MIT model explains how the brain can learn novel tasks while still remembering what it has already learned.
President George W. Bush has chosen Kristin Forbes, associate professor of applied economics at the Sloan School, to serve on his Council of Economic Advisers. The post on the three-member council, which provides the president with economic analysis, requires confirmation by the Senate.
An expert in international financial contagion and the relationships between economic growth and income inequality, she earlier served the Bush administration as a deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury.
Forbes (Ph.D. 1998) was the Sloan teacher of the year in 2001. She has held positions with the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi, India; Fleet Financial Institutions; Morgan Stanley; and the World Bank.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 2003.