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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

August 2012
Citizen Science and the Internet
Citizen Science
Imagine that you lived near Fukushima, the site of the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Would you want to know the general levels of radiation for cities and towns -the way they are reported by the government and media - or would you want to know the levels on your street or even your front porch? 
If you're more interested in the levels exactly where you live, you're not alone. You're also not out of luck thanks to citizen science.

"The Internet is becoming a game changer in citizen science," said James Wynn, associate professor of English who is working on a book about citizen science.




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 Brian Junker Appointed Associate Dean 

Brian Junker

Brian Junker, professor of statistics, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs for the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  


In this role, Junker will chair the Dietrich College Council and take a leadership role in administrating college curriculum, programs and policies.


In addition to serving as associate dean, Junker will continue to teach undergraduate and graduate classes within the Department of Statistics, advise graduate students and work with postdoctoral researchers. This fall, he will teach his popular "Multilevel and Hierarchical Models" course, which focuses on the statistical model used frequently in social science research.


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Kadane's Book Wins Coveted DeGroot Prize

Principles of Uncertainty

"Principles of Uncertainty," written by Joseph B. (Jay) Kadane, has won the International Society for Bayesian Analysis' coveted DeGroot Prize.


The prize, awarded every two years to honor an outstanding statistical science book, was established to recognize Morris H. (Morrie) DeGroot, the founding head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Statistics and renowned author of statistics and decision theory books.


"Jay's book, 'Principles of Uncertainty,' carries out two fundamental dimensions of Jay's career in statistics: the subjective Bayesian foundations of the field of statistics and the critical importance that statistical thinking and methods must play in a wide range of application areas," said John Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich College.


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Mission Complete: Recent Grad's Research Published by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
Professor Steven Schlossman and Jacki CorteseDuring the summer of 2011,
Jacqueline (Jacki) Cortese
(DC'12) interned with the NASA History Program Office at NASA's Washington, D.C. headquarters. That same summer, Cortese, who majored in history and international relations and politics within the Dietrich College, was also selected as a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC). 
Working with Professors Steven Schlossman and David Hounshell, Cortese used her access to the NASA archives to research "Motivations, Mission and Relationships of the Early Congressional Space Caucus, 1981-1983."

The paper, which details the serious concerns surrounding the future of the U.S. space program and the bipartisan effort to circulate innovative and futuristic ideas underscoring the need for space exploration, will be published in the CSPC's Fellows Review 2011-12. It was one of only 20 papers selected for publication.

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More Dietrich College News 

Faculty Give Advice to First-Year Students

Meet the New Dietrich College Faculty

CAUSE Partners With Senator John Heinz History Center for 2012-13 Speaker Series; Opening Reception Will Be Held Sept. 14

CMU for Pre-Med?

Students: Register for Sept. 29 Campus Conversation on Climate Change

Dietrich College Multimedia 

First-Year Orientation Dinner at the Carnegie Music Hall

First-Year Academic Day Faculty Panels

New Faculty, Dean Lehoczky and Department Heads

Citizen Science and the Internet

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Class Notes

Please note, due to the college's name change to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the indicia is now "DC."   


Jessie B. Ramey (DC'09) was invited back to the White House this month, and Brad Walker (DC'12) won the 2012 Erwin R. Steinberg Main Professional Writing (MAPW) Scholarship.  Read more.


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"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
Dietrich College
David Shapira, a Carnegie Mellon life trustee and former board chairman, along with his wife Cindy, and in collaboration with the Giant Eagle Foundation, are giving approximately $2.8 million to the Dietrich College via the Inspire Innovation Campaign.

Of this gift, $2 million will be used to endow the Humanities Scholars Program, and $800,000 will be used to provide a pool of matching funds as a means to encourage additional donors to the college.

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