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Title: “You Look Terrible: How Not to Dress for a Job Interview”

The Basics: Deirdre Clemente, Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. candidate in history and former fashion editor, discusses how — and how not — to dress like a grown-up for a job interview. To this end, Clemente will explore the merits (or lack thereof) of flip flops, sweatpants, tank tops, white after Labor Day, anything shrunken in a dryer, and other items you should have already donated.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Robert Egger Lecture

The Basics: Entrepreneur and humanitarian Robert Egger will discuss his experience as founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization where unemployed men and women learn marketable culinary skills and transform foods donated by restaurants, hotels, and caterers into balanced meals. Since its inception in 1989, the organization has distributed 17.4 million meals and helped over 605 men and women gain full-time employment. It has also been the destination of some of Carnegie Mellon’s Alternative Break service trips.

Egger is currently the chair of the mayor’s Commission on Nutrition for Washington, D.C. and chair of the board of Street Sense, Washington’s homeless newspaper. Egger was named one of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders in 2006 and 2007 by the Non-Profit Times.
He is also the author of Begging for Change (2004), which received the McAdam Prize for Best Nonprofit Management Book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

When: Today at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Breed Hall (MM 103)

Title: “The Social and Ethical Impact of Automated Decision Support Designs”

The Basics: M.L. (Missy) Cummings, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, will debate the disadvantages of automated decision support systems — computer algorithms designed to help humans make decisions. Specifically, Cummings will discuss how developing human-computer interfaces for such systems can introduce a moral buffer that may rebuild eroding moral agency, responsibility, and accountability.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program and the international relations department.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: “Google China: Can a Multinational Internet Company Succeed in China?”

The Basics: Kai Fu-Lee, president of Google Greater China and vice president of engineering for Google, will discuss Google’s impact in China since its arrival in 2006. Amid large-scale international Internet company failures, Google has managed to overcome significant challenges and succeed, building the best Chinese search engine and increasing market share.

Lee was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon from 1988 to 1990, during which he developed the world’s first speaker-independent continuous speech-recognition system, called the “Most Important Innovation of 1988” by BusinessWeek. Also during his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, Lee developed the world-champion computer program that plays the game Othello.

This lecture is part of the School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series.

When: Friday at 4 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center