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8 1/2 x 11 Newsletter - August 28, 2008

August 28, 2008
Vol. 19, No. 8

In this issue:

Stever House Named a "Dorm of Distinction"

Stever HouseStever House has been recognized as a "Dorm of Distinction" by University Business magazine. The newest Carnegie Mellon residence hall was one of two runners-up in the Large Private Institution category along with 10 West Street at Suffolk University. The category winner was Truman Hall at Emory University.

Stever House, built in 2003 on Morewood Avenue, was the first dormitory in the nation to be certified for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. It has a silver LEED rating for its low environmental impact in both construction and function.

The University Business article cited Stever House for its community kitchen with stainless steel appliances, its outdoor patios and grills, and for its floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light and visibility to enhance safety. It also noted the individual temperature controls for each room and public space, and a forced-air system that helps decrease student illness and allergies.

Last May, the residence hall formerly known as New House was renamed Stever House in honor of H. Guyford Stever, the university's fifth president from 1965-1972.

Carnegie Mellon Ranked Among the Elite by U.S. News & World Report

Carnegie Mellon continued to have a strong showing in U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual Best Colleges guide. In the 2009 edition, the university ranks 22nd in the Best National University category. The Tepper School of Business undergraduate business ranking improved one spot to sixth best in the country, and the College of Engineering undergraduate programs remained ninth best in the nation.

In specialty categories, the Tepper School ranked second in Management Information Systems, third in Production/Operations Management and Quantitative Analysis, 10th in Finance, 16th in Entrepreneurship and 24th in General Management.

In engineering specialties, Carnegie Mellon ranked third in Computer Engineering, 10th in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Environmental Engineering, 11th in Civil Engineering and Materials/Metallurgical Engineering, 12th in Mechanical Engineering and 14th in Chemical Engineering.

The university, which ranked 17th among national universities by high school guidance counselors, was also recognized among the best in several categories, including Great Schools, Great Prices; Undergraduate Research; Economic Diversity; Freshmen Retention Rate; Highest Graduation Rate; Racial Diversity; and International Students.

For more university rankings data, visit

Scientist's Cellular MRI Technology To Aid in Study of Diseases

Eric AhrensThanks to novel imaging reagents and technology developed by Carnegie Mellon scientist Eric Ahrens, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to visualize - with "exquisite" specificity - cell populations in the living body. The ability to non-invasively locate and track cells, such as immune cells, will greatly aid the study and treatment of cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases, as well as provide a tool for advancing clinical translation of the emerging field of cellular regenerative medicine, by tracking stem cells for example.

"Right now we're using our technology to image key cell types involved in autoimmune diseases like type I diabetes, but our cellular MRI agents also can be adapted to label other cell types, including cells from bone marrow and stem cells. A key long-term application of our technology is to label and monitor cell-based therapeutics in humans," said Ahrens, an associate professor of biological sciences at the Mellon College of Science.

Ahrens presented his research on this new approach, called fluorocarbon labeling, at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.

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Researchers Find Companies Underreporting Carbon Footprint

Carnegie Mellon researchers H. Scott Matthews, Chris T. Hendrickson and Christopher L. Weber are urging companies to embrace new methods for following the trail of dangerous carbon emissions that are responsible for much of the world's global warming threats. There is no universally accepted way of calculating someone's carbon footprint, and accepted frameworks for tracking industry carbon emissions rely on "tiers" of increasingly broad scope. In practice, most companies reporting their greenhouse gas emissions use only the narrowest tiers.

"By far, most companies are pursuing very limited footprints - toe prints really - instead of comprehensive ones," said Matthews, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy.

The researchers urge industry to use comprehensive screening tools, such as the Web site they helped to develop (, which are able to analyze carbon footprints and other impacts for different economic sectors in the U.S. economy. Their method estimates the amount of greenhouse gas emissions across all tiers of the entire supply chain for all industries.

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News Briefs

  • The bus pass icon on some ID+ cards for faculty and staff will be expiring on Sept. 30. If you do not use your ID+ card as a bus pass you do not have to be concerned about the card expiring. Your ID+ Card will continue to work for functions such as building access, parking, printing and other functions, so you can renew your card when convenient. Faculty and staff can renew their cards from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Card Office in the lower level of Warner Hall. For more:
  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is sponsoring an online student video contest titled "The Future of Chemical Engineering." Students and groups are invited to submit original videos no longer than seven minutes that demonstrate their use of creativity and articulate their vision about the future of chemical engineering. Prizes will be awarded for top videos and contest finalists will have their videos showcased at a special premiere at the 2008 annual meeting in Philadelphia. For more information, visit
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is offering discount tickets to students, faculty and staff for upcoming performances at the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and New Hazlett Theater. For information and a ticket order form, stop by the Information Desk at the University Center.

Personal Mention

  • Brian Hill, formerly director of International Enrollment, has been named director of Student Accounts. Hill came to Carnegie Mellon from MarketSphere Consulting where he was a senior financial consultant. He previously worked for PPG's Internal Audit Department. Hill earned his bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 2002.
  • Psychology Professor Michael F. Scheier, a leading researcher in the field of health psychology, has been appointed to a second five-year term as head of the Department of Psychology. Scheier has been on the university's faculty since 1975, and has been head of the Department of Psychology since 2003. For more:
  • Greg Ganger, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Parallel Data Lab, was one of 33 recipients worldwide to receive a 2008 HP Innovation Research Award, which is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research. For more:
  • Johnny Lee, who recently received his Ph.D. from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35. Lee's creative uses of the Nintendo Wii remote have made his instructional videos a YouTube sensation. While a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Lee explored novel approaches that made technology less expensive and more accessible to the public. For more:
  • Second-year MBA student Neena Budhiraja has been named the Tepper School of Business' McGowan Scholar for 2008. The scholarship recognizes students who possess excellence of character, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

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