Heinz Alumnus at the Center of the Global Fight to End Polio
Release Date: Jan 04, 2017
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Dr. E. G. P. Haran (Ph.D. '77) is a health consultant with over 35 years of experience in public health. He has worked for such organizations as Rotary International, USAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO), supporting efforts concerning reproductive and child health, family planning, nutrition, and capacity building of NGOs. But nowhere has Haran had a greater impact than in his work toward polio eradication, particularly in India, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippi...
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How to Save a Million Pounds of Food…and Counting
Release Date: Jan 04, 2017
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“Throughout the world, 40 percent of our food gets wasted, while one in seven goes hungry.” The first full-time program of its kind in Pittsburgh, 412 Food Rescue works with over 175 food providers such as retailers, wholesalers, caterers, and even university dining services to recover food that is healthy and edible but that can no longer be sold. Once the food is collected, it is directly distributed to nonprofit and community organizations throughout Allegheny County in order to best serve...
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PwC Invests $11M in New Innovation Center at Heinz College
Release Date: Jan 04, 2017
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PwC US and Carnegie Mellon University announced the establishment of the new Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, which will advance how businesses use technology to solve organization-wide issues and address compliance requirements. The center will reside in the H. John Heinz IIII College of Information Systems and Public Policy....
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Prof. Acquisti Named PwC-CMU Center's First Director
Release Date: Jan 04, 2017
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Alessandro Acquisti has been named the inaugural director of the Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, which was established by PwC and Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Acquisti is the world’s leading scholar in the economics of privacy; his research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, including privacy in online social networks....
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Heinz Alumnus and IBM Revolutionizing Africa’s Economy With Mobile Data
Release Date: Dec 13, 2016
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A Heinz Alumnus and IBM use novel techniques to provide access to financial products like never before, creating a more inclusive economy. Whether it’s a line of credit, or a personal bank account, citizens in poorer countries often have limited access to capital and financial products that may improve their lives—or even unlock their potential. A Heinz College alumnus and IBM are working on solving that problem in an ingenious way. Skyler Speakman (PhD ’14) is a research scientist for IBM Res...
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Bankrupting Terrorism: Heinz Alum Hits Extremists Where It Hurts
Release Date: Dec 13, 2016
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The U.S. Department of State has prevented more than 300 terrorist attacks by tracing and recovering illegal money meant to fund terrorist activities. But even with that rate of success, the World Bank estimates that approximately $3.61 trillion is laundered annually across the globe, making laundering a colossal challenge for counterterrorism experts. One of the keys to fighting terrorist attacks is further preventing the illegal laundering of money, usually disguised as legitimate business tr...
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Can We Automate Fairness? Prof. Alexandra Chouldechova on Machine Learning and Discrimination
Release Date: Dec 13, 2016
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Machines are making more and more decisions for us every day - some of great importance. A Heinz College faculty member is laying the methodological groundwork for fairer, more transparent predictive assessment tools. Recent reporting has revealed that data-driven predictive models amplify existing prejudices, and such algorithms can inject greater unfairness into a system that is already slanted against certain groups. Heinz College assistant professor Alexandra Chouldechova is working to sol...
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CMU Awarded $14 Million From U.S. DOT For Mobility Research Center
Release Date: Dec 13, 2016
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CMU Awarded $14 Million From U.S. DOT For Mobility Research Center...
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A Year of Awards and Accomplishments
Release Date: Dec 13, 2016
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2016 was a banner year for the faculty, students, and alumni of Heinz College. Several members of the Heinz College community were recognized for their efforts to utilize data to make a positive impact and develop solutions to some of society's greatest challenges....
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It’s Kind of a Big Deal!
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
David Ruppersberger is President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance http://www.alleghenyconference.org/PittsburghRegionalAlliance/), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference for Community Development, and a long time Executive Fellow of the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon. David came out to talk to Heinz students about the PRA's mission to market our region and the challenge of attracting significant employers to it.  He will also talk about the mega-deal that brought the Ro...
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Doctors, Decisions, and Data: Analytics for Better Health Care
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
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A Heinz faculty member and alumna recently teamed up to improve decision-making and care delivery for patients with chronic conditions. Rema Padman and Yiye Zhang’s published their study in the American Journal of Managed Care. Their collaboration—which began while Zhang was a Ph.D. student of Padman’s—sought to utilize statistics and machine learning algorithms to better predict future clinical pathways and best practice treatments, as well as embed cost information in clinical pathways....
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Are Fitness Trackers Effective? A Heinz Expert Gives His Opinion
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
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Professor Vibhanshu Abhishek discusses consumer adoption of fitness trackers in a column for The Hill. "As improvements in measurements have led to scientific breakthroughs across fields, fitness trackers have the potential to create a significant impact on understanding and affecting people’s health related behavior. However, the scientific research on the effectiveness of fitness trackers remains divided."...
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Competition and Choice Improve Care and Save Lives, Study Says
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
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Professor Martin Gaynor co-authors a study on hospital competition and patient choice and the effects on health care outcomes. "This research shows that once restrictions on patients’ choice in England’s National Health Service were lifted, those requiring heart bypass surgery became more responsive to the quality of care available at different hospitals. This gave hospitals a greater incentive to improve quality and resulted in lower mortality rates. In short–the introduction of choice and comp...
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The Not-So-Affordable Care Act: Heinz Professor Explains Rising Premiums
Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
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Professor Martin Gaynor discusses the possible factors contributing this year's increases in premiums on the ACA exchanges, as well as the future of President Obama's signature legislation following the election victory of Republican Donald Trump....
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Heinz Students Voice Opinions on Election Issues
Release Date: Oct 17, 2016
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Three current Heinz College students share their views on contentious election themes including gerrymandering, deportation, and GMOs....
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Police, Violence, and Data: The BlackLivesMatter Movement
Release Date: Oct 16, 2016
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In the wake of recent incidences of lethal violence involving law enforcement officials in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we sat down with Dan Nagin to talk to him about what factors led to these events, why there is apparent mistrust between citizens and law enforcement officials, and what policy, research, and training measures can be taken to help prevent these situations in the future....
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She is The Night!
Release Date: Oct 16, 2016
Yes! Bwah-hah-hah-hah!  Well actually, no she’s not a vampire, but to celebrate Halloween we had a visit from the Nighttime Economy Coordinator of the City of Pittsburgh.  Wait what - that’s a thing?  Yes, it is.  The mission of the NTC is to retain and grow the economic value of the social and nighttime economy while effectively preventing and addressing nuisance activities, managing public safety risks, and alleviating quality of life impacts. Some of the NTC’s goals and responsibilities incl...
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President Obama Visits Campus
Release Date: Oct 15, 2016
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"Pittsburgh has been revitalizing itself through technology for a very long time." President Barack Obama made his fifth visit to Carnegie Mellon University today, this time for The White House Frontiers Conference, a large gathering of national thought-leaders co-hosted by CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, to discuss building America's capacity in science, technology and innovation. ...
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Prof. Gaynor Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Release Date: Oct 15, 2016
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Martin Gaynor, E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Heinz College, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. National Academy membership is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to scientists, social scientists, engineers, and medical and health professionals, and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their fields....
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Prof. Brian Kovak on Trade, Immigration, and the 2016 Election
Release Date: Oct 14, 2016
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Brian Kovak is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at Heinz College. He is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research as well as the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Kovak was the 2014 winner of the IZA Young Labor Economist Award, and is an expert in immigration policy, international trade, and labor markets....
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