American English Pronunciation: Articulation of English Vowels
American English Pronunciation: Articulation of English VowelsSpeaker:
Dr. Ke ZouDate:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Abstract
This seminar examines the ways of how to get an accurate American English pronunciation by studying the articulation of English consonants and vowels from a linguistic perspective. For the articulation of English consonants, at focuses on three features, of which English consonants are composed:
a. Voicing: whether an English consonant is voiced or voiceless?
b. Place of Articulation: where is each English consonant produced?
c. Manner of Articulation: how is each English consonant produced?
For the articulation of English vowels, it focuses on four features, of which English vowels are composed:
a. Tongue Height: whether an English vowel is a high, mid or low vowel?
b. Tongue Advancement: whether an English vowel is a front, central or back vowel?
c. Lip Rounding: whether an English vowel is a rounded or unrounded vowel?
d. Tenseness vs. Laxness: whether an English vowel is a tense or lax vowel?
Example words are also presented to show how each English consonant or vowel is pronounced at the beginning of a word, in the middle of a word, and at the end of a word. Biography
Ph.D. General Linguistics, University of Southern California, L.A., CA, 1995
M.A. General Linguistics, University of Southern California, L.A., CA, 1991
M.A. Theoretical Linguistics, Ohio State University, OH, 1989
M.A. Applied Linguistics, Guangzhou Foreign Language Institute, China, 1985
General, theoretical, and applied linguistics, English language and communication, grammar and writing.
Dr. Ke Zou is an associate professor of English at California State University, East Bay. He has received many academic awards for his research on language and linguistics, and has also presented and published more than 40 papers and journal articles on language and linguistics. Dr. Zou received his Ph.D. degree in linguistics from the University of Southern California, and has taught a wide range of English and linguistic courses in five American universities, including California State University, East Bay, Ohio State University, California State University, Dominguez Hills, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Chapman University. He is also an advisor for English graduate students and served as the director of M.A. Graduate Program in TESOL at California State University, East Bay. Besides, Dr. Zou is a guest professor at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, and has given lectures at more than 15 universities in China.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, scholarship and teaching experience, Dr. Zou has extensive consulting or training experience in cross-culture communication, English language skills, English teaching, and English book editing. Of the English reference books that he was in charge of editing, “The Grammar Bible” (1999) won the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Award sponsored by the American Publishers Marketing Association, and “The Codebreakers” (2000) is adopted as a textbook by the Los Angeles School District.
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LED and Green Technology in 2009
LED and Green Technology in 2009Speaker:
Mr. George LeeDate:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM-Abstract
As LED technology continues developing and shows advantages of low consumption, long life-span and environmental protection, its application has shifted from initial indicator light to such more potential fields as display panels, illumination, backlight, automobile lights and traffic lights, etc.
This seminar will focus on the development and future outlook of current LED application market. It also profoundly analyzes 'hot' LED application markets including the display panel market, the backlight market, the landscape illumination market, the interior decorative lights market and the most potentially prosperous interior illumination market and elaborately studies the market scale, product structure, market configuration, brand fabric and market characteristics of LED.-Biography
George Lee, CEO of American Bright
B.S. in Physics: NCKU, graduated in 1984
M.S. in Physics: Sam Houston State Univ. 1987-1989
M.E. (Master of Engineering) in Electrical Engineering: Texas A&M Univ., 1989-1992
-Founded American Bright Optoelectronics Corp. with a Taiwan-based LED company, Bright LED Electronics Corp. (TWSE 3031) in 1995. Customers of American Bright include Lexmark, Chamberlain Group, First Alert, Carling Switch, Honeywell, Sloan Valve.
-Founded AB Lighting, Inc. as a Solid State Lighting company in 2006
-Solid State Lighting Apparatus
-AC 110V Chip on Board with Functions
-ST2 Board Angle and Fixture Mounting
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Visa, Jobs, Transition from school: An Effective Preparation Strategy
Visa, Jobs, Transition from school: An Effective Preparation Strategy Speaker:
Dr. Swapn SinhaDate:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PMAbstract
Are you an international student who just graduated and is looking for entering the US job market during an economic recession? It is tough!!!! Your background, education skill sets, lack of experience, language and culture, visa situation, etc. are serving as a barrier? Come and attend a seminar to help you. Ask questions and get answers. Topics covered:
1) H1B visa- DO NOT DELAY. Do’s & Don’ts
2) Getting a job
3) US Job market
4) Improving skill set
5) Powerful & customized resume
6) Interviewing skills
7) Improving communication skills
8) The Consulting worldBiography
Dr. Swapn Sinha, COO of a Business and technology consulting startup company, is an entrepreneur, investor, educator, consultant, corporate trainer, and mentor to several Bay Area companies.
He has a Ph.D. in Strategy and International Business from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. Dr. Swapn brings a rich experience of fifteen years, having worked in leading FORTUNE 500 companies and has diverse experience from tire, management education, oil, IT consulting, and banking industries. Dr. Swapn has acted on several occasions as a guest faculty, motivational speaker on leadership strategy, and speaker on various industry and educational forums. He is also a corporate trainer on strategy, motivation, leadership, and organizational development. His areas of research interest include international marketing, strategic management, business strategy, financial management utilizing quantitative techniques, technology systems in business, and consumer behavior.
Dr. Swapn has presented several papers in international conferences and has been published in journals. He presented a paper on the comparative study of China and India in Hawaii at the International Business Conference in May 2007. His paper was selected for presentation out of many papers and was further short listed for publishing in the HIBC journal. His recent paper on “m-strategy” vs. “i-strategy” in emerging markets was presented in March 2008 at the International E-Business Conference (IEBC) in San Francisco and published in the IEBC journal.
Dr. Swapn has been a panelist and judge speaker on ¡-mobile marketing in emerging markets organized by Santa Clara University and Cisco systems at Cisco headquarters in June 2008. His paper on flexible systems has been published in GLOGIFT 2008 society publication, which is organized and promoted by the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The government of India awarded the exalted Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani award to Dr. Swapn for his outstanding service, achievements, and contributions in November 2007.
Dr. Swapn is a member of many prestigious organizations such as the Academy of International Business (AIB), International Association for Business and Society (IABS), Strategic management Society (SMJ), American Economic Association (AEA), Financial Management Association (FMA), American Marketing Association (AMA), The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE), and the Network of Indian Professionals.
Job Hunting and H1b visa(130KB)
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Is There a Future in Banking?
Is There a Future in Banking?Speaker:
Dr. Cuong NguyenDate:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PMAbstract:
U.S. consumers usually spend beyond their means. They are financed by readily available credit, based on continuing appreciation of their homes, supported by inadequate or non-existing income. When the housing bubble bursts, prices decline, and credit dries up. The consumer is forced to cut back. Sales go down. Businesses, faced by a cash crunch, are forced to restructure. Layoff starts, the stock markets tank. The vicious circle begins and starts spreading around the world. The banking system starts feeling the pressure as the value of their assets, consisting of loans, mortgages and other CDO’s, decline and become toxic. Banks stop lending to each other, to businesses, and the consumer in order to reduce risks and meet capital requirements. The system would have collapsed if governments in major economies did not step in with huge capital and cash injection.
Astounding losses of wealth and jobs are happening around the world. In 2008, the estimated losses were 30 trillion in global stock markets, 3 trillion in U.S. banking, 2.6 million jobs in the U.S., and 3.3 trillion in U.S. housing. Some or all of the above are bound to affect everyone in the world. It is an unprecedented phenomenon. The banking issues are numerous. Starting with the under-pricing of risks and lax lending policies, which the Chairman of JP Morgan equates to “weapons of mass destruction”, the result is the spreading of toxic assets to the financial systems around the world on a scale that is unheard of. After cutting interest rates to near zero, the Federal Reserve resorts to unconventional tools to unfreeze the credit markets and is still working hard at it. The U.S. Congress passed a $700 billion TARP and is working on a $900 billion stimulus program. The big banks, like Citibank, Bank of America, became too unwieldy to manage or integrate. They also became too big to fail. The government had to intervene to prevent a disaster. There is plenty of blame to go around but nowhere to pin it on. Investment in banking was a very poor choice in 2008. Citibank and Bank of America lost about 90% of market value. Wells Fargo lost about 50%, and Silicon Valley Bank about 60%. Bay Commercial Bank and Coronado First, two small community banks in Walnut Creek and San Diego respectively, lost about 30%.each The Dow Jones lost 36%, the S&P 500 about 38%. However, the prospects are decent for certain groups of banks. There is huge unprecedented monetary and fiscal support in a near-zero interest rate environment. Banking is the heartbeat of the community, the lifeblood of economy. It is the only business supported by the full faith of governments and allowed to be highly leveraged. As an industry, it cannot be allowed to fail. However, the supermarket model seemed to have failed. Community and regional banking should do well as the economy recovers if they focus their attention to review their business model, emphasize core values and develop their core competencies. The general outlook is still uncertain, despite trillions spent on bailouts, stimulus, and significant fiscal and monetary support. One Delegate to the Davos Forum in Switzerland remarked, “None of us demonstrated the leadership required and the humility necessary to respond to the depths of this crisis”.Biography:
Nguyen Duc Cuong was trained as an electrical engineer, yet never practiced the profession, and instead switched field to Finance and Economics.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) with a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1963. He went on to graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned the dual degree of M.S.E.E. and Degree of Electrical Engineer in 1965. He supplemented his engineering background with an MBA in International Finance from New York University Stern School of Business in 1981.
Nguyen Duc Cuong has had a successful career in government service in Vietnam prior to 1975. He, moved up through the rank, was appointed Vice Minister of Economics at age 28, and then promoted to Minister of Industry and Trade, a senior government Cabinet position at age 31 at a most crucial time for the country. He resigned from the post after 2 years and left Vietnam for the US in April 1975.
Nguyen Duc Cuong joined Treasurer's Department of Exxon Corp. in New York after he resettled in the US in 1975. He progressed through the rank, and was assigned to the Bermuda-based finance companies of Exxon, promoted to president of Exxon Financial Services and held that post for 6 years (1988-1994). His last position was Tax and Treasury Manager of Infineum, a chemical joint venture between Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell based in Oxfordshire, England.
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Competencies of Effective Leaders
Competencies of Effective LeadersSpeaker:
Dr. Fred DaliliDate:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PMAbstract:
1) Thinking Factor
2) Strategic Management Factor
3) Leadership Factor
4) Interpersonal Factor
5) Communication Factor
6) Motivation Factor
7) Self-Management Factor
8) Breath & Depth FactorBiography:
Dr. Fred Dalili, a multicultural, bilingual professional with extensive work experience in higher educational institutions and high technology organizations has assisted public and private sector organizations during the last two decades. He has developed and facilitated training programs for all levels of operations. He holds 15 training certificates in management and leadership arenas from respected training organizations such as Franklin Covey, Path-Wise, PRO and the Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness.
Fred earned an Ed.D. in Higher Educational Administration from the University of Akron in Ohio. His M.A. is in the same discipline and his B.A. is in Public Relations and Advertising. He also earned an additional one-year certificate in Higher Education.
Dr. Dalili has seventeen years experience in the high tech industry in the US and overseas and fourteen years experience with higher educational institutions. In recent years as the President and CEO of Productivity Plus Inc., he has developed numerous customized training programs and workshops in Management, Leadership and other areas of organizational effectiveness for multi-million and billion dollar corporations. His global training responsibilities gave him the opportunity to travel around the world and teach classes in various cultures. Fred wrote thousands of pages research and training materials in the last 2 decades. He served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Silicon Valley Chapter and recently has trained all UNEP employees --a division of UN in Geneva. --. Fred has been a public speaker for various professional organizations and clubs during the last twenty- five years. Fred has started from Santa Clara University over 20 years ago. In recent years Dr. Dalili has presented educational and training programs for several higher educational institutions as well as corporations. Fred currently is serving as an instructor and a Board Member of Bio Health College in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Dalili also is the Chairman of Presidents of Global Success; Productivity Plus and Red Flags Help organizations. He is also accepted to serve in Ph.D. Advisory Committee at NPU. Fred also presents various governmental seminars to Chinese Delegations at NPU since 2007 as well as teaching in Sunlin College in South Korea for NPU International program.
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