September 13, 2012 Vol. 23, No. 10


Kamlet Discusses Innovations in Education at World Economic Forum    

Kamlet at WEF
The future of education is not going to have a one-size-fits-all solution. But there is the potential for an explosion of opportunity.

A panel of experts, including Mark Kamlet, provost and executive vice president of Carnegie Mellon, discussed what some of those changes might be at the
World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of New Champions" this week in Tianjin, China.

In the "Future of Education" session, Kamlet touched on Carnegie Mellon's groundbreaking research into online learning and how university spinoff Carnegie Learning and CMU's Open Learning Initiative combine cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and machine learning. But, he said, it goes beyond simply posting online lectures.

"I think what one finds is that the best approach is typically blended," said Kamlet, who noted that the future of education will include many different approaches.


Rikakis To Grow Synergies in Arts, Design & Tech

Thanassis Rikakis has been named to the newly created position of Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology.

"Vice Provost Rikakis' charge is to facilitate the growth of the many existing synergies among design, arts and technology - each term broadly conceived - as well as to create opportunities for new ones," said Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet. "He brings a wealth of experience and vision to further that mission at our university."

Rikakis, who comes to CMU from Arizona State University, will serve as a full professor in the School of Design and School of Music and will hold a courtesy appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. He also will oversee the university's Entertainment Technology Center.


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Flu Vaccine Clinics Begin Friday    

flu shot University Health Services (UHS) has announced that the 2012 Flu Vaccination and Prevention schedule for all students, staff and faculty will begin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 in the University Health Center. See the full schedule for additional dates, times and locations.

Human Resources will cover the vaccine cost for staff and faculty; the CMU student insurance plan will cover the vaccine cost for students on the plan.  For spouses/partners and students on other plans, the cost is $17 (payment by student account or check only; no cash, please). Please bring your CMU ID card.

In addition to vaccination, UHS encourages all members of the community to promote flu prevention in your area with a bulletin board kit (Download .pdf).


CMU a Popular Spot for Corporate Recruiters      

TOC More than 300 companies were on campus this week to interview thousands of highly sought after students for internships and full-time employment at the Technical and Business Opportunities conferences in the University Center's Wiegand Gymnasium and Rangos Ballroom.


This year's Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC) attracted a broad range of employers, from Apple, Intel and Microsoft to Union Pacific, Nucor Steel and ExxonMobil. Unlike other career fairs, the TOC provided a mix of both high-tech and more traditional companies from the transportation and manufacturing sectors. The Business Opportunities Conference (BOC) included companies such as Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, BNY Mellon, IBM and Bluefin Trading.


Read more about the TOC and BOC.


CMU Hosts Conversation on Climate Change    

Robert Cavalier To get student input on various practical action items and policy issues, Carnegie Mellon's Program for Deliberative Democracy (PDD) will host a Campus Conversation on Climate Change from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 in the University Center's Wiegand Gym.

"The issue of climate change has been clouded by the rhetoric of political television, year-round campaign ads and vitriolic blogs and websites," said PDD Co-director Robert Cavalier, teaching professor of philosophy in the Dietrich College. "By creating a civil and productive environment in which students can be engaged in informed, well structured conversations on such a potentially divisive topic, we also can show that the very process itself demonstrates the advantages of a more deliberative, less divisive democracy."

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