Campus News in Brief

Science fellowships awarded to three faculty members

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded 2010 fellowships to three Carnegie Mellon University faculty members: John Lehoczky, Manuela Veloso, and Larry Wasserman.

The new AAAS fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin at the AAAS Fellows Forum on Feb. 19 during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

John Lehoczky is the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Thomas Lord Professor of Statistics. The AAAS is recognizing his “significant and sustained contributions to the theory and applications of stochastic processes, particularly to the modeling of real-time computer systems and financial markets, and for his outstanding contributions to education both in the classroom and through academic administration.”

Manuela Veloso is being recognized for her “distinguished contributions to artificial intelligence, especially advances in automated planning, multi-agent systems, and robotics.” Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science.

Larry Wasserman, a professor of statistics and machine learning, will be honored because of his “fundamental contributions to statistical theory and statistical machine learning, to applications of statistics in astronomy and genomics and to statistical pedagogy.”

Two linguistics professors attend national conference

Carnegie Mellon professors Barbara Johnstone and Mandy Simons presented on Pittsburgh’s unique dialect at the Linguistic Society of America’s (LSA) 85th Annual Meeting. The event was held from Jan. 6–9 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel.

Johnstone, a professor of English focusing on rhetoric, linguistics, and critical theory, gave a keynote presentation on “Speaking Pittsburghese: The Social History of Pittsburgh Speech.” In her lecture, she examined the individual characteristics of native Pittsburgh speech and how, in the second half of the 20th century, “Pittsburghese” has become accepted as an authentic dialect. Johnson connected Pittsburgh’s unique jargon to the city’s local identity and discussed why and how this happened in Pittsburgh and not in every American city.

Simons, an associate professor of philosophy who launched Carnegie Mellon’s linguistics major, presented her talk, “Towards a Taxonomy of Projective Content.” Simons worked with a team of collaborators collecting research on the topic. She shared the results of a National Science Foundation-sponsored research project aimed at better understanding different types of linguistically conveyed meaning, using data from a variety of languages.