Heinz College News http://www.heinz.cmu.edu News Stories from H. John Heinz III College The CED’s Practitioner’s Edge Series Wraps Uphttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1726]]><p> The fourth consecutive year of the Center for Economic Development&rsquo;s popular Practitioner&rsquo;s Edge Seminar and Workshop Series wrapped up April 5th 2014.&nbsp; This series gives Heinz students exposure to some of the more practice specific skills in economic and community development; skills complementary to the generalized skills conferred by our core and elective courses.&nbsp; The CED delivered a record six events last year, with participation reaching 52 attendees.</p> <p> <strong>Kickoff Seminar: Economic Disaster Response in Wilmington OH (1.5 hours)</strong></p> <p> When the major employer of one of America&#39;s 100 Best Small Towns closes down and 10,000 good jobs disappear, how should economic development professionals respond? Anyway they can. The presenters spoke about their award winning programmatic responses including a green enterprise zone and a buy local program with a unique business analytic evaluation.&nbsp;&nbsp; For more on Wilmington OH, see this segment from CBS&rsquo;s 60 Minutes news program: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/economic-storm-batters-ohio-town/.</p> <p> Presented by Chris Schock and Taylor Stuckert of the Clinton County (OH) Regional Planning Commission.&nbsp; See <a href="http://co.clinton.oh.us/government/regional-planning-commission/">http://co.clinton.oh.us/government/regional-planning-commission/</a></p> <p> <strong>Seminar in Participatory Planning (1.5 hours)</strong></p> <p> Friday, Feb 21 2014</p> <p> Fostering community participation in development is a key skill for community and economic development practitioners and often a necessary ingredient to the success of initiatives in both small-scale neighborhood development, and larger scale economic and transportation projects.&nbsp; This seminar provided a presentation on the use of engagement strategies, followed by group Q&amp;A discussion.</p> <p> The seminar was led by Don Carter, David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Remaking Cities Institute, bio: http://www.cmu.edu/architecture/people/faculty/don-carter.html.</p> <p> <strong>Workshop in Community Finance (4 hours)</strong></p> <p> Saturday, February 22 2014</p> <p> The workshop provided a brief introduction to concepts and calculations for small business lending followed by hands on exercises. The presenter also discussed challenges and approaches for assisting small businesses in economically depressed communities.</p> <p> Presented by Dwayne Ranking, Community Development Loan Officer, Bridgeway Capital (see <a href="http://www.bridgewaycapital.org/">http://www.bridgewaycapital.org/</a>)</p> <p> <strong>Workshop in Basic Real Estate Finance for Public-Private Development Projects (4 hours)</strong></p> <p> Saturday, March 1 2014</p> <p> This workshop provided a broad review of income producing real estate finance for non-real estate professionals, with a focus on publicly subsidized commercial development projects. The workshop covered the fundamentals of real estate cash flow, real estate valuation, the use of leverage (debt) to finance real estate, and the concept of the time value of money in understanding return on investment. Other topics included basic real estate finance tools to value real estate, determine the amount of debt a real estate project can support, create capitalization structures, and return on investment measures for real estate equity investment.&nbsp; The workshop was led by Tom Link (MSPPM 2003), Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.</p> <p> <strong>Workshop on Housing Policy, Housing Development, and Project Financing (3 hours)</strong></p> <p> Saturday March 22, 2014</p> <p> This workshop included a brief overview of federal, state, and local housing policy in the United States, local conditions on the ground here in Pittsburgh, basic project finance basics, and several hands on case studies.</p> <p> Presented by Jessica Smith Perry (MSPPM &rsquo;01), Assistant Director, Housing Department, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.</p> <p> <strong>Workshop in the Basic Uses of Input Output Models in Economic Impact Studies (6 hours)</strong></p> <p> Saturday, April 5th, 2014</p> <p> The uses (and abuses) of input-output models of regional economies are a mainstay for regional strategy as well as advocacy in the area economic and community development, and a key tool for applied research or consulting in the field.&nbsp; This workshop covered some basic uses of IMPLAN for typical local economic impact studies.&nbsp; Students worked directly with the IMPLAN software, completing exercises and one case study.&nbsp; Led by Greg Lagana (MSPPM 2003), Director of Projects, Center for Economic Development, Carnegie Mellon, Bio: <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/center-for-economic-development/ced-faculty-staff/greg-lagana/index.aspx">http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/center-for-economic-development/ced-faculty-staff/greg-lagana/index.aspx</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1726Mon, 16 Apr 2014 12:32:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=3050photo

]]>
Jonathan Caulkins on Big Tobacco and the Legal Marijuana Markethttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1725]]><p> Jonahan P. Caulkins, a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University&#39;s H. John Heinz III College, wrote a featured article for the Washington Monthly on the dangerous effects of Big Tobacco capturing the marijuana business as more states adopt legalization.</p> <p> <em>The standard debate about marijuana legalization has been &ldquo;Should we, or shouldn&rsquo;t we?&rdquo; For better and for worse, the country appears to be moving toward answering that question in the affirmative. The next logical question is, or ought to be, &ldquo;What sorts of organizations do we want to supply that legal marijuana?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The debate typically skips past that crucial question and presumes that legal cannabis will be produced and sold by for-profit companies&mdash;with the government setting some regulatory limits such as restricting access to minors. Colorado and Washington, the two states where voters have already approved legalization, have gone this commercial route.<br /> <br /> At first glance, it doesn&rsquo;t seem so bad. After all, the companies that have obtained licenses to produce or sell marijuana in Colorado, and the quasi-legal medical marijuana dispensaries that operate in a number of states, seem quaint and countercultural right now&mdash;hippies enjoying a nice middle-class lifestyle clucking over little plots with fifty or a hundred plants. But such mom-and-pop operations aren&rsquo;t likely to last.<br /> <br /> Cannabis is just a plant. If cannabis production ends up looking anything like modern agriculture, these small, independent operations will be shunted aside by bigger, professional farms. And if cannabis distribution looks anything like distribution of other consumer goods, those farms will supply companies that use marketing savvy to develop and exploit brand equity. These more organized enterprises will be driven by profit and shareholders&rsquo; interests, not concern for public health or countercultural values. And as these companies grow, they&rsquo;ll begin to wield considerable political power. (Note that even the current legal cannabis industry, in its infancy, already has trade associations, lobbies, and holds annual conventions.) </em></p> <p> <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/march_april_may_2014/features/nonprofit_motive049293.php?page=all" target="_blank"><strong>Read the rest at Washington Monthly &gt;&gt;</strong></a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1725Mon, 15 Apr 2014 10:39:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4231photo

]]>
Alexa Belajac on Her First Year in the MSPPM Programhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1721]]><p> Alexa Belajac is a first-year student in H. John Heinz III College&rsquo;s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program, a former Coro Fellow, and a recipient of scholarship support from the W. W. Cooper Scholarship.</p> <p> After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a degree in urban studies and a concentration in community development, Alexa worked primarily in the non-profit field. She joined the Coro Center for Civic Leadership Fellowship Program in Public Affairs in 2008&mdash;a highly selective, full-time, post-graduate leadership and training program. This nine-month program introduces the fellows to all aspects of the public affairs arena through placement rotations, leadership training, consulting projects, group facilitations, and interviews with critical decision makers.</p> <p> In her time as a Coro Fellow and as the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Pittsburgh&rsquo;s WYEP 91.3fm radio station, <img alt="belajac_quote" src="image.aspx?id=4225&amp;width=350&amp;height=162" style="float: left; width: 186px; height: 86px; margin: 2px;" />Alexa developed many &ldquo;soft skills,&rdquo; as well as an understanding of program theory and daily programmatic execution. However, her desire to develop the hard skills that would help her execute more rigorous analysis led her to Heinz College&rsquo;s MSPPM program. In her first year at Heinz College, Alexa has found herself challenged by the coursework, the knowledgeable faculty, and her creative and committed classmates.</p> <p> Alexa&rsquo;s scholarship support from the W. W. Cooper Scholarship has not only helped her expand her knowledge and repertoire of hard skills at Heinz, but has also made her whole experience a reality. With three young children at home, the scholarship provided by generous alumni and friends who support the college has allowed her to focus her time on developing the skills needed to further her education and career.</p> <p> By making a gift to Heinz College today, you will be supporting students like Alexa, and provide them the financial freedom to focus on furthering their educations and careers as leaders in the fields of policy, management and information technology. Please visit the <a href="https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1410/giving/form_hdr.aspx?sid=1410&amp;gid=1&amp;pgid=1890&amp;cid=3312&amp;appealcode=A1300">Heinz College giving page</a> to make a contribution today. Your participation makes a difference, and positively impacts the college&rsquo;s long term success.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1721Mon, 11 Apr 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4226photo

]]>
Heinz College Students Take Part in International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercisehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1720]]><p> Last week, students from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College took part in the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE), a two-day experiential learning simulation.<br /> <br /> The ISCNE was designed to challenge students by forcing them to assume new and unfamiliar roles and positions.&nbsp; This unique experience provided students with the opportunity to hone their strategic thinking, decision-making and negotiation skills.&nbsp; Progress and outcomes relied solely on student interactions and decisions-- nothing is scripted.<br /> <br /> &quot;The exercise was interesting and fun way to spend the weekend,&rdquo; said Brook Abitz, a participating student. &ldquo;Participating as a delegate from a disputed country gave me a new perspective of how difficult and frustrating international compromises can be.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Overall, I am glad to have taken part and I learned a lot. &ldquo;<br /> <br /> For over ten years, the U.S. Army War College has partnered with universities and international relations institutions around the country to present the ISCNE.&nbsp; U.S. Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh lead the exercise and students had the opportunity to work alongside retired Foreign Service Officers and Heinz faculty who served as mentors for each team representing various countries.&nbsp; Teams were charged by their government with negotiating an advantageous solution based on their own confidential instructions and their publicly and privately held positions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> An actual resolution of the crisis was not the objective; experiencing the diplomatic process of crisis resolution was the objective.<br /> &ldquo;The U.S. Army War College International Crisis Negotiation Exercises was an intense weekend of international diplomacy and negotiations driven by a plausible real world scenario,&rdquo; said Alexander Perschall, another participating Heinz student.&nbsp; &ldquo;It practiced key skills of strategy development, small team leadership, negotiation skills and time management.<br /> <br /> I recommend this exercise to all students who are interested in the international relations and the art of diplomacy.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="iscne_team2" height="300" src="image.aspx?id=4220&amp;width=400&amp;height=300" width="400" /></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1720Mon, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4219photo

]]>
Heinz College’s CISO Program Continues to Growhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1719]]><p> As technology continues to drive business, the demands on today&rsquo;s cyber leaders increase every day.&nbsp; In order to tackle the important task of training these leaders, Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College initiated the launch of the Chief Information Security Officer Executive (CISO-Executive) Education and Certification Program in February of 2013.<br /> The role of the Chief Information Security Officer has grown in complexity and magnitude. Hacker based activity, cloud based computing, and work-from-anywhere initiatives have only added to the dilemma. New government privacy regulations, social media, and BYOD, have put additional strains on compliance. The CISO role has changed and so should the education and preparation of our cyber-security leaders.</p> <p> Designed for executives and working cyber security professionals, this unique program is built around a curriculum that presents the latest approaches in information security and a practicum to demonstrate competency in the design and implementation of a successful cyber-security project.</p> <p> One CISO alum, Tom Pageler, who became CISO for DocuSign, which helps businesses of all sizes easily and securely sign, send, and manage documents, in 2013, knows all about the current challenges a CISO can face.&nbsp; Pageler is not only an alum, but he has returned to the program as a coach for future CISO students.<img alt="tom_pageler" src="image.aspx?id=4210&amp;width=100&amp;height=125" style="float: left; width: 100px; height: 125px; margin: 5px;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;Our customers trust us with their most important, mission-critical business transactions. As the CISO at DocuSign, I&#39;m focused every day on ensuring a safe, secure environment for our customers, partners, suppliers, and employees to transact business,&rdquo; said Pageler.</p> <p> Pageler looks back fondly as a student in the CISO program, which he calls an &ldquo;amazing experience&rdquo;.</p> <p> &ldquo;The instructors are top rate and bring amazing real world experiences to the classroom. My classmates were all facing the same problems and the corroboration is an invaluable tool,&rdquo; said Pageler.</p> <p> It was the emphasis on mature risk assessment that attracted Pageler to the program in the first place.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Heinz CISO program helped to identify this process, compare it to the industry best practices in risk / information security, and to communicate this to the necessary stakeholders, customers, partners, decision makers, and general public.&rdquo;</p> <p> Now that Pageler has returned as a CISO coach, with his experience as the CISO of DocuSign, he knows he can demonstrate the value of the CISO program&rsquo;s practicum.</p> <p> &ldquo;I am able to show them that the practicum incorporates everything they need to know and learn, and that the group they are working with will remain strong contacts long after the course ends,&rdquo; said Pageler.</p> <p> Pageler also values the contacts he made while in the program.</p> <p> &ldquo;(T)he best part about the program is the network contacts I gained,&rdquo; said Pageler. &ldquo;I call classmates and instructors (or they call me) weekly.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The program has enabling us to continue our corroboration outside of the classroom as an invaluable resource in our day-to-day roles,&rdquo; continued Pageler. &ldquo;I&#39;m leading a new industry standard in my role as the CISO of DocuSign. We&#39;re creating the xDTM (Digital Transaction Management) Standard that will incorporate Trust and Connectivity. The DTM space incorporates all areas (financial, healthcare, telecommunications, pharma, insurance, etc.) and the experience I gained from this class has allowed me to ensure the best security and connectivity standards for all areas.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My peers from the classroom have helped validate the xDTM Standard for their industry and business.&ldquo;<br /> <br /> As the only CISO certification program, Pageler recommends CISO to anyone looking for invaluable security training at the CISO level and for the network that students, instructors and alumni continue to offer well after the programs completion.<br /> <img align="middle" alt="ciso_group" height="333" src="image.aspx?id=4211&amp;width=500&amp;height=333" width="500" /><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="retCmsId=2374" target="">More info on the CISO Program &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1719Mon, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4209photo

]]>
MSPPM Alum Receives Award from SmartCEO Magazinehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1718]]><p> Kevin Fleming, a Master of Science in Public Policy Management (MSPPM &rsquo;05) Alum from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, recently received the Outstanding Executive in Greater New York Award from <a href="http://www.smartceo.com/" target="_blank">SmartCEO</a> Magazine.&nbsp; Fleming currently serves as the Chief of Staff at <a href="http://www.nfte.com/" target="_blank">Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship</a> (NFTE), which aims to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.<br /> <br /> SmartCEO&rsquo;s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO&rsquo;s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC metropolitan areas.<br /> <br /> Fleming was cited for his work over the past decade managing programs that impact people on the East Coast. Along with serving as Chief of Strategy/Staff at the NFTE and as a National Sr. Project Manager- Communications and Electronic Access Solutions at the Federal Reserve Bank, Fleming also worked at Operation HOPE, Inc as 1st SVP of global Field Operations.<img align="right" alt="kevin_fleming" height="199" src="image.aspx?id=4205&amp;width=217&amp;height=274" width="158" /><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the years I have read a plethora of books on how to be a great leader and at the end of the day I believe it comes down to working with a sense of humility, allowing yourself to be awed, hiring the right people that believe in the organizations mission, making real connections with those you lead, enjoying yourself and keeping perspective,&rdquo; said Fleming on being an executive. &ldquo;I encourage people to try and not overreact when things don&rsquo;t go as planned and to use the word &lsquo;crisis&rsquo; sparingly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I learned early on that I can&rsquo;t control everything and ensuring your team is inspired, they understand your expectations of them, and you have collaboratively developed a strong operating plan, you&rsquo;ve won half the battle.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong><a href="retCmsId=134" target="">More info on the MSPPM Program &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1718Mon, 01 Apr 2014 11:12:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4204photo

]]>
Heinz College Team Takes 3rd Place at Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Student Challengehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1716]]><p> This past February, a team <a href="retCmsId=96" target="">Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management&nbsp;(MSISPM)</a>&nbsp;students from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College placed 3<sup>rd</sup>at the <a href="http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/brent-scowcroft-center/cyber-statecraft/cyber-9-12">Atlantic Council&rsquo;s Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge</a> in Washington, DC. The event is an annual policy competition that focuses on what happens the day after a major cyber-attack against U.S. critical infrastructure and draws undergraduate and graduate students from the country&rsquo;s top public affairs programs.</p> <p> Heinz College&rsquo;s team of Mike Cook, Matthew Hutchison, Kate Meeuf, and Blake Rhoades, was challenged to respond to an evolving scenario involving a major cyber-attack and analyze the threat it poses to state, military, and private sector interests.&nbsp; The competition is designed to bridge the gap of understanding between policy makers and the technical specialists who implement them.</p> <p> The team all brought a unique blend of experience to the unique competition.&nbsp; Cook is a CISSP certified IT Security Auditor.&nbsp; Hutchinson is an active duty Army Signal Corps Officer with experience in scout and cavalry units and a deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom. Meeuf, a Navy veteran, worked at Kestrel-Boeing Defense Space &amp; Security and Victory Media where she analyzed product usage to guide digital product development efforts and strengthen the userbase. Rhoades, an active Army Officer with three years of experience at Army Cyber Command, is slated to teach International Relations and Cyber Conflict Policy at the United States Military Academy.</p> <p> Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft member, Catherine Putz explains, &ldquo;This gap in understanding will become more dangerous whenever the nation faces a catastrophic cyber incident. Closing the gap, and better preparing the responses of decision makers to such a disaster is an important goal of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative.&rdquo;</p> <p> Prior to the event, students are provided with a fictional intelligence briefing about an attack that has occurred against U.S. critical infrastructure, and were asked to write a policy memo that proposes four policy response options that would be provided to the president. On day one of the competition, each team conducted a 10-minute policy briefing and defended their proposals to a panel of cyber security experts, before advancing to the next round. On day two, 12 of the original 22 teams advanced to the semi-final round, with only four teams advancing to the final round. At each round, teams were given increasingly limited amounts of time to review new scenario injects and formulate responses in time for the next round of briefings. During the final round, the team was only allowed 15 minutes to review an intelligence briefing and formulate an oral response to brief to an expert panel of judges in front of a large audience.</p> <p> The team would like to thank Sean Beggs and Jackie Speedy for their sponsorship during the competition, as well as Professor Silvia Borzutzky and Josh Hammerstein for advising them during the preparation phase.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="heinz_team_cyber_2014" height="330" src="image.aspx?id=4195&amp;width=650&amp;height=434" width="495" /></p> <p> <a href="retCmsId=96" target="">Learn more about the MSISPM program &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <em>Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Council.</em></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1716Mon, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4194photo

]]>
Denise Rousseau Conferred as Academician by the Academy of Social Scienceshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1717]]><p> Denise M. Rousseau, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University&#39;s H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business, has been conferred as an Academician by the <a href="http://acss.org.uk/" target="_blank">Academy of Social Sciences</a>, located in the United Kingdom.&nbsp; Along with 27 other leading social scientists, Rousseau was noted for her significant impact in the fields of organizational behavior and strategic human resource management.<br /> <br /> The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. Its mission is to promote social sciences in the UK for the public benefit.&nbsp; Composed of over 900 Academicians, the Academy strives be a major contributor to innovation and creative thinking by actively bringing the whole social science community together in ways that allow debates to cross-disciplinary boundaries. Its Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful to be included in the Academy,&rdquo; said Rousseau.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great honor to be named with all of these distinguished social scientists.&rdquo;</p> <p> Rousseau&#39;s research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It informs critical concerns such as worker well-being and career development, organizational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations. Recognized in particular for developing the theory of the psychological contract, her work addresses the powerful reach individual employee&#39;s understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society.</p> <p> Rousseau&#39;s publications include over a dozen books and 180 articles and monographs in management and psychology journals. Her teaching translates organizational research into evidence-based, positive professional practices benefiting firms, workers, and other stakeholders. Courses focus on performance management, strategic human resource practices, and managing change all from an evidence-based perspective, and are designed to build the learner&#39;s professional expertise and translate evidence-based concepts into effective action.</p> <p> Currently serving as an advisor to numerous social enterprises, professional associations, governmental and for-profit organizations, Rousseau looks forward to her future relationship with the Academy of Social Sciences.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to be involved with an organization that advocates for the use of empirical evidence in practical and policy decisions.&rdquo;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1717Mon, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4196photo

]]>
Heinz College’s Event and Pattern Detection Lab Launches Websitehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1715]]><p> The Event and Pattern Detection Laboratory (EPD Lab), a research center affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, launched its website this week at <a href="http://epdlab.heinz.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">epdlab.heinz.cmu.edu</a>.&nbsp; The website will be an invaluable resource for news and information on the EPD Lab and their ongoing projects.</p> <p> The EPD Lab&rsquo;s research, directed by Heinz College faculty member <a href="http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~neill" target="_blank">Daniel Neill</a>, focuses on the development of new statistical and computational methods for scalable and accurate detection of emerging events and other patterns in complex, massive, and high-dimensional datasets. Applications of the EPD Lab&rsquo;s research &nbsp;range from public health and patient care, to law enforcement and urban analytics, to human rights and conflict.</p> <p> The work done by the EPD Lab has advanced the state of the art in large-scale pattern detection in multiple ways.&nbsp; These contributions include the development of new statistical methods that enable more accurate detection of emerging events and patterns, new algorithms that make previously impossible detection tasks computationally feasible and fast, and new machine learning methods that enable systems to model and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant patterns.&nbsp; For example, the Lab&rsquo;s technologies for &ldquo;fast subset scanning&rdquo; enable exact and efficient optimization over subsets of data elements, requiring only milliseconds to solve real-world detection problems that would otherwise have required years of computation time.</p> <p> These novel methods are being applied to create, develop, and deploy systems that directly enhance the public good, for example, by detecting emerging outbreaks of disease, predicting violent crime hot-spots, and using 311 call data to predict and prevent rodent infestations in Chicago.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are particularly excited about our ongoing collaborations with city leaders, public health and law enforcement agencies, and other organizations in the public sector,&rdquo; noted EPD Lab director Daniel Neill.&nbsp; &ldquo;These projects have given us outstanding opportunities not only to push forward the state of the art in pattern detection methodology, but to directly apply our methods to important real-world problems.&rdquo;&nbsp; Other application areas addressed by the Lab&rsquo;s work include conflict prediction, human rights, and international development, as well as security applications such as intrusion detection, customs monitoring, and infrastructure monitoring.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Our primary focus as a lab,&rdquo; stated Neill, &ldquo;is to benefit the public good by developing and deploying novel detection methods, with the goals of improving public health, safety, and security.&nbsp; We are grateful for the funding support provided by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which have provided us with the essential resources to pursue these goals.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong><a href="http://epdlab.heinz.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Learn more about the EPD Lab &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1715Mon, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4193photo

]]>
Heinz College Alumna Appointed to Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commissionhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1714]]><p> Sharon Alexander Keilly, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College&rsquo;s Masters of Public Management Program (MPM &rsquo;86), has been appointed to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett&rsquo;s newly created Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission.&nbsp; Keilly currently serves as vice president of Medicare Business Integration for AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans, a national Medicare Advantage managed care organization and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies.</p> <p> The 25-member commission consists of consumers and their families, providers of long-term care and members of the legislature, as well as representatives from Area Agencies on Aging, the physical disabilities community, medical community and managed care organizations.&nbsp;It will develop recommendations for improving the current long-term care system, including ways to more effectively coordinate the delivery of services and support while ensuring quality health care for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities.<img align="right" alt="sharon_alexander_keilly" height="177" src="image.aspx?id=4188&amp;width=696&amp;height=724" width="171" /></p> <p> &ldquo;It is a great privilege to have this opportunity to help improve long-term care in Pennsylvania, where the population is aging. Additionally, the Commonwealth has the 16th-largest population of non-institutionalized persons with disabilities,&rdquo; said Keilly. &ldquo;Long-term care is, and will continue to be, an important issue for Pennsylvanians. I look forward to joining some of the Commonwealth&rsquo;s leading elder-care experts in this effort to help ensure that Pennsylvania&rsquo;s long-term care system best serves the people it cares for.&rdquo;</p> <p> Keilly looks fondly back on her time at Heinz College, which she describes as &ldquo;one of the best learning laboratories you&rsquo;re going to find.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;It laid such a great foundation for my career in public service,&rdquo; said Keilly. &ldquo;The flexibility it offered, the diversity of classes, and the breadth and depth of the faculty, with their diverse backgrounds and experiences, at Heinz made it the best choice for me.&rdquo;</p> <p> Keilly went on to note that the MPM program at Heinz was &ldquo;designed to take students further&rdquo; after their undergraduate careers.</p> <p> &ldquo;We looked at the practical applications of the things we were learning,&rdquo; continued Keilly.&nbsp; &ldquo;We were challenged with real life problems and encouraged to address them with critical thinking.</p> <p> &ldquo;Leadership skills, problem solving skills, communication and quantitative skills, even a political savviness were all things I developed thanks to Heinz College.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong><a href="retCmsId=167" target="">More info on the MPM Program &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1714Mon, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4187photo

]]>
Dan Pellegrini Looks Back on the IHT Conferencehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1713]]><p> This past February marked the 3rd annual Innovation in Healthcare Technology Conference. Hosted by the Biopharma Club a joint masters&rsquo; organization of healthcare students from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business, the IHT conference brought healthcare experts and professionals, as well as current CMU students, alumni, and faculty together to look at the ways technology is altering the landscape of the healthcare industry.</p> <p> Dan Pellegrini, MD, is currently The Chief of Quality for Kaiser Permanente East Bay, having recently completed a term as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Chief of Quality for the Cardiovascular Service Line in San Francisco. Not only was he one of the healthcare experts who attended the IHT conference, Dan is also a Heinz College alum, having received his Masters in Medical Management degree in 2012.</p> <p> &ldquo;The conference was tremendous,&rdquo; said Pellegrini afterwards. &ldquo;It was my first time at the conference and it was a fun and unique opportunity to discuss issues that don&rsquo;t really have any &lsquo;right&rsquo; answers.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;It was great meeting a group of people who are not only looking to change, but to truly innovate and evolve the world of healthcare.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img alt="daniel_pellegrini" src="image.aspx?id=3776&amp;width=150&amp;height=176" style="float: left; width: 150px; height: 176px; margin: 5px;" />Pellegrini took part in the Digitization of Medicine &amp; Implications for Health Delivery panel at the conference. The panel, consisting of both physicians and industry professionals, looked at the implications that the increasing surge and demand for data has on the healthcare industry.</p> <p> &ldquo;The panel was full of good and surprising questions,&rdquo; said Pellegrini. &ldquo;The topic of wearable devices that stream data arose, for instance. But something as exciting as that poses challenging issues. Where will all of that huge volume of data go? Will even deeply wired organizations like UPMC or Kaiser Permanente be able to handle the glut of information? Will the fatigue on physicians be too much in the face of such a constant stream of data being sent from individual patients?&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The panel was filled with really cool things to think about.&rdquo;</p> <p> Pellegrini also looked back on his time earning his MMM degree at Heinz College.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was the best thing I&rsquo;ve ever done,&rdquo; said Pellegrini. &ldquo;The MMM program delivers a completely unique education of the business of medicine.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;After my time in the program, I developed a network of friends and colleagues that I still keep in touch with to this day,&rdquo; Pellegrini continued.</p> <p> &quot;Physicians really should be the leaders of healthcare. Understanding how business and medicine interact is integral, and Heinz College understands this and helps put physicians in charge of moving things forward.&rdquo;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1713Mon, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4139photo

]]>
CIPI and Heinz College to screen award-winning film "Sweet Dreams" in Washington D.C.http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1712]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/cipi/news-events/2014/140312_CIPI-screening-Sweet-Dreams-in-DC.html" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> The Center for International Policy &amp; Innovation (CIPI) and Heinz College Washington DC are pleased to present a special screening of the film <em>Sweet Dreams</em> in commemoration of Women&#39;s History Month. This award-winning documentary is being presented in Washington, D.C., as part of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s eighth annual International Film Festival, <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/faces/">Faces of Work</a>. It will mark the first time that a film selected for the festival will be screened at a separate Carnegie Mellon campus.</p> <p> The documentary shares the story of a group of history-making, modern day women in Rwanda&rsquo;s first and only female drumming troupe. The women build on their musical collaboration to establish the nation&rsquo;s first ice cream shop &quot;Inzozi Nziza&quot; (Sweet Dreams). &quot;Sweet Dreams&quot; tells the story of this remarkable group of women who dare to dream of new possibilities for themselves and their country.</p> <p> Following the film&#39;s screening, members of the audience will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion of the film with co-producer and co-director, Academy Award&reg;-winner Lisa Fruchtman, who will join the event via videoconference. A reception follows the event. <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/cipi/images/2014/140325_Sweet-Dreams-DC-Screening-Flier.pdf" title="CIPI Sweet Dreams Documentary Screening | March 25, 2014">View the event flier</a></p> <p> We hope you will join us! Admission is complimentary for this limited engagement screening, but RSVP is required by Thursday, March 20. RSVP here: <a href="http://bit.ly/1i4diTF" target="_blank" title="RSVP to the Washington DC screening of ">http://bit.ly/1i4diTF</a></p> <p> CIPI is pleased not only to screen the film for members of the Carnegie Mellon community in Washington--the center is also one of the sponsors for the April 5 closing night screening of Sweet Dreams in Pittsburgh. <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/cipi/news-events/2014/140220_CIPI-sponsor-of-the-2014-Carnegie-Mellon-University-International-Film-Festival.html" title="CIPI to Sponsor Screening of Critically-Acclaimed Documentary “Sweet Dreams” in the 2014 CMU International Film Festival">Read more about the Pittsburgh screening</a>.</p> <p> For more information about the film festival screenings, please visit the 2014 International Film Festival website: <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/faces/films/sweetdreams.html" title="CMU International Film Festival 'Faces of Work'">http://www.cmu.edu/faces/films/sweetdreams.html</a>.</p> <h2 align="center"> CIPI and Heinz College Washington DC present:<br /> <em>Sweet Dreams</em>, a Documentary Screening</h2> <h2 align="center"> Tuesday, March 25th, 6:00 - 8:30PM</h2> <h2 align="center"> Heinz College, Washington D.C.<br /> 444 N Capitol Street NW, Suite 333<br /> Washington, D.C. 20001</h2> <h2 align="center"> RSVP required by Thursday, March 20: <a href="http://bit.ly/1i4diTF" title="RSVP for this event">http://bit.ly/1i4diTF</a></h2> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1712Mon, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4185photo

]]>
Heinz College Enters Partnership with Education Pioneershttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1711]]><p> Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College has just entered into an exciting partnership with Education Pioneers.&nbsp; The partnership allows scholarship opportunities for Education Pioneers&#39; Analyst Fellows and alumni of the Analyst Fellowship enrolling as full-time students in a Heinz College master&rsquo;s program.</p> <p> Founded in 2003 in response to the acute shortage of leadership and management talent in the education sector, Education Pioneers attracts, prepares, and connects top leaders and managers to accelerate excellence in education. Education Pioneers&#39; strengths include a strong leadership team, an innovative culture, a powerful recruitment model, and a track record of success in scaling with quality.</p> <p> Education Pioneers&rsquo; Analyst Fellowship places talented data-savvy professionals in mission-critical roles in school districts, charter management organizations, nonprofits, and other leading education organizations.&nbsp; The focus on the use of data in problem solving makes any Analyst Fellow a perfect match with Heinz College.</p> <p> To apply, prospective students must take the GRE (or GMAT), complete an application form, and submit transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. Students can apply on-line for free. Students are granted admission on the basis of academic achievement, performance on the GRE, experience in the proposed field of study, leadership experience, fit of their goals with the program, and recommendations that indicate they are capable of excelling in a rigorous master&#39;s program.</p> <p> <strong><a href="retCmsId=3268" target="">Learn more about the Education Pioneer&rsquo;s Partnership &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1711Mon, 04 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4176photo

]]>
Innovations at the IHT Conferencehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1710]]><p> <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2014/winter/disruptive-innovations.shtml" target="_blank"><em>This story originally appeared on CMU.edu.</em></a></p> <h2> Disruptive Innovations</h2> <p> Innovation in health care technology could mean microbial vigilantes, mannequins that scream when injected with too much epinephrine or a future where 80 percent of doctors are virtual.<br /> <br /> All of these topics were discussed at Carnegie Mellon University&#39;s third annual <a href="http://ihtconference.com/" target="_blank">Innovation in Health Care Technology Conference</a>.<br /> <br /> Hosted by the BioPharma and Healthcare Club of the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu" target="_blank">Heinz College</a> and <a href="http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Tepper School of Business</a> in February, participants explored &quot;innovative disruption&quot; in the field.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#39;s all about thinking differently. Instead of trying to make something better, maybe it should be totally different,&quot; said conference co-chair Ruth Shaw (HNZ&#39;14), a student in the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/healthcare-policy-management-hcpm/index.aspx" target="_blank">Health Care Policy and Management program</a>.<br /> <br /> Disruption was explored by the more than 250 attendees through panel discussions, from the digitization of medicine to analyzing the future of the pharmaceutical industry. Alan J. Russell, Ph.D., head of CMU&#39;s <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/july/july18_lynnbrusco.html" target="_blank">Disruptive Health Care Innovation Institute</a>, and William Bria, chief medical information officer of the HCI Group, delivered the keynotes.<br /> <br /> Despite not having a medical school, CMU is a leader in health care. Faculty members as well as alumni shared their stories.<br /> <br /> Steve Bollinger is an adjunct faculty member at Heinz&#39;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/biotechnology-management-msbtm/index.aspx" target="_blank">Biotechnology and Management Program</a> and CEO and president of Rinovum Women&#39;s Health Inc., a company that helps couples struggling with infertility. He was joined by Curtis Stratman (TPR&#39;08), a senior product manager at Omnyx, which has digitized slide imaging for pathologists diagnosing cancer, and Steve Fleck (TPR&#39;04), CEO and president of Proximedics, which he describes as the &quot;agile tech-savvy partner to large pharma organizations.&quot; The final member of the panel was Christine Robins, CEO of BodyMedia (which has since been acquired by Jawbone). Bodymedia was founded by two CMU graduates, Astro Teller (CS&#39;98) and John &quot;Ivo&quot; Stivoric (A&#39;93, &#39;98).<br /> <br /> Among the health care professionals and information technology experts were students interested in health care, such as Kyle Buescher (HNZ&#39;14). Buescher was drawn to the panel on the digitization of medicine, which featured Dan Pellegrini (HNZ&#39;12) and Stivoric, where panelists and audience members discussed the benefits and problems of virtual care delivery.<br /> <br /> &quot;I like hearing a different perspective, especially the physicians&#39; perspective, because I&#39;m going to work for Epic [Systems Corp.] after graduation, and I&#39;ll be on the other side of it,&quot; Buescher said.<br /> <br /> Student research also touches on a number of health care fronts. Emily Sale (HNZ&#39;14) and Thomas Romanoff (HNZ&#39;14), both <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/index.aspx" target="_blank">Public Policy and Management</a> students, presented research on how nursing homes for rural communities could be revamped to provide a floor plan that is conducive to community, as well as a design for high-tech watches for residents to communicate needs to the staff. Others discussed CMU research about phage therapy helping bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics.<br /> <br /> Shaw was pleased with the diversity of perspectives represented at the conference.<br /> <br /> &quot;There&#39;s a lot of strong opinions in health care,&quot; Shaw said. &quot;When people open their eyes, that&#39;s when disruption and innovation happens. Hopefully [the conference] fosters new collaborations, and it leads to better health care in the future for everybody.&quot;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1710Mon, 26 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4139photo

]]>