Heinz College News http://www.heinz.cmu.edu News Stories from H. John Heinz III College Heinz College & Pittsburgh Steel the Spotlighthttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3866Image associated with news releasePittsburgh’s arts and entertainment sector punches above its weight, making a major economic impact in the process.

]]><p> In the 1940s, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s steel mills created billows of smoke so thick that the city&rsquo;s downtown streetlamps shone bright throughout the day.</p> <p> Today, darkness only descends upon Pittsburgh at night, which is the busiest time for performers and patrons in the city&rsquo;s bustling cultural district. And the brightest lights downtown belong to the marquee of the <a href="https://www.trustarts.org/pct_home/visit/facilities/benedum" target="_blank">Benedum Center</a> &ndash; a 2,800-seat theater that has hosted cultural luminaries ranging from Bowie to Baryshnikov.</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> 1,054</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"> The total number of arts and cultural organizations in Pittsburgh in 2015</p> </div> <p> The arts and entertainment sector plays a huge role in driving Pittsburgh&rsquo;s current economic vitality, accounting for nearly $1.2 billion in annual total economic impact on Allegheny County. For a city built upon the steel industry and transformed by internationally renowned academic institutions and health care facilities, it is the arts and entertainment industry that often flies under the radar as a pillar of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economy, as well as one of its biggest strengths. Through both the nonprofit and private sectors, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s arts industry creates thousands of jobs each year, attracts creative professionals to the region, and vastly improves the quality of life for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens, helping the city to consistently rank at or near the top of lists of &ldquo;<a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/07/31/pittsburgh-named-one-of-the-most-livable-cities-in-the-world/" target="_blank">America&rsquo;s Most Livable Cities</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe height="300" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1pbPDvRvwwSZqPsyiWTtsjAQ8uYw" width="400"></iframe></p> <p> And as the local arts and entertainment industry helps to drive Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic growth, <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University</a> drives the growth of the local arts and entertainment industry in-turn. At Heinz College, <a href="retCmsId=188" target="">Master of Arts Management (MAM)</a>, a joint degree program between the <a href="http://heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a> &amp; the <a href="http://www.cfa.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">College of Fine Arts</a>, students participate in high-level internships and apprenticeships at arts organizations large and small, taking ownership of projects in areas ranging from artist relations and marketing to development and accessibility. And for many students, their contribution to the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment sector continues after graduation. More than 100 MAM alumni are currently impacting Pittsburgh&rsquo;s arts and entertainment industry as emerging professional arts leaders.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is such a great place where you can make a living as an artist,&rdquo; said Kathryn Heidemann, assistant dean of Arts &amp; Entertainment Management at Carnegie Mellon and an <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/boards/art-commission" target="_blank">Art Commissioner to the City of Pittsburgh</a>. &ldquo;It is very much an artist&rsquo;s community alongside an arts organization community, and they intermingle very well here. We have a surplus of space. So many wonderful old factories have been turned into artist working spaces of some kind. Most of the artists that choose to live here can forge really great relationships, not only with other arts organizations, but also with the business community.</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;width: 250px;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> Pittsburgh National Rankings</h2> <ul style="text-align: left;"> <li> #2 in foundation giving</li> <li> #2 in government giving</li> <li> #2 in per capita attendance</li> <li> # 9 music scene</li> <li> #14 in artistic vibrancy</li> </ul> </div> <p> &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t seen that anywhere else. I&rsquo;ve lived in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, South America, Europe, and Australia and here in Pittsburgh I have really experienced a vibrant marriage of the different sides of the arts spectrum coming together.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Grounded in Creative Collaboration</h2> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="250" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pGGOzrG7MA0" width="350"></iframe></p> <p> One of the reasons that Pittsburgh has evolved into such an artist-friendly city over the last 20 years is the unique partnership between its arts organizations, the local government, and regional foundations. <a href="https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/storage/documents/Culture_Count_March_final_web.pdf" target="_blank">In a recent study</a>, Pittsburgh ranked second out of 11 U.S. metro areas in per capita funding for the arts from both government and foundation sources.</p> <p> &ldquo;For the arts and culture sector to have economic impact, it needs to be strong in the first place,&rdquo; said David Pankratz, research and policy director of the <a href="https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/index.php" target="_blank">Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council</a>, an organization that provides a range of professional development, communications, accessibility, and advocacy programs for arts and cultural organizations in the region, as well as the <a href="https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/membership/audience-builder-co-op" target="_blank">Audience Builder Co-op</a>. &ldquo;With the support systems of the foundation community and the Allegheny Regional Asset District, given our size, you just don&rsquo;t find that level of financial support in other cities.&rdquo;</p> <p> Another boon for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s arts and entertainment sector as an economic driver is the distinctive relationship between artists and technologists in the City of Bridges. Organizations like <a href="http://www.techshop.ws/pittsburgh.html" target="_blank">TechShop Pittsburgh</a> and the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Technology Council</a> have played a fundamental role in nurturing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s volunteer-driven maker movement, which features collaborations between creative professionals ranging from artists and engineers to food artisans and carpenters. Major tech corporations like <a href="https://www.google.com/about/locations/pittsburgh/" target="_blank">Google</a> and <a href="http://www.ibm.com/us-en/" target="_blank">IBM</a>, which have opened and expanded offices in Pittsburgh in recent years, have served as sponsors and corporate partners for local cultural events and organizations.</p> <p> And Pittsburgh was the first U.S. metro to establish a shared technology system for the Tessitura database application. This innovative partnership allowed the city&rsquo;s major arts organizations, under the stewardship of the <a href="https://trustarts.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Cultural Trust</a>, to share valuable data in managing their ticketing, fundraising, customer relationship management, and marketing activities. It also provided a platform for CMU&rsquo;s MAM students to showcase their skills in analytics and database management as interns and young professionals working for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s cultural organizations.</p> <p> &ldquo;These organizations recognize that our students have the data analytics skills to move this industry forward,&rdquo; said Brett Crawford, assistant teaching professor of Arts Management at Heinz College. &ldquo;When our students go to do their internships, whether it is at the <a href="http://www.pbt.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Ballet</a>, the <a href="http://www.pittsburghopera.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Opera</a>, <a href="http://www.citytheatrecompany.org/" target="_blank">City Theatre</a>, <a href="http://www.ppt.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Public Theater</a>, or the <a href="https://trustarts.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Cultural Trust</a>, they&rsquo;re all getting their hands directly into Tessitura. So they have their database management class, and then they actually get to apply it in a real-life professional situation.&rdquo;</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: right;width: 250px;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> Arts Organizations In Pittsburgh</h2> <ul style="text-align: left;"> <li> Andy Warhol Museum</li> <li> Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra</li> <li> Pittsburgh Opera</li> <li> Pittsburgh Public Theater</li> <li> Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre</li> </ul> <p> See more at <a href="http://pittsburghartplaces.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Art Places</a>, a project of the <a href="https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/public-art" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Office of Public Art</a>.</p> </div> <h2> Analytics as an Art Form</h2> <p> One of those students was Christine Sajewski (MAM &rsquo;15) who, as a student intern at <a href="http://www.pbt.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre</a> (PBT), made an eye-opening discovery about visitors to PBT&rsquo;s website.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was digging into the website data and recognizing trends,&rdquo; recalled Sajewski. &ldquo;And through that, I discovered how popular the education section of our website was. It was the biggest traffic driver to the site, and it was driving traffic from all over the world &ndash; places like London and China &ndash; to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The information on those pages, which covers introductory topics like, &lsquo;what is ballet,&rsquo; &lsquo;what are pointe shoes,&rsquo; &lsquo;the history of ballet,&rsquo; was so well-curated that Google was ranking PBT the top search all over the world. And no one had any idea that this was happening.&rdquo;</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;width: 300px;"> <img align="" alt="Christine Sajewski" src="image.aspx?id=10280" /> <p> Christine Sajewski (MAM &#39;15), External Affairs Analyst, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre</p> </div> <p> The discovery led to Christine presenting her findings to the PBT&rsquo;s Education Committee, along with strategies for expanding the website&rsquo;s role as a tool for education and outreach. It also made a big impression on Aimee DiAndrea, director of Marketing &amp; Communications at PBT, who was Christine&rsquo;s internship supervisor at the time.</p> <p> &ldquo;She made herself invaluable,&rdquo; said DiAndrea. &ldquo;There were projects that she started for us that no one else at the time was doing, and if we didn&rsquo;t have her here, we wouldn&rsquo;t have the capacity to do those things. I also recognized in her a true passion and dedication to her work that I really respected.&rdquo;</p> <p> When PBT created a new marketing position in 2015 that focused on web-based analytics and strategies for targeted and segmented marketing, the choice for a hire was a no-brainer.</p> <p> Today, as PBT&rsquo;s External Affairs Analyst, Sajewski facilitates a variety of data-driven projects, ranging from analyzing Google AdWords performance, donor trends, and patron life cycles to designing e-blasts specifically targeted to different patron groups based on their previous levels of engagement. The information and reports that Sajewski provides have already given PBT a better idea of what its patrons are looking for, and enabled it to make its marketing dollars go further.</p> <p> &ldquo;We want to have more people at our performances, in our school programs, and at our education events,&rdquo; said DiAndrea. &ldquo;We want to have a larger donor pool that can support all of those things. And the analytics streamline some targeting for us, so we&rsquo;re able to see how we&rsquo;re best reaching our current audience and how to maximize that.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re able to really analyze what&rsquo;s working and what&rsquo;s not working. And at the end of the day, it&rsquo;s saving us money, which is obviously a key thing for a nonprofit.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Sajewski, a lifelong lover of the performing arts, taking courses like <a href="http://heinz.cmu.edu/academic-resources/course-results/course-details/index.aspx?cid=59" target="_blank">Geographic Information Systems</a> and <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/academic-resources/course-results/course-details/index.aspx?cid=287" target="_blank">Data Mining</a> at Heinz College gave her a new perspective on how these disciplines can help strengthen the arts and entertainment industry.</p> <p> &ldquo;Because of the internship, I dabbled in the analytics side of marketing and what that meant,&rdquo; said Sajewski. &ldquo;And I found that to be fun. I started to find that I was passionate about data, and realized I was able to visualize data, and in that sense, that data is almost an art form in itself. It&rsquo;s not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but pictures that tell stories. And I think that realization clicked with me while I was in the MAM program.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Hollywood East</h2> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="250" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KdDu4SjpZc0" width="350"></iframe></p> <p> In the private entertainment sector, Pittsburgh has emerged as one of the most prolific filmmaking centers in the United States. Since 1990, the <a href="http://www.pghfilm.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Film Office</a> has assisted with 138 feature film and television productions in Pittsburgh, including &ldquo;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/" target="_blank">The Silence of the Lambs</a>,&rdquo; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/" target="_blank">Groundhog Day</a>,&rdquo; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/" target="_blank">The Perks of Being a Wallflower</a>,&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/" target="_blank">The Dark Night Rises</a>.&rdquo; Since the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit was established in 2007, the program has proved to be a tremendous success with more than $930 million in film production in southwestern Pennsylvania in that time. According to a recent study by FilmLA, this places Pennsylvania fifth in the United States in overall film production.</p> <p> &ldquo;The driving force for filmmaking in Pittsburgh is the depth and diversity of our local crew,&rdquo; said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. &ldquo;For a place the size of Pittsburgh population-wise, we have four full crews that work in this industry on a full-time basis. So when filmmakers come to our region, they can hire local people, and it saves them money, but they also know that they&rsquo;re getting some of the best of the best in the business.&rdquo;</p> <p> Some of those crews have included first-year students from the <a href="retCmsId=214" target="">Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM)</a> program, a joint degree program between <a href="http://heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.cfa.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">College of Fine Arts</a>. In 2011, several MEIM students interned on &ldquo;The Dark Knight Rises,&rdquo; putting in time on-set, in the locations department, and in the costume shop to help bring Christian Bale&rsquo;s Batman and his stable of foes to life for the trilogy&rsquo;s final installment.</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: right;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> 138</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"> Since 1990, the Pittsburgh Film Office has assisted with 138 feature film and television productions in Pittsburgh</p> </div> <p> &ldquo;It makes me proud to see those successes with the students,&rdquo; said Dan Green, MEIM program director. &ldquo;When he graduated, one of our students, Bryan O&rsquo;Connell (MEIM &rsquo;13), wrote that, when he was a kid, his dreams were to work on Batman, meet the Muppets, and have a career at Disney. While he was in the MEIM program, he worked on the &lsquo;The Dark Knight Rises,&rsquo; interned at &lsquo;Sesame Street&rsquo; Workshop in New York, and was hired right out of school to work on &lsquo;Sofia the First&rsquo; for Disney Television Animation. Today, he works for Disneytoon Studios as a Production Coordinator.</p> <p> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a powerful testament, and it all started for him as a Locations PA on a talented Pittsburgh crew.&rdquo;</p> <p> Thomas Tull, the producer of the film and the CEO of Legendary Entertainment, regularly speaks to the MEIM students each year.</p> <p> &ldquo;Last year, he stated emphatically that Pittsburgh was one of his favorite cities in the country, and he was happy that he could shoot &lsquo;The Dark Knight Rises&rsquo; there,&rdquo; said Green. &ldquo;One of the biggest producers in Hollywood loves the city.&rdquo;</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;width: 350px;"> <img align="" alt="Max Murray" src="image.aspx?id=10277" width="340px" /> <p> Max Murray (MEIM &rsquo;15) on the right keeping an eye on Tom Cruise in &lsquo;Jack Reacher,&rsquo; which was shot in Pittsburgh.</p> </div> <p> Another student, Max Murray (MEIM &rsquo;15), worked on the 2012 crime thriller &ldquo;Jack Reacher&rdquo; as a background artist, and he had a prominent scene with star Tom Cruise on a bus.</p> <p> The steady stream of film and television projects in Pittsburgh have made an impact on the local economy that is felt far beyond the film set or the production office.</p> <p> A typical film production in Pittsburgh utilizes half-a-million dollars in car rentals. In 2014 alone, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s film industry was responsible for booking 20,000 nights of hotel stays in southwestern Pennsylvania. And Pittsburgh&rsquo;s film industry has a profound effect on everything from flight departures and arrivals at the Pittsburgh International Airport to the local tourism industry.</p> <h2> Keeping the Scene Alive</h2> <p> It isn&rsquo;t just Pittsburgh&rsquo;s large cultural organizations and for-profit entertainment companies that create jobs and pump money back into the local economy. Pittsburgh&rsquo;s independent arts organizations and &ldquo;DIY&rdquo; artist collectives create an environment that is attractive to artists and creative professionals from all forms media, all while exporting top-notch, original works of art to the rest of the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s burgeoning music scene, which recently ranked ninth amongst U.S. cities for 2016.</p> <p> Aside from exports with household names like Christina Aguilera, Wiz Khalifa, and Mac Miller, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s dozens of live music venues have enabled emerging national acts like Sub Pop&rsquo;s The Gotobeds to hone their skills before hitting the road. Pittsburgh-based music labels such as Wild Kindness and Get Hip Recordings, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, sign, develop, and release music by independent artists from around the world. And the annual VIA Festival, entering its seventh year this fall, combines innovative live music, new media art, and technology to create a singular audience experience that has gained the Pittsburgh festival an international following.</p> <p> &ldquo;I see finally, after all these years, that there&rsquo;s something brewing,&rdquo; said Gregg Kostelich, president and founder of Get Hip Recordings, and guitarist for legendary garage rock band The Cynics. &rdquo;Several labels and a lot of good bands have popped up in the last few years. The old saying was, &lsquo;no one young stays in Pittsburgh,&rsquo; but I see that happening now. It&rsquo;s the first time I see young people consistently moving to Pittsburgh since I&rsquo;ve been alive.&rdquo;</p> <p> For VIA, one of a few inter-media festivals co-owned by a woman, the eclectic tastes and makeup of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s music, art, and tech enthusiasts help to shape the variety of artists and technologists that perform at the festival each year.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our program stands apart from trends that are happening across mainstream music festivals,&rdquo; said Lauren Goshinski, co-founder of VIA, an annual festival and year-round creative events platform she co-founded with Quinn Leonowicz. &ldquo;We draw connections between different genres and different generations of artists. We&rsquo;re constantly syphoning and taking the temperature of what people in this town care about, and trying to mix that with what we care about and also with what an international audience cares about, so that we can stay at the center of local-global conversations.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Goshinski, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s appeal as a site for an international, inter-media festival boils down to two factors: access and taste.</p> <p> &ldquo;The ability to do something like this, in terms of access to space and access to building partnerships with various sized organizations&nbsp;&nbsp;&ndash; there is still the potential for that in Pittsburgh in a way that there isn&rsquo;t in other cities,&rdquo; Goshinski said. &ldquo;And we don&rsquo;t compromise a vision just because we might not be in New York, or Mexico City, or Montreal. Instead, we&rsquo;re in conversation with those cities through what we do, and the students who work with us are a part of that conversation, too.</p> <p> &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re vested in this city, there&rsquo;s a certain amount of capital that comes with that.</p> <p> Maybe it&rsquo;s not cash capital, but it&rsquo;s the ability to really work with your network and make big things happen on a shoestring.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Cultural Impact for a Bright Future</h2> <p> Pittsburgh&rsquo;s open, interdisciplinary spirit of collaboration, its government and foundational support, and its large pool of creative, ambitious artists have helped it to emerge as one of Allegheny County&rsquo;s most important economic drivers. The Pittsburgh arts ecology also includes organizations large and small, with diverse offerings in programming. But it is the quality of its internationally renowned arts organizations that truly enable them to have an economic impact, and to provide professional opportunities for artists, arts managers, and emerging student leaders in the cultural sector.</p> <p> &ldquo;For a mid-sized city, we have all the big players,&rdquo; said Crawford. &ldquo;We have a Tier One symphony. We have two LORT Theatres. We have the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with Broadway Across America and five big stages.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have the powerhouse of what D.C. was when I moved there 20 years ago, and we&rsquo;re currently rallying with D.C. in terms of our cultural output.&rdquo;</p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3866Mon, 22 Sep 2016 12:56:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10272Heinz College & Pittsburgh Steel the Spotlight

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From College to the Pros: Heinz Students Help Local Sports Teams Innovatehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3865Image associated with news releaseIn a sports-obsessed city, Heinz College students collaborate with Pittsburgh’s championship franchises to help them solve some of their biggest organizational challenges.

]]><p> In 2015, the New York Times declared Pittsburgh the second most successful sports city in the United States, based on its major sports teams winning championships in eight percent of the seasons in which they&rsquo;ve played over the last 50 years. And that was before the Pittsburgh Penguins took home the 2016 Stanley Cup, the most coveted prize in professional hockey.</p> <p style="float: left;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="250" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k3BmsangduI" width="250"></iframe></p> <p> That championship success has fostered a special love affair between Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sports teams and their devoted fans, who wear their hearts on their black and gold sleeves and pack local stadiums for home games. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who play in 65,000-seat Heinz Field, have sold out every home game dating back to November of 1972. And the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins have not played to an empty seat since the CONSOL Energy Center opened its doors for the first time in August of 2010.</p> <p> Falling in love with Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sports teams can be infectious, especially for Carnegie Mellon students, who can take advantage of special student discounts on tickets to catch all of the action on the gridiron, the ice, or the baseball diamond. But for Heinz College students, their relationship with local sports franchises often evolves past fandom to professional collaboration.</p> <p> In recent years, Heinz College students have utilized their skills in analytics, research, and management to develop innovative solutions to off-the-field challenges that face Pittsburgh&rsquo;s professional sports organizations and their affiliated institutions &ndash; all while adding a little black and gold to their wardrobes in the process.</p> <h2> Raising the Social Analytics Jolly Roger</h2> <p> As a legendary baseball club, the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise has five World Series titles and nine National League pennants to its name. But when it came time for the Pirates to find new ways to leverage their social media interactions with their fans, they turned to Carnegie Mellon University students for innovative solutions.</p> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="350" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SffYlWbwlOY" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got almost a million Facebook followers and half-a-million Twitter followers,&rdquo; said Jim Alexander, the Pirates&rsquo; senior director of Business Analytics. &ldquo;The challenge is that we&rsquo;re trying to measure the impact that we&rsquo;re having.</p> <p> &ldquo;We thought this was the perfect time for us to use the brainpower that CMU brings.&rdquo;</p> <p> That brainpower came in the form of Heinz College&rsquo;s Measuring Social class, where students study the impact of social media and content on website traffic and user experiences. Since interdisciplinary collaboration is one of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s strengths, the class is open to students from all over campus, which leads to a unique blending of knowledge and experience.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have folks who have expertise in security policy and management, public policy and management, information systems and management, as well as business students,&rdquo; said Ari Lightman, Heinz College professor and Measuring Social course instructor. &ldquo;So they all bring a different skill set and a different thought process.</p> <p> &ldquo;Different skill sets are great because you really see a rise in terms of innovation.&rdquo;</p> <p> The project involved finding new ways for the Pirates to better serve the fans with whom they engage on social media. The Measuring Social team developed an algorithm that would help the Pirates organization better determine which variables will lead to more engagement on social media platforms. Increased engagement on social media leads to a direct increase in fan loyalty and revenue.</p> <p> &ldquo;We got a better understanding from the fans themselves of what they wanted from the Pirates social media,&rdquo; said Therese M. Joseph, a&nbsp;Master of Arts in Professional Writing student. &ldquo;Being able to have that kind of specific data and share that with the Pirates is invaluable.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I think any time you work in a real-world setting, it prepares you for the future,&rdquo; said Marco Loffreda-Mancinelli, a Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management student at Heinz. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what I think is the best part of these kinds of projects.</p> <p> &ldquo;You get to work with people who see you as peers, not as students.&rdquo;</p> <p> For the Pirates, who now boast their own Social Media Clubhouse, the algorithm provided by the CMU students has been a valuable instrument in improving meaningful fan engagement, impacting everything from in-game promotions to All-Star game voting.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a wonderful partnership, and the CMU students bring credibility to the table immediately,&rdquo; added Alexander. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re great people and great teams to work with. &ldquo;Hopefully we can do it for many years to come.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Helping the Pens Give Back to their Fans</h2> <p> When the Pittsburgh Penguins opened the CONSOL Energy Center in 2010, the organization wanted to develop new ways to thank fans for their loyalty to the franchise &ndash; loyalty that helped generate the revenue to build the arena in the first place. The Pens hoped to establish a reward-based digital loyalty program, which would strengthen the fan experience, increase revenue for the team, and gather new and valuable data for the franchise.</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> List of Pittsburgh title seasons</h2> <p style="text-align: left;"> <strong>Pittsburgh Pirates</strong> &ndash; 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979</p> <p> <strong>Pittsburgh Steelers</strong> &ndash; 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008</p> <p> <strong>Pittsburgh Penguins</strong> &ndash; 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016</p> </div> <p> So the Pens partnered with a group of Heinz College Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) students to not only do the marketing and IT research necessary to create such a program, but to build its software from the ground up.</p> <p> &ldquo;Loyalty programs allow the host to better track member behaviors by keeping track of when, where and how much they buy as well as who they are and where they&rsquo;re from,&rdquo; the students wrote in their client report. &ldquo;This element of loyalty programs will allow the Penguins moving forward to produce new and previously unachievable information, which they can then use to market their products more effectively.&rdquo;</p> <p> The students began by researching best practices across loyalty programs for similar industries, including the 18 National Hockey League franchises that employed some form of loyalty program at the time, and other regional athletic organizations like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pitt Panthers athletic department. The student team then researched the Penguins&rsquo; IT infrastructure, developing strategies for integrating the team&rsquo;s current infrastructure in the soon-to-be-written loyalty program management system in the process.</p> <p> Upon completing the research phase of their project, the MISM team compiled a recommendation for the loyalty program.</p> <p> &ldquo;This recommendation was based on a combination of the research, fan focus groups, fan surveys and discussions with the client,&rdquo; the students explained. &ldquo;The recommendation contains information on both possible rewardable actions and a rewards tree. The points associated with those rewards are scaled in such a way that users with multiple seats to their names do not have an advantage in earning rewards.&rdquo;</p> <p> With all of the research and recommendations completed and in hand, the student team set forth to develop a software system entitled Power Play Points. The students used a combination of Java, Play!, and MySQL to create a comprehensive Web application to house the loyalty program.</p> <p> &ldquo;Power Play Points is a customer loyalty program designed to reward season ticket holders for their dedication to the team through attendance and in-arena purchases,&rdquo; the students explained. &ldquo;The current version of the system allows users to earn points through various actions and then redeem them online.&rdquo;</p> <p> The MISM-designed Power Play Points system laid the groundwork for PensPoints, a popular smartphone app that the Penguins currently use to track and reward fan activity, such as attending games, making purchases at merchandise and concessions stands, and watching and listening to game broadcasts. Fans can earn points by participating in different activities, then redeem those points for rewards ranging from autographed jerseys and gift cards to unique fan experiences.</p> <p> The hard work, creativity, and innovative research that the MISM students displayed in developing the Power Play Points software application has paid dividends for the Penguins franchise. In ESPN the Magazine&rsquo;s 2015 &ldquo;Ultimate Standings,&rdquo; which ranks all 122 professional sports franchises across the four major American pro sports leagues in a variety of categories, the Penguins ranked fifth among NHL teams and 13th overall in the category of &ldquo;Fan Relations.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Developing the North Shore</h2> <p> In 1998, the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh began financial planning to build two new stadiums on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s North Shore. The stadiums &ndash; Heinz Field for the Steelers and PNC Park for the Pirates &ndash; were completed in 2001. And as part of the agreement with the City and the Stadium Authority, the Pirates and Steelers were under legal obligation to develop the land in the area between the two stadiums with specific guidelines, and on a specific timeline.</p> <p> So in 2014, the Steelers partnered with a group of Master of Public Management (MPM) students to conduct a residential market analysis to determine the outlook for a potential residential community located between the two stadiums. The students conducted an analysis of both the local and the national market, including residential supply an demand studies for the North Shore, as well as a benchmarking analysis that compared the North Shore to residential areas around other NFL stadiums in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Charlotte.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our goal was to provide insight as to what infrastructure and amenity needs will be associated with such a project,&rdquo; the students wrote.</p> <p> The students informed the Steelers that there was a definite interest in an upscale apartment complex located at the North Shore. Through their research, the student team found that demand far exceeded supply for upscale rentals, and that the North Shore was the next natural destination for living in the downtown area, due to the projected population growth in the city and the increased shift from owning to renting.</p> <p> &ldquo;There is no where else in the city that combines downtown living with access to both the rivers and mass transit within steps of your front door,&rdquo; the students reported. &ldquo;Not only are both the bus and rail available, but there&rsquo;s sufficient parking supply to support residential as compared to other downtown living options.</p> <p> &ldquo;The face of downtown living is changing and the North Shore should be its destination.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Honoring Number 21</h2> <p> When Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, en route to delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, he left behind the legacy of a tireless humanitarian, a staunch civil rights activist who paved the way for Latin American ballplayers in the 1950s and &lsquo;60s, and one of baseball&rsquo;s all-time great players.</p> <p> As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, Duane Rieder idolized Clemente, collecting his baseball cards and other Clemente-related memorabilia. And since 2006, Rieder, a commercial photographer, has operated the Roberto Clemente Museum out of Engine House 25 in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Lawrenceville neighborhood, an old firehouse that also houses Rieder&rsquo;s photography studio and winemaking business. The museum features singular artifacts on loan from the Clemente family, historic documents, and a bevy of photographs, many of which Rieder printed himself from negatives rescued from newspaper dumpsters and estate sales.</p> <p> With a full-time staff of two, the museum has traditionally offered private tours by appointment only, and recently began opening up the building for a quarterly open house. But in order to survive as a privately owned nonprofit museum in the Pittsburgh market, Rieder knew that the Clemente Museum needed to scale up. So he collaborated with a group of Heinz College Master of Arts Management (MAM) students, who he hoped could identify opportunities to strengthen its position in the local market and expand its offerings.</p> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pGGOzrG7MA0" width="400"></iframe></p> <p> &ldquo;There were a couple of real baseball nuts in that group, and when we saw the students get excited, we knew that it wouldn&rsquo;t be a boring project for them,&rdquo; Rieder said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re so busy here and our staff is small, we don&rsquo;t have time to go do all of that research. The information that they handed over to us was priceless, and there&rsquo;s no way we could ever do that on our own.&rdquo;</p> <p> To accomplish their research goals, the MAM students analyzed the access, curatorial intent, and organizational structure of the Clemente Museum. They first conducted an environmental scan, analyzing internal operational factors and external cultural factors, to define the museum&rsquo;s place within the Pittsburgh market and highlight its opportunities for improvement.</p> <p> &ldquo;My primary contribution to this project was looking at some of the numbers &ndash; looking at the statistics and the economics of how the Roberto Clemente Museum fits within the Pittsburgh region,&rdquo; said Daniel Fonner, a MAM alumnus and current Fulbright scholar in Coventry, England. &ldquo;A lot of times people look at the arts and separate them from math and the sciences as different entities. But I think to develop strong arts organizations, it&rsquo;s critical that you utilize math and science to analyze these organizations&rsquo; finances and create conclusions to help them reach their fullest potential.&rdquo;</p> <p> The student team then researched best practices of comparable organizations from throughout the U.S. by benchmarking a control group of similar sports museums from around the country and developing case studies based on exemplary museums in the field.</p> <p> &ldquo;We did a lot of research looking at small, single-athlete museums,&rdquo; said Sarah Bloethe, a MAM alumna who worked on the project. &ldquo;It was really fascinating to see the different kinds of organizations and what exactly they do. I did not know how vast and varied the field of sports museums was, and it was an incredibly eye-opening experience.&rdquo;</p> <p> Based on their research, the student team made a series of recommendations to Rieder and his staff, including establishing standing hours, developing traveling exhibits and educational outreach programs, and establishing partnerships with other affiliated organizations to maintain operation and maximize sustainability.</p> <p> Most importantly, the MAM students presented Rieder with a &ldquo;best-practices toolkit&rdquo; to help the museum implement data-driven strategies in its operations and pricing structure.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased with all of the work that they did, and we&rsquo;re really going to dive into the toolkit and start implementing some of these things at the museum immediately,&rdquo; Rieder said. &ldquo;The students were unbelievable, and I would work with Heinz students every semester if we wouldn&rsquo;t be taking advantage of them! They&rsquo;re really going to help the museum move forward.&rdquo;</p> <p> For the students themselves, having an opportunity to work with a small organization enables them to experience the tangible outcomes of their research firsthand.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve worked for large organizations, and I also have experience at very small organizations, which the Roberto Clemente Museum is,&rdquo; said Jesse Albright, one of the student team members. &ldquo;And through those experiences, I&rsquo;ve seen that these smaller organizations really do need the help. They have a lack of resources. They may have all the drive in the world and a fantastic mission, but getting things done on a day-to-day basis is difficult. They don&rsquo;t have the same support systems that a large institution has naturally. So being able to empower them to take it to the next level and to be effective, doing a project for them, you really see an impact.&rdquo;</p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3865Mon, 22 Sep 2016 12:53:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10273From College to the Pros: Heinz Students Help Local Sports Teams Innovate

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Heinz Alumni Surging in Pittsburgh's Tech Sectorhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3867Image associated with news releaseAs a burgeoning tech industry reshapes Pittsburgh’s economic landscape, Heinz College alumni emerge as major entrepreneurial players – in hospitals, in cornfields, and everywhere in-between.

]]><p> &ldquo;We love calling Pittsburgh home.&rdquo;</p> <p> While you might expect that statement to come from a family of Steelers fans, it actually came from a <a href="http://newsroom.uber.com/us-pennsylvania/growing-in-the-steel-city/" target="_blank">blog post</a> released by <a href="http://www.uber.com/?exp=home_signup_form" target="_blank">Uber</a> earlier this year, as it announced the expansion of its operations in town.</p> <div class="customSidebar" style="float: left;width: 250px;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> Pittsburgh and CMU National Rankings</h2> <ul style="text-align: left;"> <li> CMU ranked <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/startups/" target="_blank">#1</a> for number of startups created per research dollar spent</li> <li> Pittsburgh ranked <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/features/16-technology-companies-to-watch-in-2016/" target="_blank">#6</a> in number of tech companies funded by venture capital</li> <li> Pittsburgh ranked <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-ayling/top-10-cities-techies-sho_b_9044910.html" target="_blank">#8</a> city &ldquo;techies should consider moving to in 2016&rdquo;</li> </ul> </div> <p> Uber, like fellow tech giants <a href="http://www.google.com/" target="_blank">Google</a>, <a href="http://www.apple.com/" target="_blank">Apple</a>, and <a href="http://www.ibm.com/us-en/" target="_blank">IBM</a>, has consistently grown its corporate and research presence in Pittsburgh, citing the city&rsquo;s research universities and commitment to innovation. <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a> students and alumni benefit from this new tech ecosystem with countless employment and educational opportunities and are finding it easier to start their own companies in this climate.&nbsp;</p> <p> With the support of local startup accelerators and incubators like <a href="http://alphalab.org/" target="_blank">AlphaLab</a>, <a href="http://www.thrillmill.com/" target="_blank">Thrill Mill</a>, and the <a href="http://www.plsg.com/home-page-2/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse</a>, Heinz alumni are turning entrepreneurial ideas into profitable realities in fields ranging from health care and robotics to food preservation and agriculture.</p> <h2> Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Invests $50,000 in AlphaStroke, a Company Founded By a Heinz College Student</h2> <p> Only one in seven hospitals in the U.S. is a certified stroke center, meaning that of the 800,000 patients who suffer strokes each year, at least half are taken to hospitals that aren&rsquo;t equipped to treat them.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Most of the time, this is because first responders don&rsquo;t have reliable and effective tools for diagnosing stroke victims,&rdquo; said Matthew Kesinger, a current <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/healthcare-policy-management-hcpm/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management</a> student at Heinz College.</p> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="200" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jv632OhcTUo" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> To mitigate this problem, Kesinger, a former EMT who also attended medical school, developed AlphaStroke, the first device that screens for strokes across all point-of-care environments, and can be used by all medical personnel.</p> <p> In his role as CEO <a href="http://www.forestdevices.com/" target="_blank">Forest Devices</a>, housed in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s AlphaLab startup accelerator, Kesinger has raised about $500,000 in investor capital to develop a beta version of AlphaStroke, and fund its initial clinical trials, which began enrolling over the summer. This month alone, Foerst Devices has raised $100,000 in startup funding.</p> <p> On Sept. 12, Forest Devices <a href="http://www.startlandnews.com/2016/09/meet-the-2016-launchkc-startup-winners/" target="_blank">won the 2016 LaunchKC event</a>, earning a $50,000 startup grant in the process. And later this month, the <a href="http://www.plsg.com/home-page-2/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse</a>, a nationally-recognized investment firm committed to empowering entrepreneurs to build innovative and successful life sciences companies, will invest $50,000 in Forest Devices to help bring AlphaStroke to market.</p> <p> &ldquo;Being an individual physician, you can help individuals on a daily basis,&rdquo; said Kesinger. &ldquo;But being able to create something that can change the practice of other health care providers, it really is thrilling, and at the same time humbling and scary.&rdquo;</p> <h2> <strong>Heinz Alumnus Helps Power $275 Million Acquisition of Blue Belt Technologies</strong></h2> <p> <strong>&ldquo;</strong>Coming in as a mechanical engineer from a consumer product background, I very much wanted to do two things when I came to Heinz,&rdquo; recalled Adam Simone, a 2011 Heinz College graduate. &ldquo;One was to enter the life sciences, specifically medical technology, and then number two was to find a startup.&rdquo;</p> <p> Simone accomplished both goals when he began working for Blue Belt Technologies, first as a student intern in 2009 and later as a full-time employee after graduation. He eventually worked his way up to building and leading both the marketing and clinical sales departments for Blue Belt, which was recently acquired by <a href="http://www.smith-nephew.com/professional/microsites/navio/" target="_blank">Smith &amp; Nephew</a>, a global technology business, for $275 million.</p> <p style="float: left;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="200" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vD-dSP8K-p8" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> &ldquo;We grew the business from 10 people to over 150 people, and from pre-revenue to two FDA-cleared commercial medical devices and, of course, the acquisition, which took place in January,&rdquo; said Simone.</p> <p> At the heart of the acquisition is Blue Belt&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.smith-nephew.com/professional/microsites/navio/overview/product-overview/" target="_blank">Navio&reg; surgical system</a>, which provides robotics-assistance in partial knee replacement surgery through CT-free navigation software and a unique hand-held, robotic bone-shaping device.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our philosophy around robotics wasn&rsquo;t to replace the surgeon, but rather to enhance the surgeon&rsquo;s normal tools,&rdquo; Simone said. &ldquo;We layered our proprietary technology, which is based on computer vision and three-dimensional simulations on top of a surgical drill, for example. So something that a surgeon is very comfortable and used to using, suddenly, we turn it from a dumb tool to a very smart tool.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Simone, who recently started his own <a href="http://www.leafshave.com/" target="_blank">Leaf Razor</a> business, jumping into a startup with two feet gave him the skills and confidence he needed to quickly move up within Blue Belt&rsquo;s ranks and eventually create an entrepreneurial venture of his own.</p> <h2> Heinz College Grad Founds Agriculture Startup; Wins $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant</h2> <p> Imagine you&rsquo;re a farmer, trying to project your crop yield for the coming season. You know how much you planted, but you don&rsquo;t know how many of those plants actually took root. And of course, you&rsquo;ll need to account for factors such as pests and weather damage that may further reduce your harvest potential.</p> <p> Enter Brendan Carroll&rsquo;s new venture, <a href="http://www.skycision.com/" target="_blank">Skycision</a>, a data-driven farm management platform built around the collection and processing of high-resolution aerial imagery obtained via drone technology. The Heinz College <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-information-systems-and-management/information-systems-management-mism/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Information Systems Management</a> alumnus recently has raised over $300,000, with $50,000 allotments coming from the <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/" target="_blank">National Science Foundation</a> and from two accelerators, <a href="http://acceleprise.vc/" target="_blank">Acceleprise</a> and <a href="http://aginnovationgroup.com/" target="_blank">AgLaunch</a>. Skycision leverages CMU&rsquo;s core competencies in computer vision, machine learning, and robotics to revolutionize the agricultural industry.</p> <p style="float: right;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="200" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fub0iIitLWM" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> &ldquo;When we take pictures from above, we can pinpoint crop stress at a very early stage, and then notify the farmer to take the appropriate action,&rdquo; said Carroll. &ldquo;Today, a given crop scout spend up to, and sometimes over, 10,000 hours per year scouting their fields for pest and disease. With our technology, they can scout their fields in a fraction of the time, and we can tell them exactly where issues reside, with reccomendations on how to respond. The time and yield savings can be tens of thousands of dollars per year, depending on the operation.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s this combination of innovation and practicality that make Skycision so attractive, not only to farmers, but to investors. The NSF grant is one of several sources of funding in a series of public and private funds that Carroll and his team have already raised, including contributions from <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">CMU</a> alumni and the Acceleprise and AgLaunch incubator programs.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re at an exciting point of growth,&rdquo; Carroll said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re growing our team and scaling sales, we&rsquo;re excelling in all the right places, and now it&rsquo;s just a matter of managing growth and delivering on expectations.&rdquo;</p> <h2> Related Videos</h2> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="200" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EhHKtSX-DOM" width="300"></iframe></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3867Mon, 22 Sep 2016 12:59:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10274Heinz Alumni Surging in Pittsburgh's Tech Sector

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“Streaming, Sharing, Stealing” Garners National Acclaim for Heinz College Faculty Membershttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3868Image associated with news releaseIn Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment (MIT Press, Sept. 5, 2016), Heinz College entertainment analytics experts Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang explain why the rise of data analytics (and Big Data) is profoundly changing today’s entertainment industries, and how these industries can navigate the path forward in their changing marketplace.

]]><p> The entertainment establishment faces an unprecedented challenge: game-changing disruptors like Netflix, Amazon and Apple are upending industries long controlled by a handful of powerful studios, networks and publishing houses. Leaders in motion pictures, television, music and publishing must adapt their business models to harness customer data and keep pace with competitors, while navigating threats of piracy, and shifts in consumer behavior.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="float: left;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="200" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yjnPn4-6Yvk" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> In <em>Streaming, Sharing, Stealing</em>: <em>Big Data and the Future of Entertainment</em> (MIT Press, Sept. 5, 2016), Heinz College entertainment analytics experts Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang explain why the rise of data analytics (and Big Data) is profoundly changing today&rsquo;s entertainment industries, and how these industries can navigate the path forward in their changing marketplace.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Since its release, <em>Streaming, Sharing, Stealing</em> has received media attention from major news outlets (including <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/were-all-cord-cutters-now-1473203919" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/692b038e-4e99-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc" target="_blank">The Financial Times</a>), major <a href="http://www.digitopoly.org/2016/09/04/big-data-and-the-entertainment-industry/" target="_blank">technology blogs</a> and major <a href="http://www.culturalweekly.com/want-run-entertainment-company-new-bible/" target="_blank">entertainment industry blogs</a> praising the book&rsquo;s importance in shaping best practices for the entertainment industry in the age of digital streaming.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Smith and Telang lay out a course of action that is far-reaching yet considered,&rdquo; writes The Wall Street Journal&rsquo;s Frank Rose in his review of the book. &ldquo;Most media executives will find it painful even to contemplate. But they have no choice: Scarcity is being eliminated as we speak. For those in the business of keeping us entertained, <em>Streaming, Sharing, Stealing</em> is a handbook for living without it.&rdquo;</p> <h2> &nbsp;</h2> <h2> Press Coverage</h2> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 98%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.digitalcinemareport.com/article/show-must-go#.V9rjXI-cGUn" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/dcr.jpg" width="60%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://copyrightandtechnology.com/2016/09/14/smith-and-telangs-book/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ct-1.jpg" width="60%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-data-disrupting-hollywood-204439518.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/yahoo.png" width="60%" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.digitalcinemareport.com/article/show-must-go#.V9rjXI-cGUn" target="_blank">The Show Must Go On</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://copyrightandtechnology.com/2016/09/14/smith-and-telangs-book/" target="_blank">Smith and Telang Usher In the Post-Copyright-Wars Era with Streaming, Sharing, Stealing</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-data-disrupting-hollywood-204439518.html" target="_blank">Yahoo! Finance: How Big Data is Disrupting Hollywood</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://bit.ly/2cjd7fY" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/dcr.jpg" width="60%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://www.thestreet.com/video/13732224/why-amazon-netflix-and-google-are-upending-the-entertainment-industry.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TS.jpg" width="30%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://thebreakthroughradio.com/data-driven-marketing/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/breakthrough.jpg" width="30%" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://bit.ly/2cjd7fY" target="_blank">Digital Cinema Report: Hollywood&rsquo;s Data Challenge</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://www.thestreet.com/video/13732224/why-amazon-netflix-and-google-are-upending-the-entertainment-industry.html" target="_blank">Why Amazon, Netflix and Google are Upending the Entertainment Industry</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://thebreakthroughradio.com/data-driven-marketing/" target="_blank">Streaming, Sharing, Stealing &ndash; Data-Driven Marketing #BBSradio</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/692b038e-4e99-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc.html#axzz4JzbQ2cwW" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FT.jpg" width="30%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/new-world-streaming-television-and-music" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Lopate-1024x1024.png" width="30%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/were-all-cord-cutters-now-1473203919" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Wall-Street-Journal-logo.png" width="30%" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/692b038e-4e99-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc.html#axzz4JzbQ2cwW" target="_blank">Financial Times Review: &lsquo;Streaming, Sharing, Stealing&rsquo;</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/new-world-streaming-television-and-music" target="_blank">Streaming, Downloading, Sharing: A Brave New World for TV and Music</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/were-all-cord-cutters-now-1473203919" target="_blank">We&rsquo;re All Cord Cutters Now</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.bnn.ca/the-street/how-big-data-is-reshaping-the-entertainment-industry~944639" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/BNN.png" width="30%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ/videos/10154414310027429/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NAS.jpg" width="30%" /></a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2016-09-06/the-bloomberg-advantage-big-data-improving-creative-process" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.smithtelang.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/4fgNVF4H.jpg" width="30%" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.bnn.ca/the-street/how-big-data-is-reshaping-the-entertainment-industry~944639" target="_blank">How Big Data is Reshaping the Entertainment Industry</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ/videos/10154414310027429/" target="_blank">Nasdaq Reads: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment</a></td> <td style="text-align:center;border-bottom:none;" width="30%"> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2016-09-06/the-bloomberg-advantage-big-data-improving-creative-process" target="_blank">The Bloomberg Advantage: Big Data Improving Creative Process</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Streaming-Sharing-Stealing-Future-Entertainment/dp/0262034794" target="_blank">Learn more and purchase Streaming, Sharing, Stealing &gt;&gt;</a></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3868Mon, 21 Sep 2016 15:31:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10284“Streaming, Sharing, Stealing” Garners National Acclaim for Heinz College Faculty Members

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Pittsburgh Rebooted Heinz College Helps the Steel City to Reinvent Itselfhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3864Image associated with news releasePittsburgh Rebooted: Heinz College Helps the Steel City to Reinvent Itself

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http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3864Mon, 31 Aug 2016 12:26:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10271Pittsburgh Rebooted  | Heinz College Helps the Steel City to Reinvent Itself

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Police, Violence, and Data The BlackLivesMatter Movementhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3860Image associated with news releaseIn the wake of recent incidences of lethal violence involving law enforcement officials in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we sat down with 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.

]]><p> Professor Daniel Nagin is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Prize on Criminology, an elected fellow of the American Society of Criminology, and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data</p> <p> In the wake of recent incidences of lethal violence involving law enforcement officials in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we sat down with 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.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. <em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Based on your research, are the events in recent years and weeks that have led to the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement reflective a small number of outlying incidents, or is it symptomatic of a systemic problem?</em></strong></p> <p> The Black Lives Matter Movement has to be understood in the context of the historical legacy of the ill treatment of blacks by the police and the criminal justice system and American political and social institutions more generally. That legacy is a fact. The Movement, I think, is a reflection of and reaction to that legacy. I don&rsquo;t think people should be surprised by it, and it&rsquo;s part of why people should listen to the Black Lives Matter position. At the same time getting people to listen has been greatly complicated by the lethal ambushes of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. Live telecasting or near-real time videos of events as they are happening makes them so much more apparent and visceral, as opposed to reading a news article about it.</em></strong></p> <p> When you see video, for example, of the incident in North Charleston, where a police officer gunned down a man who was running away from him &ndash; you can&rsquo;t deny those facts. I don&rsquo;t know what motivated this cop to do it, but I&rsquo;m not surprised that black people interpreted it as still another instance of their mistreatment by the police.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. You mentioned recent studies about lethal force. In terms of research, what do we know about the disproportionate targeting of minorities, particularly African-Americans, by law enforcement agencies?</em></strong></p> <p> Studies on this question come to conflicting conclusions. Some studies have concluded that minorities are disproportionately targeted, and others reach the opposite conclusion. In fact, in a recent study on this issue, Roland Fryer from Harvard reached the conclusion that it depends on what kind of tactic you&rsquo;re talking about. He concluded that for non-lethal uses of force, involving things like handcuffing the person, shoving them, or having some physical contact with them, those events were in the order of 10 to 25 percent more likely for blacks than for whites. On the other hand, he reached the conclusion that, if anything, lethal use of force is more common among whites than blacks. So it&rsquo;s hard to draw really strong conclusions one way or the other on this issue.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. Why don&rsquo;t researchers currently have a better answer to this question?</em></strong></p> <p> I think there are a couple of reasons for that. One is that we simply don&rsquo;t have very good data about these incidences. As surprising as this is, there is not a national database where you can confidently get a count of the number of people against which police used lethal violence, let alone on instances when they discharge firearms. So the studies that have been done are based on data from specific localities that are often of uneven quality. For this reason alone, findings may differ across studies.</p> <p> Another issue is that, conceptually, this is a really hard problem. And it&rsquo;s a hard problem because there are differences across racial and ethnic groups in the frequency that they commit crime, which puts some groups in contact with the police at a rate that disproportionate to their presence in the population. Taking account of those differences in involvement in crime is not easy to do from a statistical perspective.</p> <p> The problem is made even further difficult because we also live in a racially segregated society. So if you are going to send the police where there is the most crime, you&rsquo;re also going to wind up sending the police to what are typically racially segregated communities. For example, there was a study done of the locations of &ldquo;stop, question, and frisk&rdquo; in New York City. SQFs tended to be heavily concentrated in so-called crime &ldquo;hot spots,&rdquo; which themselves tend to be disproportionately located in minority communities.</p> <p> So it&rsquo;s conceptually a hard problem to grapple with because it is so complex. But the fact that we don&rsquo;t have good data on these kinds of incidences is unforgivable. These are the two main reasons why we don&rsquo;t currently have a better answer to the question of whether black and other minorities are disproportionately targeted on account of their race or ethnicity.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. In addition to collecting better data, what are some other factors that will help to solve this issue?</em></strong></p> <p> The problem of data can be solved, and it should be solved. But even if it is solved, the data can only help us understand and explain the problem. It can&rsquo;t fix the problem. Once you use data to identify what the problem is, then you&rsquo;re going to have to change what the police do, and how they interact with the public. And in that regard, there is wide agreement among policing scholars that the research on the effectiveness of police training is woefully inadequate. There are very few careful studies on what&rsquo;s effective and what&rsquo;s not effective in changing the behavior of police in the field.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. Can you provide an example of that, or a hypothetical question that you would like to answer through this type of research?</em></strong></p> <p> For example: when police do use force, how well considered is it? Would a trained observer conclude that the use of force was necessary and appropriate? Was there a conceivable way that the use of force could have been avoided by some kind of de-escalation tactic?</p> <p> The comparison I would give is that police, in general, do not receive anywhere near the level of training that we give to the members of our military on how to control their emotions and respond in a way that is going to be effective and constructive in conflict situations. People in our military, and in the best militaries in the world, get intensive training in those kinds of things, and by and large police don&rsquo;t get anywhere near that level of training.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Black Lives Matter Movement 2" src="image.aspx?id=10230" style="width: 50%; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. As a point of comparison, where do police stand compared to the military in terms of conflict training?</em></strong></p> <p> Again, there is not really good data on training, but I think that it&rsquo;s well understood that, in general, it&rsquo;s nowhere near as complete and thorough as in the military. Part of the issue with training is that, in the United States, there are over 18,000 police departments, and most of them are very small. And when you have these little police departments, the capacity to properly train the police officers and establish a culture of accountability is really limited. So I think there&rsquo;s an important need to consolidate the number of police departments that exist nationwide, for a variety of reasons.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. From a policy standpoint, what effect do you think the recent events will have on policy procedures and oversight in law enforcement on different levels?</em></strong></p> <p> I think that we already see it happening. Police executives are talking about the importance of training police to better interact with people in the community, and about using other methods to try to diffuse tense situations. There&rsquo;s also this idea of implicit bias. All of these notions are laudable, but getting back to my prior point: if you were to candidly ask a police chief, &ldquo;tell me the proven methods to do &lsquo;X,&rsquo; &lsquo;Y,&rsquo; and &lsquo;Z,&rsquo; the chief wouldn&rsquo;t be able to honestly respond to that question, &ldquo;here are the proven methods,&rdquo; because hardly any of them have been properly evaluated. So everybody is kind of flying by the seat of their pants, or making decisions based on overblown claims about the effectiveness of these various training programs. Therefore, whether they are reacting in an effective way to these events is hard to know.</p> <p> Right now, for obvious reasons, the pendulum is focused very much on what the police can do to improve their credibility in the community. Well, 20 years ago, when crime rates were high, the focus was on doing anything they could to reduce the crime rate. What police departments ultimately have to do is to recognize that both of these values are important. It&rsquo;s important that they do things to help make the community safe. But it is also important that they do things in a way that leaves the community with confidence and trust in them, and to keep in mind that sometimes these two different objectives can wind up being in conflict. They&rsquo;ve got to balance these two objectives, and know that one shouldn&rsquo;t have the status to trump the other. The idea is not to have a safe police state. The idea is to have a safe democratic society.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. In your research and experience in this area, are there certain strategies that law enforcement officials can use to prevent these situations from occurring?</em></strong></p> <p> It is clear that police presence at places where there is a lot of crime &ndash; I call this the &ldquo;sentinel&rdquo; role in policing &ndash; can be very effective in preventing crime. A simple analogy is that nobody is going to rob a liquor store if a cop is standing right outside. The key for police officers is using that presence to interact with citizens in a way that doesn&rsquo;t create conflict.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;">Q. Do you think there is any hope in solving this challenge?</em></strong></p> <p> I am optimistic and hopeful that the current tensions will recede. But it is important to keep in mind that, over the long haul, these things are not going to be resolved unless resources are committed to having good measurement systems to collect quality data on what the police are doing in regard to the use of force. The necessary resources also have to be committed to generally having better data systems for monitoring how communities feel about the police, and to developing training systems where police are trained to use to what are known to be effective methods both for improving community trust, and also for preventing crime. Good intentions alone are not going to make our communities safe and solve the problem of citizen distrust of the police in some communities.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><em style="font-size:1.05em;color:#616161;"><a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=69" target="_blank">Read more about Daniel Nagin &gt;&gt;</a></em></strong></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3860Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:51:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10229Police, Violence, and Data | The BlackLivesMatter Movement

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From the Steel City to the Desert: Pittsburgh Arts Managers and Artists Embark Upon Summer Residency Program in Sedonahttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3857Image associated with news releaseCarnegie Mellon Master of Arts Management Alumni/Radiant Hall Artists to Serve as Cultural Managers/Artists in Residence at the Inaugural Sedona Summer Colony

]]><p> <em>Carnegie Mellon Master of Arts Management Alumni/Radiant Hall Artists to Serve as Cultural Managers/Artists in Residence at the Inaugural Sedona Summer Colony</em></p> <p> SEDONA, ARIZ.&mdash; In partnership with the <a href="http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/" target="_blank">Sedona Arts Center</a> and <a href="http://vvsaz.org/" target="_blank">Verde Valley School</a>, Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/arts-management-mam/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Arts Management (MAM)</a> program and Pittsburgh&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.radianthall.com/">Radiant Hall Studios</a> are fostering a valuable professional development opportunity for arts managers and practicing artists alike.</p> <p> A group of MAM alumni and Radiant Hall artists will participate in the inaugural <a href="http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b896db504a132266b8a607599&amp;id=d75db1e5f3">Sedona Summer Colony</a> for cultural managers and artists, respectively, in the stunning red rocks and high desert of Northern Arizona. Although hundreds of artist-centered residency programs exist globally, most do not offer programs specifically designed for cultural managers as well.</p> <p> &ldquo;We want to build a haven for cultural managers &mdash; a place to get away from the normal world, develop their professional strategic vision, connect with other creative people from around the country, and utilize their managerial expertise to contribute&nbsp;something&nbsp;to our small community,&rdquo;&nbsp;said Eric Holowacz, executive director of Sedona Arts Center.&nbsp;&ldquo;Recognizing that Carnegie Mellon produces some of the top arts administrators and thinkers in the world, we wanted to create something special for graduates and faculty in a truly beautiful setting in the American West.&quot;</p> <p> In a <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3838">February statement announcing the partnership</a>, Kathryn Heidemann, Assistant Dean of Arts and Entertainment Management at <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a> and the <a href="http://www.cfa.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">College of Fine Arts</a> at <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University</a>, said that cultural manager residencies can fill a critical void in the career of an arts manager.</p> <p> &ldquo;I had the privilege of completing a very rare opportunity as a cultural manager in residence at The Studios of Key West back in 2009,&rdquo; Heidemann said. &ldquo;And this transformative experience propelled me to make some significant changes in my own career path as an arts manager.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> It was there that Heidemann met Holowacz (who then had the role of The Studios of Key West executive director) and they quickly became trusted colleagues and sources of collaborative inspiration.</p> <p> &ldquo;Kathryn was one of the first colleagues I went to, in thinking about how our small Western town might become a cultural powerhouse in the 21<sup>st</sup> century,&rdquo; Holowacz said. &ldquo;She made it easy to invite a partnership with her program at Carnegie Mellon, and develop a project that might benefit alumni and bring diverse Cultural Managers in Residence to our summer experiment in Sedona.&rdquo;&nbsp;<img align="" alt="Sedona" src="image.aspx?id=10124" style="width: 70%; float: right;" /></p> <p> The Sedona Summer Colony opportunity also aligns with Radiant Hall&rsquo;s broader goals, which include offering professional development opportunities for Pittsburgh artists and fostering community through shared working environments.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is a unique opportunity that has the potential to change an artist&rsquo;s trajectory,&rdquo; said Ryan Lammie, Executive Director of Radiant Hall Studios, and a practicing painter and sculptor. &ldquo;It can also expand their network in unexpected ways, sparking new connections and collaborations.&rdquo;</p> <p> Sedona Summer Colony Residencies will include a free room and free meals on the beautiful, 300-acre campus of Verde Valley School. Surrounded by Sedona&rsquo;s iconic red rock landscape, participants will have access to a unique riparian ecosystem and high-desert landscapes within the Coconino National Forest, Sinaguan ruins and Native American cultures, and established cultural institutions such as Northern Arizona museums, film festivals, presenters, and theatre companies. The&nbsp;Sedona Summer Colony will take place between June 19 and August 10, and residencies can range from one to eight weeks.</p> <p> <strong>The following MAM alumni and Radiant Hall artists will be participating in the 2016 Sedona Summer Colony:</strong></p> <p> <strong><u>CMU Master of Arts Management Alumni (Cultural Managers in Residence):</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>Kim Larkin </strong><br /> Larkin graduated from the MAM program in 2008.&nbsp; She currently resides in Phoneix, where she is the Owner and Principal of MXD Arts, an arts and management consulting firm.</p> <p> <strong>Susan McIntyre</strong><br /> McIntyre graduated from the MAM program in 2003. She currently resides in Dallas, where she serves as the Major Gifts Officer for the Dallas Opera.</p> <p> <strong>Liz McFarlin-Marciak </strong><br /> McFarlin-Marciak graduated from the MAM program in 2012. She is the Assistant Director of Development Gift Strategy and W.L. Mellon Society Gift Officer for Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Tepper School of Business.</p> <p> <strong>Katy Peace</strong><br /> Peace graduated from the MAM program in 2012. She currently resides in St. Louis, where she serves as the Marketing and Digital Media Manager for Forest Park Forever. She is also the Founder and Lead Organizer for Community Supported Art &ndash; St. Louis.</p> <p> <strong><u>Radiant Hall Artists (Artists in Residence):</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>Seth Clark </strong><br /> Seth Clark is a Pittsburgh-based artist and designer. Abandoned and collapsing architecture has served as a central focus of his work for over four years. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design.</p> <p> <strong>Rebecca Harmon</strong><br /> Rebecca Harmon graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a sculpture concentrated Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her sculpture work largely explores memory and place through found objects and textile forms. Her prints focus on our connection to the natural world.</p> <p> <strong>Bob Kubiak</strong><br /> Bob Kubiak is a fine art photographer. He primarily utilizes low-fidelity equipment, such as plastic-lensed toy cameras or pinhole&nbsp;cameras, to produce the images in all of his conceptual photographic series. Bob holds a degree in&nbsp;Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.</p> <p> <strong>Ryan Lammie</strong><br /> Ryan Lammie is the founder and executive director of Radiant Hall Studios. A sculptural painter, Lammie uses found objects, industrial materials, and domestic waste as source material for creating multi-dimensional monochromatic light-driven work.</p> <p> <strong>Elizabeth Rose</strong><br /> Elizabeth Claire Rose earned her BA cum laude in Fine Art with a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. She employs traditional methods of printmaking and photographic processes to create works on paper, illustrations, installations, and public art.</p> <p> <strong>Sarah Shotland</strong><br /> Sarah Shotland is the author of the novel&nbsp;<em>Junkette</em> (White Gorilla Press, 2014) and co-editor of the literary anthology&nbsp;Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence and Incarceration&nbsp;(Trinity University Press, 2015). An author and playwright, Shotland teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University.</p> <p> <strong>Blaine Siegel</strong><br /> Siegel works across diverse mediums and disciplines, including set design and socially engaged projects. By using cast off materials and images of mass production and mass culture, Siegel attempts to resist the systems that create them, endanger the natural world and destroy people. This contradiction enables his work to hold both humor and the pathos of our contemporary plight.</p> <p> <strong><u>Other Pittsburgh Artists (Artists in Residence):</u></strong></p> <p> <strong>Anqwenique</strong><br /> Anqwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. In 2011 she was chosen as a resident artist of JAZZSPACE, an organization that aims to support emerging jazz artists in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance.</p> <p> <strong>D.S. Kinsel</strong><br /> D.S. Kinsel is a self-described &ldquo;black creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator,&rdquo; whose mediums for creative expression include painting, window display, installation, curating, action-painting, non-traditional performance, and social media. A Pittsburgh-based arts administrator and the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, Kinsel&#39;s work is a reflection of his race, culture, and generation. He strives to encourage audiences to reevaluate their ideas of fine art.</p> <p> ###</p> <p> <strong>About the MAM Program: </strong>Offered through a joint partnership between the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/">Heinz College</a> and the <a href="http://www.cfa.cmu.edu/">College of Fine Arts</a>, the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/arts-management-mam/index.aspx">Master of Arts Management (MAM)</a> program at <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/">Carnegie Mellon University</a> is designed to create innovative leaders in the visual and performing arts. The program combines rigorous finance, marketing, technology and fundraising coursework with practical experience to prepare graduates to excel in public, private or nonprofit arts environments.&nbsp; The groundbreaking program boasts more than 600 graduates in 20 countries who work at some of the most prestigious arts institutions across the globe, including The Guggenheim Museum, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera, The Smithsonian, The National Endowment for the Arts, Edinburgh Festival, Mori Art Museum, Google, and more. The MAM program also is host to two innovative initiatives including <strong><a href="http://www.futuretenant.org">Future Tenant</a></strong>, a downtown Pittsburgh gallery and performance space, and <a href="http://www.technologyinthearts.org">AMTLab</a>, a nationally recognized research center.</p> <p> <strong>About Radiant Hall Studios: </strong><a href="http://www.radianthall.com/">Radiant Hall Studios</a> is dedicated to the creation and preservation of artist studio space. It provides communal and private artist studios, professional development opportunities, and affiliate membership benefits. Founded in 2014 in the vibrant neighborhood of Lawrenceville, Radiant Hall how operates four locations throughout Pittsburgh. Radiant Hall is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.</p> <p> <strong>About Carnegie Mellon University:</strong> Carnegie Mellon (<a href="http://www.cmu.edu/">www.cmu.edu</a>) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university&rsquo;s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California&rsquo;s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.</p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3857Mon, 16 Jun 2016 15:46:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=0From the Steel City to the Desert: Pittsburgh Arts Managers and Artists Embark Upon Summer Residency Program in Sedona

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McKinsey Director Paul Mango Talks Leadership, Health Care with Heinz Studentshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3855Image associated with news releasePaul Mango is Director of the McKinsey & Company Pittsburgh office, where he advises leading health care organizations in improving their performance, staying at the forefront of ongoing health reforms, and attracting new customers. Heinz College recently hosted Mr. Mango as part of its Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. Mango discussed his leadership journey with a group of Heinz College students at Hamburg Hall, sharing lessons on some of the characteristics he has observed in good leaders and has emulated in leading his own employees.

]]><p> As a kid, Paul Mango paid more attention to his curveball than he did to his schoolwork.</p> <p> A promising prep athlete, Mango had dreams of being a Major League pitcher. But when an injury derailed his baseball career, he knew he had to adjust his priorities and aspire to career goals he had never previously considered.</p> <p> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really do a lot of research or studying, but the one thing I knew was that whatever field I was going into, I wanted to be part of the best organization in that field,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> That mindset led Mango to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he embarked upon a successful military career with the U.S. Army&rsquo;s 82<sup>nd</sup> Airborne Division. It later led him to Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA.</p> <p> And that same mindset drives Mango today in his work as Director of the <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/" target="_blank">McKinsey &amp; Company</a> Pittsburgh office, where he advises leading health care organizations in improving their performance, staying at the forefront of ongoing health reforms, and attracting new customers.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a>&nbsp;recently hosted Mr. Mango as part of its Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. Mango discussed his leadership journey with a group of Heinz College students at Hamburg Hall, sharing lessons on some of the characteristics he has observed in good leaders and has emulated in leading his own employees.</p> <p> For Mango, good leadership is not about being on top. It&rsquo;s about being out in front.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about hierarchy, and it&rsquo;s not about using authority to influence people,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about demonstrating through example so that they want to follow you.&rdquo;</p> <p> Mango also impressed upon the students the importance of being consistent in their leadership &ndash; both in selflessly investing in their people and in displaying integrity.</p> <p> &ldquo;You can be honest and you can be ethical, but if you&rsquo;re inconsistent, if you&rsquo;re unreliable, those aren&rsquo;t mortal sins but they affect people,&rdquo; Mango said. &ldquo;There are broad sets of factors that cause someone to be viewed as a person of high integrity.&rdquo;</p> <p> Mango acknowledged that there are two types of leaders: those who dampen anxiety, and those whom amplify. He encouraged the students to strive to be leaders who calm anxiety amongst their employees.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very unsettling in a stressful situation to have an employer who amplifies anxiety,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Leadership is not just how you act all day, but it&rsquo;s particularly how you act when you are under stress.&rdquo;</p> <p> Mango answered student questions about his work as a consultant within the ever evolving and rapidly growing health care industry. He encouraged the students to be fundamentally optimistic leaders in whatever career path they should choose.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a little bit amorphous, but the whole demeanor that you bring to a leadership role is quite important,&rdquo; Mango said. &ldquo;People do notice, and they respond very favorably to, not unrealistic optimism, but certainly optimism.&rdquo;</p> <p> The Heinz College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series launched in 2014 to impart practical leadership advice to Heinz College students from leaders in various industries. In addition to Mr. Mango, speakers have included:</p> <p> U.S. Senator Pat Toomey</p> <p> Lieutenant General David Fridovich, U.S. Army (ret.)</p> <p> Grant Oliphant, President of <a href="http://www.heinz.org/" target="_blank">The Heinz Endowments</a></p> <p> Learn more about <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/" target="_blank">McKinsey &amp; Company &gt;&gt;</a></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3855Mon, 31 May 2016 12:33:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10212McKinsey Director Paul Mango Talks Leadership, Health Care with Heinz Students

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CMU's Heinz College Named Top Analytics Program by INFORMShttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3852Image associated with news releaseCarnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College has won the prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for professionals in advanced analytics and operations research. The announcement was made April 10 at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando. “INFORMS has a long and rich tradition of honoring the very best in operations research and analytics through an array of awards, conferences and publications,” said Melissa Moore, INFORMS Executive Director. “The Smith Prize is a key part of those awards. We congratulate Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College for winning the 2016 Smith Prize.” Heinz College’s unique and effective analytical education, experiential learning activities and successful collaboration between students and partner organizations for capstone projects played an important role in its winning this award.

]]><p> Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College</a> has been awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/UPS-George-D.-Smith-Prize" target="_blank">UPS George D. Smith Prize</a> by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (<a href="http://www.informs.org/" target="_blank">INFORMS</a>&reg;), the leading association for professionals in advanced analytics and operations research. The announcement was made April 10 at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics &amp; Operations Research in Orlando.</p> <p> &ldquo;INFORMS has a long and rich tradition of honoring the very best in operations research and analytics through an array of awards, conferences and publications,&rdquo; said Melissa Moore, INFORMS executive director. &ldquo;The Smith Prize is a key part of those awards. We congratulate Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Heinz College for winning the 2016 Smith Prize.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;We are proud of the work this year&rsquo;s INFORMS George D. Smith Prize recipient, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, is doing to develop the next generation of operations research and analytics practitioners,&rdquo; said Chuck Holland, UPS vice president of engineering. &ldquo;At a time when world leaders are struggling to find answers to complex problems &ndash; global trade, emerging markets, poverty, and hunger among many others, Operations Research is a discipline they should turn to for solutions. These O.R. and analytics students are the key to a better future. We congratulate the Heinz College for winning the 2016 UPS George D. Smith Prize.&rdquo;</p> <p> Heinz College&rsquo;s unique and effective analytical education, experiential learning activities and successful collaboration between students and partner organizations for capstone projects played an important role in its winning this award.</p> <p> Those collaborations allow students to put skills into practice. Through experiential learning opportunities like capstone projects, internships, and apprenticeships, Heinz students help to research and develop solutions to some of society&rsquo;s most pressing challenges.</p> <p> Project partnerships include organizations across all sectors of the economy. In one, students worked with the representatives from McKinsey &amp; Company to analyze factors that lead consumers to various health insurance decisions.</p> <p> &ldquo;The students brought a set of technology and analytical skills to bear on that problem which we were unaccustomed to seeing from other academic programs,&quot; said Paul Mango, director of <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/" target="_blank">McKinsey &amp; Company</a>. &ldquo;We have continued to engage with fantastic Heinz students through the capstone program and have recently added Heinz to the list of top schools from which we recruit our associates.&rdquo;</p> <p> Another student group worked with Pittsburgh Veterans Engineering Resource Center (<a href="http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/verc/" target="_blank">VERC</a>). A cardiologist was concerned about the need for some echocardiograms being ordered for patients at the center for the Department of Veterans Affairs. A team of Heinz students conducted machine learning and data mining analysis to determine the percentage of echocardiograms needed to provide optimal health care.</p> <p> &ldquo;We did find out through the use of the analytics tools that the students developed that some of the testing was inappropriate,&rdquo; said Bob Monte, director of the Pittsburgh VERC. &ldquo;This is important, because if we are able to eliminate some of the inappropriate testing, we are then able to provide better access to [all] patients.&rdquo;</p> <p> Individual efforts by students also make a big impact.</p> <p> Megan John, a student in the Heinz College&rsquo;s School of Public Policy &amp; Management Washington, D.C., program, is identifying trends within data sets of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development&rsquo;s (<a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD" target="_blank">HUD</a>) Real Estate Assessment Center (<a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/reac" target="_blank">REAC</a>).</p> <p> &ldquo;The Carnegie Mellon effort in working specifically with analytics and the data that they have provided to us, and in the different ways of using this data, have been very important in our quest to make sure that we&rsquo;re effective HUD regulators,&rdquo; said D.J. LaVoy, deputy assistant secretary of REAC. &ldquo;The project that we&rsquo;re working on has the potential to save millions of taxpayers&rsquo; dollars.&rdquo;</p> <p> The UPS George D. Smith Prize, which includes a $10,000 cash award, is given to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research. <img align="" alt="Informs Selfie" src="image.aspx?id=10184" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;We are honored and excited to receive this prestigious award,&rdquo; said Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan. &ldquo;As the School founded by William W. Cooper, a legendary operations researcher, analytic thinking, appropriate use of technology and a deep interest in societal problem solving are embedded in our DNA.&rdquo;</p> <p> INFORMS, the INFORMS College for the Practice of Management Science (<a href="http://www.informs.org/Community/CPMS" target="_blank">CPMS</a>) and <a href="http://www.ups.com/" target="_blank">UPS</a> collaborated to establish the award five years ago, which has attracted applications from highly recognized academic programs.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Heinz College program epitomizes the spirit of the UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes exceptional academic programs for their effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, and analytics,&rdquo; said Robin Lougee, research industry lead for consumer products, business solutions, and mathematical sciences for IBM, and chair of the George D. Smith Prize Committee. &ldquo;The program at the Heinz College is commended for its long and outstanding record of preparing students with the trifecta of theoretical knowledge, technology know-how and interpersonal skills that are necessary to successfully practice data-driven approaches to address major societal challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p> The UPS George D. Smith Prize is named in honor of the late UPS chief executive officer who was a patron of operations researchers at this leading Fortune 500 Corporation. George D. Smith was the second CEO of UPS, holding the position from 1962-1972.</p> <p> Related:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">Heinz College</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/UPS-George-D.-Smith-Prize" target="_blank">UPS George D. Smith Prize</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.informs.org/" target="_blank">INFORMS</a></p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kieoUu2VxUI?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="50%"></iframe> </p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3852Mon, 26 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10183CMU's Heinz College Named | Top Analytics Program by INFORMS

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Heinz College Policy Students React to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s CMU Campaign Visithttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3851Image associated with news releaseOn April 6, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a packed crowd at Carnegie Mellon University’s Skibo Gymnasium as part of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. During her presentation, Secretary Clinton outlined her stance on policy issues ranging from manufacturing and marriage equality to environmental policy and gender-based pay equity. Several students from H. John Heinz III College’s School of Public Policy and Management attended the event, eager to witness the political process in action. A number of policy students who described themselves as Clinton supporters attended the rally to publicly endorse their preferred candidate. But several Heinz College students who hold opposing views to Secretary Clinton’s also attended the rally to learn more about her platform.

]]><p> On April 6, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a packed crowd at <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s</a> Skibo Gymnasium as part of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.</p> <p> By mid-afternoon, lines of people waiting to hear the former Secretary and U.S. Senator speak shortly after 6:30 p.m. snaked down Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s Frew Street and wrapped around Margaret Morrison Street all the way to Forbes Avenue.</p> <p> As CMU students and members of the greater Pittsburgh community cleared security checkpoints and streamed into the gym, singers from CMU Soundbytes a cappella group did vocal warm-ups in anticipation of their performance of the Stevie Wonder&rsquo;s &ldquo;Higher Ground.&rdquo; Skibo&rsquo;s scoreboard displayed a time of 20:16 and showed scores of 45 for both the home and guest teams, symbolizing Clinton&rsquo;s drive to become the 45<sup>th</sup> President in November.</p> <p> During her presentation, Secretary Clinton outlined her stance on policy issues ranging from manufacturing and marriage equality to environmental policy and gender-based pay equity.</p> <p> &ldquo;We need to stand up and make sure our voices and our votes count,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> The former Secretary also praised Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s research efforts, describing a visit she had made earlier in the day to the CMU Robotics Institute.</p> <p> &ldquo;I saw the extraordinary work they are doing in medicine, in manufacturing, in the kind of home care delivery that will be part of our future because of the work done at this great university &ndash; by the faculty, by the students,&rdquo; Secretary Clinton said.</p> <p> Several students from <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College&rsquo;s</a> School of Public Policy and Management attended the event, eager to witness the political process in action.</p> <p> Katie Whipkey, a second-year <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/public-policy-management-msppm/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM)</a> student who described herself as a Clinton supporter, said that she has always enjoyed attending political rallies.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a fun environment to be in, and it&rsquo;s good to see people getting excited about voting and about democracy,&rdquo; Whipkey said.</p> <p> Whipkey was surprised that Clinton dedicated some of her speech to the issue of childcare, considering the former Secretary&rsquo;s young, student-based target audience at the rally. But Whipkey said that Clinton&rsquo;s choice of Carnegie Mellon as a site for her campaign stop gave her credibility as a candidate who is interested in the intersection of science, technology, and the arts.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was a great choice for her to come here to CMU to spur the conversation about creativity, design, and technology, and how young people with great ideas can really be the catalyst for her campaign moving forward,&rdquo; Whipkey said.</p> <p> For Whipkey, Clinton&rsquo;s emphasis on building community resonated with the members of the CMU campus who were in attendance.</p> <p> &ldquo;I really liked how the entire thing opened with the building of bridges and embracing diversity, and I thought that sold really well, especially for Carnegie Mellon and how much diversity there was in the crowd with the international student body that we have,&rdquo; Whipkey said.</p> <p> One of those international students was Camila Alarcon, a second-year MSPPM student.&nbsp; A native of Guatemala, Alarcon said she attended the rally because she values the importance that the U.S. presidential election holds in impacting foreign policy.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re so close, and Central America has such an important relationship with the United States, particularly in the area of immigration,&rdquo; Alarcon said. &ldquo;We have so many of my people come here looking for a better life. Secretary Clinton has supported immigration reform, and she&rsquo;s the only candidate who has been very vocal about it.&rdquo;</p> <p> Alarcon said she noticed a strong reaction from the live audience when Clinton spoke about gender-based wage discrimination, an issue that is also of paramount importance to Alarcon.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been doing a lot of work in Carnegie Mellon either as research or working for progress regarding the importance of equal pay, so that was really something I identified with,&rdquo; Alarcon said.</p> <p> A number of policy students who described themselves as Clinton supporters attended the rally to publicly endorse their preferred candidate. But several Heinz College students who hold opposing views to Secretary Clinton&rsquo;s also attended the rally to learn more about her platform.</p> <p> James Swindell and Lauren Renaud, who self-identify as Bernie Sanders supporters, attended Secretary Clinton&rsquo;s campaign rally less than a week after also attending a rally for Senator Sanders at the Pittsburgh Convention Center.</p> <p> &ldquo;I have an interest in politics, and I had the opportunity to see Bernie Sanders last week, so I wanted to take the chance to see Hillary Clinton in person to give both candidates opportunities to have their voices heard,&rdquo; said Swindell, a second-year <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/arts-management-mam/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Arts Management (MAM)</a> student.</p> <p> Swindell said that he was impressed by some of Secretary Clinton&rsquo;s ideas that he had not previously heard expressed through media outlets.</p> <p> &ldquo;She included a remark about a $10 billon plan to create an infrastructure bank for the federal government to draw funds for major transportation projects, which I found to be quite fascinating and really interesting,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> And while he reaffirmed his decision to vote for Senator Sanders as an absentee voter in the Virginia Democratic primary, Swindell said that his impression of Secretary Clinton changed after he saw her speak in person.</p> <p> &ldquo;She was humorous,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;She made several comments that drew laughter, and she seemed very down-to-earth, something that I don&rsquo;t get from the media and something that I haven&rsquo;t perceived in the past. So that was something that was actually quite refreshing.&rdquo;</p> <p> Renaud, a first-year MSPPM student, thought that Secretary Clinton did a good job of touting CMU as an innovative research center and addressing specific inequalities within the gender pay gap among African-American and Hispanic women. But Renaud was generally unimpressed with the former Secretary&rsquo;s overall presentation.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are some things that she says that are a little generic sounding to me, or like she&rsquo;s trying to say the right thing, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel like there&rsquo;s a history of her backing those things up,&rdquo; Renaud said.</p> <p> A native of California, Renaud said that she is excited to be studying policy in a political battleground state during an election year, because her home state often gets &ldquo;glossed over&rdquo; for campaign stops like these.</p> <p> &ldquo;The nature of being in line with random strangers for several hours gets you a different perspective on how the electorate is thinking than just reading polls or articles,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;When I was standing in line for the Hillary rally, there were a bunch of high school seniors standing behind us, and we were just talking to them about policy issues and higher education, and it was just kind of interesting to talk to 17- and 18-year-olds about what is going on.&rdquo;</p> <p> Samantha Levinson, a first-year MSPPM student, had an opportunity to sit behind Secretary Clinton during her speech.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was really a fun place to be, especially given that I&rsquo;d never been to a political rally before,&rdquo; Levinson said. &ldquo;The energy was so high from the beginning, and it was an interesting and cool way to view the democratic process in a very visceral, connected way.&rdquo;</p> <p> Levinson was impressed by Clinton&rsquo;s emphasis on and strategy for distinguishing herself as a progressive candidate at the rally, something Levinson said Clinton had struggled to do during earlier stages of her presidential campaign.</p> <p> &ldquo;There was this one line where she said, &lsquo;the thing about being a progressive is that you have to make progress,&rsquo;&rdquo; Levinson recalled. &ldquo;She stressed that she really is the most qualified person in the field, and I thought that she did a great job with that.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Levinson, seeing an active presidential candidate speak at her school was exciting, and it supplemented her classroom experience as an MSPPM student.</p> <p> &ldquo;It helps remind me of what the end goal is in public life and serving the public good,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It also reminds you of how important presentation and participation are. Sometimes you forget about how visceral democracy is, and how much it is about connecting with other people, and remembering that makes me think differently about coming to school.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;As a policy student, it&rsquo;s a great way to bridge theory and practice into real-life situations,&rdquo; Alarcon added. &ldquo;Seeing how important policymaking is affects all of us as policy students, especially when it comes to looking beyond the party and beyond rhetoric to how policy will be enacted.&rdquo;</p> <p> Carnegie Mellon has been host to a variety of presidential candidates over the past few elections, including President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. First Lady Michelle Obama also visited the Pittsburgh campus on a 2008 campaign stop.</p> <p> <em>As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Carnegie Mellon University does not support or oppose any particular candidate and maintains an open door policy to all candidates.</em></p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/index.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more about the School of Public Policy and Management &gt;&gt;</a></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3851Mon, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10176Heinz College Policy Students React to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s CMU Campaign Visit

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Ben Elliott Lets His Imagination Run Wild at Warner Bros. Interactivehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3849Image associated with news release“It’s like taking all of your LEGOs and dumping them all out on the floor – anything is possible,” said Ben Elliott (MEIM ‘07) of LEGO Dimensions, the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) video game that launched in September. The game combines physical LEGO bricks with a virtual video game world, featuring everyone from Gandalf to Homer Simpson teaming up to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. For Elliott, art mimics life. The onscreen collaborations that make LEGO Dimensions come alive are the result of real-life collaborations between Warner Bros. and several major entertainment studios, including Sony, Universal, and Fox. As Vice President of Business Development & Licensing at WBIE, Elliott is responsible for negotiating these partnerships. In many ways, this is the job Elliott was born to do. But it wasn’t until he enrolled in the Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College that all the pieces fell into place.

]]><p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like taking all of your LEGOs and dumping them all out on the floor &ndash; anything is possible,&rdquo; said Ben Elliott (MEIM &lsquo;07) of LEGO Dimensions, the <a href="http://www.warnerbros.com/studio/divisions/home-entertainment/warner-bros-interactive-entertainment" target="_blank">Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE)</a> video game that launched in September. The game combines physical LEGO bricks with a virtual video game world, featuring everyone from Gandalf to Homer Simpson teaming up to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.</p> <p> For Elliott, art mimics life. The onscreen collaborations that make LEGO Dimensions come alive are the result of real-life collaborations between Warner Bros. and several major entertainment studios, including Sony, Universal, and Fox. As Vice President of Business Development &amp; Licensing at WBIE, Elliott is responsible for negotiating these partnerships.</p> <p> In many ways, this is the job Elliott was born to do. But it wasn&rsquo;t until he enrolled in the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/entertainment-industry-management-meim/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM)</a> program at Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College</a> that all the pieces fell into place.</p> <p> As an undergraduate Political Science major at Pepperdine University, Elliott was head of the debate team and student body president. He had planned to leverage his skills in business management and public policy towards a career in foreign affairs. After graduating from Pepperdine, he spent six months working for the <a href="http://www.state.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of State</a> to help promote civil society reforms in Middle East, followed by a stint at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. It was life-changing, but something was missing. After Tunisia, Elliott, a self-proclaimed pop culture fanatic, soon became interested in applying his skills in negotiation and management to something more creative.</p> <p> He left the world of D.C. foreign policy and was selected as one of 16 Coro Fellows at the <a href="http://www.coropittsburgh.org/" target="_blank">Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh</a>. While in the program, he did special projects and internships, including a stint at the Pittsburgh Film Office and working on the campaign for Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s current mayor. It was during Coro that Elliott became acquainted with many students from <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">CMU</a> who were also Coro participants, and he quickly became attracted to CMU&rsquo;s collaborative community.</p> <p> &ldquo;My entire life, I&rsquo;ve been interested in pop culture, and the talent that goes into making any creative product,&rdquo; Elliott said. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s TV, film, or video games, it takes a lot of people doing a lot of different things well, all at the same time. I really appreciated CMU&rsquo;s focus on consciously creating space for projects where art and technology could intersect to make these things happen.&rdquo;</p> <p> So when Heinz College introduced the MEIM program just as Elliott was completing the Coro Fellows Program, it seemed that the stars had aligned for him. The unique, dual-city MEIM program covers everything from management skills to hands-on experience within the entertainment industry.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was completely serendipitous,&rdquo; Elliott said. &ldquo;I heard about the MEIM program and I thought, &lsquo;what is this?&rsquo; It seemed exactly right &ndash; the perfect way to balance the creative part of my brain with what I do well: manage and negotiate.&rdquo;</p> <p> Throughout the two-year program, students are given plenty of opportunities to engage in hands-on learning. During the first year in Pittsburgh, students develop the business management and leadership skills necessary to excel in a constantly changing marketplace. In their second year, MEIM students move on to Los Angeles, where their practical learning experiences include classes with top industry professionals and nearly 1,000 hours of internship experience. By offering a core curriculum of quantitative management skills combined with practicum work within the field, the MEIM program positions its graduates to be leaders throughout the entertainment industry.</p> <p> As part of their curriculum, MEIM student attend the <a href="http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival" target="_blank">Sundance</a> and <a href="http://www.sxsw.com/" target="_blank">SXSW</a> film festivals, building relationships and expanding their network in the process. They also participate in Internships and capstone projects with major entertainment industry clients including <a href="http://disney.com/" target="_blank">Disney</a>, <a href="http://www.warnerbros.com/" target="_blank">Warner Bros.</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html" target="_blank">Nielsen</a>, <a href="http://www.pwc.com/" target="_blank">PwC</a>, <a href="http://www.fox.com/" target="_blank">Fox</a>, and <a href="http://www.imax.com/" target="_blank">IMAX</a>. This hands-on professional experience in the entertainment industry allows students to find the best working environment for them.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really about understanding what skill set you have, and what kind of culture you want to be in,&rdquo; said Elliott, speaking of the internship experience. &ldquo;If you open you eyes to what companies are focused on &lsquo;entertainment,&rsquo; the opportunities are remarkable.&rdquo;</p> <p> In fact, Elliott&rsquo;s big break in the entertainment industry was the direct result of his second-year internship with Warner Bros. Though he originally planned to work in film development, he was instead offered an internship in video game production.</p> <p> Seven years later, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has grown from a staff of 30 to more than 1,000 employees working for a total of six studios, and it currently boasts four of the top 10 games in the United States, including Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Knight.</p> <p> For Elliott, his love of his work still goes back to his desire for creative collaboration. A recent trip to <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/" target="_blank">Comic-Com International</a> in San Diego reminded him why he&rsquo;s found his ideal career.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was an incredible experience, seeing people dressed up as characters from our films, television shows, and games,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s incredible to realize that Warner Bros. is entertaining the world, and that I&rsquo;m a part of that process.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/entertainment-industry-management-meim/index.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more about the MEIM program &gt;&gt;</a></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3849Mon, 06 Apr 2016 13:02:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10175Ben Elliott Lets His Imagination Run Wild at Warner Bros. Interactive

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Heinz College Grad Founds Agriculture Startup; Wins $50,000 National Science Foundation Granthttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3850Image associated with news releaseBrendan Carroll (MISM ’15) is in the process of promoting and seeking investment capital for his entrepreneurial venture, Skycision, a data-driven farm management platform built around the collection and processing of high-resolution aerial imagery obtained via drone technology. The H. John Heinz III College alumnus recently won a $50,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help launch this innovative new firm, which leverages CMU’s core competencies in computer vision, machine learning, and robotics to revolutionize farming.

]]><p> Imagine you&rsquo;re a farmer, trying to project your crop yield for the coming season. You know how much you planted, but you don&rsquo;t know how many of those plants actually took root. And of course, you&rsquo;ll need to account for factors such as pests and weather damage that may further reduce your harvest potential. Benchmarked data from previous seasons might give you some idea about your yield, but it won&rsquo;t tell you exactly what this season has in store. Monitoring actual growth and the factors that threaten it require multiple hours spent per week scouting your many acres on foot, costing dozens of hours of time and thousands in yield should any threat go undetected.</p> <p> What if there were a quicker, more accurate way to monitor crops and detect problems early?</p> <p> Enter Brendan Carroll&rsquo;s (MISM &rsquo;15) new venture, <a href="http://www.skycision.com/" target="_blank">Skycision</a>, a data-driven farm management platform built around the collection and processing of high-resolution aerial imagery obtained via drone technology. The <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College</a> alumnus recently won a $50,000 <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/" target="_blank">National Science Foundation (NSF)</a> grant to help launch this innovative new firm, which leverages CMU&rsquo;s core competencies in computer vision, machine learning, and robotics to revolutionize farming.</p> <p> Carroll explains that by obtaining imagery via drones, farmers will save a lot of time and money in their scouting process. Rather than spend hours of manpower walking their fields looking for problem areas, farmers can use Skycision&rsquo;s iOS app to create and deploy optimized drone flight plans to efficiently scout any region of their operation.</p> <p> Once the drone has taken photos of the fields, the app relays those images to the cloud, where it compiles an interactive map. From there, specialized imaging sensors measure crop health, optimize field-based irrigation, and generate actionable insights to the farmer.</p> <p> &ldquo;When we take pictures from above, we can pinpoint crop stress at a very early stage, and then notify the farmer to take the appropriate action,&rdquo; Carroll said. &ldquo;We can tell them where exactly issues reside and suggest how to remediate issues, saving them the time they&rsquo;d otherwise be spending walking their fields searching for those problems themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s this combination of innovation and practicality that make Skycision so attractive, not only to farmers, but to investors. The NSF grant is the latest in a series of public and private funds that Carroll and his team have already raised, including contributions from <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">CMU</a> alumni.</p> <p> These include the <a href="http://acceleprise.vc/" target="_blank">Acceleprise</a> program, an incubator based out of San Francisco. The four-month Accelprise program focuses exclusively Software as a Service (SaaS) based startups, and contributes $50,000 in funding, office space, and ongoing mentorship to emerging entrepreneurs throughout the course of the program. The program culminates with the May 25 Demo Day, at which Carroll and his team will have an opportunity to pitch Skycision to additional prospective investors.</p> <p> &ldquo;It has been critical in helping us to more effectively understand core SaaS metrics for investors, as well how to most efficiently and effectively scale sales,&rdquo; Carroll said.</p> <p> With a growing investment base and a marketing strategy that becomes increasingly nuanced with each pitch, the Skycision team is excited about what the future holds for this innovative startup. But as Carroll explains, Skycision has evolved dramatically since he originally conceived it.</p> <p> As a Global MISM student, Carroll was initially interested in employing drones for pharmaceutical delivery. But mounting logistical and regulatory challenges soon made it clear that this concept was too risky for a new venture. So like any good businessperson, he went back to the drawing board.</p> <p> A year later, Carroll says that the skills he learned at Heinz College have been essential for building his business from the ground up. In particular, he cites the courses he took in data mining and distributed systems as giving him the skills he needed to make Skycision a reality.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re at an exciting point of growth,&rdquo; Carroll said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re growing our team and scaling sales, we&rsquo;re excelling in all the right places, and now it&rsquo;s just a matter of managing growth and delivering on expectations!&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.skycision.com/index.html" target="_blank">Learn more about Skycision &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-information-systems-and-management/information-systems-management-mism/21-month-track/index.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more about the Global MISM program &gt;&gt;</a></p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3850Mon, 29 Mar 2016 13:10:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10152Heinz College Grad Founds Agriculture Startup; Wins $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Honoring Al Blumstein's Contributions to Public Policyhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3848Image associated with news releaseStarting April 1, H. John Heinz III College will host a two-day symposium in honor of Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research. Featuring expert panelists and sessions on a variety of topics at the intersection of policy and analytics, the symposium will celebrate Blumstein’s lifelong contributions to intelligent public policy in criminology and operations research. Former colleagues, students, and friends will come from all over the globe to pay tribute to the man whose 50 years of research into violence, criminal careers, and public policy formed the gold standard quality research in the field.

]]><p> Starting April 1, <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College</a> will host a two-day symposium in honor of Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research. Featuring expert panelists and sessions on a variety of topics at the intersection of policy and analytics, the symposium will celebrate Blumstein&rsquo;s lifelong contributions to intelligent public policy in criminology and operations research.</p> <p> Former colleagues, students, and friends will come from all over the globe to pay tribute to the man whose 50 years of research into violence, criminal careers, and public policy formed the gold standard quality research in the field.</p> <p> &ldquo;Al has never felt constrained to approach things the way conventional wisdom dictates,&rdquo; said Daniel Nagin, Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, a 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, and Blumstein&rsquo;s former Ph.D. advisee. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s always done things on his own terms, looking beyond standard ways of thinking about social problems, which is something I greatly admire him for.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Al Blumstein Smiling" src="image.aspx?id=10148&amp;width=300&amp;mar=1" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" />In the 1960s and 70s, that meant pioneering the use of mathematical models as tools for studying crime, innovating an area of study that, up until that point, had been firmly rooted in sociology. By approaching criminology in a way that reflected his background in engineering and operations research, Blumstein was able to bring to the field an unprecedented level of robust analysis.</p> <p> &ldquo;Everyone&rsquo;s heard of the &lsquo;criminal justice system,&rsquo; and I think that&rsquo;s a term that&rsquo;s fairly attributable to Al,&rdquo; Nagin said. &ldquo;He was the first person to conceive of it as a system, and put forth a model of it as such.&rdquo;</p> <p> Over the years, Blumstein&rsquo;s work has investigated nearly every aspect of that system, including modeling of criminal careers, sentencing, prison populations, the impact of demographic trends, and drug-enforcement policy analysis. From crime trends to sentencing guidelines, the impact of his analytical approach to the field is evident in the criminal justice policies and practices of 21<sup>st</sup>-century America.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Al Blumstein Sitting" src="image.aspx?id=10151&amp;width=300&amp;mar=1" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: right;" />Blumstein began his career more than 50 years ago, earning his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Cornell University in 1960. By the time he joined the Heinz College faculty as a founding member in 1969, he had already served as Director of the Office of Urban Research, been a member of the Research Council at the Institute for Defense Analysis, and led a Science and Technology Task Force for President Lyndon B. Johnson&rsquo;s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. The 1967 report that Commission produced, <em>The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society,</em> would shape the U.S. criminal justice agenda for years to come.</p> <p> Here at Carnegie Mellon University, Blumstein&rsquo;s research has been equally influential. The statistical, data-driven methods he held in common with his fellow founding faculty members have become the hallmark of Heinz College&rsquo;s approach to public policy research.</p> <p> &ldquo;That analytic approach was characteristic of all the founding faculty members here at Heinz,&rdquo; Nagin said. &ldquo;They were all working in different domains, but that was the common denominator. It&rsquo;s what made this school, compared to conventional public administration schools, so revolutionary.&rdquo;</p> <p> Brenda Peyser, Associate Dean of the Heinz College <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/index.aspx" target="_blank">School of Public Policy and Management</a>, agrees.</p> <p> &ldquo;As both a founding member and former Dean of the school, Al has been absolutely instrumental in pretty much everything that has shaped who we are,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The people he has brought in as assistant professors, including Dean Ramayya Krishnan, are now the key senior members of our faculty.&rdquo;</p> <p> Throughout his nearly five decades at Heinz, Blumstein has continued to be a leader in the field of criminology. In addition to serving as the Dean of Heinz School from 1986 to 1993, he has chaired countless committees and organizations at both the state and national levels. He served as the second President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the 34th President of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS), and the 26th President of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). Blumstein is, to date, one of only two individuals to have been president of all three of these organizations.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Al Blumstein Chatting" src="image.aspx?id=10150&amp;width=300&amp;mar=1" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" />In addition to his legacy of service and leadership, Blumstein has been honored by leaders in his field with numerous awards over the years for his quality work and innovative research. In 1985, he was awarded ORSA&rsquo;s Kimball Medal for service to the profession and the society. Two years later, he received the American Society of Criminology&rsquo;s Sutherland Award for his contributions to research. In 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and was also awarded the Wolfgang Award for Distinguished Achievement in Criminology.</p> <p> In 2007, Blumstein received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, given for significant contributions to criminological research or practices that combat crime and promote human rights. And in 2012, he was appointed chair of the Science Advisory Board for the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.</p> <p> &ldquo;Al was the Dean who recruited me to come to Heinz College,&rdquo; said Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College. &ldquo;He has been a valuable mentor and colleague in all my years as a faculty member and as an administrator. His commitment to his students and fellow faculty members, and his leadership in innovating the field of criminology, are unparalleled.&rdquo;</p> <p> Yet for all of his accolades, Blumstein is admired by his colleagues and students alike for his ongoing commitment to educating and nurturing the next generation of scholars and policymakers, serving as advisor for a number of the Systems Synthesis capstone projects that are the culmination of every Heinz student&rsquo;s educational experience at the college.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Al Blumstein Teaching" src="image.aspx?id=10149&amp;width=216&amp;mar=1" style="width: 216.594px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;Al is an extremely well-decorated human being,&rdquo; Peyser said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s led virtually every committee and won virtually every award in his field; he&rsquo;s been quoted in the New York Times. And yet, when a student walks in his office, he treats them with the same respect he would give anybody. He&rsquo;s humble, and he&rsquo;s very, very good at what he does.&rdquo;</p> <div> <p> Blumstein says that these student interactions are one of the most gratifying aspects of his work at Heinz College.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been extremely rewarding, graduating students who, at the master&rsquo;s level, have such an important leg up on those they might compete with, because of the analytic skills they have that are the essence of what we provide for our students,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> Blumstein also says he has every intention of continuing to promote intelligent public policy through solid, data-driven research.</p> <p> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s still a lot of work that I will to continue to pursue,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The criminal justice system has changed dramatically from the one I saw when I was on President Johnson&rsquo;s crime commission, and we&rsquo;re now dealing with many problems that were not foreseen 50 years ago. One of the intriguing sessions in the Symposium will examine what we need in a new crime commission, and look at ways in which criminal justice system needs to be fixed.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="http://starrez.housing.cmu.edu/StarRezPortalConference/Modules/Conference/ConferenceDetails.aspx?Params=L9ezxPcQnQvo2mu47qXm1G03uXNqEECHi%2fvin51ezp7wPRM3bP0az5N53fEkZEDZ" target="_blank">Find out more about the Symposium on Public Policy Analysis, and register here &gt;&gt;</a></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3848Mon, 26 Mar 2016 15:05:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10144Honoring Al Blumstein's | Contributions to Public Policy

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South Australian Premier's Historic CMU Visithttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3847Image associated with news releaseThe Hon. Jay Weatherill, MP, Premier of South Australia, made a historic visit to Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh campus March 14 and 15 to see firsthand CMU’s technological innovations in autonomous vehicles, smart cities, robotics, and clean energy. He was warmly welcomed by Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh, who hosted a luncheon in the Premier’s honor at the President’s residence. During his first day at Carnegie Mellon, Premier Weatherill visited H. John Heinz III College. During the Premier’s time at Hamburg Hall, CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian provided him with an overview of CMU as a world-class research university. The Premier was particularly interested in CMU’s track record in being one of the top universities in the U.S. in commercializing federal research grants. He was also interested in CMU’s innovation model that has now been adopted by several U.S. universities.

]]><p style="text-align: right;"> <em style="text-align: right;">This story was originally published on the <a href="http://www.australia.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">CMU Australia</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="text-align: right;">w</span><em style="text-align: right;">ebsite. It is modified and republished with permission.</em></p> <p> The Hon. Jay Weatherill, MP, Premier of South Australia, made a historic visit to Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Pittsburgh campus March 14 and 15 to see firsthand CMU&rsquo;s technological innovations in autonomous vehicles, smart cities, robotics, and clean energy. He was warmly welcomed by <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon</a> President Subra Suresh, who hosted a luncheon in the Premier&rsquo;s honor at the President&rsquo;s residence.</p> <p> During his first day at Carnegie Mellon, Premier Weatherill visited <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx" target="_blank">H. John Heinz III College</a>. During the Premier&rsquo;s time at Hamburg Hall, CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian provided him with an overview of CMU as a world-class research university. The Premier was particularly interested in CMU&rsquo;s track record in being one of the top universities in the U.S. in commercializing federal research grants. He was also interested in CMU&rsquo;s innovation model that has now been adopted by several U.S. universities.</p> <p> Dean Ramayya Krishnan of Heinz College and Dean Jim Garrett of the <a href="http://engineering.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">College of Engineering</a> gave the Premier an overview of CMU&rsquo;s role in the promotion of smart cities through the <a href="http://metrolab.heinz.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">MetroLab Network</a> and the <a href="http://metro21.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Metro21</a> initiative. Through the MetroLab Network, CMU coordinates a nationwide effort between select cities and universities that collaborate to apply technology-driven solutions to urban problems.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Premier Weatherill and President Suresh" src="image.aspx?id=10147&amp;width=300&amp;mar=1" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p> The highlight of the first day was the Premier&rsquo;s test drive of the self-driving Cadillac SRX, a product of the <a href="http://gm.web.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">General Motors-CMU Autonomous Vehicle program</a>. Under the supervision of Professor Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the GM-CMU program, Premier Weatherill experienced an autonomous test ride under normal or uncontrolled traffic conditions.</p> <p> &ldquo;At first it was a white-knuckle experience,&rdquo; the Premier said, &ldquo;but the whole ride went smoothly; it was amazing.&rdquo;</p> <p> The Premier thus joins a select group of individuals, including several members of U.S. Congress, who have tested the vehicles on an open road.</p> <p> &ldquo;The experience confirms for me that the age of the driverless car has truly arrived,&rdquo; said Professor Emil Bolongaita, Executive Director of <a href="http://www.australia.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">CMU Australia</a>, who was in the vehicle with the Premier. &ldquo;In due course, this will revolutionize many industries and sharply enhance the safety and quality of people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Autonomous Vehicle Demonstration" src="image.aspx?id=10145&amp;width=300&amp;mar=1" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 30%;" /></p> <p> During his second day at CMU, the Premier gave a Keynote Speech at an international energy conference organized by CMU&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/energy/" target="_blank">Scott Institute for Energy Innovation</a>. Introduced by Scott Institute Director and CMU President Emeritus Jerry Cohon, the Premier underscored in his speech the challenge of climate change, calling it a &ldquo;race against time,&rdquo; and announced the South Australia Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize to foster innovative low-carbon industries.</p> <p> The Premier also held meetings with the CMU&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.sei.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Software Engineering Institute</a> to discuss cybersecurity. He ended his visit with a tour of the various cutting-edge projects on robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence at the <a href="http://www.ri.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Robotics Institute</a>.</p> <p> &ldquo;South Australia is very proud of its relationship with Carnegie Mellon, and through its South Australia campus, we look forward to further collaboration in the years ahead,&rdquo; Premier Weatherill said.</p>
http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=3847Mon, 25 Mar 2016 10:05:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?width=250&mar=1&id=10143South Australian Premier's | Historic CMU Visit

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