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Spring 2009

Media Tap Bentley Experts

Faculty and other members of the campus community continue to provide insightful analysis and thoughtful commentary for print, broadcast and online media.MarketWatch. Professor of Finance Roy Wiggins and students from his Seminar in Micro-Lending course are profiled for launching an organization that will provide small loans to local entrepreneurs.

Bleeding Green: Michael Connelly ’86

Michael Connelly has Boston in his blood. Born and raised in West Roxbury – where he still lives – the former Bentley baseball player also carries sports close to his heart. These twin passions jump off the pages of his two books: the marathon chronicle 26 Miles to Boston (1998) and Rebound! Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston, which hit bookshelves in December 2008.

Economist Sees Trust in Market Behavior

Jeff Livingston would like to change the way that fellow economists see the world. His research challenges the “rational pursuit of self-interest” as the standard driver of market behavior. Where did he find evidence to back an alternative view that incorporates trust? On eBay.The Bentley assistant professor of economics has spent seven years studying the enormously popular Internet auction site. There, buyers routinely dispatch their dollars to anonymous sellers, who need send nothing until an item is paid for.

Taking the Pulse of Telemedicine

Little “Joey” is very sick and his parents are in a panic. The 2-year-old arrives by ambulance at a suburban hospital an hour outside Boston, where emergency physicians quickly determine that death is imminent. What should the team do next? What’s the best intervention for a child in this state of crisis?A pediatric intensivist would know.

The Art and Science of Video Production

Introduction to Video Production is the kind of course that attracts students from every corner of the campus community. Up to four sections of the course fill up every semester, bringing together aspiring producers, business majors keen to learn a bit about film making, and everyone in between.“The class really broadened my thinking in terms of film production, and the time and effort that goes into it,” says Liberal Studies and Marketing major Dimitry Marcelin, a sophomore who began producing videos in high school.

Small Grants Spark Big Ideas in Diversity

A wealth of creative ideas landed in Duncan Spelman’s e-mail inbox last year when the Bentley Diversity Council launched a program of “mini-grants.” From games to tours, discussions to dance, the proposals aimed to cultivate awareness and respect among all members of the campus community.“We were pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of applications,” says Spelman, the university’s director of diversity. The 17 proposals came from students, faculty and staff.

New Career Tool for Alumni

Just because the economy has gone south, careers don’t have to follow suit. So says Barbara Hyle of the Miller Center for Career Services (CCS), which has launched a biweekly electronic newsletter for Bentley graduates. Bentley@Work features job openings submitted by alumni, companies and recruiters.“Participation doubled in the second month and is still rising,” says Hyle (pictured), who developed the newsletter as senior associate director of alumni and graduate career development.

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