Event Title

Dream Big URI: The Common Reading Program and The Last Lecture

Location

Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Thomas Ryan Family Auditorium (Rm. 100)

Start Date

29-9-2014 6:00 PM

Description

Dr. Donald DeHayes, Provost, and Nancy Caronia, Graduate Student Coordinator, Common Reading Program. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer, killing 75% of those who contract it within a year. Only 4% survive to the fifth year. In the U. S., more than 33, 000 die from it annually. Less than 2% of the budget of the National Cancer Institute is allocated to research on pancreatic cancer. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science and design at Carnegie‐Mellon (PA) University, responded to a request for life lessons by delivering “The Last Lecture” before a University audience of 400 on September 18, 2007. A viral hit on YouTube, “The Last Lecture” was viewed over a million times in the first month after its delivery. The success of the lecture led to the co‐authored book in 2008. Translated into 46 languages, the book was a New York Times best‐seller for more than 85 weeks. Though Dr. Pausch died from the disease on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, the book summarizes his philosophy of life: Dream big. Enable others to pursue their dreams. Live life positively and with enjoyment.

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Sep 29th, 6:00 PM

Dream Big URI: The Common Reading Program and The Last Lecture

Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Thomas Ryan Family Auditorium (Rm. 100)

Dr. Donald DeHayes, Provost, and Nancy Caronia, Graduate Student Coordinator, Common Reading Program. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer, killing 75% of those who contract it within a year. Only 4% survive to the fifth year. In the U. S., more than 33, 000 die from it annually. Less than 2% of the budget of the National Cancer Institute is allocated to research on pancreatic cancer. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science and design at Carnegie‐Mellon (PA) University, responded to a request for life lessons by delivering “The Last Lecture” before a University audience of 400 on September 18, 2007. A viral hit on YouTube, “The Last Lecture” was viewed over a million times in the first month after its delivery. The success of the lecture led to the co‐authored book in 2008. Translated into 46 languages, the book was a New York Times best‐seller for more than 85 weeks. Though Dr. Pausch died from the disease on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, the book summarizes his philosophy of life: Dream big. Enable others to pursue their dreams. Live life positively and with enjoyment.