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July 07, 2016

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Farnam JahanianCarnegie Corporation of New York is honoring CMU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Farnam Jahanian as part of its "Great Immigrants — The Pride of America" campaign, which pays tribute to the role immigrants play in strengthening the U.S. and its democratic society. Jahanian is one of 42 honorees who represent 30 different countries of origin and diverse professional accomplishments. This year's honorees include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Sprint President and CEO Marcelo Claure, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aziz Sancar, comedian Samantha Bee, Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci and forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who received an MBA from the Tepper School of Business in 2008. CMU President Subra Suresh was honored in 2014. Find out more

Erica FuchsErica Fuchs is working to bring together scientists in the U.S. and China to fight air pollution. Fuchs, a professor of engineering and public policy, recently participated in the China-U.S. Innovation Dialogue meeting in Beijing, where she presented a paper, titled “International Data Sharing for Public Good: The Case of Air Pollution in China.” The paper, which she authored with support from EPP Ph.D. candidate Patrick Funk, analyzed the costs and benefits of an organized structure for sharing air quality research data between China and the U.S., home to some of the world’s leading experts in air quality.

Kathy NewmanKathy M. Newman, associate professor of English, tackled the subject of plagiarism in an opinion piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In the piece, Newman addresses the controversy surrounding Anthony Hamlet, the newly hired superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. She argues that Hamlet’s reuse of a line from a Washington Post editorial in his résumé is not plagiarism because he did not attempt to pass off copyrighted work as his own. Read "Plagiarism hysteria strikes Pittsburgh schools."

Michael TrickA study co-authored by Michael Trick has been given the Test of Time Award under the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on E-commerce (SIGecom). Trick, senior associate dean for faculty and research and the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business, will receive the honor for his paper entitled “How hard is it to control an election?,” which was published in Mathematical and Computer Modeling in 1992. The criteria for the award is that the study is 10 to 25 years old and the paper’s contents “had significant impact on research or applications that exemplify the interplay of economics and computation.” Trick and co-author Craig Tovey of Georgia Tech will be honored July 28 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.