Category: Centers & Institutes in the News

Battling Ebola: Grading the Global Response to the Epidemic

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Centers & Institutes in the News, Davidson Hamer, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Davidson Hamer, School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development

How have African governments and the West responded to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone that has likely infected more than 1,600 people and killed over 800, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)?…

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FDIC Says ‘Too Big to Fail’ Bank Bailouts Could Happen Again

August 6th, 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

The Treasury Department, just last week, assured lawmakers and taxpayers that new safeguards put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act after the financial crisis mean that U.S. taxpayer would never again be on the hook for the bailout of a large financial institution…

Expert quote:

“This is one of the three legs of the stool from Dodd-Frank, and they just had it kicked out from under them.`It validates what almost everybody that has taken a look at the plan thinks. I say hooray for their candor.”

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Obama out to woo African leaders at Washington summit

August 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Charles Stith, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Charles Stith, College of Arts & Sciences, African Presidential Center

President Barack Obama is rolling out his country’s most ambitious courtship of Africa in a bid to revive declining American economic influence on a continent where US spending power is overshadowed by China…

Expert quote:

“This is the first time a US president has convened that many African leaders.”

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Complacency with Big Banks Risks a Severe Hangover

August 1st, 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 Government Accountability Office’s report on market perceptions of government support for big banks had barely been released before a number of journalists — not to mention financial lobbyists — jumped on the finding that the subsidy currently enjoyed by systemically important banks is negligible compared to its size between 2007 and 2012…

Expert quote:

“It is unsurprising that in an era of  incredibly low interest rates, exceptionally high bank deposit balances and economic growth, the market would interpret banks as less risky than they were during the crisis.”

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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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