Power of Procrastination

A survey by the University of California at Berkeley found that 95% of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and over 67% have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers. SAC Europe is pleased to host Jorge Cham, the author of the web comic series “PhD Comics”, for the YES meeting opening workshop. The purpose of the lecture is to talk about dealing with the stresses of academic life, and how to face them, as part of Cham’s ‘Power of Procrastination’ seminars.

Dr. Jorge Gabriel Cham is a cartoonist and roboticist best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics). He received his Bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech, and earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford. He subsequently worked at Caltech as an instructor and as a researcher on neural prosthetics. Cham lives in the United States, where he started drawing PhD Comics as a graduate student at Stanford University. In 2005, he began an invited speaking tour of over 80 major universities delivering his talk titled "The Power of Procrastination". In his lectures, Cham talks about his experiences creating the comic strip and examines the sources of grad students' anxieties. He also explores the guilt and the myths associated with procrastination and argues that in many cases it is actually a good thing.



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