Category: Boston Globe

A priority list for fixing the MBTA

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Mark Williams, School of Management

Our epic month of snowstorms has exposed Boston’s weakest link — the MBTA. Crisis planning, risk management, and communication were lacking; suspended, delayed, and reduced services infuriated commuters; loss of productivity and commerce has been staggering. But it can be silver-lining time for the T. As now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”…

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Challenge looms for new Partners CEO David Torchiana

February 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

When his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital toasted David F. Torchiana’s recent promotion to the top job at Partners HealthCare, they hoisted cans of Coca-Cola…

Expert quote:

“I don’t know how much difference one individual can make. Partners has been saying for 20 years that its mergers would reduce costs and improve quality, and there’s no evidence they’ve done that. . . Now they want to expand to other states, other countries, other planets. That may or may not be good for Partners. But there’s no reason to suppose that would be good for the people who live and work in Massachusetts.”

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With BrandFeed, Hill Holliday makes a push into products

February 19th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

It’s late afternoon, and a group of Hill Holliday staffers are sitting on a couch, sipping Pabst Blue Ribbons and staring at a large television screen covered in tiny dashboard gauges…

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“The smart agencies have learned that they have to disrupt themselves before they get disrupted. While not all clients move as fast as the technology allows them to, they certainly want to think that their ad agency is on the cutting edge.”

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How to enjoy your food more

February 11th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Carey Morewedge, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Carey Morewedge, School of Management

Social psychologists often seem like killjoys when it comes to studying how people eat…

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“If I track my average enjoyment of each chip, if it eat five my average is going to be much higher than if I eat fifteen.”

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In human waste, scientists seek new treatments

February 9th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Eva Helmerhorst, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Eva Helmerhorst, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

The Rich Earth Institute provides Southern Vermont’s farmers with a fertilizer that its director quips is made from “liquid gold.”…

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A call to cull homes threatened by the sea

February 8th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Douglas Zook, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Douglas Zook, School of Education

The owner of 48 Oceanside Drive had just repaired her $1 million vacation home from a devastating 2013 storm when the Atlantic came crashing through a giant picture window last month…

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“We need to have an unpopular but bolder approach. When you make things like buybacks voluntary, it’s just not something that many people will sign on for . . . we need a more aggressive eminent domain approach where the state helps coastal residents realize the climate change reality.”

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US troops in Iraq ring of turning point in Vietnam War

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Andrew Bacevich, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

LISTEN CAREFULLY. That’s a streetcar you hear approaching, similar to the one that President Lyndon Johnson hopped aboard a half-century ago when he plunged headlong into the Vietnam War…

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Take Plum Island buy-back plan step further — employ eminent domain

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Douglas Zook, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

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By Douglas Zook, School of Education

RE “BAKER should use state money to buy at-risk shoreline homes”: Your Jan. 28 editorial calling for state money to be used to buy out shoreline homes is welcome. However, the bill in the Legislature doesn’t go far enough…

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For Patriot fans, luck is just part of the game plan

January 31st, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Barlow, Newsmakers 0 comments

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After spending six years as the wife of a seriously superstitious Patriots fan, Sara Quesenberry has learned to set limits…

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“If it’s beginning to interfere with your life, if you’re making your spouse furious, annoying your friends, or unable to do something else on game day that you know needs to be done, then maybe it’s time to get help.”

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When it’s all on the line with the Super Bowl

January 30th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Barlow, Newsmakers 0 comments

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David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

When the coin is tossed tomorrow and the Super Bowl kicks off, Boston’s collective blood pressure will rise…

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