Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

See Jane Evolve: Picture Books Explain Darwin

April 19th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

Evolution by natural selection is one of the best ideas in all of science. It predicts and explains an incredibly wide range of biological facts. But only 60% of Americans believe evolution is true…

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Boston’s Leaky Gas Pipes Pose Safety Risks

April 17th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, WBUR 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Wednesday night there was an explosion in Dorchester that injured a dozen people, two of them seriously. The explosion and three-alarm fire are thought to have been caused by a possible gas leak…

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Experts Say Video Doesn’t Show Earhart Wreckage

April 16th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Les Kaufman, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences

Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart…

Expert quote:

“I regret to have to say that I am entirely unconvinced, and not even mildly suspicious, that the 2010 TIGHAR expedition produced evidence of an aircraft debris field on the reef at Nikumaroro.”

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China Pays Full Price For Peruvian Copper Mine But Locks Up Long-Term Supply

April 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

China this week reached all the way to Peru to secure fresh stocks of copper to satisfy voracious demand at home, as a group led by the state-controlled China Minmetals Corp. has agreed to pay $5.85 billion in cash for a major mine…

Expert quote:

“There will be significant demand for copper in China for the next 20 years. Why not have Chinese companies go global and meet that demand?”

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Education innovation

April 12th, 2014 in 2014, Adil Najam, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences

First, the good news about education in Pakistan. It is no longer necessary to convince parents that education is important. There is real demand – mostly unmet – for education in Pakistan. Especially for good education. Including by households that have been denied access to education…

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The seductive allure of wars we’re not winning

April 11th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more pragmatic considerations figure: a job with salary and benefits, a chance to escape from a humdrum or dispiriting existence…

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Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? New research shows kindergarteners can learn more

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

George Brown Elementary in San Bernadino is a glossy new school: Construction finished just two years ago. And what’s going on in the classrooms is just as cutting edge…

Expert quote:

“I think that we are generally underestimating, really, their capacity to understand some very, very abstract things.”

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Chinese lending to Latin America – Flexible friends

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, The Economist 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The rise of China has changed every region. But it has reinforced patterns, too. China’s demand for commodities has entrenched Latin America’s position as a supplier of raw materials…

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Rwanda: Has reconciliation by legal means worked?

April 8th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Timothy Longman, Washington Post 0 comments

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Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center

This week marks 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Little that happened during that 100-day period in 1994 or in the years since is agreed upon by Rwandan policy makers, global diplomats and political scientists who study the region…

Expert quote:

“Yet the effectiveness of the gacaca courts was undermined by government interference. The decision to focus gacaca proceedings exclusively on genocide crimes undermined their ability to provide accountability and promote rule of law.”

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How To Have a Happier Monday

April 8th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

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Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Everyone struggles through weekday drudgery to reach their weekend fun. But what if you could reclaim every day of your life?

Expert quote:

“This type of anxiety can overwhelm your brain, making you less functional and less happy.”

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