Category: Centers & Institutes in the News

GAO Study Expected to Say Big Banks’ Subsidy Has Shrunk (For Now)

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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

A government report detailing the funding advantage the biggest banks receive is likely to be unveiled on July 31, according to sources familiar with the matter…

Expert quote:

“This notion that the subsidy is lower now than it was during the crisis — that’s hardly news. Of course it’s lower. In the crisis, they were giving out money … but we’re still in an environment of near-zero interest rates, so a lot of banks can raise money very cheaply. Naturally the differential would be smaller today.”

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Avid cyclists could have higher prostrate cancer risk

July 19th, 2014 in 2014, CBSNews.com, Centers & Institutes in the News, Lauren Wise, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Lauren Wise, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction…

Expert quote:

“Regular bikers who volunteered for this study are probably less likely to have a history of infertility or erectile dysfunction because if they had experienced those events they would be less likely to continue biking.”

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‘UAE Mars mission is reflective of the government’s vision’

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Farouk El-Baz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing

Sharjah: Blasting off to Mars by 2021 will require the UAE to draft an enormous space exploration blueprint, say space exploration experts. The UAE announced on Wednesday that it will be sending an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2021, coinciding with the country’s 50th anniversary. It was also announced that a UAE space agency will be created to supervise the mission and coordinate the country’s growing space technology…

Expert quote:

“The first team will mainly comprise engineers and not scientists who will design the instruments and equipment that will be used. These local talents will have to be trained in countries who have an adequate space programme.”

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Big banks’ living wills detail how to avoid bailouts

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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

Critics of too-big-to-fail banks should relax — the largest financial institutions won’t cost taxpayers any money if they fail. At least that’s what the biggest 17 financial institutions are telling federal regulators in the publicly available portions of their most recent set of living wills, which were released late Wednesday…

Expert quote:

“The whole exercise is somewhat absurd. If this is an exercise to restore trust, it hardly does that. If they [regulators] really wanted to restore confidence they would make the whole plan public, not just the pandering stuff they have submitted.”

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Why the ‘Too Big to Fail’ Fight May Get a Revival

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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

The legislative battle over reining in big banks’ implicit guarantee is suddenly poised for a comeback. The issue is expected to reemerge as the Government Accountability Office is said to be finalizing a report on whether big banks get a subsidy based on their size, and vocal critics of “too big to fail” — including Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio — stand to hold key leadership slots in next year’s Congress…

Expert quote:

“Jeb Hensarling could step into the shoes of David Vitter. Hensarling is the darling of the Tea Party, and the Tea Party is supposedly against big government and out-of-control corporations. It wouldn’t be an alliance that would require Hensarling to deviate from his philosphy at all.”

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Proper bike seat can help you avoid reproductive problems

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Lauren Wise, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Lauren Wise, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

One of the first things William Cheramie asks bicyclists to do is sit down. Cheramie, a cyclist and body-geometry fit specialist at Bike Source in Dublin, has a device that uses memory foam to identify the proper saddle width to support a rider’s skeletal anatomy instead of soft tissue…

Expert quote:

“It is unclear whether low semen quality is a direct marker for fertility problems.”

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Ex-NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz debunks Mars apocalypse claim

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Examiner.com, Farouk El-Baz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing

Farouk al-Baz, an Egyptian American geologist who worked at NASA during the Apollo program, was moved to debunk the pronouncement of a man named Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs.”…

Expert quote:

“From where did he bring his nonsense?”

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Boston Doctors On Mission To Stop Alzheimer’s Disease

June 25th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine

Alzheimer’s Dementia affects five million Americans and those numbers are growing exponentially. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, scientists around the country, including here in Boston, are launching a landmark study to try to stop the disease before it takes hold…

Expert quote:

“The A4 study is one of the most exciting studies, if not the most exciting study, in the history of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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Anthony Janetos presents at MIT Symposium

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Anthony Janetos, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Professor Extras, Twitter 0 comments

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Panel Looks at the Future of Community Banking

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Professor Extras, School of Law 0 comments

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School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

The Boston University Center for Finance, Law and Policy and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently sponsored a series of panels titled “Building on 150 Years: The Future of National Banking” to mark the sesquicentennial of the agency, which is the regulator of national banks…

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