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Ten years ago, the globe was gripped in a historic financial crisis. Markets crashed, entire countries defaulted – Greece is still reeling from the effects -- and the event forced major policy shifts that have shaped the financial landscape across the globe. This was the topic of presentations and discussions at the Isenberg School of Management’s annual CISDM conference on October 4.
Melissa Baker, an assistant professor in Isenberg’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is recipient of a 2018-19 Lilly Fellowship. The nationally competitive fellowships foster teaching excellence through pedagogy workshops and seminars, course development and redesign, third-party assessment of teaching skills, and other resources. The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Development has awarded the fellowships since 1986.
John F. Smith Memorial Professor Anna Nagurney of Isenberg's operations & information department, has been selected as the OMEGA RHO Keynote Speaker at the annual INFORMS conference this November with her Plenary: Networks to Save the World: OR in Action. The OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture on Operations Research and Management Science is among the most prestigious series of lectures in the world and have been presented as a plenary at ORSA/TIMS and INFORMS Meetings since 1983. Previous speakers include Deans at Wharton and MIT and two Nobel Prize winners.
Isenberg is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Bing Liang to the newly created Charles P. McQuaid Endowed Professorship. The professorship’s benefactor is Isenberg finance graduate Charles P. McQuaid ’74 who retired after 35 years at Columbia Wanger Asset Management in Chicago.
Professor David Piercey has been appointed as the first John F. Kennedy Endowed Professor. Chair of Isenberg’s Department of Accounting and John Spinney Faculty Fellow, Piercey is a nationally prominent researcher in behavioral accounting. The endowed professorship’s benefactor, John F. Kennedy ’76 M.S., is a long-time supporter of Isenberg and its students.
“During my twenty years with MassBenchmarks, two themes connected with the state’s economy have figured prominently in our journal,” its Executive Editor and Isenberg professor Robert Nakosteen told a gathering of fellow economists, and leaders—business and political. “The first is the state’s dynamic mix of high-technology and education-intensive industries. The second has been the uneven sharing geographically of that prosperity.”
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In an event brimming with emotion, friends and colleagues came together on Saturday night to celebrate the life of Isenberg’s David Lepak, who died suddenly on Thursday, December 7, at the age of 46. Lepak, the Berthiaume Endowed Chair of Business Leadership & Professor of Management, and the Management department chair, was a popular professor who had been part of the Isenberg family since 2016. Married and the father of 4 children, he was also active in the community, coaching youth soccer, and volunteering at his kids’ schools.
Gail Cruise, a senior lecturer in Isenberg’s Channing L. Bete Business Communications Program, recently excelled as co-chair of the Association for Business Communication’s (ABC) 82nd annual conference. On the gathering’s final night, Gail received the Association’s Spirit of ABC Award, which recognizes “members who exemplify friendliness and openness to both newcomers and current members [of the organization].”
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenged kicked off with The Minute Pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 25. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 22 teams gave 60-second pitches of their venture idea. With assistance from the sponsors, EY and Bud Robertson (Isenberg ’72), $2,500 is prize money was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams and the audience choice selection.
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Since the 1970s, innovation—conceptual and technological—has transformed the practice of finance. But “innovation itself doesn’t create growth” it must be “translated into the general economy,” insisted MIT finance professor Robert C. Merton in his keynote presentation at Isenberg’s Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets’ (CISDM) annual research conference on October 6. Professor Merton—a 1997 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics—headlined an ambitious program devoted to diverse aspects of digitally enabled financial innovation, including cryptocurrencies, algorithmic trading, and other advances on the financial landscape. Attended by a packed house of 125 academics and practitioners, the daylong event took place at Boston’s Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel.
In August, Professor Bradley Bennett began a prestigious three-month residency with KPMG’s James Marwick Professor in Residence Program. Based at KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in Manhattan, Bennett is working with the firm’s Audit Innovation Group.
Professor Charles Manz's new book "Twisted Leadership" offers business leaders a new way to think about leadership and suggests how to avoid the "leadership disease" - the idea that leadership is something that resides in one person who influence lower-level workers.
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Mila Getmansky Sherman, a finance professor at Isenberg, has received a $196,518 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Digging into Data Challenge. Professor Sherman’s award will fund a 3+ year research project.
Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor with the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, will lead Isenberg’s diversity initiatives as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Walker will bring experience and proactivity to the school’s commitment to an increasingly inclusive culture. That includes greater diversity and inclusiveness among students, faculty, and staff.
ElectroPure, a student team and developer of a water treatment/purification device for homes, schools, and other small-scale water systems, took first-place honors in the finals of the 2017 Innovation Challenge business plan competition on April 6th.