January 17, Vol. 23, No. 25

Celebrating MLK's Legacy Monday    

Andre Lewis Binta Brown Carnegie Mellon will celebrate the legacy of the late civil and human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with an afternoon of programming and activities Monday, Jan. 21. Classes after 12:30 p.m. are canceled to allow students, faculty and staff to participate. Here are some highlights:


12:30 p.m., School of Drama Tribute and President Jared L. Cohon's State of Diversity Address, Rangos Ballroom, University Center

1:30 p.m., MLK Jr. Writing Awards Presentation and Readings, Rangos 3, University Center  


2:30 p.m., Arts Greenhouse Hip-Hop Performance and Workshop, Kirr Commons, University Center


4:15 p.m., Candlelight Procession from the Purnell Center lobby to the University Center


5 p.m., Student speaker Andre Lewis (above right) and keynote speaker Binta Niambi Brown (above left), Rangos Ballroom, University Center


See the full schedule. | Read about the MLK Jr. Writing Awards
Read more about Binta Niambi Brown.  

CMU Among Global Leaders at WEF         

For the third straight year, Carnegie Mellon will be at the table with global business, government and academic leaders discussing ideas to improve the world.

At this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from Jan. 23-27, CMU President Jared L. Cohon and Human-Computer Interaction Institute Director Justine Cassell will participate in a number of sessions. Also there on behalf of Carnegie Mellon will be former Computer Science Department Head Jeannette Wing.


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Your Mobile App is Tracking You  

Angry Birds Carnegie Mellon researchers, led by Jason Hong and Norman Sadeh, say people are often surprised to learn that the mobile applications on their smartphones are sharing their location, contact lists and other sensitive information. Though some of that sharing is legitimate, the researchers maintain that user perception is a starting point in evaluating the privacy and security risks of mobile apps.  


Professors Hong and Sadeh, along with Ph.D. students Jialiu Lin and Shahriyar Amini analyzed the top 100 Android mobile apps of last year and found that 56 identify your mobile device, contact lists and/or location.    


For example, Angry Birds shared information with eight entities - four companies that target mobile ads, two mobile ad networks, an app analytics site and an ad optimization and rewards company.  


Read the full story.Watch a CBS This Morning report featuring Hong. 

CMU To Co-Host Innovation Party at SXSW    

For the first time, Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh Technology Council have joined forces to stage the Pittsburgh Innovation Party at South by Southwest (SXSW) from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 in downtown Austin, Texas.  

The party, which will be open to SXSW Film and Interactive registrants, will highlight the best of Pittsburgh innovation and include a showcase of projects featuring companies and students.


CMU's Heinz College and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute are lead sponsors. Other CMU organizations interested in helping sponsor the event, may contact Brad Stephenson at 412-268-3695. Supporting sponsors include AlphaLab, The Entertainment Technology Center, Steeltown Entertainment and CMU University Advancement. The event also is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the SPARK Kids & Creativity Network.


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PA Governor's School Returns to CMU     

Fifty-six of the state's brightest incoming high school seniors will spend five weeks at Carnegie Mellon this summer learning about biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics from some of the area's leading science professors as the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS) returns to the university's Pittsburgh campus.

CMU's Mellon College of Science hosted the PGSS from 1982 until 2009, when the Governor's Schools became a casualty of state budget cuts. To help reinstate the program at CMU, the nonprofit PGSS Campaign, Inc. - organized by PGSS alumni - raised $150,000 from private and corporate donors to match a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


The PGSS is looking for students to serve as resident and teaching assistants. Applications are due March 1. 


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Finding Exactly How the Brain Adapts to Injury   

For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) have used a new combination of neural imaging methods to discover exactly how the human brain adapts to injury. The research, published in Cerebral Cortex, shows that when one brain area loses functionality, a "back-up" team of secondary brain areas immediately activates, replacing not only the unavailable area but also its confederates.


"The human brain has a remarkable ability to adapt to various types of trauma, such as traumatic brain injury and stroke, making it possible for people to continue functioning after key brain areas have been damaged," said Marcel Just, the D. O. Hebb Professor of Psychology at CMU and CCBI director.


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Dena Haritos Tsamitis
Lowry Burgess
Shawn Brown
George Loewenstein
Alex John London

Jeannette Wing and Amy Zaremski

Volker Hartkopf, David Archer, Azizan Aziz, Nina Baird, Erica Cochran, Khee Poh Lam, Bertrand Lasternas, Stephen Lee and Vivian Loftness

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