The former chief economist of the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission will lead off a University of Utah business lecture series in January at Little America.

Steven Manaster, professor of finance and Wasatch Advisers Faculty Scholar, will present the opening lecture Jan. 9 at 7:30 a.m. on "Taking Research on the Road: A Professor's Experience in Washington, D.C." Manaster recently completed an 18-month stint as chief economic adviser to the federal agency. His talk is sponsored by Bonneville International.The Breakfast Subscription Lecture Series is sponsored by the University of Utah Graduate School of Business and College of Business.

John W. Seybolt, dean of the business school, says the bimonthly lectures have been converted into a subscription series in an effort to defray costs and keep the meetings to a size that permits a free flow of ideas between faculty and business leaders.

Other speakers, dates, topics and sponsors:

Scott T. Young, assistant professor of management, March 6, "Managing in Times of Crisis," AT&T; Kenneth J. Hanni, professor of accounting, May 8, "Reflections on Current Tax Law," Questar Corp.; William S. Hesterly, assistant professor of management, July 10, "Do Managers Matter?", Intermountain Health Care; Ronald C. Lease, Northwest Pipeline Faculty Scholar and professor of finance, Sept. 11, "Takeovers, Restructuring, and the Market for Corporate Control," Walker Wallace and Wallace Associates Companies; Janeen Arnold Costa, assistant professor of marketing, Nov. 6, "Tourism and Consumer Culture in Hungary and Czechoslovakia," the law firm of Ray, Quinney, and Nebeker.