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CALmatters"My turn:  Corporate boards must avoid 'check-the-box' mentality as they diversify" 27 December 2018

Dallas Innovates: “Innovation Study:  DFW Should Embrace its Sprawl and Work Together to Propel its Growth, Identity as Hub for Innovation.”  29 June 2018.

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


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

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


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.