Associate Professor of the Practice Megan Elias thinks cookbooks tell you much more than just how to prepare a meal. “When we’re looking at [cookbooks], we are looking for our next self,” Dr. Elias, director of MET’s MLA program in Gastronomy, recently told the Meant To Be Eaten podcast. “[It’s] not just that what we eat becomes us,” she said, “but that we present ourselves to the world through the cookbooks we’re using.”
Dr. Elias, author of Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture, also believes that publishers of such recipe collections have incentives to keep their readers hungry for more. “The business is booming, and to keep it booming you can never give people the only cookbook they’re ever going to need, right?” she asked.
Students enrolled in the Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs programs will have a chance to impact the real world with their academic insight as part of a new program, MetroBridge. Offered through BU’s Initiative on Cities, MetroBridge will allow BU students to make suggestions to nearby communities in need of solutions as part of class.
Read more in BU Today.
Before becoming an instructor for BU’s unique Certificate in the Culinary Arts program, Barry Maiden was a James Beard Award-winning chef, recognized for his efforts at Cambridge’s Hungry Mother restaurant. Today, in addition to teaching at BU, Maiden serves as Facebook’s executive chef, serving up to three meals a day for employees at the company’s Kendall Square offices.
Read more about Chef Maiden’s journey in the Boston Globe.
Where did the Midwestern holiday staple “hotdish” come from? And what makes it different than a casserole? In an article featured on North Dakota’s Valley News Live, Dr. Megan Elias, associate professor of the practice and director of MET’s MLA program in Gastronomy, offered some perspective, discussing the rise in popularity of the casserole.
BU MET’s Department of Computer Science visited Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year to join the 5th Annual RINA Workshop where they explored the latest in internet architecture and explained their work as principal investigators in a European Commission-funded effort to implement RINA, or Recursive InterNetwork Architecture.
Dr. Lou Chitkushev, associate dean for academic affairs, associate professor of computer science, associate director of BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security, and MET director of health informatics and health sciences, was joined by MET lecturer John Day and Jeremiah Small (MET’12), graduate of the MS in Computer Science program.
Xiaotian Zhou, a MET student set to graduate with his Master of Science in Actuarial Science later this month, spoke with AdvisorSmith.com about the positive experiences he’s had in the program. “The courses here are not limited to helping you prepare for actuarial exams. We have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques, such as using SAS to analyze data. We also learn the basics that you need to know to be an actuary, such as Microsoft Excel and Access,” he said. “I think it is a great program for students who want to learn advanced knowledge about actuarial science or for students who did not major in actuarial science as their undergraduate major and want to be in the insurance industry.”
Speaking of Associate Professor of the Practice Hal Tepfer, who serves as director of the program, Zhou said, “His class teaches you to understand the complex math and concepts, but besides that, he also teaches you how to explain those complex ideas in an easy way for people without an actuarial background.”
Read more here.
MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin told the Boston Globe that despite a modest uptick in the number of homicides in the Bay State per 100,000 people, the overall rate—which remains less than the national average—is generally unchanged for the last two decades.
Read more in the Boston Globe.
In her academic work, Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler explores the realities of climate change adaptation in urban settings and the need for practical solutions to the coming challenges. Green spaces need to be preserved, the director of the MET City Planning & Urban Affairs programs and associate professor of the practice says, and she was invited to speak on the topic last month at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Held on Thursday, August 23, the forum was entitled, “Parks for All: How City Parks Address Inequity,” and was attended by roughly 200 people.
Boston’s parks, which she called “ribbons of green” against the city’s urban landscape during her lecture, must be accessible to all walks of the populace to be effective for the greater community.
Watch the discussion at the WGBH Forum Network.
Metropolitan College’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy degree program is unique for the interdisciplinary approach it brings to food and food culture studies, and that versatile skill set will come in handy for student Lyrsa Torres as she competes in the upcoming season of Survivor. Torres, who is tailoring her degree with a History & Culture concentration, even told CBS.com that one of her biggest pet peeves is a dirty kitchen.
Speaking with BU Today, Lyrsa revealed herself to be a big fan of the franchise, now in its twenty-third season. “I always wanted to be part of this amazing show,” she said. Read more here.
More Segregation Leads to Greater Likelihood of Gun Death for Racial Minorities, MET Prof’s Study Finds
MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin has co-authored a study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association that finds a correlating link between racial segregation in housing and gun-violence homicide rates. The School of Public Health-led research—which controlled for such factors as economic standing, education, and employment status—used a metric that scores neighborhood integration on a 100-point scale and concluded that “[f]or every 10-point increase in the index of dissimilarity, the …ratio of black to white firearm homicide fatality rates increased by 39 percent.”
Read more here.