Dad's on TV
The Discovery Channel produced a program on the Beirut barracks bombing of 1983 in
their series 'Unsolved Histories'. Andrew and Hemant Shah were talking heads. A day of
filming for a few minutes of footage...
Catastrophe, Injury and Insurance
RMS published a study of the impact of catastrophes on life and health insurance.
Authored by Coburn and Alie Cohen it looked at earthquakes, terrorism industrial accidents
and contagious diseases, like flu.
Report available on RMS.com
RAND and RMS raised the funding needed for their Center for Terrorism Risk Management
Policy. Andrew has a position on the Advisory Board.
RMS applied for a patent (Number 10/797.143 for you trivia buffs) for its accumulation
algorithm in its software. The patent cites Coburn and two colleagues, Weimin Dong and Han
Chen, for developing the idea, which 'spiders' a portfolio.
Expanding Horizons: Shrinking Cities
Helen is teaming up with other members of her department at Berkeley in a
poly-dimensional, multi-national study of shrinking cities. First milestone: a round-table
session to be held in Vienna in July 2005.
Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels being
installed in Freiburg, Germany
New Under The Sun
Helen presented her research on low-energy buildings in California at the
EuroSun conference in Freiburg and sneaked a mini-research trip in Germany and
Switzerland. Merci bien for their French hospitality to Fathia & Christian, Carol
& Etienne, Jean et Jeanne.
INT. PUB - NIGHT
Two people sit cradling drinks...
So - gotta script ready for the Screenwriter's meeting tonight?
Oh yeh! Too #*@&ing right! 'Bigfoot and Ricochet' - romantic
comedy set in Enron. You?
Yup. 'Boiled Frogs'. Y'know - action thriller. Hey
Loud explosion. Helen dives and pushes him under the table.
Darling - You saved my life!
Only because it's your round.
They kiss, passionately.
At the risk of sounding like a Soviet communiqué, Risk Management Solutions had
another great year. Earnings were up 62% and all the other business metrics were very
positive (iron-smelting quota up 26% etc...). 80 new employees were hired to meet the
demand for products and services. Dr. C's contribution to their training (poor things)
consisted of a hands-on exercise to develop a Godzilla catastrophe model.
Terror Now A Fact of Life
Terrorism risk models were in demand. More than 100 companies now model their terrorism
risk using the RMS model, reflecting an adoption by the marketplace and perhaps a
recognition that it is a fact of life to be lived with. Andrew helped develop a new global
terrorism model that covers every country in the world.
Modeling More Risk
RMS also has a strategic objective to embrace a wider range of risk for clients. The
Research team explored new areas of modeling risk with articles and analysis of computer
viruses, industrial accidents, power outages and environmental disasters. Further
nightmares coming soon...
Ever the sucker for punishment, Helen signed up for an evening programme - Berkeley's
MBA Foundation Course. She's now halfway to a Certificate in Business Administration.