Michael M. Whiston

Class of 2009


  • SciTech Briefs

    Brain views images past borders

    Researchers from the University of Delaware and Yale University recently performed a study showing that the brain uses boundary extension to process certain images. Boundary extension is the process of predicting features that exist beyond the image’s borders (i.e., beyond peripheral vision).

    SciTech | April 23, 2007
  • How Things Work: Lasers

    A laser is a device that can read data from a CD, provide a light spectacle, and even produce a concentrated, coherent beam of light capable of cutting through materials.

    A laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is essentially an energy emitter.

    SciTech | April 23, 2007
  • Professors analyze nuclear blast safety guidelines

    In an attempt to help people effectively respond to a nuclear threat, engineering and public policy professors Keith Florig and Baruch Fischhoff have published an article in Health Physics called “Individuals’ Decisions Affecting Radiation Exposure After a Nuclear Explosion.”

    SciTech | April 16, 2007
  • Graduate fellowship created for students in MCS

    Mellon College of Science has created the Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowship to support graduate students who are pursuing scientific research. The fellowship is funded by a $1 million gift from Carnegie Mellon alumnus Bruce McWilliams and his wife Astrid McWilliams.

    SciTech | April 9, 2007
  • SciTech Briefs

    Evidence found on plate tectonics

    Scientists now hypothesize that the Earth’s tectonic plates began moving about 3.8 billion years ago. This claim diverges from the previous finding that such movement began 2.5 billion years ago, which was based on a rock formation in China.

    SciTech | March 26, 2007