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Google Flight Search, four years in: Not the competition-killer critics feared

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

When David Sun needs a cheap ticket, he Googles it. When James Pillow wants to fly somewhere, he doesn’t…

Expert quote:

“Google Flight Search might depress innovation.”

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Home-cooked family dinner isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

September 19th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, Washington Post 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

This was our family dinner last week: I poured some leftover soup into a mug, heated it in the microwave, tossed a $20 bill at my kids and told them to order pizza or Thai food, and raced out the door to get to an evening event, drinking the soup in the car…

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Ebola could infect 500,000 by end of January, according to CDC projection

September 19th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

The Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa could infect up to 500,000 people by the end of January, according to a new estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.​..

Expert quote:

“One of the scary things about this outbreak is that all the general models of the past have been broken.”

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Bank of America and DOJ near $17 billion settlement over mortgage securities

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Washington Post 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Final terms are almost in place for the record $17 billion settlement between Bank of America and the Justice Department over allegations that the nation’s second-largest bank knowingly sold faulty mortgage securities that contributed to the financial crisis, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday. An announcement could come as early as Thursday…

Expert quote:

“The banks extracted billions from unassuming customers and now Justice has extracted billions of dollars in settlements to make up for that. But corporate executives should not be able to hide behind their companies and have shareholders pay for egregious behavior.”

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An ousted CEO so popular employees are protesting to get his job back

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What’s far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO get his job back…

Expert quote:

“If this is about justice, the public will support that. But if this is about vengeance, that could end up leaving a bad taste in the public’s mouth.”

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Review: ‘Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work,’

June 21st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Susan L. Mizruchi, Washington Post 0 comments

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Susan L. Mizruchi, College of Arts & Sciences

“How the hell can an actor like that come from Omaha, Nebraska?” said stage and film legend Paul Muni after appearing with 22-year-old Marlon Brando in the Broadway production of “A Flag is Born” in 1946…

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iPhone-controlled bionic pancreas may free Type 1 diabetics from the insulin pump

June 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Washington Post 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

For those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, food can kill. Unable to produce insulin, a hormone that removes sugar from the blood, diabetics must watch what they eat — very carefully…

Expert quote:

“My goal is to have this device done by the time my kid, who has Type 1 diabetes, goes to college.”

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What underage drinkers drink when they binge drink

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can have strong, brand-driven alcoholic preferences.

A study undertaken by researchers with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that underage drinkers not only have a knack for drinking excessive amounts of alcohol—67% of all drinks consumed by youth aged 13 to 20 were done so as part of binge drinking episodes, according to the study—but they’re also pretty picky about which branded alcohols they down when they do over-drink—the study found that underage drinkers are more loyal to brand names than they are to anything else…

Expert quote:

“The most important finding is that the phenomenon of binge drinking among our youth is extremely brand specific. For the first time we’ve found the brands that are most responsible for binge drinking among our nation’s youth.”

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How economic despair pushed Spain to embrace a new party

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sofia Perez, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Sofia Perez, College of Arts & Sciences

Events over the last few weeks in Spain have surprised many observers. A new party –Podemos  (“We can”) – got an unexpectedly high vote in elections to the European Parliament. This has shaken up the party system, long dominated by two large national parties (the Socialist PSOE and the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP)) along with a number of established local nationalist parties important in Catalonia and elsewhere…

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Obama: ‘No apologies’ for Bergdahl release deal

June 5th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Defending the way he announced the exchange of imprisoned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban fighters, President Obama said Thursday that he could not give up the chance to save one more life in the waning days of the Afghanistan war…

Expert quote:

“I think that hovers in the background of any discussion of the war, of Bergdahl, of the exchange of five Taliban prisoners, of whether or not this soldier was a good soldier.”

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