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Black Enterprise Magazine, 7/1/2008
Classmates share their knowledge, reports first-year MBA
As a first-year MBA student at the Tepper School, Tuesday Tibbs notes that her classmates are willing to share what they have learned in the workforce with her. Likewise, she has been able to share what she learned as an undergraduate business major with them.

Pittsburgh Business Times, 7/4/2008
AACSB accreditation confers credibility to some schools
Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International brings credibility to some schools, says Deputy Dean Ilker Baybars, Professor of Operations Management and Manufacturing. Baybars says AACSB accreditation doesn’t mean much to the upper end of good schools, but it confers credibility to the lower end.

The News Hour With Jim Lehrer (PBS), 7/7/2008
Lave: High oil prices will prompt necessary innovations
Skyrocketing oil prices will lead to necessary innovations in conservation and green technologies, says Lester 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. Lave says when gas prices were lower, people thought they could go about their lives as-is with little consequence.

MarketWatch, 7/8/2008
Study: Film critics affect box office performance
Film critics continue to wield significant influence on the box office performance of movies, according to a study by Peter Boatwright, Associate Professor of Marketing. Boatwright used data such as weekly revenue and number of screens for a sample of 466 films and correlated it with the reviews of 46 different critics.

The Economist (U.K.), 7/10/2008
Dabbawalas’ focus on human ingenuity is key to appeal
A lack of technology and an utter reliance on human endeavor are the keys to the appeal of India’s dabbawalas to Western management thinkers, says Paul Goodman, 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. Goodman says dabbawalas focus on human and social ingenuity instead of technology or analytic models.

Pittsburgh Business Times, 7/11/2008
Alum says company owners holding out for better prices
Sales of Pittsburgh companies during the second quarter of 2008 are down, but dealmakers like Chris Cynkar, MSIA 1998, say sellers are holding out for better prices. Cynkar is a private-equity investor who also teaches a course at the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship that is geared toward people who want to buy businesses.

Boston Globe, 7/13/2008
Meltzer: Fed faces inflation risks
In its zeal to prevent a recession, the Ben Bernanke-era Federal Reserve may have risked inflation by keeping interest rates too low, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. As the 1970s showed, long-term inflation can cause more pain than a short-term increase in unemployment, he says.

Newsday, 7/14/2008
Lave: Calls for tapping into oil reserve reflect short-term views of politicians
Politicians tend to have a short-run view of the future, which is why there is such a push to tap into the strategic petroleum reserve, says Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor, Director of Green Design; Co-Director, Electricity Industry Center. Lave says elected officials curry a lot of favor with voters if they can bring down soaring oil prices, even if the solution is only temporary.

Miami Herald, 7/14/2008
Solar energy a possibility in Southwest, but not yet in Florida, says Apt
Solar power in the desert Southwest can provide enough power at the right price in a few years to be competitive with other energy sources, says Jay Apt, Executive Director, Electricity Industry Center; Associate Research Professor; Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy. However, Apt does not yet believe solar energy is a viable option in Florida, which gets much less direct sunlight than other locations.

WTOP-FM, 7/14/2008
Lave interviewed on radio station
Lester 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, was interviewed by WTOP-FM.

Reuters, 7/15/2008
Evolution of Fed’s role is hard to judge, says Spatt
It’s clear that the Federal Reserve has a greater role to play, but exactly how that process evolves is hard to judge, says Chester Spatt, Mellon Bank Professor of Finance; Director, Center for Financial Markets. Analysts believe the Fed will need to bulk up its expertise in new areas to match its broader mandate.

Wall Street Journal, 7/16/2008
Proposal to give Fed authority over investment banks is risky, says Meltzer
A proposal by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to assign the Federal Reserve responsibility for supervising investment banks is both unnecessary and a cause for concern, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says the proposal could lead investment banks to accept more risk if they can hide mistakes by borrowing from the Fed.

Chicago Tribune , 7/18/2008
Lave: Unemployment worse news than expensive gasoline
It’s unclear if the U.S. is teetering on the edge of a recession, says Lester 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. Lave says while gasoline that costs $4 a gallon is “terrible,” the rising unemployment signaled by recent economic indicators – which seems to have temporarily corralled oil prices -- is worse news.

The Peninsula, 7/19/2008
Quotas not productive for Qatar, professor says
It is not productive to have quotas for Qatari nationals to be employed in countries, says George White, Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus. He says some businesses are simply not relevant to wealthy nationals, so it would not be surprising if young Qataris did not want to work there.

The Moderate Voice, 7/20/2008
Decline in oil prices may be sign that market recognizes slower world economy, says Meltzer
The recent decline in oil prices is probably a sign that the oil market recognizes that the world economy is slowing, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says the facts about the oil market are simple: Demand has been about one million barrels a day more than the supply.

The Cutting Edge, 7/21/2008
Wind farm in Florida not cost-effective, company says
FPL Energy, which operates 56 wind farms in 16 states, is one of the most efficient wind operators in the United States, according to Jay Apt, Executive Director, Electricity Industry Center; Associate Research Professor; Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy. Ironically, although FPL stands for Florida Power and Light, the company says it won’t build a wind farm in its home state because the quality and location of Florida breezes makes it difficult to produce energy at a reasonable cost.

Advanced Trading, 7/21/2008
Tepper School named one of 10 best for quant focus
Advanced Trading magazine recently picked the Tepper School as one of its “Top 10 Quant Schools.” Joining Carnegie Mellon are Columbia, Cornell, Michigan, New York University, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. http://www.advancedtrading.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=209102204&cid=quant-center

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/21/2008
Tepper’s Director of Corporate Relations to serve on Carnegie Library Board of Trustees
Carolyn Hess Abraham, Director of Corporate Relations for the Tepper School, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s board of trustees. Abraham is among five new members on the board.

WDUQ-FM, 7/22/2008
Apt: No single solution for electric rate increases
There is no silver bullet solution for looming electric rate increases, says Jay Apt, Executive Director, Electricity Industry Center; Associate Research Professor; Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy. Instead, Apt says lawmakers should try a combination of solutions such as lowering the tax on power, encouraging private power generation and requiring the right kind of alternative energy production.

NPR, 7/22/2008
Meltzer interviewed on NPR
Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, spoke with NPR about a proposed bill intended to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Meltzer also discussed what average Americans might expect as the country continues to experience an economic slowdown.

Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, 7/23/2008
GaliLead program offers leadership training to Arabs, Jews
A mix of men and women, Arabs and Jews is important for the success of an 11-day leadership training seminar, says Paul Goodman, Richard M. Cyert Professorship; Professor of Organizational Psychology; Director, Institute for Strategic Development; Director, Center for the Management of Technology. The seminar, known as GaliLead, is being held in Pittsburgh and features 22 Israelis from different religions.

WPXI-TV, 7/24/2008
Poor people see lottery as a potential means of improving finances
Low-income people see the lottery as the best way to improve their finances, according to research by Emily Haisley, a PhD candidate from the Tepper School. The research suggests that states with lotteries should explore strategies that could actually benefit low-income players, such as tying lottery tickets into savings accounts.

LEDS Magazine, 7/25/2008
Matthews to lead research in SSL technology
A new study will focus on a full-scale assessment of energy and materials associated with Solid State Lighting technology. Led by Scott Matthews, a Tepper School alumnus and research director of the Green Design Institute, the study will work with industry in its first phase.

San Francisco Chronicle, 7/29/2008
Lave: Oil could swing from $50 to $250 a barrel
The price of oil could swing anywhere between $50 a barrel in the case of a global recession, and $250 a barrel if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, says Lester 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. Even with a substantial drop, many Americans will still have to drive less, Lave says.

Newsmax, 7/29/2008
Fed ignored warnings about risky home loans, says Meltzer
The Federal Reserve ignored warnings about risky home loans that banks were keeping off their balance sheets, according to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer uses the example to explain why he does not favor Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s proposal to allow the Fed to supervise investment banks.

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