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Dyson School to host panel discussions on energy security, international development

Cornell's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management will celebrate its recent naming gift with two panel discussions Oct. 1 in Kennedy Hall's Call Alumni Auditorium.

The first, "Energy Security and a Sustainable Environment," from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., will consider the energy future and how major change -- competition among energy conservation technologies -- appears to be inevitable for mitigating Earth's growing warmth.

The panel will be moderated by William Schulze, the Kenneth L. Robinson Professor of Agricultural Economics and Public Policy. Panelists will be John Dyson '65, chairman of Millbrook Capital Management Inc. who was also chair of the New York Power Authority from 1979 to 1985; Theresa Flaim, M.S '74, Ph.D. '77, a consultant to the energy industry and retired senior vice president of strategic planning and analysis for the Tennessee Valley Authority; Daniel Goldman '87, executive vice president and CFO for GreatPoint Energy Inc.; and Bernard Neenan '70, Ph.D. '81, technical executive for the Electric Power Research Institute.

The second panel, "Cornell and the Developing World: Commercial, Humanitarian and Scientific Opportunities," from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., will consider how business, public-sector and not-for-profit organizations are responding to evolving commercial, humanitarian and scientific opportunities in developing countries.

The panel will be moderated by Christopher Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management. Panelists will be Devry Boughner, M.S. '99, director of international business relations for Cargill Inc.; Kathryn Kiplinger '79, M.P.S. '86, co-head of corporate banking for Scotia Capital; Kevin Malchoff '74, MBA '75, president of International Business Group, Rich Products Corp.; John Mellor '50, M.S. '51, Ph.D. '54, president of John Mellor Associates Inc.; and Emmy Simmons, M.S. '68, independent consultant and retired assistant administrator for economic growth, agriculture and trade at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

In June, President David Skorton announced a $25 million gift from the family of John Dyson '65 to establish the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The school is named for Dyson's father to recognize his contributions to American business. The gift is directed at the Department of Applied Economics and Management, one of only two Ivy League undergraduate business programs to be consistently ranked in the top 10 in its field.

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