Friday, December 11, 2015

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Delivers Dipak Banerjee Memorial Lecture at Presidency University Kolkata

The overall lecture is on debt and its place in a capitalist economy, but Dr Rajan also answers a question from the audience, which turned out to be the 'last question' - on the likely effect of the GST in India: "The GST will increase the tax take in India, not by increasing the effective or actual rate, but by broadening the base of potential taxpayers; and it will likely also decrease overall transaction costs, making India a truly common market."

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mark Carney: The EU, Monetary & Financial Stability, and the Bank of England

Friday, October 2, 2015

ASEAN's Economic Future: Vikram Nehru, CEIP talks with The Diplomat

Bank of England's Mark Carney on Climate Change & Financial Stability: Breaking the Tragedy of the Horizon

Mohamed El-Erian: October Fed Rate Hike Won't Happen

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at DARPA "Wait, What?": Innovation & National Security

Dr. Ashton Carter spoke to DARPA's "Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum" on September 9, 2015 in St. Louis, MO, the city where the famous Lewis & Clark expedition began in 1804, the site of the St Louis World's Fair a century later, and the city whose spirit was the inspiration for Charles Lindbergh's plane The Spirit of St Louis, in which he crossed the Atlantic solo in 1927. It is also the site of a Boeing plant which the Secretary visited earlier in the day.

The full text of the Secretary's remarks is available here, I found the following excerpt is particularly inspiring:

"...our strength also comes from the longstanding link between the technology community and the government, and that's why I've made building and rebuilding the bridges between us one of my core goals as secretary of defense. Because, going forward, we need the best people, the best technology and the best innovation to remain the world's finest fighting force. Over most of the last 75 years, the bonds between us have been remarkable close. I've observed that from -- seen it from both sides. As a technologist myself, and also serving a number of times in the Defense Department. But while our ties have endured through successes and strains, the challenges and opportunities we face today demand we strengthen our partnership, and it has to be in ways that benefit both of us. We live in a changing world, and our military's excellence is not a birthright. It's not a guarantee. We have to earn it again and again." (emphasis added)

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is the second person with a PhD in physics to hold the post, Harold Brown having been the first, while his mentor, Dr. William Perry, who held the post 1994-97, was a mathematics PhD. But he is also majored in Medieval History at Yale, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, during which time he earned his PhD in theoretical physics. He is truly an inspiring figure in many ways.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan confirmed as President-elect of the Royal Society

When the news of Nobel Laureate Sir Venki (Venkatraman) Ramakrishnan being confirmed as President-elect of the Royal Society to assume office beginning December 1, 2015 was announced by the Royal Society (@royalsociety), I couldn't resist tweeting (and re-tweeting) it out. But my mind also raced back to the time when I first heard of the announcement of Sir Venki's Nobel Prize, back in 2009.

At the time, it had also been announced that his PhD adviser was Professor Emeritus Tomoyasu Tanaka of Ohio University. I noted immediately that this made him my 'PhD uncle' since my own PhD adviser, Professor Kishin Moorjani, was also advised by Professor Tanaka, who was then at The Catholic University of America. I have ever since been seeking a suitable opportunity to blog all about my 'PhD relationship' with Sir Venki.

Well, now Sir Venki, in joining the ranks of a galaxy of super-achieving Presidents of the Royal Society [such as Sir Isaac Newton (1703-27), Lord Kelvin (1890-95), PMS Blackett (1965-70) and the Astronomer Royal, Lord (Martin) Rees of Ludlow (2005-2010)] has given me just such a chance!

Congratulations and kudos, Sir Venki! I feel both humbled and exhilarated to be your 'PhD nephew'!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

DARPA's Arati Prabhakar with CNN's Barbara Starr - The Future of War

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jake Taylor of the UMd Joint Quantum Institute on Quantum Sensing & Simulation with Light & Matter

Dr. Jake Taylor, Deputy Director of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland speaking at the International Conference on Atomic Physics in Washington DC August 2014 (ICAP 2014) on "Quantum Sensing and Simulation with Light & Matter".

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zvi Bodie and Marie Briere win 2015 Markowitz Prize

Professor Zvi Bodie of Boston University and Professor Marie Briere of Amundi were awarded the 2015 Harry H. Markowitz Prize by the Journal of Investment Management, for their paper on Sovereign Wealth Funds and Risk Management.