Category: Science & Technology

New Study Highlights Importance of Ecosystem Services Provided by Bats

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Boston) — Thomas H. Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor and director of Boston University’s Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a team of researchers, including Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, graduate student in BU’s Department of Biology; Dana M. Bauer, assistant professor in BU’s Department of Geography and Environment; Tatyana […]

Bats Worth Billions To Agriculture: Pest-Control Services At Risk

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Boston) — Thomas Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor in Boston University’s Department of Biology, has coauthored an analysis published this week in the journal Science that shows how declines of bat populations caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses […]

NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact on Amazon Forests

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Boston) — Researchers at Boston University, NASA, and the Federal University in Vicosa, Brazil, have published a new NASA-funded study that shows widespread reductions in the greenness of forests in the vast Amazon basin in South America were caused by the record-breaking drought of 2010. “The greenness levels of […]

Novel Mechanism for Control of Gene Expression Revealed

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | (Boston) – Dr. David Levin, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Professor of Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine discovered recently a novel, evolutionarily conserved mechanism for the regulation of gene expression. The study describing this […]

Boston University Researcher’s "Desert Development Corridor" Plan Accepted by Egypt’s Government

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | (Boston) – A visionary plan for a “Desert Development Corridor” in Egypt, researched and created by Boston University geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, has been adopted by the country’s interim government as its flagship program. According to El-Baz, the plan – which includes the construction, along 1,200 kilometers, of a […]

Boston University School of Medicine Researchers Receive NIMH Brain Awards

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | (Boston) – Two Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) faculty members, Pietro Cottone, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology and psychiatry and Michael Silverstein, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics, were each awarded the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientisits […]

New Measurement of the Muon Lifetime Provides Key to Determining Strength of Weak Nuclear Force

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Villigen, Switzerland) — After a decade of experimental development, data-taking, and analysis, an international research team led by scientists from Boston University and the University of Illinois has announced a new value for the muon lifetime. The new lifetime measurement—the most precise ever made of any subatomic particle—makes possible […]

Endangered Species Review and Interim Protections Sought for Little Brown Bats

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Boston)— Scientists and conservation groups filed a formal request today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if little brown bats, once the most common bat species in the Northeast, need protection under the Endangered Species Act because of a fast-spreading, lethal disease called white-nose syndrome. The […]

Thoreau’s study of birds at Walden Pond aids BU biologists in climate change research

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | (Boston) – Boston University biology Professor Richard Primack, graduate student Elizabeth Ellwood, and recent graduate Michelle Talmadge completed an analysis of the changing arrival dates of migratory birds to Concord, Mass., that includes observations by Henry David Thoreau from the 1850s. This research builds on earlier work by Primack […]