Monthly Archives: August 2009

GM to sell new cars on eBay

In a grand experiment, revived General Motors will let most of its California auto dealers haggle online with customers by selling new vehicles over eBay.  School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford executive, says the move is inevitable, but could have some glitches — like when a car owner is both the buyer and […]

Toshiba quits HD-DVD for Blu-ray

The DVD format war is over, with Toshiba giving up its HD-DVD and switching to industry winner Blu-ray.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, said the switch is a straightforward market decision. “The winner is decided and consumer electronics devices will be on the winner’s format.  It is better to […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Nutrition professor Joan Salge Blake suggests that lobster is both healthy and currently, cost-effective. She encourages consumers to purchase lobster while the price is reasonable. Salge Blake’s Health Tip of the Day: “A one pound lobster will serve up only about 3 ounces of meat (perfect portion) for less than 85 calories, only 0.5 grams […]

Woodstock 40 years later

It came to mark a generation, and now the 40th anniversary (Aug. 15-17) of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair is a chance to reflect on its lasting impact.  Associate Provost Victor Coelho, a College of Fine Arts music professor and music historian, says Woodstock shaped music history because of the way it brought a diversity of musical […]

New Online Component of Sargent Choice is Launched

Sargent College has introduced a new phase of the unique and innovative nutrition program for students, faculty and staff in order to enhance the Sargent Choice Healthy Dining Program. The program has expanded to include nutrition counseling, interactive nutrition classes, and a new website. The Sargent Choice website links all of the programs together, making […]

60% of Women Suffering from EDs

According to a recent University of North Carolina study, eating disorders now affect 60% of American women.  New eating disorder categories, like “calorie prisoners” and “career dieters,” are becoming evermore prevalent and can be just as serious as traditional eating disorders like bulemia and anorexia.  Nutritionist Joan Salge Blake and talk about the implications of […]

Boston Globe sale update

While the New York Times has finally confirmed the Boston Globe is for sale, Times executives now say they’re in no hurry to sell now that the Globe‘s finances have improved with big union give-backs.  Meantime, the Globe says it soon will charge money to see its Website,, and a third bidder for the Globe itself […]

Remake Fannie & Freddie?

It’s reported that an overhaul of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may be in the works.  The Obama administration’s plan would be to strip them of billions in troubled loans and build a new structure to support the home-loan market.  Robert Bench, a former deputy Controller of the Currency, now a senior fellow at the […]

Interrupting the growth of oral cancer tumors

Dr. Maria Kukurzinska, a professor and researcher at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, has identified a key gene to control the spread of oral cancer tumors. Read more here.

“Clunkers” program extension

The Senate is expected to extend the “Cash for Clunkers” auto-sales rebate program, and send the bill to President Obama to sign.  Buyers would get until Labor Day to make a deal with their car dealership.  School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford executive, says the program is appropriately helping the struggling auto […]