Media Alerts / Story Ideas

Week of April 26, 2010

Published on April 26, 2010

OFFSHORE DRILLING: THE EXPLOSION, THE SPILL, THE IMPACT

Last week, an apparent blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig led to an explosion that killed 11 workers. This week, oil leaking from the well is growing in the Gulf of Mexico, moving ever closer to vulnerable wetlands. Tyler Priest, professor and director of global studies at Bauer College at the University of Houston, is an authority on the development of offshore oil exploration. The historian, who is part of the university’s Global Energy Management Institute, can offer perspective on this story that’s likely to last.

To schedule an interview with Priest, see Media Contacts section to the left.

MORE TO SUSTAINABILITY THAN BEING GREEN, SAYS BAUER PROF

Interest in sustainability skyrocketed after the economic downturn, as companies began to realize the long-term implications of their business practices. Sustainability encompasses more than just “being green,” according to Rosalind Wyatt, a clinical professor in marketing. Wyatt describes sustainability as a “three–legged stool” – businesses should thrive financially, they should be concerned about the environment, and they should be concerned about people, both inside and outside the organization. “It’s not so much about today’s bottom line, but about the health of a company long–term,” Wyatt says. She works with small businesses in Houston to implement economically, environmentally and socially sustainable business practices.

To schedule an interview with Wyatt, see Media Contacts section to the left.

SUMMERTIME AND THE WORKING IS EASY – OR IS IT?

Summertime is around the corner, and with the change in weather comes the opportunity for employers to boost morale in the office by organizing staff events to reduce workplace stress. Summer stress could be caused as employees go on vacation, putting pressure on colleagues left behind to take on extra responsibilities, and as looking after children out of school until August takes its toll, says associate professor of management Richard DeFrank. But companies can find ways to reduce that stress, he adds, by taking advantage of the sunny skies and giving employees the chance to refocus and refuel through morale-building activities.

To schedule an interview with DeFrank, see Media Contacts section to the left.

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