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Sept. 17: New Carnegie Mellon Podcast Series Offers Insight Into the G-20


Ken Walters               

New Carnegie Mellon Podcast Series Offers Insight Into the G-20

Faculty Experts Provide Their Takes on the Pittsburgh Summit

PITTSBURGH—As the G-20 Summit nears, Carnegie Mellon University is unveiling a podcast series featuring expert commentary on many of the event's key issues.
The series includes Carnegie Mellon faculty members discussing a host of important G-20 topics, including the global economic crisis, monetary policy and environmental concerns. The series also features commentary on Pittsburgh's transformation from a manufacturing to knowledge-based economy, and on the city's environmental efforts. Pittsburgh is hosting the economic summit Sept. 24-25.

Some of the featured speakers in the podcast series include:

  • Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon speaking about Pittsburgh's transformation and the role universities play in driving regional economies;
  • Lee Branstetter, associate professor of economics, discusses international economics and how to change the World Bank and International Monetary Fund;
  • David McCormick, former undersecretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of the Treasury who has participated in G-20 meetings, provides background on what to expect at the September gathering;
  • Stephen Lee, head of the School of Architecture, discusses the importance of sustainable design globally and Pittsburgh's green initiatives;
  • Donald Carter, recently appointed the David Lewis director of urban design and regional engagement for the Remaking Cities Institute, talks about Pittsburgh's economic resurgence;
  • Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, discusses the importance of globalization and innovation;
  • Joel Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy and a Pittsburgh historian, talks about the city's past and where it stands today;
  • Carnegie Mellon students Beatrice Dias and Anthony Velazquez, and TechBridgeWorld Project Manager Sara Belousov discuss the students' work this summer to improve the quality of life in Tanzania.

The podcast series can be heard at Carnegie Mellon's Web site at