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.
Dr. Emil Prodan, associate professor of physics at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, presented an invited lecture a Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Materials Research in Sendai, Japan on February 16, 2014.
Titled “An Invitation to a Computational Non-Commutative Geometry Program,” the talk was given before world-leading experimental scientists and mathematicians and focused on computer simulations Prodan was able to achieve in his research at Stern College by combining math with materials science. One of the Institute’s goals was to expose high-level scientists to advanced mathematics predictions, while simultaneously exposing high-level mathematicians to the outcomes of complex experiments. “It is very likely that my numerical algorithms will be used as a bridge between the abstract formalism and the concrete laboratory experiments,” Prodan said.
Prodan’s research was also recently featured in the February 2014 edition of Europhysics Letters, a journal exploring the frontiers of physics. His article, “Characterization of the quantized Hall insulator phase in the quantum critical regime,” discussed his work using computer-assisted calculations to map the physical properties of several strongly disordered materials, with a particular focus on topological insulators. The article was highlighted as the Editor’s Choice. Prodan also published an article, “Topological Quantum Numbers are Robust against Disorder,” in the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, which was listed in the journal’s “Highlights of 2013″ feature.
Rabbi Yona Reiss, rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, recently represented YU at the Halichot Am Yisroel Annual Conference for Dayanim, which took place in Jerusalem, Israel from January 29-31. He delivered a lecture before the group titled, “Determining the Law in a Case Where the Defendant is Bankrupt.”
Dr. S. Abraham Ravid, professor of finance and chair of the finance department at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, was interviewed on Israel’s Galei Zahal radio network on January 26. Ravid spoke about his experiences with this year’s Nobel prize winners in economics – Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Robert J. Shiller of Yale University. He overlapped with Fama and Hansen as a visiting professor at UChicago and with Shiller as a visiting professor at Yale. During the interview, Ravid discussed the fundamental contributions of the laureates with particular focus on the concept of efficient markets and its relevance to today’s markets and investors.
A book featuring essays by Yeshiva University faculty, including Dr. Rachel Mesch, associate professor of French and chair of the department of foreign languages and cultures at Yeshiva College, and Dr. Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, clinical associate professor of education and co-chair of the education department at Stern College for Women, received a National Jewish Book Award from the Jewish Book Council. Titled Kaddish: Women’s Voices, the book was granted the Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award in the Contemporary Jewish Life Practice category and explores what the recitation of kaddish has meant to women by sharing the diverse perspectives and viewpoints of contributors.
In addition, Gorsetman co-authored a book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, which won the In Memory of Dorothy Kripke National Jewish Book Award in the Education and Jewish Identity category.
Dr. Sumanta Goswami, associate professor of biology at Yeshiva College, coauthored a patent that was recently approved and published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent, which expires on July 1, 2029, centers on a new diagnostic test that would significantly impact the way breast cancer and potentially other solid tumors are diagnosed and treated. The test will especially benefit patients with multiple forms of cancer, whose needs are currently not being met. The technology has already been licensed by YU to biotechnology company Metastat, which is developing diagnostic tests and therapeutic strategies based on this patent.
Peninnah Schram, professor of speech and drama at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, recently published an essay in CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. Titled “Storytelling and Spirituality: Sacred and Shared Between Generations,” the article appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of the journal, which focused on “Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning.”