2017
Looking Forward in Women's HistoryBrowsing popular bookstores, Lauren Churilla can't help but notice the predominance of male figures in history books. She is one history scholar who sees an opportunity to reverse the trend. Churilla joined the Department of History two years ago as a graduate student. She is also a full-time curator at St. Vincent College's Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery. She currently pursues a research interest in women empowerment and self-defense tactics from 1880-1930.
Sach Takayasu and a Large Voice for Small BusinessTuesday, March 21, 2017
Sach Takayasu and a Large Voice for Small BusinessAs president and CEO of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), Carnegie Mellon University alumna Sach Takayasu played an instrumental role in what she describes as "giving a voice to the business interests of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)."
Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as InfantsMonday, March 20, 2017
Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as InfantsCMU scientists wanted to find out whether the adult human subcortex contributes to number processing at all.
NY Times Bestselling Author Lauren Groff Stops By CMU English ClassesWednesday, March 15, 2017
NY Times Bestselling Author Lauren Groff Stops By CMU English ClassesAuthor Lauren Groff visited CMU and advised students to find in classmates what she found in Kevin Gonz&#225;lez, assistant professor of English. "Find the brilliant readers and writers that you know, put your little claws into them and never let them go," Groff said. "They will end up being not only a source of amazing critique for the rest of your life, but a source of inspiration."
Grandma Knows Best: New Research Explains How Family Members Can Impact an Autism DiagnosisWednesday, March 15, 2017
Grandma Knows Best: New Research Explains How Family Members Can Impact an Autism DiagnosisEarly detection is critical for improving treatment efficacy for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and it's often those closest to a child who notice the first signs. New research reveals that children who had frequent interaction with grandparents or older siblings were diagnosed earlier with ASD. Published in the journal Autism, the study was the first to ask not only parents, but also friends and family members who had contact with the child about their early observations of the child.
CMU Offers New Minor in Arabic StudiesTuesday, March 14, 2017
CMU Offers New Minor in Arabic StudiesCarnegie Mellon University students interested in studying Arabic language and culture now have the opportunity to earn a minor in Arabic Studies. While the Department of Modern Languages has offered courses in Arabic Studies since 2008, this is the first time that students have a chance to gain more depth in this area.
Faces of Identity: CMU’s International Film Festival Brings 16 Award-Winning Films to Pittsburgh, March 23 – April 9Monday, March 13, 2017
Faces of Identity: CMU’s International Film Festival Brings 16 Award-Winning Films to Pittsburgh, March 23 – April 9The significance of identity knows no bounds, and its complexity is something people from every walk of life grapple with in some way.CMU's International Film Festival will bring 16 award-winning films to Pittsburgh that explore identity on a personal level, as a collective group, as a specific race or gender and through different languages and cultures. Fifteen of the films will be making their Pittsburgh premieres, and following the festival's eleven-year tradition, each screening also will 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 films' themes.
Artist Puts a Face on CMU Film FestivalMonday, March 13, 2017
Artist Puts a Face on CMU Film FestivalCommissioned by festival director Jolanta Lion, local artist Baron Batch has created a piece of artwork that portrays this year's festival theme. Batch will host a viewing of his artwork and a Q and A at 7 p.m., Friday, March 31 in the Cohon University Center's McConomy Auditorium
Information AvoidanceFriday, March 10, 2017
Information AvoidanceDrawing on research in economics, psychology and sociology, Carnegie Mellon University's George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann illustrate how people deliberately avoid information that threatens their happiness and wellbeing.
Group Tolerance Linked to Perceptions of Fairness and HarmTuesday, March 07, 2017
Group Tolerance Linked to Perceptions of Fairness and HarmLook for the fault line in any modern conflict and it likely follows a familiar division between the opposing groups. Whether that divide is sectarian, ethnic or ideological, people's devotion to the values that define their communities can make it seem as if violence along their boundaries is inevitable. But new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, alters thinking about the dynamics of conflict or tension between groups.
Staff Spotlight: Scott KurdillaWednesday, March 01, 2017
Staff Spotlight: Scott KurdillaAs a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research technologist and MRI safety officer, Kurdilla manages day-to-day operations at the Scientific Imaging and Brain Research (SIBR) Center in CMU's Psychology Department. His responsibilities range from safety training and scheduling to scanner maintenance, quality assurance and metal screening.
Infinite Career Paths in Behavioral EconomicsMonday, February 27, 2017
Infinite Career Paths in Behavioral EconomicsCMU recently launched the first-of-its-kind undergraduate major in behavioral economics, policy and organizations (BEPO) because of the high demand for trained behavioral economics in almost every industry and sector. To give students an idea of many potential career options, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences (SDS) hosted "Behavioral Insights in Action." "This was a really unique and exciting opportunity to bring back some of our graduate student alumni from our top-ranked behavioral decision research program and showcase their work alongside other experts from industry and government as well as our own, really spectacular, faculty members," said SDS Head Linda Babcock.
Senior Sarah Gutekunst Takes You #BTS of Her Final SemesterMonday, February 27, 2017
Senior Sarah Gutekunst Takes You #BTS of Her Final SemesterThere's no shortage of impressive news coming out of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. There's faculty research, student projects and awards and features on alumni who are doing really cool things - plus all of the lectures hosted by both faculty and visiting experts.Naturally, the Dietrich College social media channels want to shout out those accolades to followers everywhere. But what about the average aspects of life in Dietrich College? That's something I am going to help shine the light on, so to speak, by taking you behind the scenes (#bts) of my last semester.
Dietrich College Hires Director of Diversity and InclusionMonday, February 27, 2017
Dietrich College Hires Director of Diversity and InclusionAyana Ledford has joined the Dietrich College as director of diversity and inclusion. Ledford is a seasoned expert in creating and implementing programs to recruit and retain minorities and women. She participated in Dietrich's College Conversation in November and is excited to help with a number of suggestions that came out of that conversation.
Alumna Emily Duff Bartel is Driven to SucceedMonday, February 27, 2017
Alumna Emily Duff Bartel is Driven to SucceedDuff Bartel, who is based in Pittsburgh, is a product manager for Uber's Advanced Technology Group (ATG), the research and development hub of Uber's engineering team. ATG is dedicated to self-driving technologies, mapping and vehicle safety, and is at the forefront of the company's pilot program that is testing self-driving cars.
Eyes on the Prize: Tartan Data Science CupFriday, February 24, 2017
Eyes on the Prize: Tartan Data Science CupThe Department of Statistics' third installment of the competition teamed up students to solve a real world data analysis problem under a tight deadline-all for a little notoriety.Capital One's Center for Machine Learning sponsored this year's event, awarding prizes of $50 Amazon gift cards to each member of the top teams and also an Apple TV for each member of the first place team. Employees also participated as judges.
Discover and Celebrate the Humanities and Social SciencesFriday, February 24, 2017
Discover and Celebrate the Humanities and Social SciencesDietrich Day will begin with Discover Dietrich from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Baker Hall's Coffee Lounge. Anyone from the CMU community is invited to stop by and learn about the college's exciting programs. Celebrate Dietrich will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the CFA Lawn. The event is open to all Dietrich College faculty, staff and students and will feature food and games.
Learn From Current Seniors: Honors Fellowship Program Offers Exciting OpportunitiesThursday, February 23, 2017
Learn From Current Seniors: Honors Fellowship Program Offers Exciting OpportunitiesThe benefits of getting paid to initiate research projects and develop professional examples of their work - while working with faculty mentors - are just a few of the big motivators, according to this year's Senior Honor Fellows. The application deadline is March 24.
Event: What They Don’t Want You To KnowThursday, February 23, 2017
Event: What They Don’t Want You To KnowNavigating through a career often requires making decisions without all of the information.Dietrich College alumnus Vishwas Prabhakara, the general manager of Yelp Reservations, will return to campus to talk to students about the impact career choices can have in the years that follow.
Contesting Energy: Labor, Culture and PoliticsThursday, February 23, 2017
Contesting Energy: Labor, Culture and PoliticsIn the world of energy innovation, there is a place for the humanities, and a team of CMU historians and literary and culture experts are about to show why. The English Department's Kathy M. Newman, Jacob Goessling and James Wynn and the History Department's John Soluri will present "Contesting Energy: Labor, Culture and Politics" as part of the Scott Institute's Energy Week, March 27-31. The symposium will focus on the role that energy plays in culture at large, and more specifically in the Pennsylvania region.
Uncertainty Perception Drives Public’s Trust, Mistrust of ScienceWednesday, February 22, 2017
Uncertainty Perception Drives Public’s Trust, Mistrust of ScienceMany policies - from medicine to terrorism - depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of uncertainty, which may not reflect the actual uncertainty of the field. CMU researchers took the first step to understanding more of the whole picture by measuring scientific uncertainty broadly - across many areas of science, not just topics that are typically polarized.
CMU Engineering and Psychology Researchers Develop Model To Study Design TeamsFriday, February 17, 2017
CMU Engineering and Psychology Researchers Develop Model To Study Design TeamsIf you've ever worked on a team project, you know that a strong team will help a project soar-but a bad team can bring the whole project crashing to the ground. Today, almost all the products you love-your car, your iPhone, your air conditioner-were conceptualized by a team of designers. A recent study conducted by CMU collaborators Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky sought to answer an important question for the design industry-how do you best design your design team?
There’s More Than One Way to Get From A to Z With a History DegreeThursday, February 16, 2017
There’s More Than One Way to Get From A to Z With a History DegreeFaryal Khan is a transcreation director at World Writers - part of Williams Lea Tag, a large marketing and communications agency in New York City. She credits her success to saying "yes" to opportunities as they arose and following her interests, even when they diverged from her past experiences.
George Loewenstein and the NEW New Economics of InformationWednesday, February 15, 2017
George Loewenstein and the NEW New Economics of InformationReaders consuming fake news, investors ignoring a bear market, Internet users giving away valuable personal data in online quizzes: All of these trends can have dramatic consequences for the individuals involved as well as for society, and none are well explained by traditional economics. George Loewenstein discussed his research on these trends and other topics at the Behavioral Insights in Action conference, which celebrated the launch of CMU's new Bachelor of Arts in behavioral economics, policy and organizations.
Alumna’s Guide for Social EntrepreneurshipMonday, February 13, 2017
Alumna’s Guide for Social EntrepreneurshipOne thing Dietrich College alumni know for certain is that their education prepares them for almost anything. Meg Brindle (DC'92), who received a Ph.D. in applied history, left a tenured position at George Mason University to Africa to explore and address root causes of poverty rather than just the symptoms.
Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress HormoneMonday, February 13, 2017
Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress HormoneStudies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed. A new CMU Department of Psychology study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health.
Fingerprint Evidence is Circumstantial, Not an IdentificationFriday, February 10, 2017
Fingerprint Evidence is Circumstantial, Not an IdentificationCrime shows like Dateline or NCIS portray fingerprint analysis as an exact science. There's a print found, and if it is matched to a suspect, there is no doubt about its accuracy. The U.S. judicial system also treats fingerprint identification with the same absolute certainty. But, there is no scientific basis for this critical assumption about fingerprint identifications.
Oui ou Non: What It Means to be FrenchTuesday, February 07, 2017
Oui ou Non: What It Means to be FrenchInternational travel and national identity may seem like new, provoking topics, but their growing complexity is apparent in many nations across the globe. Modern Languages Assistant Professor Mame-Fatou Niang studies cultural minorities with particular interest in French people of African and Muslim descent. France is an interesting case because it is at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Artists Reconstruct Story of African-American Folk HeroThursday, February 02, 2017
Artists Reconstruct Story of African-American Folk HeroHistory's Edda Fields-Black is one of the collaborators who worked to bring "JH: Mechanics of a Legend" to life. The performance depicts John Henry, the super-strong railroad man who died with a hammer in his hand.
Jim Daniels’ "Rowing Inland" Takes Readers Back to Metro DetroitThursday, February 02, 2017
Jim Daniels’ "Rowing Inland" Takes Readers Back to Metro DetroitFrom the last meals his mother is able to cook and joy rides to Canada, to childhood and the end of it, CMU's Jim Daniels circles back to his life in Detroit in his 15th book of poetry. Similar to many of Daniels' works, urban and working-class life appear throughout the four sections of the collection.
Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science and Public EngagementWednesday, February 01, 2017
Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science and Public EngagementCitizen science is not a new concept. The Smithsonian Institute relied on the practice to gather data for a weather project in the mid-1800s. But the digital age has vastly expanded its potential and usefulness. CMU's James Wynn explores the rhetoric, science and public engagement of it in a new book.
10 Things To Love About CMU’s Dietrich CollegeTuesday, January 31, 2017
10 Things To Love About CMU’s Dietrich CollegeThe Dietrich College is home to world-class researchers who do foundational and deep research and collaborate across many disciplines to take on problems that are important to humanity. Students become involved in research early in their CMU careers and work alongside their top-rated professors. They emerge from their academic careers able to communicate, think, learn and understand the world in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives. SaveSave
Maha Engages High School Students in Entrepreneurship ProgramMonday, January 30, 2017
Maha Engages High School Students in Entrepreneurship ProgramJunior sharp-shooting guard Ryan Maha is making his biggest impact off the court. The Tartans' leading three-point shooter is helping underprivileged high school students to become entrepreneurs.
Video, Photos From 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing AwardsMonday, January 30, 2017
Video, Photos From 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing AwardsRelive the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing awards by watching a video of the ceremony and concert and viewing photos.
Fall 2016 Dean’s List AnnouncedSunday, January 29, 2017
Fall 2016 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 2016 semester.
Terrorism Research Must Be Driven By Evidence, Not Political AgendasThursday, January 26, 2017
Terrorism Research Must Be Driven By Evidence, Not Political AgendasDespite concerted efforts by many people and institutions, fundamental aspects of terrorism - identifying participants, understanding how they radicalize, and developing effective countermeasures - remain unclear. In a new Science Policy Forum article, four experts from different fields propose a strategy for terrorism research. The approach is meant to protect the integrity of academic research from political interference, while protecting policy makers from simplistic academic accounts.
Model Driverless Car Regulations After Drug Approval Process, AI Ethics Experts ArgueThursday, January 26, 2017
Model Driverless Car Regulations After Drug Approval Process, AI Ethics Experts ArgueAutonomous systems - like driverless cars - perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. In a new IEEE Intelligent Systems Expert Opinion piece, CMU artificial intelligence ethics experts David Danks and Alex John London argue that current safety regulations do not plan for these systems and are therefore ill-equipped to ensure that autonomous systems will perform safely and reliably. Save
2017 Alumni Award Honorees AnnouncedWednesday, January 25, 2017
2017 Alumni Award Honorees AnnouncedIncluded among the recipients are two Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni. Sachiko Takayasu (DC 1985), president and CEO of Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award for accomplishments in her professional field. An Alumni Service Award will be given to Ruth Osborne Rouleau (DC 1952, 1953).
Experts To Discuss Teaching English to Non-Native SpeakersFriday, January 20, 2017
Experts To Discuss Teaching English to Non-Native SpeakersCarnegie Mellon University's Dudley Reynolds will lead policymakers and industry professionals at a February summit in Athens, Greece, to discuss the future of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Using an English Degree To Do What You LoveFriday, January 20, 2017
Using an English Degree To Do What You LoveWhat can you do with an English degree? Plenty. Carnegie Mellon University graduates have built diverse careers doing what they love - from publishing to museum administration, children's entertainment and entrepreneurship.
How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to ScienceThursday, January 19, 2017
How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to ScienceFor the millions of people watching NFL football games this weekend, it is not all fun and games. Rooting for your favorite team can leave you feeling anxious and stressed - right down to the last second. The good news is that there is a way to help manage your stress reactions during the game. Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve stress management, and CMU scientists are leading the way to understanding how and why.
Complex Social Systems Expert Joins Social and Decision Sciences DepartmentWednesday, January 18, 2017
Complex Social Systems Expert Joins Social and Decision Sciences DepartmentDriven by new theories and big data, Simon DeDeo uses empirical evidence and mathematical models to reveal how people connect and interact, and how those ways change over time. His investigations shed light on the dynamic systems that make up our cultural, business and political worlds. He will teach SDS courses, such as "Social Complexity" and "Bubbles, Norms and Revolutions."
Event: Behavioral Insights in ActionTuesday, January 17, 2017
Event: Behavioral Insights in ActionTo celebrate the first-of-its-kind major in behavioral economics, policy and organizations and to showcase the work of CMU's faculty, students and alumni in the field, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences will host "Behavioral Insights in Action," an afternoon of panel sessions and networking activities. The event will also feature experts from government organizations such as the World Bank and the Lab @ DC and companies like Disney and Voya Financial talking about how they use insights from behavioral economics and psychology in their organizations. CMU's George Loewenstein will give a keynote talk on "The New NEW Economics of Information." Space is limited and registration is required.
CMU Hosts Newest Chapter of National Neuroscience Honor SocietyFriday, January 13, 2017
CMU Hosts Newest Chapter of National Neuroscience Honor SocietyThe creation of this chapter allows CMU students and faculty to network and collaborate with nearly 4,000 students and faculty around the country. It already boasts 16 undergraduate student members and 3 graduate student members from across 5 colleges, including the Dietrich College.
Vacant No More: CMU Students Present Urban Development SolutionsTuesday, January 10, 2017
Vacant No More: CMU Students Present Urban Development SolutionsMedia outlets continue to honor Pittsburgh as being a "most livable" city, and CMU Ethics, History and Public Policy students have equipped city officials with a tool and research to build on this reputation by tapping into the potential of empty city lots.
CMU Learning Scientists Featured on e-literate TVMonday, January 09, 2017