30 Jun 2014

Talks/Seminars/Conferences around Cambridge in June 2014

Finally reached hundred!!
Newmarket, UK

The number of participations per month has been fluctuated due to the MBA burdens, and shows obviously negative correlation with the burdens: exams, assignments, and projects (weighted as three assignments).

Full List
  • #97: Who are the sentiment traders? Evidence from the cross-section of stock returns and demand +++
  • #98: Investor Composition and Liquidity: An Analysis of Japanese Stocks +++
  • #99: What is life? ++++
  • #100: Molecular Genetics of Economic Decision Making. ++++

28 Jun 2014

The end of the Easter term - now it's done except for summer activities which is nevertheless a lot to go.

The Easter term was officially completed yesterday. This term was overall great (with a few exceptional mistakes) in terms of the quality learning I've had with the four electives (Biotech and Pharma, Lean Six Sigma, Behavioural Finance, and New Venture Finance) and two core courses (Microeconomics and Corporate Governance and Ethics), not to mention Leadership in action :-p

The electives are either very practical (Lean Six Sigma / New Venture Finance) or thorough and holistic to the subjects (Biotech and Pharma / Behavioural Finance). The discussions in the Corporate Governance and Ethics were deep enough to stimulate my interest in the field further.

For the MBA programme, my plan for summer is (1) to write up a dissertation of 6,000 words on innovation and corporate governance, and (2) to complete a Lean Six Sigma project with Fitzwilliam Museum Cafe to get the LSS certification of Green Belt for the first week of July.

In addition to these activities, I will continue (3) to work on the entrepreneurial project (H2GO Power) as a member of founders given I will keep staying in the UK for the coming year. Also I've decided (4) to join Summer School programmes at the University of Cambridge on Science Term II (11:00am-12:30pm for 20 July - 2 Aug, and Interdisciplinary Term III (9:00am-3:15pm for 3 Aug - 16 Aug).

In short, what I will do this summer are:
  1. 6000-word Dissertation (MBA);
  2. Lean Six Sigma Project for one week (MBA);
  3. Start-up (Accelerate Cambridge / Imperial College Climate KIC);
  4. Summer school (Science II / Interdisciplinary III)
This summer should be one of the memorable summer, indeed.
Lean Six Sigma project for the Fitzwilliam Museum Courtyard Cafe

19 Jun 2014

A Sound Mind in A Sound Body

This is inspired by the talk at A Pint of Science on the Aging Brain.
A Pint of Science 2014, Cambridge

As aging, cognitive functions of the brain (e.g. attention, working-memory, long-term memory, and information the processing speed) inevitably decline; however there's always hope of improving vocabulary and world knowledge, or wisdom. What's more, the ability of learning and remembering new skills can be kept well into a person's 70's and 80s. The elderly can outperform where wisdom and rhetoric work.

Interestingly, to maintain a healthy brain and a fit mind, it is important to:
  1. eat a well-balanced diet;
  2. exercise physically; and
  3. use your brain for solving new problems, out of your comfort zone.
This is actually 'A Sound Mind in A Sound Body.' as an old philosopher said. That's why I've started practicing golfing.


8 Jun 2014

Photos of the Spring in Cambridge

It's incredible that I am almost completing the course (at least official classes are done!!)
I picked up some spring photos around Cambridge, which I already started missing...

First, scenery from my college:
Geese in front of the maisonette, St Edmund's College, Cambridge
After the Formal Hall, St Edmund's College
After a special dinner in a special setting
Prestigious Old Colleges:
In the St.John's College
The famous Mathematical Bridge, Queens' college, Cambridge 
A friend of mine in the court, Downing College, Cambridge
A bronze horse, Jesus College, Cambridge
The chapel, Trinity College, Cambridge
Francis Bacon, in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge
Sir Isaac Newton in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge
Singing on the river, Trinity College, Cambridge
Singing on the river, Trinity College, Cambridge