Category: Faculty News
Boston University has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a model of financial responsibility, receiving a perfect score in a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The study examined the way both for-profit and not-for-profit private institutions of higher education allocate federal funds and student aid, and according to BU Distance Education professor and former MET dean Jay Halfond, the report indicates that “It is clear that BU is financially solid based on its savings, equity and income.”
Read more about The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report and grading process at The Daily Free Press.
Boston police may be making progress in resolving the racial disparities among those they stop and frisk, but according to a MET professor of Criminal Justice, the purported improvement in profiling practices is being overblown by the department.
Information security has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and with leading graduate programs in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity offered at MET, BU has been selected to host the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, which unites academics, specialists, and officials from around the globe, will be held March 17-18, and chaired by MET Dean Tanya Zlateva, with Professor Virginia Greiman of the Department of Administrative Sciences serving as program chair.
Continuing education serves a key role for universities seeking to adapt to the evolving professional landscape, according to former MET dean and current Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond.
In an interview with The evoLLLution about challenges facing the higher education leadership of today, Halfond advocates for the importance of foundational learning like liberal arts studies, and for schools like Metropolitan College, which serve as the vital outreach arm of many universities.
“Continuing educators are in a unique position to bring greater student access to their institutions—by enhancing the generational, geographic, ethnic, international, and socio-economic mix of students,” he says.
Read more of Professor Halfond’s insights into the evolving educational landscape in The evoLLLution.
Dr. Canan Gunes Corlu, a MET assistant professor in the Department of Administrative Sciences and faculty coordinator to the Applied Business Analytics programs, authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in a highly prestigious scientific journal.
Dr. Corlu’s paper, “Empirical Distributions of Daily Equity Index Returns: A Comparison,” will see publication in the pages of Expert Systems with Applications, which is rated as the top journal in the field of Artificial Intelligence by Google Scholar.
Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond believes that most American universities fail to offer their international students as rounded an education as their domestic peers receive, and that the key to remedying this disparity is in offering those who come to the United States for their education a more nuanced perspective on American culture—controversies, conflicts, inconsistencies, and all.
In a recent Huffington Post article, the former Metropolitan College dean, now an instructor in the Administrative Sciences program, makes his case for educating international students in the field of American culture and institutions so that they can better understand the context that their U.S.-born peers might take for granted.
For more on Professor Halfond’s innovative approach, including the way he used Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” ordeal to explain the origins of the culture’s common “-gate” suffix, read his piece at the Huffington Post.
While climate change presents challenges to all walks of life, it uniquely affects those areas that are most densely populated, which is why organizers of a BU Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Forum invited MET City Planning and Urban Affairs program coordinator and professor Madhu Dutta-Koehler to share her views on the power of urban design in adapting to, and combating against, rising global warming issues.
Watch Dr. Dutta-Koehler’s lecture, along with the rest of the panel, at BUniverse.
“Subset Selection for Simulations Accounting for Input Uncertainty,” a paper by Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences Canan Gunes Corlu (who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s applied business analytics programs), was accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference. During the conference, which took place in Huntington Beach, Calif., Professor Corlu chaired the session on Accounting for Input Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulations.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who teaches as part of MET’s Criminal Justice program, was recognized with an honorable mention in the Boston Globe’s latest round of Bostonians of the Year for his standout work overseeing one of the nation’s most stable police departments.
The commissioner is no stranger to awards, having previously won MET’s Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and earned the accolades because, according to the Globe, “With Evans at the helm, Boston has mostly avoided the poisoned atmosphere where police shootings and brutality have opened festering divides, especially in minority neighborhoods.”
For more on Commissioner Evans, including the way his upbringing shaped his views on law enforcement, visit the Boston Globe.
Dracut police face scrutiny that they are enforcing an unconstitutional traffic policy, and a recent investigation into the allegations sought the expertise of MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin, who suggests that such unofficial policies may be common: “There’s often some form of de facto quota system in many police department agencies.”
Learn more at the Lowell Sun.