Wow ... John Holdren's intellectual light is beaming clearly in an amazingly enlivening way ... I just heard an interview with him yesterday at the Computer History Museum (http://www.computerhistory.org/events/past/#ostps-director-john-p-holdren) which was quite an intellectual 'flow' experience ('flow: the psychology of optimal experience' is an absorbed mind - challenge at the right level, per Csikszentmihalyi's research). (Holdren is the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). ... with a bachelor's degree from MIT and a Stanford PhD in the '60s, and originally from Pittsburgh, and grew up attending public schools in Silicon Valley ... will send you the video if it becomes available and watch it again too :) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holdren)
I'm also planning to email John Holdren soon.
(And it may also appear on the 'Computer History Youtube Channel' - http://www.youtube.com/user/ComputerHistory/ - which channel I just added to WUaS's Computing History, wiki, subject page ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Computing_History).
Thank you very much for such an engaging and edifying interview with NYTs' senior writer John Markoff yesterday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (http://www.computerhistory.org/events/past/#ostps-director-john-p-holdren). I wanted to give you some World University and School flyers for both yourself as well as President Obama and his family, especially his daughters, who go to a Friends' School, about this free, online, MIT-centric, university opportunity (which is also non-theistically Friendly-informed), but didn't have the chance after your talk. (I spent my high school years in Pittsburgh, PA).
I wanted also to let you know that WUaS, which is like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware, is planning to offer online, accredited, MIT-centric, online, C.C. licensed diplomas, with a STEM-centric focus. Here's World University and School's beginning, extensible, Science, wiki, subject page at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Science#World_University_and_School_Links - with many MIT OCW courses, and where anyone can teach to their web camera, start a new subject page, or develop a new course, for example. Here, for example, is the beginning 'Ocean and Climate Management Plan' wiki, Subject page at WUaS -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Ocean_%26_Climate_Management_Plan. And WUaS has wiki, subject pages that touch on dozens of the topics you spoke so eloquently about yesterday -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - including Robotics - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Robotics - as another example, and anyone can begin a subject page at WUaS.
Creative Commons' licensed WUaS is seeking to matriculate its first, online, undergraduate class for free, bachelors' C.C. MIT OCW-centric degrees with a STEM focus (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/STEM_Education_-_Science,_Technologies,_Engineering_and_Mathematics) in the autumn of 2014, with high school students applying this autumn 2013, and also seeks to become the Harvard / MIT of the Internet in all 7,413+ languages and 204+ countries - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Admissions_at_World_University_and_School#World_University_and_School_Links - as well as generate a kind of Stanford ethos online, in Google + Hangouts, for example.
With your great knowledge in so many fields and your interest in education, might you want to teach online at World University and School at some point? And could you possibly please refer President Obama, and especially his daughters, to this page (which also has the WUaS flyers) - http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.html.
Thank you again, and I hope we might communicate further about World University and School to bring your dynamic scientific thinking into the ethos of WUaS.
- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President
- http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.html - firstname.lastname@example.org
- World University and School - like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare (not endorsed by MIT OCW) - incorporated as a nonprofit effective April 2010.