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Economics professors present at private enterprise conference in Mexico

College of Business economics professors Zac Gochenour, Ed Lopez, Bob Mulligan and Steve Miller recently took a trip to Cancun, Mexico, to attend the 40th annual Association for Private Enterprise Education meeting.

They were among about 500 other academicians present from around the world and from fields as varied as economics, business, social sciences and humanities.

Miller and Gochenour presented their joint work titled “To be, not just to seem: The Political Economy of North Carolina.”

Miller gave a presentation on IRS-derived income inequality data as part of a panel on Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book, “Capital in the 21st Century.” The other panelists included Phil Magness of the Institute for Humane Studies and Randall G. Holcombe of Florida State University.

Mulligan presented a paper entitled “A Theory of CEO Compensation,” exploring insights from basic microeconomics and behavioral economics to explain why CEOs can be compensated at levels which may seem extraordinarily high.

Lopez, in addition to serving as a member of the APEE board, presented on numerous panels throughout the conference and had four papers on the programs. He presented three as solo author and attended as his co-author presented the fourth.

“APEE is a great conference, and WCU is well-known there,” Lopez said. “Next year, we’ll have an entrant or two in the undergraduate poster competition.”

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

Anantatmula addresses project management professionals

Vittal Anantatmula presents at the March 26 meeting.

Vittal Anantatmula presents at the March 26 meeting.

Vittal Anantatmula was invited to speak on “Vital Signs of Project Management Maturity” at the March 26 meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of the Project Management Institute. About 250 members of the group attended the meeting.

For more information about the chapter and its monthly meetings, contact Anantatmula at vittal@wcu.edu.

Kossick presents to international audience

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation coordinator at the School of Nursing’s Simulation Center at the Biltmore Park instructional site, was the featured speaker at a conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 13.

His presentation included an eight-hour comprehensive electrocardiogram seminar.

Seminar attendees included anesthesiologists, hospitalists, nurse anesthetists and advanced practice critical care nurses, with some participants attending from Saudi Arabia, Austria and Canada.

The meeting was sponsored by A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars in Pasco, Washington.

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