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Bryant University is a private university, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, U.S., that grants the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and master's degrees in business, taxation and accounting. Until August 2004, it was known as Bryant College. Bryant comprises the College of Arts and science and the College of Business, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the AACSB International. Wikipedia.


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News Article | October 28, 2016
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The Nike Northeast Softball Fall Clinic at the Lassie Softball Complex in Leominster, MA will be directed by Coach Robin Pennoyer, a seasoned Nike Camp Director both domestically and internationally, who has sent numerous pitchers to college at all levels of play. Joining Coach Pennoyer will be Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches from across the Northeast including but not limited to Tufts University, Boston College, Bryant University, the University of Maine, and Providence College. “It’s exciting to bring together so many amazing coaches from these outstanding institutions this Fall,” states Mike de Surville, Senior Vice president of US Sports. “Coach Pennoyer has put together and amazing list of coaches and schedule to make this camp one of a kind.” Nike Softball Camps provide focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members. At each location, campers are broken into groups with other players of similar age, abilities, and goals. Each camp director does their best to advance players to the next level, keeping in consideration each camper’s experience and desire to improve. Players, Coaches, Parents and others interested in the Nike Softball Camps can visit http://www.ussportscamps.com/softball or call 1-800-645-3226. About US Sports Camps US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.


Bates L.J.,Bryant University | Santerre R.E.,University of Connecticut
Journal of Health Economics | Year: 2013

This study examines if health care costs in the United States are affected by Baumol's cost disease. It relies on an empirical test proposed by Hartwig (2008) and extended by Colombier (2010) and uses a panel data set of 50 states over the 1980-2009 period. The results suggest that health care costs grow more rapidly when economy-wide wage increases exceed productivity gains. The findings are fairly robust with respect to time- and state-fixed effects, individual state time trends, and two-stage least square estimation. Consequently, this study suggests that the U.S. health care sector suffers from Baumol's cost disease. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quantopian, the free online platform for education and creation of institutional-quality investment algorithms, has hired Marc Volpe as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Volpe brings a wealth of expertise from his extensive background in hedge funds, accounting, compliance, strategic planning, and risk management. "Marc is joining us as we prepare to manage external capital in early 2017," said John “Fawce” Fawcett, Founder and CEO of Quantopian. "Marc's skills and background will help us in our efforts to provide the highest returns that we can for our investors, and through those returns, a growing stream of payments to selected algorithm authors from our community." As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Volpe will oversee the financial, administrative, and risk management operations of the company, the recordkeeping, and provide performance reporting to the company’s clients and end investors. "The Quantopian team and the Quantopian community are changing the way that quantitative investments are made. I'm thrilled to join the team and help launch a new way to invest," Mr. Volpe said. Quantopian is the only company to offer a fully integrated, community-based platform that offers access to deep financial data, powerful research capabilities, university-level education tools, a backtester, and the opportunity to receive a capital allocation. Quantopian’s portfolio of investment algorithms is selected from hundreds of thousands of algorithms written by its members – including professors, finance professionals, research scientists, developers, and students. Before joining Quantopian, Mr. Volpe worked for three years as the Chief Financial Officer of Fort Warren Capital Management, LP, where he assisted in the launch of that firm’s hedge fund in 2014. He also served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Regiment Capital, a multi-billion dollar credit hedge fund advisor located in Boston, and was a manager in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he began his career in 1997. Mr. Volpe received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance, and received his bachelor’s degree from Bryant University with a concentration in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chair of the Board of Directors of Hospitality Homes, a local charity that provides housing to families traveling to Boston for medical care. Quantopian inspires talented people from around the world to write investment algorithms. They provide capital, data, education tools, and infrastructure to algorithm authors. Quantopian offers license agreements for algorithms that fit its investment strategy, and the licensing authors are paid based on their strategy’s individual performance. Quantopian provides everything a quant needs to create a strategy and profit from it. The company has received nearly $50 million in equity investments, including recently closing a Series C fund led by Andreessen Horowitz, and earlier this year announced that it will manage up to $250 million from renowned investor Steve Cohen beginning in 2017. Quantopian’s community has doubled three years in a row and now numbers more than 100,000 members. Quantopian’s members include finance professionals, scientists, developers, and students from 180 countries. The members collaborate online and in person at regional meetups, workshops, and Quantopian’s flagship QuantCon events in New York and Singapore. Quantopian provides its members a research and development platform, which includes US equity pricing and corporate fundamental data for free. Members may also access a fast-growing catalog of premium datasets. To date, more than 4.5 million simulations have been run on Quantopian’s platform. In September 2015, Quantopian began allocating proprietary capital to selected algorithms submitted by its members. In 2017, Quantopian expects to begin allocating external capital toward these strategies. For more information about Quantopian, please visit: https://www.quantopian.com/.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.forbes.com

Has there ever been this much bullishness in equity markets? The reflationary trade has pushed US and UK stock markets to fresh highs, with the Dow Jones, S&P 500, Nasdaq, FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 all notching up new records today despite the renewed prospect of an interest rate hike in the US next month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average  (DJIA) breached 20,000 for the first time on January 25. And, after fading at the end of last month it would appear to have now broken free. But what's next for the index? Neil Wilson, a market strategist at brokerage ETX Capital in London, said back then in late January that it would “not be long” before a level of 21,000 was in sight. He was not far wrong. Today the major U.S. blue-chip index just needed to rise a little over 2% to reach that level. At 12.04pm EST this Wednesday the index was up 78.22 (+0.38%) at 20,582.63 points. Compared to this time one year ago - when it stood at 16,196.41 on February 16, 2016  - it is up a tad over 27% over that time and an impressive 4,386.22 points to the good. The prospect of higher rates being announced by the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee (FOMC), which convenes its next meeting on March 14-15 and will include a Summary of Economic Projections and a press conference by the Chair, and loosening of bank regulation means financials will likely continue to lead the assault. “The odds of the Fed hiking rates again in March improved after inflation accelerated to a five-year high of 2.5% and retail sales smashed expectations,” said Wilson at the FCA-regulated brokerage in The City of London. He added: “The data points to interest rates rising sooner rather than later as we see signs the US economy is getting hot. Fed chair Janet Yellen’s testimony in Congress is further fuelling expectations that we are back on for March and the market is pricing in a roughly 40% chance [of a hike].” In remarks this week (February 14/15) before the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C., Yellen noted that since her appearance before the Committee in June last year, that the US economy has continued to make progress toward the Fed’s “dual-mandate objectives of maximum employment and price stability.” In the labor market, job gains averaged 190,000 per month over the second half of 2016, and the number of jobs rose an additional 227,000 in January. These gains brought the total increase in employment since its trough in early 2010 to nearly 16 million. Additionally, the unemployment rate, which stood at 4.8% this January, is more than 5 percentage points lower than where it stood at its peak in 2010 and “now in line with the median of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants’ estimates of its longer-run normal level.” In relation to monetary policy, Yellen stated in her closing comments: “The economic outlook is uncertain, and monetary policy is not on a pre-set course. FOMC participants will adjust their assessments of the appropriate path for the Federal funds rate in response to changes to the economic outlook and associated risks as informed by incoming data.” But remember too that the market had been waiting to see what Donald Trump’s tax and spending plans were comprised of. This has the potential to do some serious disruption and send equities soaring again, led by banks and cyclicals, while also fuelling further gains for the US dollar off the back of anticipated rate hikes. Bang on cue, and no doubt with an “eye to outshine” Yellen according to Wilson, Trump offered a tantalizing foretaste of planned tax reforms that sent the Dow soaring to new record highs today as the London market came to a close. The DJIA bounced off the 20,604 level after the US President stated that he will greatly reduce taxes. Markets are taking this as the fodder they need for a fresh pop higher in equities. “He was short on details but based on what we've seen so far from this radical president there is no reason to think that the tax plans will be anything less than a major shift in US fiscal policy,” Wilson remarked. “Major pro-business tax reform has been on the cards but today’s comments reiterate his intentions.” The gains today on the Dow are not quite so spectacular as attention was on Yellen’s testimony, but the US blue-chip index is being led higher by Procter & Gamble, which rose more than 3% to $90.65 at 2.02pm in New York after activist investor Nelson Pelz took a $3 billion stake in the firm. On the FTSE 100 in London, the heavy lifting was being done by the banks, which are rising on the prospect of global interest rates moving higher. Ahead of earnings from the ‘Big 5’ banks next week, investors are showing plenty of bullishness around the sector. Barclays and HSBC have both been on a tear since Brexit and there is even a touch more optimism around embattled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) of late as it starts to see some light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. Conduct charges and fines are eating up less of banks’ profits now and with reflation the name of the game the outlook seems to be improving. A word of caution though for investors. The strong performance of US equities in recent weeks has brought comparisons to the ‘melt-up’ in 1999. A melt up is a sudden jump in the market resulting from investors rushing in as they fear missing out on a big rally. Some like Dr Wallace Wormley, Harvard Ph.D.-educated and founder of private investment consultancy OSPARA that provides a range of investment consulting solutions to institutional clients and family offices, recently noted that this was a speculative increase in asset prices and unhealthy since it leaves the market “vulnerable to sharp downdrafts.” It might well be a case of irrational exuberance. Peter Nigro, Professor and Chair of the Finance Department at Bryant University (Smithfield, R.I), said at the back end of last year that it was "somewhat impossible" to truly predict how markets will settle into a Trump presidency given the ambiguity of some of his positions. In terms of the number of rate hikes Nigro said this will depend on the “economic tea leaves” before the FOMC’s meetings. That said, prior to the last hike, Nigro, who trained as a labor economist and worked in Washington, D.C. at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury), had been expecting two to three 25 basis points (bps) interest rate rises over 2017. After the FOMC meeting scheduled for this March the market will have to wait until May 2-3 for the committee to convene again. Banks clearly like less regulation and would like to see at least some parts of the Dodd-Frank Act go away, which Trump slammed as a “disaster” late this January and vowed to “do a big number” on it soon. Dodd-Frank was enacted back in 2010 as President Obama administration's response to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and to prevent the banks making the same mistakes they made around decade ago. The Dow was trading at 1.51pm today just shy of 20,600 at - up 0.42% (+85.57 points). While the bulls tried very hard to push the FTSE in London to a record close at the death, it fell just short. As to whether the Dow can push up towards 21,000 and beyond remains to be seen in the coming days and weeks. But it can’t be discounted although caveat emptor might be the byword.


Chang C.P.,Shih Chien University | Berdiev A.N.,Bryant University
Energy Economics | Year: 2011

This paper examines the effect of government ideology, political factors and globalization on energy regulation in electricity and gas industries using the bias-corrected least square dummy variable model in a panel of 23 OECD countries over the period of 1975-2007. We find that left-wing governments promote regulation in gas and electricity sectors. Also, less politically fragmented institutions contribute to deregulation of gas and electricity industries. Long tenures of incumbent government have limited impact on regulation in electricity sector, while it is associated with an increase in regulation of gas sector. Further, we find that higher political constraints and more globalized countries lead to deregulation in electricity and gas sectors. We discover that economic and social integration are the forces that promote deregulation in the gas industry, whereas political integration advance deregulation in the electricity industry. We emphasize that political economy factors are important determinants of energy regulation. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Ogra P.L.,Bryant University
Ageing Research Reviews | Year: 2010

The development, structural diversification, and functional maturation of mammalian immunologic repertoire at mucosal surfaces and the systemic lymphoid tissue is a remarkably dynamic and continuous process, which begins in early fetal life and eventually culminates in variable degree of senescence or cellular death with advancing age. This brief overview will highlight the status of our current understanding of the ontogeny of mucosal immunologic response. The role of mucosal microflora and other environmental macromolecules in the regulation of mucosal immunity relative to the process of ageing will also be reviewed. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Altay N.,DePaul University | Ramirez A.,Bryant University
Journal of Supply Chain Management | Year: 2010

Disasters keep damaging infrastructure, disrupting supply chains and affecting firm profitability. There is an urgent need for better understanding of disaster impact on supply chains but very few publications address this issue. This exploratory study takes an indirect approach and investigates disaster impact on firms in various industry sectors. This approach allows us to take full advantage of large secondary data bases of firm and disaster data in order to analyze the impact of over 3,500 disasters on more than 100,000 firm-year observations over 15 years. Our results indicate that disasters impact all sectors within a supply chain. We found that damage by windstorms and floods seem to be dramatically different from that of an earthquake, providing evidence against the all-hazards approach. We also show that the impact of floods on total asset turnover of a firm is dependent on the firm's position in the supply chain. We found that while upstream partners enjoy a positive impact, downstream partners have to plan for the opposite. Supply chain managers can use our results to better understand disaster impact on their business. Our study suggests a supply chain-wide mitigation strategy rather than a company-specific one. © 2010 Institute for Supply Management, Inc.™.


Glass R.,Bryant University | Li S.,Bryant University
Journal of Computer Information Systems | Year: 2010

This study empirically investigated the influence of technology acceptance model factors, social influence factors and demographic factors on instant messaging adoption in the workplace. The research model addresses the need articulated by researchers to include social influence factors in the study of new technology adoption. An interesting finding is that in a factor analysis of the data, subjective norm and perceived critical mass loaded on one factor suggesting that in the workplace the distinction between the influence of subjective norm and critical mass may be blurred. Social Influence (subjective norm and perceived critical mass combined) was found to be a more important factor in determining IM adoption than perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use. Gender and age did not impact the adoption of IM in the study. The implications of the finding for research and practice are presented.


New Book by Stephen H. Gobewole Describes Liberia’s Economic Reality and Suggests Ways to Change Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book that explores the history – and the future – of Liberia’s political and economical landscape. Pawtucket, RI, November 23, 2016 --( “Liberia’s Political Economy: An Examination of Public Institutional Quality” showcases author Stephen H. Gobewole’s views of his native land and how it came to be that way. Historical background; analysis of such things as ethnic status, residence status, agriculture, economic constraints and confiscation of tribal land; research hypothesis; results and data collection; and summary and recommendations all are detailed in this book. An Afrobarometer study, a quantitative inquiry that measured citizens’ perceptions of public institutional weakness based on their ethnic, residence and gender status, serves as a starting point to explain institutional failure in Liberia’s government. The study’s aim is to focus on such public institutions as rule of law, state authority and democratic accountability that are critical to enhance market performance, economic development and productive capability. In other words, such an approach will assist the Liberian government in minimizing poverty and improving its citizens’ standard of living, the author writes, improving lives in a country rated as the third poorest in the world. Gobewole, raised in Liberia, earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Rhode Island College and received a financial planning certificate from Bryant University. Gobewole received a PhD in public policy with a concentration in public management and leadership from Walden University. He served as assistant vice president for SunTrust Bank for about four years and for more than a decade managed bank branches for Sovereign Bank, Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank. For additional information, please visit www.shgobewole.net Liberia’s Political Economy: An Examination of Public Institutional Quality Stephen H. Gobewole Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-5006-5 228 pages $15.95 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis. Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense. Pawtucket, RI, November 23, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Liberia – founded as a country for freed blacks in the early 1800s – is a nation of extreme contrasts from everything to its urban dwellers and rural tribal residents to the wealthy and extremely poor. Patterned after European colonies, with the newcomers taking land and resources from those who already lived there, its current state finds its roots in the past. A Liberian native describes his views on the country – and a possible new future for it – in his new book, released by Dog Ear Publishing.“Liberia’s Political Economy: An Examination of Public Institutional Quality” showcases author Stephen H. Gobewole’s views of his native land and how it came to be that way. Historical background; analysis of such things as ethnic status, residence status, agriculture, economic constraints and confiscation of tribal land; research hypothesis; results and data collection; and summary and recommendations all are detailed in this book.An Afrobarometer study, a quantitative inquiry that measured citizens’ perceptions of public institutional weakness based on their ethnic, residence and gender status, serves as a starting point to explain institutional failure in Liberia’s government. The study’s aim is to focus on such public institutions as rule of law, state authority and democratic accountability that are critical to enhance market performance, economic development and productive capability. In other words, such an approach will assist the Liberian government in minimizing poverty and improving its citizens’ standard of living, the author writes, improving lives in a country rated as the third poorest in the world.Gobewole, raised in Liberia, earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Rhode Island College and received a financial planning certificate from Bryant University. Gobewole received a PhD in public policy with a concentration in public management and leadership from Walden University. He served as assistant vice president for SunTrust Bank for about four years and for more than a decade managed bank branches for Sovereign Bank, Citizens Bank and Eastern Bank.For additional information, please visit www.shgobewole.netLiberia’s Political Economy: An Examination of Public Institutional QualityStephen H. GobewoleDog Ear PublishingISBN: 978-1-4575-5006-5 228 pages $15.95 USAvailable at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.About Dog Ear Publishing, LLCDog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Dog Ear Publishing


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Scott Van Winter has joined CPG International, LLC, as President of Scranton Products and Vycom. He will provide overall strategic direction and leadership to guide the organization through its next phase of growth with its market-leading brands. CPG’s Vycom and Scranton Products are world leaders in plastics technologies —Vycom with highly engineered Olefin and PVC sheet products designed to replace wood, metal and other traditional materials in a wide variety of applications and Scranton Products, the premier manufacturer of high-density polyethylene partitions and lockers. “This is an exciting time to join the CPG International team, says Van Winter. Vycom and Scranton Products are world class businesses and innovative leaders in the plastics industry. It’s great to be part of the team at CPG led by CEO Jesse Singh and I’m excited about the growth prospects for all of our leading brands.” Van Winter most recently worked at Jindal Films America as Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President. His previous experience includes Senior Vice President & General Manager for Toray Plastics America. He has been in the plastics industry for more than 20 years in multiple successful roles and brings broad commercial, operations and leadership experience. Van Winter attended Bryant University, where he received a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts and his MBA degree. For more information about Vycom, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com and to learn more about Scranton Products, go to http://www.scrantonproducts.com. About Scranton Products: For more than 25 years, our premium brands have led the plastic partitions market setting new benchmarks for the industry in quality and delivery. Our well-known brands, including Eclipse Partitions, Hiny Hiders®, Resistall™, Tufftec® and Duralife®, feature the most durable, low maintenance and best looking partitions, lockers and industrial sheet products in the industry. About Vycom:​ Vycom, a division of CPG International, is dedicated to maintaining an environment where quality meets performance. Vycom offers the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.

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