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January 29, 2015

Personal Mention

Mark Kamlet and Kiron Skinner co-wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times’ Room for Debate section on whether or not going global is good for U.S. colleges. Kamlet and Skinner wrote, "Done right, the global university is good for Americans. Spending time at their universities in other countries better prepares U.S. domestic faculty and students for working in a global context.” Kamlet is a University Professor of economics and public policy and provost emeritus. Skinner is associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the Center for International Relations and Politics. Read "U.S. Universities Going Global Is Vital to Society.”

Baruch Fischhoff, the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy, wrote an article for SciDev.Net on how scientists can effectively communicate their work. Fischhoff wrote that the key is listening. Read “Four Steps For Effective Science Communication.”

Linda Benedict-Jones, adjunct professor of history and the curatorial chair of exhibitions & curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), has organized her final major exhibit for CMOA. "Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals,” which runs through Feb. 16, is a definitive retrospective of the groundbreaking photographer. Benedict-Jones is incorporating the exhibit into her class, "Photographers and Photography since World War II.” Look for a story on how the exhibit came together in the next issue of Dietrich College News, and make sure to visit the museum to see the exhibit. Learn more.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Alan McGaughey has been appointed an associate editor for the Journal of Heat Transfer for a three-year term. McGaughey leads the Nanoscale Transport Phenomena Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon, which uses computational tools to develop a fundamental understanding of how atomic structure is related to thermal transport. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

The College of Engineering's 2015 Dean's Early Career Fellowships have been awarded to four distinguished young faculty for outstanding work in their fields. Recipients are:

  • Mario Berges, professor of civil & environmental engineering, works in the development and application of building sensors, particularly in the fields of building energy management and other civil infrastructure monitoring.
  • Christopher Bettinger, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, focuses on designing medical materials and devices that integrate seamlessly with the human body. His lab is currently working on reconfigurable soft matter networks for use in medical implant devices, synthetic polymers for brain-machine interfaces, as well as the development of biomaterials for ingestible electronics.
  • Aditya Khair, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has made contributions to the fields of colloidal physics, complex fluids, electrokinetics and more. He has been granted numerous awards including the NSF CAREER Award, as well as research funding awards from multiple foundations.
  • Anthony Rowe, assistant research professor in electrical and computer engineering and CyLab, works at the intersection of cyberphysical systems and the Internet of Things, two emerging concepts that are shaping the future of how we interact with our world, and how it interacts with us.

Learn more.