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Carnegie Mellon University

November-December 2010

John R. Anderson Named
Franklin Institute Laureate
John R. AndersonCMU's legendary John R. Anderson has been named a 2011 Franklin Institute Laureate - an honor given to distinguished trailblazers in science, business and technology.  Anderson is being recognized for his real-world applications in computer and cognitive science.

"What makes John Anderson's tremendous achievements standout is how he has been able to take his complex theories and transition them into applications that are widely used and help people," said John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Enhancing Foreign Language Learning One Student Assistant At A Time
Learning to grammatically speak, write and read a foreign language is one thing. Being able to effectively communicate as well as a native speaker - with the appropriate words, phrases and intonation - is another.

For the past 14 years, the Modern Languages Department has tackled this challenge by using student assistants, advanced undergraduates who have the faculty's trust.

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CAS Helps Create Mural To Raise Awareness of Emergent Latino Community in Pittsburgh
Pintando Para un SueñoTo draw attention to Pittsburgh's rising Latino population, a group of Latino youths, with support from CMU's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS), unveiled a public mural on the walls of the Latino Family Center in Squirrel Hill. 

The mural is titled "Pintando Para un Sueño" ("Painting For a Dream").

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Terrance Hayes Wins National Book Award
Terrance HayesCreative Writing Professor Terrance Hayes recently won a 2010 National Book Award, a top U.S. literary prize, for his latest book of poetry, "Lighthead."  Hayes is the first CMU professor to to win the coveted prize.

In "Lighthead," Hayes combines different poetry styles, including the Japanese presentation format Pecha Kucha, to tell personal, political and historical stories.  He describes the collection as the result of obsession and joyful work.

"I had been thinking about the imagination as a sort of lightheadedness and also of a 'light head' as a head on fire," he said. "Fire is a source of warmth and passion, but it's also a source for destruction. It illuminates, it burns. This became a guiding principle for the book. It's organized around positive and negative, internal and external images of fire."

Read the full announcement on his National Book Award.

Read a Q&A with Hayes.     Watch Hayes read his poetry.

Pittsburgh City Council Declares Nov. 30, 2010 Terrance Hayes Day.
Alumni Q&A: Reb Livingston
Reb LivingstonReb Livingston (HS'94), a Pittsburgh native whose father still works as a staff member in the School of Computer Science, has received high praise for her latest collection of poetry, "God Damsel."

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More H&SS News
Two Fellowships Named in Honor of Joel Tarr - one given by Terry F. Yosie (HS'75, 81) and the other by Rachel Maines (HS'83).

Julie Downs Receives $7.4M Grant To Create New Video Aimed At Reducing Risky Sexual Behavior Among Teens

Israeli Teens Play Games for Peace Research

Statistics Team Receives Grant To Analyze Economic Forecasting Models

New Novel by English Professor Sharon Dilworth Portrays Comedic Side of Neighborhoods and Middle Age

CIPI Receives Grant To Mitigate Violence In Liberia's Upcoming Elections

Course Co-Created by Rich Purcell Now in Pittsburgh Schools

Steve Forbes Visits CMU

The Pittsburgh Consortium for Rhetoric and Discourse Studies Launches
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Thomas M. Kerr, Jr. Lecture on Law in American Society

2010 H&SS Homecoming Reception


Terrance Hayes Receives Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh

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Alumni Awards
The CMU Alumni Association presented the 2010 Alumni Awards during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 4-6.

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