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Gastronomy Student Becomes MET’s First Pardee Summer Fellow

May 15th, 2018 in Gastronomy, MET News.


Ariana Gunderson, a standout student in the MET Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program, has been awarded a Graduate Summer Fellowship from the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Now in its 11th year, the Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows program enables outstanding BU students to spend 10 weeks at the Pardee House developing research papers that are then considered for publication from the center. Gunderson, who is the first MET student to win the fellowship, will study the impact of climate change and how Massachusetts aqua-culturists perceive, experience, and prepare for its effects.

“I am proud and excited to represent the Gastronomy program and Metropolitan College in this prestigious fellowship,” Gunderson said.

Read more about the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows here.

Health Communication Collaborates with Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

May 14th, 2018 in Health Communication, MET News.

Health Communication Collaborates with Mayo Clinic

Health Communication students enrolled in BU’s online graduate course Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Health Communicators (MET HC 763) will now receive a complimentary premium membership to the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN), a collaborative learning community focused on encouraging the safe and effective use of social media tools. Students who successfully complete the Mayo-Hootsuite four-hour training module—a requirement for MET HC 763—will earn the Social Media Basics for Healthcare Certificate from MCSMN, valued at 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

“This collaboration elevates the educational experience for our students and is an asset to their future networking and career advancement,” said BU Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding, MSc.

Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Health Communicators is one of the four courses comprising Boston University’s online Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication. It is also available as an elective in the online Master of Science in Health Communication program.
Read the full Press Release

Nation Riding High off Bike-Share Craze, Says MET Urban Transit Expert

May 7th, 2018 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News.

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All across the United States, community bike-sharing programs are rising in popularity and usage, transforming the transportation culture of cities including Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, and many more. That’s according to Doug Johnson, a MET Master of City Planning alum who now teaches Transit-Oriented Development in the 21st Century (MET UA 510) for the City Planning & Urban Affairs Programs. In an article appearing in The Conversation, Johnson writes that new technological innovations, which allow greater flexibility with regards to where bikes are returned, are also providing greater access to communities of all socio-economic standings.

Read more in The Conversation.

Genealogy Certificate Leads Alum to TV Career

March 21st, 2018 in Alumni News, Center for Professional Education (CPE), MET News.

Genealogy Certificate Leads Alum to TV Career

Mary Tedesco’s interest in genealogy began as a hobby. After she and her grandmother traced their family’s Italian origins back as far and as ably as a pair of novices could, Tedesco (CAS’06) signed up for the Genealogical Research Certificate Program offered by BU’s Center for Professional Education, where she honed her skills in forensics, research practices, and evidence evaluation. She says her time in the class saw her grow “from needing and wanting more education to realizing that this was something I could pursue as a career.” The seeds of her interest in family trees bore fruit, and today Tedesco serves as host of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, in addition to running the Italian-focused genealogical research firm ORIGINS ITALY.

Read more in BU Today.

Gastropod Interview with MET Director of Gastronomy

March 16th, 2018 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs.

Gastropod Interview with MET Director of Gastronomy Megan Elias

Director of Gastronomy Megan Elias contributed to “Cooking the Books with Yotam and Nigella,” an episode of the podcast Gastropod. Cohosted by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. During the episode, Dr. Elias—who recently authored Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture—discusses different ways that cookbooks reflected historical shifts in class, culture, and technology.

Listen to the full podcast here.