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Title: University Lecture Series — “The Effects of Recent European Union Environmental Regulations on U.S. Industry”

The Basics: Daniel Assmus, director of Duquesne University’s Chrysler Corporation Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Center for International Regulatory Assistance (CITRA), will speak about the ongoing process of European Union integration, and what it means for industry in the United States.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: University Lecture Series —“The Secret History of the War on Cancer”

The Basics: Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and professor of epidemiology at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, will discuss her book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Basic Books, 2007). In her book, Davis explores the fact that, although external causes of cancer have long been known, the information has remained largely untouched. Davis contends that there is no accident here — the leaders of industry, who stand to profit from both the sale of carcinogenic products and the perpetuation of current treatments, have been the ones directing the war, and are keeping the public in the dark.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Martin Kersels

The Basics: This Los Angeles-based artist, who works with sculpture, video, photography, and performance, will talk about his career and the theatrical nature of his work. In a style that has been called “serious slapstick,” his pieces often highlight the awkward and ironic character of human nature. In addition to one-person shows in such places as New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, Kersels has also been featured as a part of group exhibitions worldwide.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts

Title: University Lecture Series — “From Underdogs to Tigers: The Growth of the Software Industry in Emerging Economies”

The Basics: Ashish Arora, professor of economics at the Heinz School, will speak about his book, From Underdogs to Tigers: The Rise and Growth of the Software Industry in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel (Oxford, 2006). He will trace the paths countries have taken in establishing their place in the world of technology and examine the role that globalization and outsourcing have played in this process. Lastly, he will look ahead to the future of these markets in an increasingly high-tech society.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series — “Parallel Computers Will Be Everywhere: How Will We Use Them?”

The Basics: Fran Allen, the first female IBM Fellow — now Fellow Emerita — and 2007 winner of the prestigious Turing Award, will speak about her pioneering work at the T. J. Watson Research Laboratory and the future of computing in our world. Considered a pioneer in the field of compiler optimization, her groundbreaking work with compilers and parallelization has greatly influenced the shaping of computer science as we know it today, and what it promises to become.
This lecture is the annual Women@SCS lecture.

When: Thursday at 4 p.m. (Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

Where: Wean Hall 7500