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Carnegie Mellon University

October 2010

Exceptional Poetry
Terrance Hayes

"Lighthead," a book of poetry written by English Professor Terrance Hayes, has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 National Book Awards.

In the collection, Hayes combines different poetry styles, including the Japanese presentation format Pecha Kucha, to tell personal, political and historical stories.


Read the full articleWatch a video of Hayes reading from "Lighthead."

Robert Siegler Develops
Teaching Guide for Fractions
Robert SieglerThe U.S. Department of Education recently released "Developing Effective Fractions Instruction," created by Cognitive Psychologist Robert Siegler.  The guide presents five recommendations for teaching fractions to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

"Understanding fractions and how to use them is difficult for many children to learn," said Siegler, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon. "Teachers, principals and math coaches can use this guide to help students learn basic and more complex concepts and procedures involving fractions."

Read the full article.
CMU's Human Histogram of Heights
CMU's Human Histogram of HeightsHave you ever wondered how the height of the CMU campus community is distributed? Well, you do not need to wonder any more.

In honor of the first-ever World Statistics Day on October 20, 2010, the Statistics Department's Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee led faculty, staff and students in creating a human histogram of heights.

"We had the campus community come to the football field and report their height," said Emily Butler, a senior statistics major who led the efforts for the student advisory committee. "Based on their height, they stood on different yard lines, one-by-one, so that we could see how many people were of what height."

Read the full article.  View the GigaPan of the Human Histogram. 

Watch a video of the event.  View photos from the event.
New Book Details African American Life in Pittsburgh After World War II
Race and RenaissanceFor a city that has recently been named "America's Most Livable City," part of Pittsburgh's path to emerging as a seemingly re-vitalized metro area is not very pretty.

"Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II," a new book by history professors Joe W. Trotter and Jared N. Day provides a detailed account of what life has been like for African American Pittsburghers since the end of the second World War.

"We wrote the book partly because of a lack of research on African Americans in Pittsburgh," said Trotter, the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and head of the Department of History. "It was designed to fill a gap in our understanding of this city's history and to encourage new research on the subject."

Read the full article.
More H&SS News
"From Milltown to Malltown" - A new book combines poetry by Jim Daniels and Jane McCafferty with photos by Charlee Brodksy, a professor in the School of Design, to tell Homestead, PA's transformation story.

2010-11 Humanities Lecture Series Focuses on Immigration, Conflicting Identities

Science and Humanities Scholar Alisa Deychman Blogs About the Washington Semester Program

CMU Press Acquires Complete Stock of Eastern Washington University Press

Three H&SS Alumni To Be Recognized at CMU Alumni Awards

H&SS Multimedia
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Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

CMU's Human Histogram of Heights

The GigaPan of the Human Histogram


From Milltown to Malltown

Terrance Hayes' "Lighthead"

CMU Celebrates World Statistics Day

Creative Writing Alum Susan Henderson Reads From Her Debut Novel

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Invitation to
H&SS Homecoming Events
CMU's 2010 Homecoming Weekend is November 5-6.  H&SS invites you to three events: a special lecture, the H&SS Homecoming Reception and the CMU Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception. 

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Most Read Articles From The September Issue
Celebrating Banned Books Week All Semester

Stephen Fienberg Says To Save The Census

Research Sheds Light On How Doctors Rationalize Accepting Industry Gifts

Roberta Klatzky Honored For Her Research

Shweta Suresh (HS'11) Shares Her Hong Kong Experience
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