April 2009 Issue
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Special Edition: Public Policy

President and Provost Introduction

In 1968, in response to concerns about urban poverty and racial tensions in the United States, Carnegie Mellon founded the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA).

Crime and Criminal Justice

Find out how a Carnegie Mellon professor is helping to shape public policy by challenging old assumptions and introducing a fresh approach to crime reduction based on his analytical research.

Energy and Environmental Issues

Faculty from all seven of the university's colleges are investigating some of today's most pressing environmental and energy issues, including the risks of global warming, the benefits of green design, and the need for better air quality.

Healthcare Policy and Management

We work across traditional disciplines to find new ways to handle challenges, like the spread of communicable and infectious diseases, the burden hospital mergers inflict on consumers, and the influence of community design on public health.

Economics and Technology

At Carnegie Mellon, we innovate at the intersection of information technology and policy to address many of the problems facing society and to make an impact on the global community.

Improving Risk Assessment and Response

A Carnegie Mellon professor established what he calls "information ethics" to guide policy makers along the fine line between private lives and public policy, while other faculty members are researching how appropriate risk communication can be the difference between lives saved and lives lost.

The Global Market Economy

We turn conventional wisdom on its head through careful analysis of data. When policy makers and business executives need an articulate perspective on monetary policy, they often turn to our professors.

Urban and Social Policy

Carnegie Mellon professors are teaching everyday people the skills they need to succeed, as well as conducting research to help policy makers implement and analyze antidiscrimination laws.

The Heart of Intelligent Action

One of the greatest strengths of the university is our interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving real-world problems, which perhaps is nowhere more evident than in our public policy research.

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