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'Application of Bloomberg Terminals to Business Education' Is Topic for Provost's Conversation

The Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, a brown bag lunch series, continues Thursday, April 4, with a discussion led by Mohammad Najand, professor of finance in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), the Office of Distance Learning and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol Simpson, these conversations are open to all faculty members, and offer the opportunity to reflect and share about the teaching and learning process. The CLT will provide light refreshments.

Najand will speak on "The Application of Bloomberg Terminals to Business Education" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the new Bloomberg Terminal Room, 2002 Constant Hall.

Najand's Conversation will show firsthand how Bloomberg for Education brings the real world of finance into the classroom, exposing students to the industry-leading Bloomberg Professional service and giving them an edge when they enter the workplace.

Students can enhance research and class assignments while they learn how to analyze financial markets, assess economic scenarios and interpret developments that impact the local economy. The terminals also provide in-depth information in other disciplines, including health care and pharmaceuticals, supply chain management, energy, agriculture, journalism, government, economics, public policy and law.

Najand joined ODU's Department of Finance in 1987. He teaches the junior/senior course in investments and leads Ph.D. seminars in finance. His recent research focuses on tests of asset pricing models, the trade-off between risk and return in financial markets, and models of forecasting volatility in financial markets.

He received a Ph.D. in finance and an M.A. in economics from Syracuse University in 1988 and 1981. His research investigates the volatility of spot and futures markets, the ways in which macroeconomic factors affect financial markets and the linkages among international capital markets. An expert regarding the behavior of security prices and investment strategies, he has had numerous articles published in finance journals.

For more information about the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning series, including highlights from past years' Conversations and a calendar of upcoming dates, visit

Past Conversations can also be viewed on your iPAD. To get the app, search the App Store for CLT ODU on your iPad or use your Web browser to view the iTunes preview.

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