By Emily Truax

Boston University STEM Outreach Program Gains Major Boost from AT&T

March 27th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases 0 comments

$145,000 Contribution Focuses on Improving High School Graduation Rates

Boston – Boston University College of Engineering announced today the receipt of a $145,000 contribution from AT&T to create a two-year engineering and technology program for an urban high school population, and to document its impact on high school graduation rates.

The funding from AT&T will enable undergraduate Inspiration Ambassadors from the College’s Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP) to deliver classroom and after-school engineering activities at the Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) in Boston beginning in September­.

Dr. Gretchen Fougere, Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity for the College of Engineering, noted, “This contribution validates the extraordinary vision driven by the College and likely impact of TISP. It will provide the resources to apply formal methods to measure our program’s success and to advance its national impact.”

Fougere, who leads TISP and the technology and engineering outreach programs for the College of Engineering, noted, “We are creating a diverse pipeline of secondary students who are motivated to graduate from high school because of their raised appreciation and understanding of STEM and engineering,” explained Fougere. “This contribution will enable us to provide all the benefits of TISP engineering outreach: fun design activities, after-school robotics, and summer enrichment and scholarships and deliver our relatable role-models to a partner high school in Boston. We continue to engage students of all backgrounds and abilities and both inspire and prepare them for post-secondary success.”

AT&T’s support is a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on high school success and career readiness. With an unwavering commitment to data-driven education outcomes, AT&T Aspire has impacted more than 1 million students since its launch in 2008.

“We’re committed to investing in efforts that prepare the next generation of Americans for success in the increasingly competitive global economy, and the mentorship provided by Boston University’s Technology Innovation Scholars Program is a perfect example of the enrichment that our local urban students need and deserve,” said Patricia Jacobs, President, AT&T New England. “We applaud BU and TISP for their passion for the issue and their proven track record of readying local students for success in college and in their careers. We’re particularly excited that Josiah Quincy students will have the chance to explore telecommunications projects with their BU mentors.”

The AT&T contribution will help measure the impact of this deep dive of TISP in one high school. A cohort of 9th grade students at JQUS will benefit from the program through 10th grade. JQUS students are a diverse and underserved population representative of many urban public schools where improving high school graduation rates and proficiency with math and science are concerns.  Richard Chang, co-headmaster at Josiah Quincy Upper School, “We are very excited to welcome Boston University’s Inspiration Ambassadors into our classrooms to make mathematics, science and engineering concepts come to life for our students. Engaging students in these real-world projects with college students of similar backgrounds will be significant motivators​ for them to focus on mathematics and science coursework and to ​attend college.”

TISP’s mission is to inspire and prepare a diverse workforce for 21st century technology-related fields. Each year, the program professionally trains and manages 50 select BU undergraduate engineers as “Inspiration Ambassadors,” who share their passion for and understanding of technology and engineering design with youth nationwide.

The BU Inspiration Ambassadors visit middle and high school classrooms to provide information and experiences that demonstrate how engineers improve our quality of life and solve the problems that resonate with younger students. In Boston, the Ambassadors guide students in the engineering design process as teams innovate to create technologies associated with communications, energy, the environment and healthcare. In Boston area schools, for example, these design challenges relate to cellphone towers, wind turbines, fuel cells, robotics and coding and app development. The technologies and engineering are derived from cutting-edge engineering research at BU and corporate supporters like AT&T.

The Inspiration Ambassadors, select undergraduate engineers majoring in biomedical, mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering, also mentor many after-school FIRST ® robotics teams, creating competitive robots in a short design cycle. The College has a rich partnership with FIRST®, with Dean Kamen and John Abele on the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board, and scholarships and TISP available for FIRST ® participants.

 

Validation and Impact Research

Since its launch in 2011, the Inspiration Ambassadors have reached over 13,200 young people in 26 states and six countries. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the program has had a direct and favorable impact on underprivileged youth, influencing many to seek out STEM coursework in high school, to graduate from high school, and even to pursue and secure university placements and scholarships. Five have received full scholarships for study at BU’s College of Engineering or other schools. Several of the former high school students reached and mentored are now Ambassadors themselves.

The AT&T contribution will enable the program to empirically measure and document that impact, while also providing a test case for running the program on an intensive basis with a dedicated cohort of students over two years.

 

Boston University College of Engineering aims to create Societal Engineers who will use their engineering skills to enhance our quality of life and improve society. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in several engineering disciplines, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees for those pursuing careers in industry or research. Acclaimed faculty pursue innovation aimed at meeting the engineering challenges of the coming decades, and engage students with an interdisciplinary approach to engineering education that looks outward to engage other professions and bring innovations to society’s use.

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

Dr. Raul Garcia Elected Vice President of AADR for 2015-2016

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Contact:  Mary Becotte, 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – Dr. Raul Garcia, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), was elected to serve as Vice President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) for 2015-2016. Dr. Garcia will assume office at the conclusion of the March 11-14, 2015 AADR Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Garcia has been an active AADR member since he joined in 1977. He is the current North American Regional Counselor for the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network and has served on the Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board as well as the IADR/AADR Joint Publications Committee.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both Dr. Garcia and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine to make an impact on the evolving research policies and initiatives of this respected national dental association,” said Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska.

Dr. Garcia’s major research interests focus on health services research and oral epidemiology. He is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of oral health disparities and developing interventions to eliminate them. Dr. Garcia is also dedicated to identifying the relationship of oral conditions to systemic disease and health-related quality of life. His research includes longitudinal studies of oral health in diverse populations and the analysis of treatment outcomes. The work has included randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and community-based participatory research. Studies encompass the areas of oral epidemiology, health services research, and health policy.

“Congratulations to Dr. Garcia on being elected to this prestigious position,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “The American Association for Dental Research is an important organization, and it is certainly exciting that a dedicated and experienced researcher like Dr. Garcia has been elected to its leadership.”

Dr. Garcia holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontology, and a Master of Medical Science in Oral Biology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. He has held teaching appointments at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including a Career Development Award in Health Services Research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, American Dental Association Meritorious Award in Geriatric Dental Health Care, and most recently the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Vision in Dental Education from the American Dental Education Association.

The American Association for Dental Research is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research, a non-profit organization. The AADR has nearly 3,500 members nationwide. Its mission is: to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; to support and represent the oral health research community; and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award to Improve Oral Health in Belarus

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2015

Contact:  Mary Becotte
Director, Communications & External Relations
Boston University Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced that Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry Jonathan Shenkin has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant.  The purpose of this grant is to develop curriculum and to teach and train pediatricians in Belarus about the oral health of young children ages six months to three years of age at the Belarusian State Medical University during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Dr. Shenkin will spend 14 days at the University engaged in a variety of activities including the development and delivering of a curriculum to help enhance the ability of physicians to improve the oral health literacy of parents and caregivers in Belarus. The ultimate programmatic goal is to reduce disease levels through enhanced prevention.

“On behalf of the entire GSDM community I congratulate Dr. Shenkin on becoming a Fulbright Scholar,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter.  He continued, “The outstanding quality of the faculty at GSDM has always been a hallmark of the education provided to our students and this honor raises the profile of our faculty even further. I am very proud that Dr. Shenkin continues to serve on our faculty while also serving patients in Maine and now, colleagues and patients in Belarus.”

Dr. Shenkin is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to work with my colleagues in Belarus in improving oral health for children through enhanced prevention,” said Shenkin, “Everyone has been incredibly hospitable throughout the process of developing this collaboration.”

Dr. Shenkin serves as first vice-president of the American Dental Association (ADA) and is well-known as an ADA spokesperson for pediatric dentistry topics. He regularly comments on public policy issues related to tobacco, unhealthy beverages, and a broad range of dental topics.

He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association and served as Chair of the Maine Dental Political Action Committee. He maintains private practices in pediatric dentistry in Augusta, and Waterville, Maine.

He is a member of the of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

He earned a DDS from Columbia University in New York. He also received an MPH and Certificate in Health Care Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

BU Researchers Identify Genome Wide Expression Changes in Vascular Tissue Due to Infection and Diet

January 7th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine 0 comments

Findings may lead to individualized treatment for atherosclerosis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 7, 2015

Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu

(Boston)–Although it has been shown that a diet high in fat and exposure to certain bacteria can cause atherosclerosis (the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances on artery walls which can restrict blood flow), researchers have for the first time identified distinct gene pathways that are altered by these different stimuli. These findings, which currently appear in BMC Genomics, suggest that future therapies for this disease may need to be individualized.

Atherosclerosis is a common human disease associated with heart attack and stroke. Certain bacteria as well as high fat diet are associated with an increased risk for atherosclerosis. One of these bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is found in the mouth of humans with periodontal disease; another, Chlamydia pneumoniae, causes pneumonia.

In this study, the researchers used four experimental groups to compare genome-wide expression changes in vascular tissue. The first group was subjected to Porphyromonas gingivalis while the second group received Chlamydia pneumoniae. The third group was placed on a high-fat diet while the fourth group was the control. In collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at Boston University, the researchers performed genome-wide microarray profiling and analysis of vascular tissue from all groups to reveal gene pathways altered in the atherosclerotic plaque by each treatment group.

“Given the prevalence of diet-induced obesity and infection with Porphyromonas gingivalis and Chlamydia pneumoniae in the general population and the likelihood of co-morbidity of obesity with chronic or recurring infection with these common pathogens, these findings suggest that the development of atherosclerosis in humans is likely more complex and multifactorial than previously appreciated,” explained senior author Caroline Attardo Genco, PhD, professor of medicine and microbiology at BUSM. “These findings may explain how specific infections or a high-fat diet may cause atherosclerotic plaques to undergo changes which affect their size and stability and may ultimately lead to a heart attack,” she added.

This study was funded by Boston University grant number 5P01AI078894-02 (PO1).

BU’s African Studies Center Wins Title VI Grants

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases 0 comments

CONTACT: Jeremy Schwab, +1-617-358-1056, jschwab@bu.edu

BOSTON, MA Boston University’s African Studies Center has been awarded National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants from the US Department of Education. The African Studies Center, which joined the new Frederick S. Pardee School for Global Studies this fall, will receive more than $2.3 million over four years to provide fellowships for students and support Africa-focused education, particularly African language instruction.

Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School, said, “We are delighted that the African Studies Center has once again received this signature honor. The fact that their funding has been increased despite cutbacks in the national program budget and what was awarded to other universities, is particularly noteworthy and speaks to the quality and stature of African Studies at BU. The ASC is not only one of the oldest but also amongst the most prestigious centers of African studies anywhere in the country.”

Founded in 1953, BU’s African Studies Center has long been a national and international leader in training Africa specialists and supporting research focused on Africa. The Center’s mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, political, economic, and ecological diversity of the continent of Africa through maintaining a multidisciplinary community of students, faculty, and researchers from BU and the Boston area with an interest in Africa and encouraging a focus on Africa in teaching and scholarship.

NRC and FLAS grants, part of the Title VI program of the US Office of International and Foreign Language Education, promote greater understanding of countries and regions across the globe through foreign language and area studies instruction and research. According to Timothy Longman, Director of the African Studies Center, “These grants are a recognition of BU’s impressive long-term commitment to African studies and the strength of our faculty.” The Center currently has 114 affiliated faculty members in 35 departments across 11 of BU’s colleges.

The African Studies Center places particular focus on instruction in African languages, currently offering courses in Amharic, Igbo, Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, and Zulu. The new NRC grant will allow BU’s African Studies Center to add Twi, a major language spoken in Ghana, to develop on-line components for African languages, and to develop specialized African language courses for students of public health and other professional fields. Strong language instruction has been a major factor contributing to the success of BU graduate students in receiving outside financial support. Over the past year, five BU PhD candidates have won Fulbright-Hays grants and three have won Fulbright grants to conduct field research in Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The NRC grant will also support a variety of other programming, including developing new classes with Africa content in disciplines with few Africa-focused courses. The grants will allow BU to develop a partnership for African studies with the University of Massachusetts Boston, a minority-serving institution. The grants will support strengthening linkages with universities in Africa, including support for developing new study abroad programs on the continent. BU currently has programs in Zanzibar and Morocco, with plans underway to begin a new program in Ghana in 2016. The BU African Outreach Program is one of the largest and best-respected offices supporting the inclusion of African content in K-12 education. The new grant will allow the development of new Africa-focused teaching materials and an expansion of teacher training activities.

The FLAS grant allows the African Studies Center to offer fellowships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students taking African language and area studies courses. The grant also supports summer language study, including opportunities for advanced students to do intensive language study in Africa.

Boston University To Become First Seamlessly Integrated Digital Dental School in the Nation

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Mary Becotte
Director, Communications & External Relations Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) announced at the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas on October 11th that it has entered into an agreement with Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. that will help enable GSDM to become the first US dental school to transition entirely to seamlessly integrated digital dentistry.

One of the largest dental schools in the US, GSDM offers innovative educational, clinical, research, and community-based programs, including international initiatives. GSDM is committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to its students, faculty, and staff, and to fostering the understanding of advanced technology by practitioners in the community. In May 2013, an internal task force was established to determine the necessary facilities, equipment, and support required to create a seamless, all-inclusive digital patient record to facilitate comprehensive treatment planning and efficient delivery of oral health care at the highest level of quality using digital dental technologies.

The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will assist GSDM in becoming the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. “Digital Dentistry is the wave of the future, and we are gratified to be collaborating with Sirona to make seamless digital dentistry a reality at Boston University,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter.

Once fully implemented, all patient data will feed into a comprehensive digital record. Intra-oral digital images, intra-oral exams, and digital scans of hard and soft tissues will then be accessible through a comprehensive record. Ancillary information such as photographs and CT, cone beam, cephalometric, panoramic, and facial scans will also be attached to the digital record. These data may be overlaid and interact to produce a complete digital representation of the patient, including 3-D renderings of the face. Students will then be able to engage in comprehensive treatment planning without the need for the physical presence of the patient, saving valuable patient time. Additionally, these data can be accessed remotely, allowing for consultation with experts around the globe.

This collaboration also includes digital technology that will be used in the Pre-clinical Simulation Learning Center, where dental students spend up to the first two years of their dental school education working on simulated patients. The use of digital preparation analysis software will allow the pre-clinical students to perform self-study and guided learning of tooth preparations. Pre-clinical training using CEREC and prepCheck software is an important part of the digital transition permitting students to fine tune their tooth preparation skills prior to entering the Patient Treatment Center. “We anticipate that our students will now enter the Patient Treatment Centers better prepared than in the past when this technology was not available,” said Dean Hutter, “Our vision is to be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. Transitioning to seamless digital dentistry will help us fulfill that vision.”

There will now be a sufficient number of CEREC systems so that every student will be expected to use the system routinely to develop a treatment plan and have the opportunity to deliver restorations in a single patient visit. We anticipate that incorporation of the Galileo cone beam system with CEREC intra-oral scan data (CAD/CAM) will allow for the creation of the “virtual patient”• and, thus, enable comprehensive treatment planning for endodontics, implants, orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, and TMJ and airway disorders.

Recognized as a leading research institution among dental schools, GSDM will conduct an innovative program of comparative effectiveness research on digital dentistry in both clinical and educational outcomes. Through this research, GSDM expects to play a leading role in advancing evidence-based dentistry in the US and the world.

Since digital technology is not static and will continue to rapidly advance, GSDM will also participate in a progressive program of events to educate the dental community about digital dentistry, including continuing education courses and educational forums.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Boston University Reaches 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal Six Years Early

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

(Boston) — In conjunction with National Campus Sustainability Day, October 22, Boston University today announced it reached its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent six years early. In recognition of this achievement, BU is selling some of its 2012 carbon reductions through the Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign. Chevy will purchase the University’s carbon credits and permanently retire them, furthering the company’s voluntary effort to retire carbon reductions across America for the benefit of the climate.

BU is also announcing today that it has doubled the value of its Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund to two million dollars in support of this effort. Chevy’s clean energy investment will further increase the value of the fund. These investments illustrate the value of Green Revolving Loan Funds, and the potential leverage carbon funding can bring to campuses nationwide and allows the University to continue in its carbon reduction and clean energy goals.

“We are excited to be invited to participate in the Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign,” said Boston University Sustainability Director Dennis Carlberg. “It’s a win for BU with funds building our Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund, it’s a win for the environment with these carbon credits being retired, and a win for Chevy as they work to strengthen the clean energy infrastructure needed for their line of electric vehicles.”

In 2010, Chevrolet made a commitment to target up to eight million tons of carbon reductions by 2015. Chevy’s efforts are comparable to BU reducing its emissions to zero for sixty-five years or equivalent to a year’s worth of CO2 emissions for 730,000 US homes. For the final reductions of this initiative, Chevrolet sought out schools and colleges across the country demonstrating leadership in clean energy.

Along with Boston University, other campuses being recognized today include the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Portland State University. Rather than sell carbon reductions on the open market these universities are selling their credits to Chevy at a premium, and having these credits permanently retired. This means they will not be used to offset emissions related to specific Chevrolet operations or products – or those at any other site.

“Campuses such as Boston University are aggressively reducing their carbon footprint,” said David Tulauskas, GM sustainability director. “We want to support their efforts and provide the ammo they need to continue investing in clean energy technologies. After all, we know a clean energy future goes beyond what one company or organization can do; it’s about collaborating with others to make an even bigger impact.”

Through the daily efforts of the University’s full-time sustainability staff, interns, and Facilities Management & Planning, Boston University demonstrated impressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across campus. While growing the campus facilities by fourteen percent, BU has made this progress and has earned recognition for its carbon reduction leadership from Chevy.

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Hashtags for Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign:

National Campaign: Follow the sustainability conversation on Twitter and tell Chevrolet about campus clean-energy efforts at #CleanEnergyU.

Boston University: #CleanEnergyBU

Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

Newspapers. Magazines. Books. Videos. Podcasts. The Web. Can you relate to what David Carr describes as the paradox of too much choice?

Carr, the media and culture critic for The New York Times and the newly minted Andrew R. Lack Professor in the Boston University College of Communication, has the same problem that many of us do: too much media, too little time. How do we choose from all these options? And how do we ensure the strength of traditional journalism while embracing the irresistible new array of content at our fingertips?

David Carr and his guest, former Times executive editor Jill Abramson, will discuss all this and more in a fascinating, free look at the new media landscape – what Carr describes as the “present future,” when the production and distribution of media is in constant flux, with both good and bad results for all of us. Presented by WBUR, Boston’s NPR® news station, in partnership with BU COM, “Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson” takes place Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Tsai Performance Center on the BU campus.

Carr and Abramson are uniquely positioned to survey the world of media, as both practitioners and professors. Abramson left the Times in May in a highly publicized newsroom shakeup; she is now a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, teaching undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction in the English Department. Her career includes stints as an investigative reporter, Washington bureau chief and editor for the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Carr edited alternative papers in the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C., and covered business and entertainment for the Times before becoming its media columnist. His memoir, “The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own,” chronicles his personal struggle with cocaine addiction and his recovery. As a BU professor, Carr plans to teach both media criticism and the making of media, in what he terms “an intense, once-a-week immersion on the waterfront of modern media-making.”

For both journalists and the rest of us, their conversation promises to be a lively, fast-paced and provocative look at the rapidly changing world of media. They’ll be introduced by Jeremy Hobson, co-host of Here & Now on WBUR and NPR, who will also moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience. Questions can be submitted in advance to events@wbur.org or on Twitter @LouiseWBUR.

“Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson” is the first in a series of events looking at what lies ahead in culture and public life. It also marks the first public appearance for Carr and Abramson in their new roles as professors. And it’s free, but registration is required. Visit wbur.org/events to reserve a seat starting September 29.

Boston University School of Management Hosting Global Jam on Business Education

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases 0 comments

Bringing Industry and Academia Together to Envision the Future

(Boston) – According to a 2013 Gallup/Lumina Foundation Poll, only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree that higher education institutions in the US are graduating students with the skills their business needs. In an effort to better prepare business school graduates and to close the gap between industry and academia, Boston University School of Management is hosting an unprecedented global online Business Education Jam focused on the future of business education for 60 consecutive hours, September 30 through October 2, 2014.

Pioneered by IBM and fueled by their technology, a “Jam” is a large-scale, collaborative online event that explores specific topics. Participants are exposed to a variety of socially driven tools to prompt conversation such as polls, word clouds, and real-time collaborations and chats with featured guests. Ten content forums and themes provide the initial structure to help participants identify their areas of interest and launch the discussion.

“This isn’t your typical conference,” says Ken Freeman, School of Management Dean and Allen Questrom Professor. “For the first time, industry and academia will come together from around the world, including faculty deans and administrators, executives, human resource and talent development leaders, students and recent graduates to share, learn, and envision the future of business education.”

Through a series of ten discussion forums, including topics such as “Engaging New-Generation Students & Employees” and “Harnessing Digital Technology,” the Jam will enable thousands of participants around the world to engage in a free-flowing convergence of ideas on how to innovate business education. These forums will be attended by VIP guests, who will review emerging ideas, post comments, respond to questions, offer insight, and spark dialogue. Among the more than 70 VIP guests are senior officers of Fortune 500 companies, deans of international business schools, and leading business and education journalists.

Utilizing IBM’s data analytics capabilities, Boston University School of Management will draw key themes and highlight synergies following the Jam enabling a continuation of the conversation in the form of white papers, infographics, and best practices for taking action moving forward. Participants will expand their networks, collaborate on ideas, and gain new insights that will inform their own professional focus in industry and academia alike.

In addition to Boston University School of Management, the Business Education Jam is being presented by Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). The Financial Times has been designated the global media sponsor the Business Education Jam.

Collaborators include IBM, Santander Bank, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Boston University Human Resource Policy Institute. Additional support is being provided by Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Fidelity Investments.

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For more information and to register, visit www.bu.edu/jam or follow @BusinessEdJam on Twitter. 

Clinical Assessment May Benefit Postpartum Women with Methadone Treatment Changes

August 22nd, 2014 in 2014, News Releases, School of Medicine 0 comments

For Immediate Release, Aug. 25, 2014
Contact:
Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org

A recent study led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that women may not need significant methadone dose reductions in the first three months after pregnancy. Researchers reviewed the charts of 101 women who received care at a methadone maintenance treatment program between 2006 and 2010 after giving birth. They discovered that under the clinical assessment model—in which clinicians estimate patients’ methadone dose based on their individual physiologic parameters, rather than using a standard formula to reduce doses—women experienced on average only a small reduction in methadone dose. This suggests that, contrary to prior belief, changes in the physiology of women’s bodies from delivery to 12 weeks postpartum did not significantly affect their response to methadone.

Treatment for addiction in pregnant women is a complex topic. The gold standard for treatment is methadone maintenance, which has been shown to reduce illicit drug use and improve neonatal outcomes such as birth weight. Given the physical changes that happen to a woman’s body while pregnant, women often need higher doses to help them effectively manage their addiction during and after pregnancy. Yet, the optimal approach to adjusting methadone maintenance dosages during the postpartum period has long been unclear. Nonetheless, ensuring that women receive an appropriate dose is crucial to ensure ongoing sobriety while avoiding dangerous oversedation.

“This is an important issue because the postpartum period can be vulnerable for women struggling with opioid dependence, and it is crucial to ensure that the methadone dose is adequately high to continue to support recovery, while not causing oversedation,” said lead author Christine Pace, MD, an internist at BMC who specializes in addiction. “Oversedation is dangerous because women who are lethargic or sleepy are not able to care appropriately for themselves or their infants. In addition, patients who become over sedated from an excessive dose of methadone, with or without the addition of other medications or illicit drugs, may be at risk for overdose.”

The number of events where women appeared oversedated was slightly increased during the postpartum period, but still rare, occurring less than 6 times per 10,000 visit days. Many of the women who experienced these were also concurrently prescribed benzodiazepines. The authors caution that women receiving multiple sedating medications are particularly vulnerable and require more frequent surveillance.

“Our findings suggest that, given the physiologic changes and psychosocial stressors unique to the postpartum period, it is appropriate for methadone clinics to implement regular postpartum assessments at intervals extending at least up to 12 weeks after delivery. Clinicians also should take into account benzodiazepine use,” said Pace, also an assistant professor of medicine at BUSM. “Further studies are needed to guide safe and effective methadone dosing during the postpartum period in order to improve outcomes for both mother and child.”

Funding for this study was provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (award number R25DA13582) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (award AI052074-06A2).

 

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