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May 21, 2015

Personal Mention

Robert KelleyRobert Kelley and Pat Chew’s 2009 paper, “Myth of the Color-Blind Judge,” was recently cited in an article in the U.S. edition of the "Guardian,” titled “Why the US needs black lawyers even more than it needs black police.” Kelley and Chew’s empirical study of over 400 federal cases, representing workplace racial harassment jurisprudence over a 20-year period, found that judges' race significantly affects outcomes in these cases. The paper was referenced in light of the recent deaths involving police action and subsequent racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore. Kelley is a professor at the Tepper School of Business and Chew is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Read the article.

John GrahamJohn Graham’s (CS'05) leadership role in Afghanistan is being showcased in a six-episode documentary series, "The Fighting Season," which began this past Tuesday on the Audience network from DIRECTV, with new installments weekly. The series will be available on iTunes. Graham, who was recently appointed chief scientist and associate dean of research at the United States Military Academy at West Point, has served in many roles for the Army, including deputy commander of forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Building a country is messy," Graham said. "But right now as far as Afghanistan goes, it's going pretty well. A lot of good people are risking their lives and volunteering their time to help them out, and a lot of good Afghans are pushing themselves to establish their own country." Kathleen Carley, a professor in the Institute for Software Research in the School of Computer Science and the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Science, served as the Ph.D. adviser for Graham's thesis, which focused on social network analysis using ORA and shared situational awareness. The two have stayed in touch as Carley lectured at West Point, and Graham served on the dissertational committee for several CMU Ph.D. students. Find out more about Graham

Department of Modern Language professors Mariana Achugar, Kenya Dworkin and Felipe Gómez, the founders and leaders of El Circulo Juvenil de Cultura, a Hispanic Studies outreach program, hosted a workshop on “Sueños Digitales,” or “Digital Dreams,” for 20 Spanish-speaking children this semester. Instead of just using digital technology, Circulo Juvenil received funding from the Sprout Fund and Remake Learning Digital Corps to teach the local children simple programming skills and how Web pages work. Circulo Juvenil will share some of what was accomplished through the workshop at the Digital Corps Spring Party from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 30 in the Hill District. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more