May 31, 2012 Vol. 22, No. 45

Alumni Provide $1M Endowment to STUDIO      

Carnegie Mellon has received a $1 million endowment to name the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and establish the "Fund for Art at the Frontier," which in large part will be used to fund the creation of new works of art that push boundaries and inspire imagination. Alumni Edward H. Frank (CS'85) and his wife, Sarah G. Ratchye (A'83), announced the naming of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry last week. The studio is dedicated to the collaboration of art, technology and other disciplines across the university.

"Ed and Sarah embody a marriage of technology and the arts, literally and figuratively. They also understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of Carnegie Mellon and its commitment to the arts with this gift that pushes arts frontiers," said President Jared L. Cohon. "Their gift is generous and highly important at a time when arts education remains critical to the success of so many programs at CMU."


Pathways to Healthy Solutions      

Pathways To Health LogoUniversity Health Services and Human Resources invite you to explore connections between health and stress from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, today (Thursday, May 31) in the University Center. 

Sessions include "Frugal Fitness" with CMU Director of Fitness Donna Morosky; "A Yoga Practice for Stress Management" with yoga teacher Diane Dice; and a luncheon with keynote speaker Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology and director of the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity, and Disease. Cohen's talk is titled "What Science Tells Us About Stress & Health."

Film Aims To Reduce Risky Sex Among Teens; "Seventeen Days" Premieres Tonight        

Carnegie Mellon's Center for Risk Perception and Communication and CMU Associate Research Professor Julie Downs will premiere "Seventeen Days," a new film aimed at reducing risky sexual behavior among teens, at 6:30 p.m. tonight (May 31) in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium.

The film is interactive and allows the viewer to help the film's characters make decisions about romantic relationships and sexual behavior. Supported by a five-year, $7.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the film is an update of Downs' earlier interactive video, "What Could You Do?" which was shown to increase abstinence among teenage girls.


Carving Up Kinship Categories Across Languages  

Different languages refer to family relationships in different ways. For example, English speakers use two terms - grandmother and grandfather - to refer to grandparents, while Mandarin Chinese uses four terms. Many possible kinship categories, however, are never observed, which raises the question of why some kinship categories appear in the languages of the world but others do not.

A new study published in Science by Carnegie Mellon's Charles Kemp (right) and the University of California at Berkeley's Terry Regier shows that kinship categories across languages reflect general principles of communication. The same principles can potentially be applied to other kinds of categories, such as colors and spatial relationships. Ultimately, the work may lead to a general theory of how different languages carve the world up into categories.

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PSC Scientist Participates in Study of Next-Generation Advanced Reactor            

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a three-year, $875,000 grant for a team of Pittsburgh scientists, including Anirban Jana of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), to develop computational models for turbulent mixing in the VHTR (Very High Temperature Reactor), a Generation IV nuclear reactor.

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Also at the PSC .... 3ROX, a high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the PSC, has put into place a high-bandwidth link from Galaxy, a data-intensive bioinformatics program at Penn State, to the network backbone of the National Science Foundation's XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program. The link will allow mountains of genomics data to have a direct, high-speed link to the world's most powerful data-processing resources.

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CMWA Announces New Leaders, Summer Events 

The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association recently announced its leadership team for 2012-2013:
  • Maureen Cohon, honorary president
  • Pattye Stragar, president
  • Pat Schaller, treasurer
  • Krista Campbell, co-vice president, programs
  • Alexa Hansen, co-vice president, programs
  • Sherra Moors, vice president of on-campus membership
  • Virginia Schatz, vice president of off-campus membership
  • Emily Half, website administrator
Summer activities for the CMWA include a Summer Networking Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is open to members and non-members. The lunches will be noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and Tuesday, July 24, at the Danforth Lounge, University Center. Send RSVPs to Krista Campbell at

Dues are $10 for a yearly membership (July 1 - June 30), and all dues and designated gifts go directly toward CMWA's Annual Scholarship Awards fund. To become a member complete and submit the membership form.

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 This issue features:

Lenore Blum
Aditya Khair, Emma Brunskill, Fatma Kilinc-Karzan, Karen Thickman and Christopher Warren
Hilary Schuldt
Susan Ambrose 
Christos Faloutsos
Cze-Ja Tam, Katie Cecil and Mike Belmonte 
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