Newsmakers

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Go ahead, soak up some sun

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Medicine, Washington Post.

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By Michael Holick, School of Medicine

For decades now, our sun has been reviled and demonized. The message from the medical community: Avoid direct exposure, or face an increased risk of skin cancer…

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The Millions of Marginalized Americans

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Douglas Kriner, New York Times, Newsmakers.

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Douglas Kriner, College of Arts & Sciences

Not long ago I had separate chats with two political insiders who offered to fill me in on Jeb Bush’s strategy, if he prevails in the primaries, for winning the general election…

Expert quote:

“The weird incentives created by the Electoral College don’t just skew campaigning — they skew tangible policy outcomes, even dollars and cents. Regardless of how non-Machiavellian presidents may want to be, in the back of their minds, there is this idea: Where do I want my first national manufacturing innovation center to be? Maybe Ohio?”

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What’s right, wrong and illegal in handling fetal tissue

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Two Republican state representatives want to ban the sale, transfer and experimentation of aborted fetuses in Wisconsin…

Expert quote:

“They’re clearly doing it to make money, they’re not non-profit organizations, they’re for-profit. There’s this whole business going on that not many people know about and it’s unclear whether people care about it or not.”

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The Euro Is In Trouble. But Romania Still Wants In.

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cornel Ban, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Cornel Ban, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

The extraordinary political and economic turbulence of the Greek debt crisis has prompted widespread speculation that other European countries will now think twice before joining the 19-nation eurozone…

Expert quote:

“It is going to be very hard to explain to people after the Greek crisis what the cost of joining the eurozone would be. I think in 2009 we would have gone in without the debate… A lot of people are looking at Greece, saying this is a situation we would be in too.”

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Uber vs. Laws – Will the “sharing economy” help kill off government regulation?

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Newsmakers, Politico.com, Questrom School of Business.

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Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Questrom School of Business

The “sharing economy” has suddenly become a focal point of the presidential campaign, with candidates on all sides embracing companies like Uber for their disruptive, customer-focused innovation…

Expert quote:

“Most systems have a skewed distribution of ratings, which is actually skewed positively for the most part.”

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Week In Review: Olympics Debate, DCF, Sanctuary Cities, Millionaire Taxes

July 25th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, WBUR.

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John Carroll, College of Communication

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Ethiopian Opposition Leader Travels to Eritrea to Lead Rebellion

July 24th, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Woldemariam, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

The leader of a U.S.-based Ethiopian opposition group relocated to Eritrea to organize civil and armed resistance against the government in the capital, Addis Ababa, a movement spokesman said…

Expert quote:

“The situation is volatile, and the potential for heightened conflict is real.”

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Concussion detector funds go to local co.

July 24th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine.

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine

The National Football League has awarded funds to a local innovation company to help develop a cutting-edge diagnostic test that could pinpoint a concussion with a simple blood test…

Expert quote:

“The ability to have an objective measure of altered brain functioning that could be conducted on the sideline or soon thereafter would be a huge game-changer.”

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Drug Might Fight Ebola-like Marburg Virus

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Ebola, Elke Muhlberger, HealthDay News, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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Elke Muhlberger, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Researchers say they’ve made preliminary progress toward developing a drug that one day may treat people infected with the deadly Marburg virus, which is similar to Ebola…

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Patients’ Medical Records Soon May Have Genetic Results

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health, U.S. News & World Report.

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Sandro Galea, School of Public Health

Scientists have envisioned a time in medicine when patients no longer have to undergo trial and error to determine which drugs will help treat or cure them when they are sick – and that era may be coming soon, as hospitals and medical centers are gathering information on patients and sequencing their genes…

Expert quote:

“The big challenge is that the genomic medicine agenda is for the development of highly specialized, highly specific drugs instead of the approach of making population healthier.”

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A Colorful, Provocative Vision of the ’80s

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Gregory Williams, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal.

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Gregory Williams, College of Arts & Sciences

Most of the German artists featured in a new exhibition on the 1980s came of age artistically after the euphoria surrounding cultural change in the 1960s had fizzled out and as the student movements of the 1970s were losing steam…

Expert quote:

“The painters found themselves on an empty historical stage.”

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Comment on “Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines”

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Questrom School of Business, Science Magazine, Shulamit Kahn.

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Co-written by Shulamit Kahn, Questrom School of Business

We read Leslie et al.’s paper (1) with great interest, having completed a review on academic women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with our colleagues Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams (2)…

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Safeguarding financial stability in the TPP

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

Chilean and Peruvian officials will meet with their counterparts later this month in what may be one of the final stages in the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If completed the TPP will bring together 12 key Pacific-rim countries into the largest regional trade bloc on the planet…

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Broadcast Olympics Debate Might Help Boston 2024 Up Support, Or It Might Help Opponents

July 23rd, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, WBUR.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

One side wants it to be a game changer. The other wants it to end the games…

Expert quote:

“I doubt that whether you go to the local ice cream shop or to the beach, that the main topic of conversation is going to be the debate that’s coming up. I just don’t see it on the average person’s radar. Unless there’s a big gaffe one way or the other, I just don’t see this as shifting opinion very much.”

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Investigators: Baby Doe DNA not a match in national database

July 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Fox 25 News, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, WFXT.

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Robin Cotton, School of Medicine

Investigators recently completed a DNA profile of Baby Doe, the toddler found dead last month on Deer Island. Her DNA, however, was no match for anything registered to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database…

Expert quote:

“The number of random people in the population that may have half certainly wouldn’t be enormous, but it would be bigger than you’d want to have for investigative leads.”

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Ashley Madison hack can be ‘devastating’ to cheaters, families

July 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Enterprise News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Sophie Godley.

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Sophie Godley, School of Public Health

The Ashley Madison website prides itself as “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters.”…

Expert quote:

“People can be very titillated and get led down these paths as if it’s really harmless, and when that exposure happens and the spouse finds out, it’s not harmless at all. It can be devastating.”

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Name is hard to pronounce, but reputation is unmistakable

July 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if no one can pronounce it and you’re running for office…

Expert quote:

“Without her husband’s name, at least initially, I doubt if she would have been elected or gone far in the political field.”

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All our children

July 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Eid is supposed to be inclusive — the great equaliser that brings everyone around us into the folds of happiness. Children, in particular, are the greatest amplifiers of happiness…

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State fails to meet guidelines on lead in homes

July 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Wendy Heiger-Bernays.

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Wendy Heiger-Bernays, School of Public Health

Shortly after Jahnyi O’Neal’s first birthday, a routine blood test revealed an elevated level of lead — nearly double the amount that federal health officials say can harm children…

Expert quote:

“It’s just astounding that we continue to not follow these recommendations, which were very, very clear. There’s no excuse.”

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How well can you focus your brain?

July 21st, 2015 in 2015, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, College of Engineering, National Science Foundation, Newsmakers.

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Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, College of Engineering

Seven digits is the “magic number” for neuroscientists…

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China Communist Party Expels Former Hu Jintao Aide on Bribes

July 21st, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

The Chinese Communist Party expelled a former top aide to retired President Hu Jintao and set in motion a criminal case against the last of a faction dubbed the “New Gang of Four.”…

Expert quote:

“Ling of course handled secret information every day.”

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No, we’re not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed?

July 21st, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Katherine Levine Einstein, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post.

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Co-written by Katherine Levine Einstein, College of Arts & Sciences

As we all learned in high school, citizens of a good democratic government are well-informed, able to sort through the issues of the day in deciding who to vote for or what is a good policy…

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LETTERS: The Self-Taught Tradition Among British Authors

July 21st, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, New York Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sheila Cordner.

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By Sheila Cordner, College of General Studies

D.I.Y. Education Before YouTube,” by Jon Grinspan (Sunday Review, July 12), recalls a similar tradition of independent learning in England during the 19th century…

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Top Chinese Official Is Ousted From Communist Party

July 21st, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, New York Times, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

A top aide to China’s former president Hu Jintao who will face prosecution on corruption charges has been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from public office, Chinese state news media reported on Monday…

Expert quote:

“This is absolutely about rooting out the people Xi perceives as working against him.”

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What’s The Secret To Living To 100-Years Old?

July 20th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls, WBUR.

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

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