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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

February 2015

It looks like Google Chief Economist Hal Varian's 2009 prediction that "the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians" was right on the money.


According to numbers released by the American Statistical Association (ASA), statistics is the most rapidly increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discipline for undergraduate students, even outpacing computer and information technology-related fields.


And, CMU's Department of Statistics - a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education - is among the fastest-growing statistics departments.


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Related: Statistics Majors Launch Party, Wed., March 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Professor Brings Duane Michals' Photography To Life In Major Exhibition

Six years ago, Linda Benedict-Jones, adjunct professor of history, began working on her final exhibition as curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). 

"Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals" was a definitive retrospective of the groundbreaking photographer.

Benedict-Jones incorporated the exhibition into her class, "Photographers and Photography since World War II," because it offered an unusually rich case study for a sustained look at the half-century-long career of this internationally celebrated North American artist, coincidentally with Pittsburgh roots.

Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens  

What if the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet could touch you back? What if touch was as integrated into our ubiquitous technology as sight and sound?


In a study of people drawing their fingers over a flat surface that has two "virtual bumps," the research team, including Psychology Professor Roberta Klatzky, is the first to find that, under certain circumstances, the subjects feel only one bump when there really are two. Better yet, the researchers can explain why the brain comes to this conclusion.

U.S. & Cuba

Change doesn't happen overnight, especially if you're talking about two neighbors who haven't spoken to each other in more than 50 years.


But Cuban-born Kenya Dworkin, a professor of Hispanic Studies, is optimistic about the possibilities between Cuba and the U.S., now that President Barack Obama has begun to re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.



"I tell my students that you have to know a little bit of history to fully understand the momentous nature of these announcements," said Dworkin. 


Donna Harsch To Head History Department

CMU has selected Donna Harsch to head its Department of History, effective July 1. 


Harsch, professor of history, succeeds Caroline Acker, who has led the department since 2011 and is retiring from CMU.


The History Department has a strong foundation in research that is relevant to the real world, a hallmark of the humanities at Carnegie Mellon.


The faculty's broad-ranging work uses traditional and innovative methods to explore topics from human rights and social injustice to urban, labor and gender histories, and vigorous research practices are incorporated into the curriculum beginning at the undergraduate level. 

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Maja Orsic (DC'10), Laura Berry (DC'16) and others in

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