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JPMorgan reveals shock $2bn trading loss on investments

May 11th, 2012 in 2012, BBC, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Uncategorized 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

JPMorgan Chase, the biggest US bank, has revealed a surprise trading loss of at least $2bn (£1.2bn) on complex investments made by its traders…

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How much iodine is too much?

January 17th, 2012 in 2012, Elizabeth Pearce, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine, Uncategorized 0 comments

Elizabeth Pearce, School of Medicine

Iodine deficiency is a major health problem worldwide, but a new study points to the potential downsides of too much iodine…

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Raylan Givens is a complex hero for the modern world

January 15th, 2012 in 2012, Charles Rzepka, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Uncategorized 0 comments

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Charles Rzepka, College of Arts & Sciences

Staring down a no-good, gun-toting heir to a marijuana empire in rural Kentucky who’s just thrown a dead rat at his car, Raylan Givens stands unfazed…

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Who pays the bill for the Fed's QE2?

December 3rd, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

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Veteran NECN Anchor R.D. Sahl Joins BU Faculty

November 19th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

R.D. Sahl

R.D. Sahl

Long-time New England Cable News (NECN) anchor R. D. Sahl will join the journalism department at Boston University beginning in January 2011. Sahl, who brings to BU 40 years of broadcast journalism experience, will remain at NECN as a special contributor.

“It’s been my privilege to be part of NECN for more than 13 years. This newsroom has been an important part of my life and my career, but it’s time for me to turn a page. That turn takes me to Boston University’s Department of Journalism. I’ve picked up a few lessons over the last 40 years, and I hope to bring those lessons to the classroom,” said Sahl.

“Our students will be the beneficiaries of R.D. Sahl’s career in which he epitomized the kind of accurate, objective and compelling reporting that we believe is so critical for students to learn in the frantic age of digital journalism. He not only brings a legacy of local, national and international reporting to our classrooms, but also his reputation as a trusted news anchor familiar to literally millions of NECN viewers across the six New England states,” said Tom Fiedler, Dean of Boston University’s College of Communication (COM).

Sahl has anchored the NECN primetime news since 1997 and is the host of Right Now with RD Sahl and co-host of NECN Business and NECN Tonight. Sahl has earned multiple Emmy Awards for his reporting and anchoring and has covered every major story during his 15-year tenure at NECN, including the attacks on 9/11, the clergy abuse crisis, and most recently the Haitian earthquake. During his tenure, Sahl has made numerous foreign trips with assignments in Haiti, Cuba, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

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GOP unpopular but its arguments are sticking

October 12th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

With three weeks remaining to mid-term elections, a new Bloomberg poll shows that voters are unhappy with both parties. Despite their unpopularity, the GOP appears to have the edge heading into the elections. Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers the following view:

“Much research on public opinion takes a dim view of the average citizen. Here’s more evidence to support that view:

“Cut the deficit but don’t cut any major program. We hate the health care law except for the part – requiring everyone to have insurance – that might save the average citizen money. And then end by attacking American politics.

“Perhaps the American voter should revisit Shakespeare: The fault dear Brutus is not in the stars but in ourselves.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540,

BU Panel to Examine Ground Zero Mosque

September 16th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments


The building near Ground Zero where there are proposed plans for an Islamic cultural center and mosque

Tonight, a panel of Boston Unviersity experts will examine the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.  According to BU Today, the event is an “effort to dispel what the speakers call Americans’ mistaken beliefs about Islam.”

The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy: What You Need to Know begins at 7 p.m. in room 222 of BU’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Panelists include Teena Purohit and Kecia Ali, both CAS assistant religion professors, and Cristine Hutchison-Jones (GRS’11), a Ph.D. candidate in religion and society.

The event is free and open to the public.

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France bans burqas

September 15th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

The French Parliament passed a bill banning women from wearing burqas and other full-body robes in public. International Relations professor William Keylor gives some historical perspective on the issue.

“The great irony of this whole affair is that the deeply felt sentiment in France against public displays of religious affiliation originated in the anti-clerical campaign waged in the 19th and early 20th century against the Catholic Church.

“The church was seen as the enemy of republican secular values and a defender of the aristocratic, monarchical, anti-democratic tradition. Now it is the Muslim religion that bears the brunt of this historical obsession with (no pun intended) keeping religion under wraps.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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Looking toward midterm elections

September 14th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Political science professor Graham Wilson, author of  “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,”  gives his outlook on the midterm elections.

“Maybe the Tea Party is the Democrats’ last hope.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540,

Lobbying the financial reform act

July 28th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

lobbyist on Capitol stepsIntense lobbying is under way over the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform act, with federal agencies needing to fill in the details of at least 243 financial rules and conduct 67 studies before implementing the most sweeping such law since the 1930s.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Business and Politics,” says citizens should be concerned that the interest-group system is massively biased towards representing business interests.

“The regulations that give shape to laws are always crucial.  In this case, the massive complexity and detail involved makes the regulations all the more important — and in this process the voices for consumer and taxpayer interests will be few in number compared with those for the financial industry.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540,

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