Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Hollen Barmer turned her love of fish fries into a map to chart the many Pittsburgh-area places to find Friday fish for Lent.
Leave it to a non-Pittsburgh native to find a way to let all yinz where to find fish n'at for Lent. Hollen Barmer, a writer/editor for Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, has found all the fish fries Pittsburgh has to offer—and a way to add those she might have missed. "I decided to make the first map in 2012 because I'd been enjoying going to fish fries for a few years and wanted to see all the options based on location," explained Barmer, who moved here from Memphis, TN 13 years ago to attend graduate school at CMU. "Even though I've lived in Pittsburgh for almost 13 years, I don't know all the neighborhoods. On top of that, I am terrible with directions. I thought other people might be able to use the map too, …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, David Shumway will also host a special book signing.
As part of Independent Film Week (Sept. 16-20), David Shumway, professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss the works of legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles at Peters Township Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. By showing film clips and reading excerpts from his recently published book, John Sayles, Shumway will provide an overview of the director's career, followed by a question and discussion period. "Like Classic Era directors such as Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, John Sayles is a great storyteller," said Shumway, a professor of English within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and director of the Humanities Center. "But unlike their films, he also …
Friday, July 6, 2012
President Barack Obama greets hundreds of supporters at Carnegie Mellon, a stop on his Rustbelt campaign tour.
President Barack Obama urged a crowd at Carnegie Mellon University today to stay the course, despite newly released June jobs numbers showing sluggish employment growth across the nation. "We knew we wouldn't be able to do it overnight, because these problems weren't created overnight," Obama told hundreds of supporters gathered near the university's College of Fine Arts during the sweltering July afternoon. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that employers created 80,000 new jobs during June, leveling the nation's unemployment rate at 8.2 percent. The report has dampened hopes that the economy was on the rebound after showing strong employment growth earlier this year. Obama didn't directly reference the latest employment …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Would you spend nearly $50,000 a year on college tuition?
Pop quiz: Name Pennsylvania's most expensive college. New data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals the answer. Bucknell University in Lewisburg captures the state's top spot with a gold-plated tuition price tag of $42,342 per year, the seventh highest in the country. Room and board and other fees will set you back another $10,000, at least, and expect to pay more in the future: The school set yearly tuition for the Class of 2016 at $44,900. Not far behind is Carnegie Mellon University with a tuition of $42,136; it's 10th in the U.S. on the list of high-priced private schools. The most expensive four-year private school in the study is Connecticut College, asking $43,990 per year for tuition. The data breaks out public vs. …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Sophomore Liam O'Toole gave Peters Township Public Library patrons a preview on Thursday.
Peters Township High School sophomore Liam O'Toole has a passion for playing the bagpipes—it’s in his blood, you could say. He said he plays for profession and hobby, and hopes to earn a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University. On Thursday, he performed a handful of tunes for Peters Township Public Library patrons—a sound heard louder than typical at a library, and beautiful at that. Studiers on the second floor peered over the balcony to listen, and a group filled the tables to the left of the lobby. Between songs, O'Toole explained his attire—noting his multi-color kilt of the O'Toole clan, and his leather and fur Sporran, a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on a pocketless kilt. O'Toole said he's been playing for …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Former 30-year Carnegie Magazine editor gives us a preview of his new book and what he'll discuss at Peters Township Public Library on Tuesday, March 27.
What do you know regarding the history of Andrew Carnegie and his museums and libraries? Local author Robert J. Gangewere will discuss his new book, "Palace of Culture: Andrew Carnegie’s Museums and Library in Pittsburgh," at Peters Township Public Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. "I think it's an important story for western Pennsylvanians to understand," Gangewere said. "And, there hasn't been an easy way of explaining it." As the former 30-year editor of Carnegie Magazine, Gangewere retired in 2004 and spent five years working on his book. He said he wrote about the subject constantly and wasn't surprised it had never been written about—it's information overload. Believing that education and culture were not just for the wealthy…
Monday, December 5, 2011
CMU released the smartphone application to iPhone in July.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Four months after Carnegie Mellon University released a fancy new iPhone app to help riders locate their Port Authority buses, the school in Oakland has built a similar app for Android smartphone users. The Android version of Tiramisu is now available for download online by going to www.tiramisutransit.com. “Tiramisu now can be used with the vast majority of smartphones on the market,” said Aaron Steinfeld, a senior systems scientist in the university’s Robotics Institute. “That’s critical for a crowdsourcing app such as Tiramisu because users are its most important source of information. It becomes more helpful as more people use it.” The iPhone version already has proven to be wildly popular with Port Authority riders as more than 10,000…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University introduces Tiramisu, a real-time bus tracker app, in conjunction with the Port Authority.
Pittsburgh transit riders standing at a bus stop want to know the answer to only one pressing question, “Where’s my bus?” Thanks to a new iPhone application, Tiramisu, developed at Carnegie Mellon University, riders will no longer need to fret. Tiramisu, an Italian word meaning, “pick me up,” is a user-friendly application that uses a rider's iPhone to signal the location and occupancy level of the Port Authority of Allegheny County buses in real time, tracking arrival and departure times for each bus. The new app was developed by researchers in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), supported in part by CMU’s Traffic21 initiative. The free application is already available for …
Monday, July 25, 2011
In July, Carnegie Mellon University's Hear Me Project posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University has spearheaded a project giving youngsters a voice by finding innovative ways to promote kids’ opinions on issues that matter to them. In the past year, the project has gathered stories from more than 3,000 kids in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hear Me amplifies kids' voices using media and technology to create a world where kids are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to inspire social change, according to a release. The stories focus on community, education, health and wellness and environmental issues. In July, Hear Me posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories. 16-year-old Crystal has her words “I still get called names…” displayed on …