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Friday, February 28, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's James W. Schneider Named Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

James SchneiderSchneider's work focuses on the development of synthetic DNA-like materials for bio-analytical devices, pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery. MORE
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's International Film Festival Brings 12 Award-Winning Films to Pittsburgh March 20-April 5

film festivalThis year's festival theme, "Faces of Work," reflects the late CMU professor and filmmaker Paul Goodman's focus on the challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. MORE
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Children's School's Annual Family Festival To Be "Bird Bonanza"

parrot"Bird Bonanza" will help the students and their families learn about and meet different specimens of birds. An arts and craft section will allow the students to make their own bird creations to take home. The event will take place between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 at Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall on CMU's Pittsburgh campus. MORE
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Press Release: Acclaimed Venture Capitalist Makes Major Investment in Carnegie Mellon To Change Future of Business Education

Jim SwartzA $10 million gift from James R. and Susan S. Swartz will support construction of a 295,000 square-foot facility in the David A. Tepper Quadrangle that will house a number of strategically interconnected entities, including the university’s Tepper School of Business, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Simon Initiative and quality of life enhancements for the entire CMU community. MORE
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

News Brief: WEF's Top 10 Emerging Technologies List Cites Carnegie Mellon Research

WEF logoThe World Economic Forum notes a project by Jason Hong and John Zimmerman, both associate professors in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, who are exploring the use of smartphone data to help detect the onset of depression. The WEF also cites Livehoods, a project that includes Hong and Norman Sadeh, professor in the Institute for Software Research, which uses Foursquare check-ins and other geotagged data gathered by smartphones to create maps of urban areas. MORE
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Hosts Alumna Dagmara Dominczyk, Actress and Author of "The Lullaby of Polish Girls"

Dagmara DominczykThe public is invited to attend "A Conversation With Dagmara Dominczyk" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in the Rauh Theater of the Purnell Center for the Arts.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientist Aryn Gittis Receives NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

GittisAn assistant professor in biological sciences and a member of the joint Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Gittis will use the two-year grant to study the neuronal mechanisms that underlie compulsive behavior. MORE
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Marlene Behrmann To Receive Cowan Professorship in Cognitive Neuroscience

BehrmannBehrmann is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in the cognitive neuroscience of visual perception. She will officially receive the Cowan Professorship at a ceremony from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 in CMU's Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts Building. A panel discussion will follow. MORE
Friday, February 21, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Daniel Schnitzer Wins Grant From US Agency To Provide Affordable Electricity in Haiti

SchnitzerThe three-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development will enable his organization EarthSpark International to expand its existing microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti to a solar-diesel hybrid smart grid that can serve residential and commercial customers. MORE
Friday, February 21, 2014

Press Release: Richard Scheines Named New Dean of Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Richard ScheinesSince 2005, Scheines has led the Philosophy Department to distinction with a focus on research that directly connects to a wide array of other fields, including computer science, math, statistics, brain science, medical ethics and psychology. Under his leadership, the department more than tripled its external research funding, strengthened its global reputation and attracted and retained the highest quality faculty and students. MORE
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Esther Kunda Developing Tools To Help Rwanda Farmers Market Crops and Products More Efficiently

Esther KundaA student in Carnegie Mellon's Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program in Rwanda, Kunda is using her newly honed technical skills to create a virtual agriculture company to give Rwanda farmers a market boost. She is one of the first 22 students scheduled to graduate July 24 from the MSIT program in Rwanda. MORE
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Press Release: Astrobotic Qualifies for Milestone Funding From Google Lunar XPRIZE

Astrobotic Technology, which is attempting to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, has qualified for the Milestone Prizes, which could net the team up to $1.75 million for reaching its objectives in landing, mobility and imaging. MORE
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Press Release: Global Network Orchestra Concert Unites Laptop Performers From Around The World

earth iconOne hundred people will use their laptop computers to make beautiful music together, even though they may be as distant from each other as Connecticut is from New Zealand.  Connected only by tenuous Internet links, the musicians will simultaneously create this unprecedented concert on their individual laptops, under the direction of Carnegie Mellon University's Roger Dannenberg. MORE
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Alumna Linda Kaplan Named Pittsburgh's Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Linda KaplanThe award is given by the American Society of Civil Engineering to an outstanding young engineer under age 35 who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative work in the field of engineering, is working to advance the profession, and is active in the Pittsburgh Section of ASCE and the community. MORE
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Press Release: Internationally Renowned Gerard Schwarz To Guest Conduct Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, Feb. 20

Gerard SchwarzSchwarz is the third in a series of guest conductors this year. The concert will feature Brahms' "Schicksalslied," Ginastera's "Harp Concerto, Op. 25," featuring soloist Natalie Severson, and Holst's "The Planets." MORE
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Metin Sitti Develops System for Replicating How Geckos Keep Webbed Feet Sticky and Clean

Gecko feetSitti, head of CMU's NanoRobotics Lab and a professor of mechanical engineering, says the synthetic gecko-adhesive has implications in a variety of industry sectors, including, defense, consumer products, sports, automotive, medicine, aerospace and robotics. MORE
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names Jared Cohon as New Director of Scott Institute

Jared CohonA distinguished environmental engineer, CMU's President Emeritus has been a thought leader for energy-related research and policy issues throughout his career. MORE
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

News Brief: HCII's Jeffrey Bigham Named Sloan Research Fellow

Jeff BighamThe fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Center for Iranian Music Hosts Master of Turkish Genre

Onder OzkocÖnder Özkoç's residency will feature free lectures and research on Turkish music, as well as a recital on Thursday, April 10, at Kresge Recital Hall.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Hold Campus Conversation on Abortion in America

To provide Carnegie Mellon students with a full understanding of the abortion issue, the Office of Student Life's MOSAIC program and the Program for Deliberative Democracy will hold a daylong campus event titled Reproductive Rights Since Roe. MORE
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Begins Centennial Celebrations With "The Wild Party"

Wild Party PosterOn Saturday, Feb. 22, a Centennial Dinner in the College of Fine Arts Great Hall will be held followed by a performance of "The Wild Party," directed by Matthew Gardiner (A'06), associate artistic director of Signature Theater in Virginia. MORE
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon International Drawing Symposium Explores Processes, Materials, Transformative Ideas

Shantell MartinCMU's School of Art, in partnership with the University of the Arts London, presents DRAW2014, a symposium bringing together artists and practitioners from CMU, Pittsburgh and around the world, Feb. 27 - March 1. MORE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Press Release: Yahoo and Carnegie Mellon University Partner To Advance Personalization and Mobile Technologies

YahooYahoo and Carnegie Mellon University have announced a five-year, $10 million partnership highlighted by an industry-first mobile toolkit that will enable CMU researchers to easily experiment with Yahoo's real-time data services, letting them test new ways that machine learning and interface technologies can improve personalized user experiences. MORE
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Michael F. Scheier Recognized For Two Top-Cited Psychology Papers

ScheierScheier is a leading researcher in the field of health psychology, particularly in the exploration of optimism's influence on health outcomes. MORE
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Conference Explores Transforming Health Care Through Innovative Disruption

The conference, to be held on Friday, Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, will bring together health care industry leaders, information technology experts and entrepreneurs to discuss the topic. CMU's Alan J. Russell will give one of the keynote presentations, and faculty from Heinz College and Tepper School of Business will moderate panel discussions.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute Announces Second Round of Seed Grants to Researchers

Investigators will use the seed grants to explore energy-related questions, such as how consumers might change their behavior if they received feedback on the electricity usage of their plug-in appliances and what kind of methods and techniques can be derived for optimum partitioning of power in distributed power generation systems. MORE
Monday, February 10, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Alan Russell To Receive Award From Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

Alan RussellRussell will receive the President's Award from the ESWP on Feb. 19 for outstanding contributions to the use of science and engineering to benefit the health care industry and patient outcomes. 
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Presents "Dark Reflections of Power: Black Performance Culture and the End of Subversion"

BatisteThe lecture, to be held on Friday, Feb. 21 in CMU's Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53), will be given by award-winning author and former CMU faculty member Stephanie L. Batiste. In it, she will challenge the notion that African-American culture and identity are overwhelmingly associated with resistance to racial and national oppression by arguing that early 20th century African-American artists, musicians, writers and other cultural producers were complicit with the United States' segregated and imperialistic power in order to feel included. MORE
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Team Brings Home Top Honors In Walt Disney Imagineering Competition

Sunset Trees DisneyMatthew Ho and Christina Brant, both fifth-year seniors in architecture; John Brieger, a senior in computer science; and Angeline Chen, a junior majoring in communication design are the members of the winning team. The "Imaginations" competition challenges teams of students from universities across the U.S. to showcase their skills and talents by designing a Disney-related project. MORE
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Alumnus Wins Highlands Travel Fellowship

Matthew ScarlettMatthew Scarlett (A'08) proposes to explore the relationship between previously underdocumented modernist colonial architecture in Eritrea's capital city and "well-known masterpieces of Italian modernism in Rome, Milan, Como and other important Italian cities." MORE
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Model Predicts Growth, Death of Facebook and Other Membership-based Websites

Bruno RibieroThe model, developed by Bruno Ribeiro, a post-doctoral researcher in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department, attempts to replicate the dynamics of membership sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and TeaPartyNation, including the role of active users as catalysts of website activity, turning dormant website members into active users and keeping them active. MORE
Monday, February 3, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's M. Granger Morgan To Speak on Climate Change at AAAS Meeting in Chicago

Granger MorganMorgan will discuss how the challenges of climate change will require a fundamental restructuring of the world's fragile energy systems. MORE