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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

October 2013

The public, and at times the political, dialogue on climate change is one clear example of how difficulty effective science communication can be.  


Yet, many decisions - from immunization and other health issues to using "smart" electricity grids - require a basic grasp of the relevant science.


Baruch Fischhoff, the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy, is a leader in bringing together the social, behavioral and decision sciences into the emerging areas of the science of science communication.


Last year, he co-organized a conference at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) bringing together scientists with stories to tell and scientists who can help them to tell those stories. This year, he co-organized the second.


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The Social Change Semester
Last spring, Associate History Professor Nico Slate and Emily Mohn-Slate, a special instructor in the English Department, led a group of students on a trip to Qatar and India for the first Carnegie Mellon University Social Change Semester.

Their goal was to learn how to make positive changes in the world, and throughout the semester, students took courses and conducted research, while designing and implementing service projects in collaboration with local partners.

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New Environmental History Lecture Series

The Department of History has launched a yearlong lecture series to celebrate the department's longtime focus on environmental history.


In particular, through the illustrious career of Joel Tarr, who explores the relationship between cities, the environment and technology, the History Department has excelled for several decades in understanding how the human world impacts urban environments.


The next lecture in the series will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 and will feature Matthew Klingle for a talk on "A Disease of Civilization: Diabetes, Race, and the Changing Nature of American Health."


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Matters of the Brain

During Ceilidh Weekend, President Subra Suresh kicked-off a yearlong series of inauguration symposia with a panel discussion on the impact of Carnegie Mellon's brain and mind research.


A key component to Carnegie Mellon's strong position to contribute to BRAIN is the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint program between CMU and the University of Pittsburgh that has spent the past 19 years leading neuroscience research and education by developing new technologies and computational approaches to better understand cognition and behavior.


Psychology Professor Marlene Behrmann, who spoke at the brain and mind symposium, will take over as CMU's CNBC co-director on January 1. She says that it is a really exciting time to be a neuroscientist - especially in Pittsburgh.


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Night of the Living Dead - The Opera  

There is good news for those who can't get enough of all-things zombies. The world premiere of "Night of the Living Dead - The Opera" will be held Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 at Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater.


Creative Writing alumnus Stephen Catanzarite (DC'90) wrote the opera's libretto and will speak on campus at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 29.


"Night of the Living Dead - The Opera" is based on the pop culture classic film by CMU alumnus George Romero, who studied art, design and theater at what was then Carnegie Institute of Technology.  


Microscopic Opera, founded by CMU alumni Erica Olden (A'97, '01) and Andres Cladera (A'03), is presenting the premiere event. Other CMU connections include the opera's director, Greg Lehane, professor of drama in the College of Fine Arts, and scenic designer Briton Mauk (A'13).


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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."   


Rosalyn C. (Ryave) Richman (MM'68), LeAnn Neal Reilly (DC'92), Andrew McElwaine (DC'98), Steve Martocci (DC'04) and others in Class Notes.  


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