Faculty/Staff Blog

Michelle Obama: Authentic, Engaged, Funny and Inspiring

Michelle Obama (The Connecticut Forum)
Former First Lady Michelle Obama at a special event presented by The Connecticut Forum and The Bushnell on November 16, 2017. (The Connecticut Forum)

More than 3,000 people packed The Bushnell in Hartford recently to hear former First Lady Michelle Obama in a moderated conversation. While the venue was large, the evening came across as an intimate conversation because she was “authentic,” funny, and told engaging stories. Continue Reading

Op-Ed: Our Private Data and the Market for Third-Party Providers of Functionality to Websites

When Faced with High Privacy Concerns Among Users, the Third-Party Industry Gets More Concentrated

Your personal information is out there. You did not give it out, so how did it get there? Continue Reading

Op-Ed: As Houston, Florida Recover from Hurricanes, Home Values May Drop—Even in Areas That Weren’t Flooded


Perceptions of Danger

After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, New Yorkers not only had to rebuild their damaged homes, but they also faced a crisis of consumer confidence.

Even in areas that weren’t impacted by flooding and storm damage, the value of homes decreased, testimony to the wariness that future homebuyers had about the impact of forthcoming storms.Continue Reading

Op-Ed: Higher Education Is Still the Most Sure-Footed Route to Employment, Career and Financial Success

Graduation Caps

The Facts Don’t Lie

One of the pleasures of being part of a great educational institution is that I learn from colleagues. Professor Shaun Dougherty from UConn’s Neag School of Education recently published an article in The Conversation that was featured in UConn Today titled, “Want a Job? It’s Still about Education.” She reminds us of some glaring facts that have recently been lost in some of the debates about whether college is worth the investment. Continue Reading

Manufacturing Enters Era of Artificial Intelligence

Industry 4.0 concept

UConn’s MEM Program Gives Students Unique Mix of Business, Engineering Skills for Technology Revolution

In just the past seven or so years, the world of manufacturing has inaugurated the next phase of its own evolution with a new set of guiding principles known as “Industry 4.0.” Just as the transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age marked periods of radical, sweeping advances for the human species, Industry 4.0 marks the next, drastically different epoch of production technology. Continue Reading

What Does UConn Offer in Healthcare Information Technology?

The University of Connecticut School of Business has developed classes and programs to address the growing intersection of healthcare and technology.

The School of Business is focusing on healthcare and healthcare technology as fundamental issues in the growth of healthcare knowledge. We have developed a Healthcare Informatics & Technology certificate program designed for adult learners who are seeking additional information and/or career advancement related to healthcare. It’s built for entry to mid-level IT staff members employed within healthcare, IT professionals from other industries looking to learn about healthcare, clinicians looking to expand their knowledge of technology, and healthcare business consultants who want to learn more about how technology will affect their industry. Continue Reading

What’s On the Horizon for HIT?

The four things I see coming down the road for healthcare information technology:

First, the cost of technology is going down. With the cost going down, it enables the second aspect – pervasiveness of medical devices and technology. We’re going to see HIT more and more in different places at different times. The third major aspect is in the tools and methods from other industries. We’re going to see the kinds of innovations that exist in banking, or travel, or manufacturing being used in healthcare. And finally, there’s an issue that we need to address as a society. That’s the idea of data ethics: “Who gets my information, how do they get to use it, and what do I reserve that only I can access?” Continue Reading

Governments: The Largest Purchasers of Healthcare Services

How Governments Are Impacted by Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)

Governments are the largest purchasers of healthcare services in the United States and many parts of the world.

Nearly 50% of all healthcare in the U.S. has been bought by the government, either for their employees, or through public programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Because of that, governments are greatly interested in the costs of healthcare, in the quality of healthcare and in the access to healthcare. So we’re going to see more regulatory pressures on healthcare providers, insurers, and even patients, to lower the cost of care and improve its outcome. Technology will help to enable these organization to meet all of the goals. Continue Reading