Category: New York Times

Chen Yizi, a Top Adviser Forced to Flee China, Dies at 73

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Chen Yizi, who helped reshape China’s economy in the 1980s but who was deemed a counterrevolutionary after defending the student-led protests that filled Tiananmen Square in 1989, died in exile on April 14 in Los Angeles. He was 73…

Expert quote:

“Mr. Chen infused the early reforms with energy.”

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Springing Forward, and Its Consequences

April 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

This is a busy time of year for Richard B. Primack, a biologist at Boston University. He and his colleagues survey the plants growing around Concord, Mass., recording the first day they send up flowers and leaves…

Expert quote: 

“It’s just much later compared to our recent memories of spring.”

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G.M. Seeks to Fend Off Lawsuits Over Switch

April 22nd, 2014 in 2014, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law, Walter Miller 0 comments

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Walter Miller, School of Law

General Motors moved on Tuesday to prevent future safety lapses by expanding its oversight of problematic vehicles even as the automaker continued to take an aggressive legal posture in dealing with its past missteps…

Expert quote:

“They’ve gotten a lot of bad publicity, and the sooner they can get this literally off the front page the better off they will be. If the judge is going to make a ruling up front, you’re likely not going to have endless disputes with each case as it comes along.”

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Surge in Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers for Pregnant Women

April 14th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Martha Werler, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Martha Werler, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, despite the fact that risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown…

Expert quote:

“Opioid use in very early pregnancy is associated with an approximate doubling the risk of neural tube defects. About half of pregnancies are not planned, so that’s a big chunk of women who may not be thinking about possible risks associated with their behavior.”

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Starting an Overdue Conversation About Money

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

There is no end to the disagreements about the importance and usefulness of the upstart virtual currency Bitcoin…

Expert quote:

“The awareness of how we spend our money, and how it flows through the pipes, has totally been elevated as a result of Bitcoin.”

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Apple’s War on Samsung Has Google in Crossfire

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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James Bessen, School of Law

Officially, it’s Apple versus Samsung Electronics in another tech patent face-off in a San Jose courtroom this week. But there is another company with a lot at stake in the case — Google…

Expert quote:

“To kill Android with a half-dozen patents just seems like a long shot.”

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Obama Turns to Web To Illustrate the Effects Of a Changing Climate

March 19th, 2014 in 2014, Anthony Janetos, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Anthony Janetos, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

President Obama wants Americans to see how climate change could deluge or destroy their own backyards — and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app…

Expert quote:

“With respect to some aspects of the physical climate system, like sea-level rise, we’re on firm enough ground that you can do this kind of risk analysis.”

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Japan Stands by Apology to Its Wartime Sex Slaves

March 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Thomas Berger 0 comments

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Moving to defuse a heated diplomatic dispute over World War II-era history, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 apology to women forced to work in Japanese military brothels…

Expert quote:

“Seoul continues to harbor the suspicion that the Abe government harbors revisionist views regarding Japan’s history of imperialism and colonial domination.”

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Regulators Size Up Wall Street, With Worry

March 13th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Money laundering, market rigging, tax dodging, selling faulty financial products, trampling homeowner rights and rampant risk-taking — these are some of the sins that big banks have committed in recent years…

Expert quote:

“I haven’t yet seen bankers rushing to say Bill Dudley speaks truth on this issue.”

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A Genetic Entrepreneur Sets His Sights on Aging and Death

March 5th, 2014 in 2014, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls 0 comments

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

J. Craig Venter is the latest wealthy entrepreneur to think he can cheat aging and death. And he hopes to do so by resorting to his first love: sequencing genomes. On Tuesday, Dr. Venter announced that he was starting a new company, Human Longevity, which will focus on figuring out how people can live longer and healthier lives…

Expert quote:

“I feel strongly that is a wonderful scientific thing to do. He’s looking at throwing a lot of money at this to do a lot of science quickly.”

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