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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

July 2017
Group Travels To Witness Poland's Jewish Past and Present
The soft smile on the face of a Holocaust survivor at a heritage festival was one of this summer's memorable moments for Laurnie Wilson (DC'16). She imagined he had moments in his life when he thought smiling would never again be possible.

Wilson and CMU Professors Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, Paul Eiss, Michal Friedman, John Weigel and Roni Rosenfeld spent eight days traveling through Poland.
Computer Vision Takes Off
Computer vision has exploded over the past five years, and it is now able to identify objects with uncanny accuracy, leading to advances in everything from surveillance cameras to self-driving vehicles.
Michael J. Tarr, head of CMU's Psychology Department, and the School of Computer Science's Deva Ramanan and Katerina Fragkiadaki explain why this is happening now.
Second Verse: Jones Plays On After Teaching
French Teaching Professor Christopher Jones retired June 30 to spend more time at home pursuing his other profession. He will continue writing, playing, producing and marketing his own music in his soundproof, fully equipped recording studio in his backyard.
For Jones, who plays electric and acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards and "some drums," music brings together two of his passions.
Economists Discuss How Desire to Shape Beliefs Influences Behavior
Believe it-or not-the extent of how much our personal beliefs and morals influence decisions is spurring academic inquiry.

Two recent events, organized by George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and Silvia Saccardo, brought top minds to CMU to discuss moral influence, self-image and sense-making and their implications for economics and much more. 
Sounds of Success
Alumnus Steve Martocci is splicing together quite a career.

In 2010, he co-founded GroupMe and sold it to Skype a year later for a reported $85 million.

His latest endeavor is a cloud-based music creation platform with a library of more than two million sound samples, which can be used by anyone. 
More Dietrich College News 
Roeder and Wasserman Receive UPMC Professorships To Help Shape the Future of Healthcare

Alex John London Receives Clara L. West Professorship in Ethics and Philosophy

Four Nonprofits Receive Bequest from Steinberg Estate

Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness "Mind Reading" Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Highway Safety: National Academies Committee Recommends Implementation Improvements

Aging Power Plants Provide Trump Administration With Environmental Risks and Economic Opportunities

Children of Separated Parents Not on Speaking Terms Are More Likely to Develop Colds as Adults

Interactive Film 'Mind Field' Aims To Raise Awareness of Subtle Racism

Making Education Technology Work for Everyone

English Alumna's Double Life is One for the Books

RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE Semifinals 
Class Notes
Find out what's new with James Longhurst (DC'04), Brittany McCandless (DC'08), Sam Ventura (DC'10, '11, '15) and others in  Class Notes
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