The Catholic University of America

Oct. 24, 2008

Experts on Economic Crisis Available at CUA

Economics professors at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the current U.S. economic crisis. For assistance in reaching professors, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

  • ENERGY AND ECONOMICS - Kevin Forbes, chair of CUA's Department of Business and Economics and director of CUA's Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship, can discuss how the current economy is affecting the price of oil and gas and vice versa.

    Forbes has researched energy markets for more than 15 years, with much of his focus on oil and natural gas supplies. He is the co-author, with CUA Professor Ernest Zampelli, of an article on technology's impact on oil and gas supplies in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Forbes also is an active participant in Stanford University's Energy Modeling Forum, which brings together energy experts from government, industry, universities and other research organizations to discuss critical energy and environmental issues.

    In addition to examining oil, natural gas and gasoline markets, Forbes is conducting a National Science Foundation-funded study on power grids, including those that serve New York, the mid-Atlantic region, most of Texas, California, England and Wales, New Zealand, Denmark and the Netherlands.

    Forbes can be reached at 202-319-4794 (office) or 202-329-5550 (mobile) or by e-mail:

  • ETHICS IN BUSINESS - Andrew Abela, associate professor of economics, is available to speak about the ethics of business practices and morality of management from the perspective of Catholic teaching.

    Abela provides consulting and training to Microsoft and other leading corporations. His most recent book, Advanced Presentations by Design: Creating Communication that Drives Action, is about presenting complex data effectively and ethically, to avoid the curse of "Death by PowerPoint."

    Abela can be reached at 202-319-5235 or by e-mail at

  • STRESS AND FEAR - Cathleen Gray, associate professor of social work, has a private practice focusing on families, women's issues and how individuals and families deal with times of crisis. She has frequently provided media commentary on a wide range of mental health issues including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Columbine school shootings and fallout from the Oklahoma City bombing. She is available to discuss how people can deal with fear, stress and trauma related to the current U.S. economic crisis.

    Professor Gray can be reached at 202-537-5922 or by e-mail:

  • SECURITIES REGULATION AND CORPORATE FINANCE - David Lipton, professor of law and director of the Columbus School of Law's Securities and Regulation Program, is available to speak on topics of securities regulation, corporate finance and corporations.

    Lipton is frequently quoted in newspaper, radio and television interviews in matters relating to securities market regulation, broker-dealer regulation, securities arbitration, insider trading and the impact of technology on securities regulation.

    He has been elected to serve as chair, vice chair and member of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar's Section on Corporations, Finance and Securities. He has chaired and served as a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers' (NASD) National Arbitration Committee. Professor Lipton was selected and served for three years as a member of the NASD's National Adjudicatory Council. Currently, Lipton is serving as a director of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Since the 1980s, he has chaired arbitration panels for the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD).

    For the past several years, Lipton has devoted his scholarly activities to his twice annually updated Treatise on Broker-Dealer Regulation. It is considered the standard reference guide in the securities legal community.

    Lipton can be contacted at 202-319-5140 or by e-mail at (e-mail preferred).

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.