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Culinary Arts Gala Deemed a Ball

December 13th, 2018 in MET News.

The year-long festivities to honor three decades of Boston University’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts kicked off with a smash, with the Boston Globe calling last week’s Culinary Arts 30th Anniversary Gala “a sold-out success.” The celebration of Jacques Pépin, who co-founded the program with Julia Child and Rebecca Alssid, was able to raise $210,000 in support of the program and the Jacques Pépin Legacy Fund.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

Actuarial Science Program Excels in Basics and Complexities of the Field, Says Master’s Student

December 13th, 2018 in Actuarial Science, MET News.

Xiaotian Zhou

Xiaotian Zhou, a MET student set to graduate with his Master of Science in Actuarial Science later this month, spoke with 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 Alum, Accomplished Restauranteur Shares Turkey Recipe

November 20th, 2018 in Alumni News, MET News.

MET Alum, Accomplished Restauranteur Shares Turkey Recipe

For 18 years, Worcester’s Flying Rhino Café & Watering Hole has cooked up meals that are as unconventional as they are delicious. Its married co-owners met during their days as students at Boston University, where Paul Barber (MET’87) studied hospitality—even appearing on television with co-founder of the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and Certificate in the Culinary Arts programs, Julia Child—and Melina Barber (CFA’87) enjoyed the benefits of close proximity to her beau’s education. “I got a secondhand culinary degree from BU,” she told BU Today. “I learned everything Paul and his friends were learning.”

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Barbers shared their recipe for the Flying Rhino’s Turkey Tetrazzini with BU Today. Find it here.

MET Crime Expert Says Massachusetts’s Homicide Rate Flat

November 5th, 2018 in Criminal Justice, MET News, Shea Cronin.

crime scene

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.

Fabled Chef Jacques Pépin Says New England’s Food is Much-Improved

November 5th, 2018 in MET News.

Jacques Pepin

Renowned chef, TV host, and author Jacques Pépin, who co-founded MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy alongside Julia Child and Rebecca Alssid, considers himself a New England local after teaching in the Culinary Arts program for nearly 30 years. And in that time, he has seen a significant spike in the quality of dining around these parts. “New England food has gotten more refined,” he said in a recent interview with the Boston Globe. “Boston was kind of a gastronomical wasteland, but not any longer. There are fantastic restaurants,” he explained.

Read more about Jacques’s ties to the region in the Boston Globe.