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How to Procrastinate Better

September 4th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Keith M. Marzilli Ericson, Newsmakers, School of Management.

Keith M. Marzilli Ericson, School of Management

We’ll never get around to figuring out exactly how much procrastination costs Americans. But a new study gives us an idea. When interest rates plunged in the wake of the financial crisis, a fifth of those eligible to refinance their mortgages didn’t act. That cost them a median of $11,500, or a total of about $5.4 billion

Expert quote:

“People are putting things off that they want to do.”

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TV-News Outlets Grapple With How To Report On Grisly ISIS Videos

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers.

John Carroll, College of Communication

The videos are shocking, repulsive and horrifying. Yet they would likely attract tens of thousands of viewers who have few qualms about watching appalling content.  As a broadcaster, do you put them on the air or hold back?…

Expert quote:

“The temptation is always to put it out there. That’s pretty much the default position of any news organization. Clearly, the public does not want these videos out there circulating, but that’s not necessarily the mandate for news organizations.”

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CVS Caremark changes its name to CVS Health

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The drug store chain CVS has stopped selling tobacco products a month sooner than planed as the company moves to position itself as a provider of health services, as well as prescription drug and other products…

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War for the greater middle east

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers.

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Military historian, Professor Andrew Bacevich, discusses his upcoming online course which covers American involvement in Middle East, from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama…

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The Debate Over What To Do About ISIS Isn’t Much Of A Debate

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers.

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The predominant feature in the debate over what, exactly, the U.S. should do about the threat of the Islamic State is that there really isn’t much of a debate…

Expert quote:

“It seems unlikely that U.S. military action, even if assisted by surrogates on the ground, can ‘kill’ ISIS. At best, we will be able to significantly reduce its capabilities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but then what?”

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6 Reasons Samsung Should Fear the iPhone 6

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers.

Edward Boches, College of Communication

The last few years will likely go down as a golden age for Samsung Electronics. While Apple defined the modern smart phone with its iPhone in 2007, Samsung has been growing far more rapidly…

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Dentists Recommend Candy With Alternate Sweetening Substance

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College, WBZ-TV.

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

Dentists are often telling their patients to avoid too much candy and sweets to prevent tooth decay, but that could soon change…

Expert quote:

“This would be a lower calorie gum or lower calorie candy so clearly a good choice.”

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Cloud security

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, WHDH.

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences

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George Will’s Ethical Problems Continue With The Kochs And AFP

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler.

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Washington Post columnist George Will deepened his ethically challenged connections to big-money conservative groups by participating in an Americans for Prosperity summit where prominent Republican presidential hopefuls made their pitch to major donors…

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Air and Music

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Fine Arts, Huffington Post, Jeremy Yudkin, Newsmakers.

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Jeremy Yudkin, College of Fine Arts

Around the enormous lawn as the sun set Friday night came a sprinkling of folks dressed as Dorothy or the Scarecrow or the Cowardly Lion. The reward for them and the other several thousand of us present, was an ingenious take on “The Wizard of Oz”: the original film wit its musical score stripped away and replaced altogether, live by the Boston Pops under the baton of its youthful conductor Keith Lockhart…

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Is Your Lunch Bag Making You Sick

September 2nd, 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

If you ever had a foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning, you painfully know that it not exactly a “day at the beach.”

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Supreme Judicial Court selects LAW professor David Breen for Committee on Juror Voir Dire

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, David Breen, Newsmakers, Professor Extras, School of Law.

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Mentors vs. Peers: Who’s Better For Growing Your Business?

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Kathy Kram, Newsmakers, School of Management.

Kathy Kram, School of Management

It turns out, struggling peers–rather than sage mentors–are oftentimes the best people for developing your business. Here’s why, and how you can surround yourself with the right advisers…

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JPMorgan Operating Risk Rises With Past Seen as Prologue

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management.

Mark Williams, School of Management

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has pledged billions of dollars to improve compliance and cybersecurity. That’s not stopping regulators from treating the bank as if it were riskier than ever…

Expert quote:

“It’s a kind of penalty — if you’re the biggest bank in the land, you’ll have the largest operational risk. Regulators are using a rearview-mirror approach and have failed to take into account the banks’ learning curve. Just because you have a risk doesn’t mean you’ll have a loss.”

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MA Attorney General Race Deadlocked Heading Toward Primary

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

While much of the attention on the fast-approaching Massachusetts primary has been on the Governor’s race, the battle for attorney general has been gathering a lot of interest due to the closeness of two candidates in recent polls…

Expert quote:

“This is going to be a very interesting race. Tolman is so well connected to labor organizations, which could have a huge effect on voter turnout. This compares to Maura Healey who has a more of an independent resume. With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Healey beat Tolman in the end.”

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Birth Weight and Diabetes

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, New York Times, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health.

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Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

African-Americans born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found…

Expert quote:

“The advice to have a healthy lifestyle — exercising, maintaining healthy weight and a healthy diet — applies to the whole population. But I would say that women with low-birth-weight babies should pay special attention to these lifestyle factors.”

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Depositors block bank’s plan to convert to a publicly traded stockholder business

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, 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

Massachusetts has lost many of its community banks in recent years, in part because some converted from private to publicly held companies, opening the door to acquisitions by bigger banks — and to big paydays for executives…

Expert quote:

“There just seems to be people saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ ”

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Governor’s race: Who has the edge leading to primary day?

September 1st, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT.

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

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Google removes author information from search results

September 1st, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College of Communication, Newsmakers, William McKeen.

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William McKeen, College of Communication

Take a look at Google News and you’ll notice something different. Absent from the clusters of articles populated with various stories on similar topics and themes are the names and information of the individuals who wrote the articles…

Expert quote:

“It’s not like it isn’t hard enough to get word out there of what you’ve written.”

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Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September

September 1st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, MSNBC, Newsmakers.
Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary…

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Next goal in race is to win attention

September 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers.

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John Carroll, College of Communication

The TV is on in the background. Your cellphone buzzes with an urgent request from the boss. The kids are just coming home. The microwave beeps: Dinner’s ready. A political advertisement begins…

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Iraqi Christians report a decade of blood

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers.

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The downsides are more debated. One immediate consequence: a power vacuum where radical groups and lawless brigands vied for power and where sectarian clashes spiraled into civil war, said Andrew Bacevich, a political science and military scholar at Boston University…

Expert quote:

“When the Americans invaded in 2003, whatever their intentions, or what we may think of their intentions, the effect of the American invasion was to destabilize what had been a relatively stable country. It was not the Americans’ intention to produce a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and certainly not the Americans’ intention to create a vacuum that al-Qaeda could fill in Iraq. There was no al-Qaeda in Iraq under Saddam.”

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Tierney far ahead in the money race

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney outraised all of his challengers in the most recent reporting period, as his contested 6th District primary election approaches…

Expert quote:

“It shows the power of incumbency. Since he has the seat he can play upon existing relationships and ties to various fundraisers and contributors to the party.”

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Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, BBC, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers.

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Those with type 1 diabetes often say having the condition is like having a second job such is the stress of monitoring their blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin…

Expert quote:

“Young people who start college with type 1 diabetes have such a hard time managing this new world that they’re engaging with and at the same time they’re taking full responsibility of their diabetes. My goal is to build a device that will unburden him of that.”

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Feel bad about taking those toiletries? Don’t.

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Oshins, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration.

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Michael Oshins, School of Hospitality Administration

Admit it: You’re a thief. The last time you stayed in a hotel, you probably loaded up your toiletry kit with little plastic bottles of shampoo, body wash, and moisturizer, smuggling them out at checkout…

Expert quote:

“Basically, it’s built-in marketing. It’s a top-of-mind reminder — ‘Oh, this is where we stayed.’ ”

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