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Score one for Baruch faculty: a number of professors garnered recent recognition for their research pertaining to the world of sports.

Marc Edelman, JD, MSEd, MA, a professor of law at the Zicklin School of Business and sports ethics director of the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholarship for the Fall 2021 semester to study and conduct research at the University of Canberra, Australia. The scholarship will enable him to explore how Australia regulates commercial sports, in particular financial opportunities for young athletes, as compared to U.S. governance in that area.

Professor Edelman’s inspiration for his research is his belief that the American college sports system warrants a fundamental change in light of underlying issues of race and class inherent to sports labor relations, as well as issues of free and fair markets. He recently co-authored an article exploring the implications of resuming intercollegiate sports in the midst of a pandemic from a legal, medical, and ethical perspective. 

“It is hard to convince legislators that change is viable without presenting evidence of a more equitable alternative,” says Edelman. “Thus, my goal is to understand how what we see in America compares to other places around the world, most specifically Australia.”

Meanwhile, a team of psychology professors in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences has been making a major impact on the NFL. Professors Harold Goldstein, PhD, and Charles Scherbaum, PhD, and Assistant Professor Elliott Larson, PhD, received the 2021 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in recognition of their NFL Player Assessment Test (PAT).

The NFL-PAT is a customized test designed to predict player performance in a manner that treats players from diverse backgrounds fairly and incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion interests into selection decisions. The Baruch professors and their consulting team, Siena Consulting, have refined the test annually since its implementation in 2013, integrating the most recent findings in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. 

—Sally Fay

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