World Economic Forum Honors Solar Company Led by Haas Alumni

Jack Jenkins-Stark=John Woolard

John Woolard, MBA 97,

and Jack Jenkins-Stark, MBA 81,

of BrightSource Energy

BrightSource Energy, led by John Woolard (left), MBA 97, and Jack Jenkins-Stark (right), MBA 81, was named a 2009 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, which met last week in Davos, Switzerland.

BrightSource Energy, an Oakland company that develops large-scale solar thermal energy plants, was the only solar company among the 34 winners of this year's Technology Pioneer award.  Woolard is the company's CEO and Jenkins-Stark is its chief financial officer.

The World Economic Forum recognized BrightSource Energy for helping global utility and industrial customers reduce their dependence on fossil fuels by providing clean, low-cost, and reliable solar energy. To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society.

BrightSource Energy's solar thermal energy plants use thousands of small mirrors, called heliostats, to reflect sunlight onto a boiler atop a tower to produce high temperature steam, which is then piped to a turbine that generates electricity.

Before coming to BrightSource, Woolard co-founded Silicon Energy, one of the first successful clean tech companies, and was president, CEO, and chairman of the company's board from 1997 to 2003. After Silicon Energy was acquired by Itron, Woolard served as vice president of software solutions and vice president of strategy and business development. He also was an executive-in-residence in VantagePoint Venture Partner’s CleanTech Group and remains a venture partner with the firm.

Jenkins-Stark joined BrightSource from the Silicon Valley Bank, where he also held the CFO post. He previously served as vice president of business operations and technology at Itron, and as senior vice president and CFO at Silicon Energy and CFO of GATX Capital. He also held senior management roles at PG&E for more than 20 years. Jenkins-Stark currently serves on the board of directors of TC Pipelines.

The World Economic Forum is an independent nonprofit international organization committed to improving the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The forum's annual meeting last week in Davos was attended by two people from the Haas School:  Professor Laura Tyson, the S. K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, who advised the Obama presidential campaign and formerly served as a chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton, and Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.

Politics Can Influence Coveted National Institute of Health Grants, Haas Researchers Find

Despite the general perception that biomedical research funding decisions are apolitical, members of Congress steer billions of dollars in research money from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to researchers and institutions in their home states, according to Haas doctoral student Deepak Hegde and Professor David Mowery.

Hegde and Mowery, the William A. & Betty H. Hasler Professor of New Enterprise Development, revealed the surprising reach of House and Senate appropriations committee members in a study titled "Politics and Funding in the US Public Biomedical R&D System," published in Science magazine in December.

In their first-of-its-kind study, Hegde and Mowery examined grants from 1984 to 2003 made by the NIH, the largest source of funding for academic research in the United States. They found that 3 percent to 7 percent of the overall allocations were affected by political influence.

In examining NIH grants awarded to public universities, the researchers found in states with lawmakers on the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee responsible for NIH appropriations, universities there received an average of 9 percent more money than similar universities in states without a representative on the committee.

The study estimates that during 2001-2002 alone, committee members influenced the allocation of $1.7 billion out of a $37 billion dollar budget, directing about 4 percent of NIH grants to their own constituencies.

Hegde suggests that "earmarks" specifying the location of research could have been subtly avoided merely by encouraging the NIH to spend grant money on particular research fields and projects. The academic scientists who serve as NIH peer reviewers "do not have much leeway in shaping the NIH's broad spending priorities, and legislators use their power in setting research field-level priorities to cleverly work around the peer process to achieve their desired outcomes," says Hegde.

The NIH invests $28 billion annually in medical research and is known for its independent peer review of scientific grant applications.

The study in the journal Science is available at;322/5909/1797?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=hegde&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT.

Several news outlets also wrote about their article in Science, including USA Today, the San Francisco Examiner, the Chronicle of Higher Education.

A more detailed version of the study is forthcoming in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Law and Economics but can be read at

Two Ph.D. Students Receive $20,000 Dissertation Fellowships

Haas School Ph.D. students Deepak Hegde and Javed Ahmed were each awarded $20,000 dissertation fellowships from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Hegde received a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation proposal titled "Bargaining Power in Markets for Technology: Evidence from Licensing Data." Ahmed received the fellowship for his dissertation proposal titled "Venture Capital Fund Formation: The Effects of Limited Partner Monitoring on Capital Availability for Entrepreneurs." Both students are in their fourth year at Haas.

The foundation awarded 15 fellowships last month to current Ph.D. students engaged in the study of entrepreneurship at US universities. Students use the funds to cover expenses associated with their dissertation research, including the costs of buying data and attending conferences.

Hegde, who is studying in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, is researching how the value created by a new product is divided among its inventors and those who commercialize the invention. His research addresses the fact that in many industries, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, activities related to the invention and commercialization of a product are carried out by different firms.

Ahmed, who is studying in the Haas Finance Group, will be analyzing how venture capital firms' interactions with entrepreneurs shape their fundraising from limited partners, who are the investors in the VC funds. He plans to use the fellowship to acquire data related to VC fundraising and performance.

Symposium to Showcase Bold Green Energy Ideas, Feb. 23

Mary D. Nichols

As green energy moves to the top of the national agenda, the third annual UC Berkeley Energy Symposium on Feb. 23 will showcase the cutting-edge solutions for business, science, and government under development across campus and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL).

The symposium, titled "Bold Ideas for a New Energy Landscape," is expected to attract 650 people for a daylong exploration of the trends that will shape the next decade. Events will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

"Right now there are a lot of eyes and ears open to the possibility of what can happen in the clean-tech sector, and right here in Berkeley we happen to be at the epicenter of that," says symposium co-chair Matt Carrington, MBA 10.

The student-run event is organized by the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), an interdisciplinary organization on campus created by Berkeley MBA students in 2005. BERC provides a nexus for the wide range of research taking place in the schools of engineering, natural resources, law, public policy, and business, as well as the private sector.

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau will make opening remarks at the symposium, followed by keynote speaker Mary D. Nichols. As chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, Nichols oversees the state's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation. The afternoon keynote speaker is John Hofmeister, founder and chief executive of the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil.

Nine panel discussions will address energy politics, the future of utility-scale solar, renewable energy financing, green buildings, alternative fuels, nuclear power, decentralizing the grid, efficiency incentives, and the future of the US auto industry.

The symposium will also feature a poster session, where 40 graduate students and LBL researchers will share their latest work. Conference attendees will vote on the most promising research and a winner will be announced at the end of the day.

Students pay $15 to attend. The fee for the general public is $190, and representatives from government, academia, and the nonprofit world pay $80. For more information or to register, visit

Executives at Haas to Discuss Innovation and Culture at SF Event, March 10

Two executives working closely with the Haas School will talk about innovation and how to foster a culture of thought leadership at the Seventh Annual Haas Celebration in San Francisco from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Gap Inc. headquarters.

John Hanke, MBA 96, director of product management at Google Maps, Local, and Earth, and David Riemer, former VP of marketing at Yahoo!, will share their insights in a panel discussion titled "Creating a Culture of Innovation: Perspectives from Haas' Executive Fellows." Dean Rich Lyons will facilitate the conversation.

Hanke, a Haas executive fellow, began his entrepreneurial journey in 1995 when he co-founded Archetype Interactive, creator of one of the world's first graphical, multiplayer online games. He later launched Keyhole, which introduced the world's first online virtual globe, called "Earthviewer," and was acquired by Google in 2004.

As a Haas executive fellow, Hanke serves as an adviser to the dean, faculty, and staff and participates in events for students throughout the year.

Riemer, a Haas executive-in-residence, began his marketing career at J. Walter Thompson in 1985 and went on to become president of JWT/West. He entered the Internet industry in 1998 as senior VP of marketing for Quokka Sports, an Internet sports network, and eventually moved to Yahoo!, where he held various roles managing marketing for virtually all of the company's products.

As a Haas executive-in-residence, Riemer is working as a coach for the Haas@Work program, mentoring students through regular office hours, speaking as a guest in various classes, and assisting the school with its Leading Through Innovation strategy.

Before the panel discussion, alumni and students will have the opportunity to sample delicious hors d'oeuvres and mingle during a 90-minute networking reception. To register, visit

Asia Business Conference to Explore Challenges in Region, Feb. 28

The ninth annual Berkeley MBA Asia Business Conference on Feb. 28 will examine two major challenges for business in Asia: how to become independent from the US economy and how to upgrade industrial sectors away from labor-intensive, environmentally damaging business models.

The theme of this year's all-day conference at the Haas School is "Asia at Crossroads: Exploring Emerging Transformations in Asia."

The morning keynote address will be delivered by David Steel, senior vice president in the strategic marketing team of Samsung's North American headquarters. Steel's responsibilities include strategic planning, market intelligence, and marketing strategy. From 2002 to 2007, Steel headed up marketing for Samsung's digital media business in Korea after becoming the first non-Korean to hold a regular executive position at the company.

The conference will also feature a networking reception and six industry panels, including clean technology and finance, which will address Asian industrial reform, Asia's impact on the global economy, and future opportunities.

The Berkeley MBA Asia Business Conference is a student-organized event hosted by the Asia Business Conference Club in collaboration with the Management of Technology Program, the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the UC Berkeley Center for Research on Chinese and American Strategic Cooperation.

Registration is open to students, alumni, and business professionals. For more information, visit

Silicon Valley Networking Event to Feature Dean Lyons, Feb. 18

(Note: The previously announced speaker, Steve Tirado of Silicon Image, was unable to attend the event.)

Dean Rich Lyons will provide an update on the Haas School at the tenth annual Haas Alumni Celebration in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

A popular annual event, the celebration brings together hundreds of alumni and students involved in a wide array of industries for networking and conversation. The event was first created to build longstanding relationships among alumni from a variety of class years and industries and current MBA students interested in working in Silicon Valley.

Lyons became the 14th dean of the Haas School in July. His first priority is enhancing the school's already world-class faculty. The Haas School is currently recruiting an unprecedented 11 faculty members for this hiring season. Lyons also has created a new Campaign and Strategy Working Group, which is composed of faculty and receives input from alumni, students, and staff, to refresh the school's strategic plan and refine its capital campaign fundraising priorities.

Prior to becoming dean in July 2008, Lyons served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, a position he held since 2006. Before that, he served as acting dean, executive associate dean, and a finance professor at the Haas School. He graduated from Berkeley's undergraduate business program in 1982.

The Alumni Celebration in Silicon Valley runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is expected to sell out. Tickets are $25 for alumni and guests. Entry for current students, faculty, and senior staff is free. Dress code is business attire; no jeans or sneakers are allowed. To attend, register by Friday, Feb. 13, at

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Google Sales Exec to Share Insights with MBA Students, Feb. 10

Michael Lock, director of North American sales for Google Enterprise, will provide insight into the search engine behemoth's sales organization and share lessons from his years of industry experience in an event Feb. 10 organized by the new Haas Sales Club.

The lecture will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in room S489. It is the second event organized by the Haas Sales Club, whose launch in December featured Larry Singer, a VP at Hewlett-Packard.

Lock's presentation will address three topics: sales organization and strategy, Google Apps, and sales careers for MBAs. Lock, who joined Google in 2005, currently oversees American sales and operations for Google Enterprise, a business unit designed to bring Google technologies to corporations, governments, and educational institutions. A 20-year veteran of the tech industry, Lock has worked at Silicon Valley startups and in sales and marketing for Oracle and IBM.

The event is open to all Berkeley MBA students, but attendance will be limited to 40 people. Register by 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, via the "Workshops" tab in CareerNet. For more information, email

Campus to Remember Bill Sonnenschein at Memorial Service, March 15

Bill Sonnenschein

The university community will come together on Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2009, at the International House Auditorium to remember William "Bill" Sonnenschein, Haas senior lecturer on leadership and communication, who passed away suddenly on Dec. 29 in Madagascar. March 15 marks what would have been his 60th birthday.

Sonnenschein was in Madagascar as a special adviser to the president, helping the country establish an Office of Leadership and Communication for Sustainable Development. He also taught in the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources.

Details of the memorial service are being worked out and will be announced as soon as they become available. All are invited to attend.

Get Ready for Bidding at C4C Auction, Feb. 27

Challenge for Charity

Everything from spa packages to sporting events tickets will be up for bid at the 2009 Haas Challenge for Charity (C4C) auction at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Lipman Room of Barrows Hall.

MBA Challenge for Charity, now the largest MBA nonprofit organization in the world, was founded in 1984 by a Stanford student to raise money for the Special Olympics and has grown to include eight West Coast business schools. Each year, the schools compete to earn as much money as possible for the Special Olympics and one family-related local charity -- in Haas' case, the Alameda Point Collaborative.

The annual Challenge for Charity auction serves as the Haas School team's primary fundraiser and raised nearly $15,000 last year with more than 200 participants.

For more information, visit

Research Spotlight: Rosen Outlines Steps to Solve Housing Crisis

President Barack Obama's economic cure depends on solving the housing market crisis, according to Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Haas School's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, who has proposed a housing stimulus package for the new administration.

Rosen's proposal, which he has detailed in the media, includes:

  • A 180-day moratorium on foreclosures while a comprehensive, standardized, and massive mortgage restructuring plan is put in place.
  • The restoration of┬ámortgage credit for the mass housing market by increasing the availability of low down-payment mortgages.
  • A home purchase tax credit, combined with a low-interest fixed mortgage, to ignite consumer housing demand in 2009.

Rosen says the housing and mortgage markets face several interconnected problems: rising foreclosure and delinquency rates on poorly structured mortgages given to high credit risk borrowers; continuing house price declines in the 20 percent range nationally and 25 percent to 50 percent in formerly "hot" markets; and a collapse in new housing starts and a large inventory of unsold homes.

"To address these problems, our economic stimulus policy must focus on the housing consumer," says Rosen.

Rosen calls his proposed loan modification plan a "partial solution." It would assist property owners whose loans are delinquent or already in foreclosure and enable them to refinance. Rosen recommends reasonable lending terms at a 4.5 percent fixed-rate loan funded by the Federal Home Management Agency, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Federal Housing Administration to restore the flow of credit. He also supports extending loans or graduated payment loans for low-income buyers and has proposed options for homeowners whose property have dramatically depreciated.

Rosen suggests that each of the five big mortgage insurance companies issue $1 billion of convertible preferred stock to the Treasury in order to insure $250 billion of new low down-payment loans.

To stimulate the demand for homes, Rosen proposes a 10 percent tax credit, up to a maximum of $22,500, for the purchase of a new or foreclosed home for owner occupancy or for the purchase of any house by a first-time buyer.

Haas Faculty Research Shines in Financial Times Ranking

The Financial Times ranked the Haas School #16 among US schools and #31 among schools worldwide in its recent Global MBA ranking of full-time MBA programs, published on Jan. 22, 2009. Haas faculty research ranked #7 in the world.

The Haas School ranked in the top ten worldwide in several categories:

#2 top salaries in IT
#5 best in corporate social responsibility*
#6 best in entrepreneurship*
#8 top salaries in consulting

* based on alumni responses

This year's Financial Times ranking is based on a survey of full-time MBA alumni from the Class of 2005 and on data submitted by participating business schools. The alumni survey -- with questions about salary and career progression, placement, and satisfaction with the program -- account for 55% of the ranking. The faculty research ranking is based on the number of faculty publications in 40 academic and practitioner journals selected by the Financial Times.

Last year, Haas ranked #15 in the US and #32 in the world. Faculty research in 2008 ranked #9.

The full report of the Financial Times is available at

Staff News

EWMBA Program Hires Shelby Chin as Program Coordinator

Shelby Chin, BS/BA 06, joined the Evening & Weekend MBA Program Jan. 20 as its new program coordinator.

Chin comes to Haas from a management associate program at APL, an international transportation company. She returns to Haas and Cal after graduating with a dual degree with honors in business administration and geography. During her time at Cal, she was a resident adviser and recognized as a Cal Alumni Leadership Scholar.

In her spare time, Chin likes to run (the half-marathon is her favorite distance), bake, and read.

Phone: 642-140
Office: S440

Mai Pham Takes New Position in Marketing & Communications

After first coming to work at Haas as a student, Mai Pham became marketing communications assistant in the Marketing and Communications Department on Jan. 20.

In her position, Pham will support a wide variety of marketing projects for various clients within the Haas School. She is also responsible for a range of budgetary and general administrative assignments for the Marketing and Communications office.

Pham first began working as a student in the Marketing and Communications Department in 2005. She graduated from Berkeley in May 2008 with a degree in sociology.

Outside of work, Pham enjoys flower arranging, travelling, eating out, and leading her church's youth group.

Phone: 642-1646
Office: S544

Wendell Tull Joins FTMBA Admissions as Assistant Director

The Full-time MBA Admissions team welcomed Wendell Tull as assistant director on Jan. 16. Tull will be a member of the Admissions Committee, helping to recruit and select the best candidates for the Haas School.

Tull previously worked as director of enrollment at Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus. He also served as associate director for full-time MBA admissions at Arizona State University's WP Carey School of Business.

Most recently Tull directed his own nonprofit that worked with former collegiate student-athletes to help them transition to careers in corporate America. His nonprofit work allowed him to work on recruitment and education projects that support many Fortune 500 firms.

Tull attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he was a scholarship student-athlete on the men's basketball team and earned a BS in speech communications and a masters degree in education administration. He is a first-generation American born in New York City to parents originally from the former British colony of Trinidad and Tobago.

Since he is new to the Bay Area, Tull's hobbies of late involve driving around and getting acclimated to all that Northern California has to offer.

Office: S420A
Phone: TBD

Haas in the News - As of 02/02/09

Expert: US home prices to slide 6 percent in 2009
Jan. 29, 2009
Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about when the real estate market will hit bottom while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The story also appeared in the following publication:

Daily Californian
Education May Get $150 Billion Federal Boost.
Jan. 29, 2009
Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was quoted about the possibility of the UC system receiving funding from the economic stimulus package and the value of investing in education.

Daily Californian
Haas Looks to Expand It's Green Business
Jan. 28, 2009
Catherine Wolfram, an associate professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group and co-executive director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation, was quoted about the Haas School adding more courses on environmental issues in the future.

Housing Wire
Eyes on Senate; Industry Group Pleads for Home Buyer Stimulus
Jan. 28, 2009
Dwight Jaffee, a professor in the Haas Finance and Real Estate groups, was quoted about the need for a strong and direct stimulus to housing demand to bring about an economic recovery.

The UCLA Daily Bruin
Graduate students take on double degrees
Jan. 28, 2009
Jorge Rodriguez, BS 00, was quoted about his pursuit of a dual graduate degree as a long-term career goal.

FDIC may run "Bad Bank" in Plan to Purge Toxic Assets
Jan. 27, 2009
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted about the need to recapitalize banks "with different management" while she was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Other stories quoting Tyson at Davos appeared in the following media outlets:
Women And The World Economic Forum
Times Online
Wall Street bankers keep two-thirds of bonuses
Maktoob Business
Global competitiveness forum - day two highlights
"Bad bank" idea heats up, financial shares soar
Times Magazine
Let's play the Davos blame game
Associated Press
Quotes from World Economic Forum's first day
The Guardian
4-U.S. Bank plan, new Fed easing awaited
See what people are saying about Obama's bad bank
Interactive Investor
U.S. Govs must remove bad bank assets: Obama advisor
U.S. Colonial must raise capital before getting TARP
Yahoo! Politics
US should buy banks' toxic assets: ex-White House economist
The Saudi Gazette
GCF panel focuses on climate change

Saudi Gazette
GCF panel focuses on climate change
Jan. 27, 2009
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was mentioned as the moderator of a panel discussion on the second day of Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh.

US should buy banks' toxic assets: ex-White House economist
Jan. 27, 2009
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted about how the US government should help commercial banks recover by buying some of their "toxic assets" weighing down on them.

The article was also published in a French media outlet:
Le gouvernement américain devrait racheter des actifs toxiques

Wall Street Journal
Economies Search for Growth
Jan. 27, 2009
Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, was quoted from the World Economic Forum in Davos saying an economic recovery will based less on credit and a more on careful spending within one's means.

Business Mirror
Obama team weighs home foreclosure strategies
Jan. 26, 2009
Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about meeting with the Treasury Department's transition team this month to present his ideas for addressing the housing crisis.

Similar articles also appeared in the following media outlets:
Los Angeles Times
U.S. weighs strategies to stem home foreclosures
Jan. 25, 2009
Times of the Internet
Obama team working on foreclosure plan
Jan 28, 2009

Financial Times
Schools shift their efforts to online marketing
Jan. 26, 2009
Pete Johnson, director of Full-time MBA admissions, was quoted about the surprising attention that recruitment podcasts attracted.

Khaleej Times
Obama and Gulf: Yes We Hope
Jan. 24, 2009
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted about the slow recovery of the United States, and how developing countries will be the first to recover.

Globe and Mail
Not a cure-all, but creativity is saving some jobs
Jan. 24, 2009
Jennifer Chatman, a professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted about how some employers are trying different practices in lieu of laying off employees.

Business Week
Loan Crisis Hits the MBA World
Jan. 22, 2009
Pete Johnson, director of Full-time MBA admissions, was quoted about the additional financial aid the school is planning on offering in the next two years.

The article was also featured in the following media outlets:
CIO Today
A Loan Crisis Hits the MBA World
Lateline News
Loan Crisis hits the MBA world.

Top Business Schools for Undergraduates
Jan. 22, 2009
Haas School of Business was featured as one of the top undergraduate business schools.

Politics can influence who receives coveted NIH research grants
Jan. 22, 2009
David Mowery, the William A. & Betty H. Hasler Professor of New Enterprise Development, and doctoral student Deepak Hegde were profiled for their research finding that members of Congress steer billions of research money from the National Institute of Health to researchers and institutions in their home states.
Similar articles about their research appeared in the following publications:
USA Today
Study: It pays for researchers to know their congressman
Dec. 22, 2008
San Francisco Examiner
Stealth earmarks cripple merit-based NIH process
Dec. 23, 2008
Chronicle of Higher Education
Congress Steers NIH Grants to Favored Colleges, Despite Merit-Based Reviews
Dec. 19, 2008

Bend Bulletin
Hard work rewarded
Jan. 21, 2009
Jim Wilcox, a professor of Haas Finance Group and Haas Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about working with Tara O'Keefe, who was nominated for Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year award.

Obama Becomes Banker-in-Chief as Credit Market Freeze Persists
Jan. 20, 2009
Kenneth Rosen, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the importance of unfreezing credit.

Daily Californian
Pilot Gains Fame for Safely Guiding Emergency Landing
Jan. 20, 2009
Karlene Roberts, a professor in the Graduate School and co-director of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, was quoted about the heroic actions of Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who was also regular visitor at the center.
Roberts also appeared on Good Morning America, Jan. 16, 2009

Business Week
MBA Programs Go Green
Jan. 20, 2009
Catherine Wolfram, an associate professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about how business schools are revamping curricula to serve the students interested in the environmental sustainability and clean technology sector.
The same story was featured two other outlets:
Smart Brief
The green MBA
Jan. 20, 2009
My MBA Career
MBA Programs Become More Earth-Friendly
Jan. 20, 2009
¿Quién es el entorno conocido de Obama?
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was included on a list of economic advisers to President Barack Obama in an article in this newspaper in Argentina.

San Francisco Chronicle
US moving toward czarism, away from democracy
Jan. 18, 2009
Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted about the need for an auto czar to more quickly "force through" economic problems.

Property Wire
US saw massive 81% rise in property foreclosures in 2008
Jan. 16, 2009
Kenneth Rosen, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the need to adopt a comprehensive national policy in order to prevent future foreclosures and to revive the housing market and economy.

KPPC AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Dems Unveils Stimulus Package
Jan. 16, 2009
Jim Wilcox, a professor of Haas Finance Group and Haas Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was a guest talking on a show about the economic stimulus plan in Congress.

Contra Costa Times
Jay Bernard Morrison
Jan. 16, 2009
Jay Bernard Morrison, Ph.D. 77, an active speaker of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum, passed away from brain cancer.

Health Nuts
Jan. 14, 2009
Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Groos Richmond, both MBA 06, were featured with their startup, Revolution Foods, a company that makes 20,000 nutritious meals for 150 California schools and after-school programs.

Local Federal Reserve: Cautious Economic Outlook
Jan. 15, 2009
Janet Yellen, a professor emeritus and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, was quoted from her address to the Financial Women's Association in San Francisco about the need for policy makers in Washington to act boldly.

Gas Prices Making Upward Climb
Jan. 14, 2009
Severin Borenstein, director of the University of California Energy Institute and a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about the increase in gas prices and the world economy.

U.S. News & World Report
Kenneth Rosen: Housing Will Bottom Out This Year
Jan. 13, 2009
Rosen was interviewed about his optimism about a real estate rebound, his opinion of the Bush administration's response, and how homes should not be looked at as investments.

Wall Street Journal
The Do-Good Marketplace
Jan. 1, 2009
David Vogel, the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professorship in Business, was quoted about how "creative capitalism" is a descendant of corporate social responsibility.

Happening at Haas

Kazuo Inamori: A Conversation on Business Innovation and Philosophy
Kazuo Inamori
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corp.
Thursday, Feb. 5
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Free and open to the public. Light reception to follow.

Business of Health Care Conference
Leonard D. Schaeffer,
Founder and Former CEO, Wellpoint
Paul H. Keckley,
Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
Marc E. Owen,
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Saturday, Feb. 7
Haas School of Business

Michael Lock
Director of North American Sales, Google Enterprise

Tuesday, Feb. 10
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Haas School, Room S489

Education Leadership Case Competition
DC Public Schools: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Nation's Capital
Saturday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. final presentations;
6:00 p.m. awards ceremony open to the Haas community
Wells Fargo Room

Third Annual UC Berkeley Energy Symposium
Bold Ideas for a New Energy Landscape
Monday, Feb. 23
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Ninth Annual Berkeley MBA Asia Business Conference
Asia at Crossroads: Exploring Emerging Transformations in Asia
David Steel,
Senior Vice President, Samsung North America
Saturday, Feb. 28
Haas School of Business



Venture Capital Investment Competition
Friday, Feb. 6
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
In this reverse business plan competition, the teams in VCIC take on the role of venture capitalists to evaluate and "fund" investment opportunities amongst the entrepreneurs selected to present for the competition.

Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: Financial Modeling and Management
Tuesday, Feb. 17
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stanley Hall, room 106
Open to the public. The Best Practices Series brings to UC Berkeley and the Haas School the best practitioners from the Berkeley and Silicon Valley community to speak about the practical aspects of entrepreneurial activity.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Earth, Wind, and Fire: The Clean Tech Opportunity Today
Thursday, Feb. 26
Andersen Auditorium
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A panel discussion of the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs and investors in geothermal, wind, and biofuels.
For more information and to register, visit

For more information, contact Clifford Mak at

Eric Uhlmann, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Wednesday, Feb. 4
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit 330

Adam Galinsky, OBIR visiting scholar
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Wednesday, Feb. 11
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit 330


Geoffrey Moore
General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
The Business of Technology
Wednesday, Feb. 27
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room


Raffi Ammi, Wharton
Family Control of Firms and Industries
Thursday, Feb. 5
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325

Petra Moser, Stanford
Compulsory Licensing - Evidence from the Trading-with-the-Enemy
Thursday, Feb. 12
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325


Wim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University, Belgium
Monday, Feb. 9
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 320


Mark Jenkins, Stanford
Subprime Defaults: Measuring the Costs of Borrower Bad Behavior
Wednesday, Feb. 4
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Room TBA

Shi Zhang, UCLA
Thursday, Feb. 12
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


MFE Get-Together at the Michelangelo Hotel
Tuesday, February 3
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Michelangelo Hotel, 152 W 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
No registration required.
Cost: Free
For more information, email Linda Kreitzman at

Monthly 2001 MBA Class Lunch
Tuesday, February 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rincon Center Food Court, 101 Spear St, San Francisco
For more information, contact Martin McMahon at

Hoops Party at the Alumni House
Saturday, February 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Alumni House, UC Berkeley
For more information, email Greg Overholtzer at

The Challenges of the Current Economy: The Impact of Obama's Proposals on the Economy and You
Tom Campbell, former Dean of the Haas School
Barry Eichengreen, Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science
Wednesday, February 18
6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Luxe Hotel: Sunset, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Register at
Cost: $40 before Feb. 11; $45 Feb. 11 to Feb. 18
For more information, contact Carl Jacobs at (818) 887-9621.

Tenth Annual Haas Celebration in Silicon Valley
Wednesday, February 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
Cost: $25 for alumni and guests, complimentary admission for all current MBA, MFE, and Ph.D. students, faculty, and senior staff

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