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A Recipe for Trans-Cultural Quality Control

It’s challenging enough to create innovative products and services that will put your business on the map. But to then devise a process that will replicate quality every time, without fail, is another story entirely.
MThat is where Dongli Zhang, Ph.D. wields her expertise. Zhang, an assistant professor of management systems at the Gabelli School of Business, studies quality management practices—procedures that ensure a company’s products or services are of the highest caliber.


Tapping New Technology and Microloan Data,
Economist’s Work Aids Developing Countries

In 2008, Erick Rengifo, Ph.D., was walking through the highlands of Peru, 30 miles away from the nearest city, when he heard a distinct trill. Glancing around to see where it was coming from in such a remote place, he saw a woman who was guiding a cow down the road retrieve a cell phone from the folds of her skirt and answer it.
MIn order to serve big cities in developing countries like Peru, phone companies have put up antennas in the more mountainous regions of the country, where many poor rural communities are located.


A Postwar Lens: Cinema Popolare,
Now Playing in the Academy

When one thinks of Italian cinema studied at universities, neo-realist films like The Bicycle Thief and directors like Antonioni and Visconti come to mind.
MAnd yet entire genres—like Giallo horror and spaghetti westerns—also developed in Italy and inspired a degree of cult box-office success.
MNow action and gore are getting their due from Jacqueline Reich, Ph.D., professor of communication and media studies—who also took up her post as department chair last fall.


Fordham’s Largest Grant Awarded to Humanities Breaks $4 Million

Stephen R. Grimm, Ph.D., an associate professor of philosophy who last year received a $3.56 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has received $640,000 in supplemental funds from the foundation, raising his overall award to $4.2 million.
MGrimm’s award, the largest that Fordham University has ever received in the humanities, funds his interdisciplinary project, “Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology.” Launched in July 2013, the three-year endeavor sponsors research in these three fields into the various ways in which human beings understand the world.




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