WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for North America Region presented to St. John’s University’s, Peter J. Tobin College of Business


Rochester, NY, September 17, 2019

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), Elsevier and SSRN are pleased to announce St. John’s University’s, Peter J. Tobin College of Business as the winner of the 2019 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for the North America region.

The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series, launched in 2017, honors emerging business schools that advance impact-focused research. Each year, three winners from across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific are selected based on their demonstrated innovation and research excellence. Winners receive a monetary prize and promotion.

Image of Award Presentation including winner from St. John's University's Peter J. Tobin College of Business and reprsentatives of SSRN and WRDS
Representing St. John’s University, John Neumann from Tobin’s College of Business (center left) accepts the 2019 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award from Gregg Gordon, SSRN, and Steve Sheehan and Lindsay Rees, from WRDS.

In 2017, WRDS, the leading business intelligence, data analytics, and research platform for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, announced a unique collaboration with SSRN, the world-leading preprint server and early stage research network, and its parent company Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health. The collaboration intends to elevate the visibility, impact and credibility of academic research and the faculty who conduct it, through the award series and the WRDS Research Paper Series on SSRN.

Steven Sheehan, Executive Director of Business Development, Sales and Marketing at WRDS and Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN presented the award to John Neumann, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Finance at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business during the AACSB Global Accreditation Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on September 15, 2019.

As part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS enables comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in research.

“On behalf of WRDS, I am very pleased to congratulate the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University on this award,” said Bob Zarazowski, Managing Director, WRDS. “It is wonderful to be able to recognize their business education program, which has shown a tremendous commitment to advancing academic research.”

Norean R. Sharpe, PhD, Dean of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, praised the dedication of her finance faculty for Tobin’s increase in scholarship. “Our faculty recruitment and reward efforts over the past several years have focused on attracting and retaining faculty who prioritize research, and we are proud of their productivity. Research is critical for our faculty to effectively deliver a valuable educational experience for our students,” said Dr. Sharpe.

Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN, added: “It is important to acknowledge the hard-work that goes into achieving excellence in research, so we are delighted to present the Peter J. Tobin College of Business with this award. Our collaboration with WRDS is now in its third year, and goes from strength-to-strength.”

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About WRDS
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the leading business intelligence, data analytics, and research platform to global institutions  ̶  enabling comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in academic research.

WRDS provides researchers with one location to access over 350 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, ESG, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics. Flexible data delivery options include a powerful web query method that reduces research time, the WRDS Cloud for executing research and strategy development, and the WRDS client server using PCSAS, Matlab, R and more. Our rigorous data review and validation give users the confidence to tailor research and create a wide range of reliable data models. Powerful Analytics by WRDS – a suite of cutting-edge analytical tools developed by our doctoral-level team enables powerful insight into research and Classroom by WRDS provides a teaching and learning toolkit designed to introduce business concepts in the classroom.

The leading data research platform for 50,000+ commercial, academic, and government users in 35+ countries, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management, innovative tools, analytics, and research services-all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.

About The Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduateMBAexecutive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year 18,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 98,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit www.wharton.upenn.edu

About SSRN
SSRN is a worldwide collaborative of over 330,600 authors and more than 2.2 million users that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of research. Founded in 1994, it is now composed of a number of specialized research networks. Each of SSRN’s networks encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and distributing submitted abstracts and full text papers from scholars around the world. SSRN encourages readers to communicate directly with other subscribers and authors concerning their own and other’s research. Through email abstract eJournals SSRN currently reaches over 400,000 people in approximately 140 different countries. www.ssrn.com

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

Media Contacts
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David Tucker, Global Communications
Elsevier
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