Category: BU Today Features

MET Computer Science Professor Receives DLI Grant

October 20th, 2014 in BU Today Features, Computer Science and Information Technology, Eric Braude, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News

eric-braudeMET 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.”

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The definitive English-language book on Sicilian Wine

September 30th, 2014 in BU Today Features, Faculty News, Featured News Post, Food & Wine, MET News, William Nesto

wine, winery

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.”

Learning from Boston’s Top Cop

July 29th, 2014 in BU Today Features, Criminal Justice, Featured News Post, MET News


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.

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MET Professors Coauthor BU Today Article

April 28th, 2014 in BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Eugene Benson, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News


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.”

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BU Today Shares MET Top 10 Program Rankings

February 13th, 2014 in BU Today Features, Computer Science and Information Technology, Distance Education, Featured News Post, MET News, Project Management

MET online students in classroom

MET online students

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…”

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MET’s Enrique Silva quoted in BU Today on Menino’s new post

November 14th, 2013 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News, Programs


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.

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The Pleasures of Wild and Foraged Foods

July 29th, 2013 in BU Today Features, Gastronomy, MET News

pleasures of the wildBU Today spotlights Netta Davis’ (GRS’13 and MET Gastronomy lecturer) whose Wild and Foraged Foods class demonstrates the academic and experiential sides of foraging. Read more about this unique course and learn some foraging techniques from Netta at BU Today.

Prisoners Educated Through MET Music Class

November 14th, 2012 in BU Today Features, MET News

Jamie Hillman (left) and Andre de Quadros

Jamie Hillman was surprised by the enthusiasm of the men in his freewheeling music class at MCI-Norfolk last spring, part of BU’s Prison Education Program. But it wasn’t until the instructor learned that the inmates, several serving life sentences, were singing the mournful Handel aria “Lascia ch’io pianga” in the shower, that Hillman (CFA’13), a College of Fine Arts doctoral candidate, realized that he was making a difference in their lives.
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MET Celebrates 100 Years of Julia Child

November 13th, 2012 in BU Today Features, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News

Jacques Pepin at a MET dinner

On November 7, a group of culinary arts students, joined by renowned chefs Michael Leviton and Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11), celebrated the centenary of the legendary Julia Child (Hon.’76). Child, along with friend and colleague Pépin, was co-founder of MET’s Certificate Program in Culinary Arts and Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy. In 1991 she established a scholarship to help students recognized for outstanding academic work.
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MET Alum Makes Headlines – Owns New England’s Largest Independent Bookstore

November 8th, 2012 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, MET News


Last November, MET Alum and former insurance executive, Tom Lyons (MET’76) bought New England Mobile Book Fair (NEMBF). Since then he’s held weekly meetings and hired a consultant to organize over one million books in his Newton Highlands location. Lyons calls it “organized chaos.” The purpose of the reorganization was to the benefit of the customers and employees of NEMBF. Until recently the books had been organized by publisher instead of genre. Last Christmas Lyons’ 30 employees were running 30 different directions to help customers find books. “We’ve had to create staging areas where we could sort the books into categories: first, fiction versus nonfiction, and then breaking out major areas of fiction, such as mysteries,” says Lyons.
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