In the News

Portfolio success: A matter of luck?

July 3rd, 2012

Money Management Executive reports on the research paper published by Professors Jack Trifts and Gary Porter indicating that luck seems to have a lot to do with a fund manager's success.

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Smithfield, Bryant can work toward shared goals

July 2nd, 2012

The Valley Breeze published this opinion piece by James Damron, vice president for University Advancement, that outlines the economic, cultural and intellectual benefits the University brings to the town of Smithfield. Rather than initiate laws that would require Bryant to pay additional taxes to the town, Damron urges "town and state leaders to work with Bryant's administration in an innovative, collaborative effort toward shared goals."

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Bryant receives Healthiest Employer designation

July 2nd, 2012

Bryant University is a recipient of a Healthiest Employer award from Providence Business News. The award, presented in the 600-1499 employee category, recognizes University's health and wellness initiatives and its encouragement to employees to adapt healthy lifestyles.

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Despite credibility problem, raters retain some influence

June 27th, 2012

Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch, the top three rating firms whose reputations have taken a hit since 2008, continue to have significant influence on state and local government finances, Gary Sasse, director of the Bryant Institute for Public Leadership, tells Fox Business News.

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New research on how depressed people use Internet confirms Bryant faculty findings

June 15th, 2012

In this New York Times "Gray Matter" article, researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology cite previous findings of Janet Morahan-Martin, professor of applied psychology, and Phyllis Schumacher, professor of mathematics: Frequent checking of e-mail may relate to high levels of anxiety, which correlates with depressive symptoms.

The research paper, "Loneliness and Social Uses of the Internet," was published by Morahan-Martin and Schumacher in 2003 in the summer issue of the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

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How (not) to choose a mutual fund manager

June 14th, 2012

Advisor's Edge reports on research conducted by Professor of Finance Jack Trifts indicating that even the best solo mutual fund managers become worse at their craft over time.

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Is mutual fund prowess luck or skill?

June 13th, 2012

The Mutual Fund Wire interviews Professor of Finance Jack Trifts about his new study that "calls foul on the idea that more experience equals better skill" when it comes to mutual fund managers.

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Bryant U. and McCabe students learn from each other

June 13th, 2012

The Valley Breeze reports on the videoconferencing conducted between a fifth-grade class at a Smithfield school and students in an educational psychology course taught by Asst. Prof. of Applied Psychology Allison Butler.

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BIPL director criticizes proposed merger of education boards

June 7th, 2012

Gary Sasse, director of the Bryants Institute for Public Leadership, decries a proposal to merge the state's two education boards and departments. The plan lacks transparency and detail and is an example of "why people are cynical about the quality of leadership in Rhode Island and how public decisions are made," he tells the Providence Journal.

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Professor explores reasons Gen. Grant considered quitting the Army

June 6th, 2012

"Grant on the Edge" is Thom Bassett's latest installment in "Disunion," the New York Times' series on the Civil War.  In it, Bassett, a lecturer in Bryant's Department of English and Cultural Studies, explores the reasons Ulysses S. Grant was contemplating quitting the Army in June 1892, and the role William T. Sherman played in changing Grant's mind.

Bassett is writing a novel about Sherman and the burning of Columbia, S.C., in February 1865.

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