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Professor Available to Discuss Travel and Economics

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This travel season, a new book is out that features economic concepts that all travelers should understand. The author uses real-life examples throughout the pages of the book, hoping readers learn to think deeply about what they see.

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Car industry, Automotive industry, FORD, GM, Tesla, cars, Labor, Workforce, Industrial Relations

Ford Tackles Dwindling Sales with Speedy Management Layoff

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Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs

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Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist discovers how to make good quality carbon fiber from lignin waste.

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New Report Details Chicago's Racial, Ethnic Disparities

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Racial and ethnic inequality in Chicago is so "pervasive, persistent, and consequential" that University of Illinois at Chicago investigators describe life for white, black and Latino residents in Chicago today as a "tale of three cities."

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Carefully Weigh Options, Ask Key Questions When Considering a Reverse Mortgage

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Financial professor says reverse mortgages are best considered by seniors who are “equity rich and cash poor” and plan to live in their current home for a long time.

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Company with KU Roots Goes Public on NASDAQ

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Cory Berkland spun Austin, Texas-based Savara Inc. out of his University of Kansas lab in 2007 to develop aerosolized drug therapies. It’s the first company with origins at KU to have shares offered on a publicly traded stock exchange.

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Experts: CEO of GE Justified in Cautioning Against U.S. Protectionism

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General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt recently said “protectionism makes the U.S. look weak not strong,” in a speech recently delivered at Georgetown University, openly disagreeing with many of President Donald Trump’s policies. He continued to say that while the systems of free trade didn’t work well enough for all in the United States, withdrawing from trade deals isn’t the answer. While Immelt’s comments and advice to the President made national headlines, a panel of 20 experts looked at Immelt’s statements from a corporate governance and corporate reputation perspective and—for the most part—favorably viewed Immelt’s decision to take a public stand on Trump’s trade policies. The CEO of a company that makes nearly 70 percent of its sales outside the United States, received an overall grade of “B+” for speaking out in favor of modernizing and improving trade deals.

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"Incidental Findings" From Scans Challenge Efforts to Reduce Health Care Costs

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In an analysis of medical records gathered from more than 300 hospitalized patients, a team of researchers reports that routine imaging scans used to help diagnose heart attacks generated "incidental findings" (IFs) in more than half of these patients. The investigators say only about 7 percent of these IFs were medically significant and urged imaging experts and hospitals to explore ways to safely reduce the added costly -- and potentially risky -- days in the hospital the IFs generate.

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Installing Solar to Combat National Security Risks in the Power Grid

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Power grid vulnerabilities are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community calls for building up grid resiliency using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization as multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security.

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Taxpayers Benefit Most When Government Employee Job Satisfaction Is High, Study Finds

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Taxpayers benefit most when job satisfaction among federal employees is high, according to a recent study conducted by a team of 14 researchers. The team identified specific strategies policymakers can implement in order to improve agency efficiency and effectiveness and increase the return on tax dollars.







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