UP Alumni In The News 5.4.11

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Happy first Wednesday in May! We hope you caught yesterday’s latest speaker announcement – we are particularly proud to be bringing Dr. Anthony Atala to Houston.

As always, UP speakers past and present continue to make news. Below are some of this week’s biggest stories.

With gas prizes on the rise and summer vacations looming, U.S. News took a look at “Why $4 Gas Makes Consumers Freak Out” and cited a fantastic New York Times op-ed from way back in 2008 authored by UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely that is suddenly very timely again.

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell explained to The Atlantic why he is almost always 24 hours behind the news cycle. It was also announced that Gladwell’s work will be featured in a new sports and pop culture website being launched by ESPN’s The Sports Guy, aka Bill Simmons.

Also from The Atlantic, they’ve announced thatUP 10 speaker Richard Florida’s position as a senior editor there is expanding. Atlantic Media is now launching a website based on his work and vision, and if you’re in the job market, they’re looking for an editor.

UP 10 speaker David Pogue closed out the news cycle on Apple’s “Locationgate” in a write up on his blog.

Luis Von Ahn, another UP 10 speaker and inventor of reCAPTCHA has announced his next venture. A new site called Duolingo that will work on translations and help users learn new languages.

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