Category: OP-EDs by BU Professors

The Conversation US – Tom Whalen

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Whalen 0 comments

Experts react as Obamacare survives another near-death experience

Erin Fuse Brown, Georgia State University; Mark Kende, Drake University, and Thomas J Whalen, Boston University

Editor’s note: The Affordable Care Act survived a second near-death experience as the Supreme Court upheld health insurance subsidies for lower-income Americans in states that have not established their own exchanges in a 6-3 vote. We asked politics and health law experts to offer their reactions to the ruling and its implications.

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Who’s to blame if ‘Obamacare’ loses Supreme Court case?

June 24th, 2015 in 2015, Al Jazeera America, David K. Jones, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By David K. Jones, School of Public Health

The King v. Burwell blame game is well under way even though the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the major “Obamacare” case…

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Father’s day: Courage or convenience?

June 23rd, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Today, I want to speak to my own fraternity, the club of fathers. As the world, and many amongst us recognised the contributions and love of our fathers over the weekend, I could not help but think whether we have really lived up to the high standards of fatherhood…

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Eating Yourself Thin

June 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

The next time you walk down the street, look up from your smartphone and do some people watching. According to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine published today, almost every other male and every third female you’re eyeing will be overweight or obese…

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Demise of the US Ex-Im Bank would leave the field to China

June 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Co-written by Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

Former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson famously wrote that his generation was ‘present at the creation’ of the world order that ushered in US leadership…

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Men who mother

June 18th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Today, the images of men in the news media are disturbingly violent…

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How the Colorado Supreme Court just confused every employer in America about marijuana

June 17th, 2015 in 2015, Fortune, Kabrina Chang, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Questrom School of Business 0 comments

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By Kabrina Chang, Questrom School of Business

This week’s court ruling suggests to other U.S. states that until a law is passed, marijuana — medical or otherwise — remains illegal…

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Myopic Innovation

June 15th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

zaman-new-profile-picThe Express Tribune
By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Mention innovation, and you would get an earful on how innovative we all are…

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States have ‘no B plan’ if the Supreme Court scraps health-care subsidies

June 11th, 2015 in 2015, David K. Jones, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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Co-written by David K. Jones, School of Public Health

Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in King v. Burwell, the latest high-stakes fight over the Affordable Care Act…

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The Conversation US – Adam Naylor

June 11th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education, The Conversation US 0 comments

To excel in youth sports, kids need couch time

Adam Naylor, Boston University

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…

Charles Dickens could easily have been writing about the present state of sports. The speed, strength and explosiveness of the modern athlete is mind-blowing.

Accordingly, there’s a growing enthusiasm (and a huge market) for training, teaching and supporting young athletes. Elite sports performance and medicine services are available to all with a credit card, and if a family desires, a passionate and competent coach and advisor can be hired.

This may not be a good thing. Forget the popular (yet very real) concern that pushing a young athlete toward athletic excellence can lead to burnout, dropout and even mistreatment or abuse.

Surprisingly, research has shown that encouraging youth to achieve athletic excellence can also lead to young athletes not fulfilling their athletic potential.

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