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Weingart awarded title of Carnegie Bosch Professor

Professor Laurie R. Weingart was named the Carnegie Bosch Chair of Organizational Behavior and Theory for her excellent academic record, for considerable contributions to the field of organizational behavior, and for exemplifying the unique relationship between Tepper School of Business and the Bosch Group through the Carnegie Bosch Institute.

Weingart’s research focuses on team dynamics, strategic negotiation, interdisciplinary teams, and innovation processes within groups. In 2004, she published a paper in the Journal of Applied Psychology that revealed contrary evidence to prevailing ideas concerning the impact of task and relationship conflict on team performances, leading to a new means of approaching the subject.
A reception was held on Sept. 16, highlighting Weingart’s accomplishments in the field of behavioral study, as well as recognizing her new position.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon, Tepper School of Business Dean Kenneth B. Dunn, and Carnegie Bosch Institute President Sylvia B. Vogt were all in attendance to honor and support her.
“Laurie is a recognized researcher, a popular professor, a mentor to junior faculty, a collaborator across the Carnegie Mellon campus, and a true innovator in her academic field,” Dunn said in a recent university press release.

Consortium to develop new ways to measure learning

Spanning across five countries, the Measuring Learning Consortium aims to develop better technologies to more accurately measure student competency in scientific and mathematical fields. Many see classic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as outdated and not adequately meeting the needs of students seeking higher learning. Sponsored by the HP Catalyst Initiative, the consortium plans to transform traditional methods of gauging how students understand STEM through new innovations, such as computer-based tutoring systems.

Candace Thille, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative, and Ananda Gunawardena, associate teaching professor in the School of Computer Science, will lead one of the five consortiums planned by HP in 2010. “Ultimately, we want to develop a new breed of technology-enabled embedded assessments that measure STEM competencies that the international community values. Many of the competencies that we believe are important are difficult, if not impossible, to appraise through conventional methods,” Thille said in a university press release.

Members of the consortium have been provided with more than $6 million in funding for this year from the HP Catalyst Initiative program.