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Boston University School of Theology Lowell Lecture: Alumni Recall March to Montgomery

By Olivia Davis Wilson
February 26th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2015 CONTACT: Alisa Harris, 617-358-6705, alisahar@bu.edu  Jaclyn K. Jones, 617-353-8972, jkjones@bu.edu (Boston)—February 26, 2015—In the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, a young Martin Luther King Jr. travels to Alabama to win legislation protecting black Americans’ right to vote. The film portrays police brutality, political calculations, the passion of activists, and... More

A new view of the solar system: astrophysical jets driven by the sun

By Kira Jastive
February 19th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015 CONTACT: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu Matthew Wright, 301-405-9267 or mewright@umd.edu (BOSTON) – February 19, 2015 - As the sun skims through the galaxy, it flings out charged particles in a stream of plasma called the solar wind, and the solar wind creates a bubble extending far outside the... More

Experts Media Alert – Starbucks subscription service

By Jo Breiner
February 18th, 2015 in 2015, Christopher Muller, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, School of Hospitality Administration.

Would you pay an annual subscription to have your favorite coffee delivered to your house? Starbucks has launched a fresh delivery subscription service for their line of super-premium, small-lot coffees. Christopher Muller, a professor in BU's School of Hospitality Administration, is an expert in corporate and multiunit restaurant brand management, chain restaurant organization... More

Review Article Provides Evidence on the Biological Nature of Gender Identity

By Olivia Davis Wilson
February 13th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 13, 2015 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there... More

Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

By Jo Breiner
February 13th, 2015 in 2015, Adil Najam, Augustus Richard Norton, Farouk El-Baz, Joseph Wippl, Kecia Ali, Michael Corgan, News Releases, Robert Hefner.

The White House will hold a "Summit on Countering Violent Extremism" on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will "highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United... More

Experts Media Alert – What you should know about the Chikungunya Virus

By Jo Breiner
February 12th, 2015 in 2015, Davidson Hamer, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, School of Medicine, School of Public Health.

With school vacations approaching and spring break close behind, it's no wonder that people in the Northeast are heading to Florida, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America for some much needed relief from the snow and arctic temperatures. But they may be surprised by what they could... More

Researchers Identify Peptide that Reduces Urge to Eat

By Margaret Waterman
February 4th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Researchers have identified a peptide and hormone that when administered to a specific area of the brain may reduce the desire for food. The study, which appears in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, may one day lead to medications that treat obesity and binge... More

The Nile Project in Residency at Boston University this March

By Margaret Waterman
February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Arts Initiative, News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2015 CONTACT: Sarah Collins, BU Arts Initiative, (617) 368-0727 or artsinbu@bu.edu THE NILE PROJECT IN RESIDENCY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY THIS MARCH (Boston, MA)—The Boston University Arts Initiative is pleased to announce that we, in addition to the BU African Studies Center, BU School of Music – College of... More

Mobile and Interactive Media Use By Young Children: The Good, The Bad and The Unknown

By Margaret Waterman
January 30th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 30, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)–Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review... More

Researchers Provide Insights For Reducing Drug Overdoses Through Community Education

By Margaret Waterman
January 29th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Jan. 29, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Results from a new study show that participants in drug overdose education programs tend to be parents (mostly mothers) who provide financial support for their son/daughter, have daily contact with their loved one, have applied for court-mandated treatment and have witnessed... More

Dr. Raul Garcia Elected Vice President of AADR for 2015-2016

By Emily Truax
January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2015 Contact:  Mary Becotte, 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu (Boston) – Dr. Raul Garcia, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), was elected to serve as Vice President of the American Association for Dental... More

New Model Better Predicts Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women

By Margaret Waterman
January 26th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)--Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have developed a breast cancer risk prediction model for African- American women that found greater accuracy in predicting risk for the disease. The use of this model could result in increased eligibility of African... More

Researchers Identify Efficient Methylating Enzyme Allosterically Activated for Cancer Development

By Margaret Waterman
January 23rd, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 23, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—A recent study may help begin to explain how cancer develops though the abnormal turning on and off of genes. Researchers have discovered that the increase of methyl tags in cancer cells is due to highly efficient DNA methyl transferase 1... More

Study identifies new targeted treatment strategy for some aggressive cancers

By Kira Jastive
January 15th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2015 CONTACT: MGH Cancer Center contact: Katie Marquedant, 617 726-0337, kmarquedant@partners.org BUSM contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston) – Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified the first potential treatment targeting a pathway by which several aggressive tumors maintain their... More

Metropolitan College Names Potter Palmer Director of Food & Wine Programs

By Kira Jastive
January 13th, 2015 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2015 CONTACT: Sue Harvey, 617-358-2928 or sharvey@bu.edu (Boston)—Dr. Potter Palmer has been named director of Food & Wine Experiential Programs at Boston University Metropolitan College (MET). In his new role, he is responsible for the administration and promotion of all of MET’s Food & Wine offerings. Formal learning opportunities... More

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award to Improve Oral Health in Belarus

By Emily Truax
January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2015 Contact:  Mary Becotte Director, Communications & External Relations Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu (Boston) – The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced that Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Clinical Associate Professor... More

Black women working night shifts have increased risk of developing diabetes

By Margaret Waterman
January 11th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2015 CONTACT: Dr. Varsha Vimalananda, Center for Health Organization and Implementation Research, at (781) 687-3465 or varsha.vimalananda@va.gov (Boston)--Data from a large ongoing study into the health of African-American women show that those who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than those who have never worked night shifts, More

BU Researchers Identify Genome Wide Expression Changes in Vascular Tissue Due to Infection and Diet

By Emily Truax
January 7th, 2015 in 2015, News Releases, School of Medicine.

Findings may lead to individualized treatment for atherosclerosis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 7, 2015 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)--Although it has been shown that a diet high in fat and exposure to certain bacteria can cause atherosclerosis (the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances on artery walls which can restrict blood... More

Cell-Associated HIV Mucosal Transmission: The Neglected Pathway

By Kira Jastive
December 18th, 2014 in News Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that... More

Two BUSM Graduates Chosen for New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Fellowships

By Margaret Waterman
December 10th, 2014 in 2014, News Releases, School of Medicine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Dec. 10, 2014 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio; 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu (Boston)—Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) graduates MaryAnn Wilbur, MD, MPH (MED ’11, MPH ’11), and James Yeh, MD, MPH (MED ’10), have been chosen for prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) editorial fellowships.  With more than 600,000 readers in 177 countries, More