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Spring 2010

Smart Move: Hiep Nguyen '05, '07 MST

Hiep Nguyen knew it was time to go home.

The double Falcon (’05 BSA, ’07 MST) was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston when his father died in 2007. Leaving his mother alone in the family’s home neighborhood of Dorchester was not a viable option. Drawn both by family obligation and business opportunity, Nguyen moved back home and hung out a shingle. His accounting firm opened on Dorchester Ave. in December 2008.
   
The move quickly yielded positive results.

Head of the Class: Woody Benson '80

On Thursday nights last fall, Woody Benson ’80 couldn’t sleep. But it wasn’t new investments or business ideas stealing shuteye from the award-winning venture capitalist. It was residual energy from teaching Bentley MBA students in the Corporate Immersion program.

“Being in front of a class is really invigorating,” says Benson, an investor with Prism VentureWorks and high-tech industry veteran of 30 years. “To see the students who are the next generation is inspiring.”

Leading Lights

Thanks to a generous $1.125 million gift to Bentley, undergraduate women will be able to prepare for some of the toughest issues facing them in the workplace. Parent donors Pam and Jack Cumming have earmarked their support for pioneering programs to develop leadership skills in young women.

Media Tap Bentley Experts

Associated Press.  Aaron Jackson, associate professor of economics, comments on an AP analysis of federal spending to stimulate the U.S. economy. “I’d be skeptical about putting too much more money into a second stimulus,” he observes, “until we’ve seen broader effects from the first stimulus.” Others to pick up the story: The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, MSN Money, and Yahoo (January 11, 2010).

Medicine’s Yin-Yang

Have you ever taken ginger to sooth an upset stomach or been needled by an acupuncturist? These and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine have found favor with a surprising number of U.S. adults. Surprising, too, is the intertwined history of medical traditions in the East and West.

Assistant Professor of History Bridie Andrews-Minehan is well acquainted with the opposing and inseparable nature -- the yin and yang – of the two traditions.  As she puts it: “There is no way to draw a boundary between Western medicine and Chinese medicine, in either direction.”

Tribute to Determination: Paul Grassia ’69

In 1990, Paul Grassia was a rising corporate executive with a corner office when tragedy struck: A massive stroke left the 43-year-old paralyzed on one side. Instead of conceding defeat, Grassia turned his energies to regaining basic skills and pursuing a longtime dream. Today, the alumnus known professionally as Paul G. has found success as a Neil Diamond tribute singer and author of the book A Stroke of Luck.

Double Helping of Insight for Biotech

Sometimes, a hearty collaboration starts with something as simple as a good lunch.

Three years ago, Bentley Assistant Professor of Finance Irving Morgan (left) had a research paper starting to simmer. He ran into Fred Ledley in the faculty cafeteria and asked the professor of natural and applied sciences to review some initial findings. Ledley liked what he saw, and suggested working together at some point.

Atlas Maps Women’s Lives

Anyone looking for vivid lessons on women’s lives – from the impact of the beauty culture to wage inequalities to domestic violence – will find them in The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (Penguin Books, 2009) by Professor and Chair of Global Studies Joni Seager.

Now in its fourth edition, the atlas uses eye-catching maps to present otherwise dry data. Previous iterations earned Outstanding Reference Book honors from the American Library Association and won the Chicago Geographical Society's Publications Award.

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