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UP Alumni In The News 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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UP Alumni In The News 10.5.11

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

As you read this post, The UP Experience 2011 is just 3 weeks away! We’ve been waiting all year and can’t believe it’s already here.

As we wait on pins and needles for October 27th we thought we’d take a closer look at what some of our UP 11 speakers have been up to this week:

Dr. Anthony Atala was featured on the CBS News in New York for his incredible, pioneering work in growing human organs and the incredible opportunities this breakthrough technology stands to give the thousands on transplant lists in the U.S. His talk at UP11 is definitely one not to be missed.

Also featured on CBS News this week, fellow UP 11 speaker Katie Linendoll, talking about her predictions for yesterday’s big Apple iPhone announcement. See what she expected and if it lined up with the big announcement.

Memory guru Ron White contributed a great actionable memory tip to an interested article produced by Men’s Health and ABC News, “17 Ways to Upgrade Your Whole Life.”

Meanwhile Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy which is revolutionizing education, was interviewed on CNN about how to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

Sign UP now to see these incredible innovators on October 27th!

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UP Alumni In The News 9.28.11

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday marked one month until UP 2011. We can’t believe its already here! We’d love to hear which speaker you are most excited to hear this year!

And, while we’re busy with final preparations for this year’s UP Experience, our UP alumni have been busy pushing their initiatives forward. This past week:

John Gerzema at Inc.com took a look at “Why You Should Hire E-lancers,” citing UP 08 speaker Sir Ken Robinson‘s work on learning that takes place outside of the classroom and what these “citizen-teachers” can offer the rest of us.

As always tech companies are making headlines and UP 10 speaker David Pogue is breaking down the details for us. Don’t miss his analysis of Netflix’ recent announcement that it will be splitting off its DVD service into a separate service, Qwikster.

UP 09 alumni Michio Kaku was in the news this week as physicists around the world commented on an experiment that appeared to call into question Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Get UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely's advice on how to pay employees. Image courtesy of flickr/aresauburn

Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, who spoke at UP 09, took to BusinessWeek.com this week to talk about, “How to Pay People.”

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UP Alumni In The News 9.21.11

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

It’s been a busy week at UP! We hit 100 followers on Facebook this week, posted so many past UP talks on YouTube and dove into all the details that need to be ironed out with The UP Experience just over a month away!

We imagine our UP alumni and UP 11 speakers have also been busy, here are some of their activities making headlines this week:

Learn how to improve your memory skills from expert Ron White at UP 11. Image courtesy of Flickr/therichbrooks

UP 11 speaker and memory expert Ron White was featured in SUCCESS Magazine this week. White had an MRI taken at the University of Texas this week, while he memorized information. The results showed that White uses 35 percent more of his brain when memorizing than the average person! Don’t miss him at UP 2011 when he shares his tips and tricks!

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger took to the Huffington Post to talk about the incredible difference education can make for a child in their article, “An Education Takes Kids from Slums to Schools.

On a light note, UP 10 speaker and New York Times tech columnist David Pogue took some time to help us all get up to speed on the latest cultural references in his guide, “Internet Memes 101: A Guide to Online Wackiness.”

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UP Alumni In The News 9.14.11

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Here we are, halfway through the week again and with more intriguing news from UP Experience alumni:

Mosquito nets like this one can prevent malaria - support an important cause and learn more about smart ways of working by purchasing the book End Malaria. Image courtesy of Flickr/Sheep "R" Us

UP 10 speaker, Kevin Kelly, featured the new book End Malaria as recommended reading on his blog this week. The book, which features advice from some of the world’s best thought leaders on how to work smarter, isn’t about malaria, but $20 from each sale will go to fight the disease. End Malaria features essays not just from Kelly but many past and future UP Experience speakers including: Brene Brown, Dan Pink, and Sir Ken Robinson.

Fellow UP 10 speaker Dan Buettner and his Blue Zones Project joined with Wellmark, Healthways and Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa to launch a new Blue Zones initiative in the state.

Right here in Houston, UP 11 speaker, Laura Spanjian our city’s Sustainability Director, was part of the “Houston Drives Electric” launch and announced that Houston residents can expect to have access to 250 public electric charging stations by the end of 2012.

And, Spanjian’s fellow UP 11 speaker Dan Pink shared one of his favorite, free new productivity tools.

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UP Alumni In The News 9.7.11

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We hope everyone had a great long weekend! The week might have just started but it’s already Wednesday and time for UP Alumni In The News!

This past week:

UP 10 speaker and New York Times tech critic David Pogue reexamined previous advice to never unsubscribe from spam emails.

Kevin Kelly recommends his book on paperback over ereader. Image courtesy of Flickr/edwc

September marks the month when Pogue’s fellow UP 10 speaker and technology writer Kevin Kelly releases the paperback version of his book What Technology Wants many of you may have read it as all of last year’s UP attendees got copies in their gift bags. Kelly has some surprising thoughts on the advantages of buying the book versus reading it on an ereader and highlights some unconventional interviews he’s done lately.

UP 09 speaker Michio Kaku was featured in the latest edition of “Symphony of Science” on CBS News. This series mixes some of society’s greatest current scientific minds including Kaku and Stephen Hawking with the entertaining world of viral internet videos.

Don’t forget, our full speaker lineup for UP 2011 has been announced and posted. Check it out!

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UP Alumni In The News 8.24.11

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This week in addition to UP Alumni news, we’ve got UP Founder news! UP Experience co-founder Sheryl Rapp has been selected by Texas Executive Women as one of their 2011 Women On The Move. Houston Woman Magazine wrote about the upcoming awards in their latest issue.

Also this week:

Yesterday's East Coast earthquake should be a warning says Michio Kaku. Image courtesy of flickr/digitalsadhu

UP 10 speaker Michio Kaku commented in near real time on yesterday’s East Coast earthquake.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were featured on CBS News for their work “to solve the unsolvable.”

UP 09-11 speaker and emcee David Eagleman‘s pioneering research on time perception was included in an article from Wired, “Why Some Seconds Seem to Last Forever.”

Congrats are in order for UP 10 speaker Gracie Cavnar who has been recognized by Self magazine as one of three winners of their “Women Doing Good” award.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.16.11

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

What a week its been! We announced the last speaker in our incredible lineUP for UP 2011. The days have flown by and it’s time for another UP Alumni In The News post. October 27th is right around the corner!

It’s never a dull week for our UP Alumni! This week:

image courtesy of flickr/Will Clayton http://www.flickr.com/photos/spool32/5045502202/

We wished a happy birthday to UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak!

Meanwhile, Bloomberg Businessweek, reported on UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely’s research on cheating at Duke University.

UP 10 speaker and sleep expert James Maas was quoted in an article at Inc.com, “Should Your Employees Take Naps?” (Hint: Yes!)

The Business Insider reported on research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that has identified UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point - the exact point at which minority-held ideas go mainstream.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.10.11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Happy Wednesday UP blog readers! We took a great end of summer vacation last week but are back with lots of UP alumni news today! This past week:

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger took to The Huffington Post’s Canadian website to discuss the importance of long term action over one time aid in solving the problems of East Africa.

image courtesy of Flickr/Blyzz (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blyzz/4133624072/)

Blogs buzzed this week as it was announced that UP 09 speaker and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is joining with Seth MacFarlane to produce a new version of Carl Sagan’s popular mini-series “Cosmos.” MacFarlane might be more easily recognized as the man behind the hit Fox television series, “Family Guy.”

Meanwhile The Independent spent time examining the question, “Is David Eagleman the cleverest man in America?

UP 09 speaker Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic, will be returning to the site of the shipwreck to photograph the ship’s stern for a new attraction dedicated to the Titanic in Belfast.

And, as everyone wraps up the summer travel season, UP 10 speaker David Pogue shares, “Five (and Then Some) Tech Tips For Travel.”

Have a great rest of the week!

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Journalism, Economist and Expert on China-U.S. Relations, Joshua Cooper Ramo, joins UP 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

We are pleased to welcome Joshua Cooper Ramo, managing director of Kissinger Associates, and a scholar who clearly understands the cultural, historical, and political intricacies of China, viewed often as a conundrum by the rest the world.

Prior to entering the advisory business, Joshua was an award-winning journalist and the senior editor and foreign editor of TIME magazine. Among his nearly two-dozen cover stories were the 1997 Man of the Year profile of Andy Grove, an award-winning profile of Kofi Annan, and, most recently, reports on unemployment in America and China-U.S. relations. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Order Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It, which has been published in nearly 20 languages.

A Mandarin speaker, Joshua divides his time between Beijing and New York City. He has been hailed “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by the World Economic Forum, and he has written numerous papers on China’s development, which have been widely distributed in China and abroad. In 2008, Joshua served as China Analyst for NBC during the Summer Olympics in Beijing and shared an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the opening ceremonies alongside Matt Lauer and Bob Costas.

Trained as an economist, Joshua holds degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University. He has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Asia21 Leaders Program, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and Global Leaders for Tomorrow, an advisory board member of the Leaders Project, and co-founder of the U.S.-China Young Leaders Forum. In addition, he has spent two sabbaticals working with AIDS hospices in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

To learn more about Joshua Cooper Ramo and hear his fascinating insights on the future of China, sign UP today.

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