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Friday, April 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center Wins Gold at Edison Awards

Mario SavvidesSavvides’ Biometrics Center is developing tools that use “bio-metrics” — unique signatures in a person’s appearance such as the shape of their face or the iris in their eye — to achieve accurate identification. MORE
Friday, April 24, 2015

Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Carnegie Mellon Computer Faces Poker Pros in Epic No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Competition

Computer PokerOver the course of two weeks, the CMU computer program, Claudico, will play 20,000 hands of Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold’em with each of the four poker pros. MORE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

President Suresh Addresses University Challenges and Opportunities

President Suresh UpdateSuresh highlighted achievements he's seen during his nearly two years as president, crediting the CMU community for bringing to life the Simon and BrainHub initiatives, Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships, the ProSEED grant program and the Tepper Quad project. He also spoke of the new endowed funds in the arts and humanities, and developing an innovation corridor along Forbes Avenue. MORE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alan Alda To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 17

Alan AldaThe acclaimed actor, writer and director who has a passion for science and technology, exemplifies Carnegie Mellon’s interdisciplinary strengths in the arts and sciences. He also will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. MORE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Become a World Changer. In Plaid.

admitted studentsBy May 1, about 1,450 prospective CMU undergrads will make their decision to #turntartan. Let's hear from a few that have already committed.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Professor Alessandro Acquisti Awarded Fellowship from Carnegie Corporation of New York

Alessandro AcquistiAlessandro Acquisti’s fellowship will investigate the impact of the data economy on societal welfare and the distribution of wealth, focusing on how the erosion of privacy and the rise of “big data” may affect economic growth, equality and discrimination. He is one of only 32 recipients to receive the honor from more than 300 nominees. MORE
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Taps Carnegie Mellon Statistician To Lead Informatics and Statistics Science

Starting in 2022, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will digitally image the sky every night for a decade. The massive camera will gather roughly 30 terabytes — or 30,000 gigabytes — each night, creating “big data” for astronomy like never before.To help prepare for the data challenges, Carnegie Mellon’s Chad Schafer has been elected co-chair of the LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration. MORE
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Media Advisory: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx To Discuss Future of Transportation at Carnegie Mellon

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will deliver remarks from 2:15 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 at Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville. MORE
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon and 90.5 WESA Launch “Energy Bite” To Raise Awareness for Energy Issues

Power LinesThe co-production is a new 90-second weekly program debuting on Earth Day 2015, April 22, featuring a series of interviews with CMU faculty members discussing energy topics of interest to the general public. MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Lisa Tetrault’s “The Myth of Seneca Falls” Named 2015 Most Original Book in U.S. Women’s History

book coverThe Organization of American Historians has named “The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898” by CMU’s Lisa Tetrault as the winner of its inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s History. The award is given for the previous calendar year’s most original book, one that is path-breaking work or challenges and changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field. MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Appear in “Fastball”

BaseballFaculty members from the Mellon College of Science and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences are making their debut in Fastball, a baseball documentary produced by CMU Trustee Thomas Tull and directed by eight-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival today (April 20). MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Beyond the Touchscreen: Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Develop Acoustically Driven Controls for Handheld Devices

Acoustrument Alarm ClockThe researchers drew inspiration from wind instruments in devising these mechanisms, which they call Acoustruments. The idea is to use pluggable plastic tubes and other structures to connect the smartphone’s speaker with its microphone. The device can then be controlled by acoustically altering sounds as they pass through this system. MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Carnegie Corporation of New York Grants Carnegie Mellon $1 Million To Support Activities of the Simon Initiative

Grant Supports Simon InitiativeThe grant — Carnegie Corporation’s largest ever to CMU — will allow the university to better understand and develop strategies to overcome the roadblocks to using technology-enhanced learning (TEL) resources. MORE
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Event Honors CMU Alumnus and Fallen Marine, Raises Funds To Provide Service Dogs for Veterans

Service DogsThe golf event on Monday, April 20, at South Hills Country Club will feature a Canine Caddy demonstration and remarks from students and family members of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Christopher “Otis” Raible. MORE
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrating 25 Years

INI 25thAddThis CEO Hooman Radfar is one of 1,500 alumni success stories the Information Networking Institute will showcase as part of its celebration. MORE
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Carnival 2015: The Next Chapter

Buggy runnerThis year's celebration, "Living Library," promises more fun and friendship with more than 130 events — from Buggy's 95th, to fireworks and more. MORE
Monday, April 13, 2015

Sending a Message to the Future

Machu PicchuCalled Earth Tapestry, the project led by CMU's William Alba invites people across the globe to vote on earth's most important locations, both natural and manmade. Information about the top-ranked locations will be laser-engraved onto a sapphire disk and delivered to the moon on an Astrobotic robotic lunar mission. MORE
Monday, April 13, 2015

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute ThesisWith just one static slide and only three minutes to present, CMU Ph.D. students set out to describe over a year's worth of doctoral research. MORE
Friday, April 10, 2015

CMU Researchers Discover How Pain Fine-Tunes Pain Relief

endosomesAt the cellular level, pain and pain relief are caused by two different signaling pathways. But the two pathways aren’t necessarily independent of one another, according to a study published by Carnegie Mellon researchers in Cell Reports. MORE
Friday, April 10, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Question Representation of Women in International Journal

KlatzkyHoltBehrmannThe highly regarded scientific journal, Cognition, publishes theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind, a topic that has been a research strength of CMU for decades and that is receiving intense focus through the federal government’s BRAIN Initiative. In an opinion piece to appear in the international journal, CMU's Roberta Klatzky, Lori Holt and Marlene Behrmann write that they were “struck by the fact that among the 19 authors listed for the 12 articles, only one female author was present.” MORE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Court Hears Appeal of Disk-Drive Patent Infringement Case

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. appealed a 2012 ruling that found that they had willfully infringed on two patents granted to the university as well as Professor Jose Moura and Aleksandar Kavcic. MORE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CMU Chemists Create Tiny Gold Nanoparticles That Reflect Nature’s Patterns

gold nanoparticleGold nanoparticles are a promising technology that has applications in a wide range of fields including catalysis, electronics, materials science and health care. But, in order to use gold nanoparticles in practical applications, scientists must first understand the tiny particles’ structure. MORE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Obituary: Acclaimed Physicist Lincoln Wolfenstein Had Passions for Science, Peace and Family

Lincoln WolfensteinWolfenstein, an internationally renowned theoretical particle physicist, particularly in the area of weak interactions and elementary particles, died Friday, March 27 in Oakland, Calif., of cancer. He was 92. MORE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Climate Ribbon

Climate RibbonThanks to CMU, the sustainable design of Miami's newest Centre set to open in late 2015, will have a comfortable open-air feel for its shoppers.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Call for Broader U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard

In a paper recently published in Environmental Science and Technology, a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers argue for a broader renewable fuel standard on the basis that the regulation’s current focus is damaging growth of the renewable biomass industry in the U.S. MORE
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Lorna McGhee To Join Carnegie Mellon School of Music

McGheeLorna McGhee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal flute, will join CMU's School of Music faculty this fall as an artist lecturer. MORE
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CMU Spring Carnival Celebrates 101 Years, April 16-18

Spring CarnivalCarnegie Mellon’s Spring Carnival enters its second century, April 16–18. Forbes and Morewood avenues will be closed near the campus intermittently from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, April 10. Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street, Circuit Road and Schenley Drive (Panther Hollow and Schenley bridges included) will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. Roads will reopen by 12:30 p.m. MORE
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Gallery, Art Space 616, Features Work by Carnegie Mellon Art Professor Martin Prekop

Prekop ArtThe gallery of contemporary art opens Friday, April 10 with some of Prekop's photography, paintings, sculptures and installations from the past four decades. MORE
Monday, April 6, 2015

CMU’s School of Drama Presents ‘Three Sisters’ by Anton Chekhov

three sistersThe final production of the year in the Philip Chosky Theater will be Anton Chekhov’s classic “Three Sisters,” translated by Paul Schmidt and directed by esteemed guest Pamela Berlin. The play opens April 9 and runs through April 25. MORE
Monday, April 6, 2015

CMU President Subra Suresh, Collaborators Create Device That Extracts Rare Tumor Cells Using Sound

Suresh DeviceA simple blood test may one day replace invasive biopsies thanks to a new device that uses sound waves to separate blood-borne cancer cells from white blood cells. MORE
Friday, April 3, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Places Fifth in 2014 Putnam Mathematics Competition

Mathematical Association of AmericaThis marks the fourth consecutive year that Carnegie Mellon has placed among the top five teams in the the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. MORE
Friday, April 3, 2015

Alumnus John Nash Wins Prestigious Abel Prize From Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

John NashNash, who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics, is being recognized for his work with partial differential equations, which have contributed to the fundamental understanding of structures that describe the physical world. Many mathematicians consider this work to be Nash’s deepest and most important. MORE
Friday, April 3, 2015

Two Carnegie Mellon Students Awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Goldwater ScholarsJillian Jaycox and Joshua Kubiak are among 260 sophomores and juniors nationwide chosen from more than 1,200 nominations for the 2015-2016 academic year. CMU has been home to 20 Goldwater Scholars. MORE