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A pair of Boston University Distance Education teaching professionals have been recognized for the success of an innovative new course in the Health Communication program by this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.
Instructor Alane Bearder and Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli are the recipients of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning, bestowed for their work on MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age, the first course to be developed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program. The award is conferred upon those who have positively impacted the educational experience through the adoption of flexible, distance, and online delivery.
“We’re proud to keep Boston University on the vanguard of higher education for professional health communicators with this, and other innovative learning experiences still ahead,” Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding said of the award.
Dr. Vijay Kanabar, associate professor and director of project management programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, has received the Project Management Institute’s new Teaching Excellence Award.
The PMI® Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for outstanding teaching practices in project management; it also commends the recipient for a strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. “This is the ‘Oscar’ of project management,” asserts Dr. Kanabar’s colleague, Associate Professor Roger D. H. Warburton, academic coordinator for project management programs. The award was presented on June 14, 2017, at the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference, which was hosted by MET and attended by guests from more than 35 countries.
A certified Project Management Professional with expertise in business practices and computer science, Professor Kanabar is recognized as an authority on IT project management, electronic commerce, and information security. As director of MET’s long-running Project Management master’s degree and graduate certificate, he has ensured that MET’s project management programs—which also include an IT Project Management master’s concentration and graduate certificate—represent the vanguard of formalized training in the profession.
“Vijay is the first recipient of this new award, and the competitive field of candidates was drawn from all over the world,” says Dr. Warburton. “No one deserves it more than Vijay.”
This week, Boston University welcomes project managers from all over the planet as this year’s host of the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference. Taking place from June 11–14 on the University’s Charles River Campus, this year’s conference focuses on “The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks.”
Organized by MET Director of Project Management Programs Dr. Vijay Kanabar, Academic Coordinator for Project Management Programs Dr. Stephen Leybourne, and Faculty Coordinator for Online Master of Science Programs in Management Dr. Roger D. H. Warburton, the conference is sponsored by Metropolitan College, the International Project Management Association (IPMA®), and the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
This year’s International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference will take place on Boston University’s Charles River Campus from June 11 through June 14. The focus of this year’s conference is “The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks.”
BU’s Metropolitan College is one of only eight U.S. institutions offering a master’s program in health informatics that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The accreditation applies to the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with Health Informatics concentration, and provides assurance that the curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the CAHIIM Board of Directors.
The MS in Computer Information Systems, Health Informatics concentration, is offered on campus and online. The online program is ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
The Julia Child Awards for Academic Excellence are conferred upon BU Gastronomy students that excel in the field of interdisciplinary food studies, and this past semester saw the prize granted to a triumvirate of budding gastronomes. Valencia K. Baker, Samantha Dolph, and James Moran were the Fall 2016 winners of the Julia Child Awards, earning them each a certificate and a $500 scholarship.
Students were nominated for the exceptional work done in individual classes by their instructors. Ms. Baker was cited for her studies regarding the food security of Cubans in Food Policy and Food Systems. Ms. Dolph studied the impact of eating disorders on people along the gender and sexuality spectrum as part of Introduction to Gastronomy: Theory and Method. Mr. Moran explored the social ramifications of New York City’s attempts to regulate carbonated soda consumption in his Eating for Change: Ethical Eating and Food Movements studies. Metropolitan College proudly lauds the achievements of the students granted the award, which is made possible by the generosity of the Julia Child Foundation.
Arizona Sheriff Mark Napier (MET ’04) knows his way around the Mexican border. After all, the law-enforcement officer and coordinator of Metropolitan College’s top-ranked online Master of Criminal Justice program is tasked with policing a 125 mile stretch of the international boundary, giving him unique perspective on the challenges facing the immigration hotbed.
Elected sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County in November, Napier spoke with the BBC’s Eddie Mair to offer insight into President Donald J. Trump’s proposed boundary wall along the U.S./Mexican border.
“I think ‘the wall’ as a term is analogous to a lot of things,” he explained. “We talk, in this country, a lot about a traditional wall, meaning bricks and mortar or some sort of physical barrier, and there are places on the border that simply do not lend themselves to what we would categorize as a traditional wall,” he added, citing topographical and structural concerns.
“So I think when we speak of a wall, we need to think of it as an analogous term to meaning, potentially, human resources, technology, and where appropriate, physical borders,” Napier said.
For more, tune into the BBC.
Among the most important lessons students in the Metropolitan College Arts Administration program learn is how to channel the collective power of art and culture with business, technology, and social impact. Jeannette Guillemin, director ad interim, School of Visual Arts, CFA, and Wendy Swart Grossman, nonprofit and foundation consultant, contributed a co-authored chapter to Creating Cultural Capital (University of Chicago Press, 2015) as well as designed MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship. The course explores the emerging trends in cultural entrepreneurship and how to harness the creative mindset to produce successful, economically viable ventures. The course, now taught by Swart Grossman, explores business models, storytelling, design, leadership, and financials. Following November’s election, the pair put on a conference that explored the potential for art and business organizations to join forces and create economic opportunities while addressing social issues.
The Arts & Ideas in Action Symposium brought together over 200 people from the private, nonprofit and governmental sectors as well as BU faculty, students, and academics.
Read more about the event in Exposure.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who previously was awarded the Metropolitan College Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for his work as an instructor in MET’s Criminal Justice program, delivered an address on the dangers of college drinking and the challenges it poses to law enforcement during a Boston Town & Gown Association meeting in early March.
See photos of the event at BU Today.
According to Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli—MET professor, recognized incarceration authority, and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—prisoner’s rights issues as they relate to sexual assault must be treated as human rights issues, and protecting them is a key tenet to ethical leadership.
In an essay featured in the March/April issue of American Jails magazine, Dr. Mastrorilli explores the ways leadership practices—like those taught in the MET’s Master of Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Management program—can be best integrated into the corrections system.
Read more in American Jails magazine.