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Post archive for ‘Business’

The Foreclosure Contagion
March 5th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

How badly do foreclosed homes affect a neighborhood?  Does foreclosure spread like a virus? Michael Seiler (Old Dominion University) and researchers at the Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center have created a “Foreclosure Contagion Model,” which uses economic forecasting, modeling and simulation to help policymakers revive distressed real estate markets.  Also featured: The oceans are slowly […]

The Future of the Book
February 12th, 2011 - (2 Comments)

Some say that books – that is, the printed, non-digital variety – are destined for the trash heap.  Call it the Age of the Kindle.  Ralph Cohen (James Madison University) spent a lifetime collecting books, many of them very rare.  But recently, after 70 years book collecting, he decided to give away thousands of them.  […]

Secrets of the NFL Draft
January 29th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

What gets a player drafted into the NFL?  After examining six year’s worth of data about wide receivers, Sam Allen (Virginia Military Institute) may know the secret formula for wide receivers who want to be chosen by an NFL team.  Performance on the 40-yard dash, media coverage, the size of the college, and even the […]

Internet Marketing Through Social Media
January 22nd, 2011 - (3 Comments)

The recent explosion of on-line social media has prompted businesses to change how they get their marketing messages to the public.  Yuping Liu-Thompkins (Old Dominion University) says that, while there are many new ways to market products and brands, companies need to be aware that the new social media allow for less control of a […]

The 100-Mile Thanksgiving
November 20th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

With Good Reason invites you to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but nearly everything on the table is grown, made, or brewed, within 100 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia.  The dinner host, Tim Beatley (University of Virginia),  introduced the 100-mile Thanksgiving idea to his students after reading The 100-mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.  About 95 […]

The Controversy Over International Adoptions
September 4th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines.  A missionary group lands in jail after trying to remove children from Haiti.  An American woman puts her seven year-old adopted son on a one-way flight back to Moscow.  Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) has studied this issue in Guatemala and beyond for decades and […]

Hard Cider: Early America’s Drink of Choice
July 3rd, 2010 - (9 Comments)

In the 18th century it was hard cider, not beer, that was the alcoholic beverage of choice. Even children often drank hard cider with breakfast and dinner because it was safer than the water. So how did this preference for hard cider disappear from the American palate? David Williams (George Mason University) investigates the demise […]

Internet Marketing through Social Media
May 22nd, 2010 - (1 Comments)

The recent explosion of on-line social media has prompted businesses to change how they get their marketing messages to the public.  Yuping Liu-Thompkins (Old Dominion University) says that, while there are many new ways to market products and brands, companies need to be aware that the new social media allow for less control of a […]

The Dolphin Theory of Economic Revitalization
April 24th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

When towns lose major businesses, city leaders often try to recruit another big industry to take its place.  Greg Fairchild (University of Virginia) calls that “going after the whale.”  But he thinks communities might be healthier if they successfully lure several smaller companies, which he calls “dolphins.”  Also: In the small community of Sarayaku in […]

Entrepreneurs: Born, not Made
April 17th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Are you an entrepreneur? Plenty of books claim that you can be one if you set your mind to it. But James Koch (Old Dominion University) believes such claims are false. Entrepreneurs, he argues, consistently exhibit distinct, innate personality traits that set them apart from the pack, taking some of the gamble out of entrepreneurial […]