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Haas NewsWire, March 7, 2005



Joint United Nations/UC Berkeley Conference Explores Tech Solutions for Economic Development, April 21-23

UNIDO

The annual “Bridging the Divide” conference on technology and the developing world kicks off April 21, marking the second year of an ongoing collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Management of Technology Program (MOT) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


Scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers will gather to focus on issues of development in the world’s emerging economies in this year’s conference to be held at UCB's College of Engineering. The program is a key element in the collaboration between MOT and UNIDO that began in 2003. Last year’s conference had over 500 attendees, and this year’s attendance is expected to be even higher.


The 2005 conference will focus on information technology, education, healthcare, and energy- and environment-related technology. “These technologies involve fields in which UC Berkeley has long excelled,” says Andrew Isaacs, adjunct professor and director of the MOT program. “This year’s conference gains particular relevance from the current crossroads in global development. We have learned that philanthropy is insufficient to solve problems of economic development, that sustainable solutions require sustainable business models.”


The conference will be opened by Carlos Magarinos, the Director-General of UNIDO, with keynote addresses on April 21 and 22 by development experts from around the world:

  • Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, former Rwandan Ambassador to the US and the UN and visiting scholar in MOT, on economic development in Africa
  • Australia’s director of global development, Dr. Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, on Australia's work in economic development worldwide
  • El Salvador’s Ricardo Navarro, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize and head of Latin America’s largest environmental NGO, on the role of appropriate technology in environmental protection
  • Dr. David Lawrence, former chairman of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare system, on the extension of modern healthcare to less-privileged regions
  • Nick Donofrio, IBM senior vice president, and Sophia Chew, vice president and general manager at Intel on the role of multinationals in development efforts

UC Berkeley students who participated in the MOT-UNIDO Fellowship program in 2004 and 2005 will also present their work at this year’s conference. Nearly 50 UC Berkeley graduate students from across campus travel overseas under the fellowships to work on technologies appropriate to developing regions, with teams so far working in China, India, South Africa, Mali, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Brazil, and Mexico. Their research ranges from safe drinking water technologies to tuberculosis treatment systems to Internet-based learning systems in the developing world.


Conference information and registration can be found at http://bridge.berkeley.edu/.

Haas and Berkeley Faculty Rank High in Decision Sciences Study


A recent evaluation of the quality of teaching and research in decision sciences earned UC Berkeley faculty high marks. The survey, which was conducted by the Decision Analysis Society, studied the contributions of 34 universities to the knowledge of how individuals make decisions.
 
UC Berkeley decision scientists, the majority of whom are Haas School faculty, earned four out of five stars for their work in descriptive decision programs, which studies how people process judgments and make decisions. UC Berkeley was joined by Columbia, Duke, and Princeton Universities; they were beat only by Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania, which earned the full five stars.
 
For their work in prescriptive decision programs, the study of how to make better decisions and what information to gather to do so, UC Berkeley earned three out of five stars. The three stars recognized the high quality of their regular contributions in both educational and research areas.
 
Decision science is a field that spans across business disciplines and even university departments. At UC Berkeley, most researchers in decision sciences are found in the Haas School’s Economic Analysis & Policy, Finance, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations groups, including professors Teck Ho, Laura Kray, Barbara Mellers, John Morgan, Terry Odean, Priya Raghubir, Phillip Tetlock, and Jose Silva. On campus, the Economics and the Agricultural and Resource Economics departments house most of the decision science researchers.
 
“The interdisciplinary nature of the decision sciences is probably the main reason that existing programs have not been evaluated until now. The survey should be helpful to students who are entertaining the idea of careers in decision science,” says Haas Marketing Professor Barbara Mellers. “ Berkeley did well, in part, because of the many talented scholars on campus, but also because of the excitement about behavioral economics. There are many people whose research examines the intersection of psychology and economics, and their efforts are directly related to normative and descriptive decision-making.”
 
Mellers was UC Berkeley’s internal contact for this study, which was conducted by three professors from the Wharton School, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.
 
The study counted articles, books, courses, and number of doctoral graduates universities produced in decision sciences. Each of the 34 universities considered in the program had one faculty contact person to help identify researchers in this field. The study was peer-reviewed and published in October 2004. To view the study, go to http://decision-analysis.society.informs.org.

Haas Career Services Opens Finance Recruiting Office in New York City


In a groundbreaking move, the Haas Career Center has assigned an account manager to work out of New York City to focus on maximizing opportunities for Berkeley MBA students and MFE students with financial services firms on the east coast.


Nicole Gehrmann, previously based at Haas as an account manager for the financial services and real estate industries, established the New York City office for Haas in January. Gehrmann will form new partnerships with firms there and continue to build relationships with east coast Haas alumni.


Due in part to Gehrmann’s efforts while she was at Berkeley, 18 new financial services firms interviewed on campus this year for the first time. They included Bank of America, Hahn Capital Management, AIG, Fidelity Ventures, and Perseus. In addition, several firms returned to Haas after a gap in recruiting including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citgroup.


"We have highly qualified students with truly unique experiences that deserve the attention of bankers on Wall Street," says Gehrmann. “We want to be sure we maximize their opportunities with financial services firms across the country.”


When Acting Dean Rich Lyons traveled to New York in February, he and Gehrmann met with key recruiters, including Bear Stearns, JPMorgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs, to inform them of the new account manager for Haas in New York. “I found that all of these firms were impressed and excited that we’ve dedicated an account executive to the finance market, on the ground, in New York. With this move, we are clearly demonstrating our commitment to providing excellent support to east coast recruiters and giving them increased opportunities to hire Haas,” says Dean Lyons.


For more information on the Haas Career Center, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/careercenter/.

The Future of Human Stem Cell Research: Haas Alumni Gather to Hear from the Experts


The latest thinking on human stem cell research is the topic of a special event organized by the Haas School and the San Francisco chapter of the Haas Alumni Network titled, " Human Stem Cells: Biotechnology's Next Generation," on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Gap Inc. headquarters in San Francisco.


At the event, Edward Penhoet, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, will discuss the complexities and promise of stem cell research with Robert Tjian, the Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley.


Penhoet currently serves as vice chair of the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The institute, which was created as a result of Proposition 71 last fall, will invest $3 billion to support stem cell research. This initiative is intended to make California the epicenter of a new generation of scientific innovation in biotechnology and invigorate California's biotech and life sciences industries.

The host for the evening is Don Fisher, BS 50, chairman emeritus and founder of the board, Gap Inc., and a member of the Haas School Advisory Board.


Prior to the presentation, there will be a reception and opening of the Fisher Art Gallery. Admission is free, but registration is required at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=83611. Space is limited. For more information, contact the Haas Alumni Relations Office at 510-642-7790 or alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

The Gap Foundation Supports Fellows in Corporate Social Responsibility


The Gap Foundation has teamed up with the Haas School's Center for Responsible Business to create a fellowship program to support Berkeley MBA students interested in pursuing careers in corporate social responsibility.

Sponsored by the Gap Foundation, the Gap Inc. Fellows Program in Corporate Social Responsibility provides two-year scholarships of $5,000 each year to three full-time incoming MBA students who demonstrate a commitment to the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their professional and educational pursuits. This collaboration reflects both the vision of the Center for Responsible Business and Gap Inc.’s strong commitment to social responsibility.

"We are honored to partner with the Gap Foundation on this program," says Kellie McElhaney, assistant adjunct professor and executive director of the Center for Responsible Business. "In addition to supporting students, these fellowships reflect Gap's and our commitment to CSR as a critical component of business education and management training.  Gap continues to take a leadership role in strategic CSR, and we are fortunate to benefit from that."

Applications for the Gap Inc. CSR Fellows Program are currently being accepted from those individuals already offered admission to the full-time MBA program at Haas for the class graduating in 2007. The deadline for applications is March 25, 2005. For more information and application guidelines visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/gap_fellowship.htm.

The UC Berkeley B-Plan Competition Advances 23 Teams to the Semifinals


The Seventh Annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is off to a strong start; 66 teams submitted their executive summaries in January, from that 23 teams were chosen to advance to the semifinal round taking place on April 1.


This year’s proposed business plans represent industries ranging from consumer and enterprise software and hardware to green energy, consumer products, medical devices, biotech products, and others.


The competition is organized by Berkeley MBA students at the Haas School of Business in partnership with the UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and UC San Francisco. It is hosted by the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To be eligible, each team must have at least one UC Berkeley or UC San Francisco student or alumni participating.


Leading venture capitalists from the Bay Area and Silicon Valley judge the business plans and give written feedback to the teams. Throughout the competition teams can work with mentors and participate in workshops on how to hone their business plans, make a pitch, or ask for money.


The six to eight finalists emerging from the semifinal round will compete in the finals for a total of $52,500 in prizes. The finalists will present their pitches to the public at the final event at the Haas School on Thursday, April 28. Before the winners are announced, the audience will vote to determine which team wins the 2005 People’s Choice Award.


Supporting the competition are:


  • Lead Sponsor: Intel Capital;
  • Silver Sponsors: Sevin Rosen Funds, QUALCOMM Incorporated, Blue Run Ventures (Former Nokia Ventures), and ComVentures;
  • Bronze Sponsors: Foundation Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Reed Smith, Versant Ventures, Palo Alto Software, Morgenthaler Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures, and Newforth Partners; and
  • Friends of the Business Plan Competition: Morgan Stanley, Draper Fisher, G-Office & Kevin Warnock, American River Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Goldman Sachs, Max Shapiro-People Connect, and the MBA Association.

For more information go to http://bplan.berkeley.edu.

CED Programs Target Training to Executives in Biotech, Investment, and Law


Responding to specific customer interests and demands, the Haas School’s Center for Executive Development (CED) has developed a new line of niche programs that deliver knowledge and skills targeted to key industries, such as biotechnology, law, and investment.


The increase in niche programming over a more general management approach is part of a larger trend driven by increased competition from new players in executive education, such as consulting and professional educational firms, according to Whitney Hischier, MBA 01, assistant dean of CED. “In response, we have created demand-driven open enrollment offerings, such as this spring’s Global BioExecutive Program, as well as taking a more targeted approach to our custom development process.”


The Global BioExecutive Program, titled “Accelerating Innovation and Containing Costs in BioTech,” examines the entire process of bringing a life sciences product to market, from capitalizing innovation to product positioning and branding, and from clinical trial strategies to manufacturing choices. The program, now in its second year, is designed to give biotech executives the tools to balance the industry’s demand for both constant innovation and cost containment. The next session of this program begins April 7.


Other targeted open enrollment programs include the Certificate in Financial Engineering, geared toward investment professionals looking to brush up on quantitative tools in investment theory and their practical applications; and Business for Lawyers, a program for attorneys in corporate law who need to better understand, communicate with, and represent their corporate clients, while also strengthening the ability to generate business for their own firms or practices. The next session of Business for Lawyers will take place April 11 to 13. A program on marketing for engineers, to be taught by Professor Rashi Glazer, is under development.


“All of the center’s offerings are designed to provide our clients with tangible best-in-class skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented when they return to their office,” says Hischier. “We have added a significant number of blue chip clients to our portfolio and are looking forward to continued growth in the near future.”


For more information on CED programs, visit http://execdev.haas.berkeley.edu.

Faculty News


New Book by Prof. David Mowery Focuses on All Aspects of Innovation


The Oxford University Press has just published a new Oxford Handbook of Innovation edited by David Mowery, the Milton W. Terrill Professor of Business at the Haas School, and co-editors Jan Fagerberg and Richard R. Nelson.


This handbook is meant to provide academics and students with a comprehensive and holistic understanding of innovation. The editors selected 21 contributions from leading academic experts within a particular field, each focusing on a specific aspect of innovation.


The book is organized into four sections: the creation of innovations; how institutions and organizations influence innovation; differences in the implementation of innovation over time and across different sectors of the economy; and the consequences of innovation with respect to economic growth, international competitiveness, and employment.


For more information, visit http://www.oup.com/us/?view=usa and search by book title.

Staff News


Christina Finger to Recruit and Advise for MFE Program

Christina Finger joined the MFE Program on February 14 as assistant director. She will coordinate various aspects of the MFE Program, including recruiting new students and advising prospective students, as well as assisting in internship and job placement. Finger holds a BA in Anthropology from St. Mary's College in Moraga and worked previously as the office manager at the civil engineering firm T.Y. Lin International. She enjoys photography, cooking, hiking, and yoga.


e-mail: finger@haas.berkeley.edu
phone: 642-4417
office: F471  


Ming Liu Joins Academic Affairs

Recent Cal grad Ming Liu joined the Academic Affairs Office as a graduate student personnel administrator on March 1. Liu will assist graduate student instructors and readers in the hiring process and resolve any administrative problems. Previously she worked for Ace USA as a claims analyst and as the operations team coordinator. She holds a BA in applied mathematics, loves painting and Pixar movies, and is excited to be back on campus.


e-mail: ming@haas.berkeley.edu
phone: 510-642-0004
office: S522K

Haas in the News


Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article titled “Hahn Goes After Rivals’ Energy Votes” on March 3. For full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-me-mayor3mar03,1,4532454.story?coll=la-headlines-politics


The Haas School of Business was mentioned on Myrtle Beach Online in an article titled “ High-ranking Naval Officers Go Back to School, MBA-style” on March 3. The executive education program offered by the Haas School of Business for naval officers was mentioned. For full text: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/11034444.htm


Peter Sealey, adjunct professor of marketing, was mentioned in the Cincinnati Enquirer in an article titled “Federated-May Merger Won’t Solve All Problems” on March 1. For full text: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050301/BIZ01/503010318/1076/BIZ


Janet Yellen, the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration currently on leave as the San Francisco Federal Reserve president, was mentioned in the Daily FX in an article titled “Special Report – 20 Most Influential People In FX” on March 1. For full text: http://www.dailyfx.com/article_rr_084.html


Sealey was featured in Adweek in an article titled “Sealey Joins Board of Butler, Shine, Stern” on March 1.


Sealey was quoted in Adage.com in an article titled “Advertising at the Academy Awards” on February 28. Sealey commented on the effectiveness of ads during the Academy Awards. For full text: http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=44417


Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in Inside Bay Area in an article titled “Brown: Don’t Credit the Mayor” on February 26. Rosen commented on the job market in the San Francisco and Oakland areas. For full text: http://www.insidebayarea.com/businessnews/onthemove/ci_2587791


Sarah Takesh, MBA 00, was mentioned in the New York Daily News in an article titled “Do-good Gals” on February 3. Takesh and her company Tarsian & Blinkley were praised for creating a sustainable business in Afghanistan. For full text: http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/thersday/story/277197p-237450c.html

Happening at Haas


SIXTH ANNUAL BERKELEY CONFERENCE ON HOUSING AND URBAN POLICY
"Housing and Cities: Mastering New Challenges"
Friday, March 11
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
For more information and to register, visit http://urbanpolicy.berkeley.edu/2005conference.htm.


SOCIAL SECURITY SYMPOSIUM
Friday, March 11
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
A panel on the proposed changes to the Social Security system moderated by Richard Gilbert, chair of UC Berkeley's economics department, and featuring Alan J. Auerbach, professor of economics and law, Ronald Lee, professor of economics and demography, and Daniel McFadden, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
For more information on the symposium, call the UC Berkeley Retirement Center at 510-642-5461.


Seminars


RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY
'Pay and Police Effectiveness," by Alex Mas, Haas School of Business
Wednesday, March 9
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
C110
For more information, visit http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/marko/EAPSeminar2005.htm.


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
Henrich Greve, Norwegian School of Management
Wednesday, March 9
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information contact, Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
"Piracy on the High C's: Music Downloading, Sale Displacement, and Social Welfare in a Sample of College Students" by Joel Waldfogel, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, March 10
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
"Things I Don't Know About Finance" by Stephen Ross, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thursday, March 10
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 pm
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY
“An Empirical Study of Demand Spillovers Between Albums by the Same Recording Artist,” by Alan Sorensen, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Wednesday, March 16
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
C110
For more information, visit http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/marko/EAPSeminar2005.htm.


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
Harrison White, Columbia University
Wednesday, March 16
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information contact, Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
“Cooperation in the Workplace: Evidence from the Field,” by Imran Rasul, University of Chicago
Thursday, March 17
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
Robert Shiller, Yale University
Thursday, March 17
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR
Pradeep Chintagunta, University of Chicago
Friday, March 18
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.  


Alumni Events  


NEW YORK ALUMNI
"Leveraging Technology to Build a New Entertainment Brand" by Gregg Spiridellis
Wednesday, March 9
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Piper Rudnick, LLC, 1261 Avenue of the Americas, 29th Floor, New York
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members
Gregg Spiridellis co-founded JibJab Media Inc. with his brother Evan in 1999 to create and distribute original entertainment to a worldwide audience using the Internet. Since then, he has developed a reputation as a pioneer in digital entertainment, leveraging new technologies to produce innovative and compelling JibJab-branded content to a worldwide audience.


ALL ALUMNI
The Big Bopper Baby Boomer Career Conference: “Overcoming Challenges Facing the Mid-Career Professional”
Saturday, March 19
9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Haas School of Business
Price: $95.00
Spaces Available: 100
Register at Acteva today!
Are you wondering what to do next in your career? How do you know if it is time to move to greener acres? How have others dealt with the challenges you are facing? Getting smart, staying competitive, and leveraging your wisdom, maturity, and work ethic in today’s volatile economy are career topics we will address to help you avoid becoming lost in space.  
Join our team of experts as we examine new ways of managing your career. To register and learn more about the session topics and presenter bios, visit http://www.acteva.com//booking.cfm?bevaID=84038. For more information, email alumnicareers@haas.berkeley.edu.


SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI
Third Annual Gap Event, Stem Cell Panel
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gap Headquarters, 2 Folsom Street, San Francisco
At the event, Edward Penhoet, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, will discuss the complexities and promise of stem cell research with Robert Tjian, the Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley. Penhoet currently serves as vice chair of the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The institute, which was created as a result of Proposition 71 last fall, will invest $3 billion to support stem cell research. The host for the evening is Don Fisher, BS 50, chairman emeritus and founder of the board, Gap Inc., and a member of the Haas School Advisory Board.
Admission is free, but registration is required at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=83611. Space is limited.
For more information, contact the Haas Alumni Relations Office at 510-642-7790 or alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.


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