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Senate prez: House pols fueling unnecessary battles

April 17th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers.

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg escalated his war of words with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, accusing DeLeo’s top lieutenants of being churlish with Senate leaders — the latest outbreak in the political skirmish between Beacon Hill’s top Democrats…

Expert quote:

“It’s hard to ignore the fact that we have a new Senate president and that speaks to the fact that there are some personality issues involved with this. The (chambers) have their issues each session and sometimes the issues are personified by senators and representatives. But rarely it is taken up by the leaders. This is unusual.”

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When an insurer says no to surgery

April 17th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wendy Mariner.

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law

Phuli Cohan consulted half a dozen doctors. She agonized. She cried. And finally, she decided that a double mastectomy — removing her cancerous breast and her healthy one — was the best way to rid herself of breast cancer and prevent a recurrence…

Expert quote:

“There are so many procedures and new technologies that are being recommended that it’s difficult to decide what’s appropriate for which patient. Despite the money insurers make, we can be somewhat sympathetic to the difficulties they have in determining what’s appropriate for individual patients, especially now that everything has to be covered.”

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E-cigarettes move to top of the class among tobacco products used by young people

April 16th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The use of tobacco products among young people reached a pivotal crossroad in 2014…

Expert quote:

“It appears that rather than serving as a gateway toward cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be acting as a diversion away from cigarettes.”

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Google faces trouble abroad

April 16th, 2015 in 2015, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law, USA Today.

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

Facing intensifying scrutiny from regulators, Google is conducting one of its most important searches yet: for an answer to its growing problem in Europe…

Expert quote:

“The European process is not one in which American tech companies have prevailed. That puts Google in the position of potentially having to make concessions that could be harmful to the company’s business.”

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After retreat, Greenpeace considers next move

April 16th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers.

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John Carroll, College of Communication

In its most recent protest against Arctic oil drilling, Greenpeace, an conservation group, boarded six activists onto a drilling rig being transported across the Pacific Ocean to Seattle and expected to be used by Shell, an oil firm, this summer in Alaska…

Expert quote:

“The approach is of course to be as dramatic as possible and what could be more dramatic than scaling an oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? They’re also chronically on all social media fronts where they are building up a critical mass, leading to a co-ordinated, choreographed message which in the end is just like a political campaign.”

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Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty

April 16th, 2015 in 2015, David Rossman, Newsmakers, School of Law.

David Rossman, School of Law

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Nutrition Know-How for Healthy Aging

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College.

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

Headlines correlating what we eat with opti­mal health abound: claims of “superfoods” compete with new juic­ing fads; proteins and carbohydrates contin­ually spar; leafy greens are everywhere…

Expert quote:

“Americans are not getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet which means they’re falling short of fiber and potassium, among other nutrients, and they’re having trouble manag­ing weight.”

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Tsarnaev and the death penalty

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Karen Pita Loor, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Karen Pita Loor, School of Law

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The Conversation US – V. Scott Solberg

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education, Scott Solberg, The Conversation US.

Another standardized test — this one called PARCC! But, here's what's different

V Scott Solberg, Boston University

Like many 10 year olds, my daughter Zoe was anxious before taking her standardized test.

Zoe is also competitive and wants to score well on all tests. We talked. This exam, I explained, is not about her.

Zoe was taking the test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC, which is the newest way to assess how well the school is preparing students like Zoe with critical literacy and numeracy skills.


Lafley pivots from builder to demolition man as he shrinks P&G

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, James Post, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business.

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James Post, Questrom School of Business

AG Lafley helped turn Procter & Gamble into the world’s largest consumer-products company. Now the builder has turned demolition man, shedding billions in assets because P&G is too large to compete…

Expert quote:

“By shedding less profitable businesses, you can free up talent and shore up assets to use later for acquisitions around the world.”

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UTMB researcher’s Ebola vaccine starts trial in Sierra Leone

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Houston Chronicle, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

A clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine developed in part at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is vaccinating front-line health care workers in Sierra Leone, but researchers face a rapidly closing window to prove their case…

Expert quote:

“It’s kind of this sticky problem. If you don’t have any Ebola cases, you can vaccinate all the people you want, but you don’t know if the fact that they didn’t get it has anything to do with the vaccine.”

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Obama Mentor Laurence Tribe Is Pitting Obamacare Supporters Against Environmentalists

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Abigail Moncrieff, Newsmakers, School of Law, The New Republic.

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

On Thursday, representing coal company Peabody Energy, Laurence Tribe will argue in federal court that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which would cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions on a state-by-state basis, might be unconstitutional…

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EU Files Formal Antitrust Charges Against Google

April 15th, 2015 in 2015, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wall Street Journal.

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

Europe escalated its five-year antitrust probe of Google Inc. Wednesday, filing formal charges against the U.S. search giant for the first time in a move that reopens the prospect of hefty fines and injunctions that could severely restrict how it does business in Europe…

Expert quote:

“Google is revising their algorithms all the time and made clear that any kind of regulatory solution would be complicated and get in the way of their business.”

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A Patent-Troll Bill With Bad College Grades

April 14th, 2015 in 2015, Feature, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, President, Robert Brown, Wall Street Journal.

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By Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University

The proposed Innovation Act is too broad and could make university research much riskier…

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Hillary Clinton More Likely to Win Than Rand Paul in Election, Experts Say

April 14th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is poised to win the 2016 Presidential Election over US Senator Rand Paul despite lack of enthusiasm for Clinton’s campaign among potential voters, experts told Sputnik…

Expert quote:

“Clinton has too many cooks in her kitchen and big-time consultants, and the odds that group will work together are highly questionable. When problems occur for her, she will get prickly, and then cry since it’s worked for her in the past.”

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Knowledge & inconvenience

April 14th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Drew Faust, the president of Harvard, in her essay “The University’s Crisis of Purpose” wrote: “Universities are meant to be producers not just of knowledge but also of (often inconvenient) doubt. They are creative and unruly places, homes to a polyphony of voices. But at this moment in our history, universities might well ask if they have in fact done enough to raise the deep and unsettling questions necessary to any society.”…

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Clinton to Take More Hawkish Stance on Russia Than Obama, Experts Say

April 14th, 2015 in 2015, 2016 Presidential Election, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will likely pursue a more assertive foreign policy against Russia if elected President in 2016 than US President Barack Obama, experts told Sputnik…

Expert quote:

“Her husband’s attitude was pretty hawkish on Russia too. Vladimir Putin is responding to what happened in the 1990s. You can blame that on the Clintons.”

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Isis: Islamic State’s war on history and the multimillion dollar global antiquities trade

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Michael Danti, Newsmakers.

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

The global trade in illicit antiquities has become increasingly important to Islamic State (Isis) as revenue from oil smuggling drops in the face of coalition air strikes and the Iraqi army offensive, even if the group is far more infamous for destroying rather than trading invaluable relics of Iraq and Syria’s past

Expert quote:

“They are very practical about what they destroy. They destroy things that are not easily marketable, and sell the portable antiquities.”

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Fewer CEOs Are Being Fired and That’s Good News for Shareholders

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, James Post, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business.

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James Post, Questrom School of Business

For every company such as Target Corp. or Sanofi that ousted its top executive last year, there were many more like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Ford Motor Co. where the transition was planned, saving shareholders billions of dollars…

Expert quote:

“Investors like stability and predictability where possible. During the last 15 years, there’s been a growing awareness that leadership succession is one of the primary responsibilities of the board.”

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Warning About New ‘Hormone Reset Diet’

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College, WBZ-TV.

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

There’s a newcomer to the diet scene. It’s called the Hormone Reset Diet and it promises to help women lose weight, but Dr. Mallika Marshall says before you sign on, there are some things you should know…

Expert quote:

“There’s no literature to suggest that you can by cutting certain foods out of your diet reset your hormones.”

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Why the South Is the Region With the Fewest Breweries

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology, The Atlantic.

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

It may be hard to imagine now, but American ale-drinkers previously had few alternatives to the mass-produced beers that The Economist once (not incorrectly) deemed “fizzy dishwater.”

Expert quote:

“Between the two of them, they account for a very large proportion of the population in the South.”

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Why We Needed To Hold A Trial For The Boston Marathon Bomber

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, Chris Daly, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR.

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By Chris Daly, College of Communication

Since the guilty verdicts were announced earlier this week in the criminal trial of the Boston Marathon bomber, several observers have raised the question of whether the trial was worth conducting…

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Feature: How tiny satellites spawned in Silicon Valley will monitor a changing Earth

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Curtis Woodcock, Newsmakers, Science Magazine.

Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences

Vats of homebrewed porter and brown ale ferment under a lunchroom table…

Expert quote:

“It’s becoming more volatile and has shifted earlier in many places as a result of changing climate.”

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Cuba, U.S. diplomacy offers economic payoff

April 12th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The American economy could get a boost after President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro pushed forward yesterday with plans for new diplomatic relations in the first formal meeting between leaders of the two nations in more than half a century…

Expert quote:

“In politics and diplomacy, money calls the shots and there’s a lot of money to be made here. It makes sense for both sides. Havana has some of the best beaches in the Western Hemisphere and they have casinos. The money is just going to flock to this location after the regime is opened. On the U.S. side, they’re going to have this hunger for American products and goods in Cuba. It’s a huge untapped market.”

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Will the Seaport District ever have the soul of a real neighborhood?

April 12th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merry White, Newsmakers.

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Merry White, College of Arts & Sciences

What does it take to turn an area into a neighborhood?…

Expert quote:

“You need people living there over generations to make a place that has meaning.”

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