Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A. L. S, Regional Director
Economic Development Administration
Dear Mr. S,
I am writing to support the proposal of a planning grant submitted by California State University Monterey Bay and the Monterey Business Council, led by Ms. V W, for an Institute of Innovation and Economic Development on CSUMB’s campus.
A geographical and culturally diverse area with global connections, Monterey Bay has lots of potential for economic successes. There are numerous research organizations, higher-ed institutes, talents and tremendous wealth in the region. Communities have identified oceanography, agriculture and learning technology as domains of opportunities. However, while many groups recognize the potential and have tried to garner the community effort in promoting economic growth in the regions, these efforts have been scattered and have never achieved a critical mass. One of the primary reasons, according to my observation, is lack of a focal point, a centralized location that can integrate the plethora of resources and talents within one place.
An Institute of Innovation and Economic Development can fulfill that gaping need. An Institute that provides systematic connection between intellectual property, entrepreneurs, professionals and venture funds can galvanize the region and create high-paid jobs and economical growth. The Institute can offer training, coaching, internships, technology assessment, market analysis, technology transfer, space and service for start-ups that will be invaluable to both the Monterey Bay communities and to the thousands of students and faculty at CSUMB, especially those in School of Information Technology and Communication Design. Many of them start successful ventures after graduation but have had to leave the Monterey area because of lack of support and resources.
I support the proposal to establish an Institute for Innovation and Economic Development wholeheartedly. It would be a wise investment that will bear plenty of fruits for Monterey Bay.
Eric Y. Tao, Ph.D.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
70 degrees. A warm day for Monterey's standard. Just came back from a Tahoe camping trip and cannot decide to make today a working day or a relaxing day.
It turned out to be both. I cleaned up the house a bit and amazed by how time consuming are the chores. Practiced cello, clean up and backup the computers, install the web cam that I might use for future teaching. Had a Korean instant noodle for lunch with some left over vegetable from the refrigerator. Took a nap – very cool and unusual.
There are over 400 emails piled up in the university account, social account and professional account, plus teaching the IST technology workshop class. Hours just passed away.
Watched a few minutes of Jack-Ass over dinner; horribly bad movie. When I returned to the study, it is still bright outside, I played the Bach's prelude to the cello suite, it is not difficult to play but so hard to play well. The other piece, Shindler's list, was much easier to express emotion, and it is a very sad piece. The first time I listen to the cello solo on http://www.imeem.com/dearbee/music/_1AOJGmb/schindlers_list_cello_version I am hooked. I cannot find the music sheet anywhere so I have to go thru the trouble of finding a midi file, convert it to sheet music, remove the piano part, transcribe it an octave lower. But I am glad that I did it.
Walked around 8 PM in the Hatton field area and come back via Mission trail. It is peaceful and quiet, I did not see a single person for about 45 minutes. It felt like the whole world has retired. While I walked, I listened to Orwell's 1984, a disturbing novel with striking similarities to what happened in China during Culture Revolution. I arrived home around 9 PM, sit in the back yard in the dusk, the house seems overpowering, with the three –story tall wall painted red and dark, old windows. I think that is part of the Charm of old houses in Carmel.
Worked till almost 2 AM in the morning grading the student assignments, it is fun and rewarding to know students' inspirations, experience and goals.
A day ended. Surprised to find out even though I have total flexibility for a day, I choose the similar set of activities. I hope that is a good sign.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I am sorry that AAA is disappointed in me because there are difficulties with some members of the team. I believe we don’t have a problem in the team per se, we just have to communicate in the way that encourage everyone to share the same vision. When I ran a company, anyone who is not on board in time will be left on the side of the road, but this is a university. If we simply shed any faculty who has different opinion, not only we will soon have no one left in the team, even worse, student learning will suffer in an intangible yet significant way.
ITCD operates collectively. Over the year, we build a strong culture and practice, base on mutual trust, that are both effective and inclusive. I will work very hard to preserve it.
For the TTT project, I would encourage
- Set a clear ground rule of communication. Keep it open and constructive.
- The process and meetings should be open to anyone interested.
- Any faculty that does not share the vision does not have to be in the “team” but should not be excluded from meetings or training opportunities.
- TTT will focus on course redesign in order to make CCC more efficient for the university and more effective for students. However, teaching load, assignments, entitlement and academic freedom will not be affected as a result of the project.
I will consult both of you, M and K on my role in the project, since I am not the PI, I am enthusiastic in providing support and input, however, I don’t think I can make personnel decision.
With your talents and efforts, I have no doubt the project will deliver considerable outcomes, but if the project can further strengthen the collaborative culture and effective practice on campus, it will be a resounding success we all expect.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It is telling that both of them are used as theme songs for heroic sad epics: one for the PBS series on American Civil war and the other for the movie Lord of the Ring. They filled my eyes with tears and my heart with drive to pursue the long and improbable journal of looking for my real self and in the mean time, conquer the world.
I sit at the piano and played both of them, even the tone is still not familiar to my fingers yet the music touched me again. Beautiful in an emotional way, quite different from Bach's cello solo that is beautiful in a exquisite, structured way.
Music speaks to me, I feel lucky to understand the many languages in it.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A week-long Spring Break. First two days I decided to go to work to finish two major projects: overhaul of the ITCD website, we decided to use a sophisticated content management system: Joomla. It is part of the Open System Lab’s mission to promote open system software. Moodle and Joomla are two major systems that are on our list. The other project is the fundraising for the new ITCD building. The state promised 36 millions dollars with 2.5 already received by CSUMB. We plan to raise anther 10 million or so to make the building a great place for learning, teaching, research, development and services. Several dedicated faculty members showed up on campus also. I am very impressed by the group of young professors that joined the team in the last couple of years. They are intelligent, dedicated. Each one has a distinct charisma. CSUMB and I are lucky to have them. When they came in to my office and chat, they were surprised that as a tenured, full professor, I am working so hard. Especially no faculty gets paid in spring break. I joked about that often times when someone is abused for so long, he just got used to it and felt uncomfortable not receive the ill treatment.
Today is the first day I enjoyed the spring break. I got my car to the garage for maintenance, came home and played a full hour of cello. I am preparing for a recital June 1 in which I will play Dvorak’s Humoresque, a piece that attracted to cello in the first place. I will also play a cello quartet with Wendy Geiger, the cello teacher, and one other student. It is both exciting and frustrating: this will be my first solo recital but the piece is rather difficult. After the practice session, I walked to
I stayed in my study in the afternoon without anyone bothering me. It is a peaceful and beautiful Camel afternoon. I always believe the
I am glad I got at least one day for my Spring Break, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
95-year-old advises, according to Marshall Goldsmith, is the best advise any one can get. Imaging that a 95-year-old YOU, come back to give the younger some hard, warm, make-me-proud type of advise. What would it be?
Have more discipline! You have the talent, the opportunity, you even have the motivation. But when actions need to be taken, do it and do not procrastinate!
Aim high! Take calculated, meaningfully risks!
Keep yourself healthy! Watch the eating habits!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
In capstone classes, many times the faculty ask students to present their capstone idea and progress. We ask students to ask questions and provide feedbacks to one another both in class and online. What we are trying to achieve using students' capstones as case and conduct case studies. It is sometimes inefficient, bewildering and difficult. However, it is still, as least to me, the best way to enhance the critical thinking skills.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The challenge is how to A. convince all faculty to do it. B. do it effectively and efficiently. The major concern I have is that lack of quantitative research of the result. Or even more importantly, lack of culture in hard evidence.
I had a peculiar feeling coming back to Irvine, which I lived and enjoyed for many years. The weather is still perfect, the sky green. However, because of the stark difference between Carmel and Orange, I see all these well-manicured lawns, spotless high-rises, I feel out of place.
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