Faculty Reads, Volume 10

In the 10th edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the unin­tended con­se­quences of our decision-​​making, a fic­tion piece about a grad student’s near death expe­ri­ence and a multi-​​disciplinary his­tory of planet Earth.

3Qs: Forecasting 2012 for the BRIC nations

In 2001, Goldman Sachs grouped the BRIC coun­tries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — into that acronym because they were at a sim­ilar stage of eco­nomic devel­op­ment. On Tuesday, the Amer­ican multi­na­tional news cor­po­ra­tion Bloomberg named China as the only BRIC nation ranked among all top global emerging mar­kets. We asked Ravi Rama­murti, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and director of the Center for Emerging Mar­kets at North­eastern, to iden­tify what’s next for these four countries.

3Qs: Would cellphone ban dial back ‘distracted driving’?

The National Trans­porta­tion Safety Board (NTSB) — an inde­pen­dent fed­eral agency respon­sible for inves­ti­gating trans­porta­tion acci­dents and pro­moting trans­porta­tion safety — called for a com­plete end to cell­phone use while dri­ving, as opposed to bans in some states that still allow talking on hands-​​free devices. Here, Judith Per­rolle, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of soci­ology and an expert on the social impact of tech­nology, explains the dan­gers of using a cell­phone on the road and the soci­etal impact of such a ban.