In the second of his two lectures in honor of Arthur Okun, Professor Summers points out that real interest rates have been very low in the current subprime crisis. This indicates that the shock to the economy was more a financial breakdown shock than a disinflation shock. But financial breakdown shocks are not necessarily very harmful to the economy, so long as financial intermediation capital is not destroyed. In a financial crisis like t...more
Shutterfly CEO Jeff Housenbold rattles off a roster of quick and valuable bits of advice for the aspiring entrepreneur and employee of corporate America. Highlights include finding yourself a mentor invested in your success. He suggests learning where the money is made in a company, and building a career in that sector. Find wide areas of growth or turnaround and you will have the opportunity for broader success. And, uncover your boss' pr...more
Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) hosted a lecture by Rob Rogers, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled "How a Cartoonist's Brain Works." In his talk, Rogers, who received his master's degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1999, discussed his new book, "No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers," which was recently ...more
The last week of the first computing course course. In this lecture we start to answer the question "What makes a good programmer?" which students have been asking on the forum for a few weeks (what wonderful students!) We then consider how this course fits into the whole computing degree and some ideas about life and learning after leaving university. Craftsmanship. Science. Design. Looking back over what we learned in the course. The f...more
In five years, New Schools has given 10,000 kids access to new schools, says Smith. Public charter schools provide an alternative to government-run schools by giving the school much more flexibility while maintaining accountability. She believes this flexibility encourages innovation and increased performance. Other portfolio items include: 1) Teachscape - an online teacher-training program, which uses a video case method of instruction ...more
Professor Freedman discusses some of the paradoxes of monasticism in the Early Middle Ages. To the modern mind, monks and learning make a natural pair. However, this combination is not an obvious outcome of early monasticism, which emphasized asceticism and renunciation of the world. As it moved west, monasticism shifted away from its eremetic beginnings in Egypt and Syria to more communal way of life under the Rule of St Benedict. In addi...more
In 1989, following the year when Dell, Inc. went public, Dell explains how the company had a large problem with inventory management. As a result, the company failed to transition properly in the industry from one technology to the other. However, because of this critical mistake, the company learned how to correctly manage their inventory, and according to Dell, became the best in the world at it. Later on, Dell also notes the company did...more
Andy Friere, Co-founder and CEO of Axialent, describes the innovation culture archetype, one of the five basic cultural archetypes into which organizations fall: 1) Achievement, 2) Innovation, 3) One-team, 4) People-first or 5) Customer-focused. Specifically, Friere suggests that innovation cultures focus on experimenting and learning from mistakes to create new products and businesses. Friere describes the behaviors, symbols and processes...more
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.
William Gelbart, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, gave the 2010 Buhl Lecture at the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk, entitled "Viruses From Scratch", discusses viruses from a physical point of view, emphasizing their unique simplicity and what they all have in common.
As human life expectancy increases, so does the possibility that a family member or friend will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Fortunately, researchers are continually learning more about what causes this debilitating condition and discovering new ways to help patients cope with symptoms. At this March 6, 2012, seminar, you will hear from faculty members who will share insight about the disease and tips for caring for a loved one. ...more
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