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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

March 2014

The recent arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has cast the spotlight on the Mexican drug cartels and the violence associated with them.  


But, what is less talked about, is how over the past decade increased access to the Internet, cellphones and other digital media has drastically changed the landscape of the drug wars in Mexico.


In a new article published in "Latin American Perspectives," Paul Eiss examines how both sides of the drug war - the cartel operatives as well as government and security forces - have used and responded to digital and social media.


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How Do We Recognize a Chair?  

Our eyes do not send a replica picture of what they see to our brains.


So, how then are we able to seemingly without effort identify different objects and the world around us?


Recently, to recognize Marlene Behrmann for receiving the Cowan Professorship - or "Chair" - in Cognitive Neuroscience, CMU hosted a panel discussion on "How Do We Recognize a Chair: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision."  


CMU's David Plaut, New York University's David Heeger and Brown University's David Sheinberg brought their expertise together to shed light on how they approach determining how the visual system works.


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Jeria Quesenberry Wins Distinguished Teaching Award  

Jeria Quesenberry, associate teaching professor of information systems, has won the 2013-14 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


In a letter announcing Quesenberry as the winner of the college' s top teaching award, Dean John Lehoczky and Associate Dean Joseph E. Devine wrote, "Jeria brings extraordinary skill, energy, professionalism and enthusiasm to the pedagogical art, both in and out of the classroom. She is engaging and enthusiastic in lecture-style classes with large numbers of students, in meetings with small student project teams and in face-to-face interactions with individual IS students and project clients."


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Student Wins Unprecedented Back-To-Back State Department Scholarships 

For those in language studies, it is no secret that U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) are extremely competitive and coveted. When Dervla McDonnell was awarded one last year, it was quite an accomplishment.


But now the junior fine art and Japanese Studies major has won a second scholarship, making her one of the very few to participate in the CLS Program for two years in a row.


"With an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent, CLS is one of the most prestigious language programs for U.S. citizens," said Yoshihiro Yasuhara, assistant teaching professor of Japanese Studies. "So receiving the fully-funded scholarship for a second year in a row like Dervla McDonnell did is quite something, especially since she had 'never considered Japanese Studies very seriously until she came to CMU.'"


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Treasury of Ability

As an undergraduate, Julie Wilson (DC'99) gained valuable life skills and problem-solving abilities. Today, she uses that expertise as associate general counsel of the National Treasury Employees Union, the nation's largest independent union of federal workers.


"CMU teaches its students how to solve problems - an invaluable skill in today's world," Wilson said. "But CMU also teaches students a resilience that is both uncommon and especially valued in the workplace."


Wilson practices plaintiff-side federal labor and employment law, analyzing interpretation issues and supervising staff attorneys in litigation before forums that include the U.S. Supreme Court.


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April 21, 2014
Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Symposium as part of the inauguration of President Subra Suresh

Featuring opening remarks by President Suresh and a panel discussion moderated by Dietrich College Dean John Lehoczky

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