James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which are Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching.
11 May 2021
Writer Emily Esfahani Smith draws on psychology, philosophy and literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering.
26 Mar 2020
Matthieu grew up surrounded by ideas and figures from French intellectual circles. He first time traveling was to India in 1967. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at the Instituto Pasteur under the sponsorship of Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine François Jacob.
21 Jan 2020
Convinced that “copy paste” is the foundation of art, writer and artist Austin Kleon has turned his thesis into a way of life. He defines himself as “a writer who draws”. His first best seller “Newspaper Blackout” is a book of poetry, which he created by re-editing newspaper articles with a permanent marker. “They look like haikus made by the CIA,” Kleon jokes.
16 Jan 2020
What is stoicism and how can it help us manage a life crisis? A doctor and professor of philosophy, Massimo Pigliucci faced a critical juncture with the death of his father and undergoing a divorce. He looked to the ancient philosophers for answers and discovered “virtue ethics,” an approach to life that advances human improvement through the development of values.
14 Nov 2019
We live in a “tyranny of positivity” say U.S. psychologist Susan David: “Society demands that the ill remain optimistic, that women don’t show outrage, and that men don’t cry,” she says. According to her research, most people judge themselves for feeling “negative” emotions like anger, disappointment or sadness. But “repressing or denying these emotions makes them stronger and lead us to deadlock,” she maintains.
12 Nov 2019
250 students were expected to register for Yale University Professor Laurie Santos’ class “Psychology and the Good Life”. Instead it became a mass phenomenon with 1,200 registered students. She later offered her class “The Science of Well-Being” online, and it went viral around the world. Why? Because human beings have spent thousands of years searching for happiness, to no avail.
05 Nov 2019
Aspiring chefs from all around the world are encouraged to apply and compete for a chance to work at three of the best restaurants in the world with the launch of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship 2020, organised by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants with the support of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA). Entries are now open for the initiative, which is in its third year.
24 Sep 2019
“What if I told you there was something that you can do right now that would have an immediate, positive benefit for your brain including your mood and your focus? Would you do it?” With this starting point, Wendy Suzuki, Psychology Professor and Neuroscientist at the New York University’s Center for Neural Science, has spent years inspiring a sedentary society with problems with excess weight, stress and anxiety.
The initiative started by chef Jordi Roca, which sought to raise awareness of conditions affecting the sense of taste, was a resounding success. The ambitious project was captured in the documentary “El sentido del cacao” (The Sense of Cocoa), which won six Stevie awards – one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.
27 Jun 2019
The World’s 50 Best unveiled this year’s list of the world’s best restaurants. Chef Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur restaurant was named the world’s best, while winners from past editions – including El Celler de Can Roca, named the world’s best in 2013 and 2015 – were inducted into the newly created ‘Best of the Best’ category. Andersen Lee, a young up-and-comer received the award recognizing him as the winner of the 50 Best BBVA traineeship.
23 Apr 2019
Numerous activities were arranged at BBVA’s headquarters in Madrid in celebration of World Book Day, observed internationally on April 23. The purpose was to underscore the important role literature, specifically books, plays in culture and education.
12 Feb 2019
AVA Digital Awards recently recognized the BBVA Music Sessions for its “high standard of excellence,” noting the work “serves as a benchmark for the industry.”
17 Aug 2018
It’s time for suitcases, airplanes, highways … and it’s the high season for tourism and travelling, an activity that has a huge economic impact around the world. In gross terms, this industry is most important to the United States, whereas in Spain it represents almost 15 percent of the GDP, with Catalonia and Spain’s islands being the preferred destinations.
16 Aug 2018
08 Aug 2018
BBVA Compass, as part of its mission to bring the age of opportunity to everyone, is bringing world-class chef Joan Roca to Manhattan to host and serve two dinners at Cipriani Wall Street on September 18 and 19 for select attendees.
20 Jul 2018
11 Jul 2018
One year ago, BBVA Compass globally introduced a set of values to help execute its mission of bringing the age of opportunity to everyone.
28 May 2018
Novels, movies, articles … much has been written about the future. From Jules Verne’s famed Journey to the Center of the Earth to flying cars that promise to revolutionize commuting. With the passage of time, ideas that seemed outlandish in the past have become a reality, causing us to think that ideas that seem impossible just might materialize.
24 Apr 2018
Meetings, reports, deadlines … a symphony of tasks that can sometimes turn the workday into a slog. On top of all this, add the intention to live a healthy lifestyle and it might seem like an impossible task. Luckily, there’s always a smartphone at hand and an app to help you face the day.
09 Apr 2018
End up hating the sound of the alarm. Have coffee for breakfast and with any luck a couple of biscuits. Drive right into the middle of a traffic jam and can’t find anywhere to park. All these problems can be avoided by creating for yourself the desired routine with a smartphone in hand and the best morning apps.
22 Mar 2018
One of the biggest pieces of news these days in the art world comes in the form of a rare Picasso piece once owned by Gertrude Stein.
02 Mar 2018
Fair-trade coffee, quality guarantee, ecological tomatoes… consumers read the labels on the things they eat. But is there any way of checking that what they say is correct? In order to do so, you would need a register of the processes to which the product has been submitted, something blockchain can do.
23 Feb 2018
The versatility of its famous multi-use knives and the precision of its watches have given Switzerland the reputation of being one of the most innovative countries on the planet. The Alpine country has a long tradition of inventions that have helped improve our day-to-day lives. Inventions such as the ‘Rex’ vegetable peeler and the well-known coffee capsules show how Swiss talent has been able to adapt itself to society’s new needs and contribute to its development.
22 Feb 2018
Unique Experiences is a special program of BBVA in Switzerland, by which clients can access a wide range of experiences and services carefully selected to help them enjoy life and their patrimony. The program encompasses a range of areas such as lifestyle, health, education, innovation, culture and entertainment. It also seeks to bring clients closer to Switzerland, a country whose living standards have put it in the top positions in the rankings of quality of life around the world.
21 Feb 2018
The life of a salmon is a round-trip journey. Immediately after birth, it travels down river to the sea, where it lives until the time comes to procreate. The salmon them swims upriver, overcoming all obstacles, and reaches the same spot where its journey began – a point of departure to which it arrives enriched from everything it learned on the way, and determined to leave a mark on its birthplace.
09 Feb 2018
On Sunday March 4, the global capital of the film industry will once again don formal dress to announce its highest honors. During the ceremony, celebrities will attend a number of parties but without a doubt, one of the most popular and long-awaited will be the charity dinner hosted by Elton John each year to collect funds for his foundation. This year, the Roca brothers, the celebrated restaurateurs of Girona, will be in charge of the preparing a special menu for the occasion – a menu not just for the stars, but for a good cause.
02 Nov 2017
Is your smartphone’s performance sluggish? Storage full? Battery dead in just a few hours? Always running out of data? If you can’t find the answer to these, or similar, questions, this article will shed some light and help you improve the performance of your Android handset. Security software firm Avast recently released its quarterly report, which ranks the top battery-draining, storage-hogging, and mobile-data-eating apps.
25 Oct 2017
This coming Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00 a.m., Spain’s time will change for the second time in 2017. Clocks will be set back an hour to 2:00 a.m., so we’ll get to sleep an extra hour. This will mark the end of Daylight Savings Time, which began on March 31st.