In the News: Chess in NYT; ‘Much to Love’ about Farish; Akande in ‘Dean & Provost’; Rishe on A’s; Moore’s Flirtation; Vautravers on Immigration

| April 14, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Chess National Champions in New York Times

News coverage continues to come in from the Webster University chess team’s President’s Cup championship, their second consecutive “Final Four” title win. The New York Times covered some of the in-game moves from the pivotal matches in the tournament. NPR’s St. Louis affiliate KWMU-FM St. Louis Public Radio also covered the tournament in advance, profiling coach Susan Polgar and some of the Webster students who make up her title-winning team.

Check this post after they won the championship for more links and video of local and national news coverage.

‘Much to Love’ about Farish’s 1st Collection

Murray Farish, professor of English and creative writing in the College of Arts & Sciences, had his first collection of short stories, titled “Inappropriate Behavior,” published this spring and it’s getting good reviews. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch review raved that there is “Much to Love in Webster University Professor’s First Book of Stories”:

Finding turns of phrase, depth of emotion and engaging plots like those in “Inappropriate Behavior” is rare, particularly in a first book. Looking forward to Farish’s future volumes is appropriate behavior, for sure.

Dean Akande in Dean & Provost

In the April 2014 edition of Dean & Provost, Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker Walker School of Business & Technology, offers advice for managing change.

“Change is not going to be a once-in-awhile thing.  It’s going to be the order of the day moving forward,” he said. “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.  But change is not a bad thing.  It’s an opportunity to reevaluate.”

As excerpted at the Walker School blog, Akande and other members of Dean & Provost’s Advisory Board share tips on managing change times in the article, “Provide Leadership Through Changing Times.”

Rishe on A’s/San Jose Antitrust at Fox Business

With antitrust suits about who will be home to the Oakland A’s hanging a financial impact over the cities of San Jose and Oakland, Fox Business News turned to Patrick Rishe, professor of economics in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, for an assessment of the situation. Watch the clip here or embedded above in this post.

Moore’s Flirting Research Findings on Morning Drive

Webster University psychology professor Monica Moore‘s research on the human behavior of flirting has been cited in numerous circles, both academic and mass culture. Most recently it came up on the morning drive time discussion at Phoenix, Ariz.,  news and talk radio station KTAR 92.3 FM, as the hosts mulled different approaches. In her research, Moore had visited bars, shopping malls, and other places where new people meet. She found it’s not the most physically attractive people who are approached, but rather those who signal accessibility and confidence through basic flirting techniques like eye contact and smiles.

Vautravers on Immigration

On April 5 news station KOPB-FM in Portland, Ore., spoke with Alexandre Vautravers of Webster University Geneva for a panel on immigration policies and the labor dynamics that affect them in Europe and South Africa.

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