Category: International Business Times

Rolling Stone Rape Story Backlash: What The Magazine’s Missteps Mean For Journalists

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Rolling Stone’s high-profile story about a rape at the University of Virginia sparked a fierce debate about campus sexual assault since its publication on Nov. 19, but the magazine’s recent acknowledgement that its account was false could have significant consequences for journalism in the United States, with some media leaders expressing concern that the backlash from the now-discredited story could possibly impact future reporting on sensitive subject matter…

Expert quote:

“Other publications are going to look at the brickbats that Rolling Stone is facing and say we have to be twice as careful. Journalists might really now be asking their sources for a lot of documentation and, with a lot of these cases, it’s usually just a he said, she said. I think that’s going to make editors leery about doing these kinds of stories.”

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For Holder, Ferguson Prosecution Presents Civil Rights Quandary

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Jack Beermann, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Jack Beermann, School of Law

Attorney General Eric Holder’s final big decision in office could be how his department will proceed now that a St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown…

Expert quote:

“If the federal government was concerned that there was a pattern of racial oppression by the police in this area, maybe this is the kind of case that they will be more interested in because they can’t trust the local authorities to take proper action in cases like this. And when you have lives being lost maybe that’s an area where the federal government actually might get involved.”

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Islamic State Antiquities Trade Stretches To Europe, United States

November 17th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

The Islamic State is the richest terrorist organization in the world, largely funded by its oil-smuggling operations. But ISIS is also benefiting from the sale of other valuable assets buried deep beneath its territories – ancient archaeological artifacts…

Expert quote:

“It isn’t easy at all. You follow what is showing up in shops, on online auction sites, and in auction houses.”

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Bud Selig Retirement: MLB’s Competitive Balance Is Key To Commissioner’s Legacy, But Financial System Remains Imperfect

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Andy Andres, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andy Andres, College of General Studies

In July, Bud Selig identified the parity fostered by Major League Baseball’s economic reforms as the defining legacy of his stint as league commissioner…

Expert quote:

“What if the Yankees had no penalties at all and could really spend what they could? They’d buy everybody and still make a ton of money. The luxury tax and revenue-sharing have clearly helped competitiveness. Without them, [spending] would be off the charts.”

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Why Peyton Manning’s TD Record Isn’t The Best Measure Of His Hall Of Fame Career

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, Andy Andres, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andy Andres, College of General Studies

From a purist’s perspective, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s record-setting 510 touchdown passes are skewed by the fact that he played his entire career in an era of unprecedented success for passing offenses throughout the NFL…

Expert quote:

“I think when you look at that total career touchdown pass number, it’s skewed toward newer folks. It’s really a big difference when you just count the number of touchdowns because [today’s NFL] is definitely more of a passing game.  Current quarterbacks are going to get a lot more touchdowns when you just add everything up.”

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Ebola Outbreak: How Nanotechnology Can ‘Cheaply and Quickly’ Diagnose the Deadly Virus

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, International Business Times, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Researchers hope to diagnose the deadly Ebola virus which is ravaging West Africa using a prototype of a device that detects the disease by shining light of viral nanoparticles on silicon…

Expert quote:

“They have to fly in heavy, electricity-requiring machines that require specialized training and special ingredients to make the diagnostics work properly. They’re expensive, time intensive and, most importantly, they’re pretty much locked to a clinical lab.”

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Protests Aside, Hong Kong’s Status As Financial Center Is Not In Jeopardy

October 1st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, William Grimes 0 comments

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William Grimes, College of Arts & Sciences

The current protests won’t dislodge Hong Kong from its central role as a top financial market and global business center. The future challenge of Shanghai might, but for now the mass movement that has brought business as usual to a halt hasn’t shown signs of threatening Hong Kong’s status in favor of regional rivals…

Expert quote: 

“Hong Kong has very low transaction costs, a very sophisticated financial system, and is highly technically developed. Geographically, it is a good place for intermediating regional capital flows.”

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Ebola Outbreak 2014: How Researchers Use Big Data To Help Stop The Disease

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, International Business Times, Laura Forsberg White, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Laura Forsberg White, School of Public Health

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever recorded.To date there have been more than 5,800 cases and 2,800 deaths recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that it could affect 1.4 million people.  Before this, the largest Ebola outbreak killed 425 people in Uganda more than a decade ago…

Expert quote:

“If it were happening in the U.S. we’d have a lot of databases for health care and electronic records, but those things don’t exist in the same way over there. There is a lot of interest and people feel optimistic that there is a lot we can gain from this that we can’t gain from our traditional data sources.”

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Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia?

September 12th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Jeffrey Samet, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Jeffrey Samet, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

Olga Vladimirova is 27 and lives in Saint Petersburg. She was diagnosed with HIV in 2011 after contracting the virus from her husband, who didn’t know he was positive. She found out when she was tested while pregnant with her son…

Expert quote:

“The use of antiretroviral therapy occurs but it is insufficient. And, as is the case in many countries, addressing stigma regarding HIV infection and illicit drug use is also needed to halt the epidemic.”

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Electricity Generation Discovery Paves Way for Rain-Powered Smartphones

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering

That age-old problem of mobile phones dying from lack of power could be about to end. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated a process in which smartphones can be charged using electricity generated using just the humidity in the air…

Expert quote:

“This work provides a new approach for energy-harvesting, which can be used to power small electronic devices.”

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