Category: Faculty News
MET Computer Science Lecturer John Day authored an article on net neutrality for Hightechforum.org, called “Be Careful What You Wish For: Caution on Net Neutrality.” According to Day, “Net Neutrality seems to be the hottest topic around these days. The good guys are for it and the bad guys are against it, at least according to the press. However, it seems that virtually no one really understands what it is that one is for or against, nor the implications of what it is they think they want.”
On October 24, 2014, the Boston Globe reported that Japanese coffee chain Ogawa Coffee will be making its debut in Boston. In the article, College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Anthropology Merry White explains, “There is a real Boston coffee scene now. It wasn’t true 20 years ago.” Professor White, who teaches in MET’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program, is author of the book Coffee Life in Japan (University of California Press: 2012). White notes that Ogawa’s debut in Boston is significant because no other Japanese coffee chain has ever opened in the U.S.
Christopher Cakebread, a Boston University College of Communication professor who specializes in sports advertising and who teaches in the master’s program in Advertising, is quoted in the article “Shoe Companies Pay Millions for Walking Ads,” which appeared in Louisville’s Courier-Journal: “When you sponsor a team, you’ve got essentially six or seven months where you can get exposure, where the brand can associate itself with that team.”
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.”
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Christopher Cakebread, a Boston University professor who specializes in sports advertising and who teaches in the master’s program in Advertising, was quoted in a USA Today article on recent NFL scandals and the power of advertising dollars from the league’s largest advertisers and sponsors—such as Anheuser-Busch. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code,” warned the beer giant, who could pull its sponsorship. “It would be a very, very difficult process for the league to replace that because there just aren’t that many brands that have that kind of money,” says Cakebread.
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.”
Assistant Professor and Director ad interim of Arts Administration Richard Maloney was a member of the award jury for the 2014 ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award, bestowed on Elodie Bordat, from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence in France. ENCATC is the leading European network on cultural management and cultural policy education. The award ceremony—held in Brno, Czech Republic, as part of the 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference “New Challenges for Arts and Culture: Is it just about money?” (September 17–19, 2014)—recognized Ms. Bordat for the best recent PhD thesis on comparative cultural policies or management topics.
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On September 20, ICIW 2014: the Fifth Immunoinformatics and Computational Immunology Workshop was held in Newport Beach, California, on the theme “Bridging Immunology and Computer Science.” The organizing committee of the international workshop included three faculty involved with MET’s Health Informatics program: Associate Dean Lou Chitkushev, director of Health Informatics; Adjunct Professor of Computer Science Vladimir Brusic, associate director of Health Informatics; and Assistant Professor Guanglan Zhang, faculty coordinator of Health Informatics.
Jacques Pépin, cofounder with Julia Child of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, recently discussed his last scheduled cooking series (the 26-episode Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul, scheduled to air in October 2015 on KQED Public Television), and his plans for the future as he turns 80. In the News Tribune article, Pépin stresses that he does not plan to retire. “Julia never retired,” he commented. He does, however, intend to continue demonstrating his famed culinary techniques for students at MET.
Dr. Beth Bennett, adjunct lecturer of English at Metropolitan College, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach for nine months in the English Department at the University of Ghana. Bennett will teach African American literature and writing, undertake research in Accra and other sites in the country, and retrace the steps Richard Wright took on his visit to Ghana in the 1950s (a journey Bennett discusses in her essay “Shooting Slavery’s Image in Black Power: A Close Reading of Three Richard Wright Photographs,” published in 2010 by Peter Lang in Writing with Light: Words and Photographs in American Texts, edited by Mick Gidley).