Category: Faculty News
In conjunction with its 2015 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented Boston University with the Platinum Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming. The award recognized the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science online course Quantitative Methods for Information Systems. Developed by Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science Anatoly Temkin and Distance Education Assistant Director of Instructional Design Daniel Hillman, the course is part of MET’s online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, which ranked #3 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report this year.
This May, Ogawa Coffee will join Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts in the competition for morning caffeine dollars in Boston’s Financial District. As Professor of Anthropology Merry White told the Boston Business Journal, the new chain may add some special ingredients to its brews. “The first thing a foreigner will experience (in a Japanese coffee shop) is the idea of service,” she said. “They are really big on detail. And above all, they care about taste.” (For a demonstration of what “big on detail” means, view the brief video that accompanies the BBJ article.) White’s views are well grounded. Her book Coffee Life in Japan traces Japan’s vibrant café society over the past 130 years.
“Eleven white-aproned Metropolitan College Culinary Arts students wearing red BU hats pass pastry-laden trays into industrial ovens as world-renowned chef, cookbook author, and television host Jacques Pépin moves purposefully and confidently through the kitchen.” Focusing on his recent “On Cooking and Painting” events, a recent Daily Free Press article and MET Gastronomy Blog post pay tribute to the co-founder and spiritual leader of MET’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and Certificate Program in Culinary Arts. Chef Pépin is the featured speaker at this year’s Metropolitan College Convocation Ceremony, May 16.
“How to Help the Growing Prison Population,” an article by Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, was featured in the Scientific American MIND Guest Blog on April 7, 2015. In the article, Dr. Mastrorilli—a former corrections officer—discusses the phenomenon of Orange is the New Black, noting how the Netflix series “accurately depicts how security personnel can exacerbate the problems that led to incarceration in the first place, thereby increasing the rate of recidivism rather than recovery.”
More than 10,000 people call it home and condos sell for millions, but is Boston’s burgeoning Seaport District really a neighborhood? That’s the subject of a recent Boston Globe piece featuring Merry White, professor of anthropology at MET and BU’s College of Arts & Sciences. In White’s assessment, “You need people living there over generations to make a place that has meaning.” In other words, Seaport may need a bit more seasoning.
The 19 students in this year’s Boston Urban Symposium, the capstone course for graduate students in the Metropolitan College City Planning and Urban Affairs Program, have been able to apply their classroom learning this semester in a real-world setting that could have broad implications for the future.
Will body cameras curb the episodes of police violence so prevalent in the news today? Shea Cronin, assistant professor of criminal justice, offered his insights to WHDH.com. “The reason why body cameras have received such attention and why they seem like such an easy fix is because it’s a piece of technology,” Shea explains. “Everybody knows how to use it. It can be attached easily. But if it’s not going to be part of a wider accountability system it’s just simply not going to be effective enough.”
BU’s Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) Program, which is offered jointly by MET and the School of Medicine, has received $180,000 in funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) “to enhance the quality of the training and the competencies of the students.” In accepting the award, Assistant Professor Constance Phillips, director of the program, thanked the center for enhancing laboratory offerings “to students who will help keep Massachusetts strong in the life sciences.”
The money will go toward essential lab equipment, and the implementation of an electronic laboratory information and management system. This award was part of $17 million in funding for life sciences-related capital projects announced by MLCS on March 18.
On February 23, BU’s Initiative on Cities hosted Policing the City, “a conversation on race, municipal leadership, and public safety,” as part of its monthly Urban Seminar Series. The panel discussion featured experts on law enforcement and community issues, including Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, also a MET lecturer in criminal justice; the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, pastor of Boston’s Union Baptist Church and former executive director of the Boston Tenpoint Coalition; and MET’s Shea Cronin, associate professor of criminal justice. Kenneth Elmore, the University’s dean of students, was moderator. Initiative on Cities was co-founded and initially directed by the late Thomas Menino, former mayor of Boston.
Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice Program (MCJ), was recently quoted by U.S. News and World Report on “What to Expect Out of an Online Program in Criminal Justice.” She mentions BU’s weekly posting requirement as one powerful way to keep students engaged. “You see a lot of learning on these discussion boards,” Dr. Mastrorilli says. “Students come from a lot of different jobs, countries, and cultures.” U.S. News ranked BU’s program #2 among online criminal justice programs for 2015.
Given the challenges of balancing grad school and other responsibilities, it’s important to be committed right from the start. That’s the advice Richard G. Maloney, PhD, assistant professor and director ad interim of Metropolitan College’s Arts Administration Program gives prospective students in the 2015 issue of Graduate College & Universities. “In my experience, self-awareness and self-management are the key,” he says. “You have to understand what your needs are and respect yourself and your needs enough to advocate for them.” Elsewhere in the article “Top 10 Tips for Juggling Family, Work, and Grad School,” Dr. Maloney suggests a strategy for when a workplace problem makes studying difficult: “If (the issue) is somewhat connected to the material in class, ask your professor if you can present it to the class for discussion. Your classmates will get to practice applying their business skills to a ‘real’ problem and may come up with a potential solution.”