Carnegie Mellon Receives Three Gifts Totaling $17 Million for Tepper Quad, Presidential Fellowships and ScholarshipsCMU trustee James E. Rohr, along with his wife, Sharon, as well as Legendary Entertainment, whose Founder and Chairman Thomas Tull is a trustee, have made gifts to support the Tepper Quad. Alumnus Wallace Sadauskas and the estate of his late partner, Patricia Chotiner Traylor, have provided a gift to support Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships. Pictured (-r) are James Rohr, President Suresh and Thomas Tull.
Intermediary Neuron Acts as Synaptic Cloaking Device, Says Carnegie Mellon StudyIn the study published in the March 16 issue of Current Biology, the researchers found that a class of inhibitory neurons, called somatostatin cells, send out a signal - much like a cloaking device - that silences neighboring excitatory neurons.
Startup Gets Bite on "Shark Tank"Thursday, February 26, 2015
Startup Gets Bite on "Shark Tank"A Tepper alumna's products tempt investors and picky eaters alike.
Math & HumanityWednesday, February 25, 2015
Math & HumanityInstead of a lecture, two alumni performed a play to co-teach their course on "The Mathematics of Being Human."
Carnegie Mellon’s Top-Rated Statistics Department Among Fastest-GrowingTuesday, February 24, 2015
Carnegie Mellon’s Top-Rated Statistics Department Among Fastest-GrowingThe number of CMU statistics undergraduate majors has roughly doubled since 2010 and has grown twenty-fold since 2005.
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Electric Vehicle Range and Emissions Vary With ClimateTuesday, February 24, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Electric Vehicle Range and Emissions Vary With ClimateProfessor Jeremy Michalek and graduate student Tugce Yuksel used data collected from Nissan Leaf drivers together with weather data to analyze the regional effect of air temperature on the range, energy consumption, and emissions of electric vehicles. They found that electric vehicles have shorter range and more emissions in regions with extreme weather.
Carnegie Mellon Team Finds Exporting Natural Gas Will Not Increase, But Lower Greenhouse Gas EmissionsMonday, February 23, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Team Finds Exporting Natural Gas Will Not Increase, But Lower Greenhouse Gas EmissionsThe findings, published in a paper in "Environmental Science and Technology," have major implications for U.S. climate and trade policy.
Three Carnegie Mellon Professors Win Sloan Research FellowshipsMonday, February 23, 2015
Three Carnegie Mellon Professors Win Sloan Research FellowshipsMathematician Boris Bukh, physicist Raphael Flauger and computer scientist Ariel Procaccia are among 126 early-career scientists and scholars from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who will receive $50,000 to further their research.
The Game of LifeMonday, February 23, 2015
The Game of LifeTelemetry and big data help alumna Rachel Franklin build virtual worlds as executive producer of "The Sims 4" at Electronic Arts.
American Society of Civil Engineers Honors CMU’s James H. Garrett, Jr. and Mitchell SmallFriday, February 20, 2015
American Society of Civil Engineers Honors CMU’s James H. Garrett, Jr. and Mitchell SmallGarrett, dean of the College of Engineering, and Small, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy, were named Civil Engineer of the Year and Professor of the Year, respectively.
Biomedical Engineering Department To Create Heart Science ProgramThursday, February 19, 2015
Biomedical Engineering Department To Create Heart Science ProgramAccepted students will spend 10 weeks working with faculty on a research project in a cardiovascular area of biomedical engineering, such as myocardial tissue engineering, artificial hearts, cardiac function modeling and imaging, or cardiovascular biomaterials.
Olympic FeatThursday, February 19, 2015
Olympic FeatBoston. Paris. Rome. These and other cities vying to host the 2024 Olympics could get a jump on the competition from work conducted by Heinz DC alumni.
TranscendenceTuesday, February 17, 2015
TranscendenceA student team from CMU's Entertainment Technology Center was recognized by PEACEapp for their game focused on therapy for traumatized youth.
CMU Study Finds Chinese Consumers May Adopt Electric Vehicles First, Impacting Auto MarketMonday, February 16, 2015
CMU Study Finds Chinese Consumers May Adopt Electric Vehicles First, Impacting Auto MarketCMU engineering professors Jeremy Michalek and Erica Fuchs, Ph.D. student John Helveston and their co-authors surveyed automobile consumers in China and the U.S. to understand their preferences and willingness to pay for vehicle attributes.
“The Wiz” Takes Center Stage at CMU’s School of Drama Spring ShowcaseFriday, February 13, 2015
“The Wiz” Takes Center Stage at CMU’s School of Drama Spring ShowcaseAdapted from the beloved classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "The Wiz" opens at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 and runs through Feb. 28 in the Philip Chosky Theater.
Maker Designs Sweet SentimentsFriday, February 13, 2015
Maker Designs Sweet SentimentsArt alumna Anne Lopez has combined a burning desire to create and a love of entrepreneurship to build her company, Romeo Delivers.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects HealthThursday, February 12, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects HealthCMU Psychology Professor J. David Creswell and graduate student Emily K. Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways. Their work, published in "Current Directions in Psychological Science," describes the biological pathways linking mindfulness training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes.
Catch a Sneak Preview of Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Feb. 27Thursday, February 12, 2015
Catch a Sneak Preview of Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Feb. 27"Song from the Forest," a German film about a musicologist from New York City who spends 25 years in the Congo, will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27 in McConomy Auditorium.
Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Student Win Carnegie Science Center AwardsWednesday, February 11, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Student Win Carnegie Science Center AwardsFive faculty members and one doctoral student will be recognized for their outstanding science and technology achievements on May 8.
Carnegie Mellon Mathematical Sciences Student Tomer Reiter Wins Gates Cambridge ScholarshipWednesday, February 11, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Mathematical Sciences Student Tomer Reiter Wins Gates Cambridge ScholarshipReiter, only the second CMU student to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, plans to study number theory at the University of Cambridge.
Farnam Jahanian Named Carnegie Mellon University ProvostWednesday, February 11, 2015
Farnam Jahanian Named Carnegie Mellon University ProvostJahanian, an accomplished scientist and successful entrepreneur, brings extensive leadership experience in higher education administration, an impressive background in scholarly achievement, and a strong commitment to teaching and learning to his new role.
Kloehn, Higher Education Communications Leader, Takes New Position as CMU Vice President for Marketing and CommunicationsTuesday, February 10, 2015
Kloehn, Higher Education Communications Leader, Takes New Position as CMU Vice President for Marketing and CommunicationsIn this new position, Kloehn will lead the university's efforts in expanding the global visibility of CMU and strategically highlighting the university's role in transforming lives and shaping the world through innovative, top-tier academics and world-renowned research.
Bay Area InspirationTuesday, February 10, 2015
Bay Area InspirationA New Year's Trek to Silicon Valley helps James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows start the year off on the right foot.
Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern Researchers Provide New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From FingersMonday, February 09, 2015
Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern Researchers Provide New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From FingersA new mathematical model and experimental results on "haptic illusions" could one day lead to flatscreen displays featuring active touchback technology, such as making your touchscreen's keyboard actually feel like a keyboard.
Carnegie Mellon To Receive American Humanist Association Award for Philosophical DiversityMonday, February 09, 2015
Carnegie Mellon To Receive American Humanist Association Award for Philosophical DiversityThe award is given to higher education institutions that demonstrate standards of openness to humanism and are inclusive in their acceptance of the freedoms of expression and religion. The award will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 12 as part of CMU's Darwin Day celebration.
Carnegie Mellon Professor Elected To Prestigious National Academy of EngineeringFriday, February 06, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Professor Elected To Prestigious National Academy of EngineeringCMU's Jonathan Caulkins has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive. Caulkins is the H. Guyford Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College.
Center for the Arts in Society Selects "The Requiem for Rice" as Final Performance Initiative ProjectThursday, February 05, 2015
Center for the Arts in Society Selects "The Requiem for Rice" as Final Performance Initiative ProjectEdda Fields-Black, associate professor of history, will use the project - a modern take on "Verdi's Requiem" - to bring the records, stories and lives of Africans enslaved on low country rice plantations to life.
CMU Master of Fine Arts Students Present "Gallery 808," a Series of Pop-Up Exhibitions Starting Feb. 12Thursday, February 05, 2015
CMU Master of Fine Arts Students Present "Gallery 808," a Series of Pop-Up Exhibitions Starting Feb. 12First- and second-year Master of Fine Arts students will present new work spanning multimedia installations, video, performance, sculpture, and interactive projects at 808 Ivy Street in Shadyside through March 19.
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck To Guest Conduct Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic & Chorus, Feb. 19Thursday, February 05, 2015
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck To Guest Conduct Carnegie Mellon's Philharmonic & Chorus, Feb. 19The concert will feature Honeck's dramatic and unique version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem Mass, K. 626." Legendary CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist (left) will complement this monumental work with readings from Mozart's letters to his father and liturgical texts.
Scott Weingart Joins Carnegie Mellon as Digital Humanities SpecialistThursday, February 05, 2015
Scott Weingart Joins Carnegie Mellon as Digital Humanities SpecialistWeingart will teach a summer workshop that all humanities Ph.D. students and interested faculty will take to become fundamentally literate in digital humanities. He also will teach faculty how to use computational techniques in their research.
Donna Harsch To Head Carnegie Mellon's History DepartmentThursday, February 05, 2015
Donna Harsch To Head Carnegie Mellon's History DepartmentHarsch, a political and social historian of modern Germany, succeeds Caroline Acker, who has led the department since 2011 and is retiring from CMU.
"Maker Movement" Pioneer Joseph DeSimone Wins Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in ScienceThursday, February 05, 2015
"Maker Movement" Pioneer Joseph DeSimone Wins Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in ScienceDeSimone, a chemist and chemical engineer, has developed two techniques for the rapid prototyping of vehicles for drug delivery. He'll receive the award and give a lecture at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16.
Bill Moushey To Discuss Innocence Project's Future at Carnegie MellonWednesday, February 04, 2015
Bill Moushey To Discuss Innocence Project's Future at Carnegie MellonMoushey, an award-winning journalist, founded "The Innocence Institute" in 2001 to expose systemic issues in the criminal justice system. He'll talk about the project at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 16.
Autonomous Drone Flies in Dark, Tight Quarters To Assist Firefighting Inside Naval VesselsWednesday, February 04, 2015
Autonomous Drone Flies in Dark, Tight Quarters To Assist Firefighting Inside Naval VesselsDeveloped by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and CMU spin-off Sensible Machines, the drone flew autonomously through confined, dark, smoke-filled compartments to map fires and locate victims.
Fulbright ScholarWednesday, February 04, 2015
Fulbright ScholarA well-timed semester in Leipzig, Germany, provides Professor Stephen Brockmann new ideas for the classroom.
Michael Trick Elected President of the International Federation of Operational Research SocietiesTuesday, February 03, 2015
Michael Trick Elected President of the International Federation of Operational Research SocietiesTrick's election continues a long-standing commitment to the field of operations research and organizations that serve as a catalyst for the exchange of knowledge. His three-year term begins in January 2016.
Uber, Carnegie Mellon Announce Strategic Partnership and Creation of Advanced Technologies Center in PittsburghMonday, February 02, 2015
Uber, Carnegie Mellon Announce Strategic Partnership and Creation of Advanced Technologies Center in PittsburghThe partnership will provide a forum for Uber technology leaders to work closely with CMU faculty, staff and students - both on campus and at its National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) - to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.
College of Engineering Research Team Receives NSF RIPS Grant To Study Climate Change Impacts on Critical InfrastructureMonday, February 02, 2015