Category: 2013

Obama Battered by Healthcare, Shutdown, Surveillance Scandals

December 27th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Politics, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

From Obamacare to sequestration to Iran to the 16-day government shutdown that cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion, 2013 marked the year of the scandal — domestically and internationally — for President Barack Obama…

Expert quote:

“That affects everybody — and healthcare and a family’s health, along with their economic security, are the most important things to Americans. You start messing with people’s health and their healthcare, that gets right to the core of what people care about.”

View full article


T hopes companies will snap up station names

December 27th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

berkovitz2-150x150Boston Herald
Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

T riders could soon be getting off the train at Macy’s — Downtown Crossing Station — or hopping on the Boloco — Blue Line…

Expert quote:

“Every time a train pulls in, the announcer says the name of your brand.”

View full article

New Tests for Brain Trauma Create Hope, and Skepticism

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, New York Times, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

SternNew York Times
Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Revelations in recent years that thousands of former football players might have severe brain trauma from injuries sustained on the field have set off a rush in the medical community to seize the potentially lucrative market for assessing brain damage…

Expert quote:

“There has really been so much hype surrounding C.T.E., so there is a real need for making sure the public knows that this type of science moves slowly and must move very carefully.”

View full article

Politics in the New Year: What to look for in 2014

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

View video

BMC doctors: SNAP cuts will harm children

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, WCVB 0 comments

Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

Millions of Americans now face feeding their families on less than $1.40 per meal since since November’s cuts to the federal food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP…

Expert quote:

“For many families, that translated to 30 meals a month less that they’re going to have available to feed their kids, to feed themselves. And now we’re talking about cutting again.”

View full article


Freshmen football players balance stresses of college life

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education, Washington Post 0 comments

v_NaylorWashington Post
Adam Naylor, School of Education

Mike Wandey’s life revolves around Virginia Tech football…

Expert quote:

“It’s like Christmas every day and it never stops. There’s initially a halo affect. It’s almost comical. Everything is wonderful.”

View full article

Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, David Felson, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

felson1-214x300New York Times
David Felson, School of Medicine

A popular surgical procedure worked no better than fake operations in helping people with one type of common knee problem, suggesting that thousands of people may be undergoing unnecessary surgery, a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine reports…

Expert quote:

“Those who do research have been gradually showing that this popular operation is not of very much value.”

View full article

Is ‘Elf On The Shelf’ bad for kids?

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For most parents, “Elf On The Shelf,” serves as an extension of Santa, entertaining kids and a way to get them to behave until Christmas…

Expert quote:

“Kids up to four, five, six and seven live in what we call fantasy magic life years. If the myths are good and talk about sharing and helping your neighbor, then that’s really nice!”

View full article

The Most Magnificent Delusion

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers 0 comments

HaqqaniForeign Policy
Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

In April 1977, an embattled Zulfikar Ali Bhutto delivered a fiery anti-American speech to Pakistan’s parliament…

View full article

BU Researchers Look At What Motivates Kids To Be Generous

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Peter Blake, RESEARCH @ BU, WBZ-TV 0 comments

Peter Blake, College of Arts & Sciences

It’s a research lab and it’s full of toys…

View full article and watch video