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Presidential Perspectives No. 5 • Fall 2011

In 2008, Carnegie Mellon announced its revised strategic k plan, an update of the one created in 1998, at the beginning of my presidency. The new strategic plan includes a honed list of research priorities that had come to the fore in the previous ten years. Although they are all important, three of them deserve mention here: cyber-enabled scientific discovery, neurobiology, and cognitive sciences. These are all areas in which the university has demonstrated years of excellence (more on this shortly), but the strategic planning committee agreed that careful hiring, research breakthroughs by our faculty, and new collaborations across campus meant that these and other research thrusts that had only begun to gel in the 1998 plan deserved closer attention ten years later…