Public Impact Symposia

Spring 2013 Impact Symposium

Thursday, March 21, 11:30-3pm, Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center (lunch included)

With the support of the Embrey Family Foundation and the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies

“On the Limits and Promise of Prediction”

This IMPACT Symposium will engage in an interdisciplinary conversation about the power of prediction—its promise as well as its limitations, focusing in particular on energy, the environment, and economics

Moderator: Jan Hart Black: former City Manager and former head of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Hough, (Author & Scientist, Southern California Earthquake Center)

“Predicting the Unpredictable”

Dr Hough received her A.B. in Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently the Scientist-in-Charge, U.S. Geological Survey, Pasadena, CA. In addition to being the author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Hough is the author of five books. Her most recent book is titled Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction (Princeton, 2009).

1:00-1:50: Macrotrends: Long-Range Forecasting

Confirmed panelists:

    Professor Mike Davis, Cox School of Business
    Professor James L. Smith, Cox School of Business
    Professor Neil Tabor, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences

2:00-2:50: Microtrends: Big Data

Confirmed panelists:

    Professor Tom Fomby, Department of Economics
    Professor Elfi Kraka, Department of Chemistry
    Richard Rodts, Manager, Solution Specialist Team, IBM