Business School professor emeritus Hugo Uyterhoeven Dies at 86

first_imgHugo E.R. Uyterhoeven, M.B.A. ’57, D.B.A. ’63, an expert on general management and a member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty for more than 50 years who maintained a steadfast commitment to course development and teaching while also making a lasting mark as a talented administrator, died on Monday evening, Jan. 29, at a hospital in Melbourne, FL, near his home in Vero Beach. He was 86 years old.According to his daughter Laura U. Moon, Managing Director of Initiatives at HBS, the cause of death was complications from a fall following a bike ride with his wife, Julie, on Sunday, Jan. 28. “As he wished, my father lived life to the fullest and passed away peacefully,” Moon said. At the time of his death, Uyterhoeven was the School’s Timken Professor of Business Administration Emeritus.Uyterhoeven’s academic interests focused on business policy and the role of the middle manager. He also examined the domestic and international economy, particularly the interaction between business and government, as well as the subjects of productivity, corporate profits, and structural changes in the world economy. He taught many courses in the Harvard MBA program, including Management of International Business; Business, Government, and the International Economy; and Industry and Competitive Analysis. He taught in and was course head of Business Policy and the General Manager’s Perspective.He also taught executives in the School’s Advanced Management Program for senior executives (AMP), the International Senior Managers Program (now part of AMP), and the General Manager Program.Uyterhoeven’s late friend and colleague Professor Norman Berg once noted that “Hugo had a great ability to challenge and get students involved in the material. He had a European background and a broad knowledge of international affairs and business that came through in any discussion.” “He was my favorite teacher, because he was so tough,” Andreas Andresen, a retired German industrialist and alumnus of the 69th session of AMP, once told the HBS Alumni Bulletin.Colleagues also benefited from Uyterhoeven’s well-honed teaching skills, especially the creative teaching plans he devised. “Hugo was a fantastic teacher,” recalled HBS senior lecturer Ashish Nanda. “He used to tell me to ‘Think of a class as a horse you are riding. The more tightly you pull on the reins, the more the horse will buck. The more you let the reins free and the horse roam, the happier the horse will be and the better your ride.’”Uyterhoeven also made significant contributions on many other fronts at Harvard Business School. He served twice as faculty head of AMP during the 1970s, while also chairing the School’s General Management Unit (or Department). Read Full Storylast_img read more

13 killed in car bombs, shooting in northern Syria

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Thirteen people have been killed in separate incidents in Syria. In one, a Syrian was killed and four people injured after Kurdish security forces opened fire at pro-government demonstrators in the shared northeastern city of Hassakeh. The state news agency SANA said demonstrators were protesting a siege on their neighborhood. Separately, first responders and opposition media said two car bombs went off two hours apart in the northwestern town of Azaz and another village some 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, killing 12 people, including at least one child.last_img read more

Senate shoots down reallocation of funds resolution

first_imgAfter last week’s closed meeting, in which the Notre Dame senate heard and declined to overturn an appeal regarding the sanction of the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket, it reconvened for its regular programming last night. The agenda included further debate over the allocation of funding between Student Union organizations and the Club Coordination Council (CCC). First, the senate heard a presentation from senior director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe, who spoke over the changes to come to meal plans for the undergraduate student body next fall. “We began this journey roughly four years ago,” Abayasinghe said. “What we heard were some common themes, and I think this also coincides with the announcement in 2017 about enhancing the on-campus residential communities including free laundry and the meal plans.”Abayasinghe said the decision to offer more meal plan options with flex points rollover and block meal plans came from the realization of two things: the value students see in flex points and how many meal swipes students have left over at the end of each week. After Abayasinghe’s presentation, the senate returned to debate over Resolution SO1290-27, which called for clubs to receive more funding. If passed, the resolution would allocate 46% of funds available from the Financial Management Board (FMB) to the CCC and 53% of funds to the remaining Student Union organizations. Currently, the CCC receives 40% of available funds and 59% goes to Student Union organizations. The 6% change was the cause of much tension in the questioning and debate period two weeks ago during the Feb. 5 senate meeting, in which the debate period was postponed. Wednesday’s meeting proved much the same. Approximately a year ago, the student senate debated a similar resolution and ultimately rejected it.Senior and CCC president Jordan Isner started the debate by encouraging those in attendance to try to remain ”unbiased.” He then presented a number of statistics in favor of the resolution, citing the surplus of unspent funds spent by the Student Union over the last three years. Not accounting for deficits, the Student Union ran a surplus of $51,323 for the 2018-2019 year.“I didn’t subtract out the deficits because Student Union boards shouldn’t be running deficits,” Isner said.Student body vice president Patrick McGuire added that the Student Union board had a roughly $30,000 deficit last year, which would be subtracted from the $51,323 Isner presented. Christine Arcoleo, Student Union treasurer and senior, who helped draft and sign off on the resolution, explained what happens to funds that are not spent each year.“[The surplus] can be rolled back into the endowment and it can earn interest to be used in the following year,” Arcoleo said. ”So basically it’s OK to have some leftover money to go back into the endowment, but it is a problem if there’s a huge surplus not going to any clubs or organizations.” Isner also cited direct quotes from club leaders who told him their clubs need more funding.Junior Class Council president Sam Cannova then took to the floor to argue against the resolution. Cannova explained the $26,508.25 surplus from the Student Union is due to how the Hall President’s Council (HPC) uses its funds.“For the last three years, HPC has run a $35 — $36 — $37,000 surplus, but for the two [years] prior, they were totally flat,” Cannova said. ”[I] talked to the HPC chairs who said it’s because of a problem in how they actually get funds to the halls to do their events. Basically, the hall throws the event, then they request the funds, without knowing if they’ll get the funds in the first place.” Cannova then cited information that only 25% of, or 106 clubs, receive CCC funding, and the other 75% of clubs are self-sufficient.“About 44% [of funds] go to athletic clubs and less than 9% go to cultural and service clubs,” he said. ”Basically what we are seeing is there is a need. It’s comparable to the Student Union, but it is not as dire.” Fisher senator and junior DC Morris also opposed the resolution.“Fisher guys are proud of the Regatta. Keenan guys are proud of the Revue,” Morris said. ”I don’t know if your dorm doesn’t have pride like that, but we are [about] to take money from things that help fund those and [give it] to clubs who quite frankly in my opinion, like men’s volleyball club, may impact 25 individuals on campus. … The dorms are the heart of the community at Notre Dame, and I just want to protect the dorms.” Diversity Council chair and senior Tiffany Rojas offered a different perspective.“Halls aren’t a source of community for all Notre Dame students,” Rojas said. “Most students find their communities in these 400 clubs. I think the thing with club sports is a bit unfair, because a lot of times this is where students can find their outlet outside of the academic sphere.” After a half hour of debate, the resolution was voted on and fell shy of the majority. With 14 votes for the resolution, 19 votes against it and one abstaining vote, the motion failed to pass. “Are clubs underfunded? The answer should be a resounding ‘Yes.’ Does student government effectively represent students? Tonight, senate proved the answer to this question is a resounding ’No,’” Isner said in an email. “I am disappointed that clubs will continue to struggle for funding, while Student Union branches waste tens of thousands of dollars every year.’’Cannova also commented on the passing of the resolution.“I’m glad that the senate could take the time to share a fact-based discussion on an important topic,” he said. “After last year’s decision to shift 3% of all Student Union funds into clubs, and with thorough review of Student Union budgets and broad figures on the CCC-funded clubs, it seems that we are already at a good balance. It’s important to remember that we’re all working towards the same end here: improving the student experience. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to finding more creative ways to collaborate with different clubs and other Student Union organizations through the rest of the year.”Tags: Club Coordination Council, club funding, Senate, Student Unionlast_img read more

The Observer elects Editor-in-Chief for upcoming term

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected News Writer and social media strategist Adriana Perez as Editor-in-Chief for the 2021-2022 term Monday.“Adriana is deeply committed to reliable journalism and well-versed in many sections of The Observer,” current Editor-in-Chief Maria Leontaras said. “Her knowledge and compassion will make her a great Editor-in-Chief. I have no doubt that Adriana will only continue to grow and inspire others to work hard and take the paper to the next level.”At Notre Dame, Perez calls Farley Hall her home. She is a junior pursuing a major in political science with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. Adriana Perez | The Observer The Observer General Board elected junior Adriana Perez to be the Editor-in-Chief for the 2021-2022 term.“I owe The Observer and its people so much, and I feel honored and humbled to have this opportunity to lead it in serving the tri-campus community in the coming year,” Perez said. “I am incredibly grateful to the outgoing Editorial Board for the trust they have placed in me, as well as for their constant guidance and encouragement. I will do my best to live up to the great work they have accomplished.”Though she was born in Miami, Florida, Perez has lived her whole life in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from where her family hails. Perez began working for The Observer’s From the Archives project in 2019 and then became co-host of the paper’s Viewpoint podcast, The Sixth Seat, in early 2020. She also began writing for the Notre Dame News department last spring. In the fall semester, she became a social media strategist, helping to manage the newspaper’s Twitter account. Perez will begin her term as Editor-in-Chief on March 7.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, The Observerlast_img read more

Curbing East Coast Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgTen Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have, in the face of federal inaction, agreed on a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit, enforced through the sale of pollution permits to large fossil fuel power plants there. Money raised is invested in local businesses throughout the region that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources Pictured: The Big Allis Power Plant, Queens, New York City. Credit: iStock Photo/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: I understand that some Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. states have banded together to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Can you enlighten?— Bo Clifford, Cary, NCGiven the lack of federal action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., several East Coast states joined together in 2008 to form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), committing to a market-based system to cap carbon pollution and lower energy bills while creating more green jobs.Under RGGI, the 10 participating states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont—agreed on a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit, enforced through the sale of pollution permits to large fossil fuel power plants there. The utilities that run the plants purchase the right (at quarterly auctions) to emit certain capped amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). The money raised is in turn invested in local businesses throughout Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. RGGI’s overall goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector in the states involved by 10 percent by 2018.The program was conceived in 2008 by then New York governor George Pataki based on a similar federal program launched by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 that successfully curbed emissions of other pollutants that led to acid rain.While RGGI had strong bipartisan support at launch, changing priorities have since forced some states to reconsider their commitments. According to, New Jersey is likely to back out, while factions in New Hampshire and Maine have also called for a withdrawal. “The political tides have turned significantly since the program was started, and many legislatures are now dominated by a new crop of lawmakers looking to cut spending in cash-strapped states,” the website reports.Environmentalists and many business owners have banded together to try to save RGGI in the face of economic threats to its viability. Last July some 200 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic businesses signed on to an open letter urging the governors of the 10 participating states to keep up with the program so that it can achieve its goals. “The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative shows that market-based programs can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while boosting our economy and improving energy security, and we encourage you to support and strengthen RGGI going forward,” the letter states. The letter goes on to cite research showing a $4-6 increase in economic output for every $1 invested in energy efficiency programs in the RGGI states. “Even better, these market-driven investments create jobs in the clean tech sector—one of the most dynamic segments of our state economies.”Perhaps more important, RGGI “serves as a powerful model for what a comprehensive national energy policy should do” says the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group. Whether or not the economy will improve enough or climate change will become dramatic enough for Congress and the White House to take federal action to limit greenhouse gas emissions across the board is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, keeping alive programs like RGGI might be the best we can hope for.CONTACTS: RGGI,;,; Businesses Letter to State Governors,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

Understand personality traits to be a better leader

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Each of us has a unique set of personality traits. These traits influence – for better or worse – how you respond to certain situations. Understanding yours, as well as your teammates’, is important in leading effectively.Last year, everyone at my organization participated in a Myers-Briggs training where we took personality tests and had a certified coach help us understand the results. It was fascinating to see how many different personalities we have in the office, and how we can take our understanding of these traits to work more effectively together.This blog from leadership expert Wally Bock on whether introverts or extroverts make better leaders caught my eye recently. As he deftly notes, it doesn’t matter. And he offers ways to help both types be better in their role:Build strengths and make weaknesses irrelevant. This is a no brainer. We all have our own comparative advantages. Yours might be big-picture planning, or adapting to change. As a leader, it’s important to be self-aware of the areas you might not be as strong in – such as emotional intelligence – and proactively work on strengthening them. continue reading »last_img read more

Snow Possible on Long Island Sunday, Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters are predicting a chance that Long Island will see its first snowfall of the season this weekend, but if it does it likely won’t amount to much more than a dusting.After temperatures drop below freezing overnight, there is a 40-percent chance that rain early Sunday will change to snow showers before 10 a.m., although the bigger concern are strong, potentially damaging wind gusts up to 50 mph.“Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a wind advisory issued from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday for Nassau and Suffolk counties. “Minor property damage and scattered power outages are possible.”If it does in fact snow, it would be the first on LI of what some forecaster say will be a snowier than usual this winter, which begins in a month.There is a 20-percent chance that the snow showers may continue into Monday.last_img read more

Canada-US border likely to be closed by Saturday: Trudeau

first_imgThe Canada-US border will likely be closed to non-essential travel overnight from Friday to Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.The planned temporary shutdown of the 8,891 kilometer international boundary — the longest in the world between two countries — was jointly announced by Trudeau and Donald Trump the previous day.”We are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement between Canada [and] the United States, I think it’s almost there,” Trudeau told a news conference from his home where he and his family are self-isolating after his wife Sophie was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. “What continues to concern us is the day by day sharp increasing [number of] cases, and the reports from provinces of new cases with no links to travel,” chief public health officer Theresa Tam said.Her deputy Howard Njoo, meanwhile, commented, “Certainly from a public health perspective, we’ve always said that border measures alone won’t stop the introduction of a virus into the country.”Rather, he said, “border measures are one component, one layer of a multi-layered system.”More than $2 billion worth of goods and 400,000 people cross the Canada-US border each day.”Essential border crossings will not be impeded, trade between our two countries will not be impeded,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said.Trudeau also took the opportunity on Thursday to again urge Canadians to “come home.” An estimated 3 million Canadians live or work abroad.”All those having trouble coming back, I can tell you we are working hard to resolve that situation,” he said, noting that he has spoken with the chief executives of Air Canada and WestJet to ask them to help facilitate the repatriation of Canadians.The two airlines said recently that they would suspend most or all international commercial flights, respectively. “My understanding is that the measure will probably come into place in the night between Friday and Saturday, so in about a day and a half.”Trump said Wednesday the Canada-US border would likely be reopened in “say 30 days.” “Hopefully at the end of 30 days we’ll be in great shape,” he told reporters at the White House.The move builds on the US president’s barring of visitors from most of Europe, China and other parts of the world as the number of coronavirus cases in the US surged past 9,400, with 150 deaths.In Canada, the number of cases has reached at least 772, with 10 deaths, according to public health officials.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Home sells after one week on market

first_imgThe home at 13 Tipuana Drive, Capalaba.A four-bedroom family home on acreage has sold in Capalaba as buyers line up for big blocks. Marketing agent Adam Gould of REMAX Bayside Properties said 13 Tipuana Drive sold for $1.03 million within a week of going on the market. “There was a huge amount of interest in the home,” he said. “We had an offer the night before the first open home.”The lowset house is on a 6005sq m block with in-ground pool, four-bay shed and carport.The home has four bedrooms, home office, open-plan living, fireplace and solar electricity. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The pool at 13 Tipuana Drive, Capalaba.Mr Gould said he was seeing a high number of buyers chasing acreage properties like the one at 13 Tipuana Drive. “A lot of people want that space and the big shed,” he said. “This is the third property we’ve sold in Tipuana Drive within a couple of months.“We sold No. 1 for $930,000 off market and No. 38 for $1.55 million off market.“The sale of No. 38 achieved the third highest residential sale price for Capalaba.” Mr Gould said owners were mostly selling due to relocation and buyers were keen to snap up the properties.last_img read more

Menstrual cycle ‘affects asthma’

first_img Share Tweet Share 12 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Menstrual cycle ‘affects asthma’ by: – November 10, 2012 Sharing is caring! Period pain is not the only symptom linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle, the study suggestsA woman’s menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests.Norwegian researchers studied almost 4,000 women, and found worse symptoms around ovulation.Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, they said it may be possible to adapt women’s medication.Asthma UK said it could help women with asthma manage their condition better.All the women studied had regular menstrual cycles lasting 28 days or less, and none were taking hormonal contraceptives.Of those studied, 28.5% were smokers and 8% had been diagnosed with asthma.Wheezing symptoms were worse between days 10 to 22 of cycles, with a slight dip near the point of ovulation for most.Shortness of breath was worse on days seven to 21, again with a slight fall around ovulation.The study found it was not just women diagnosed with asthma who experienced these symptoms and variations.Coughing was worse following ovulation for those with asthma, those who were overweight and smokers.‘Pronounced’ variationsWhen an individual woman has her period is determined by complex hormonal processes over the course of her cycle.Throughout, levels of different hormones rise and fall – and body temperature rises around ovulation.The researchers suggest that these fluctuations may have direct effects on airways. and indirect effects on inflammatory responses to infection.Writing in the journal, the researchers led by Dr Ferenc Macsali, of the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, said: “We found that respiratory symptoms varied significantly during the menstrual cycle.“There were large changes in symptom incidence through the cycle for all symptoms.”They also found “pronounced” symptom variations during the menstrual cycle in women with asthma, and say the findings suggest women might need tailored medication regimes.“Adjustment of asthma medication to the menstrual cycle may potentially improve the efficacy of asthma treatment and reduce disability and health costs related to asthma in women.”TriggersDr Macsali added: “Our results point to the potential for individualising therapy for respiratory diseases according to individual symptom patterns.“Adjusting asthma medication, for example, according to a woman’s menstrual cycle might improve its efficacy and help reduce disability and the costs of care.”Dr Samantha Walker, of Asthma UK, said: “This research is really interesting, and could help women with asthma to manage their condition better. “Asthma can be triggered by many different things, and this varies from person to person – but we always encourage people with asthma to be aware of things that trigger their symptoms so that they can take steps to control them. “If women with asthma notice that their symptoms are worsening at key times of the month then they can take preventive measures such as having inhalers that are within date, working and contain enough doses of medicine to see them through the times when they are most affected.”BBC Newslast_img read more