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Experts Media Alert – Terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, & Kuwait

By Jo Breiner
June 26th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, Pardee School of Global Studies, William Keylor.

Terrorists have killed dozens and injured many more people in attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. Early reports believe the attacks are the work of Islamic radicals. The first attack occurred at an American-owned gas factory in France. William Keylor, a professor of history and international relations at BU's  Pardee School of... More

Experts Media Alert – Charleston church shooting

By Jo Breiner
June 19th, 2015 in 2015, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health.

A gunman opened fire in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina killing nine people. The mass shooting, which is being investigated as a hate crime, once again has people talking about gun violence, racism, and hate crimes. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University's School of Public Health, is an... More

Erectile Dysfunction Worsened, Testosterone Levels Decreased by Some Drugs for Treatment of Prostate Enlargement  

By Kira Jastive
June 12th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)--Men with benign prostate enlargement who used finasteride (also known as proscar and propecia) to treat their condition, experienced worsening erectile dysfunction (ED) that did not resolve with continued treatment. In addition, they experienced a reduction in their testosterone levels leading to... More

Experts Media Alert – SCOTUS to rule on same-sex marriage

By Jo Breiner
June 5th, 2015 in 2015, Experts Media Alert, Katharine Silbaugh, Linda McClain, News Releases, Robert Volk, School of Law.

In April, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage. The case, Obergefell v Hodges, is a consolidation of earlier same-sex marriage cases and is limited by the court to two questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and... More

Experts Media Alert – SCOTUS to rule on King v. Burwell

By Jo Breiner
June 2nd, 2015 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, David K. Jones, Experts Media Alert, George Annas, Kevin Outterson, News Releases, Questrom School of Business, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner.

For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court is set to rule on a question which challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In March, the court heard arguments on the case King v. Burwell, which deals with a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations allowing health-insurance... More

Experts Media Alert – Pew Research Center study on America’s changing religious landscape

By Jo Breiner
May 28th, 2015 in 2015, Christopher H. Evans, Experts Media Alert, Nancy Ammerman, News Releases, Pamela Lightsey.

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the share of Christians in the United States dropped from 78.4% to 70.6% between 2007 and 2014, while those Americans who say they are not religiously affiliated increased from 16.1% to 22.8% during the same period. What does mean for... More

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Receives $3M Bequest from beloved alumni and faculty member Dr. Oreste Zanni

By Emily Truax
May 18th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2015 Contact: Mary Becotte Director, Communications & External Relations Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu (Boston) - The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine announced at Commencement on Friday, May 15 that it has received a bequest of more than 3 million... More

Boston University’s 142nd Commencement Address: Meredith Vieira

By Kira Jastive
May 17th, 2015 in News Releases.

Meredith Vieira Journalist and TV Host Boston University Commencement Speech Nickerson Field May 17, 2015 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2015, PARENTS, PRESIDENT BROWN, TRUSTEES, HONORED GUESTS, FACULTY, FRIENDS… I FIND IT SO FITTING THAT BOSTON UNIVERSITY STARTED OUT AS A SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY BECAUSE TODAY PARENTS ARE SAYING THANK YOU GOD…WE THOUGHT THIS DAY MIGHT... More

Boston University’s 142nd Commencement Baccalaureate Address: Cornell William Brooks

By Kira Jastive
May 17th, 2015 in News Releases.

Cornell William Brooks (STH'87) President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  Boston University Baccalaureate Speech Marsh Chapel May 17, 2015 Good morning. It is such an honor—a humbling honor—to be home after so many years, and to stand in the history-laden pulpit where I preached my first sermon so many... More

Experts Media Alert – Discharge proceedings against Navy Nurse for Refusing to Force-Feed at Gitmo Dropped

By Jo Breiner
May 13th, 2015 in 2015, Experts Media Alert, George Annas, News Releases, School of Public Health.

The U.S. Navy announced that a Naval nurse who refused to force-feed prisoners at Guantanamo will not face discharge proceedings and can now return to work. George Annas, Chair and Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at Boston University's School of Public Health, offers the following comments on the decision: Ever since 9/11, More

Experts Media Alert – McDonald’s reorganization

By Jo Breiner
May 4th, 2015 in 2015, Christopher Muller, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, School of Hospitality Administration.

McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook has announced his turnaround plan for the company which will see a reorganization of its international operations, as well as plans to franchise more restaurants. Professor Christopher Muller of Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration offers the following comment: “Today’s announcement by McDonald’s CEO, Steve Easterbrook, has the... More

Meredith Vieira to Deliver Boston University Commencement Address

By Kira Jastive
May 1st, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2015 CONTACT: Kira Jastive 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu (Boston) – Boston University today announced that Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host Meredith Vieira will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 142nd graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17th. Vieira will speak... More

In Their Own Words – George Annas

By Jo Breiner
May 1st, 2015 in 2015, George Annas, In Their Own Words, News Releases, School of Public Health.

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Israeli Airlift of "Surrogate Babies" from Nepal Raises Ethical Concerns By George Annas The earthquake in Nepal has exposed not only the poverty of the country, but a form of human trafficking encouraged by poverty and sex discrimination: the so-called surrogate mother business. In this business, men from wealthy countries, such as... More

In Their Own Words: Dean Sandro Galea

By Jo Breiner
April 29th, 2015 in 2015, In Their Own Words, News Releases, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health.

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Why We Should Care about Baltimore By Sandro Galea Over the past 12 months, the list of incidents in which police have been involved in harming unarmed black men seems inexhaustible. Earlier incidents involving Amadiou Diallo, and Sean Bell have been followed, in the past year alone, by Michael Brown, Walter Scott, More

Expert Panels Successfully Rate Medical Research Proposals

By Kira Jastive
April 23rd, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2015  CONTACT: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu Big-data analysis shows that the NIH’s often-criticized ‘peer-review’ panels select grant applications that are associated with better outcomes (BOSTON) – April 23, 2015 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is easily the world’s largest funder of medical research, and outside... More

White Matter Abnormalities Found Among Those Who’ve Experienced Blast-related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Kira Jastive
April 22nd, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)-- Individuals with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), particularly those who have had loss of consciousness (LOC), show structural brain abnormalities in their white matter as measured by Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). These findings, which appear in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical, is the... More

BUSM Biomedical Researcher Named Searle Scholar

By Olivia Davis Wilson
April 16th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 16, 2015 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Neil Ganem, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has been named a 2015 Searle Scholar. Ganem is one of 15 young scientists—and the first from Boston University—to receive the prestigious, More

Racial disparity in cancer mortality is narrowing, suggests new study

By Olivia Davis Wilson
April 16th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2015 CONTACT: Stephanie Rotondo, 617-353-7476, rotondos@bu.edu (Boston) - Cancer mortality remains significantly elevated among African Americans. Between 2000 and 2010, overall mortality from cancer decreased faster among African American women and men than among Caucasians. If current trends continue, racial disparities in cancer outcomes are expected to narrow... More

Local Researcher Receives 2014 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

By Olivia Davis Wilson
April 13th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2015 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)--Rachel Fearns, PhD, associate professor of microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is the recipient of a 2014 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. Fearns was one of 12 researchers to receive this three-year $300,000 award for her work towards... More

Experts Media Alert – The sinking of the Lusitania

By Jo Breiner
April 7th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, William Keylor.

Once considered the world's largest passenger ship, the RMS Lusitania was en route from New York to Liverpool, when near the coast of Ireland, it was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915. A few weeks earlier, the German embassy in Washington warned Americans that they would be traveling... More