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Fall 2009

New professor publishes in top journals.

While Benjamin Blau is a new employee of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, it would not be accurate to say he is new to USU.

Blau, who will start this fall teaching corporate finance and advanced investments, said he can remember attending classes with his mother when he was four years old.

“I’ve been an Aggie all my life, almost literally,” he said.

Recently Blau has been teaching at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University as a visiting assistant professor and publishing in some very prestigious journals. Even though he just earned his doctorate at the University of Mississippi in 2008, he has already had seven papers published or accepted in top journals. One paper called, Capitalizing on Catastrophe, was published in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, which is the top insurance journal. That paper looked at the practice of short selling specific stocks just before hurricanes make landfall.

Blau, who earned his bachelor’s in 2002 and his master’s in 2005, both at USU, is passionate about his research and says he takes that enthusiasm into the classroom.

“I love to teach,” he said. “Teaching is what drew me to the profession, and I really enjoy interacting with students.”

At BYU, Blau was recognized with the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award in 2009.

Benjamin Blau talks with students at Old Main. (Photo by Russ Dixon)