Our Top 10 Memories of Last Week

10. Watching BOSS and spin-off Plextronics on CBS Evening News segment answering the question “G-20: Why Pittsburgh?” with “Carnegie Mellon” (Watch video)

9. Bill Gates dropping in for a visit to dedicate the new Gates & Hillman Centers (
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8. Australian Prime Minister Rudd also dropping in for a visit just before President Obama kicked off the G-20 Summit (
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7. President Cohon’s commentary on CNN.com offering a lesson to world leaders about transformation (
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6. The Carnegie Mellon and Atlantic Council conference welcoming U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Daniel Rooney and top minds to talk about the future of the G-20 and reading the report that was released in conjunction (
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5. President Cohon joining Newsweek's Howard Fineman, University of Pittsburgh's Mark Nordenberg and UPMC's Jeffrey Romoff to discuss the role universities and medicine have played in transforming Pittsburgh (
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4. Reading Fineman’s piece on Professor Priya Narasimhan and her wireless football and Yinz Cam projects – the personification of Pittsburgh’s innovative nature (
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3. Non-stop listening of the iTunes U podcasts featuring CMU’s many experts on a range of issues explored at the G-20 Summit (
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2. Professor Gregory Lehane directing a concert for First Lady Obama and G-20 spouses at Pittsburgh’s CAPA school – featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Sara Bareilles and Trisha Yearwood, as well as some very excited CAPA students (
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1. Throughout it all – continuing to work alongside the incredible students, alumni, faculty and staff advancing everything from the arts to science to technology, shaping a better future for the world

For more details on the week of Sept. 21-25 at Carnegie Mellon, visit www.cmu.edu.


Only at Carnegie Mellon: Sept. 21-25

The story of Pittsburgh's transformation from an industrial town to an international center of knowledge is mirrored in Carnegie Mellon University's own story — from our founding as a school for Pittsburgh's workers to our position today as a top-tier, global university pioneering innovations in both the arts and technology.

The week of Sept. 21-25 exemplifies the role Carnegie Mellon is playing in shaping the future — spanning the disciplines.

The week begins with the dedication of a new home for one of the world's best schools of computer science: the Gates and Hillman Centers. The university will be welcoming back to campus Bill Gates — co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft Corp. — as he presents the ceremony's keynote address on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney will kick-off a day-long conference organized by Carnegie Mellon and the Atlantic Council — where top minds from policy, business and academic sectors will be exploring the economic and social forces at work in the post-economic crisis world.

A one-of-a-kind experience, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will present a special keynote address to the Carnegie Mellon community on Thursday, followed by an interactive panel of policy experts. The events builds on Carnegie Mellon's identity as a global university — our Heinz College program in Australia is one of a dozen degree programs offered outside the United States.

The week will conclude with Carnegie Mellon Professor Gregory Lehane directing First Lady Michelle Obama's concert for the spouses of G-20 leaders — a responsibility undertaken at the special request of the White House. The honor brings Lehane together with Yo-Yo Ma, students at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and other internationally celebrated musicians.

Whether it's opening the door to the next-generation of technologies, joining world leaders in examining the future of the world economy or shaping an exceptional musical experience, Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, alumni and friends are the ones paving the way.

Green Chemistry

Inevitably, hazardous chemicals make their way into our air and water supply. And the health effects on humans are troublesome.

So what can we do about it?

Carnegie Mellon Professor Terry Collins – a pioneer in the field of green chemistry – has a solution. Collins invented TAML® catalysts that combine with hydrogen peroxide to destroy many of the hazardous chemicals that would otherwise contaminate water supplies for years.

These catalysts can decontaminate water infected by specific drugs, pesticides and other pollutants. They can also be used to clean industrial wastewaters, remove sulfur from fuels, or destroy dangerous pollutants like chemical warfare agents.

Not only do these TAML® (that’s short for tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand) catalysts combat chemicals in our water supply, they also have great potential to provide cleaner, safer industrial practices.

Collins, who is now the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Green Science, developed the first university course for green chemistry in 1992. Since then he’s become internationally recognized for his work in creating these environmentally friendly and less toxic chemicals.

Visit Carnegie Mellon’s Brag Book to share Collins’ innovations in green chemistry with your friends.


Little Brags, Big Ideas

At Carnegie Mellon, we don’t just imagine the future, we create it.

From environmental sustainability to autonomous vehicles and interactive art, Carnegie Mellon is shaping the world – one innovation at a time.

Check out a sampling of these big ideas at www.cmu.edu/brag. You can even submit your own by using #cmubrag in your Twitter updates.

Like what you see?

Share these sparks of genius with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email, follow more innovations on our homepage, or learn more about our areas of excellence.


Save the Date: Carnegie Mellon in NYC

Carnegie Mellon is making an impact on key areas important to New York and the world, such as the arts, finance, green technologies and computing.

What to find out how?

Join us in New York City for a reception followed by panel discussion on the drivers of the new economy and how New York and Carnegie Mellon are poised to lead the way.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Espace – 635 West 42nd Street (between 11th-12th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Who: All alumni are invited

Not able to attend? The next campaign event will be held in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area on April 27, 2010.