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Fall 2011 Past Events

Great Ideas, Valuable Inventions: Patents and Technology Transfer

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 -- 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Presented by: Todd E. Garabedian, Ph.D and Jay H. Anderson - WIGGINANDDANA Attorneys at Law

With Ben Muskin - UNH's Technology Transfer Consultant and Advisor

Your team is working on an exciting new project.  You want to share your results with others – but you may also have novel intellectual assets that could have commercial implications.  Is legal protection important?  Where to go?  What to do?  UNH has resources to help.

At this Event, Patent and Technology Transfer experts will help you learn more about:

•           Resources available to you

•           What an invention is

•           How ideas become inventions

•           How patents protect an invention's value

•           When Inventions become commercial opportunities

•           Developing a commercial opportunity with UNH technology transfer

•           Benefits for UNH inventors

The above points will be presented in the context of the new changes in U.S. Patent Law that have been enacted several months ago.  So the presentation should offer valuable information for both IP beginners as well as ‘experienced hands’.


Dworken Hillman LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Monday, December 5th, 2011 -- 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Moulton Lounge

Guest Speaker: Bob Fulton

UNH Accounting Society

Monday, November 21, 2011 -- 4:30 p.m.

Moulton Lounge

Featuring: Anthony Scillia and Amanda Pelcher from Marcum LLP

Mr. Scillia is one of the partners in the New Haven office, while Amanda is a recent UNH graduate who was hired after graduation and currently works in the Auditing department.   Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation, and this could be a great opportunity for students to network.

Designation and Financial Planning

Friday, November 18, 2011 -- 3:00 p.m.

Maxcy 124

Kirk Knudsen, First Vice President and CFP at UBS 

Kirk Knudsen is currently First Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services Inc. in New Haven, CT.  He has been with UBS since early 2005 and has also worked with Shearson Lehman Brothers and Wachovia Securities LLC/Prudential Securities Inc. prior to UBS. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and earned his B.S. Finance and Economics at Clarkson University if 1988. Currently, Kirk holds Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, and Life, Variable Life, Long-Term Care Insurance and Fixed Annuities and Variable Annuities licenses.



Monday, November 14, 2011 -- 1:40 - 3:00 p.m.

Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology (M218)

Featuring Mr. Wayne Pasternack from Bloomberg

Bloomberg is one of the most comprehensive databases for finance, economics, human resources and news. It is widely used in both academia and the industry. It has all kinds of data on stocks, bonds, exchange rates, economic growth, interest rates, income, people and news. Although we currently do not have Bloomberg, Mr. Wayne Pasternack agreed to come and give us a workshop and demo. There will be a lot to learn.

* Please mark your calendar and make every attempt to attend. Students get PE credit for attending the workshop. Please RSVP your attendance or direct any questions by sending email to Demissew Ejara at or by calling x7150.

From Reach to Impact

Thursday, November 17, 2011 -- 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Maxcy 124

Speaker Marilyn Dayton of Marketing Biz Professionals 

She can be reached at


The CPA Exam

Monday, November 7, 2011 -- 4:30 p.m.

Kaplan 203

The CPA Exam, requirements, and how Becker can help you prepare to take the exam


The Importance of Finance in Getting a Sports Career

Monday, November 7, 2011 -- 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Kaplan 103

How the WTO Can Contribute to the Sustainable Development of Biofuels

Wednesday, November 7, 2011 -- 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Maxcy 124

Energy security, concerns about climate change, and economic development have all contributed to the rapid growth of biofuels since the turn of the century. They are expected to contribute about 10% of the global transportation fuels by 2030. Given the wide range of production potential worldwide, there are substantial benefits from biofuels trade. Countries where biofuels can be most cost-effectively produced are not the same as where demand is high. Yet, trade is currently encumbered with all kinds of restrictive practices ranging from tariffs, quotas, classification, subsidies, to technical and environmental standards.
This paper reviews how the multilateral trade system currently treats biofuels. It describes the high potential for trade, and argues that the WTO is in need of clarification as to its treatment of biofuels to break the trade barriers existing around the world. It proposes a path for the WTO to promote biofuels sustainable development and commercialization across borders.

A bio note on Dr. Claude J. Chereau

Dr. Claude J. Chereau has 20 years’ experience devising and implementing strategies to optimize the US development of international ethanol companies in support of their global expansion initiatives across a wide range of industries to include chemical, energy, personal care, food, and beverage. She served as sales director for Alcochem Inc., product director for JLM Marketing Inc., and executive vice-president for the U.S. branch of Sofecia, Paris-based division of the Louis-Dreyfus Group. On the production side, she participated in the start-up of a dehydration plant in the Caribbean for the U.S. fuel market. She is well versed in all aspects of international trade, operations management, and organizational development.

She currently conducts research on business sustainability focusing on clean energy, and provides expertise for the development of a market-based solution for bioenergy. She developed and taught a course on renewable fuels at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also teaches graduate business courses at Albertus Magnus College and University of New Haven.

A native of France and citizen of the U.S., Claude holds a doctorate in international business and management from Pace University, New York. Her dissertation deals with the role of ethanol in the energy mix. She earned her MBA in international business/finance at Pace University as well and BA in business administration at Otterbein University in Ohio.

She is member of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council and Academy of International Business.


Sports fans: History, Psychology and Sociology of a Passion

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 -- 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Kaplan 107

Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m

Speaker - Pierre Bognon


Globalization and the Emerging Post-Industrial World: Implications of the Knowledge Economy for Business and Management

Thursday, October 20, 2011 -- 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Kaplan 207

Globalization has come to be viewed as one of the most significant forces shaping today’s business environment. Many scholars believe that contemporary globalization is an immensely radical phenomenon that would likely lead to far-reaching transformations of the economy, and indeed of virtually every sphere of human activity. Analysts suggest also that globalization is creating the conditions for a transition from an industrial world to a post-industrial world largely organized around the knowledge industry/economy. In this seminar, Dr. Anshuman Prasad, Professor of Management and University Research Scholar at the UNH College of Business, will draw upon his ongoing research on globalization to discuss the nature of the emerging post-industrial world in which knowledge continues to gain increasing salience, and the challenges and implications of the growing prominence of the knowledge economy for business and management in the 21st century.


Workshop on Morningstar Direct

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 -- 1:45- 3:00 p.m.

Bergami Learning Center for Finance & Technology (Maxcy 128)

Featuring Mr. Ryan Yosay, Consultant -- Institutional Software, Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar Direct is software that contains data on mutual funds, indices, country funds, stocks, and economic variables. It has some unique company data such as analysts forecast and opinion, managerial compensation, insider ownership and transactions.  It also has analytical capabilities that allow client portfolio formation, financial planning and other analyses. Morningstar Direct is a powerful used in the industry.  Come and learn its capabilities from our vendor’s consultant.

 * Mark your calendar and make every attempt to attend.  This workshop is a webinar (WebEx), so please arrive a few minutes before the start time (1:45 pm).  Students get PE credit for attending the workshop. Please RSVP your attendance or direct any questions by sending email to Demissew Ejara at or by calling x7150. *


Marketing and Business Challenges in Africa

Thursday, September 29, 2011 -- 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Maxcy 124

Mr. Kharbanda is the Regional Customer Service Manager for Nestle Mauritius. He is responsible for the Equatorial Regional Market, primarily Africa.

Jayesh has over 30 year’s industrial experience in Sales; Supply Chain in the South Asian and African region. He is a graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences and has completed several international training programs with Nestle including working with the Nestle US Wal-Mart Team.

In addition to handling several key business related assignments Jayesh has been instrumental in SAP implementation in South Asian region and now Equatorial African Region. He was the key founder member of Supply chain Forum, a Forum of supply chain professionals based out of Gurgaon; India. He is also a regular speaker and participant in several industry forums and participated as a speaker in RILA conference in Florida in 2008. Jayesh likes to share his experience with Business School students.