Why the Supreme Court Needs to Know Standard Error
Can you be completely sure that someone is “mentally disabled”? This is what the Supreme Court must decide for the case that was presented this past Monday March 3rd. The case involves Freddie Lee Hall of Florida who is sentenced to die for raping and killing a 21 year old woman who was seven months pregnant. In 1978, he was arrested and sentenced to death penalty.
Congratulations, Andrea Ruedi (EMBA 2013)
We’re delighted to announce that Andrea Ruedi (EMBA ’13) has taken up a position as CEO at Fox Development Corporation. This is her second stint with FDC. While previously at FDC, Andrea was instrumental in marketing the Research Park to prospective companies, successfully garnering state funding for infrastructure to allow for the Research Park’s expansion, and developing the I Hotel and Conference Center at Champaign. Prior to taking the job at FDC, Andrea served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world’s premier transportation research centers. In that role, Andrea was responsible for strategic planning and business development and also managed ICT’s $30 million research program.
Congratulations, Joe DiPietro (EMBA 2012)
Our heartiest congratulations to Joe DiPietro for being named as the Vice President, Parts, NA for AGCO Corporation. Joe holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution and an Executive MBA from the University of ILLINOIS. He was most recently Director, Supply Chain within the parts division in North America.
We’re so proud of Joe’s accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating Joe on his promotion and best wishes for continued successes in the future.
Google’s Latest (Uber) Investment
Uber, the technology start-up, reports that it has raised $258 M in financing from a variety of investors including Google Ventures. Uber’s software allows anyone to request a taxi ride from drivers who turn their downtime into a money-making opportunity. Uber started off as a convenient limo service but has now morphed into a ride sharing company through its UberX service. Uber’s ride (no pun intended) has not been smooth so far and it has engendered hostile responses from taxi cab services and local regulators. Some of these expressed concerns including safety and liability issues need to be sorted out.
To Gillette and Schick: The problem is staring right at you in the (shaving) mirror
Razor sales for Gillette and Schick have been declining in the past year. Part of the problem is that there is growing acceptance of the unshaven look in the workplace and hence American men are shaving less. This “vogue for stubble” has opened up new innovation opportunities for products including hair trimmers and beard colorants.