Lecture Previews

Health Care Finance: Lunch & Learn Presentation with Professor Gaynor

Monday at noon

Hamburg Hall 1004

Carnegie Mellon health economist and founding Chairman of the New U.S. Health Care Cost Institute Dr. Martin Gaynor will be featured at this session of the Heinz Health Care Club. The Health Care Cost Institute aims to use its access to private health care insurers’ spending data to interpret and predict the current and future status of health care in the United States.

Gaynor and the Heinz Health Care Club seek to uncover what factors lead to the increasing health care costs in the U.S., why there is variation in health care costs between private providers, and how the prices of insurance are set for people under the age of 65.

HCII Lecture: Elizabeth F. Churchill, “The Playground of the Internet: Where Social Science and Design are BFFs”

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center 4401

Elizabeth Churchill, the principal research scientist and manager of the Internet Experiences group at Yahoo! Research, will discuss her ongoing research and findings in human-computer interaction (HCI) and the challenges facing the field of HCI.

Churchill focuses on the ways in which people communicate and connect through technology and interactive media. She studies and designs technologies that encourage community, communication, collaboration, coordination, and creativity.

Additionally, Churchill has co-chaired several academic conferences. She has also many published professional papers and books covering her research in HCI and psychology.

The American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series: “Robert D. Reischauer, This Time Really Will be Different: Adapting to Fiscal Reality”

Tuesday at 4 p.m.

O’Hara Student Center, University of Pittsburgh

Economist Robert D. Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will be the featured speaker at this University of Pittsburgh lecture. Reischauer is a nationally known expert on the federal budget, Medicare, and Social Security.

Based out of Washington, D.C., the Urban Institute is a non-partisan economic think tank that has recently published on topics such as Medicare and Medicaid funding for the chronically ill, health care quality improvement initiatives, Social Security benefit reductions, flat tax proposals, and unemployment insurance.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, also former attorney general of the United States and undersecretary general to the United Nations, will moderate audience discussion. This event is open to the public, but reservations are required.