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Clarke Thomas: Business ethics -- not an oxymoron: Pittsburgh professors are leading the way in giving a moral compass to tomorrow's executives
JOHN HOOKER, T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility; Professor of Operations Research, is quoted regarding the Tepper Schools soon-to-be enhanced curriculum concerning ethics where not only will the required business ethics course remain, but issues of ethics and responsibility will be integrated accross different disciplines.

PlanetOut Inc. Names Daniel J. Miller New Chief Financial Officer
DANIEL J. MILLER (MSIA 1993) has been appointed as CFO and Senior Vice President of PlanetOut Inc., the leading global media and entertainment company focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. A financial leader with over 17 years of experience, Miller brings significant expertise to PlanetOut Inc., most recently serving as vice president of finance for Predicant Biosciences, Inc., a life science company based in San Francisco.

IGate has its best year since 1999
After a period of financial trouble, iGate Corp. reports significant gains accomplished primarily through outsourcing to India. SUNIL WADHWANI (MSIA 1976), CEO of iGate Corp., credited the firm's sale of its Canadian staffing unit, Toronto-based iGate Mastech, for its earning upswing. The sale netted $5.5 million.

Group tries to name 5 to Heinz board
Trian Partners Master Fund L.P., a Cayman Islands limited partnership led by billionaire Nelson Peltz, notified H.J. Heinz Co. that it wants to nominate 5 new member's to the companies board and make sure that the board doesn't make it impossible for outsiders to be named directors. JEFFREY R. WILLIAMS, Professor of Business Strategy, thinks this is likely a good idea: "These types of actions truly are not a bad thing. It's always true that these guys would not do this unless they saw an opportunity to make the company better. They have a vision for the company, to make the company's pieces make more sense."

Heard Off the Street: Concerns over global deals tend to play to local fears
Several major international business deals are raising concerns over national security. "There is a sense in many of these deals that, in the country in which the target company is located, national pride gets in the way," said ROBERT DAMMON, Professor of Financial Economics.

The Green Bullet: There's a straightforward way for Washington to end America's addiction to foreign oil, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resolving the impasse on international trade: Turn farm subsides into fuel subsides.
This article was co-written by LESTER B. LAVE, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, and W. MICHAEL GRIFFIN, Executive Director of the Green Design Institute. To reconcile President Bush's conflict between political pressure to cut U.S. farm subsidies and domestic pressure to keep them, these experts recommend that Bush could address both concerns "by transforming farm subsidies into fuel subsidies. If Washington subsidized corn and switchgrass for domestic ethanol production instead of export, Bush will relieve his headache on trade, bolster energy security, and improve the environment," thereby helping to end the American 'addiction' to oil.

The Electronic Lowdown on Colleges
LUKE SKURMAN 's (MS 2004, BS 2002) is the CEO of CollegeProwler, Inc., which is cited in this article as a comprehensive college search resource. It publishes a guidebook for each school written by actual students, that provides the 'real deal' to prospective students on what each school is really like.

CEO University: Carnegie Mellon University
The publication examines several schools from which leading CEOs emerge, highlighting Carnegie Mellon b-school graduates AL KEUHN (MSIA 1954, PHD 1958, BS 1952) and SUNIL WADHWANI (MSIA 1976). Seven other Tepper graduates names and titles also are listed in this report, which can be found on page 15 of the print edition (March 10-16, 2006).

Bits&Bytes: Tech executives press Snow on international competitiveness
The Tepper School's 2006 McGinnis Venture Competition headed by ART BONI, John R. Thorne Chair of Entrepreneurship; Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Deputy Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will include NeuroLife competitors ERNEST BRAXTON (MBA 2007), DANIEL MCCHESNEY (MBA 2005) and FRANCO D. HARRIS (MBA 2007) whose business will commercialize a non-invasive tool to measure intracranial pressure to allow doctors to treat patients at risk for brain damage and death.

Online Exclusive: Making Sense of Marketing ROI Measurements with 'The Snapshot Survey'
The author of this article, LLOYD CORDER, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, is founder/CEO of strategic marketing research firm CorCom Inc. He suggests that sucessful investments should be made with a varied approach comprised of a combination of measures: "Most measurements are based on one or more of three types of data: accounting (financial performance, amount of money, etc.), addition (items that can be counted such as response rates, timing, speed, capacity, number of new customers, etc.) and attitude (perceptions and opinions usually collected through marketing research)."

RightNow Marketing Operations Manager Andrew Hull to Speak at The Conference on Marketing
ANDREW HULL (MBA 2002), marketing operations manager of RightNow Technologies, will speak about pipeline accelerators at The Conference on Marketing, which will be held March 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Connections brings students, firms together
J. PATRICK MCGINNIS, Lecturer in Business Management Communication, is quoted in this article about the importance of internships before graduation: "Students get the benefit of obtaining real-life experience and applying theories learned in the classroom to the field where they will eventually work. Employers also gain through internships because students provide a legitimate contribution to the organisation."

Study: Rates are up, not down
Utility deregulation has led to some of the highest electric costs for Texans in history. Research by JAY APT, Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Associate Research Professor, Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy, LESTER B. LAVE, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, and SETH BLUMSACK (MSIA 2003) suggests that the "failure of U.S. electricity restructuring," is due to poor planning in the system to handle the necessary volume of transactions, new institutions raising costs, and increased market uncertainty.

From mall kiosks to DVDs, new guides give students the lowdown on colleges
This article looks at current trends in the college selection process, and discusses CollegeProwler, Inc., run by CEO LUKE SKURMAN (MS 2004, BS 2002), as a comprehensive, no-holds-barred series that continues to gain national popularity.

Linda A. Duessel: Federated Investors, senior portfolio manager & equity market strategist
LINDA A. DUESSEL (MSIA 1984), is profiled as a "women at the helm," now in her 15th year at Federated Investors.

PLSG Invests $100,000 in NeuroLife to Develop Noninvasive Technology to Monitor Brain Pressure
ENEST BRAXTON (MBA 2007) and DANIEL MCCHESNEY (MBA 2005) are quoted in this release about the recent investment made by the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse in their company, NeuroLife, which is developing a noninvasive device to accurately monitor brain pressure.

Can MBAs Cure Health Care's Ailments? B-school grads are finding opportunities in the medical field, where they can make money -- and a difference
As a prime example of a b-school grad making an impact on the medical field, DANIEL MCCHESNEY (MBA 2005), CEO of NeuroLife, is quoted about the importance of doctors understanding business, so that they have enough money to most effectively treat patients.

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