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2018 News

Neuroscientists Map Brain’s Response to Cold Touch

Mellon College of Science
June 14, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists let by Professor of Biological Sciences Alison Barth have mapped the feeling of cool touch to the brain’s insula in a mouse model. The findings, published in the June 15 issue of Journal of Comparative Neurology, provide an experimental model that will advance research into conditions like pain and hypersensitivity to cold and help researchers to continue to unravel the multifaceted ways touch is represented in the brain. READ MORE

In a Race to the Finish, Neurohackathon Contestants Analyze Brain Data in New Ways

Mellon College of Science
May 30, 2018

Five Carnegie Mellon University students won the third annual BrainHub Neurohackathon with an analysis of the interactions between two different regions in the brains of mice as they reached for and moved a joystick. The findings could help pave the way for accurately using neural activity to control a video game or computer. READ MORE

Alison Barth Contributes to "Think Tank"

Mellon College of Science
May 24, 2018

In the newly published book Think Tank: Forty Scientists Explore the Biological Roots of Human Experience a dream team of leading neuroscientists were asked “What idea about brain function would you most like to explain to the world?” Professor of Biological Sciences Alison Barth contributed a chapter on how our brains change when we use tools. read More

Video: Deep Learning and the Brain: Does the Brain Approximate Backpropagation?

BrainHub
April 24, 2018

Google DeepMind's Timothy Lillicrap gave Carnegie Mellon University's BrainHub Victor Bearg Lecture. Watch now

Psychology Graduate Selected As Early Career Policy Ambassador

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
April 4, 2018

The Psychology Department’s Casey Roark was recently selected as an early career policy ambassador to advocate for the sciences. Read more

CMU Neuroscience and Engineering Team Receives Chuck Noll Foundation Grant

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
March 27, 2018

Neuroscientists Marlene Behrmann and Michael J. Tarr will work with engineers Pulkit Grover and Shawn Kelly to further refine a custom EEG that is the first non-invasive, high-resolution system of its kind. Read more

The Learning Brain is Less Flexible Than We Thought

College of Engineering
March 12, 2018

New research from Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh finds that, when learning a new task, the brain is less flexible than previously thought. Read more

CMU Celebrates Pittsburgh Women in Data Science

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
March 19, 2018

Women in Data Science (WiDS), a conference made up of many satellite events in cities around the world, came to Pittsburgh for the first time in March. Read more

The Learning Brain is Less Flexible Than We Thought

College of Engineering
March 12, 2018

New research from Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh finds that, when learning a new task, the brain is less flexible than previously thought. Read more

Farnam Jahanian Named President of Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University
March 8, 2018

Farnam Jahanian, the nationally recognized computer scientist, successful entrepreneur, senior public servant and respected leader in higher education, has been appointed as the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University. The appointment is effective immediately, with a formal inauguration scheduled for fall 2018. Read more

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham To Lead Carnegie Mellon's New Neuroscience Institute

Carnegie Mellon University
February 27, 2018

Building on years of momentum in advancing brain science research, CMU has appointed renowned auditory neuroscientist Barbara Shinn-Cunningham to help establish a new, cross-disciplinary neuroscience institute that will create innovative tools and technologies critical to advancing brain science. READ MORE

Revolutionizing the Study of Talk

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
March 7, 2018

The advent of systems such as Google, YouTube and Wikipedia has made it seem as if all types of information are accessible at all times. Yet, for people who study spoken language in realistic conversations, none of those resources really help. Psychology Professor Brian MacWhinney has spent the past three decades addressing this gap. Read more

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham To Lead Carnegie Mellon's New Neuroscience Institute

Carnegie Mellon University
February 27, 2018

Building on years of momentum in advancing brain science research, CMU has appointed renowned auditory neuroscientist Barbara Shinn-Cunningham to help establish a new, cross-disciplinary neuroscience institute that will create innovative tools and technologies critical to advancing brain science. READ MORE

Acetylcholine Wakes Silent Neural Network by Targeting Nicotine Receptors

Mellon College of Science
February 23, 2018

Neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have, for the first time, used acetylcholine to functionally rewire a dense matrix of neurons in the brain’s cerebral cortex. Using optogenetics, Alison Barth and colleagues found that the neurotransmitter can turn on the normally silent network by binding to the same receptors targeted by nicotine. READ MORE

SCS Scientists Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

School of Computer Science
February 15, 2018

School of Computer Science faculty members Chris Harrison, Bryan Parno, Andrew Pavlo and Andreas Pfenning have received 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships, which honor early career scholars whose achievements put them among the very best scientific minds working today. Read more

CMU’s Rob Kass and Byron Yu To Discuss Advanced Techniques for Understanding Brain Function at 2018 AAAS Meeting

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
February 13, 2018

The session will feature examples of the ways cutting-edge statistical methods are contributing important new insights and demonstrate the use of a brain-computer interface for illuminating how neurons work in the brain and providing better treatment options for paralyzed patients. Read more

New BME Dept. Head Bin He arrives on campus

College of Engineering
February 5, 2018

As of Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, the College of Engineering welcomed new Department Head of Biomedical Engineering Bin He to campus as he began his appointment. Dr. He succeeds Yu-li Wang, the R. Mehrabian Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has served as Department Head since 2008. READ MORE

Gittis Receives BRAIN Initiative Grant to Study Parkinson’s Circuits

Mellon College of Science
January 19, 2018

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Aryn Gittis has received close to $387,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke through the federal BRAIN Initiative to study neuronal circuits involved in Parkinson’s disease. READ MORE

Black Mirror’s mind-reading tech could be here sooner than you think

VentureBeat
January 18, 2018

Scientists are working toward building mind-reading algorithms that could potentially decode our innermost thoughts through memories that act as a database. READ MORE

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
January 15, 2018

The model gives researchers a tool that extends past observing static networks at a single snapshot in time. Future applications could range from understanding disease progression to analyzing fMRI data and social networks. Read more