Category: Science & Technology

BUSM Researchers Show an Oncolytic Virus Switches Off Cancer Cell Survival Signal

Contact: Jenny Eriksen, 617-638-6841 | jeriksen@bu.edu (Boston) – Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a mechanism by which specific viruses acting as oncolytic agents can enter and kill cancer cells. This finding, which is currently featured in an online edition of the Journal of Virology, could help lead to the development […]

Boston University Supports Davis Phinney Foundation’s Exercise-Focused Tools to Support Parkinson’s Patients

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu (Boulder, CO) – The Davis Phinney Foundation (http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org), a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide information and tools that help people to live well with Parkinson’s disease, today announced the availability of a new exercise DVD: “Exercise and Parkinson’s: Questions and Answers from the Experts.” This DVD features […]

BU, Brown and UC Irvine receive $3 million NSF grant to study security, privacy, and economic utility of cloud computing

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – Computer scientists from Boston University, Brown University and the University of California, Irvine, will collaborate on a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the anticipated amount of $3 million to investigate “trustworthy interaction in the cloud.” The cloud refers to Internet-based outsourced computation (popularly know […]

BU Computer Scientist Wins Grant to Measure Children’s Behavior

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science Professor and Department Chair Stanley Sclaroff is a principal investigator on a team that has won one of three National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing awards. Each award will be for five years and up to $10 […]

Mercury found to have comet-like appearance by satellites looking at Sun

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Rome and Boston) – Scientists from Boston University’s Center for Space Physics reported today that NASA satellites designed to view the escaping atmosphere of the Sun have also recorded evidence of gas escaping from the planet Mercury. The scientists reported these findings at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) […]

BU Sargent College Occupational Therapy Students Participate in the 4th Annual Backpack Awareness Day at St. Mary’s School in Brookline

Contact: Courtney de Lacy, 617-353-0197 | cdelacy@bu.edu (Boston) – Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College announced today that it is partnering with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to conduct a backpack awareness day on Wednesday, September 15. This local, annual event helps to educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, […]

BU PARTNERS IN FIVE-YEAR, $7.5M GRANT TO STUDY ANIMAL FLIGHT

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to a team of researchers from Boston University, the University of Washington, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The grant will fund a project entitled AIRFOILS (Animal […]

BU SCIENTISTS WARN OF LOUISIANA COASTAL EROSION

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – A team of researchers, including three from Boston University, have released findings suggesting that current plans to introduce fresh water to inland marshes around the Louisiana Gulf Coast may weaken protective coastal barriers, leaving inland regions more vulnerable to hurricanes. The relative weakness of freshwater marshes compared […]

BU SCIENTISTS STUDY RAT BRAINS TO HELP ROBOTS NAVIGATE

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – A team led by Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Psychology Michael Hasselmo has won a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to study rat brains to learn how to help military robots navigate. The team will develop […]

BU SCIENTISTS RELEASE ALARMING DATA ON REGIONAL BAT POPULATIONS

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu (Boston) – A new study led by Boston University College of Arts & Sciences researchers predicts that one of North America’s most common bat species, the little brown myotis, will be all but extinct in the Northeast in 20 years due to an emerging disease affecting hibernating bats in […]