Dr. Randy Pausch, a highly respected professor of Computer Science and co-founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, was recently honored for an inspirational, intimate lecture that garnered worldwide media attention, according to TrekMovie.com News. Pausch gave his speech in September 2007 to roughly 400 students as part of the "Last Lecture" Series, which asked top professors nationwide to impart their most important life lessons as if it were their last speech to students. For Pausch, the speech would indeed be one of his last, as he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer the previous year. Touched by his humor and content matter, reporters from The Today Show, ABC News and even Oprah addressed the speech, now available in video clips online, and Pausch's message. Movie producer JJ Abrams, also inspired by the speech, honored Pausch with an invitation to appear in the newest Star Trek movie, which, according to his blog, Pausch happily accepted. In addition, Hyperion Books has announced it will publish a book based on Paush’s last lecture, while the university has made his other lectures available copyright free for the public (Pascale, TrekMovie.com News, 1/19/08).