Newsmakers

Newsmakers is a daily collection of news articles and broadcast videos quoting Boston University experts. All content is copyrighted, and any duplication or further dissemination may require permission of the copyright owner. Questions regarding Newsmakers may be directed to Jo Breiner at jbreiner@bu.edu.

Finding the courage to write about cowardice

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, Chris Walsh, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, PRI Public Radio International.

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Chris Walsh, College of Arts & Sciences

Every week, a dozen review copies of soon-to-be published books cross my desk. I don’t open most of them…

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If Not Hillary, Who? O’Malley in spotlight as Clinton fights media barrage

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Hillary Clinton’s political problems over foreign contributions to her family’s foundation and other issues appear to be fueling an appetite on the left for an insurgent primary challenge…

Expert quote:

“He’s the litmus test of Hillary’s liberal politics – or alleged liberal politics – because he is going to hold her feet to the fire. So he will fight with her, at least to Iowa and New Hampshire if he is so inclined, and he can make her very uncomfortable.”

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ISS experiment will study effects of microgravity on bone

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers, Paola Divieti Pajevic, RESEARCH @ BU.

The Space Reporter
Paola Divieti Pajevic, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

According to a NASA
statement, an experiment on how microgravity affects human bone cells will be bound for the International Space Station later this month…

Expert quote:

“For us, the possibility to use the space station is really important to validate the ground-based model that we use in the lab. We can envision doing multiple experiments, once we know how the cells behave in microgravity. Then we can try to find different pathways to manipulate the cells.”

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Can someone explain how Robert E. Lee became an American icon?

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Tom Whalen, WBUR.

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By Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As we mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s passing this month, someone needs to explain why so many people in this country still celebrate, dare I say, even venerate the memory of his greatest enemy…

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The Next Bubble Is A Matter of If Not When

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, FoxBusiness.com, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business.

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Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business

Add to the list of life’s certainties – taxes and death topping that inventory – the inevitability of another financial bubble…

Expert quote:

“The Fed is resigned to the fact that the low interest rates are a necessary evil. The consequences of a bubble are much less than the consequences of low growth and economic stagnation.”

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The Conversation US – John Clarke

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John Clarke, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US.

Hubble in pictures: astronomers' top picks

Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria

In this special feature, we have invited top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them. The images they’ve chosen aren’t always the colourful glory shots that populate the countless “best of” galleries around the internet, but rather their impact comes in the scientific insights they reveal.

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Air pollution could increase risk of dementia

April 24th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Sudha Seshadri.

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Sudha Seshadri, School of Medicine

Middle-aged and older adults who live in towns and cities suffer ageing of the brain and increased risk of dementia and strokes because of air pollution, new research suggests…

Expert quote:

“On average participants who lived in more polluted areas had the brain volume of someone a year older than participants who lived in less polluted areas. They also had a 46 per cent higher risk of silent strokes. This is concerning since we know that silent strokes increase the risk of overt strokes and of developing dementia, walking problems and depression.”

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Long-term exposure to air pollution may pose risk to brain structure, cognitive functions

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Sudha Seshadri.

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Sudha Seshadri, School of Medicine

Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke…

Expert quote:

“This study shows that for a 2 microgram per cubic meter of air (μg/m3) increase in PM2.5, a range commonly observed across major US cities, on average participants who lived in more polluted areas had the brain volume of someone a year older than participants who lived in less polluted areas. They also had a 46 percent higher risk of silent strokes on MRI.”

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Living near busy roads ‘can raise dementia risk': Exposure to sooty particles alters structure of the brain

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Sudha Seshadri.

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Sudha Seshadri, School of Medicine

Living near congested roads with high levels of air pollution can cause ‘silent strokes’ which increase the risk of dementia, scientists have warned…

Expert quote:

“This is concerning, since we know that silent strokes increase the risk of overt strokes and of developing dementia, walking problems and depression.We now plan to look more at the impact of air pollution over a longer period, its effect on brain shrinkage over time, and other risks including stroke and dementia.”

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Carson is latest to try to return professional football to Los Angeles

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Christian Science Monitor, College of Communication, Frank Shorr, Newsmakers.

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Frank Shorr, College of Communication

Cheers went up from jersey-clad football fans when the Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately-financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders Tuesday night…

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Ding Dong! Chipotle begins delivery

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration.

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

The door-to-door burrito is here…

Expert quote:

“This is about the changing dynamics of retail. It’s the fallout of the Internet shopping world.”

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Study: Peer Review Predicts Success

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Leila Agha, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business, RESEARCH @ BU.

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Leila Agha, Questrom School of Business

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) peer-review scoring system, which is used to select grant proposals for funding, is an accurate predictor of how impactful proposed research will ultimately become, according to an analysis published today (April 23) in Science

Expert quote:

“There is very little prior research on how effective peer-review committees are at deciding which grant applications to fund, and yet that is the major mechanism by which science funding is allocated in the United States and internationally.”

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High-scoring grant applications yield more highly-cited papers

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Leila Agha, Nature, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business, RESEARCH @ BU.

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Leila Agha, Questrom School of Business

Grant applications that are ranked more highly by peer reviewers go on to yield more patents and highly cited papers, an analysis of more than 130,000 funded grants finds…

Expert quote:

“We are not saying that this is the best of all possible worlds or that peer review never makes a mistake or can’t improve.”

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A gray matter

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Ann McKee, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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Ann McKee, School of Medicine

Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history. They hope to turn anxiety into answers…

Expert quote:

“I’m relieved to see people taking it seriously. There’s a certain level of, I don’t know, it’s just sensationalism or it’s what sells. I think there are times when it’s overblown. I do think we need to be concerned. … Sometimes it goes a little far.”

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When depression and cultural expectations collide

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Associated Press, Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Newsmakers, School of Social Work.

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Hyeouk Chris Hahm, School of Social Work

“My time is coming. It’s already time for me to die. I can’t wait. … So yeah I plan to kill myself during spring break, which by the way, starts in two days.” — Wynne Lee wrote in a March 29, 2012 journal post…

Expert quote:

Patients who seek care “are telling us is that they don’t think that psychotherapy, which is designed for white Americans, really works for them.”

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Boston’s last brush with capital punishment

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Douglas Starr, Newsmakers.

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By Douglas Starr, College of Communication

Last Monday, a few days after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of helping his late brother, Tamerlan, plant and set off two bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, a local cable station invited a man named Bob Curley on air to discuss whether Tsarnaev should be put to death…

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Boston University professor talks about bombing trial

April 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Karen Pita Loor, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Karen Pita Loor, School of Law

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You may never have had coffee like this, but it will be available in Boston soon

April 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Business Journal, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merry White, Newsmakers.

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Merry White, College of Arts & Sciences

A leading operator of coffee shops in Japan is planning its foray into the U.S. market next month in Boston’s Financial District, and if the scene at the 10 Milk St. location this afternoon was any indication, Ogawa Coffee is leaving little to chance…

Expert quote:

“The first thing a foreigner will experience there is the idea of service. They are really big on detail,” she said. “And above all, they care about taste.”

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Will a ‘remorseful’ Abe offer an official ‘apology’ for WWII?

April 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Nation, Thomas Berger.

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech yesterday and today at the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta and the address before the US Congress during his upcoming visit to Washington beginning April 26 will be closely watched…

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Ban Flavoring, Ads for E-Cigarettes, Doctors’ Group Says

April 22nd, 2015 in 2015, HealthDay News, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should ban flavorings and television ads for e-cigarettes, a prominent physicians’ organization says…

Expert quote:

“The problem with banning flavoring is that it would put an end to e-cigarettes, because they all have flavoring. These flavors are the primary reason that these products are so attractive to smokers who are trying to quit or cut down. More importantly, it would have negative health effects, because people who are using e-cigarettes may go back to smoking.”

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Sitcoms: a changing medium adapts to a changing audience

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Michael Loman, Newsmakers.

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Michael Loman, College of Communication

NBC canceled a sitcom in 1989 due to low ratings. A year later network executive Rick Ludwin ordered four episodes of that same show…

Expert quote:

“If the network schedules a show behind a very popular show like “Big Bang Theory” or “Modern Family” like the way they’ve done “Black-ish” after “Modern Family” you’re going to get a much better sampling than you would have if it wasn’t behind a very popular show.”

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Study finds mid-Narragansett Bay warmed 2.5 degrees from 1960 to 2012

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Providence Journal, RESEARCH @ BU, Robinson Fulweiler.

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Robinson Fulweiler, College of Arts & Sciences

A new analysis of temperature fluctuations in two areas of Narragansett Bay just north of the Jamestown and Pell Bridges has concluded that surface waters warmed by an average of 2.5 degrees F. between 1960 and 2012…

Expert quote:

“Not only do we have warmer winter water temperatures but we also have warmer summer water temperatures or more summer water temperatures above 23 degrees C. (or 73.4 degrees F.) now than in the past. This matters for lots of reasons. One key reason is that organisms are often adapted to certain temperatures, so shifting that range could mean some might not be able to live in the bay while others might, say those species from more southern locations.”

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Why Do Get So Emotional About Brands?

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business, Susan Fournier.

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Susan Fournier, Questrom School of Business

Honestly, it’s puzzling that an inanimate, imaginary thing such as a brand should seem to have gender…

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Hillary against all the way to the White House

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

[She] has gone further than any woman in the fierce competition in Washington…

Expert quote:

“The Democrats put all their eggs in one basket and electoral future is linked to the former first lady. The thing is to decide between Hillary, Hillary and Hillary. “

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The Best Anti-Aging Treatment Is Your Diet

April 21st, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College.

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By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

You are what you eat, and what you eat may also affect how old you look. Research suggests that a poor diet may not only be bad for your hips and heart but also your face…

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