January 19, 2012 Vol. 22, No. 26


CMU To Help Qatar Host 2022 World Cup 

Hassan Al-Thawadi, one of the most powerful sports figures in the Middle East as secretary general of Qatar's 2022 Supreme Committee, spoke about the power of sports as a means of socio-economic development at Carnegie Mellon Qatar's Dean's Lecture Series on Tuesday.    


Following the lecture, Al-Thawadi and Carnegie Mellon Qatar Dean Ilker Baybars signed a memorandum of understanding, making the Supreme Committee and Carnegie Mellon Qatar partners in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup Soccer projects and programs.  


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CMU Presents IdeasLab at World Economic Forum  

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President Jared L. Cohon,  Justine Cassell, Pradeep Khosla, Tom Mitchell and Manuela Veloso will present an IdeasLab at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Jan. 25-29 in Davos, Switzerland.   

CMU's session, which will be introduced by President Cohon, is titled "Leveraging Human-Machine Collaboration With Carnegie Mellon University."    


The WEF is a prestigious independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political and academic leaders to shape global, regional and industrial agendas.  


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Changes at the Top in Computing Services  

Vice Provost for Computing Services and Chief Information Officer Joel Smith will be stepping down this August. In May, Associate Vice Provost for Computing Services Carrie Regenstein will be retiring.


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"Intimate Science" Opens at Miller Gallery       

"Intimate Science," the new exhibition at the Miller Gallery, opens tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 20, with a trio of activities.

At 12 p.m., artists Allison Kudla and Philip Ross will speak about their work, with lunch provided to guests, at Margaret Morrison Hall room 203. At 5 p.m., events move to the Miller Gallery with a walking tour of the exhibition led by curator Andrea Grover and many of the artists. The day ends with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., which includes the launch of a related publication, "New Art/Science Affinities." The events are free and open to the public.


Research Explains the Illusion of Courage

Whether it's investing in stocks, bungee jumping or public speaking, why do we often plan to take risks but then "chicken out" when the moment of truth arrives?  

In a new paper in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, scientists, including CMU's George Loewenstein, argue that this "illusion of courage" is one example of an "empathy gap."  


According to the empathy gap theory, when the moment of truth is far off you aren't feeling, and therefore are out of touch with, the fear you are likely to experience when push comes to shove.   


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UPMC's Dr. Wright Opens Fitness Challenge         

Carnegie Mellon's Department of Athletics welcomes guest speaker Dr. Vonda Wright at noon, Friday, Jan. 20 in McConomy Auditorium.

In conjunction with the Athletics Department's 2012 Fitness Challenge theme of "Strive to Thrive," Wright's main emphasis will be about being strong at any age. She is an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.    


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School of Music Presents "From the Top"      

The School of Music and Classical WQED 89.3 FM present a live taping of "From the Top," the pre-eminent NPR program that showcases young musicians, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, the broadcast, which airs in Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. Saturdays on Classical WQED-FM, features performances and personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.   


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Calendar Highlights

Thursday, Jan. 19 

Staff Council General Body Meeting



Friedman Internship Information Session  


Friday, Jan. 20 

Thursday, Feb. 9

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 This issue features:  

Mark Stehlik
Tom Cortina
Laurie Weingart
Evelyn Pierce
Susanne Slavick
Terrance Hayes
Mk Haley
David Bohan
Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida
William Caballero
David Premo
Rodrigo Ojeda
Edward H. Deets III
Jane McCafferty
Noah Smith
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