Lecture Preview

Title: The Last Lecture: Jeffrey Zaslow

The Basics: A column by Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal reporter and Carnegie Mellon alumnus, helped contribute to the acclaim of computer science professor Randy Pausch’s “last lecture,” which Pausch delivered in September. Later today, Zaslow will speak about the book The Last Lecture, which the two men collaborated on, and how their efforts have helped increase funding for pancreatic cancer research. Pausch will be available via speakphone.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center

Title: Chelsea Clinton

The Basics: Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Senator Hillary Clinton (D–N.Y.), Democratic candidate for president, will speak on her mother’s campaign issues at Midway. At the time of her speech, Midway will be quiet and closed for booth work. She is expected to discuss topics ranging from health care and education to the war in Iraq.

When: Today at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Midway, Morewood Gardens parking lot

Title: John McCain

The Basics: Senator John McCain (R–Ariz.), Republican candidate for president, will speak in anticipation of the April 22 Pennsylvania primaries. McCain has become the frontrunner for his party in the 2008 race.

When: Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Wiegand Gym, University Center

Title: University Lecture Series — “Role of Engineers in Poverty Reduction: Challenges and Opportunities”

The Basics: Bernard Amadei, a professor at the University of Colorado, will describe methods that will help engineers to construct a sustainable world. Amadei is an accomplished civil engineer who has co-authored two books delving into rock mechanics and engineering geology. His recent interests in renewable energy sources and green construction have led him to found several initiatives in sustainable technology, including Earth Systems Engineering, which is designed to teach engineers to work with nature rather than against it, and the outreach program Engineers Without Borders. This project is designed to help implement energy and water purification systems in developing countries.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

Title: School of Architecture Lecture Series — Stefan Behnisch

The Basics: Stefan Behnisch, of the architectural firm Behnisch Architekten, and Thomas Auer, of Transsolar Climate Engineering, will be discussing several of their collaborative projects in conjunction with the Ecology, Design, and Synergy exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Heinz Architectural Center. Both of the firms that Behnisch and Auer represent are based in Stuttgart, Germany, and their collaborative projects are considered to be at the cutting edge of environmental design. The architects showcased their ability to combine aesthetics with environmentally responsible designs in their winning RiverParc project for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which will also be highlighted in the talk.

When: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Museum of Art Theater