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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

November 2012
PBS NOVA Profiles Mind Reading Research
PBS NOVA Profiles Mind Reading Research
In 2008, Carnegie Mellon University Professors Marcel Just and Tom Mitchell shocked the world with their thought identification research, using a brain scanner to demonstrate, for the first time, the ability to read people's minds.


They did this by applying machine-learning techniques to brain imaging data to identify the contents of an individual's thoughts of concrete objects.


Since the initial discovery, Just and Mitchell have been working to identify other types of thoughts besides concrete objects - from numbers to emotions to social interactions - all involving a visual stimulus (usually a printed word) for the person inside the brain scanner to think about.


That was, until recently.

In August, a PBS NOVA scienceNOW media crew visited CMU's Scientific Imaging and Brain Research (SIBR) center to learn more about the thought identification research for an upcoming episode on the future.


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English Students Behind It is hard to pick up a newspaper - or read the news online - without being reminded of how journalism is changing.

Last fall, adjunct English Professor Tom O'Boyle, who is the senior manager of audience and associated strategies at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, structured a professional writing project course to encourage students to pay attention to the changes.

O'Boyle posed a problem to his six students, five Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) students and one undergraduate English major: figure out a way that the Post-Gazette can extend its audience and how they can do it by using social media.

The students spent the semester building the blueprints for

Q&A: Alumna Tackles Medical Research Marketing Field

Suzanne Ross As a managing editor/marketing representative for the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center at Manhattan's New York-Presbyterian Hospital, alumna Suzanne Ross (DC'80) is responsible for promoting the department's biomedical research, health care policy issues and patient stories.

Ross, who majored in English and Professional Writing, was also on the editorial team of the "Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 24th edition," a premier medical textbook used by physicians and residents-in-training.

After college, Ross completed postgraduate studies in theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London. Her parents, William Ross and Char Howard Ross, were graduates of the Carnegie Tech Drama School.

Dietrich College News recently spoke with Ross about her career and what advice she would give to students.

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The Humanities at Carnegie Mellon
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have distinguished faculty, talented students and accomplished alumni who are leading the humanities into the 21st century.

Faculty and students within the Departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy focus on teaching and learning deep intellectual knowledge as well as developing useful, practical skills. Often, they cross disciplines to solve real world problems.
For example, philosophers are working to improve medical ethics practices and food marketing tactics geared towards children; historians are developing policy recommendations for forensic DNA profiling and drug policy; and, an English professor created a social networking tool to improve education, and it is now being used by tens of thousands of students all over the world.

More Dietrich College News 

Statistics Professor William F. (Bill) Eddy Attains Emeritus Status

New Study: Controlling Release of Information Leads People to Divulge More Online

Neuroscience and Zombie Brains

Behind the Scenes at a Presidential Debate

Neon, Startup Out of CNBC, Branches Out to Silicon Valley Campus

Alum Marc Guldimann's Startup, Enliken, Helps Protect Privacy Online

Alumna Amy Buxbaum Named President of the Tartan Athletics Club Board of Directors

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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."   


Find out what's new with Shiela F. Kelsey (DC'78), Susan (La Fiandra) Reid (DC'90), Anna Walsh (DC'13) and others in Class Notes.  


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Personal Mention
Dietrich College Personal Mention shares news and accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff.

Included in this issue are Wendy Goldman, Joseph B. (Jay) Kadane, Sue-mei Wu and more.

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Under Construction:
Building Your Future
The Dietrich College is excited to announce an exclusive event for Dietrich College sophomores, juniors and seniors of all majors.

This day-long event will feature DC alumni in a variety of different career paths who will share their experiences.

It's the perfect opportunity to network and learn about career options, internships and post-graduation possibilities.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Students and Alumni:
Click here for more information and to register.
Dietrich College
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  Baker Hall Staircase
Recognize this staircase? It was featured in the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Scientific American: How Far Away Is Mind-Machine Integration?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Disastrous Storms Can Have Impact on Race for President
"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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