The Link is the magazine of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Its name recognizes the pioneering work of two of the School of Computer Science's co-founders, Allen Newell and Herb Simon, who invented the use of linked-list data structures for representing complex information.

But it also serves as the link between the School of Computer Science and more than 10,000 alumni, colleagues, parents and other friends around the world.

From the latest issue:

Unraveling Language

Karen Hoffmann Monday April 27, 2009
Maxine Eskenazi knows how much can depend on the meaning of a single word. While she was living in France, her French mother-in-law sent one of her American aunts a gift of delicate chiffon fabric.But the French have a different name for the sheer material--mousseline--while "chiffon" means "rag." Eskenazi's mother-in-law received, therefore, a well-intentioned note thanking her for the "nice rags." 

From the Dean

Randy Bryant Wednesday April 15, 2009
A large delegation from Carnegie Mellon traveled to Doha, Qatar, recently for the dedication of the new building for the Carnegie Mellon Qatar campus. The building can only be described as spectacular, larger than any building on the Pittsburgh campus, with an amazing sense of openness and space. 

Creating the Gates and Hillman Centers

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
Looking to the Future, Respecting the PastGenius--Thomas Edison said--is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.Architecture--Mack Scogin says--also relies more on old-fashioned hard work than on bolts of creativity that descend like lightning from the heavens. 

Giving Back

Mark Dorgan Wednesday April 15, 2009
When asked about some of the successful projects he's worked on, Scott Dietzen (S'84, CS'88, '92) borrows an old joke from his days at Transarc Corp. and claims that each team he worked with "inadvertently lowered its average IQ by letting me join up." 

On Campus: Apples and Oranges

Meghan Holohan Wednesday April 15, 2009
You don't expect to find Carnegie Mellon computer scientists working in apple orchards and orange groves. But maybe you should, says Sanjiv Singh, a research professor in the Robotics Institute. "I am very interested in automation in agriculture," he says. "I have gravitated to farm applications because I can see a benefit for society." 

In the Loop: Manuel Blum

Joanna Steward Wednesday April 15, 2009
Manuel Blum came to Carnegie Mellon as a visiting professor in 1999 and has been the Bruce Nelson Professor of Computer Science since 2001. The 1995 winner of the A.M. Turing Award, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Husband of Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, they are together the parents of a third member of the SCS faculty, Computer Science Professor Avrim Blum.