Category: Faculty News
William Nesto—a senior lecturer in MET’s Food & Wine program and one of only 312 certified Masters of Wine in the world—has co-authored a new book with his wife, Frances Di Savino, which celebrates the history of the modern wine appellation known as Chianti Classico. Their book, “Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine,” published by University of California Press, is due in stores September 20, 2016, just in time to accompany the Level 1 course for the four-part Wine Studies certificate program in which Nesto is an instructor.
MET Gastronomy instructors and anthropologists Mary Beaudry and Karen Metheny edited “Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia,” the first reference work devoted to the study of food and foodways through archaeology, which is now being lauded for its ability to help students “understand the complexity of what may first appear to be a simple subject—the food eaten by peoples of the past.” A review from CHOICE, a review journal for academic libraries, deemed the book to be “highly recommended,” for students of all levels. Read the review of the book by Beaudry—a professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy—and Metheny—a full-time gastronomy lecturer and visiting archaeology researcher—at Choice Reviews.
Dr. Domenic Screnci, co-founder and advisor to the Metropolitan College online Master of Science in Health Communication program, has released a new book outlining optimal public health teaching methods, for both students and practitioners. “Course Design for Public Health: A Competency Based Approach,” co-authored by Screnci and others, lays out a step-by-step, systemic approach to designing and delivering health education programs and courses. The methods described have been field-tested by the authors in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
“Imagine Boston 2030”—the City of Boston’s first comprehensive, city-wide planning project in more than 50 years—is a campaign that evidences the vital roles City Planning & Urban Affairs play in preparing for the future. To mark its kickoff, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities held a “Sharing Visions, Shaping Cities” seminar. The panel was moderated by City Planning & Urban Affairs Program Coordinator Madhu Dutta-Koehler, who was joined by scholars, entrepreneurs, journalists, the executive director of Imagine Boston 2030, and others to discuss the challenges and opportunities on the city’s horizon, and the benefits of community-oriented cooperation.
Few know more about the challenges that accompany sprawling mega-projects than Metropolitan College Assistant Professor Virginia Greiman, who served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston’s years-long $15 billion Big Dig, and currently lends her significant expertise in grand-scale project coordination to MET’s Administrative Sciences faculty and students.
With Rhode Island facing down an ambitious highway overhaul of its own—one that has drawn comparisons to the Big Dig—the Associated Press caught up with Professor Greiman, who assessed that the Ocean State’s interstate effort is likely to be “a heckuva lot easier” than was Boston’s.
Read more at the Bellingham Herald.
For legal interpreters, nearly every day is their day in court. Michael O’Laughlin, director of the interpreting certificate program at BU’s Center for Professional Education, was recently quoted in the Boston Herald championing the value of court interpreters.
Along with legal interpretation, the Center for Professional Education offers certificate programs in community and medical interpreting.
Read O’Laughlin’s remarks in the Boston Herald.
MET City Planning & Urban Affairs program coordinator Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler was part of a fourteen-professor panel on climate change and environmental policy held at the Rafik B. Hariri Building earlier this month. The symposium, part of the “Research on Tap” lecture series, saw BU educators present relevant findings and analyses, including the concepts at the root of Applied Sustainability, to a crowd of roughly 60 gathered faculty members and students.
Dutta-Koehler, whose research and teaching focuses on climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability in the built environment, was recently named a board member of the University’s newly constituted Institute of Sustainable Energy.
Read more about the lecture at the Daily Free Press.
Solitary confinement for inmates may be a controversial practice, as the phrase can conjure images of borderline cruel and unusual isolation, but according to MET professor and incarceration authority Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, the way prisons actually utilize “solitary” is essential, and greatly misunderstood. “Restrictive housing is a necessity in correctional facilities,” she wrote in a recent BU Today op-ed, noting that it is often used to protect prisoners that would otherwise be endangered.
Mastrorilli, who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—rated as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—added, “The problem occurs when it is the placement of first resort rather than last.”
Read the rest of Dr. Mastrorilli’s “POV” op-ed at BU Today.
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.