Brain on Fire

Lawrence C. Marsh

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Synopsis: Let Professor Marsh take your brain on a roller coaster ride with a host of common sense solutions and dramatic innovations in a world that is changing ever more rapidly as we travel further into the 21st century. "Brain on Fire" provides over 80 of the professor's columns written for the Midwest Voices section of the Kansas City Star. With expertise, humor and an unbounded imagination, he covers a wide range of topics including current issues in economics, education, energy, politics, foreign affairs and health. Marsh is Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Professor of Econometrics and Statistics in autumn 2010 at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. The following selections provide a small sample: "Should California be allowed to create its own money?" "Flynn Effect, IQ scores and SAT scores: are our children smarter than we are?" "How to curb petro-dictators and promote green jobs." "Why cavemen didn't have weak bones." "An energy plan for Congress: A dynamic, self-adjusting price floor for gasoline." "H1-B visas, highly-skilled immigrants and our knowledge economy." "Enhance financial security, cut income taxes with tax-deferred savings plan." "Is calorie restriction a good defense against cancer?" "No-Eat-Day Diet: A good strategy or bad advice?" "Reprogram your subconscious mind to commit terrorism or lose weight." "Darwin, race and racial attitudes in America." "Is there more to our climate problems than just global warming?" "Afghanistan mirrors Chechnya, not Vietnam." "Freedom and democracy in China." "Stem cells and nanosurgery may change what it means to be human." "Altering animal DNA: Would you like your dog to talk?" "Aliens have taken over Planet Earth"

About the Author: Lawrence C. Marsh is concurrently professor emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and visiting professor of econometrics and statistics in the MBA program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2010-2011. He taught graduate and undergraduate economics at Notre Dame for 30 years. He served as Director of Notre Dame’s Ph.D. program in economics for 13 years. He has also worked in business operations and management in the Aerospace Industry and for an Internet advertising and online auction company. He contributes to the Kansas City Star online edition as an independent Midwest Voices columnist. After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he returned home to take a job with Bendix Corporation’s Aerospace Division as subcontract administrator and contract personnel administrator on the Apollo Moon Landings Mission, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite and a number of classified military projects. He co-created the Midwest Econometrics Group, which he directed for 15 years. More recently, he worked at the Internet advertising company Adknowledge, Inc. where he served as the head of analytics for banner targeting and as “statistical design strategist” in devising algorithms that send billions of banner ads to websites all over the Internet. He has contributed to hundreds of publications including articles in the Journal of Econometrics, Marketing Science, Statistics in Medicine and many other professional journals as well as numerous newspaper columns, book chapters and books. In teaching he won the James A. Burns award for excellence in graduate teaching in 1990-91 and was an O’Malley Award Nominee for undergraduate teaching in 1995-96. In 2002-2003 he was selected as a Kaneb Faculty Teaching Fellow for excellence in teaching. He has served on a large number of Ph.D. dissertation committees and has given several thousand lectures in graduate and undergraduate statistics, econometrics, mathematical economics and microeconomic theory. In quasi-retirement he spends his time writing and editing a variety of articles, books and newspaper columns.

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Title: Brain on Fire
Publisher: Emeritus Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
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