Daniel Tkacik Senior Staffwriter

Class of 2013


  • Researchers provide more insight into how humans learn

    Do something right and be rewarded — or do something wrong and be punished. For years, research has focused on this trial-and-error type of learning, but a recent Carnegie Mellon study shows that there’s much more to the picture.

    SciTech | November 21, 2011
  • First-year studies Martian minerals

    Ever since she moved to Pittsburgh in kindergarten, first-year materials science and engineering major Kate Groschner has pondered the workings of the world around her. Now, Groschner is pondering the workings of a different world by working in materials science and engineering professor Michael McHenry’s synthesis lab, using magnetic properties of minerals to understand Mars’ planetary history.

    SciTech | November 21, 2011
  • Making fuels from grass: CMU researchers explore alternatives

    With increased demand for energy as the world population climbs over the 7 billion mark, many experts are stressing more than ever the importance of alternative and renewable energy sources. Two Carnegie Mellon researchers have honed their skills in conceptualizing an efficient system that converts switchgrass, a versatile grass that grows easily in much of the U.S., into an energy-rich biofuel.

    SciTech | November 7, 2011
  • IBM discusses insights during company's 100th anniversary

    The creation of Carnegie Mellon’s Andrew network, developing a Jeopardy!-competing supercomputer, and making a global business last for 100 years were just a few things IBM executives had to talk about during their centennial celebration lecture at Carnegie Mellon on Oct. 20.

    SciTech | October 31, 2011
  • SciTech Briefs

    Humans may face shortage of water

    SciTech | October 31, 2011

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