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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

January 2014

Raise your hand if - at home, work or school - you typically find yourself in a room with a window and the lights on.


Since most artificial lights are designed to light a room completely on their own, it's not exactly energy efficient at the times when natural light is available.


To solve this problem - and save energy and money - four Information Systems students developed GreenLight. GreenLight is a wireless, green energy lighting system that is unlike any commercial product available.


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Washington Posts

Six undergraduates interested in international and public policy have arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin study in CMU's revamped Washington Semester Program (WSP).


The effort leverages the strength of faculty networks and their policy expertise in the nation's capital.


Under the new format, CMU solely operates all aspects of the program, from academics and internships to events and housing.


"This new Carnegie Mellon program allows us to shape the entire intellectual policy experience in Washington, D.C., for our students instead of having them attend capital-area universities for a semester," said WSP Director Kiron Skinner.

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 15th Annual MLK Writing Awards

In 1999, English Professor Jim Daniels had an idea to help Pittsburgh-area students better understand Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lasting legacy of combating racial inequality: he founded the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards to encourage high school and college students to reflect on their personal experiences with race and discrimination.


Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the program's mission - to think about King and race in the context of their everyday lives - continues to resonate with adolescents and young adults.


A record 228 entries were received this year from public and private high schools, colleges and universities throughout the region.


Read more, including the list of winners and their entries.


View photos from the Writing Awards ceremony and School of Drama Choir performance.


Watch a video of four Writing Award winners and Daniels on Pittsburgh Today Live

Roberta Klatzky To Receive Queenan Chair

Roberta Klatzky will receive the Charles J. Queenan Professorship of Psychology in recognition of her outstanding contributions in human perception and cognition research.


Klatzky, who joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1993, investigates perception, spatial thinking and action from the perspective of multiple modalities, sensory and symbolic, in real and virtual environments. Her research has been instrumental to the development of telemanipulation, image-guided surgery, navigation aids for the blind and neural rehabilitation.


"Carnegie Mellon has been a leader in the cognitive sciences for nearly 65 years, and Roberta Klatzky is one of the reasons we continue to be at the forefront," said John Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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Alum's TV Show Promotes Science To Kids; Will Premiere on Amazon

The world of streaming TV is about to broaden with a focus on children's programming, thanks to Amazon Prime Instant Video.

CMU Alumnus Geoff Barbanell (DC'01) is behind one of Amazon's new pilots, "Maker Shack Agency," slated to debut in early February. The show, aimed at children ages 6-11, is designed to promote science and discovery to kids.

Barbanell, currently a story editor for the popular Disney show "Kickin' It," co-wrote and co-created "Maker Shack Agency." The show follows a 13-year-old inventor and his two best friends as they use science and personal ingenuity to solve problems by creating a new invention every episode.


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More Dietrich College News 

A Psychology Breakthrough: Researchers Use Sensory Integration Model To Understand Unconscious Priming

"Winter Morning Walks" Album, Based on CMU Press Book, Wins Three Grammys

Nothing To Declare: Researchers Find Disclosure Leads to Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

2014 Michigan Notable Books Includes "Birth Marks," By Jim Daniels

J. David Creswell Receives American Psychological Association Early Career Award

Lecture Series Examines Human Impact on the Environment

Timothy Verstynen Earns NSF CAREER Award To Study How the Brain Learns Complex Sequence Skills

Upcoming Events on "Foreign Accent and Foreign Gesture" and "Identity, Authenticity and Expertise"

Stephen Fienberg Named To New National Commission on Forensic Science

Coro Honors Jim Daniels for Values-Based Leadership

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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 Eric A. Segal (DC'80), Dan Gilman (DC'04), Jack Krawczyk (DC'05), Sara Levinson (DC'10) and others in Class Notes.  


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