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Johannes Moenius and Kennedy

Professor Johannes Moenius and Kennedy discuss economics at the 98.7 Penthouse.

In a penthouse overlooking Hollywood, the first of three RED Series events was held May 23, featuring Professor Johannes Moenius, the William R. and S. Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning, talking about what he knows best – economics.

The RED Series is a unique partnership between the University of Redlands and 98.7 FM, with the school providing faculty experts to speak on specific topics – “R” for research, “E” for education, and “D” for discovery. In this kick-off event, Moenius discussed his economic research with Kennedy, a DJ for 98.7, in front of a large crowd gathered at the 98.7 Penthouse atop the Hollywood Tower.

“It was intriguing to see Kennedy and Johannes interact, and take what would otherwise be heavy information and make it easy to understand and accessible,” Yvete Bugarini, marketing manager at the University of Redlands, said.

Moenius and Kennedy discussed everything from the housing market to the entrepreneurial spirit. Kennedy mentioned that her husband owns a small business that creates snowboards, and Moenius explained how the University of Redlands’ Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis, which offers science and research based spatial analysis and forecasts of economic phenomena, can help people like him.

“You can look at whatever ZIP codes you are interested in, or you can look at the entire state of California,” he said. From there, according to the ISEA website, “the user can focus on areas of economic analysis that have a strong connection to the space people live in, such as employment and unemployment, housing, retail, logistics, and economic risk assessment.”

Kennedy found Moenius’ ability to see trends before they hit remarkable.

“You’re like a psychic with data,” she said.

This ticketed event was attended by President Ralph Kuncl, School of Business Dean Stuart Noble-Goodman, prospective students, campus directors, faculty, and administrators. It was held on multiple outdoor patios, with views of the Hollywood sign, Capitol Records, and city lights.

“It was a nice opportunity to have access to a unique venue that was the epitome of Hollywood glamour,” Bugarini said.

The next RED Series, “E” for education, is scheduled for June 17, 2013.

Posted: May 24, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia


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