Newsmakers: Nov. 3, 2010

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Books and Publications

• Laura Anderko, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, wrote in the fall issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine Ethics about the need for a public health framework that confronts the complex and often difficult-to-achieve social determinants of health equity “for all.”

In “Achieving Health Equity on a Global Scale through a Community-Based, Public Health Framework for Action,” Anderko says a restructuring of global health policy development and implementation will be ineffective unless key areas — primary education, the environment and economics — are addressed.

“A participatory approach would encourage dialogue and problem-solving for region-specific issues among those most affected by the broader health and social justice issues, with those who create policy,” she says.

• Rudolf Van Puymbroeck, senior scholar in the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, wrote, “Basic Survival Needs and Access to Medicines — Coming to Grips with TRIPS: Conversion + Calculation” for the fall Journal of Law, Medicine Ethics.

Based on survey evidence that shows developing countries should promote generic drugs to improve access to medicines, his article analyzes the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and, particularly, how this agreement has been applied in practice.

Van Puymbroeck, also an adjunct associate professor of international health, says to deal effectively with strong international pressures for an excessive application of TRIPS, he finds that, as shown by the experience of Thailand, Brazil and the Philippines, countries will need to embrace a public health vision that insists on universal and affordable access.

“To muster and sustain the political will and to face down international forces,” he says, “civil society and governments must be ready to demonstrate the costs and other adverse consequences of the TRIPS-based model for medicines.”

• Finance professors William Droms and Jay Wright at the McDonough School of Business co-authored the sixth edition of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers (Basic Books, 2010). The book includes such topics as corporate accountability and provides a nuts-and-bolts guide for managers, entrepreneurs, seasoned executives, teachers and students.

The new edition covers the key aspects of financial management through step-by-step examples and illustrative case studies updated to reflect the latest trends in the economy and financial policy.


• Vishal Agrawal, assistant professor at the McDonough School of Business, received the 2010 Dissertation Proposal Award from The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.

Agrawal received an honorarium from the Aspen Institute at the institute’s Aspen in New York Business and Society Annual Forum on Oct. 26 at the New York University Stern School of Business and on Oct. 27 at Bloomberg LP’s headquarters in New York.

Agrawal began teaching at the business school after completing a doctorate in operations management at Georgia Tech’s College of Management. His dissertation focuses on the environmental implications of operations strategies by investigating how green business models and strategies can be profitably implemented.

• Debora Thompson, assistant professor of marketing at the McDonough School of Business, has been invited by the Marketing Science Institute to participate in the 2011 Young Scholar Program.

Thompson, who specializes in the study of consumer behavior, is among this year’s 20 such scholars whose work suggests they are potential leaders of the “next generation” of marketing academics and who received their doctoral degrees between four and seven years ago.

Her selection marks the first time a professor from the McDonough School of Business has been chosen to receive the prestigious honor, which will be awarded during ceremonies held Jan. 6-9 in Park City, Utah.

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