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Asset Allocation Strategies for the New Decade

Martin Leibowitz, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Robert Litterman, Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co.; and John L. (Launny) Steffens, Founder, Spring Mountain Capital
June 17, 2010

The Einstein Legacy Society recognizes those friends of the Institute who have made a planned gift or who have included a commitment to the Institute in their estate plans.The Society honors the memory Albert Einstein, one of the Institute’s first Faculty members, serving from 1933 until his death in 1955. The Einstein Legacy Society was created in 1996, and is co-chaired by Trustee Emeritus Martin A. Chooljian and Charles and Rosanna Jaffin.

Return to Space

Charles Simonyi
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Advanced Study
May 6, 2010

Charles Simonyi, Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and President and CEO of Intentional Software Corporation, is the first and only “space tourist” to fly twice: first in 2007 and most recently in 2009, for a combined total of twenty-eight days in space. In this talk, Dr. Simonyi discusses daily life in a spacecraft and on the International Space Station, and shows footage of the dynamic return trip from orbit to the ground in Kazakhstan.

Cover Times, Blanket Times, and Majorizing Measures

James Lee
University of Washington
April 12, 2010

The cover time of a graph is one of the most basic and well-studied properties of the simple random walk, and yet a number of fundamental questions concerning cover times have remained open. We show that there is a deep connection between cover times of graphs and Talagrand's majorizing measure theory. In particular, we prove that the cover time can be characterized, up to universal constants, by the majorizing measure value of a certain metric space on the underlying graph.

Leon Levy Lecture - Mass Higher Education and the Dropout Problem

Paul Attewell
Institute for Advanced Study
April 21, 2010

Paul Atewell, Leon Levy Foundation Member, School of Social Science. In the United States, ever-increasing proportions of high school graduates continue into college, and more and more undergraduates continue into master’s programs. One concern with educational expansion is that many students do not complete their degrees; they “drop out.” Some read this as proof that too many students are going to college, but other scholars argue that not enough Americans are receiving degrees. In this talk, Paul Attewell, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will consider the reasons behind the dropout phenomenon, examining individual factors but also highlighting government policies and institutional practices that undercut students’ progress toward graduation.

Measuring Shape With Homology

Robert MacPherson
Institute for Advanced Study
April 7, 2010

The ordinary homology of a subset S of Euclidean space depends only on its topology. By systematically organizing homology of neighborhoods of S, we get quantities that measure the shape of S, rather than just its topology. These quantities can be used to define a new notion of fractional dimension of S. They can also be effectively calculated on a computer.