Monthly Archives: May 2009

OPEC faces dilemma

Organizaton of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members meeting in Vienna next week face a dilemma.  If they vote to force oil prices up through production cuts, they risk slowing the global economic recovery.  But if they don’t cut supply, reserves will overflow worldwide.  Mark T. Williams, an energy risk management expert who teaches finance at the […]

Thrift regulator under fire

With the collapse of Miami-based BankUnited on the heels of failures by IndyMac and Washington Mutual, the federal Office of Thrift Supervision is coming under increased scrutiny for failing to appropriately oversee the nation’s thifts.  School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says the OTS is […]

Bankruptcy for GM?

Speculation is rampant that the U.S. government will force General Moters into bankruptcy as early as next week.  This comes as the Obama administration plans to lift Chrysler out of bankruptcy, also as soon as next week.  School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford senior executive, can offer a big-picture perspective on the […]

The state of national-security law

President Obama and former Vice President Chaney’s back-to-back speeches on national security highlight the contentious nature of post-9/11, post-Bush national security law.  School of Law lecturer Philip O’Neill, Jr., who teaches national security law and is the author of “National Security and the Legal Process,” can put the debate in context. Contact Philip O’Neill, Jr., […]

Obama immigration policy unresolved

Trying to build public support for candidate Obama’s pledge to overhaul U.S. immigration law, the Obama administration so far has maintained most Bush administration enforcement policies to keep the borders secure before the debate begins in Congress over changing the laws.  The only formal change was to limit controversial raids at workplaces.  School of Law Professor […]

Psychology of Coaching Teams Conference

The Institute for Athletic Coach Education (IACE) in the School of Education is hosting a 1-day conference for coaches, directors, and and leaders of youth sport at the Agganis Arena from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Participants will meet coaching researchers, educators, and master coaches who will share insights and lessons from their experience.  Featured […]

AIG reconfiguring its board

Under pressure since admitting paying out milions in bonuses after receiving billions in federal bailout money, insurance giant AIG says it will reconfigure its board to include six new independent directors.  School of Management Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance and business ethics, says the AIG effort is not a surprise because “the […]

Insurance policies fund executive pay

Reports are surfacing that big banks are using life-insurance policies to help pay bonuses, pensions, and deferred compensation owed to their executives – with the banks as the beneficiaries.  While not illegal, critics complain that the banks get tax breaks for funding such quasi-pensions, then profit when the executives die.  School of Management Professor Fred Foulkes, director […]

Don’t confuse swine flu spread with its severity

Each person infected with Influenza A (H1N1) will infect between 2.2 and 3.1 others  — a “reproduction ratio”  European researchers say is historically similar to  other influenza pandemics. Alexander Ozonoff, professor of biostatistics, stresses the spread of the flu virus is separate  from its severity. “On general virological principles we would expect that transmissibility correlates negatively with […]

Microsoft to unveil new search engine

Word’s out that Microsoft plans to unveil next week a new version of its Internet search engine.  Meantime, Yahoo says it plans to improve the way it’s engine performs searches.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, who heads the Information Systems Department, can offer perspective on how the moves will affect the battle to […]