Category: BU Today Features
Talk about tasty career choices: Lucia Austria (MET’13) and Sydney Oland (MET’09) discuss their roles as production manager and product developer, respectively, for Somerville’s Tazo Chocolate in a recent BU Today article. Both are graduates of Metropolitan College’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program. The article also explains the process of creating stone-ground chocolate—and why Tazo’s offerings are so popular among brewers, bakers, and gourmets.
Back in 2007, Terrance Regan, a MET adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs, wrote a report for the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission on the precarious condition of the state’s public transit system. Today, he’s using the current snow-related breakdowns in the Green Line and other MBTA services as a prime teaching moment. Read this urban transit expert’s honest opinions in BU Today.
The BU Today article “Studying Brahmins, Baked Beans, and Baseball” profiled a course taught by College of Arts & Science Professor of Anthropology Merry “Corky” White. Among the BU students enrolled in “Boston: An Ethnographic Approach” were three students from MET’s Evergreen program, which allows those 58 or older to audit BU classes. The course examines Boston as “a set of ideas of identity, politics, and urban life, developing and placed in the spaces of a place called the Hub…” Professor White is also an instructor in MET’s Seminars in Food & Wine.
On November 3, BU Today reported on new rankings that were announced by U.S. News & World Report. Boston University has been named 37th of 500 “Best Global Universities.” According to BU Provost Jean Morrison, the new ranking “demonstrates how strong our global competitiveness is.”
Read more on BU Today.
MET Associate Professor of Computer Science Eric Braude was one of three Boston University faculty to win an EdTech Seed Grant from BU’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI)—a faculty-led group that acts as the “hub” for BU’s MOOCs (massive open online courses), and serves to “spearhead the University’s most innovative projects in online learning, uninhibited by pre-existing culture and structures.” DLI grants fund faculty and staff innovations in educational technology. Dr. Braude’s grant will underwrite work he is doing on his Knowla (“knowledge assembly”) system prototype—which will “allow students to respond to test questions in forms that could be automatically graded.”
Read more in BU Today.
MET Wine Studies instructor and Master of Wine Bill Nesto coauthored The World of Sicilian Wine (UC Press, March 2013) with his wife Frances Di Savino. The book has received many positive reviews, including a recent one in the quarterly The World of Fine Wine (issue 43), which calls it an “impressively scholarly new book.” The review asserts that “the sheer weight of historical, geographical, and viticultural information is enough to make this the definitive English-language book on the island’s wines.”
A BU Today series examining the building blocks of education at BU recently profiled Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who is teaching MET’s criminal justice course Policing in a Democratic Society. Evans, who this year received a Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, is spending six hours a week this summer in a BU classroom—passing on practical knowledge gained from his 31 years with the Boston Police.
With his class running until 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, those days are grueling for a man who rises at 4:30 in the morning. But Evans says that he enjoys teaching and the chance it provides him to impart the class’s key lesson: police perform a multi-textured role in a democratic society—not just as enforcers of public security, but as social workers and political scientists balancing the law with individual freedoms.
Read more on BU Today.
In “POV: Memo to Boston’s Mayor on How to Fight Inequality,” two Metropolitan College faculty members examine how Mayor Marty Walsh can keep his promises to fight inequality in Boston. Enrique R. Silva, assistant professor city planning and urban affairs, and Eugene B. Benson, adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET and adjunct clinical assistant professor of environmental health at BU’s School of Public Health, examine the mayor’s policies: “There is a lot riding on Marty Walsh’s first term as mayor of Boston…As we look to him for leadership on this dark cloud hanging over an otherwise shining city, the question that needs to be asked is whether the new mayor has the power to reduce inequities in Boston.”
Read the entire article on BU Today.
In a February 10 article, BU Today mentioned MET’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs. “Two Metropolitan College online graduate programs, the master’s program in computer information systems and the master’s programs in management, ranked in the top 10 in their categories…”
Read the whole story at BU Today.
As reported in BU Today, outgoing Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01) will join BU in February as codirector of the University’s new Initiative on Cities (IoC). MET Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva was quoted in the article, referring to the IoC as a “very bold and sophisticated” initiative.
Read more: BU Today