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MET Professor James Stodder to Washington Post: Crises Bring Back Bartering

May 22nd, 2020 in Faculty News, James Stodder, MET News.

MET Professor James Stodder to Washington Post: Crises Bring Back Bartering

On May 11, MET’s James Stodder was quoted in the Washington Post article, “Bartering is back: When life gives you lemons, trade them for a neighbor’s hand sanitizer.” A visiting professor of the practice in the Department of Administrative Sciences, Dr. Stodder is an economist with unique expertise in areas like bartering and the countercyclical effectiveness of community-based currencies, such as Massachusetts’ BerkShares.

The Post article explores the rise of social bartering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as people trade hard-to-find essentials such as hand sanitizer, face masks, or bath tissue for goods and services:

Bartering is a natural side effect and one that frequently stems from an economic crisis, said Jim Stodder, an economist and visiting professor at Boston University. It happened during the Great Depression to such an extent many “community currencies,” or forms of local money, were created.

“Any time we have a serious downturn in which people are short of money, these things tend to pop up,” he said.

Read the full article here.

BU Distance Education Support Specialist Awarded for “Outstanding” Work

May 22nd, 2020 in Distance Education, MET News.

Shelby Harvey - BU Distance Education Support Specialist Awarded for Outstanding Work

Shelby Harvey, lead faculty and student support specialist at BU MET’s Office of Distance Education, was named a winner at the 2020 UPCEA New England Regional Awards. The recognition, Outstanding Continuing Education Support Specialist Award—Staff in a Support Role, comes from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), a body of leaders in the field.

Ms. Harvey specializes in providing the increasing number of students turning to online-based higher education with the guidance and assistance needed to be successful in their studies.

Learn more about the 2020 UPCEA New England Regional Awards.

WCVB’s ‘Chronicle’ Calls Cybersecurity ‘The Future of Law Enforcement’

May 21st, 2020 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Kyung-shick Choi, MET News, Programs.

Kyung-shick Choi - WCVB’s Chronicle Calls Cybersecurity The Future of Law Enforcement

In March, WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle” news team paid a visit to the classroom of BU Metropolitan College’s Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) Program Director Dr. Kyung-shick Choi as part of its investigation into the professional field of cybercrime prevention, investigation, and cybersecurity.

The long-running, Boston-produced newsmagazine show dubbed cybersecurity “the future of law enforcement” in its report, which included interviews with MET CIC students who cited the importance of learning the trade from working practitioners, as well as the promising professional opportunities on the horizon.

“We need more people in this field protecting [and] helping people,” MET CIC student Mariana De Paiva said.

The segment also delved into Dr. Choi’s journey and personal history as an expert. A police officer in South Korea before coming to the United States to study criminology, Choi only turned his focus to cybercrime investigation after being a victim of one such crime himself—a personal data breach that led to the theft of more than $50,000.

“Everybody thought that I committed [the] crime,” Dr. Choi told “Chronicle.” “Then I had to defend myself. I ended up working with the national police to find the suspect.”

The cybersecurity spotlight feature also echoed recent sentiments from Dr. Choi that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent rise in professionals working from home internet increases the threat and risks of cyberattacks on everyday people.

Cybersecurity may be the future of criminal justice, but from his own past, the BU MET CIC director has seen that the qualities most essential to law and order are the willingness and commitment to work together.

“Cooperation between the private sector and the government sector—and academia—is the key to combating cybercrime,” Dr. Choi said.

Watch the segment on WCVB-TV Channel 5.

Urban Studies Capstone Proposes Green Opportunities in Hyde Park

May 15th, 2020 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Faculty News, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News, Programs.

Urban Studies Capstone Proposes Green Opportunities in Hyde Park

As reported in the Hyde Park Bulletin (Volume 19, Issue 19), on May 5 students from Metropolitan College’s Urban Studies Capstone course (MET UA 805) presented The Power of Green! Strategic Proposals for the Hyde Park Community. The virtual event focused on actions that could be taken to enhance access to, and quality of, the neighborhood’s green spaces, and provoke economic development in the Hyde Park central business district. The four proposals will be made available to the public.

“We want our students to be agents of change,” says Associate Professor of the Practice Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, director of the City Planning & Urban Affairs programs, and a resident of Hyde Park. “This is a unique neighborhood that needs to be celebrated. Our hope is they will work in the community when they graduate.”

A key course in the Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs programs, the Urban Studies Capstone is designed to integrate the principles and applications of city planning, urban affairs, and public policy while fostering interdisciplinary partnerships and helping to cultivate industry alliances and cooperation.

Learn more about the Class of 2020 on the City Planning & Urban Affairs website.

Special thanks to fellow Terrier and author of the article, Mary Ellen Gambon (COM’94, CAS’94). Read the full article in the Hyde Park Bulletin.

In New Interview, Dean Zlateva Explains How CE Units Can Help Universities Serve Non-Traditional Learners

May 13th, 2020 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News, Press Releases, Tanya Zlateva.

In New Interview, Dean Zlateva Explains How CE Units Can Help Universities Serve Non-Traditional Learners

University continuing education units are in the spotlight, thanks to their role in helping their institutions establish protocols for remote learning in a COVID-19 world. The lessons learned now will inform how traditional universities serve their student populations in years to come, suggests Metropolitan College Dean Tanya Zlateva in “Continuing Ed’s Responsibility to Help Universities Serve a Non-Traditional Audience, which appeared recently in EvoLLLution.

Thanks to its vast experience serving nontraditional student populations through online learning and other flexible modes of study, Metropolitan College played an integral leadership role in BU’s remarkably agile transition to remote learning.

“In a nutshell, Metropolitan College provided knowledge and materials that helped a substantial chunk of BU classes go online smoothly,” Dean Zlateva says.

The Dean is impressed by how rapidly the university adapted to the sudden shift to remote learning, despite being in crisis mode. Now, she asks, how can universities capitalize on their “newfound respect for flexible learning” to better serve the needs of the workforce moving forward? With what is bound to be a rocky path to economic recovery, will universities find ways to encourage collaboration among the faculty of their research units and their continuing education units, for the greater good of all?

“I hope institutions will have the openness to listen and to make this a part of their overall strategy,” says the Dean. “There’s an increase in understanding the need to bring both of these ends together—an industry- and workforce-oriented curriculum paired with a research-intensive mission.”

Read the full interview with Dean Zlateva in EvoLLLution.