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Could Bird Brains Lead to Human Cures?

November 11th, 2014 in News & Events

New technology lets BU researcher eavesdrop on avian brains Tim Gardner’s research into finch brains may unlock clues for treating crippling human diseases. Photo by Jackie Riccardi. The anaesthetized zebra finch slumbers peacefully on a lab table, a tiny feathered bundle save for the top of its head, which sports a fleshy oval from which… MORE

Turkey: Picturing a Long-Gone Citadel

November 9th, 2014 in News & Events

Was a Bronze Age city in Turkey abandoned because of climate change or fire? In the Late Bronze Age, the walls of the citadel at Kaymakçı rose 10 feet above the jagged bedrock surrounding it. Behind the fortification was a community of homes, workshops, roads, plazas, and great halls. The neighboring residences and cemeteries surrounding… MORE

BU Ranks 37 of Top 500 Global Universities

November 3rd, 2014 in News & Events

New U.S. News and World Report category focuses on research, reputation Boston University was named 37th of 500 leading universities in U.S. News and World Report’s new “Best Global Universities” rankings. Photo by Natalia Boltukhova. Boston University has been named 37th of 500 “Best Global Universities” in a new U.S. News and World Report ranking… MORE

BU Mourns Loss of Former Mayor Menino (Hon.’01)

October 30th, 2014 in News & Events

Made Boston one of the world’s most inclusive cities Thomas Menino (Hon.’01), director of BU’s Initiative on Cities, signs copies of his recent book, Mayor for a New America, during an event at the Castle October 16, 2014. Photo by Cydney Scott. Thomas M. Menino 1942-2014: The Boston University community joins the city in mourning the… MORE

The Secret’s in the Spit

October 23rd, 2014 in News & Events

Dental researcher looks to saliva for novel celiac disease treatment Eva Helmerhorst, a Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine associate professor of molecular and cell biology, is investigating an enzyme in human saliva that may lead to a novel treatment for celiac disease. Photos by Dan Aguirre. A diagnosis of celiac disease means a… MORE

Science Gets a Front Door on Comm Ave

October 22nd, 2014 in News & Events

Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering will bridge disciplines across sciences This story was originally published on the BU Research website. For decades, some of the most exciting research at Boston University has been unfolding in a row of buildings hidden on Cummington Mall, designed originally for making carriages instead of studying the life… MORE

The Secret Life of Neutrinos

October 21st, 2014 in News & Events

Physicist unravels secrets of an enigmatic tiny particle This story was originally published on the BU Research website. Every second, about 10 trillion neutrinos are zipping through your body. But because these ghostly particles have hardly any mass, no electric charge, and rarely interact with matter, you don’t feel a thing. Despite their tiny size—or… MORE

National AIDS Policy Director Urges Collaboration on HIV/AIDS

October 21st, 2014 in News & Events

SSW alum keynote speaker at addiction conference in Boston Douglas Brooks (SSW’99) encouraged attendees at last week’s Addiction Health Services Research Conference, sponsored by Boston University, to think of new ways to identify, screen, and attain care for people living with HIV. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. Lena Lundgren felt like a “proud mama,” she said… MORE

Diverse Disciplines Team Up for Neuroscience

October 21st, 2014 in News & Events

NSF grant for new BU initiative will help bring data together Michael Hasselmo wants to link neuroscience data from many fields. Photo by Kalman  Zabarsky. Neuroscience is changing fast. Increasingly powerful imaging now allows researchers to scan brain structures with exquisite detail and make surprising discoveries about how neurons grow, interact, and die. At the… MORE

Behind the Vapor: Chasing the facts about e-cigarette health risks

October 20th, 2014 in News & Events

Less than a decade ago, the e-cigarette was an obscure product marketed as a safe, tobacco-free alternative to conventional cigarettes by a single company in China. Seven years ago, the electronic nicotine delivery device entered the US market. Today, health officials, policy makers, and researchers are all scrambling to keep up with a rapidly expanding,… MORE