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Title: “Temperature Shocks, Energy Prices, and U.S. Mortality”

The Basics: Dr. Joseph Aldy, a professor in The Heinz School for Public Policy and Management, will give a lecture on his study of the consequences of recent changes in temperature and energy prices.

He will discuss the method of using panel data econometric techniques to determine the trends in energy prices.He will also speak on the direct relationship between temperature and mortality in senior citizens, as measured from the population of individuals over the age of 64 in cities throughout the continental United States. Aldy will link his findings to the changes expected in future years in global climate change.

When: Today at 12 p.m.

Where: Hamburg Hall 1502

Title: “U.S., Syria, and The New Old Middle East: Confrontation or Cooperation”

The Basics: In a lecture co-sponsored by the Arab Student Organization, Syrian Ambassador to the United States Imad Moustapha will give a talk on the relationship between the U.S., Syria, and the Middle East. An avid writer and blogger, he has covered an array of topic in English and Arabic, from U.S. policies to Washington politics, fine arts, literature and music. His works include “The Echoes of Orpheus,” “Concurrent Engineering” and “Creativity out from the Windows of Hell”. Most particularly, in 2003, he co-authored the United Nations sponsored Human Development Report in the Arab World.

Moustapha holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

Before he became Syrian ambassador in 2004, he was secretary general of the Arab Schools on Science and Technology and dean of the faculty of information technology at the University of Damascus.

When: Today at 6:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium in the University Center

Title: “Networking and You” — CIT First-Year Success Series

The Basics: A CIT graduate will give first-years advice on networking to help them take advantage of both internship and research opportunities over the summer and throughout the school year. He will speak about how to construct cover letters, write résumés, and efficiently interact with professors.

The lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Dean of the College of Engineering that is designed to give first-years a glimpse at life as an engineer and in the professional field.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Singleton Room, Roberts Hall.

Title: “Enabling Systems on a Chip to Test Themselves” — Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminars

The Basics: Jacob A. Abraham, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, and one of the most cited researchers in the world, will describe an innovative approach which uses the computational resources in the SoC, a system within a computer chip, to test its own capabilities.

Abraham received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kerala, India, in 1970, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He has supervised over 60 Ph.D. dissertations. Additionally, he has been elected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) as well as a fellow of the Association for Computer Machinery, and is the recipient of the 2005 IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Scaife Hall 125