Office Hours with Professor Gordon McCord
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Love of Tennis</span></div><div><br></div><div>“I’m a big tennis player. I’ve played competitive tennis since I was 12 years old and in USTA league tournaments. It is my main sport and form of physical activity today.”</div><div><br></div> flic.kr “I’m a big tennis player. I’ve played competitive tennis since I was 12 years old and in USTA league tournaments. It is my main sport and form of physical activity today.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">World AIDS Day</span></div><div><br></div><div>“I’m on the committee that organizes World AIDS Day for UC San Diego. GPS organized a talk on HIV and Africa, where I spoke about my HIV work together with faculty members from other departments. World AIDS Day includes a lot of events around campus to elevate the still ongoing issue of the HIV pandemic around the world.”</div><div><br></div> flic.kr “I’m on the committee that organizes World AIDS Day for UC San Diego. GPS organized a talk on HIV and Africa, where I spoke about my HIV work together with faculty members from other departments. World AIDS Day includes a lot of events around campus to elevate the still ongoing issue of the HIV pandemic around the world.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Borregos Salvajes “Wild Rams” Mascot</span></div><div><br></div><div>“It’s the mascot for Tecnológico de Monterrey. I was at their School of Government in Mexico City last year. At GPS, we are really pushing forward on generating links to universities around Latin America for research and collaboration. Dean Alejandro Poiré is a fantastic person for us to be linked to. As the former Secretary of the Interior for Mexico, he is at the center of important policy conversations.” </div><div><br></div> flic.kr “It’s the mascot for Tecnológico de Monterrey. I was at their School of Government in Mexico City last year. At GPS, we are really pushing forward on generating links to universities around Latin America for research and collaboration. Dean Alejandro Poiré is a fantastic person for us to be linked to. As the former Secretary of the Interior for Mexico, he is at the center of important policy conversations.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Meeting Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General</span></div><div><br></div><div>“Before my doctoral program I worked with Jeffery Sachs for three years at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He was heading the UN Millennium Project commissioned by Secretary-General Annan. You can see the SG is not wearing a tie. You don’t get to see the Secretary-General very frequently in an informal setting, particularly not by a 25-year-old who still had a lot to learn about the world.” </div><div><br></div> flic.kr “Before my doctoral program I worked with Jeffery Sachs for three years at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He was heading the UN Millennium Project commissioned by Secretary-General Annan. You can see the SG is not wearing a tie. You don’t get to see the Secretary-General very frequently in an informal setting, particularly not by a 25-year-old who still had a lot to learn about the world.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Backstage Pass</span></div><div><br></div><div>“Everything I do is very policy focused. I really want to add tangible value to the world. Bono is very good friends with Jeffery Sachs. During the years I was working with the UN, we were in close communication with Bono and the One Campaign. It is an advocacy NGO that he created to urge wealthy countries to meet their promises of giving 0.7 percent of GDP as foreign aid.” </div><div><br></div> flic.kr “Everything I do is very policy focused. I really want to add tangible value to the world. Bono is very good friends with Jeffery Sachs. During the years I was working with the UN, we were in close communication with Bono and the One Campaign. It is an advocacy NGO that he created to urge wealthy countries to meet their promises of giving 0.7 percent of GDP as foreign aid.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Family Gifts</span></div><div><br></div><div>“The chair is a gift from my parents when I graduated with my Ph.D. I have two Harvard chairs at home, one from my undergraduate degree, and the other given to my grandfather when he received an honorary Ph.D. during the 1970s. It’s very sentimental. I always regret that he didn’t live long enough to see me become an academic like he was.” </div><div><br></div> flic.kr “The chair is a gift from my parents when I graduated with my Ph.D. I have two Harvard chairs at home, one from my undergraduate degree, and the other given to my grandfather when he received an honorary Ph.D. during the 1970s. It’s very sentimental. I always regret that he didn’t live long enough to see me become an academic like he was.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Geospatial Expert</span></div><div><br></div><div>“Almost all of my work is geospatial. I do maps for a living in my analysis. This is an old historic map in Italian, with climate zones in Africa. I do lots of work in Africa with climate change, regarding climate variability, development and its challenges.” </div><div><br></div> flic.kr “Almost all of my work is geospatial. I do maps for a living in my analysis. This is an old historic map in Italian, with climate zones in Africa. I do lots of work in Africa with climate change, regarding climate variability, development and its challenges.”
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Inspirations by Albert Einstein</span></div><div><br></div><div>“It says ‘the ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.’ It was a gift from a former trustee of Philips Exeter Academy where I went to high school. He was a mentor during those years and when I was at Harvard.”</div><div><br></div> flic.kr “It says ‘the ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.’ It was a gift from a former trustee of Philips Exeter Academy where I went to high school. He was a mentor during those years and when I was at Harvard.”

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