Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A Carnegie Mellon graduate, Hollen Barmer turned her love of fish fries into a map to chart the many places to find Friday fish for Lent.
Leave it to a non-Pittsburgh native to find a way to let all yinz know about where to find fish n'at for Lent. Hollen Barmer, a writer/editor for Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, has found all the fish fries Pittsburgh has to offer—and a way to add those she might have missed. "I decided to make the first map in 2012 because I'd been enjoying going to fish fries for a few years and wanted to see all the options based on location," explained Barmer, who moved here from Memphis, TN 13 years ago to attend graduate school at CMU. "Even though I've lived in Pittsburgh for almost 13 years, I don't know all the neighborhoods. On top of that, I am terrible with directions. I thought other people might be able to use the…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
He's been missing from Pittsburgh since March 1993, though he was reported in New York City and possibly San Francisco a few weeks after he disappeared.
Oakland is teeming with college students on any given day as students from Carnegie Mellon, Pitt and Carlow cross back and forth between traffic as they go to and from classes. Andrew Karis was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1993, when he disappeared on a March day. He was last seen on March 1, then, suddenly, he was missing from among those crowds of students. Also known by the nicknames Andy, Drew and Sparky, he was last seen on campus on March 1 that year. When he was reported missing, authorities tracked his credit card and telephone records, and determined that he might have purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to New York City. He was 19 years old at the time of his disappearance and would be 39 …
Friday, July 6, 2012
President Barack Obama greets hundreds of supporters at Carnegie Mellon, a stop on his Rustbelt campaign tour.
President Barack Obama urged a crowd at Carnegie Mellon University today to stay the course, despite newly released June jobs numbers showing sluggish employment growth across the nation. "We knew we wouldn't be able to do it overnight, because these problems weren't created overnight," Obama told hundreds of supporters gathered near the university's College of Fine Arts during the sweltering July afternoon. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that employers created 80,000 new jobs during June, leveling the nation's unemployment rate at 8.2 percent. The report has dampened hopes that the economy was on the rebound after showing strong employment growth earlier this year. Obama didn't directly reference the latest employment …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Residents can pick up tickets to the event at several locations, including in Monroeville.
Residents of the Plum-Oakmont area will have a chance to see President Obama speak in Pittsburgh on Friday, July 6. Obama will deliver remarks at a grassroots event with supporters at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland as part of a two-day “Betting on America” bus tour through Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Friday’s event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Doors will open at noon and the estimated start time of the event is 2:10 p.m. The event will be held on the College of Fine Arts Lawn at Carnegie Mellon University located at 5000 Forbes Ave in Pittsburgh. Obama will talk about his efforts over the last three years to get the economy back on track, doubling down on American workers by saving the auto…
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Would you spend nearly $50,000 per year on tuition?
Pop quiz: Name Pennsylvania's most expensive college. New data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals the answer. Bucknell University in Lewisburg captures the state's top spot with a gold-plated tuition price tag of $42,342 per year, the seventh highest in the country. Room and board and other fees will set you back another $10,000, at least, and expect to pay more in the future: The school set yearly tuitionfor the Class of 2016 at $44,900. Not far behind is Carnegie Mellon University with a tuition of $42,136; it's 10th in the U.S. on the list of high-priced private schools. The most expensive four-year private school in the study is Connecticut College, asking $43,990 per year for tuition. The data breaks out public vs. private…
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Sophomore Liam O'Toole gave Peters Township Public Library patrons a preview on Thursday.
Peters Township High School sophomore Liam O'Toole has a passion for playing the bagpipes—it’s in his blood, you could say. He said he plays for profession and hobby, and hopes to earn a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University. On Thursday, he performed a handful of tunes for Peters Township Public Library patrons—a sound heard louder than typical at a library, and beautiful at that. Studiers on the second floor peered over the balcony to listen, and a group filled the tables to the left of the lobby. Between songs, O'Toole explained his attire—noting his multi-color kilt of the O'Toole clan, and his leather and fur Sporran, a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on a pocketless kilt. O'Toole said he's been playing for …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
CMU released the smartphone application to iPhone in July.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Four months after Carnegie Mellon University released a fancy new iPhone app to help riders locate their Port Authority buses, the school in Oakland has built a similar app for Android smartphone users. The Android version of Tiramisu is now available for download online by going to www.tiramisutransit.com. “Tiramisu now can be used with the vast majority of smartphones on the market,” said Aaron Steinfeld, a senior systems scientist in the university’s Robotics Institute. “That’s critical for a crowdsourcing app such as Tiramisu because users are its most important source of information. It becomes more helpful as more people use it.” The iPhone version already has proven to be wildly popular with Port Authority riders as more than 10,000…
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The former Plum High wrestler will be among eight honored at the group's annual banquet at Edgewood Country Club; some tickets are still left for the event.
Plum High School graduate Matt Cassidy will be among those honored when the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame East Boros Chapter holds its 34th annual Sports Induction Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Edgewood Country Club, Churchill Road, in Churchill Borough. The annual event honors standout athletes and athletic staff through the years from the Plum, Riverview, Woodland Hills, Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Gateway, East Allegheny, Penn-Trafford and Franklin Regional school districts. Bob Ford of Plum is the chapter president. The festivities start with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased individually or in tables of 10 at a cost of $40 a ticket. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 412…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sept. 10 open house will recruit 'Girls of Steel' for 2011-12 season.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Girls of Steel, a team of young women that will compete in the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, will host an information session for any high school girl in the Pittsburgh area who is interested in joining the team for the 2011-12 season. The open house, which also welcomes family members, friends and potential sponsors, will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in room 2109 of the Gates and Hillman centers on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Oakland. Girls of Steel is sponsored by the Field Robotics Center, part of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Last season was the first for the all-girls team, which won All-Star Rookie awards at regional competitions in …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University introduces Tiramisu, a real-time bus tracker app, in conjunction with the Port Authority.
Pittsburgh transit riders standing at a bus stop want to know the answer to only one pressing question, “Where’s my bus?” Thanks to a new iPhone application, Tiramisu, developed at Carnegie Mellon University, riders will no longer need to fret. Tiramisu, an Italian word meaning, “pick me up,” is a user-friendly application that uses a rider's iPhone to signal the location and occupancy level of the Port Authority of Allegheny County buses in real time, tracking arrival and departure times for each bus. The new app was developed by researchers in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), supported in part by CMU’s Traffic21 initiative. The free application is already available for …