Daily Archives: May 1, 2020

The World After Coronavirus: The Future of Growth | Mark Blyth

BU Pardee Center

Apr 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis of unprecedented scale, with aftershocks that will be felt in virtually every aspect of life for years or decades to come. The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at the Pardee School of Global Studies has launched a new video series called “The World After Coronavirus,” in which we ask leading experts and practitioners from Boston University and across the world to explore the challenges and opportunities we will face in our post-coronavirus future.

The series is hosted by Prof. Adil Najam, the Inaugural Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies and former Director of the Pardee Center. In this episode, Dean Najam speaks with Mark Blyth, Professor of International Economics at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, about the future of growth after COVID-19.

Dr. David Ehrenfeld – Methods of Preserving the Planet

Rutgers University

Jan 20, 2010

David Ehrenfeld discusses the idea of energy conservation as the best solution to our energy crisis. Dr. Ehrenfeld is a professor at the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University.

Extinction reversal? Don’t count on it: David Ehrenfeld at TEDxDeExtinction

TEDx Talks

Apr 2, 2013

David Ehrenfeld is Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. He is author of seven books, beginning with the pioneering textbook Biological Conservation (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970), and including The Arrogance of Humanism (Oxford University Press, 1978, 1981), Becoming Good Ancestors: How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology (Oxford University Press, 2009), and, with Carol Mack, a science fiction novel, The Chameleon Variant (Dial Press, 1980).

Humanity on the Edge of Extinction | Anders Sandberg | TEDxVienna

TEDx Talks

Dec 14, 2017

Existential risks are risks that threaten the survival or long-term flourishing of humanity. Avoiding them is an obvious top priority. But if a major catastrophe was to occur, what could we do to prevent humanity from going extinct? Can we ensure that survivors can rebuild civilisation? Anders Sandberg is a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University. His research centres on management of low-probability high-impact risks, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures. He has a background in computational neuroscience, transhumanism, and future studies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Epidemics and the end of humankind | Rosalind Eggo | TEDxThessaloniki

TEDx Talks

Jul 25, 2018

From the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, humankind has lived in fear of a potent infectious disease that would mark its demise. Dr Rosalind Eggo is a mathematical modeller who tracks the spread of deadly viruses, in an attempt to stop them. In this talk, she combines science with humour and answers the question we all want to ask: “Will a pandemic mark the end of humankind?”

Rosalind Eggo is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in the UK. She received her PhD in the dynamics of the 1918 influenza pandemic from Imperial College London, and then worked at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Rosalind works in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. This means she uses computational and mathematical methods to understand the transmission of pathogens through populations. The aim of infectious disease modelling is to understand the routes and mechanisms that drive the spread of infections, so that we can ultimately design interventions to prevent them. Rosalind has worked on analysis of pandemic influenza, Ebola, Zika, cholera, and other pathogens. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

More Americans are going hungry amid economic crisis — and many can’t get help

PBS NewsHour

Apr 30, 2020

The current economic crisis means rising demand for food stamps. While Congress has passed additional benefits for some recipients, a large percentage of the poorest households did not get an increase. Meanwhile, many people, from college students now at home to those at high-risk for COVID-19, are facing new complications in accessing their benefits. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.


Top U.S. intelligence agency says coronavirus “not manmade or genetically modified”

New China TV

Apr 30, 2020

The top U.S. intelligence agency says the country’s intelligence community does not believe the coronavirus was manmade or genetically modified.