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6 Smart Moves to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime

November 17th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls, Time.

Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

The odds of enjoying a longer life are greater than ever before for many Americans…

Expert quote:

“The idea that most of us can live a good quality of life well beyond our eighties takes most people by surprise.”

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Chabot: Gov.-elect needs to keep lid on angry side

November 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

How long till we see Angry Charlie again?…

Expert quote:

“You can’t run away from your character. You might push it down but eventually it’s going to bubble up.”

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US security contractors recount Benghazi attack

November 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, Newsmakers.

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Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

Mitchell Zuckoff is no novice when it comes to telling war stories — two of the Boston University journalism professor’s previous books recounted tales from World War II. But when he was approached about narrating the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, Zuckoff knew he faced a serious challenge…

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Depression: A change of mind

November 14th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nature, Newsmakers, Stefan Hofmann.

Stefan Hofmann, College of Arts & Sciences

Cognitive behavioural therapy is the best-studied form of psychotherapy. But researchers are still struggling to understand why it works…

Expert quote:

“CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy.”

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Difficult jobs market drives applications to top law schools

November 14th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Maureen O'Rourke, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Maureen O’Rourke, School of Law

Aspiring law students have more to consider than ever before…

Expert quote:

“We hope applications catch up with general improvements in the economy.”

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DNA tape recorder stores a cell’s memories

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Science Magazine.

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Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering

If cells could talk, they’d have quite a story to tell: Their life history would include what molecules they’d seen passing by, which signals they’d sent to neighbors, and how they’d grown and changed…

Expert quote:

“They’ve done a really exceptional job turning DNA into readable, writable memory inside living cells. I think it’s a very cool new direction for synthetic biology to take.”

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What Not To Do When Someone Is Having A Panic Attack

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Todd Farchione.

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

Picture this: You’re going about your normal routine, whether it be cleaning the bathroom, doing dinner or getting ready for work. Perhaps you’re packing for a trip or getting ready to grab the train. You’re calm. But then the next moment, you’re completely swallowed by a feeling of dread…

Expert quote:

“If you really want to help somebody, then the way you should go about it is to ask yourself if you can be supportive of the individual in a way that allows them to tell you about what they’re experiencing and why they may be experiencing that.”

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Obama: Just like us or un-presidential?

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

He may be the commander in chief and leader of the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Obama hasn’t had his share of un-presidential moments…

Expert quote:

“He’s lucky that more people don’t accuse him of denigrating the office. Obama fancies himself president but also a pop star and the pop star bit gets him into trouble.”

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Here’s one thing Charlie Baker should do to address opiate addiction

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, Daniel Alford, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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Daniel Alford, School of Medicine

As director of the SCOPE of Pain program at Boston University launched last year to address the rising problem of opiate addiction, Dan Alford is not anti-drug…

Expert quote:

“It’s very exciting, but not all that surprising, that (Baker) is choosing to focus on this. It’s in your face.”

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APEC Summit concludes

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Al Jazeera America, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Min Ye, Newsmakers.

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Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences

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I-Team: Vaccine Rates Plummeting In Parts Of Mass.

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Kimberly Shea, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBZ-TV.

Kimberly Shea, School of Public Health

Childhood vaccines are credited with virtually wiping out a host of awful diseases, yet many parents are still concerned about the shots…

Expert quote:

“There is one soccer mom talking to another soccer mom and they are sharing ideas, and sharing information, and some of those ideas may not be correct and they are being perpetuated.”

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Election was awash in cash, but effect is unclear

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers.

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

This fall’s state election set at least two Massachusetts political spending records: the most outside money dropped on a governor’s race — $16.9 million on the general election alone — and the most cash poured into ballot campaigns, at $28 million…

Expert quote:

“Visceral is too strong a word. But this is personal.”

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Boston Doctor Returns to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NBC, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Boston-based physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia travels to Sierra Leone for the second time in four months to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak…

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Media Ethicists Urge Fox News To Suspend “Unethical” Huckabee

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler.

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Veteran journalists and news ethicists are calling on Fox News to suspend Mike Huckabee’s contract amid growing evidence that he is planning to run for president in 2016…

Expert quote:

“It’s interesting to watch Huckabee try to find a loophole that would enable him to activate a campaign while holding on to his Fox gig. The idea that he thinks he could get away with using a political non-profit to masquerade as a campaign without ‘crossing the threshold’ at Fox strikes me as not only unethical, but dishonest and merits investigation. To me, the simple test of this political non-profit will be, ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ….’”

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Why Supreme Court’s Alice ruling doesn’t solve patent troll problem

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, The Hill.

The Hill
By James Bessen, School of Law

As patent trolls continue to wreak havoc on American businesses, some have pointed to the Supreme Court’s June ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International as having solved all our problems. Such an assertion is absurd…

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Falchuk’s inroads for independents ‘a lot to be proud of’

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Evan Falchuk finished a distant third in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election, but the spiky-haired entrepreneur who ran as an independent candidate exited the race with a precious victory…

Expert quote:

“There’s such a kind of massive dissatisfaction, discontent that you can get some votes as a third, fourth party.  (Falchuk) can be an equal-opportunity damage maker for both parties, which I guess is his point.”

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Xi Shows Obama His No-Nonsense Approach to U.S. Relations

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers.

Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

President Xi Jinping showed the world a newly assertive China that’s less worried about impressing others than in pursuing its own goals as he approved agreements with the U.S. on climate change and trade tariffs…

Expert quote:

“In the past, we always said China wanted good relations with the outside world to support its economic agenda. That logic has changed.”

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Veteran’s Day & WWI’s impact on the current Middle East

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, William Keylor.

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William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences

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(Scroll down to “Community Watch & Comment” for Tuesday, Nov. 11; Segment begins at approx. 2:17)

Why the American Economy Needs Military Veterans

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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James Bessen, School of Law

The overarching economic narrative of the past five years has been jobs…

Expert quote:

“The issue is confusing because the skills required to work with new technologies are hard to measure. What is hard to measure is often hard to manage.”

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Boston doc: Science, not quarantines, key to Ebola fight

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine.

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A New York doctor whose Ebola diagnosis prompted controversial mandatory quarantine rules there and in New Jersey was deemed healthy Monday night and the city was declared Ebola-free yesterday — putting more ammo in the argument against those stringent guidelines, said one local doctor…

Expert quote:

“It’s the stuff of science fiction. What political people and health officials try to do is give people a sense of safety.”

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Should Bankers Fear Obama’s Pick for Attorney General?

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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

Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch may soon replace Attorney General Eric Holder, leaving bankers wondering whether she will be tougher on institutions than her predecessor…

Expert quote:

“They’ve decided to go after shareholders with massive multibillion fines rather than the individuals, and she’s been part of that decision process.”

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China’s Silk Road Strategy

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Min Ye, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences

As Beijing hosts this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum slated to run through Nov. 11, the United States and China are locked in behind-the-scenes competition over free trade agreements…

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Early Signs of Ebola-Like Diseases Found

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine.

John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Tests for Ebola virus currently cannot identify the disease until after people show symptoms, and so individuals exposed to the virus have to wait to see if they are infected…

Expert quote:

“It looks like there are some very early and distinct ways in which the immune system is responding to different diseases. That could be an important way of trying to find people that are infected before they show overt symptoms.”

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Here’s an argument as to why drugmakers lie about the reasons drug cost so much

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Business Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Drug prices are a touchy subject in Massachusetts. On one hand, as a pioneer in efforts to increase health care coverage for everyone, the state needs to rein in out-of-control drug costs. On the other hand, as the global hub of biotech research, our economy depends on those high prices to generate the revenue to keep investors pumping money into our hundreds of companies…

Expert quote:

“When drugmakers say they set prices to pay for development costs, that’s 108 percent untrue. Those arguments are just an attempt to justify or rationalize costs.”

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Can We Really Eat Like Our Paleo Ancestors?

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs,, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College. “Nutrition & You”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

While there are over 10,000 Paleo cookbooks, diet books, and food products such as paleo pizza crust, paleo apple crisp granola, and paleo wraps available on, can we really follow the Paleo diet that our Stone Age cousins were consuming?…

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