Author: Emily C Wade

Counterfeit Viagra Is a Problem

In 2012, a cluster of people in Lahore, Pakistan, started dying inexplicably. Most were mid- to low-income patients who had received free medicine at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Within a week, over 200 people died. An investigation found that the patients’ high blood pressure medication had been contaminated with similar-looking antimalarial ingredients.

Ending the Era of the Single-Discipline Engineer

Product developers used to depend on a primary engineering discipline to realize a design. For example, automobile manufacturers use to rely largely on mechanical engineers to design their products. More recently, companies have needed to hire a blend of software, computer, electrical mechanical and systems engineers for cars, particularly electric ones. Increasingly, the most innovative products rely both on an interdisciplinary approach and the use of massive amounts of data to support product development and operation.

Student Profile: Kali Hamilton (Leap)

To peers in her engineering courses, Kali Hamilton (ENG) appears to be just another undergrad. The difference? Kali already holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. The California native came to BU to join one of the only programs of its kind in the nation: LEAP.

Dean Lutchen: Why Companies and Universities Should Forge Long-Term Collaborations (via Harvard Business Review)

In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the number of research deals between companies and universities. Companies, which have been reducing their spending on early stage research for three decades, have been increasingly turning to universities to perform that role, seeking access to the best scientific and engineering minds in specific domains.

BU-Led Study May Explain CTE without Concussions

A new BU-led study published Thursday in the journal Brain suggests that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is caused by head injuries, not by concussions. The research explains why 20 percent of athletes who exhibited the early stages of the progressive brain illness postmortem never had a diagnosed concussion.