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At the close of each academic year, select UCLA Anderson faculty members are recognized by the Teaching Improvement Committee for their excellence in teaching, research, leadership and mentorship.
The Anderson community congratulates these faculty members for their accomplishments:
Assistant Professor Elisa Long received the Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award. Teaching the introductory Data and Decisions course for both full-time MBAs and FEMBAs, Professor Long strives to educate her students using relevant examples. By having them examine probability through game shows like Let’s Make a Deal and create models of relevant life decisions such as buying or leasing a new car, Professor Long keeps her students engaged while equipping them with knowledge they can apply to a multitude of careers.
Professor of Accounting David Aboody received the Citibank Teaching Award. Professor Aboody’s accounting students have highlighted his signature wit and lighthearted-yet-passionate approach to teaching as attributes that make him a uniquely gifted educator. A member of the Anderson faculty since 1995, Professor Aboody has spent over 20 years in steadfast dedication to his research and curriculum — and leaves an inimitable impression on his students as a result.
Associate Professor Noah Goldstein was honored with the Neidorf “Decade” Teaching Award. Professor Goldstein holds joint appointments at UCLA in the Psychology Department and at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Educating Anderson MBAs on the psychology of persuasion, Professor Goldstein employs a focus on being engaging and motivating that has led to his students’ labeling him as enthusiastic, interesting and easy to talk to. This encouraging style inspires Professor Goldstein’s students to apply concepts learned in class to their professional and personal lives in order to become more effective influencers.
The Research Committee announced that Assistant Professor of Economics Leonardo Bursztyn is the recipient of the Eric and “E” Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award. Professor Bursztyn joined the Global Economics and Management group at UCLA Anderson in 2010. His research explores a multitude of different fields, including political economy, development economics, and labor economics. His current research uses field experiments to understand how individuals make schooling, consumption and financial decisions, and, in particular, how these decisions are shaped by individuals’ social environment. He has been published in leading academic journals such as Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Political Economy. Professor Bursztyn teaches the core Managerial Economics course at Anderson.
The La Force Award Committee selected Professor of Finance Francis Longstaff as the 2016 recipient of the La Force Award. As a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst, Professor Longstaff has brought years of private sector experience to UCLA Anderson. Having served as the former Finance area chair and continuing to serve as Anderson’s Allstate Professor of Insurance and Finance, Professor Longstaff adds invaluable wisdom and a notable reputation to the Anderson community.
The recipient of the Faculty Community Engagement Award is Associate Professor of Marketing Suzanne Shu. Not only does Professor Shu encourage her students to take the concepts they learn and apply them in the professional world, but she models this practice as well: Her singularly relevant research experiments have implications at the level of policy, attracting significant interest from government organizations, financial institutions and public policy experts. Examining the behavioral aspects of the current retirement population, Professor Shu continues to engage in research that is pertinent to consumer financial decision-making and positively affects lives.
The Doctoral Program selected Professor of Marketing Peter Rossi as the winner of the 2016 Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship of Ph.D. Students. In addition to being the James Collins Professor of Marketing, Statistics and Economics at UCLA Anderson, Professor Rossi is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Journal of Econometrics, founding editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and a past associate editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Professor Rossi is being honored for his outstanding success in mentoring Ph.D. students.
In memory of our colleague and friend Professor Xavier Drèze, the Xavier Drèze Prize for 2016 went to graduating Ph.D. student Robert Richmond for his dissertation, “Essays on the Fundamental Determinants of International Asset Prices.” Richmond now holds a position as Assistant Professor of Finance at NYU Stern School of Business.