Hong Liu was installed as the Fossett Distinguished Professor May 6. (Photo:  Sid Hastings/Washington University)

Liu installed as Fossett Distinguished Professor

Hong Liu, professor of finance and director of the master’s in finance program at Washington University’s Olin Business School, has been installed as the Fossett Distinguished Professor. Liu, whose research focuses on asset pricing and market microstructures, has served as a member of the Olin faculty since 1998.

IDEA Labs, Sasa Mutic honored as innovators

Celebrating innovation in St. Louis, the St. Louis Business Journal honored area individuals and companies with the publication’s third annual Innovation Awards in June. Among those honored were Washington University’s student-run IDEA Labs and Sasa Mutic, of the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology.
Olin Business School announced the formation of the new George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center May 10. Celebrating the announcement were (from left): Kurt Dirks, senior associate dean of programs and the Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership; George and Carol Bauer; and Stuart Bunderson, associate dean and director of executive programs and the George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance. (Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)

$5 million gift to fund new George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School

With a $5 million commitment, Washington University in St. Louis has announced it will establish the George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center at the Olin Business School. The announcement came May 10, as George Bauer, an emeritus trustee and alumnus of the university, and his wife, Carol, delivered a keynote address about values-based leadership in Knight Hall on the Danforth Campus.
Ruthie Pyles

Olin names new assistant dean

The Olin Business School announced that Ruthie Pyles will join the school as assistant dean and director of graduate programs admissions and financial aid.
A watch and jewelry.

Celebrate or commemorate?

Recent research has indicated a general consumer preference for experiences over material goods when it comes to giving and receiving gifts. But new findings from researchers at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis show that major life events might be the exception to that rule.
Newly adopted rules now allow investors to invest in startups and receive shares, regardless of that investor's net worth. It's a move that a Washington University in St. Louis faculty member says will help level the financial playing field.

WashU Expert: New crowdfunding rules expand entrepreneurial playing field

Today, new rules go into effect that allow anyone to invest in a startup and receive shares of that startup. Previously, the Securities and Exchange Commission required investors backing private companies to have a certain amount of net worth. A Washington University in St. Louis faculty member says the measures will expand the entrepreneurial playing field, to a point.
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