11/23/09

Google Wave


Technology is changing so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up. But that doesn’t stop our students, professors and alumni from being at the forefront of the latest online trends and creations.

Heard of the new Google Wave?

Alum Seth Covitz (CS’96) is a developer at Google working on this new online tool that combines live conversation with documentation. It's one of the most talked about tech developments in years — with some speculating Wave will eventually replace email.

Wave users can add richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps and more to their conversations. It's as simple as copying-and-pasting a link or dragging-and-dropping a file. It's also possible to edit any part of a wave at any time, bring new participants into an existing wave, and playback the wave to see what's already been said.

And that’s not all. Users can also add extensions into their conversation, such as Complety Robot who runs a Google search API and replaces every "???" in your text with a suggested word.

Right now people can sign up for a Google Wave invitation or get one from a friend who was among the first to wave. Covitz promises more invites will be coming soon.

11/18/09

The Pausch Bridge Dedication



As part of the 2009 homecoming festivities, the Carnegie Mellon community celebrated the dedication of the Randy Pausch Bridge. Featuring comments from President Cohon and Randy’s family, the ceremony was a moving tribute to the life and legacy of the late Carnegie Mellon professor.

Randy’s work was about bridging the gap between technology and the arts, so it’s only fitting that the bridge would literally join together a fine arts building and the new Gates & Hillman Centers of Computer Science.

The bridge features more than 7,000 programmable (and environmentally friendly) LED lights. The lighting sequences are designed to represent six different visual metaphors from Randy’s book, including:
• Fun with Crayons
• Outer Space
• Make the Most of Each Day
• Be the First Penguin
• The Elevator in Randy’s Room
• Disney and the Circus

The show runs for about 15 minutes and repeats on a loop during the evening. Check out Carnegie Mellon on Flickr to see photos from the event or visit the university’s YouTube channel to watch the video.

Credits: Mack Scogin, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; C & C Lighting LLC: Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popovich; Color Kinetics, now part of Philips

11/13/09

Leading Innovation: New York and Beyond



More than 400 alumni and friends gathered on November 5 for an inside look at how the Carnegie Mellon community is making an impact on key areas of importance to New York and the world, including energy, information systems, arts and entertainment, and the financial/investment industry.

The event featured a panel discussion about drivers of the new economy, and how New York and Carnegie Mellon are poised to lead the way in energy, information systems, arts and entertainment, and the financial/investment industry.

Check out Carnegie Mellon on Flickr to see photos from the New York Inspire Innovation campaign event and more.

11/6/09

Aspiring Design


Every day many students are pursuing a one-of-a-kind education at Carnegie Mellon thanks to the help of generous scholarships.

Take Nicholas Abele (A’12).

After one visit to the Pittsburgh campus, Abele was so impressed with the School of Design’s facilities and community atmosphere, he bumped Carnegie Mellon up to the top of his college list.

Abele knew attending Carnegie Mellon wouldn’t be possible without some financial help. And in these tough economic times, he wasn’t alone. For Abele, being awarded a Shapira scholarship to attend Carnegie Mellon made the difference. Now he is enthusiastically pursuing a degree in communication design.

Keenly aware of his good fortune, Abele would like to pay it forward in any way possible. He’s grateful the Shapiras took a chance on him and hopes to someday sponsor a scholarship for another deserving student.