During 1996, on behalf of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Jesse Ausubel helped Prof. Thomas Bailey establish the Community College Research Center at Teachers College. The influential center celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2016 with a symposium highlighted by a talk by Dr. Jill Biden, 2nd Lady of the USA and professor at Northern Virginia Community College. For Jesse’s role, please watch minutes 10 to 18 of this video:
de Koning finds the number of hours Dutchmen work during their lives gradually diminished. Men born in 1840 worked on average 118 thousands hours, while it is only 67 thousands hours for the 1950 cohort. As a percent of total number of hours available to a man, the decline is from 23% for the 1840 birth cohort to 9%for the 1950 birth cohort. The finding resembles what Jesse and Arnulf found for American males. Technology lifts productivity and lengthens lives, and the changed ratio of work to life explains many of the benefits and worries of modern societies.
Dr. Robert Ballard’s inspiring speech about ocean exploration begins at the 16-minute mark in this video from the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum held at the Rockefeller University 20-21 October.
A Press Release describes recent discoveries by ocean explorers and the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum, organized by Jesse Ausubel (Rockefeller University) and Paul Gaffney (Monmouth University). Thanks to the 110 participants and for great preparation by Alan Curry, Doris Manville, Karl Vilacoba, and Danica Simmons.
Deep Carbon Observatory researchers have created an eye-popping animation that shows volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and associated emissions since 1960…and reveals the seamy structure of the Earth. See the press release about Exhaling Earth and the 70-second E3 animation.
Distributor Music Box Films has posted the release schedule in USA theatres of the new Jacques Perrin documentary film about forests and forest fauna, The Seasons. Here is a photo with Kathleen Townsend, Jacques Perrin, and Jesse Ausubel at the dinner in honor of the film at the home of the French ambassador in Washington DC.
During September, PHE welcomed a guest, Dr. David Burg, a Bio-statistician based at the Golan Research Institute in Katzrin, Israel, as a visiting researcher. Dr. Burg is working with PHE on a number of projects including the development of online software for statistical analysis of time series data as well as studies applying biological models to social and technical phenomena. We were fortunate enough to have the participation of many, if not all, the PHE members involved in the joint research. Pictured below with New York City in the background from left to right are: Jason, Mark, Jesse, Doris, Perrin, Iddo, and David Burg.