Obituary: Carnegie Mellon's Lois Josephs Fowler Inspired and Mentored Generations of StudentsFowler, professor of English, emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon, died Dec. 28. She was 89. Fowler joined the CMU faculty in 1961 and was often referred to as an "unforgettable" teacher.
Three Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Named 2015 IEEE FellowsAlex Waibel and Howie Choset of the School of Computer Science and Diana Marculescu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have been recognized for their technological contributions to society.
Carnegie Mellon Research Shows Online Teams Are Influenced by Same Factors as Groups That Communicate in PersonBuilding on her groundbreaking research on "collective intelligence," a term she helped coin to describe a measure of the general effectiveness of a group, Anita Woolley, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business, has conducted a new study that demonstrates the same key factors that influence the collective intelligence in face-to-face teams also apply to online groups.
Disruptive Health Technology Institute To Receive Funding To Further Enhance Medical TechnologiesMonday, December 22, 2014
Disruptive Health Technology Institute To Receive Funding To Further Enhance Medical TechnologiesThe DHTI has announced a second round of funded projects by Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network to "disrupt" health care by identifying key unmet clinical needs and addressing them with advanced medical technologies. A total of $1.7 million was awarded to projects ranging from managing chronic wound healing to reducing toxic side effects of anti-cancer drugs.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Carnegie Mellon $2 Million To Transform Graduate Education in HumanitiesThursday, December 18, 2014
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Carnegie Mellon $2 Million To Transform Graduate Education in HumanitiesThe five-year award will train humanities Ph.D. students in digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning through intensive, weeklong courses that will also be available to anyone online.
Six Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Elected Fellows of American Physical SocietyThursday, December 18, 2014
Six Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Elected Fellows of American Physical SocietyThis is the largest group of APS Fellows Carnegie Mellon has had in a single year. They are being recognized for their work in a wide range of areas, including examining physics from the scale of the smallest subatomic particles to outer reaches of the cosmos, discovering new fundamental particles and laws of nature, and unraveling the scientific underpinnings of the behavior of materials and phenomena that govern our everyday lives.
Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and Infection, Say Carnegie Mellon ResearchersWednesday, December 17, 2014
Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and Infection, Say Carnegie Mellon ResearchersLed by Sheldon Cohen, researchers found that a hug-a-day could keep the doctor away. Their results showed greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
Carnegie Mellon's Venkat Viswanathan Develops Solution to Lithium Air Batteries' Premature Death ProblemWednesday, December 17, 2014
Carnegie Mellon's Venkat Viswanathan Develops Solution to Lithium Air Batteries' Premature Death ProblemViswanathan and researchers from IBM, University of California, Berkeley and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory discovered that adding water to the battery decreased the sudden death phenomenon and increased its storage capacity by five times. Their results are published in Nature Chemistry.
Carnegie Mellon's Adam Feinberg Develops Key Method for Manipulating Cells in Engineered Tissues for Medical DevicesTuesday, December 16, 2014
Carnegie Mellon's Adam Feinberg Develops Key Method for Manipulating Cells in Engineered Tissues for Medical DevicesFeinberg and his research group currently are using the new method, called "Patterning on Topography," to understand more about how cells behave, but ultimately they plan to use it to engineer heart muscle and to enhance the biocompatibility of medical devices, such as improving the long-term stability and performance of coronary stents.
José M. F. Moura Named Fellow of National Academy of InventorsTuesday, December 16, 2014
José M. F. Moura Named Fellow of National Academy of InventorsMoura, associate head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor, holds 11 U.S. patents ranging from image video processing to biomedical areas, several of which have been adopted by industry. A sequence detector from two of his patents has been placed in 2.4 billion disk drives and 60 percent of all computers sold worldwide in the last 10 years.
Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins First Milestone Prize for Development Toward Flight ReadinessTuesday, December 16, 2014
Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins First Milestone Prize for Development Toward Flight ReadinessThe four-wheeled rover, called "Andy," was the only robot among the competing teams to meet mobility benchmarks and win the $500,000 cash prize. CMU is working in partnership with Astrobotic Technology to win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPRIZE by landing and operating a robot on the moon.
Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH FellowshipFriday, December 12, 2014
Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH FellowshipRitivoi will use the the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore how the concept of "captive nations" emerged in early Cold War political discourse, and how their liberation only appeared as an American responsibility.
White House Official Announces Launch of Higher Education Alliance for Maker EducationFriday, December 12, 2014
White House Official Announces Launch of Higher Education Alliance for Maker EducationJohn Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced the launch of the Make Schools Alliance this week while visiting Atlanta. Carnegie Mellon University is among founding members of the alliance and led development of MakeSchools.org, a one-stop online resource for sharing best practices in Maker education.
Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt"Thursday, December 11, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt"The collection features 19 stories that the award-winning Schmitt published in her lifetime. Schmitt was a dedicated and beloved professor of English at CMU, where she founded the Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind.
Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Carnegie Mellon's Alex Imas With New Investigator AwardThursday, December 11, 2014
Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Carnegie Mellon's Alex Imas With New Investigator AwardImas, assistant professor of social and decision sciences, won for his paper, "The Realization Effect: Risk-Taking After Realized Versus Paper Losses," which explores how prior losses influence a person's attitude toward taking on additional risks.
Carnegie Mellon Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City CouncilWednesday, December 03, 2014
Carnegie Mellon Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City CouncilFrom drones to traffic cameras to body cameras, technology is giving law enforcement officials many new options to watch and protect citizens. However, their use raises legal and ethical questions, including potentially violating the privacy rights of innocent people. CMU students will present their recommendations on the issue to Pittsburgh officials from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Council Chambers.
Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh's Visual Air Pollution and Its SourcesWednesday, December 03, 2014
Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh's Visual Air Pollution and Its SourcesFunded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, the camera system was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. Anyone can access the cameras online, where images of the Downtown, East End and Mon Valley skylines are updated around the clock.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism DiagnosisTuesday, December 02, 2014
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism DiagnosisCMU researchers have created brain-reading techniques to use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy, establishing the first biologically based diagnostic tool that measures a person's thoughts to detect the disorder.
Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Collaborate To Enhance Library ServicesTuesday, December 02, 2014
Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Collaborate To Enhance Library ServicesIn an email to the Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh communities today (Dec. 2), CMU President Subra Suresh and Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced a collaboration among the school's library systems to better respond to the evolving needs of its respective campuses.
Carnegie Mellon Animation Software, "Alice," Supports Computing Curricula in Arab WorldTuesday, December 02, 2014
Carnegie Mellon Animation Software, "Alice," Supports Computing Curricula in Arab WorldA team of faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar recently introduced "Alice Middle East," 3-D interactive educational animation software designed to help primary and secondary school students learn the basics of computer programming and how to apply logical thinking and problem-solving techniques.
Carnegie Mellon and Heinz Endowments To Demonstrate New Technology Enabling Citizens To Document Air QualityMonday, December 01, 2014
Carnegie Mellon and Heinz Endowments To Demonstrate New Technology Enabling Citizens To Document Air QualityBreatheCam gives Pittsburgh area residents direct access to some of the world's most sophisticated technology for documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe.
Using Social Media For Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and DistortionMonday, December 01, 2014