Heather Tomko Contributing Editor

Class of 2010


  • New memory editing drug has potential to help, harm

    Hearing any news about altering the way people’s memories work always makes me think of the movie Paycheck. In this movie, the protagonist, an inventor, is hired to do a top-secret job, and then injected with a drug when he’s done so that he will forget all of the top secret work that he’s just completed. Of course, it turns out that he’s invented something terrible, and has to remember what exa...

    Forum | April 13, 2009
  • Grafitter wins annual Smiley Award

    Most at Carnegie Mellon know that the smiley emoticon was invented by one of our very own professors. What many students may not know, however, is that that invention led to an award bearing the emoticon’s very own name — the Smiley Award — that rewards innovation in technology-based person-to-person communication.

    SciTech | April 13, 2009
  • CMU police give crosswalk violators citations

    Walk, don’t run, when crossing the street at Forbes and Morewood Avenues — and only if the white hand says go. Otherwise, you may be looking at citations or fines from Carnegie Mellon Police. Last Wednesday, Carnegie Mellon Police, along with University of Pittsburgh Police, City of Pittsburgh Police, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, conducted a Motorist and Pedestrian Safety Enf...

    News | March 30, 2009
  • Public confused; sugar neither healthy nor natural

    I feel the need to take this space this week to point something out to you, something that I thought was fairly obvious, but, apparently, is not: Sugar is not healthy.

    Forum | March 30, 2009
  • Ross Finman given scholarship for exploratory space research

    Junior electrical and computer engineering student Ross Finman was awarded the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship issued by the National Space Club that is given to a student interested in space-related science and engineering.

    News | March 30, 2009