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Dr. Kathleen Reid:

Dr. Reid spent her summer teaching two summer courses: Statistics, and Contemporary Economics.  She worked on program review and assessment.

She plans on finishing program review and assessment in the Fall 2017 semester.

Her plan for Spring 2018 semester is to work on research papers for economic capstone courses.  Her favorite course to teach is Quantitative Research.

Dr. Tuncer Gocmen:

Dr. Gocmen received the “2017 Douglas C. Smith Distinguished Faculty Award” at the McMurran Scholar Award this past May.

In the Fall 2017 semester he will work on a research paper about finding the most appropriate growth and discount rates to estimate and discount future economic loss resulting from personal injuries or medical malpractice.  Currently, he is looking into the online teaching platform for future online teaching assignments.

His plans for Spring 2018 are to publish the results of his research paper and present it at a conference.

Dr. Kyle Hoy:

Over the summer, Dr. Hoy defended his doctoral dissertation. He also published his first journal article, “An Economic Impact Report of Shale Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania with Stricter Assumptions,” in Ecological Economics.

During the Fall 2017 semester he looks forward to teaching Econ 123, 205 and 206.  His will also revise his dissertation for publication.

Dr. Linda Kinney:

Dr. Kinney spent her summer working on a survey about the results of Female Entrepreneurs in Hanoi, Vietnam. She wrote a paper about using a teaching technique titled, “Using In-Class Exercises to Improve Student Leaning Outcomes in Principles of Macroeconomics.” She might submit it to a journal for publication. She is also working on using in-class exercises to improve student learning outcomes.

In Fall 2017 she will find a student to help compile and co-author the Vietnam survey with her. She teaches three courses.

Her plan in Spring 2018 might include applying to present the paper about the Vietnam survey results at a conference. Her favorite courses to teach are International Trade and The Economics of Developing Countries.

Dr. Yuying Xie:

Dr. Xie spent his summer teaching: ECON205 Prin. of Macroeconomics, and MBA572 Financial Planning and MBA508 International Business for the graduate program. He also submitted a co-authored paper titled “Imitation, Catch-up and Overtaking in Asia Pacific Region” to the Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

In the Fall 2017 semester, he will work on two projects in his FINC425 Investments course.  The first project is called, “Common Stock Valuation”. Students would conduct analysis of selected stocks using various analytics techniques including fundamental analysis, dividend discount models, technical analysis, etc. The second project is called “Portfolio Construction,” in which students construct a portfolio to achieve certain objectives, such as building a minimum variance portfolio using selected assets.

His plans for Spring 2018 semester include developing a case study for an undergraduate financial planning course. Students need to build a personal financial portfolio based on an individual case. The purpose is to prepare students for real-world problem solving.  Dr. Xie’s projects for Fall and Spring require substantial use of quantitative methods and software like Excel.