Triumph of the MOS Transistor
[Recorded July 13, 2010] The MOS (metal-oxide-semiconductor) transistor, the fundamental building block of digital electronics, is the base technology of late 20th and early 21st century. The story of its development is one of the key chapters in the history of the semiconductor and computing industries. After being the subject of extensive research and vigorous activity among semiconductor pioneers at companies like Fairchild, IBM, RCA, Bell Labs, Texas Instruments and Intel throughout the 1960
The Electronic Coach
[Recorded: circa 1959] "The Electronic Coach" is a short film made by IBM describing the use of computers in the management of a university basketball team. The film features computer science legend Don Knuth, then a junior at Case Institute of Technology. For all four of his undergraduate years at Case (1956-60), Knuth was manager of the basketball team and sought ways to improve his team's play by analyzing a series of special statistics he captured during games. The scoring method was unusual
Not Your Father's Internet
[Recorded: August 19, 2010] In 1998 Americans represented nearly three quarters of all Internet users; today they are less than fifteen percent. The complexion of the Web - its users, their desires, their languages, points of entry and experiences - has subtly and not-so-subtly changed. All these new online participants bring with them different values, social norms, and styles of expression. Today's Internet is increasingly a reflection of the world's cultures and its governments, which often h
Authors@Google: Robert Sutton
If you are a boss who wants to do great work, what can you do about it? Good Boss, Bad Boss is devoted to answering that question. Stanford Professor Robert Sutton weaves together the best psychological and management research with compelling stories and cases to reveal the mindset and moves of the best (and worst) bosses. This book was inspired by the deluge of emails, research, phone calls, and conversations that Dr. Sutton experienced after publishing his blockbuster bestseller "The No Asshol
Documentary: The Adolf Hitler Schools (Part 4 of 6)
This part of the documentary talks about how children in Hitler's school must master everything including language dance and any other activities. The brainwashing of German youth by the Nazi leadership made this school a centerpiece in the German's attempt to rule the world. Shows how some unique opportunities were offered the children to insure they were loyal followers. Quotes and interviews used.
How to Prepare a Speech
How to Prepare a Speech. Part of the series: Teaching English. When preparing a speech, research important facts or statistics to capture the attention of the audience, and practice speaking in front of people to improve your delivery. Focus on the crowd as a...
Why women mean business
Business leaders ignore gender issues at their peril. That's the view of CEO of gender consultancy 20-First and INSEAD alumna Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. In a new book, 'Why Women Mean Business', Wittenberg-Cox and her co-author Alison Maitland say organisations that become savvy about 'womenomics' will win in the war for the best talent and leadership and the war for customers.
Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea
Astronomical research is dependent on technology that allows astronomers to see the universe. Telescopes act as giant eyes, capturing the light from celestial objects and processing it for astronomers to study. Generally, a space-based telescope will offer the clearest views of the universe. However, astronomers have found an ideal site for ground-based telescopes. In this video segment adapted from First Light, learn about recent telescope technologies and one of the best ground locations — M
Gucci: In the business of selling 'dreams'
As many look to cut costs to cope with the worsening economic downturn, you would expect consumer spending patterns to be adversely affected, with the luxury goods segment being one of the hardest hit.
Not so according to Robert Polet, chairman of the Gucci Group. While he agrees that consumer psyche vis-à-vis buying behaviour has taken a hit, he believes that his company is in the business of selling dreams – and you can’t put a price tag on a dream.
Satellite Images Track the Route of the Gulf Oil Spill
Using satellites, scientists have been tracking the movement of BP's Deep Water Horizon oil slick as currents have pushed it closer and closer to the Gulf Coast. Now, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have used supercomputers to simulate its path in coming months as it moves up the Atlantic seaboard in major ocean currents. (01:26) There is no narration, but there are captions indicating what is being shown.
Keynote Address by Irene Rizzini (video)
A talk by Irene Rizzini, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Department of Social Work). From the International Child Welfare Conference, co-sponsored by The Center for International Studies' Norman Wait Harris Fund, School
"Rubber Tit: A Joint Performance by Performance Artist Tari Ito and Jazz Saxophonist MASA"
Part of the Japan at Chicago Lecture Series: Celebrating Protest (http://ceas.uchicago.edu/celebratingprotest); sponsored by the Japan Committee of the Center for East Asian Studies, the Human Rights Program, the Center for International Studies, and the Center for Gender Studies.Author(s):
"Militarization of U.S. Foreign Relations with Latin America: Prospects for Change" (video)
A panel discussion with: Lisa Haugaard, Executive Director of the Latin America Working Group; Joy Olson, Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America; Adam Isacson, Senior Associate at the Center for International Policy. From the Latin American Briefing Series. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Internati
"The Fifteen-Woman Lawsuit Opposing the Self-Defense Forces in Iraq" (video)
A talk by lawyer Michiko Nakajima. In the course of the Iraq War, citizens in Japan, singly or in groups, have been taking the state to court alleging violation of the "no war" clause of the Constitution in deploying Self-Defense Force troops. Feminist labor lawyer Michiko Nakajima led a group of 15 women plaintiffs in one such suit. This
"U.S.-Cuban Academic Relations Part I: The Politics of U.S.-Cuban Exchanges" (video)
Wayne Smith, Center for International Policy and Louis Pérez, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
U.S. and Cuban scholars involved in academic, scientific, and cultural research face significant difficulties in maintaining open and thorough dialogue with each other due to restrictions governing travel between the two countries. Such
"Petroleum Technology Presentation" (video)
A talk by Brian C. Gahan, Energy Consultant; Chair of the Chicago Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; former Senior Scientist and Manager of E&P Technology Development at the Gas Technology Institute. Session 4 of the conference "Petroleum: Prospects and Politics." Sponsored by the Chicago Society. Co-sponsored by the Student Government of the Universi
"The Sixth Anniversary of the Gujarat Riots" (video)
A talk by Shabnam Hashmi, Managing Trustee and Executive Secretary of Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) in New Delhi, India. Presented with Professor Steven Wilkinson and Mona Mehta of the University of Chicago. The Gujarat violence was a series of communal riots that took place in the Indian State of Gujarat from February to May 2002, involving violence between Hindus and Mu
"The Closing of the ICTY and its Effect on Justice and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia (vide
This panel explores how the impending closing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will affect justice and accountability in the Balkans including: the integration of international human rights standards on a national level, the challenges and opportunities confronting the domestic courts and the role of the media/civil society. Distinguished panelists in
Roksonaki Concert (video)
A smash hit at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Roksonaki pioneered the creation of a unique sound that integrates ancient Kazakh instrumentation with contemporary rock and jazz using motifs drawn from Eurasia's indigenous religious traditions. This tour gives lucky audiences an opportunity to learn about Central Asian culture directly from the s