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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

December 2012
Kadane Urges Argentina To Stop Repressing Statisticians
Joseph B. (Jay) KadaneFor the past several years, Argentina's government has not provided accurate statistics on the country's inflation rates. In fact, to prevent truthful figures from being released, the government has gone so far as firing staff at its national statistics agency and fining and filing criminal charges against statisticians who publish inflation estimates that are not approved by the government.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, Carnegie Mellon University's Joseph B. (Jay) Kadane briefed Capitol Hill lawmakers on the situation and its potential to disrupt the international economy.

Kadane, who in January 2013 will become chair of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights, urged them to implement policies that will protect statisticians from persecution by countries that commit such egregious violations of human rights.

Meals on Wheels....And A New App 

Meals on Wheels Project Team Many senior citizens suffer from physical disabilities or illnesses that make it difficult - if not impossible - to shop for food or prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels, run by the Lutheran Services Society, provides two nutritious meals each day at an affordable rate for these seniors.

To help the Lutheran Service Society better serve western Pennsylvania's older population, an Information Systems (IS) project team spent the fall semester creating a web-based application to help Meals on Wheels site coordinators keep track of deliveries, drivers and their consumers' health conditions.

"We love it," said David Nusser, project manager at Lutheran Service Society. "It's going to do so much for us - from improving consumer safety to helping with cost containment. It will allow us to serve more people meals and provide more safety checks."

Read more about the Meals on Wheels project and the other IS senior projects.

View photos from the IS Senior Project Fair. 

CIPI Roundtable on State Department Careers

Akunna Cook The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) recently held a student roundtable with Akunna Cook to discuss careers at the U.S. Department of State. The event, which included more than two dozen participants from across Carnegie Mellon's colleges, is part of CIPI's mission to expose students to policy in praxis by connecting them with practitioners in the field.

A career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, Cook is currently a Dean and Virginia Risk Fellow at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she is focused on commercial diplomacy in post-conflict countries. 

Cook visited Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a guest lecture for the Diplomacy & Statecraft Course taught by CIPI Director Jendayi Frazer and offered to share her career experiences with students in a separate forum.

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 Taking Service Learning to the Next Level

Nico Slate When Nico Slate joined the History Department's faculty four years ago, he knew that Carnegie Mellon was a leader in technology. Something that surprised Slate after acclimating himself to the campus was that CMU was also a great place for service learning.

In fact, the university has been recognized by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past five years. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Carnegie Mellon students contributed 202,296 community service hours through courses and volunteer activities.

"There are so many wonderful service learning initiatives on campus-from Modern Languages to the Robotics Institute," Slate explained. "The challenge is to foster conversations and collaborations across projects."

To bring the university community together on the topic of service learning - and to push Carnegie Mellon's service learning capabilities to the next level, Slate organized the "Media, Technology and Service Learning Symposium." The event kicked off the Center for the Arts in Society's new "Occupy Facebook" project under its media initiative.

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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.

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"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
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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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