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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
May 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean

Roger Rouse

Movie-goers have long awaited the return of Captain Jack Sparrow, as the latest installment of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" hits theaters.


Roger Rouse is using the Pirates films as a tool to teach history.


He encourages students to look closely at what the films say - and don't say - about the period they represent.


Read the full article.


Watch a video interview with Rouse.


Watch Rouse's Center for the Arts in Society lecture:"Pirates of the Caribbean: What Have They Brought Us? What Does It Mean?"

John R. Anderson's Legacy is Revolutionizing How We Learn

John R. Anderson

John R. Anderson believes that one of the things that makes us as humans unique is our ability to pick up a brand new competence - whether it's driving a car or solving math problems.  


This notion has driven Anderson to spend the past four decades researching how the brain works and creating better ways for students to learn.

Anderson, the R.K. Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, recently received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, an honor given to trailblazers in science, business and technology. Previous honorees include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Allen Newell, the late CMU professor and one of Anderson's mentors.


Read the full article, which includes commentary from Anderson's colleagues and former students.


Read a Q&A with Anderson on how his work has evolved.


Watch a video tribute to the legacy of John R. Anderson

Social Networking To Improve Education? There's an App For That.

David S. KauferTaking their cue from social media, CMU educators David S. Kaufer and Ananda Gunawardena have developed a social networking application called Classroom Salon that engages students in online learning communities that effectively tap the collective intelligence of groups.


Thousands of high school and university students used Classroom Salon (CLS) this past academic year to share their ideas about texts, news articles and other reading materials or their critiques of each others' writings.  


Read the full article.  


Watch a video of CMU students discussing how they use Classroom Salon.  


Read about how Jane Austen fans from all over the world are using Classroom Salon to read and discuss "Sense and Sensibility" together. 

Alum Steve Martocci, Co-Founder of GroupMe

Steve MartocciLast May, Steve Martocci (HS'04) got a call from a friend who had a problem.

Email chains were causing issues for those on-the-go. How could they solve the problem with mobile communication?

Three days later, Martocci walked into the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, where he developed a prototype allowing groups to text message each other similar to private chats and group emails.

The prototype became the company GroupMe - which just won the award for Breakout Digital Trend at the South by Southwest Interactive Awards.


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Senior Catherine Rodriguez Needs Your Vote
Catherine RodriguezCatherine Rodriguez, a senior majoring in Hispanic studies and drama, is already a winner, but she needs your vote.

Rodriguez was one of 24 scholars to win the first-ever $10,000 Gold Standard Scholarship from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Bacardi Gold and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), but your vote could net her $30,000 more. The NBA is holding an online competition for the public to decide which four scholarship winners should receive the additional prize. 

Read the full article.

Vote for Rodriguez through May 30. (You can vote once per day.  Feel free to help spread the word!)
More H&SS News
Language Learning: CMU Researchers Use Video Games (and "Alien" Language) To Crack the Speech Code

Students Use Social Innovation Competition To Impact Villages in Sierra Leone, India

Circulo Juvenil Teaches Kids About Greening the Earth - In Spanish

Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg and the Importance of Primary Sources

Psychology Students Show Off Their Research Skills

Alumnus John Cooper Wins German Chancellor Fellowship

Statistics' Mike Finegold Named a 2011 Wimmer Faculty Fellow

"Pittsburgh Noir" - New Crime Book Set in Pittsburgh Features Stories By Terrance Hayes and Hilary Masters
H&SS Multimedia

2011 Commencement (Have photos you'd like to share?  Add them to this album.)

Circulo Juvenil Presents "Greening the Earth"


Demonstration of the Video Game (and "Alien" Language) Used To Crack the Speech Code

Tribute to John R. Anderson's Legacy of Revolutionizing How We Learn

CMU Students Discuss How They Use Classroom Salon

Pirates of the Caribbean: What is Disney Teaching Us?

The Center for the Arts in Society Lecture on Pirates of the Caribbean: What Have They Brought Us? What Does It Mean?

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Class Notes

Find out what's going on with H&SS alumni such as Jewel Parker Rhodes (HS'75, '76, '79), Steve Abel (HS'75), Karen Elinich (HS'88) and Alan Houser (HS'89).

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H&SS Personal Mention
H&SS Personal Mention shares accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff.  This month, find out what's new with Kathy M. Newman, Yona Harvey, Jiashun Jin and more.

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Psychology Professor Named a Rising Star
 The Association for Psychological Science has named J. David Creswell a 2011 Rising Star.

Creswell, assistant professor of psychology, was one of 18 psychological researchers profiled for making great advancements in science at a young age.

Creswell's research focuses on how the mind and brain influence our physical health and performance, particularly with stress and coping interventions.

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