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Dallas Morning News“As HQ2 search continues, Dallas Regional Chamber is taking inventory of the area's ability to foster innovation” 29 March 2018

Dallas Innovates: "Innovation Scorecard: Chamber Says DFW in 'Position of Strength'." 29 March 2018



ScienceMag.com: “New Baylor Research Identifies Keys to Managing Innovators.” 21 June 2016

Baylor Alumni Association magazine:  Getting to Know SMU Provost Steven Currall ’82.  13 March 2016

Philanthropy News Digest: “SMU Receives $2.5 Million for Virtualization Research Center.” 23 December 2016


Comstock’s (Sacramento region business magazine): Author of “Steven Currall: Strategic Thinker For the Future of Higher Education.” June 1, 2015.

Comstock’s (Sacramento region business magazine): Commentary in “The Art of the Long View: What if an Executive’s Pay Was Dependent on the Performance of His Successors?” June 1, 2015.

The Conversation; Academic Rigor, Journalistic Flair: Author of “America’s Innovation Ecosystem May Get Bipartisan Budget Boost" March 30, 2015.

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH): Author of "Author of “Let’s Get Our Innovation Act Together.” February 6, 2015.

Sacramento Business Journal: commentary in “UC Davis Begins Early Discussions on Creating Urban Center Campus.” January 29, 2015.


Sacramento Business Journal: commentary in “Business Leaders Praise Move to Merge SACTO and CEO Group: If Ratified, Deal Would Merge it Into CEO Group.” July 25, 2014.

Financial Times: commentary in "Meet the Dean: Steven Currall, Dean of UC Davis." July 25, 2014.

KPBS-TV Evening Edition (San Diego): "Scripps Research Institute Merger Fails" July 25, 2014.

CNBC.com: commentary in "How Feel Good Companies are Navigating the Minimum Wage Fray." May 21, 2014.

Sacramento Business Journal: Author of "Opinion: It’s time to invest in innovation the right way" March 16, 2014.

The Deal: commentary in "Valley Firms Boost Apps, at Cost of Basic Research." March 31, 2014.

Huffington Post: Author of "3 Myths Americans Still Believe About Innovation." March 27, 2014.

Seattle Times: Co-Author of "How the U.S. Can Lead on Technological Innovation." March 7, 2014.


San Jose (Silicon Valley) Mercury News: Author of "Female CEOs: Silicon Valley Companies Miss Out by Not Having Women in Top Ranks." December 18, 2013.

Huffington Post: Author of "A New Science of Pension Fund Management" December 16, 2013.

Sacramento Bee: Author of "Viewpoints: What’s missing in corporate boardrooms? More women" October 7, 2013.

CNBC.com: Commentary in "The Problem with Wall Street Greed Five Years After the Crash." September 13, 2013.

Sacramento Bee: Commentary in "Legislator Calls for More California Companies to Put Women on Their Boards." August 27, 2013.

China-Europe International Business School-UNESCO: "Highlights of the Second Annual China International Agri-business Conference," August 5, 2013.

Sacramento Business Journal: Commentary in "UC Davis to ‘Export’ Agribusiness Techniques to China." May 14, 2013.

Huffington Post: Author of "Leadership Lessons: What Do Executives at Amazon, CitiGroup, and Whole Foods Market Have in Common?" March 27, 2013.

Pensions and Investments Daily.com: Commentary in "CalPERS Launches Sustainable Investment Research Initiative." January 28, 2013.

Sacramento Business Journal: Commentary in "UC Offers Business Fellowship For Students at Historically Black Colleges." January 25, 2012.

Sacramento Bee: Commentary in "Personal Finance: Online Start-ups Help With Credit, Loans." January 6, 2013.


Sacramento Bee: Commentary in "Study of State Businesses Finds a Tough Road for Female Execs." December 6, 2012.

Huffington Post: Author of "Still a ‘Boys Club’ at the Top of Corporate California." December 5, 2012.

Huffington Post: Author of "Stewarding the University of California Dream." December 1, 2012.

San Francisco Chronicle: Commentary in "UC Business Schools Try to Ease Reliance on State." June 20, 2012.

San Francisco Chronicle: Commentary in "Study: Tech sector's glass ceiling", July 19, 2012.


Sacramento Business Journal: Commentary in "Study: Women Still Not Getting Full Share of Top Exec Jobs", December 8, 2011.

The Sacramento Bee: Commentary in "Women's Glass Ceiling Intact at California Corporations, Study Shows", December 8, 2011.

The Orange County Register: Commentary in "Steven Currall: Men Still Dominate at Top California Companies, Study Says", December 8, 2011.

Physorg.com: Commentary in "California's Glass Ceiling May Take a Century to Crack", December 8, 2011.

CNNMoney.com: Commentary in "Wharton admissions: As elitist as you'd expect?", August 8, 2011.

Nature.com: Commentary in "Innovation: Support Breeds Patents", July 21, 2011.

National Science Foundation.gov: Commentary in "Organizational Climate Drives Commercialization of Scientific and Engineering Discoveries", July 7, 2011.

Poets and Quants: Coverage in "The Privatization of California's B-Schools", June 22, 2011.

AACSB International: Commentary in "Curriculum Innovation as Continuous Improvement", April 20, 2011.


San Jose Mercury News: Commentary in "Opinion: Lack of Women in Top Silicon Valley Positions is a Disgrace", December 3, 2010.

San Francisco Business Times: Coverage in "Glass Ceiling still Sturdy, Says UC Study", December 2, 2010.

Watermark: Coverage in "Who's Counting? The UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders", November 17, 2010.

Governors' Global Climate Summit 3: Video Coverage in "Capitalizing the Green Dream: Defining the Challenges and Opportunities", November 16, 2010.

Hubculture: Video Coverage in "Steven Currall Hub Culture Interview at GGCS3", November 16, 2010.

International Business Times: Coverage in "China Need Political Reform, But Make It Wisely", August 23, 2010.

News Review Sacramento: Coverage in "Super green!: Meet Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Greenwise Sacramento Leadership Team", July 29, 2010.

Office of the Governor: Coverage in "Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 To Be Held At UC Davis This Fall", July 9, 2010.

China Europe International Business School: Coverage in "CEIBS Executive President Zhu Xiaoming Meets with Dean of University of California, Davis Business School", June 19, 2010.

Sacramento Business Journal: Coverage in "UC Davis Clean-Tech Forum Shows Support for AB 32", May 12, 2010.

Sacramento Business Journal: Cover in "UC Davis Business School is No. 1 for Women Faculty", April 14, 2010.

Sacramento Bee: Coverage in "Road to Recovery: Sacramento Area Aims to Be Green Tech Center", January 18, 2010.


Los Angeles Times: Coverage in "Top female execs still rare, UC Davis study shows", November 19, 2009.

San Francisco Chronicle: Coverage in "S.F. nurtures female execs, study finds", November 19, 2009.

San Francisco Chronicle: Coverage in Open Forum "Few Women on Boards of state's largest firms", November 19, 2009.

Sacramento Bee: Coverage in "The Conversation: A newcomer to California ─ and seeing the brighter side," August 30, 2009.

Sacramento Business Journal: Commentary in "UC Davis Names New Business School Dean," April 22, 2009.

Social Enterprise: Coverage in: "Six Big Thinkers: Opportunities Waiting to be Grasped by Social Entrepreneurs in Today’s Business Climate," December 2008/January 2009.


The Engineer (online): Commentary in: "University College London Opens New Department," October 29, 2008.

The Times (London): Commentary in, "Professionally Testing: Science Graduates Are Sought by Finance and Insurance Companies as well as Those Developing Cutting-Edge Technology," June 11, 2008.

Science-Business: Commentary in "New Home for Innovation at UCL," April 17, 2008.

Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Commentary in "Public Acceptance of New Commercial Products Containing Nanotechnology," February 28, 2008.

University College London Homepage: Commentary in "Steve Currall Addresses Parliamentary Committee on Innovation," January 15, 2008.

London Business School Homepage: Commentary in "Steve Currall Presents to Parliamentary Select Committee," January 11, 2008.


The Guardian Education (London): Commentary in "UCL Launches New Centre for Academic Entrepreneurship," June 20, 2007.

The Independent (London): Commentary in "How More and More Postgraduates Are Starting Up Hi-Tech Businesses," June 14, 2007.

The Times (London) Online: Commentary in "Beware The E-Mail Dispute: Difficult Conversations Conducted Over the Internet Can Easily Spiral Out of Control, Causing Irreparable Damage To Professional Relationships," March 16, 2007.

The Times (London) Higher Education Supplement: Coverage in "Think Big to Think Small," March 16, 2007.

BusinessWeek.com: Commentary in "Debunking the Nanotech Myths: Public Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology Are Currently Pretty Neutral; It's Up to Government and The Media to Provide Realistic Assessments of Risks and Rewards," February 1, 2007.

Industry Week: Coverage in "Taking The Nanopulse -- Good News! The Public Is Ready For Nanotechnology In 2007," January 10, 2007.


Investors’s Business Daily: Commentary in "Latest Results on Public Views of Nanotechnology," December 7, 2006.

Financial Times: Commentary in "Consumers Accept Nanotechnology," December 8, 2006.

Nature Nanotechnology: Coverage in "Risks and Benefits: With More Than 350 Nanoproducts Already on the Market, it is Time for a Programme of Research That Fully Addresses Concerns About the Safety of Nanotechnology," December 5, 2006.

New York Times: Commentary in "Whiffs of Combat Waft Over Natural Cosmetics," August 12, 2006.

International Herald Tribune: Commentary in "The Scent of Battle in Provence: L'Occitane, the French Cosmetics Firm," July 28, 2006.

The Independent (London): Commentary in "Win-Win Marriage for Odd Couple: Universities and Business Schools " Never Traditional Partners – Are Breaking the Mould and Linking Up," April 13, 2006, p. vi.


USA Today: Commentary in "Nanotech Boosters Bray, but Actual Products Remain Scarce," March 11, 2004.


Voice of America (Washington, DC): Commentary in "Poll: Fewer Americans Trust Big Corporations," May 14, 2002.

BusinessWeek Online: Commentary in "Corporate Ethics: Might Makes Right; Avoiding Scandal Isn't the Only Reason to Observe a Stringent Code of Conduct; Doing the Right Thing Also Generates More Tangible Dividends," April 11, 2002.

BusinessWeek Online: Commentary in "Fiorina's Stereotype-Smashing Performance: No Matter if HP's CEO Wins or Loses the Compaq Merger Battle, She Has Dispelled Any Sexist Doubts About a Woman's Ability to Lead," April 3, 2002.


New York Times: Commentary in "Musicians Are Gaining a Bigger Voice in Orchestras," February 6, 2001, p. B1-B3.