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CU People in the News Roundup

In which Bwog newcomer Anish Bramhandkar keeps you up to date on the latest news in the strange and quirky happenings of the lives of Columbia’s finest.  Beware, in some cases connections to our fair alma mater may be otherwise dubious or somewhat circumspect.

UPDATE: Columbia Economics professors hijack today’s New York Times Op-Ed page to wax about the bailout and their expectations for tonight’s Presidential debate.

CU Researcher Quantifies SEAS Sex Appeal

That Peter Bretter even dated Sarah Marshall to begin with is a mystery CU Business School assistant professor (and MIT graduate) Leonard Lee has solved, according to the Calgary Herald.

According to Professor Lee’s research, men are just as “superficial” as women, but women let their perception of their own appearance limit their dating pool.  Men, on the other hand, will date just about anyone.  The figure of men being 2.5 times more likely to accept date requests just about summarizes the situation in the Carleton Lounge, Bwog figures.

PrezBo’s Alter Ego Recieves Promotion

Lorraine Bolsinger was named CEO of GE Aviation Systems today, according to BusnessWire, via MarketWatch.  She started at GE 27 years ago, roughly at the same time that PrezBo first discovered his magnificent hair style.  In her previous position, she helped her division with its nearly $14 billion in revenue, compared with Bollinger’s paltry $1.4 million salary.

Luckily, GE put a Columbia graduate in her old spot.  Steve Fludder, man of an unfortunate name, will now be head of Ecomagination, the sustainable business strategy division.  Fludder was at Columbia sometime in the late 1970’s, Bwog estimates.

Columbia Assists in Vague Plan to Assess Greenness

According to China Daily, Columbia is helping China develop a system to monitor “environmental performances at provincial levels.”  According to the VP of Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, China has “criteria” but lacks a method of assessment.  For example, you ought to be able to breathe in Beijing, but officials can’t tell if that’s possible.

After this undefined system (actually a collaboration between Columbia and, of all places, Yale) has been developed at an undetermined date, the group will publish unscientific numbers about unclean air as an incentive for uncorrupted officials to undo the damage.  Bwog remains unconvinced.

Stick Figures Explain the Universe

Columbia’s Brian Greene, String Theory’s uber-proponent and researcher, was included by Bwog’s hero Randall Munroe in today’s XKCD comic strip.

Bwog’s friends, who are taking his class, wish he would spend more time teaching and less time knitting.

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  • also says:

    @also Hubbard and fellow B-School Prof. Chris Mayer offered up a partial solution to the financial crisis in the WSJ a couple days ago:

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