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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Personal Mention

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management has selected Tepper School of Business Dean Robert M. Dammon to serve as chairman of the organization’s board of trustees for the 2013-14 academic year. The vision of the consortium is to increase the representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in leading MBA programs and management careers in the United States. Working toward this goal, the organization fosters an active network of students, faculty and administrators from leading MBA programs and corporate representatives. The Consortium Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from each of 18 member schools along with representatives from corporate partners and alumni. Carnegie Mellon joined the consortium in 2001 and this is the first time that a representative of CMU has served as board chairman.

Jason Hendershot, a sergeant with the CMU Police Department, has obtained a grant of more than $30,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to begin a two-year alcohol education and enforcement program on campus called RAID, which stands for Realize Alcohol Influences Decision-making. Education and enforcement programs to combat dangerous underage drinking will be conducted during the school year. A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16 at the Oakland Career Center (294 Semple Street), where officials from the PLCB and Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel (PA 23rd District) will present the award. The grant was one of 61 issued by the PLCB totaling $2.14 million.

Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, the Raymond W. Smith Professor of Drama in the School of Drama and coordinator of Acting/Music Theatre, participated in an August panel discussion in New York City titled "Cultivating the Performing Arts." The panel was sponsored by the Broadway Dreams Foundation and Bernstein Global Wealth Management and featured women who "make a difference through their efforts to create, sustain and grow performing arts education." Panelists provided insights to a capacity audience about the current financial state of the educational and professional arts environments. Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck moderated the panel. Also this summer, Mackenzie-Wood taught a series of audition master classes/workshops in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Producers touted CMU as a "dream school" with the "oldest BFA in drama in the nation" and working with Mackenzie-Wood as "an experience you will never forget." Students performed two audition monologues of their choice, after which Mackenzie-Wood worked with them individually to provide adjustments and direction, helping to prepare them for future auditions. The classes were sold out.

Kevin Zollman
, associate professor of philosophy, wrote an opinion piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which he applied game theory to the crisis in Syria. Read "Applying game theory to Syria: International norms tend to dissolve if they are not enforced" at http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/applying-game-theory-to-syria-702675/.

Martin Gaynor, the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at the Heinz College, has announced he will be taking a temporary leave from the university to join the Federal Trade Commission as its director of the Bureau of Economics, effective Oct. 1. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the antitrust laws and protects consumers from unfair or deceptive practices. The director of the Bureau of Economics is responsible for all economic analysis at the FTC. Gaynor is an award-winning expert in the economics of health care and his research focuses on competition in health care and on the role of incentive structures within the health care industry. He joined the CMU faculty in 1995. Read the Federal Trade Commission’s announcement at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/09/personnel.shtm

Claire Gubbins, a Fulbright Scholar from Ireland, recently arrived in Pittsburgh to conduct research at the Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business on tacit knowledge management practices and influencers in industry. She will be under the guidance of Denise Rousseau, the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy. Gubbins is a lecturer in the Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology Group at Dublin City University’s Business School.