College of Business and Economics News
Michail Fragkias, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, co-authored “Metropolitan planning organizations and climate change action.” The article is published the Urban Climate, Volume 25, September 2018. Co-author is Susan G. Mason, a professor emerita in the School of Public Service at Boise State University.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) sit at a unique nexus of government arrangements and missions that could be effective for addressing issues of climate change. Using survey and secondary data this study investigates the potential of metropolitan planning organizations to play a formative role in climate change action and policy.
Urban Climate serves the scientific and decision making communities with the publication of research on theory, science and applications relevant to understanding urban climatic conditions and change in relation to their geography and to demographic, socioeconomic, institutional, technological and environmental dynamics and global change.
Zeynep Hansen, associate dean and professor of economics, co-authored “Economic Evaluation of Concussion Programs in the State of Idaho: The Collective Potential of Prevention and Clinical Care.” The article is published in the Population Health Management journal. Co-authors are Susie Bergeron, Department of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Science at Boise State University and Hilary Flint, Department of Applied Research at St. Luke’s Health System.
Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, especially among young children, teenagers, and young adults, is a significant problem in Ada County, Idaho, and the United States. Although much has been learned about concussion, considerable controversy and gaps in knowledge still exist in many areas of research, leading to variation in concussion assessment, treatment, and management protocols. Health systems can positively impact concussion outcomes through community education and outreach, and provision of timely, coordinated, evidence-based clinical care. Collectively, these measures serve to reduce concussion incidence (primary prevention), enable more timely recognition of concussion by parents, coaches, and teachers of youth athletes (secondary prevention), and improve treatment of concussion after it has occurred (tertiary prevention). Using the concussion prevention and clinical care coordination activities of St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho as a benchmark, this analysis estimates the economic value of these preventive measures, in particular those preventive measures that target the pediatric population, for Ada County and the state of Idaho, and includes both year of injury and long-term costs of concussion. This study adopts a societal perspective, incorporating savings in direct medical, indirect, and quality of life costs.
Population Health Management provides comprehensive, authoritative strategies for improving the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes, ultimately improving the health of an entire population. The journal delivers essential research on a broad range of topics including the impact of social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors on health care systems and practices.
Diane Schooley-Pettis attended the annual AACSB conference in April where she accepted the certificate of continued accreditation from AACSB representatives on behalf of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University.
The college has maintained accreditation since 1979 and is one of even fewer schools to achieve AACSB accreditation for both the business school and the accountancy program.
As part of the reaccreditation process, AACSB assesses the college’s ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. Undergraduate and master’s degree programs both must pass rigorous standards. Factors reviewed include the quality of programs, assurance of learning processes and outcomes and faculty qualifications and achievements.
Learn more about AACSB on their website.
A group of exceptionally motivated and talented business, engineering and public service students embarked on a learning adventure in Taiwan this month. Jack Marr, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Management, is teaching the students in the first annual Asia Global Biztech Summer in Taiwan program.
Marr will teach the students in two three-week courses — East Asian Project Management and Chinese Language — at the beautiful Providence University in Taichung. Following the classroom work, students will have an exceptional opportunity to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge during a 3-week, intensive internship at one of Taiwan’s top global firms at the heart of the action in East Asia.
An article about Boise State University partnering with a Taiwanese robotics company to create a robotics lab in the College of Engineering was in the Idaho Statesman. Steve Hatten, executive director of TechHelp, contributed to the article with his comments on manufacturing in Idaho.
“Manufacturing contributes about 13 percent of Idaho’s gross domestic product, with just 9 percent of the employees, meaning manufacturing jobs pay more than average,” said Hatten. “Manufacturing is down 25 percent nationally, but it’s relatively strong in Idaho,” particularly in computers and electronics and food processing, he said.
Boise State was chosen as the repository for the lab partly because of Idaho’s strong relationship with Taiwan created by Idaho companies such as Melaleuca and Micro. Taiwan is a market for Idaho agricultural products such as wheat and is Idaho’s third-largest trading partner.
Jack Marr, clinical associate professor of international business, has published an article in The Conversation. The article is about proposed changes in STEM-related visas for graduate students to the U.S. from the People’s Republic of China. Read the article, “Limits on Chinese graduate student visas may protect U.S. intellectual property but drive away talent,” here.
The Conversation’s U.S. articles were read over 70 million times in 2017. The Conversation U.S. works with scholars at more than 625 colleges and universities.
In spring 2018, Boise State marketing students competed at the district level of the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). The NSAC is the premier college advertising competition and provides more than 2,000 college students the real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate client. Students develop a marketing plan and then pitch their work to advertising professionals at the district, semi-final and national levels.
Boise State students took 2nd place at the NSAC district competition held in Seattle with schools such as University of Oregon, Wahington State University and the University of Idaho.
Team members were Emily Alexander, Jordan Bear, Stuart Boyd, Dianna Carillo, Matthew Cornwell, Jamie Evans, Taylor Foerster, Ismael Gastelum, Brianna Heredia, Madina Khadjanyazova, Taylor Lippman, Shannon Reilly, Isabel Sarhad and Zoe Zax.