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Boris Iglewicz, longtime statistics professor, dies

Boris Iglewicz

Dr. Boris Iglewicz, a renowned researcher and tenured faculty member within Temple University’s Fox School of Business, died Aug. 25. He was 75.

Iglewicz, a professor emeritus, had taught within the Statistics department since 1969, upon his hire as an associate professor by Temple’s School of Business and Management. In 1974, he was promoted to full professor. He acted as the department’s chairperson from 1978-82, chaired Temple’s Graduate Affairs Committee from 1974-75, and served as director of the PhD program in Statistics from 1971-76. Additionally, in 1984-85, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University.

Most recently, he served as Director of Temple’s Biostatistics Research Center, which is housed at the Fox School. Iglewicz organized 17 annual Merck-Temple conferences, joining leading academics with researchers from the pharmaceutical firm.

“Boris was a distinguished member of our faculty at the Fox School, as both an educator and a research innovator whose tenure here covered parts of six decades,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business. “It was with great regret to learn of Boris’ passing, and my thoughts at this time are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”

“Boris was a pillar of the department in his 45 years, having created our PhD program in 1973 and nurturing its growth since then,” said Dr. Sanat K. Sarkar, Cyrus H. K. Curtis Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Fox School’s Statistics department. “His enthusiasm and passion for the department and the School was infectious. He was a true scholar and a great mentor who deeply cared for the success and well-being of his students and colleagues. We will deeply miss him.”

Iglewicz’s research publications have been referenced in leading advanced texts on clinical trials, distribution theory, multivariate analysis, outlier detection, quality improvement, regression, sequential analysis, survival analysis, and robust methods. He wrote or contributed chapters to four published books, wrote 57 refereed journal articles, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Quality Technology and Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research.

At the Fox School, Iglewicz successfully supervised 24 Ph.D. dissertations, with students winning 17 international awards for dissertation research.

For his contributions to the field, he was elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

In 2001, Iglewicz received the Musser Excellence in Research Leadership Award, which recognizes a member of the Fox School faculty for outstanding research.

He was the recipient of the American Statistical Association’s 2003 Don Owen Award, which recognizes excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community, and the 2001 W.J. Youden Award, which acknowledges authors who have made outstanding contributions to the design of interlaboratory tests.

Iglewicz earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University, in Detroit, and his PhD in statistics from Virginia Tech University.

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Ride-sharing service shown to reduce drunk-driving deaths, according to Fox researchers

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Brad Greenwood

The inspiration for his co-authored research paper, Brad Greenwood said, materialized rather organically.

“I was in the backseat of an UberX vehicle,” Greenwood said, “and I wrote myself a cell phone note: ‘Call Sunil about writing an Uber paper.’”

According to research by Greenwood and Sunil Wattal, professors at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, the introduction of UberX, a low-cost, ride-sharing service, has led to the reduction of alcohol-related vehicular fatalities in California.

Their research findings have been featured widely in mainstream national and international media outlets, including Newsweek, Fox News, Forbes, Canada’s Globe and Mail, Britain’s Daily Mail, Quebec’s La Presse, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Tech Times, and others. Their working paper, titled, “Show Me The Way To Go Home: An Empirical Investigation of Ride Sharing and Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Homicide,” is under review for publication in an academic journal.

Uber is a mobile-app-based service through which consumers can call for transportation to and from any destination. The system requires credit card registration prior to usage, which means no physical money changes hands in the transaction. Available in more than 50 countries, Uber’s popularity has soared recently, and an August 2015 report from Reuters suggests that Uber’s bookings in 2016 could exceed $26 billion.

Greenwood and Wattal are believed to have written the first academic paper investigating the effects of Uber on reducing alcohol-related vehicular homicides.

“The issue is timely and fresh. Everyone is talking about Uber,” said Wattal, an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at Fox.

Photo of a cell phone“There was evidence that Uber could be linked to such decreases in fatalities, but the question as to whether it could be tied together rigorously, and under certain circumstances, wasn’t yet known,” said Greenwood, an Assistant Professor of MIS.

Using publicly available data obtained from the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report System, for a period between January 2009 and September 2014, Greenwood and Wattal analyzed reports that included the blood-alcohol content of the driver, contributing factors like weather, speed, and environmental factors, and the number of parties involved in the accidents. Greenwood and Wattal said they chose to review California’s data because Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, and the ride-sharing service has been available in that state longer than in any other.

In their research, they found that alcohol-related deaths decreased by an average of 3.6-5.6 percent in cities where UberX service, the least-expensive service offered by Uber, is available. They also found limited evidence of change in conjunction with the use of Uber Black, the most-expensive service, which requires a luxury vehicle.

Other findings from the co-authored research paper include:

  • The effects of UberX on the number of alcohol-related fatalities took hold, on average, from nine to 15 months following Uber’s introduction to a particular city, “after Uber has built up a network of customers and drivers in that marketplace,” Greenwood said.
  • There was little to no effect in periods of likely surge pricing, a system that allows Uber to increase the cost of the services rendered dependent upon the consumer demand.
  • There was no effect between Uber and overall deaths, indicating that the entry of Uber is not making roads more dangerous for sober people.
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Sunil Wattal

For Greenwood, who has previously studied the societal benefits of technologies, and Wattal, who has researched online crowdfunding and peer-to-peer economies, their research interests overlapped, which made this project a natural choice on which they could collaborate. Unsurprisingly, their Uber research, which was independently funded, has generated requests for follow-up studies.

“We could try to replicate this study in the context of other states to see if the data is robust,” Wattal said, “but that could take considerable time, given that Uber is not available everywhere and that data is not as readily available in other states.”

“The options are endless for this type of work,” Greenwood said.

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Ellen Weber | August 17, 2015 | Technically Philly

Watch Ellen Weber speak about how women can support each other
Ellen Weber, the Executive Director of Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, spoke recently at the TEDxWalnutStWomen conference, where she encouraged female entrepreneurs to support one another with financial (and social) capital.

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Jay I. Sinha | August 16, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Millennials successfully selling medical-alert devices for seniors
How does a company run by millennials successfully sell and market products toward a geriatric audience? Dr. Jay I. Sinha, Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, weighs in.

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Fox School student appeals to Pope Francis for blessing of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s knees

Pratik Patel

A student from Temple University’s Fox School of Business is hoping that divine intervention will lead his favorite sports team to “the promised land.”

Senior Pratik Patel initiated an online petition in August to have Pope Francis bless the knees of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford during the Pontiff’s visit to the city Sept. 26-27 for the World Meeting of Families.

More than 6,400 supporters have signed Patel’s petition, at Change.org, which has received widespread media attention. However, Patel said the digital signatures are inconsequential. He said the online petition is merely the means through which he hopes to spread the word about his intention to facilitate a meeting between Pope Francis and Bradford.

“Pope Francis is a man of high power and great regard, and as a lifelong Eagles fan, I think his blessing on Sam Bradford’s knees would help the Eagles reach the Super Bowl,” said Patel, who will graduate in May 2016 with undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance. “I’m Hindu, so this meeting is not expressly about religious beliefs.”

Bradford played in only seven games of the 2013 season and missed the entire 2014 season, then as the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams, with separate injuries to his left knee. The Eagles, who traded for Bradford in the offseason, have gone 54 years between championships.

Patel and his online petition have been featured nationally on a Fox News broadcast and linked to in stories by ESPN and Sports Illustrated. He’s also been interviewed locally by 6ABC, Fox29, and NBC10 in Philadelphia, and he has appeared on a news broadcast on EWTN, a global Catholic television network.

Patel acknowledged it is highly unlikely that Pope Francis, whose Philadelphia travel itinerary is quite thorough, will have the time to meet Bradford. After all, the Eagles will be in East Rutherford, N.J., that weekend for a game against the New York Jets.

“The two will only be 100 miles apart,” Patel said. “While I haven’t heard anything yet, from the Eagles, from (Philadelphia Mayor) Michael Nutter, or from the Pope himself, I’m not giving up hope. That’s what faith is all about, right?”

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Jacqueline Volkman-Wise | August 14, 2015 | Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

Jacqueline Volkman-Wise has her sole-authored paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
Dr. Jacqueline Volkman-Wise, Assistant Professor in the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management Department, has had her paper, “Representativeness and Managing Catastrophe Risk,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, which is a JVC A-* journal.

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Eric Press | Christian Wurst | August 14, 2015 | Pennsylvania CPA Journal

Eric Press and Christian Wurst have article accepted in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal
Dr. Eric Press and Dr. Christian Wurst of the Accounting Department had their article about testing technology accepted for publication in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal for the fall 2015 edition. The Pennsylvania CPA Journal is the official means of communicating to Pennsylvanian CPAs.

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Jodi Weisberg | August 14, 2015 | LEADERSHIP Philadelphia

Jodi Weisberg accepted into LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Core Class 2016
Jodi Weisberg, Director of Communications and Creative Services for the Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been accepted into LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s Core Class of 2016. LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, founded in 1959, is a non-profit organization that mobilizes and connects the talent of the private sector to serve the community. It is the original and flagship model for 400 such organizations across the country. Through its Core Program, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia enhances participants’ civic knowledge and awareness, and enriches their leadership skills. LEADERSHIP Philadelphia serves as the hub of a diverse professional network. It is a deeply trusted convener and thought leader in the region. The mission is to mobilize and connect the talent of the private sector to serve the community.

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Youngjin Yoo | August 13, 2015 | CBS3

Temple Univ. Teams With Local Students To Design Apps And Websites
Temple University faculty and graduate students worked closely with Philadelphia high school students in the fourth-annual Urban Apps & Maps Studio Summer BITS program, in which the teens worked on their digital literacy skills while demonstrating their projects and six weeks of work. The program-ending open house event also was featured on 6ABC’s 6 p.m. news broadcast. (Video unavailable)

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Bertrand Guillotin | August 10, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

People in the News
In the Inquirer’s weekly People in the News segment, Bertrand Guillotin – recently appointed Director of International Business programs at Fox – was featured.

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Jay I. Sinha | August 9, 2015 | The Boston Globe

Social media can increase customer interest in your brand — if used wisely
Dr. Jay I. Sinha of the Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department had his branding and social media article picked up after its publication in MIT Sloan Management Review, and excerpted in the Sunday MBA section of the Boston Globe (August 9, 2015).

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Dmitri Byzalov | August 7, 2015 | CBS News

A week the media industry would rather forget
In early August, as shares for some of the nation’s biggest media companies tumbled, CBS Moneywatch spoke with Dr. Dmitri Byzalov, Assistant Professor of Accounting, whose media/cable studies research includes his doctoral dissertation on cable bundling.

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Ram Mudambi | August 5, 2015 | Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia Energy Solutions IPO: Why now makes sense
As Philadelphia Energy Solutions prepared for its initial public stock offering, Dr. Ram Mudambi, Frank S. Speakman Professor of Strategic Management, explained to PBJ why the timing was appropriate for such a move.

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Jay I. Sinha | August 3, 2015 | MIT Management Review

The Risks and Rewards of Brand Personification Using Social Media
Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Dr. Jay I. Sinha recently published an article in MIT Management Review on the role played by social media in branding of a company or a specific product.

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Brad Greenwood | Sunil Wattal | July 31, 2015 – August 7, 2015 | Multiple Press Outlets

Brad Greenwood and Sunil Wattal’s research has press coverage
Dr. Brad Greenwood and Dr. Sunil Wattal of the Management Information Systems Department have had their working paper, titled “Show Me the Way to Go Home: An Empirical Investigation of Ride Sharing and Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Homicide,” discussed in multiple press outlets. The research has been highlighted in the following: