Carnegie Mellon Announces Inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Award WinnersCMU's Department of Psychology has selected Anna Vande Velde (DC'15) and Adam Dickter (DC'17) as the recipients of the inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards. Funded by an endowment from the George and Elisabeth Ireland family, the awards were established to support high-quality undergraduate research projects. Vande Velde and Dickter will each receive $1,500 to support their work.
Inspired PerformanceTuesday, March 31, 2015
Inspired PerformancePittsburgh Symphony conductor Manfred Honeck recently raised his baton to lead the CMU Philharmonic, as guest of conductor Andr&#233;s C&#225;rdenes.
Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center Named Edison Award FinalistThe center has been named a finalist in recognition of Mario Savvides, who has developed tools that use "bio-metrics," such as the iris of an eye or the shape of one's face, to identify people from up to 40 feet away and within a few seconds.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create “Wikipedia” for NeuronsMonday, March 30, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create “Wikipedia” for NeuronsTo help scientists make sense of the decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons, CMU researchers have created www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website to accelerate research and understanding of neuronal function.
Turning Your Smartphone Into a RulerMonday, March 30, 2015
Turning Your Smartphone Into a RulerUsing video from smartphones or other devices to create 3-D models of the world has become increasingly common as computer vision has grown more sophisticated. Researchers at CMU have developed a way to use a smartphone's sensors to build 3-D models of faces or other objects and - literally, with the wave of a hand - provide accurate measurements of those objects.
American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service AwardFriday, March 27, 2015
American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service AwardTarr has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems.
CMU & the Tonys to Honor Arts EducatorsThursday, March 26, 2015
CMU & the Tonys to Honor Arts EducatorsThe Inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award will recognize inspirational teachers nominated by their students.
Carnegie Mellon’s Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius PrizeTuesday, March 24, 2015
Carnegie Mellon’s Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius PrizeThe innovative device developed by the TechBridgeWorld research group helps visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus.
Carnegie Mellon’s Snake Robots Learn To Turn By Following the Lead of Real SidewindersMonday, March 23, 2015
Carnegie Mellon’s Snake Robots Learn To Turn By Following the Lead of Real SidewindersHowie Choset, professor at CMU's Robotics Institute, said by learning from real sidewinders, researchers can make snake robots much more valuable as tools for urban search-and-rescue tasks, power plant inspections and even archaeological exploration.
Former Mellon College of Science Post-doc Presents Research to British ParliamentMonday, March 23, 2015
Former Mellon College of Science Post-doc Presents Research to British ParliamentEuan Wielewski presented research that he conducted under the guidance of CMU Physics Professor Robert Suter. The research focuses on using near-field High Energy Diffraction Microscopy (HEDM), a technique developed by Suter, to determine the likelihood that materials used to make parts for jet engines would fail.
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Carnegie Mellon’s Department of EnglishMonday, March 23, 2015
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi To Lead Carnegie Mellon’s Department of EnglishEffective July 1, Ritivoi, professor of English, will succeed Chris Neuwirth, who has served as department head since 2009.
Study Shows People Act To Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal InformationMonday, March 23, 2015
Study Shows People Act To Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal InformationAn experiment at Carnegie Mellon shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that information they rapidly act to limit further sharing.
Carnegie Mellon Presents “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”Monday, March 23, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Presents “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”Author Jeanne Theoharis will discuss Rosa Parks and her place in women's history in Carnegie Mellon's ninth annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 in Baker Hall's Giant Eagle Auditorium.
Researchers Show Forest Fragmentation from Shale Development Could Be Reduced by Placing Natural Gas Lines Along RoadwaysFriday, March 20, 2015
Researchers Show Forest Fragmentation from Shale Development Could Be Reduced by Placing Natural Gas Lines Along RoadwaysForest fragmentation from natural gas development in Pennsylvania is caused by gathering lines, the smaller pipelines that carry extracted natural gas to the main distribution pipes. While the lines are buried underground, the surfaces above them are cleared of all trees, causing almost 19 acres of loss per well pad.
NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the HumanitiesThursday, March 19, 2015
NEH Chair William Adams To Share Fresh Perspectives on the HumanitiesAs the National Endowment for the Humanities gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016, Adams believes the NEH can do more to address major challenges in society. He will share his thoughts at Carnegie Mellon on Friday, March 27.
Brain Awareness WeekThursday, March 19, 2015
Brain Awareness WeekIn celebration of the progress made in brain research, we highlight CMU's leading contributions to understanding the human brain.
Researchers Propose Solutions To Reduction in Revenue from Gasoline TaxWednesday, March 18, 2015
Researchers Propose Solutions To Reduction in Revenue from Gasoline TaxTo compensate for the loss of funds for roadway maintenance, the team proposes a flat vehicle registration fee at 0.6 percent of the vehicles MSRP, a tax of 2 cents per mile, or a tax on electricity (4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour) while charging EVs.
Neuron Bracketology: BrainHub Researchers Pit Teams of Neurons Against Each Other To Learn More About How They Work in TeamsTuesday, March 17, 2015
Neuron Bracketology: BrainHub Researchers Pit Teams of Neurons Against Each Other To Learn More About How They Work in TeamsAs March Madness descends on most of America, neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon are engaging in a little bracketology of their own.
Teaching Science to the Brain: Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover How the Brain Learns the Way Things WorkTuesday, March 17, 2015
Teaching Science to the Brain: Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover How the Brain Learns the Way Things WorkFor the first time, Carnegie Mellon scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts.
Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Introduces Speck, a Personal, Wi-Fi-connected Air Quality MonitorMonday, March 16, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Introduces Speck, a Personal, Wi-Fi-connected Air Quality MonitorIntroduced at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, Speck is an air pollution monitor in the home that measures the levels of PM2.5, the tiniest of particulates capable of lodging deep in the lungs and aggravating heart and lung diseases.
CMU, Pitt, UPMC Form Alliance To Transform Health Care Through Big DataMonday, March 16, 2015
CMU, Pitt, UPMC Form Alliance To Transform Health Care Through Big DataThe Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance is a wide-reaching commitment to advance technology and create new data-heavy health care innovations over the coming years, resulting in spinoff companies and furthering economic development in the region.
The Future of Health Care is in the DataMonday, March 16, 2015
The Future of Health Care is in the DataCMU, Pitt and UPMC have forged an alliance that will revolutionize health care and jumpstart regional economic development.
Improving the Human ExperienceThursday, March 12, 2015
Improving the Human ExperienceBridging the digital and physical to generate real-world impact is at CMU's core. Examples of these achievements will be showcased at SXSW 2015.
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Engineering Program No. 4Tuesday, March 10, 2015
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Engineering Program No. 4The ranking is the highest the program has received in more than 15 years.
Unexpected Gamma-Ray Emission From Dwarf Galaxy May Point to New Understanding of Dark MatterTuesday, March 10, 2015
Unexpected Gamma-Ray Emission From Dwarf Galaxy May Point to New Understanding of Dark MatterCarnegie Mellon and Brown researchers have found that a newly-discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way shows evidence that it's emitting gamma rays, which just might be an indication of dark matter annihilation. If confirmed, their findings may mark the first time researchers have detected non-gravitational properties of dark matter.
Don’t Let a Robot Take Your Child’s Future Career: Roboticist’s Book Offers Educational Advice for ParentsMonday, March 09, 2015
Don’t Let a Robot Take Your Child’s Future Career: Roboticist’s Book Offers Educational Advice for ParentsIn the 64-page first volume, CMU's Illah Nourbakhsh provides an overview to help parents understand the strengths and shortcomings of technology education in schools, including the movement to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, digital learning and massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Columbia Neuroscientist Larry Abbott To Deliver Carnegie Mellon’s 2015 Buhl Lecture March 18Monday, March 09, 2015
Columbia Neuroscientist Larry Abbott To Deliver Carnegie Mellon’s 2015 Buhl Lecture March 18In his lecture, Abbott will discuss research into two neural circuits: one that allows flies to interpret the implications of different odors, and another that predicts the consequences of motor actions in an electric fish.
Carnegie Mellon 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens March 27 at Miller GalleryFriday, March 06, 2015
Carnegie Mellon 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens March 27 at Miller GallerySix artists will present their final work, which "demonstrates how art can resist conformity, present critical viewpoints and communicate alternative values."
wats:ON? Festival Features Visual, Sound, Performance and Tactile Arts That Engage the SensesThursday, March 05, 2015
wats:ON? Festival Features Visual, Sound, Performance and Tactile Arts That Engage the SensesThis year's festival title, "POW!" celebrates the creative accomplishments of the late CMU alumna Jill Watson. The festival runs March 19-21 in the College of Fine Arts building.
Carnegie Mellon Students Will Flight Test Sensor Package Designed To Model Surface Pits on Moon and MarsThursday, March 05, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Students Will Flight Test Sensor Package Designed To Model Surface Pits on Moon and MarsThe flight tests will be conducted aboard a reusable vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing XA-0.1-B rocket, called "Xombie," built and operated by Masten Space Systems. The three flights - two tethered and one free flight - will take place at the Mojave Air and Space Port and are funded through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and the Flight Opportunities Program of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.
Carnegie Mellon and IBM Launch First Cloud-Based Analytics Partnership for Smarter BuildingsThursday, March 05, 2015
Carnegie Mellon and IBM Launch First Cloud-Based Analytics Partnership for Smarter BuildingsCMU expects to save approximately 10 percent on utilities, nearly $2 million annually, when the IBM system is fully deployed across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus.
Showing Work As Passion, Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Showing Work As Passion, Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Runs March 19 – April 11Now in its ninth season, this year's festival will screen 19 award-winning films from 14 countries at various locations around Pittsburgh. Each screening will feature a special event, such as an appearance by the director, panel discussion, presentation or culinary display relevant to the film's theme.
Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon Announce Judges for First Theatre Education AwardWednesday, March 04, 2015
Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon Announce Judges for First Theatre Education AwardThe panel of judges - representing the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and Carnegie Mellon - will select the award finalists and winner. The award will recognize a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S., who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.
Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateTuesday, March 03, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateThe findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
CMU’s School of Drama To Welcome Guest Directors Patrick Wilson and Sasha Iliev During 2015-2016 SeasonTuesday, March 03, 2015
CMU’s School of Drama To Welcome Guest Directors Patrick Wilson and Sasha Iliev During 2015-2016 SeasonWilson (far left) will be directing "The Full Monty," in which he starred on Broadway, and Iliev will direct a devised Commedia dell'Arte piece based on Flaminio Scala's "The Plague in Venice."
The Sky's The LimitTuesday, March 03, 2015
The Sky's The LimitAs chief financial officer for NASA, a Heinz College alumnus' work helps explore beyond the earth and into the heavens.
Tickets On Sale for First Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalMonday, March 02, 2015
Tickets On Sale for First Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalThe festival will run March 26-29 and feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators, including Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehren," and actor and activist George Takei, the most influential person on Facebook.
Carnegie Mellon BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED FundingMonday, March 02, 2015