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Senate CIA torture report release: expert reaction

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US.

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

The US Senate has released the executive summary of a long-withheld report on harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the post-9/11 era…

Expert quote:

The timing of the issuance of the Senate report on the use by CIA of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 was under discussion in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for an extended period of time…

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How ‘The Colbert Report’ Has Given a ‘Bump’ to Academic Guests

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Chronicle of Higher Education, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero.

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

While in character as a pompous and self-aggrandizing TV host, Stephen Colbert has invited a steady stream of academics to his show, The Colbert Report, to scold and ridicule them…

Expert quote:

“What he really cares about, I think, is learning, and education.”

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Torture report highlights consequences of permanent war

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The just-released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices since 9/11 contains nothing that would have surprised the journalist and critic Randolph Bourne. Back in 1918, in an essay left unfinished at the time of his death later that year, Bourne had warned that “war is the health of the state.”…

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Fish Smell Like the Coral They Eat—Disguise Is New to Science

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jelle Atema, National Geographic, Newsmakers.

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

Now this is one fish that would beat you in a game of hide-and-seek. New research shows coral-dwelling filefish camouflage themselves by not only looking, but alsosmelling like their prey…

Expert quote:

“It’s a clever study design and a nice contribution to the literature on chemical camouflage. They showed that by smelling like coral, filefish can blend in and avoid predators.”

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Rolling Stone Rape Story Backlash: What The Magazine’s Missteps Mean For Journalists

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, International Business Times, Newsmakers.

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Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Rolling Stone’s high-profile story about a rape at the University of Virginia sparked a fierce debate about campus sexual assault since its publication on Nov. 19, but the magazine’s recent acknowledgement that its account was false could have significant consequences for journalism in the United States, with some media leaders expressing concern that the backlash from the now-discredited story could possibly impact future reporting on sensitive subject matter…

Expert quote:

“Other publications are going to look at the brickbats that Rolling Stone is facing and say we have to be twice as careful. Journalists might really now be asking their sources for a lot of documentation and, with a lot of these cases, it’s usually just a he said, she said. I think that’s going to make editors leery about doing these kinds of stories.”

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The Hottest Healthy Kitchen Gadgets to Give (or Get) This Year

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, 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

Are you stumped as to what to buy a person this holiday season that has “everything?”…

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Why Haven’t We Found a Cure for Ebola in Boston?

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Boston.com, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

In West Africa alone, the World Health Organization reports that the current Ebola outbreak— the most severe on record—has killed more than 6,000 out of the 17,000 people who have contracted it. Here in Boston, you could literally bump into someone working on a cure, but it’s a process often hampered by lack of funding and facilities…

Expert quote:

“Having a facility that can operate safely and effectively in close proximity to lots of intelligent people should speed up a lot of the development process, because it’s a lot easier to have conversations and get things started when it’s 15 minutes on the T and on the No. 10 bus, versus going down to the CDC or the NIH. There’s a ceiling on the amount of work that can be done because of the amount of facilities.”

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The British Royals Are Here, But Do Americans Care?

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, Arianne Chernock, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Newsweek.

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Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, known colloquially as Will and Kate, arrived in New York on Sunday for a whirlwind three-day trip, delighting those Americans with romantic notions of what it’s like to be British monarchy while leaving those with a more cynical outlook wondering, “What’s the big deal?”…

Expert quote:

“If there wasn’t some sort of fundamental connection, it would be difficult to say that there’d be the same kind of emotional attachment. A lot of Americans do feel that connection.”

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The health of our values

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Disturbing would be an understatement. The recent crises in the health sector just in the last few weeks, from the deaths of infants due to lack of basic medical equipment in multiple central hospitals, to kids dying of starvation in Thar, to the cold-blooded murders of polio workers, to the confusion around HIV-infected blood given to thalassaemia patients, should make us pause, to wonder if the system is crumbling or if it has reached the same elite status as our railways…

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Week In Review: Police Body Cameras, Ride Sharing, Gambling

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, WBUR.

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John Carroll, College of Communication

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Oxytots

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, Deborah Frank, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Slate.com.

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Deborah Frank, School of Medicine

In 1985, as crack cocaine use was surging in American cities, the New England Journal of Medicine published a provocative study

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Chinese role expected in Mexico’s energy reform

December 7th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

As Mexico opens up its energy sector to outside investment, China is expected to play a role especially in financing projects according to observers…

Expert quote:

“China’s 2013 loan to Pemex for $1 billion guarantees China a seat at Mexico’s energy reform table. The loan, from the China Development Bank and the ICBC, guarantees that China’s CNOOC gets a piece of the action in terms of exploration and production. China is a net importer of oil and its firms are rapidly obtaining access and assets across the world. Until now China has had little access to Mexico. Now it is the first to contribute hard cash.”

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China Probe of Former Security Chief May Mean Closed-Door Trial

December 7th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers.

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

With former China security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation for leaking state secrets, formal charges would allow for a closed-door trial that would test the Communist Party’s resolve to make its legal machinery more transparent…

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McDonald’s expands custom sandwich option

December 7th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration, USA Today.

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

The future of McDonald’s fast food may be slowing it down…

“Not one student I have asked since the start of classes this September believes that McDonald’s has any healthy items on its menu. I think it is less that McDonald’s has lost its way and more that a generation has simply left for a different destination.”

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Letters to the Editor: On banks

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, The Economist.

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By Cornelius Hurley, Center for Finance, Law & Policy, School of Law

The new bank capital standards put forward by the Bank of England will not, as you state, “remove the implicit subsidy big banks have unfairly enjoyed” by their being too big to fail (“Buffering”, November 15th)…

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A fairytale in New York for our royals

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, Arianne Chernock, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers.

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Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences

If the Duke of Cambridge were to walk into Cathy Dault’s Manhattan flat during his trip to New York next week, the first face he would see would be his own…

Expert quote:

“Because it’s not our royal family, Americans can romanticise the institution in a way that is unavailable to many Britons.”

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Rolling Stone slammed over gang-rape apology: ‘A minor mea culpa’

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Tobe Berkovitz.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Media observers slammed Rolling Stone’s apology on Friday for publishing a cover story last month on the brutal gang rape of a woman by seven University of Virginia fraternity pledges that turned out not to be true, with Boston University assistant professor Tobe Berkovitz calling it “a minor mea culpa.”

Expert quote:

“They’ve hardly apologized. Almost all the entire press is appalled by this, and Rolling Stone is just floating along, saying: ‘Whoops, sorry. We shall go forth.’ This was just gross negligence that a publication the size of Rolling Stone would publish such a powerful piece that had so many inherent flaws in it,”

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Luis Tiant Deserves A Place In Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Tom Whalen, WBUR.

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By Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

“Never make predictions, especially about the future.” These pearls of wisdom came from the lips of the late, great baseball manager Casey Stengel, a seven-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees…

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China’s Communist Party Ejects Former Security Chief Zhou

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal.

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

China formally arrested former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranking leader yet to be ensnared by a sweeping anticorruption campaign that has upended elite politics in Beijing…

Expert quote:

“He’s the negative model.”

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Our Africa problem

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

For starters, Africa is a continent, not a country. That too a pretty large one. It is big enough to hold a United States, India, China, Eastern and Western Europe and Japan and still have room for a few Singapores and Dubais. Second, this may come as a surprise, but it has many countries, 47 on the mainland, 53 if you include the islands. Third, and perhaps most shockingly to many of us, the Ebola outbreak is exclusively in West Africa, with the epicentre in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea…

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Boston Globe Launches New Stand-Alone Business Section

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, NPR, Tom Fiedler.

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

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A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pankaj Mehta, RESEARCH @ BU.

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Pankaj Mehta, College of Arts & Sciences

When in 2012 a computer learned to recognize cats in YouTube videos and just last month another correctly captioned a photo of “a group of young people playing a game of Frisbee,” artificial intelligence researchers hailed yet more triumphs in “deep learning,” the wildly successful set of algorithms loosely modeled on the way brains grow sensitive to features of the real world simply through exposure…

Expert quote:

“Maybe there is some universal logic to how you can pick out relevant features from data. I would say this is a hint that maybe something like that exists.”

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Prague’s velvet: wearing off 25 years later

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US.

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By Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences

The United States had just gone through a bruising election, but in Congress Democratic and Republican leaders gathered to unveil the bust of Vaclav Havel, the playwright and first post-Communist Czech president and only the fourth non-American to be installed in this hallowed space…

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Meniscal Surgery: Common Knee Procedure May Lead To Arthritis And Cartilage Loss

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, Frank Roemer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine.

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Frank Roemer, School of Medicine

Popular meniscal tear surgery may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America…

Expert quote:

“Meniscal surgery is one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed to alleviate pain and improve joint function. However, increasing evidence is emerging that suggests meniscal surgery may be detrimental to the knee joint.”

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Sex differences: Luck of the chromosomes

December 3rd, 2014 in 2014, David Waxman, Nature, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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David Waxman, School of Medicine

A multitude of well-studied factors influence a person’s susceptibility to cancer — genetic background, chemical exposure, diet and behaviour all contribute. But one factor that seems to play a major part in malignancy has received surprisingly short shrift from scientists: whether someone is male or female…

Expert quote:

“The liver is perhaps the best example to date of a non-reproductive tissue that shows wide differences between males and females in gene expression in general.”

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