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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

August 2013
Welcome, Class of 2017
With the start of the fall semester, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed 315 students into its class of 2017.

The new students come from 15 countries, including Canada, China, Korea, Switzerland and the U.K. and 30 different states, from Alaska and California to Texas and Wyoming.

The theme for this year's orientation was "The Heart of the Matter," which was taken from a recent Academy of Arts and Sciences report that examined the important role the humanities and social sciences play in our culture.

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Putting Calorie Information to the Test
Menu Labeling

Despite the lack of any concrete evidence that menu labels encourage consumers to make healthier food choices, they have become a popular tool for policymakers in the fight against obesity.


A research team led by Julie Downs recently put menu labels to the test by investigating whether providing diners with recommended calorie intake information along with the menu items caloric content would improve their food choices. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that recommended calorie intake information did not help consumers use menu labeling more effectively.

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An Unflinching Look at Urban Life Through Poetry
Birth Marks

Growing up as the son and grandson of auto workers in Detroit has left an imprint on Jim Daniels' life, and it frequently shines through the award-winning writer's work.


In his new poetry collection "Birth Marks," Daniels captures the gritty culture of working-class urban life. He uses the 39 poems to take readers on a tour of post-industrial Detroit and Pittsburgh to tell the tales of cities and their residents who came out swinging when the economy collapsed around them.


"I have always been interested in ordinary people in ordinary circumstances and the small moments in their lives that create a subtle shift in perspective," said Daniels.

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Kathryn Roeder Honored

Kathryn Roeder

Kathryn Roeder has been chosen to receive the Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences.


The Norwood Award, named after the first woman commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a past president of the American Statistical Association (ASA), is given annually by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health to recognize contributions to statistical sciences by women.


Roeder, professor of statistics has played a pivotal role in developing the foundations of DNA forensic inference. Her current research focuses on statistical genomics and the genetic base of complex disease with an emphasis on autism.


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An Alumnus to Watch

Michael Kobold

Michael Kobold's (DC'01) life was touched by instrumental Carnegie Mellon University mentors before he arrived as a student.  


Today, as founder and CEO of Kobold Expedition Tools, a successful high-end watch and knife manufacturer, he's still impacted - and still grateful.


"Without Carnegie Mellon, I would not be where I am today," stressed Kobold. "We had the chance to move the company anywhere, and I said, 'No, I want to stay in Pittsburgh because of the connections I've built at CMU.'"


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More Dietrich College News 

Consumers Don't Understand Health Insurance, George Loewenstein's Research Shows

CMU To Hold Welcome Event for Latino and Hispanic Students

Driving Under the Cellular Influence: Cellphone Use May Not Cause More Car Crashes

Joel B. Greenhouse Says Statistical Thinking is the Bedrock of Data Science

Spring 2013 Dietrich College Dean's List Announced (pdf)

Fresh World Perspectives: CIRP Launches New Journal

Joint Statistical Meetings Honor Five From Carnegie Mellon

Humanities Scholars Program, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh To Host Reza Aslan

Meet the New Dietrich College Faculty Members

New Opportunity for Students: Dietrich College Undergraduate Colloquium

CMU's Third Annual Law School Fair, Sept. 24

Phi Beta Kappa Fall Inductees Announced; Attend Initiation on Sept. 26

Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Award Winners Share Poetry, Prose at Chautauqua Institution

Dietrich College Multimedia 

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."   


Roy Wilson (DC'93), Pamelyn (Klepal) Shefman (DC'95), Alison Merikangas (DC'00), Wenhao Diao (DC'13) and others in Class Notes.  


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Included in this issue are Chad Shafer, Cleotilde (Coty) Gonzalez, Scott Sandage, Karim Kassam and more.

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Cèilidh Weekend
Cèilidh: Homecoming & Family Weekend will be held Sept. 26-28.

Dietrich College Events Include:

Friday, Sept. 27

2:30 p.m.
Geeks on a Mission

4:00 p.m.
Dietrich College Reception

Saturday, Sept. 28

10:45 a.m.
Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives: The Impact of Mind and Brain Research

12:00 p.m.
Jim Daniels' Book Signing for "Birth Marks"

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