Robert Tufts, adjunct instructor of management at Yeshiva University and retired Major League Baseball Players Association pitcher, participated in a panel about American Jews and baseball at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on April 6, 2014. The discussion, which also featured author Larry Ruttman, former executive secretary of the Major League Donald Fehr, and longtime New York Times baseball writer Murray Chass, touched on baseball today and yesterday; the fascinating and revealing personal lives of people involved in the game, including the panelists themselves; and American Jewish life in the United States over the last century. The speakers also offered their takes on the coming season and examined the larger-than-life role of Jews in baseball.
Dr. S. Abraham Ravid, professor and chair of finance at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, was interviewed on American Public Media’s Marketplace on March 26. Ravid commented on a move by the president of the National Association of Theater Owners to test the idea of offering discounted movie tickets one day a week to drive up box office attendance. Ravid said that while a discount day might be a good marketing strategy, it probably wouldn’t raise attendance dramatically: “You would expect the decline in theater attendance will continue as more ways of delivering movies become available.”
Dr. Lea Santos, associate professor of physics at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, will present a public lecture at the University of North Carolina on April 10, 2014. Titled “Mysteries and Surprises of Quantum Mechanics,” the talk will focus on the border between the quantum and classical worlds and how quantum mechanics affects daily life, providing a general overview of the main properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be applied to the development of new technologies.
Rabbi Benjamin Blech, associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, was the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Memphis and Baron Hirsch Synagogue in Memphis, TN for the Shabbat of February 22, 2014. Over the weekend, he delivered a lecture titled, “If God is Good, Why is the World So Bad?” which was recorded for Torahanywhere.com, a worldwide website.
Dr. S. Abraham Ravid, professor and chair of finance at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, was recently cited in a WalletHub article. Titled “Ask the Experts: The Economics of Oscar Season,” the article explores the ways in which studios invest money in and profit from the Oscars. Ravid discussed whether winning an Oscar increased a film or actor’s earning potential.
Rabbi Alter B. Metzger, professor of Jewish studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, received an award from the clinical psychology program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. The award recognized “outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution in both scholarship and service for Jewish Education.”
Dr. David Carlson, professor of law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, was interviewed for a recent article on CardHub.com. Titled “Bankruptcy: What It Is, When to File, FAQ & More,” the article consulted bankruptcy experts – both professors and practitioners – from around the country for insight into some of the most common questions people have about the bankruptcy process. Carlson discussed Chapter 7 bankruptcies.
Dr. S. Abraham Ravid, professor and chair of finance at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, will present a paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research‘s 2014 Corporate Finance Meeting at the University of Chicago. Titled “Intellectual Property Contracts: Theory and Evidence from Screenplay Sales,” Ravid’s paper, which was co-authored by Milton Harris, Ronald Sverdlove, and Suman Basuroy, explains why many intellectual property contracts are contingent on eventual production or success, even without moral hazard on the part of risk-averse sellers. It also predicts that more reputable sellers will be offered a very different mix of cash and contingency payments than inexperienced sellers, among other things. The conference, which is invite-only, is one of the most prestigious forums for presentation in corporate finance.
Dr. Fabiola Barrios-Landeros, assistant professor of chemistry at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, is a recipient of the Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award. Funded by The Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science, the award includes a $35,000 grant to further her research and to support the inclusion of research opportunities for undergraduates in her work. Barrios-Landeros was selected for a paper titled, “Copper- and Palladium-Promoted Aromatic Acyloxylation.”
Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich, Herbert and Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics at Yeshiva University, delivered a presentation at the Conference on Arbitration in the Israeli Court System, organized by the Israeli Ministry of Justice and Jewish Legal Heritage Society in Kinor, Israel. Bleich’s presentation, “Arbitration: Judicial and Non-Judicial,” was delivered on January 2, 2014.
Bleich also published an article, “Survey of recent Halakhic literature: stem cell burgers,” in the most recent issue of Tradition: A Journal of Jewish Orthodox Thought.