Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Stay Out of Ukraine, but Deploy Eastward

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

NATO’s founding purpose was to defend its members. In fulfilling that purpose throughout the Cold War, it gained well-deserved recognition as history’s most successful alliance…

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3,000-Year-Old Golden Bowl Hides a Grisly Archaeological Tale

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

In 1958, archaeologists were digging through the ruins of a burned Iron Age citadel called Hasanlu in northwestern Iran when they pulled a spectacular, albeit crushed, golden bowl from the layers of destruction…

Expert quote:

“The students that were working there would have nightmares at night, because they were spending hours and hours out there excavating murder victims.”

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From Proust To PB&J: Why School Lunch Makes Us Feel Nostalgic

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard Eichenbaum, Huffington Post, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Howard Eichenbaum, College of Arts & Sciences

We have all been Marcel Proust. While munching on a madeleine cake dipped in tea, the French novelist famously recalled the experience of eating a similar snack as a child…

Expert quote:

“The olfactory and taste systems have a rather immediate access to a key brain structure called the hippocampus, which is critical for memories. The olfactory stimuli reproduces the context for which a lot of vivid, emotional detail are constructed in a memory — and can revoke them rather strongly.”

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New Shark Sighting Off Massachusetts Coast Likely Same Great White In Kayak Attack

September 7th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

Just one day after a shark attack by a great white on two women kayaking off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts, a new shark sighting was reported about 400 yards off of Peggotty beach in Scituate, Masachusetts — a town approximately 20 miles from Plymouth…

Expert quote:

“There are seals here, and there are sharks here. The waters are warming, and they need massive amounts of calories a day. We are starting to see more and more seals.”

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Pakistan #Fail

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

After paralyzing Islamabad for days, the crowds at boisterous protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are starting to thin out. But even if Pakistan’s current political standoff comes to an end, the country’s deeper political crisis won’t…

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More shark sightings bring new warnings on South Shore

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

Ocean swimmers and bathers south of Boston are being warned to take extra precautions as a recent shark sighting in Scituate and a shark encounter with kayakers in Plymouth drive home a simple lesson in marine biology: Seals mean sharks…

Expert quote:

“It doesn’t surprise me. There are seals here, and there are sharks here. The waters are warming, and (sharks) need massive amounts of calories a day. We are starting to see more and more seals.”

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Religious knowledge vital in ‘furiously religious’ world, experts say

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

The noise level in the ballroom rose sharply as a group of about 30 students began discussing one of the hot-button issues of our time — religion…

Expert quote:

“There’s a lot of secular people or post-religious people in the United States, but the world is still furiously religious. So if you want to understand the world, you need to understand what motivates so many people, and what motivates many of them is their religious beliefs.”

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Pakistan needs political will in face of climate threats – experts

September 5th, 2014 in 2014, Adil Najam, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences

Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change is being made worse by poor governance and the degradation of its natural resources, jeopardising the food security, health and livelihoods of its poorest citizens, climate change experts claim…

Expert quote:

“Poverty is a crucial factor in assessing vulnerability … to climate change and extreme events.”

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Does NATO still matter?

September 4th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, BBC, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

One of the most important NATO summits in years is underway in Wales, with Western leaders struggling to coordinate a response to conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East…

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War for the greater middle east

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Military historian, Professor Andrew Bacevich, discusses his upcoming online course which covers American involvement in Middle East, from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama…

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