Category: Faculty News

MET Food & Wine Master and Wife Pen Chianti Tome

June 17th, 2016 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News, William Nesto

MET Food & Wine Master and Wife Pen Chianti Tome

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.

New Food Archeology Encyclopedia from Gastronomy Professors Comes “Highly Recommended”

June 17th, 2016 in Anthropology, Faculty News, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, Mary Beaudry, MET News

New Food Archeology Encyclopedia from Gastronomy Professors Comes “Highly Recommended”

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.

MET Health Communication Expert Offers Guidance in New Book

June 17th, 2016 in Faculty News, Health Communication, MET News

MET Health Communication Expert Offers Guidance in New Book

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.

City Planning & Urban Affairs Scholars Join City’s ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Discussion

June 1st, 2016 in Academic Events, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News

City Planning & Urban Affairs Scholars Join City’s ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Discussion

“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.

MET’s Mega-Project Expert Says Rhode Island’s Highway Plans “Easier” Than Big Dig

May 19th, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Ginny Greiman, MET News

MET’s Mega-Project Expert Says Rhode Island’s Highway Plans “Easier” Than Big Dig

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.

CPE Program Head Discusses Value of Court Interpreters

April 6th, 2016 in Faculty News, MET News

CPE Program Head Discusses Value of Court Interpreters

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.

Professors Channel Energy into Problem-Solving Climate Change

April 6th, 2016 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News

Professors Channel Energy into Problem-Solving Climate Change

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.

Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

April 1st, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News

Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

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.

Former MET Dean Says BU’s Top Marks on Federal Test Prove School to be “Financially Solid”

April 1st, 2016 in Faculty News, Finance, Jay Halfond, MET News

Former MET Dean Says BU’s Top Marks on Federal Test Prove School to be “Financially Solid”

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.

MET Criminal Justice Expert Cited in Cop Profiling Report

March 16th, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Shea Cronin

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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.

Read the remarks by Assistant Professor Shea Cronin at ABC News.