Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Historic tragedy

March 6th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

The Islamic State (ISIS) is destroying not only human lives but also Middle Eastern culture, including sites rich with biblical history…

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“The Islamic State is trying to stamp out cultural diversity.”

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Will Social Security Still Be Around When I Retire?

March 5th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

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Saving Obama from a Bad Trade Deal

March 5th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Plans to rush fast-track authority for two trade deals for a quick House and Senate vote abruptly broke down on Tuesday. The White House was hoping to put the vote to Congress as early as this week…

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Plasma jets emitted by Sun are heavily influenced by interstellar flow, study says

March 5th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merav Opher, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Merav Opher, College of Arts & Sciences

According to a NASA statement, a new NASA-funded study led by Merav Opher of Boston University has found that the bubble formed by the Sun’s magnetic field, the heliosphere, is defined by, not one, but rather two jets of solar wind…

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Social Security: How To Get What’s Yours

March 4th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

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How Education Shaped Communist Cuba

March 3rd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Paul Webster Hare, The Atlantic 0 comments

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Co-written by Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

F is for Fidel, Y is for Yanqui. This mantra used for teaching the alphabet in revolutionary Cuba shows just how far its educational divide with the U.S. has stretched…

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What We’re Really Eating At Breakfast Now

March 3rd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merry White, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Merry White, College of Arts & Sciences

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NASA-Funded Study Finds Two Solar Wind Jets in the Heliosphere

March 3rd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merav Opher, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Merav Opher, College of Arts & Sciences

As the sun skims through the galaxy, it emits charged particles in a stream of plasma called the solar wind. The solar wind, in turn, creates a bubble known called the heliosphere that extends far beyond the planets of the solar system…

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“Everyone’s assumption has been that the shape of the heliosphere was molded by the flow of interstellar material passing around it. Scientists thought the solar wind flowing down the tail could easily pull the magnetic fields in the heliosphere along as it flowed by, creating this long tail. But it turns out the magnetic fields are strong enough to resist that pull – so instead they squeeze the solar wind and create these two jets.”

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

March 2nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague…

Expert quote:

“I tell my students, incompetence may not get you in trouble, but money will. It’s contingent upon any operations officer to do good accounting. I was a manager in about six different places, and boy, you really watch accounting and make sure things are done correctly. It’s the public’s money.”

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Kids and anxiety: An issue that affects kids, parents, friends and schools

March 1st, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Donna Pincus, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Elementary school should be for developing friendships, taking weekly spelling tests and playing kickball at recess. For too many children, however, these hours are consumed with an overriding fear of failure, sickness and a struggle to manage the daily routine…

Expert quote:

“If her fears are interfering with her ability to engage in everyday activities with her peers or causing her more distress, if she’s doing things but she could be having a ton more fun if she wasn’t stressed, that’s usually when we say they need help.”

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