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Michael Laffin
Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
August 28, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Conference Will Examine Conflict of Interest in Business, Law and Medicine

WHAT: The Carnegie Bosch Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University business school and the National Science Foundation are co-sponsoring a conference on conflict of interest, which has been at the heart of corporate scandals, such as Enron and WorldCom, that have shaken the U.S. economy. These scandals have resulted in sweeping federal legislation that has caused dramatic changes in the relationships between corporations, auditors, shareholders and the public. The conference also will address conflicts of interest in law and medicine, such as when a physician prescribes a drug produced by a pharmaceutical company in which he or she has a financial interest.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14

WHERE: Posner Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus, 5000 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

WHO: Speakers include Lynn Turner, the former chief accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Jerome P. Kassirer, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine; George Loewenstein, a professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and an expert in economic decision-making; and Don Moore, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon. For a complete schedule and list of speakers, go to Members of the media who wish to attend should call Michael Laffin or Jonathan Potts at the numbers listed above. Others who wish to participate should contact Don Moore at 412-268-5968.


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