MILLER COLLEGE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
Explaining the Timing of Tulipmania’s Boom and Bust: Historical Context, Hidden Capital, and Market Signals
12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference RoomRSVP before January 30 to email@example.com
Presented by David Thomas
Assistant Professor of Economics
Framing tulipmania in terms of investment capital whose quantities, usages, and future yields are hidden from market participants offers a richer and more straightforward explanation of this famous financial bubble than extant alternatives. Simply put, the underground planting of the tulip bulbs in 1636 blindfolded 17th-century Dutch speculators regarding the planted quantities and their development and future yields. The price-boom began in mid-November of 1636, coinciding with the time of planting. The price-collapse occurred in the first week of February 1637, coinciding with the time of bulb sprouting (signaling bulb quantities, development, and future yields). Also consistent with our explanation is the initial price-collapse location, in the Dutch city of Haarlem, where temperature and geography favored early sprouting and sprout-visibility.
About David Thomas
Dr. Thomas holds both a BA and an MA in Economics from the California State University (SJSU) and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University (GMU). His research is primarily in the fields of health economics (the impact of emergency services on survival rates) and entrepreneurial economics (the role of early stage entrepreneurial research and development on business cycles). Dr. Thomas had an earlier career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, launching four successful tech companies and raising more than $75 million dollars in seed, strategic, and venture capital. His most recent effort, Intacct, based in Silicon Valley, is one of the leading software as a service (SaaS) companies, with more than 11,000 enterprise customers. In recent years, Dr. Thomas represented the tech industry in Washington D.C. as Executive Director of the Software Industry Association and EVP of Business Development for TechAmerica. He currently serves on the advisory board of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University.
Department of Computer Science - Ball State UniversityColloquium Series 2016-17
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
In his seminal book The Origin of Species, Darwin produced one of the first illustrations of an evolutionary tree and popularized the notion of a "tree of life.” Over a century and a half later, evolutionary trees are still used to study the evolutionary relationships among groups of species, genes and other taxa. Computational phylogenetics is the application of algorithms, methods and programs to assemble a tree representing a hypotheses about the evolutionary history of a set of taxa. In this talk we will explore several recent developments on the algorithmic foundations of constructing evolutionary trees from multi-state molecular data, and on combining smaller evolutionary trees on overlapping taxa into supertrees. We will also discuss several open problems in the field.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM, RB 104
New once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. The first lecture of the series will be on Monday, January 30, at 4PM in AJ 175. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate as Beth Dalton, Assistant Professor of English and valued Honors instructor, reads and discusses brief selections from her new short story collection, Women Traveling Alone. Prof. Dalton is a recent graduate of the Spalding University MFA program. She will also discuss her path toward obtaining a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. Students interested in pursuing an MFA are especially encouraged to attend.
Three Ball State graduate programs are ranked in the top 20 in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Online Programs.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Student Symposium. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Student Center.
The Student Symposium is a free, on-campus academic conference exclusively for Ball State students. All students and majors are eligible to participate and may choose to present a poster of their work or take part in a moderated paper presentation. Participants may enter research projects or creative/design endeavors.
Due to the increased popularity of this event, the first 130 completed registrations for poster presentations and first 50 completed registrations for paper presentations will be accepted.
Registration is open January 9-30, 2017. Visit www.bsu.edu/studentsymposium for guidelines and registration form.
Fall 2016 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Awards Announcement
Call for Spring 2017 Proposals
Submission System Goes Live: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:00pmProposal Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm