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December 2012

In the news

Speaking at the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club of Boston November 29, Aflac Insurance President and CEO Daniel Amos described the growth of his company, which insures 50 million people worldwide, and the difficulties it faced in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan, where insurance sales accounted for more than three-quarters of Aflac’s earnings. The Boston Globe and Bloomberg News were among the media outlets reporting the event.

Fathers are now discovering the challenge of work/life balance, Brad Harrington, executive director of the Center for Work and Family, told the Toronto Globe and Mail. Author Chuck Ross cited the center’s research on the role of fathers in his caregiving blog on

Danielle Hartmann, director, corporate partnerships, at the Center for Work and Family, spoke with Fox 25 News about the impact of Barack Obama and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren’s victories on middle class families.

Managers cannot afford to ignore disgruntled customers who express their views on social media, Accenture Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing Department Katherine Lemon observed in articles that appeared in Business News Daily and PhysOrg.

Adjunct Associate Professor Richard McGowan, S.J., an expert in gaming and lotteries, told Boston Magazine’s daily blog that the odds of winning November’s $588 million Powerball jackpot “are .00000000057, or one in 175 million.” Buying 100 tickets would increase the likelihood of winning to .0000000057 according to McGowan, who also appeared recently on NECN to comment on a casino proposal for Everett, Massachusetts.

Margaret McLean, adjunct law professor in the Business Law Department, was interviewed on NECN’s Morning Show about improprieties in the Norfolk County district attorney’s office in connection with a state drug laboratory.

Mark Funkhouser, director of the Governing Institute, called Alicia Munnell’s State and Local Pensions: What Now? “essential reading for anyone who wants to move beyond the conventional wisdom and gain a real understanding of public-employee pensions.” Director of the Center for Retirement Research and Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences Munnell’s latest book was published by the Brookings Institute.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, executive-in-residence at the Center for Work and Family, praised New Jersey’s crisis management in response to Hurricane Sandy in her Harvard Business Review blog.

Deckard Sorensen, CSOM ’12, talked about technology to develop a self-filling water bottle in an interview with NPR’s Living on Earth. Sorensen is a cofounder of NBD Nano and was part of a team that took first place in last spring’s Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) for its business plan to emulate desert beetles by employing nanotechnology to provide water in arid regions of the world.

Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning is awaiting final approval from the university’s board of trustees to inaugurate a dual-degree master’s program that combines environmental planning and business management with the Carroll School of Management, according to Tufts Daily.

Anthony Webb, a research economist at the Center for Retirement Research, commented in the New York Times on new 401(k) retirement plans that invest in both mutual funds and annuities to guarantee income to retirees even if the market goes down.

Warren K. Zola explained the National Hockey League players’ threat to decertify their union on NECN November 27.