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Brent-WTI spread dips below $5 but analysts say it will grow

International and domestic crude oil prices narrowed the price gap to less than $5 last week, but many analysts predict that growing domestic production will cause the gap to widen again by the end of the year. “Even if we have this temporary narrowing because of new pipelines coming on, the long term trend is that that gap will widen,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis.

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People Choose Baby Names to Be Fashionable

Parents these days name their babies Jacob or Isabella instead of John or Mary for similar reasons that people decades ago bought cars with tailfins instead of Edsels — because they are fashionable, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.

Hema Yoganarasimhan, an assistant professor and marketing expert in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, reviewed favored baby name cycles since 1940 and has made some interesting discoveries when it comes to baby-name trends.

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University System Chancellor Reviewed Conducted Behind Closed Doors

According to a new report, the Texas A&M University System chancellor’s annual review takes place behind closed doors and without written records made available to the public. Kimberly Elsbach, UC Davis associate professor of management, said private evaluations allow regents to be frank in their impressions, but could also lead to people misunderstanding the process.

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Improved Crude Transportation Reduces Price Spread
More infrastructure helps reduce spread between West Texas, Brent crude

Increased rail transport and more pipeline infrastructure are narrowing the gap between international and domestic oil prices. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says new pipelines and other transportation modes help alleviate “giant price aberrations.”

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In Bid for Keystone, Visions of a Greener Pipeline

President Obama defined the criteria this week for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry heavy crude from Alberta, Canada, to American refineries, and must not “significantly” worsen global warming. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says there is a huge amount at stake for the oil companies who will have to develop cleaner technologies.

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Carl Schramm speaking at UC Davis B-school graduation

Carl Schramm — banker, author, educator and former CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — is the commencement speaker Saturday for the 2013 graduating class of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis.

“Our students and entire community have benefited greatly from Carl Schramm’s teaching, thought leadership and expertise,” said Steven Currall, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, in a news release. At the commencement, “Carl is poised to share a powerful and inspiring message.”

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Saudi Arabia remains key to oil prices, despite U.S. production surge

While U.S. oil production has increased sharply in the last five years, crude from Saudi Arabia still influences global prices and will for some time, panelists said Wednesday at a forum on energy markets.

The international oil market still depends heavily on Middle East oil exports, and a sudden disruption to its supply in Saudi Arabia would have broad implications for the U.S., said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California at Davis.

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Designing The Revolution

Baked into most stories of technology revolutions is the misconception that new technologies disrupt older ones because of some distinctive advantage. Sometimes it’s just the opposite, according to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon as part his series for Capital Public Radio.

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How America Helped Weaken OPEC

OPEC has lost power as oil production booms in other countries, particularly in the U.S. “They’ve basically already shot themselves in the foot,” says Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis executive director of energy and sustainability, who explains how OPEC spurred the U.S. to find its own oil.

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There
Fund managers trade too much. Retail investors can learn not to

It’s Mutual, We Don’t Like Hidden Fund Expenses: Professor Roger Edelen’s research shows that antsy fund managers trading holdings run up hidden costs that are higher than the funds’ declared expenses and have a significant negative impact on returns. Another good reason to stick with index investments.

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Entrepreneurial Insights: 5 Minutes with Barobo’s Graham Ryland

Graham Ryland is passionate about creating robots that inspire young people to pursue careers in engineering and science. He focused on modular robotics for his graduate work at UC Davis, and was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug at the UC Entrepreneurship Academy in 2008—an early experience with the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that has deepened into a rewarding relationship. In 2010 Ryland founded Barobo Inc., an educational robotics start-up, with his faculty advisor, College of Engineering Professor Harry Cheng.

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Business Lessons From the Bloomberg Terminal Scandal

As the Bloomberg terminal scandal plays out, two camps are ratcheting up arguments. This is overblown. And we need to regulate electronic platforms.

But amid the controversy, the data breach offers uncomfortable lessons about how we conduct modern business in a digital era—and how we’re unprepared to ensure online transactions remain secure and private.

Professor Don Palmer weighs in on the lessons to be learned as the Bloomberg terminal scandal plays out.

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Study Sheds Light on Mutual Funds’ Hidden Trading Costs

Expense ratios are not the only cost you should be thinking about when investing in mutual funds. There’s another significant cost that’s harder to quantify, isn’t disclosed, and remains largely invisible: expenses from the trades that the fund manager makes. “On a practical level, given the current state of affairs, trading costs really are an invisible cost,” says Associate Professor Roger Edelen.

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Barobo seeks $40K through Kickstarter campaign

Davis-based robot maker Barobo Inc. is launching a $40,000 Kickstarter campaign Friday to jump-start sales of its new Linkbot educational robots.

The 2011 startup company develops, manufactures and markets educational robots that are programmable and can be configured to move in a variety of directions. They are modular and can be used in a series or can be used as individual units. New York-based Kickstarter is a leading crowd funding site.

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Man vs. Machine: The Great Stock Showdown

According to Brad Barber, finance professor at UC Davis, human creativity still plays an important role in investing because there are some things a computer either can’t do or can’t do well, including determining whether the patterns that emerge from data crunching make sense.

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