Usability pros to meet for networking: The Michigan Usability Professionals Assocaition will meet for live social networking Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, 720 Norris St. This is your chance to skip thespeaker and enjoy the company of fellow usability professionals. More at

Lawrence Tech hosts Dec. 3 workshop on nonprofit board membership: “Making Your Strategic Plan Work,” the second in the BoardWalk series of seven training workshops for nonprofit board members, will be held Friday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. BoardWalk is a series of affordable workshops designed to energize the performance of nonprofit board members and the staff that work with them. Workshops are conducted by experienced professionals in classes small enough to ensure individual attention. BoardWalk is offered through a partnership of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Executive Service Corps and Lawrence Tech’s Center for Nonprofit Management. The cost is $35 for individual workshops, or $225 for the series of seven. All workshops will be held in the Buell Management Building at Lawrence Tech. To register, visit  For information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Center for Nonprofit Management at (248) 204-3095 or The remaining Friday morning workshops in the series are: “Fund Development for Board Members,” Jan. 14. “Financial Oversight,” Feb. 4. “Building Your Board,” March 4. “The Effective Board Team,” April 1. “Executive Director and Board Relationship,” May 6.

Lawrence Tech hosts lecture on health care economics Nov. 23: Economics Professor Miron Stano of Oakland University will discuss “Economics and Preventive Health Care: Is an Ounce of Prevention Really Worth a Dollar of Cure?” for the inaugural Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 12:30 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The free lecture will be in S321 in the Science Building. Pizza will be served. After describing trends in U.S. health care spending and health outcomes, Stano will provide an overview of cost-utility analysis, which provides the conceptual framework for allocating dollars to alternative treatments including preventive measures. The current U.S. health care delivery system contains significant barriers to increased acceptance and adoption of preventive care. At the same time some preventive measures are not cost-effective. This presentation will focus on the various issues that relate to these barriers, the role of cost-utility analysis in preventive care, and recommendations for improving the efficiency of our health care system. Stano is a professor of economics and management at Oakland School of Business Administration and former director of the school’s executive MBA program in health care management. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University. He conducts research in managed care, cost evaluation, and the professional services markets. He has written extensively on the economics of health care. The lecture series has been established by the Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture Fund. Hotelling, who died in 2009, was an associate professor of economics who taught courses in business law, business ethics, constitutional law, urban social issues, and law and economics during 20 years at Lawrence Tech. He is remembered for his keen intellect, tireless devotion, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor. More at

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