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Bionic Pancreas: A Father’s Mission To Fight Type 1 Diabetes

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers.

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes — it is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. In most cases, poor diet and lack of exercise are contributing factors to Type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas doesn’t use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin is needed to convert sugar into energy…

Expert quote:

“The possibility that you could go to sleep and have your blood sugar drop profoundly low while you’re unconscious and there’s no one there to intervene. And the fear is something called ‘dead in bed syndrome.’”

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CanBeSmart Curry and other unusual recipes from ‘Ig Noble Cookbook’

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merry White, Newsmakers.

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Merry White, College of Arts & Sciences

Consider this menu: Fartless Herring, CanBeSmart Curry, Rollercoaster Martini. These are among the 21 recipes in “The Ig Nobel Cookbook,” Volume 1, a 40-page guffaw released on Sept. 6. Nobel laureates, as well as past winners of the Ig Nobel prize and organizers of the Ig Nobel prize ceremony, are contributors…

Expert quote:

“We thought we would get these clever and crazy scientists to contribute recipes that have something to do with their project that won them an Ig Nobel. We don’t make any promises about customer satisfaction.”

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Health headlines: Sodium, diabetes, waistlines

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College, WFXT.

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

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Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Carol Sulis, Ebola, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine.

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Carol Sulis, School of Medicine

No one knows what the death toll in the Ebola epidemic will be. As of Tuesday, nearly 2,500 people have died and nearly 5,000 have caught the virus, the World Health Organization says

Expert quote:

“We can only count those who come to the doctor, not those who stayed home and got well, or those who stayed home and died.”

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Armour: NFL should be rattled by Budweiser statement

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Newsmakers, USA Today.

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Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

Now the NFL has real trouble on its hands. Fed up with the league’s woeful inconsistencies on domestic violence and its belligerent insistence on protecting misbehaving players, Anheuser-Busch took the NFL to task on Tuesday. No, it didn’t say it was pulling its $1.2 billion, six-year contract – yet…

Expert quote:

“The implications of that, in terms of the investment, not to exaggerate but it would be staggering over the years. It would be a very, very difficult process for the league to replace that because there just aren’t that many brands that have that kind of money. They were probably waiting for everything to blow over. This is not blowing over.”

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Could Schools Combat Rise in ADHD With More Exercise?

September 16th, 2014 in 2014,, Newsmakers, Sarah Sparrow Benes, School of Education.
Sarah Sparrow Benes, School of Education

Diagnoses of Attention Hyperactivity Disorder are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated that by 2011, 11 percent of children had been diagnosed with ADHD, and 6.1 percent of all US children were taking an ADHD medication…

Expert quote:

“Moving can help learning – fitness levels have been linked with positive outcomes in the classroom. Physical education can support the physical, social and emotional development of children and provide students with positive learning and growth experiences.”

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It’s Flagella Against The Cantilever For The Fate Of Bacteria

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Kamil Ekinci, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU.

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Kamil Ekinci, College of Engineering

A team of researchers has developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony…

Expert quote:

“When they die, they stop moving, so it’s a good way to measure the effectiveness of an antibiotic. You know more or less immediately that they’re dead.”

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How to Tell if You’re Having a Panic Attack – and What to Do

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Todd Farchione, U.S. News & World Report.

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Todd Farchione, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

The sudden rushes of intense dread or distress are scary, but they’re also treatable…

Expert quote:

“The body is responding as though a threat is immediately present. So all the symptoms people experience [during a panic attack] – increased heart rate, increased breathing – are tied to an evolutionarily sound response to protect the individual. It’s really designed to get that person to either fight or flight; it’s primarily to escape.”

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Ferguson’s Small Businesses Try To Recover After Riots

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR, Robert Margo.

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Robert Margo, College of Arts & Sciences

Ferguson, Mo., took the international spotlight for weeks as protests over the police shooting of Michael Brown spiraled into rioting and a massive police response. Now work is underway to help the small businesses in the St. Louis suburb get back on their feet…

Expert quote:

“That’s really, I think, what happened in the 60s – is that occurrence of one of these events in these cities essentially heightened the fear of future events or crime in general. I think that’s really the issue.”

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To End Domestic Violence, First Ditch Outdated Gender Stereotypes

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR.

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By Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

The young man squirmed in his metal chair under the bright fluorescent lights of the church basement. He was trying to explain to other men at a meeting of Emerge, a group for men who have battered, why he had beaten his wife…

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‘Made in China’ online enterprises on global mission

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Management, Z. Justin Ren.

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Z. Justin Ren, School of Management

Domestic Internet giants are dipping their toes in international waters for sustained long-term growth, reports Meng Jing. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has been in the limelight recently with its much-anticipated initial public offering of shares in New York. But its chairman Jack Ma has also been busy making trips to countries like South Korea to expand the company’s flagship e-commerce business…

Expert quote:

“Building a true global company is the dream of many Chinese entrepreneurs. China’s Internet companies, which currently enjoy little brand-recognition overseas, all aspire to become the next Google or Amazon. Expanding globally will help elevate their status.”

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Adrian Peterson’s ‘discipline’ of son is abuse, doctor says: ‘Anything that leaves a bruise on a child is beyond the pale’

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Robert Sege, School of Medicine.

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Robert Sege, School of Medicine

Robert Sege, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, says the Minnesota Vikings star crossed a line with the ‘whooping’ he inflicted on his 4-year-old son…

Expert quote:

“There is no question in my mind that this amounts to child abuse. This is beyond corporal punishment. Anything that leaves a bruise on a child is beyond the pale.”

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Stopping America’s Hidden Overdose Crisis

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Alford, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Time.

Daniel Alford, School of Medicine

Fatal overdoses of prescription drugs are on the rise, but patchwork laws make them tough to stop…

Expert quote:

“As soon as you start talking about databases and tracking people and tracking prescribers, there’s pushback.”

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For NFL, real issue is bottom line

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, James Post, Newsmakers, School of Management.

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James Post, School of Management

Roger Goodell’s days are numbered. The embattled National Football League commissioner’s decisions and actions in a crisis will no doubt become the subject of some management case study. But it’s already clear that Goodell has become an indelible part of the problem and not a part of any solution to the NFL’s Ray Rice fiasco…

Expert quote:

“Now the question of his effectiveness is squarely in front of” NFL owners. It probably turns, in a bizarre sort of way, not on the issues of domestic violence. It’s a business decision.”

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Obama’s strategy against Islamic State? Whack-a-mole

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

“Comprehensive strategy.” That’s the operative phrase that the Obama administration has employed in rolling out its new campaign to take on Islamic State…

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Jacques Pepin says no slowing down as show ends

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Jacques Pepin, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers.

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Jacques Pepin, Metropolitan College

Jacques Pepin soon will begin production on what his longtime television network is calling his final cooking series, but the chef who has taught generations of Americans to cook says he’s far from retiring…

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Verdict Still Out on Whether Bitcoin Will Catch On

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management.

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Mark Williams, School of Management

You may have heard of a fairly new currency called Bitcoin. It’s virtual money – no bills or coins, no plastic cards. WUWM found a few people in Milwaukee who use bitcoin. They hope it becomes more popular, but there are drawbacks…

Expert quote:

“The biggest concern about virtual currencies, bitcoin in particular, is the fact that there’s no consumer protection. So as a consumer, if you were to buy or sell or own bitcoin, if these coins were taken from you, there’s no recourse. So you could actually be completely wiped out and lose everything.”

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Move Over Sugar, Salt is a Bigger Threat For All

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs,, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College. “Nutrition & You Blog”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 90 percent of children ages 6 to 18 in the United States eat too much sodium daily…

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Ebola spotter

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, College of Fine Arts, Ebola, Newsmakers, Selim Unlu.

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Selim Unlu, College of Engineering

Quickly confirming cases of Ebola is critical to stopping outbreaks, but test equipment is bulky and expensive…and getting results takes hours at best…

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Flowing Beer Can Lead to Flow Of Cash For Colleges, But Raises Public Health Concerns

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The controversial highway billboards featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle caused a stir in Connecticut this past week, but they also placed UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets…

Expert quote:

“There is a reasonable body of evidence suggesting that alcohol advertising does have an impact on youth alcohol consumption. … The heavier the exposure, the more likely youth are to initiate alcohol use. This is advertising of a product that is not legally purchasable by the majority of this audience.”

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Benghazi truths

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, Newsmakers.

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Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

Mitchell Zuckoff is a Boston University journalism professor and author. He spoke to the Trib regarding his new book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”…

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Foreigners, desperate and able to pay for transplants, find hope in U.S.

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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George Annas, School of Public Health

More than 200 international patients receive organ transplants in the United States every year, paying top dollar for access to the nation’s limited supply of organs…

Expert quote:

“The question that should be asked is: Did she get special treatment because she could pay the money? I don’t think anybody should second-guess the family for bringing their child here. The question for Pittsburgh is: How often are you going to do this?”

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Amesbury brothers try out bionic pancreas

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers.

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Like all parents, Constance Clarizia wants a short respite and sweet dreams at the end of the day. But for the past 14 years, nighttimes have not been sweet. With two sons who have Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes, nighttimes have meant monitoring of blood sugar levels even while her children are sleeping…

Expert quote:

“When you are sleeping, you are checked out. You don’t want to check out permanently.”

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Why the Face of Tech Remains Stubbornly Male

September 13th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

By Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Hundreds — perhaps thousands — of articles have been written bemoaning the lack of women in science and technology. Where are the high-level women in the technology business?…

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Newspaper giant buyer unlikely to be big chain

September 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Lou Ureneck, Newsmakers.

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Lou Ureneck, College of Communication

Newspaper behemoth Digital First Media’s announcement yesterday that it’s exploring the sale of its publications, which include 16 Bay State papers, came as little surprise to industry analysts, who say any buyer will most likely be someone with deep pockets, rather than a traditional newspaper company…

Expert quote:

“There might be attempts by local private investors, wealthy people who feel a sense of obligation to the community.”

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