Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, August 28, 2000

**Look for the next Haas Newswire on Monday, September 11, 2000.**

Conversation with Paul Newman to Launch Forum on Philanthropy in Business
Summer News Wrap-Up
The First of Four New Faculty Profiles: Ganesh Iyer
John Harsanyi Memorial Gathering
Gary McBride Named Executive Director of CFRM
Zane Cooper Appointed to Haas Chief Technology Officer
Faculty News
New Staff
Haas in the News
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Paul Newman, the Oscar award winning actor-cum-businessman-cum-philanthropist, will speak about his philosophy of business and charitable giving when he inaugurates the Haas School's new Forum on Philanthropy in Business on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The event, which will have the format of an informal conversation with Dean Laura Tyson in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium at 5:00 pm, is part of the Haas School's Socially Responsible Business Leadership Program. Dean Tyson will be joined in the conversation by Liz Robbins, a New York business consultant and member of the Haas School Advisory Board.

The Socially Responsible Business Leadership Program actively promotes awareness of corporate social responsibility, ethics in business, nonprofit/public management and environmental management, and works to increase opportunities for students with an interest in the area.

Internationally renowned for his leading roles in classic Hollywood films, Newman is now perhaps equally well-known for giving away more than $100 million in profits from his famous line of widely distributed food products. More than 1,000 charities have benefited from his philanthropy over nearly two decades.

Newman launched his own business -- Newman's Own, Inc. -- in 1982 when he and a friend decided to commercially produce an oil & vinegar salad dressing of his own recipe. From the beginning, Newman decided to give away all after-tax profits from the sale of the products to educational and charitable organizations, located both in the U.S. and in countries in which the products are sold.

Among the charities supported by the business is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which was founded by Newman in 1988 as a nonprofit residential summer camp for children with cancer or other serious blood diseases. Over 900 children from 7 to 15 years old come each year to the camp in Connecticut, free of charge, from across the United States and abroad.

Newman's Own, Inc., which now offers an expanded line of salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsas, popcorn, lemonade, ice cream, and steak sauce, is now found on grocery shelves around the world. Newman has always insisted on top quality products without the addition of artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Newman has appeared in films such as The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, HUD, and The Sting. He has won three Oscars, including the Best Actor Award for The Color of Money in 1986. He has been nominated for Best Actor a total of eight times.

Seating in the Andersen Auditorium for this special event will be limited. Any Haas student wishing to attend the event will have to obtain a ticket in advance. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available in the Dean's Office beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29th. Students should be prepared to show their student ID. On the day of the event, students with tickets will be admitted to the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should form a queue at the upper entrance to Andersen Auditorium.

As this event is primarily for the benefit of Haas School students, only a limited number of seats are available for ladder-track faculty and special guests. Invited faculty and guests wishing to attend should send their RSVPs to Pamela Gleason in the Dean's Office (or at gleason@haas.berkeley.edu) before Friday, September 1.

Members of the staff wishing to hear the Newman talk in the auditorium may apply for one of the 20 available positions for volunteers and ushers at the event. Interested staff should request leave from their supervisors for this event before applying for these volunteer positions. To apply, send email with the subject line WANTED STAFF VOLUNTEERS to researchdialogue@haas.berkeley.edu.

Haas will broadcast the program live to a number of classrooms for those students and members of the Haas School who were unable to get a ticket to the event in the auditorium. To register for the simulcast, please send an e-mail to researchdialgue@haas.berkeley.edu.

Addressing the relationship of business to its environment has been a distinguishing characteristic of the research and teaching at the UC Berkeley business school since its founding more than 100 years ago. In the 21st century, the Haas School's long tradition of exploring the ethical and social responsibilities of business is now represented in a series of special programs, activities and events, research, and courses.

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For those who were not here this summer, here is a recap of the Haas School's top summer news.


The Haas School announced a historic partnership with the University of Michigan and the Darden School at the University of Virginia in June to offer classes to each other's students using full motion video and Internet technology beginning this fall. Read the full story at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/news/threeschools.html.


Haas student Katherine Cope, MBA 01, taught a class of 30 high school youth from some of the East Bay's most disadvantaged schools this summer how the stock market works. The workshop was part of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program, which ignites interest in business and academic achievement in under-served local high school and middle school youth. More information on YEAH can be found at http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/pubs/news/articles/disadvantaged_students_.html.


The Haas School's Center for Executive Development hosted a special one-month leadership program for the "Fisher Fellows," a new corps of school leaders who will develop and manage highly effective charter schools in urban areas across the nation. The Fisher Fellows represent one aspect of the highly publicized Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which is establishing charter schools around the country. The full article can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn080700.html#fisher.


The MBA program announced the Haas Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist Haas MBA graduates who take positions in the public or nonprofit sector to pay off a portion of their school loans. The full article can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn080700.html#mbas.


A study released by Ken Rosen, the Haas School's California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Amanda Howard, senior analyst at the consulting firm RCG, addresses how e-commerce will affect the future of commercial real estate. See the full article at http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn071000.html#study.


Pam Gleason joined Dean Tyson's staff as her new senior executive assistant. She was joined by Koko Cordova as the assistant to the dean. Read the announcement at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn080700.html#staff.

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Newly appointed assistant professor Ganesh Iyer comes to the Haas School Marketing Group from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University, where he served as an assistant professor of marketing for four years. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Toronto and a master's degree in management studies from the University of Bombay.

His research interests include the coordination of distribution channels and supply chains, retail competition, the selling of consumer and marketing information, and the impact of Internet institutions such as online shopping agents.

In the spring, Iyer will be teaching an undergraduate core marketing course and an elective on B2B marketing. Iyer can be reached at 3-4328 or via e-mail at giyer@haas.Berkeley.edu. His office is located at F699.

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The Haas School and campus community will celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate John C. Harsanyi at a memorial gathering this Thursday, August 31. Harsanyi died of a heart attack on Wednesday, August 9, at his home at the age of 80. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

The memorial gathering will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, in the Great Hall of UC Berkeley's Faculty Club.

Harsanyi began teaching at UC Berkeley in 1964 as a visiting professor in the business school. He became a full professor in 1965 and remained on the faculty of the Haas School of Business until his retirement in 1990. Harsanyi accepted a joint appointment on the economics faculty in 1966.

In 1994, Harsanyi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in game theory, a mathematical theory of human behavior in competitive situations that has become a dominant tool for analyzing real-life conflicts in business, management, and international relations. He shared the award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with fellow game theorists Reinhard Selten of Bonn, Germany, and John Nash of Princeton University.

"John Harsanyi dedicated his life to employ the science of economics and game theory for the betterment of the human race," said Dean Laura Tyson. "He was a brilliant thinker, a gracious man, and a gentle soul, ever concerned with the well-being of others. We will all miss him dearly."

More information on Harsanyi's life and career may be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/news/harsanyi.html.

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Lecturer Gary McBride has been appointed the Executive Director of the Center for Financial Reporting and Management (CFRM). His responsibilities include maintaining and enhancing all of the center's activities, as well as teaching introductory undergraduate financial accounting and tax classes.

McBride earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 1987 at Georgetown University, his J.D. in 1981 at Hastings College of Law, and a B.S. (emphasizing accounting and finance) in 1975 at the University of California, Berkeley. He began his teaching and research career as Professor and Director of the California State University, Hayward, Graduate Tax Program after serving the IRS as a revenue agent, a special agent, and later as a technical advisor in the IRS National Office.

"Ideally, we wanted to hire someone who had work experience in accounting, had firmly established relationships with practitioners in the Bay Area, and had teaching experience," said Brett Trueman, director of the Center for Financial Reporting and Management and chair of the Accounting Group. "We knew that it would be tough to find someone with all of these qualifications, but Gary fit the bill perfectly. I am very confident that CFRM is in great hands."

McBride has recently developed two Haas MBA classes: International Tax Strategies and M&A in the Internet Economy. He also teaches two international tax courses for the California CPA Education Foundation. His professional interests generally involve the federal taxation of businesses and business owners.

McBride serves on the California CPA Society's State Global Opportunities Committee, is a member of the editorial board of the new CALCPA magazine, and writes a regular column on the future of the accounting profession.

This fall, CFRM and the Berkeley Program in Finance are jointly presenting a conference "Pricing Internet Stocks: Is this a Bubble?" in Indian Wells, California, from October 29 to the 31. CFRM will also host its Eleventh Annual Conference on Financial Reporting at the Santa Clara Marriott on November 3, 2000.

McBride can be reached at 643-41233 or via e-mail at mcbride@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Zane Cooper, who has been acting director of the Computer Center since June of 1999, has been appointed the chief technology officer and director of Haas Computing Services.

Haas Computing Services was reorganized a little over a year ago in part to provide focused reliable support for the Haas School's customer groups. "Zane made the reorganization of computing services an outstanding success," said Teresa Costantinidis, assistant dean for Budget and Operations. "He was instrumental in the development and implementation of clear service level agreements, while at the same time developing an innovative activity review, approval, and planning process that has allowed us to complete an unprecedented number of computing projects."

Over the course of the next year Cooper will be responsible for implementing significant technological improvements in support of changes in the school's degree program and executive learning strategies. Cooper's role will be pivotal as he continues the momentum of improved computing support for faculty, staff, and students at the Haas School of Business.

Prior to joining the Haas School in January of 1997, Cooper worked for Bank of America as a systems engineer.

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On Wednesday, August 30, at noon, Severin Borenstein, Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, will give a talk at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at 595 Market Street titled "California's Electricity Restructuring: What went wrong? Where do we go from here?"


The American Marketing Association presented David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, the first Vijay Mahajan Award for his career contributions to marketing on August 5, 2000. Aaker was praised for his scholarly work and contributions to the field of marketing.


Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems and professor in the Haas Manufacturing and Information Technology Group and the Department of Economics, has been appointed to a Securities and Exchange Commission panel. The panel has been asked by SEC chairman Arthur Levitt, Jr. to address this question, "What is value in the new economy and what information could be provided to investors to help them make the most informed decisions?" The panel is expected to conclude its work by the end of the year.

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Terri Campbell has joined the Center for Executive Development staff as the executive assistant to Assistant Dean Paul Stames. She provides administrative support and handles special projects for Paul. Prior to joining Haas, she worked in administration at University Relations for five years. She graduated from Vassar with a bachelor's in drama. She lives in Richmond, and enjoys her five birds and growing orchids. Terri can be reached at 643-4504 or via e-mail at tcampbel@haas.berkeley.edu.

Anthony Santos is the new student services coordinator in the Undergraduate Program Office. He just graduated from UC Berkeley. At Haas he markets the BASE program, acts as the contact for student groups, handles accounting, and is the web master for the Undergraduate Office. While at Berkeley he was actively involved in a homeless clinic on campus. In his spare time he plays trombone in Jazz Big Bands. He can be reached at 2-1421 or via e-mail at santos@haas.berkeley.edu.

Carole Wilson joined the accounting and personnel staff as an accounting representative this month. She has been working at Haas as a temporary faculty assistant since April. Her move to Haas is part of a planned career change after a 17-year career in healthcare risk management. She holds a bachelor's in English and education and has taken courses towards an MBA at Golden Gate University. She can be reached at 643-3196 or via e-mail at cwilson@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Dean Laura Tyson's monthly Economic Viewpoint column in Business Week addressed the projected budget surplus. She warns that the surplus may not be as large as predicted. The column appears in the August 28 Business Week.

Severin Borenstein, Grether Professor in Business Administration and Public Policy and director of the UC Energy Institute, was quoted in a front-page article in today's Los Angeles Times saying that some electricity generators in California have market power and are raising prices above competitive levels. The article is available at here.

Borenstein and Jim Bushnell of the UC Energy Institute published an article in the San Jose Mercury News Perspective Section on Sunday, Aug 27, on California electricity industry restructuring. The article is available at: http://www.mercurycenter.com/opinion/perspective/docs/energy27.htm

Pablo Spiller, Joe Shoong Professor of International Business and Public Policy and the chair of the Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted on the deregulation of the California electricity markets in the August 24 San Francisco Chronicle. The article, "Clinton OKs Aid for Electric Bills $2.6 million set aside for San Diego -- U.S. to probe state's rates," is available at http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/08/24/MN11153.DTL.

Borenstein appeared on CBS News - The Early Show on Wednesday, Aug 23, where he was interviewed by Bryant Gumbel about electricity industry restructuring in California and what consumers can do about high energy bills this winter.

Borenstein was quoted on Aug 22 in a Los Angeles Times article on natural gas prices and their impact on electricity markets. The article is available at http://www.latimes.com/news/front/20000822/t000078930.html.

Ken Rosen, California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 22. He said that Real Estate Investment Trusts are still a good buy at this point. The full text of the article can be found at http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2000/08/22/BU66639.DTL&type=printable.

Borenstein was quoted in a Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article on Aug 20 on electricity deregulation in Texas. He explained that electricity is a more difficult industry to deregulate than most others because of the lack of storability and the fact that consumers are not able to respond to even very large price increases.

Pete Sealey, adjunct professor in the Haas Marketing Group and co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology, was quoted in the New York Times on the Real Estate industry's reaction to Internet-based companies moving into their market.

The Fisher Fellows six-week, intensive summer training at the Haas School's Center for Executive Development was mentioned in the New York Times on August 16. The article, "Seeking to Clone Schools of Success for Poor" described the Knowledge is Power Program in great detail.

On August 16, Borenstein was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on gasoline prices, saying that though they fell in the last few weeks, they would likely rise a bit soon. The article is available at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/08/16/BU75523.DTL.

Borenstein was interviewed live on KCBS radio on August 15 about crude oil prices and how they will affect our gasoline prices.

Kenneth Rosen was also quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on August 14, in a piece on increasing commercial real estate prices. Full text is available at http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/office14.htm.

The Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 14. The article "Business School for Disadvantaged Kids" quoted YEAH Director Roberta Joyner on the many successes of the program. The article is available at http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/08/14/MN109115.DTL.

The Daily Planet also ran an article on Young Entrepreneurs at Haas on August 14.

Young Entrepreneurs at Haas was featured in the San Jose Mercury News in an August 12 article, titled "California Business School Teaches Students Personal Finance." The same article ran in the West Contra Costa Times.

The Daily Californian ran an article on the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas on August 11. The article, "Summer Business Program Helps High School Students," is available at http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=2899&ref=news.

Reuven Lehavy, assistant professor in the Accounting Group, was quoted on the CBS MarketWatch site on August 9. In "Blodget's Blip: Take a Lesson From It", Lehavy sites research that found that analysts often say nothing about a stock, rather than giving it an unfavorable report. The article is available at http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/current/techwatch.htx?source=htx/http2_mw

Borenstein was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on August 8 on the high gasoline prices in the Midwest.

On August 10, Borenstein testified before a joint senate/assembly hearing on electricity prices and shortages. He discussed the uniform-price auction that the California Power Exchange uses to run its market and explained why a pay-as-bid auction would not be likely to lower prices for consumers.

Nils Hakansson, Coleman Professor of Finance and Accounting and chair of the Haas Finance Group, was quoted in the (Akron, Ohio) Beacon Journal. The article addressed the likely impact of the Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule that companies cannot selectively disclose important information to financial analysts, pension funds, mutual funds and other big investors without also alerting the public.

Obituary announcements for Professor Emeritus John Harsanyi appeared in many publications. Obituaries were published in the Daily Telegraph of London (http://www.dailytelegraph.co.uk:80/dt?ac=002657594343788&rtmo=wAAKjQsb&atmo=wAAKjQsb&pg=/00/8/15/db02.html), the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14964-2000Aug12.html), the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/state/20000812/t000075630.html), San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2000/08/12/obituary0640EDT0470.DTL), the Oakland Tribune, the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Daily Cal, The Berkeleyan, and the San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/harsanyi13.htm).

AScribe News, founded by Ron Wolf, MBA 96, and former Haas Public Affairs Director David Irons, was featured in the New York Times article " A News Service Caters to Nonprofit Groups" on August 7, 2000.

The Center for Financial Reporting and Management and the Haas School were mentioned numerous times in the Transfer Pricing Report issued this May.

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