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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
February 2011
Creative Writing Student Wins Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship

Mackenzie Evan SmithMackenzie Evan Smith was one of 18 students and young professionals chosen to participate in the Luce Scholars Program, an initiative that enables students to increase their knowledge and awareness of Asia by living and working in an Asian country of their choice.


Having already traveled extensively, Smith plans to write as much as possible and engage with a local writing community in her yet-to-be chosen host country.


"In my 30 years teaching at Carnegie Mellon, I have not encountered a student like Mackenzie," said English Professor Jim Daniels.  


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Read Smith's travel blog, part of her senior honor thesis: The Naked Note Taker

CMU Receives $1.2 Million NIH Grant To Develop Ethics, Policy Recommendations for Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster DNA ID Practices
Jay AronsonForensic DNA profiling has become a standard tool in the search for missing people in the aftermath of mass violence and disaster, but until now there has been very little effort to identify and analyze the major ethical and policy challenges associated with this new use of genetic technology.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a three-year, $1.2 million grant to analyze ethical and policy problems associated with post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification and develop recommended practices.

Jay Aronson, associate professor of science, technology and society in CMU's Department of History, will lead the efforts for CMU.

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The Battle for the Immigrant Dream
Esa˙ MelÚndezVeteran film and TV producer Esa˙ MelÚndez, a native of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago, sees the United States as a country built by immigrants - generation after generation with people much like himself.

When he saw the intense public reaction and protests to the 2006 federal law that criminalized undocumented citizens and anyone who assisted them, he knew he had to do something.

"The May first protest drew a large crowd, over a million people," MelÚndez said. "I was very inspired by that. I'd never seen anything like that in my life. When I turned on the TV, the media wasn't covering all sides, and I thought 'Where's the balance?'"

MelÚndez's resulting documentary, "Immigrant Nation! The Battle for a Dream" will be featured as part of the 2011 CMU International Film Festival.

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Steven Klepper Receives Prestigious
Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

Steven KlepperSteven Klepper, the Arthur Anton Hamerschlag Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, has received the esteemed 2011 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for his significant and influential contributions to the understanding of the birth and growth of new industries. The award carries a prize of 100,000 Euros ($136,531) and is widely regarded as the most prestigious entrepreneurship research award.

Klepper's pioneering work integrates elements of traditional economic models with evolutionary theory, bridging gaps between the study of entrepreneurship and mainstream economics.


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Catching Up with Alum Maxine Eskenazi

Maxine EskenaziMaxine Eskenazi (HS'73) has spent much of her life interested in language. She majored in Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University and spent time teaching English in France before receiving a Maitrise in linguistics and a Doctorat. in computer science from the University of Paris VII and XI.

Currently a Principal Systems Scientist in CMU's Language Technology Institute (LTI) within the School of Computer Science, Eskenazi has several projects that use technology to help people engage with or learn languages more efficiently.


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More H&SS News
Psychology's Sharon Carver Wins Top H&SS Teaching Award

Modern Languages' Shuai Li Receives H&SS Graduate Student Teaching Award

Bright Future for the History of German Film

Jim Daniels Has Little Talk With Academia, Musicians in New Poetry Book

Looking Back at Ronald Reagan's Presidency

Kathy M. Newman: The Super Bowl and the Working Class

2011 CMU International Film Festival: Faces of Migration

History Alum Rachel Maines Returns to Campus for Lecture and to Pay it Forward

Lecture Preview: The Lost Vernacular of a Vanishing Tribe

Logic Thru Comics: Graphic Novels for Teaching
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Video: Jim Daniels reads from "Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry"

Photos: The Chinese Studies Program Celebrates 2011, The Year of the Rabbit

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Class Notes
Noreen Castelli Sweeney (HS '69) has written an historical novel entitled "Francesca's Song" about her paternal grandmother who traveled from Italy aboard the SS Canada and landed on "Pittsburgh's grimy doorstep" in 1913. Sweeney, who has retired from teaching English at Long Island University, lives with her husband John (S '68) on Long Island's north shore and is a three-time grandmother. For more about the book:

Dana S. Dunn (HS'82) published his 12th book-Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning: Connecting to Psychology and the Social Sciences (2011, Oxford University Press).

Susan Adams Henderson (HS'89) recently returned to campus to read from her debut novel, "UP FROM THE BLUE" (HarperCollins, 2010). Watch a video from the campus reading at "UP FROM THE BLUE" has been selected as a Great Group Reads pick by the Women's National Book Association, an outstanding softcover release by NPR, a Best Bets Pick by BookReporter, Editor's Pick by BookMovement, Editor's Choice by BookBrowse, a Prime Reads pick by HarperCollins New Zealand and a Top 10 of 2010 by Robert Gray of Shelf Awareness. It's also....

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