Category: BU Today

Big data: Benefits, drawbacks in addressing Ebola

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Ebola, Laura Forsberg White, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Laura Forsberg White, School of Public Health

The World Health Organization, along with several presidents of West African nations, announced an intensified response plan to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on July 31

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Ebola: Battling a deadly disease

August 12th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Ebola, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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BU Today, the news and information Web site of Boston University, last week published a series of detailed articles, accompanied by interviews with leading researchers, about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa…

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How experts read a graphic novel

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, BU Today, Laura Jimenez, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Laura Jimenez, School of Education

In many quarters, especially in K-12 education, graphic novels are held in low regard, as glorified comics or the kind of thing students turn to when they can’t handle real books. Laura Jimenez, a lecturer at the Boston University School of Education, thinks this owes to the fact that most teachers don’t understand graphic novels: They think of them as lightweight because they don’t know how to read them…

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Battling Ebola: NEIDL’s Role

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, John R. Murphy, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL
John R. Murphy, School of Medicine, NEIDL

As the worst Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread disease and death through several West African countries, public interest in infectious disease research is spiking. BU Today spoke about research conducted at BU’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL) with two infectious disease experts: Ronald Corley, NEIDL associate director, Medical Campus associate provost for research, and a MED professor and chair of microbiology; and John R. Murphy, director ad interim at the NEIDL and a professor of medicine and microbiology…

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Battling Ebola: Working with a Deadly Virus

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Elke Muhlberger, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Elke Mühlberger, School of Medicine

Elke Mühlberger, associate professor of microbiology at the School of Medicine, is one of a small group of microbiologists around the world who are trained to work with Ebola and similarly deadly viruses in Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) labs…

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Battling Ebola: Is Human Activity to Blame?

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, James McCann, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James McCann, College of Arts & Sciences

Human impact on the environment may be partially to blame for the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak spreading through West Africa, researchers say. Global warming, logging, and road construction have put humans in closer contact with infected bats and gorillas…

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Alumni tell freshmen what to pack for college

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, My4 "Your Campus Cheat Sheet", Newsmakers 0 comments

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Freshmen will start arriving on college campuses across the country in just a few weeks. Even though the big decision’s been made—which university—the question of what to pack remains…

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Battling Ebola: Grading the Global Response to the Epidemic

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Centers & Institutes in the News, Davidson Hamer, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Davidson Hamer, School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development

How have African governments and the West responded to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone that has likely infected more than 1,600 people and killed over 800, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)?…

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Battling Ebola: Tracking the Virus

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Laura Forsberg White, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Laura Forsberg White, School of Public Health

It’s a persistent cliché in films dramatizing deadly epidemics: that chart with the ominously multiplying paper-doll cutouts—first 2 cases, then 4, then 16…then an entire city under statistical siege. But for real-life disease trackers like Laura Forsberg White, associate professor of biostatistics at the BU School of Public Health, the monitoring and prediction of the course of calamities from avian influenza to Ebola rely on several important variables…

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How Ebola Kills

August 5th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has now infected more than 1,600 people, according to the World Health Organization. To learn about how the virus kills and efforts being made at BU to devise diagnostics and therapies to treat it, BU Today spoke with John Connor, associate professor of microbiology at the School of Medicine and a researcher at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)…

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