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China’s courtship of Latin America tested

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced $20bn worth of investment from China. But left unsaid was whether he got what he came for: a financing lifeline from his largest creditor

Expert quote:

“Everyone is watching to see how they deal with defaults. The Chinese have not experienced it yet.”

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Want people to save energy? Just ask nicely. (It works)

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, Koichiro Ito, Newsmakers, School of Management, Washington Post.

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Koichiro Ito, School of Management

In October, we described an experiment that tried peer pressuringAmericans into conserving electricity during peak hours. (Here’s why that’s important.) …

Expert quote:

“If you go back in the history of energy policy, the most, kind of, popular government intervention has been pure moral suasion. Just asking people to please conserve your energy.”

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End of an era: Deval Patrick is done with his governorship

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, College of General Studies, Fred Bayles, Metro, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As Gov. Deval Patrick leaves office to make way for Governor-elect Charlie Baker, the legacy of the state’s first black governor has been opened up to debate…

Expert quotes:

Bayles:

“One could say he was a fairly good steward during a time of national economic crisis. But I don’t think they’re going to be building lots of statues of him.”

Whalen:

“The judiciary may be his long standing legacy. Historically when you thought of Massachusetts judges, you thought of old Brahmin stock whose family can be traced back to the Mayflower. Now, the judiciary reflects Massachusetts as it is, which is incredibly diverse. He has set himself up for national office if he chooses to do so.”

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Bitcoin Boosters Want 2015 to Be the Cryptocurrency’s Year

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management.

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bitcoin enthusiasts hope 2015 will be the year when a critical mass of people start using the virtual currency — but to achieve their goals, they need to convince new users to overlook plummeting bitcoin values, unsolved heists, and other scandals that tarnished the crypto-cash’s reputation in 2014…

Expert quote:

“There were a lot of promises, a lot of hype about bitcoin. But we’re at the point now that they have to demonstrate that they can deliver on their promises of cheaper, faster, and safer.”

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Bullies and Their Victims May Be at Higher Risk of Suicide

January 7th, 2015 in 2015, HealthDay News, Melissa Holt, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Education.

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Melissa Holt, School of Education

A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions…

Expert quote:

“Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth.”

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Many Insurers Don’t Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

January 7th, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Caroline Apovian, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine.

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Caroline Apovian, School of Medicine

In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new obesity drug, Saxenda, the fourth prescription medicine the agency has given the green light to fight obesity since 2012. But even though two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, there’s a good chance their insurer won’t cover Saxenda or other anti-obesity drugs…

Expert quote:

“Coverage has to happen in order for the obesity problem to be taken care of,” says Apovian. “Insurance companies need to realize it’s not a matter of willpower, it’s a disease.”

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Income inequality, political crises and climate to top agenda in 2015

January 7th, 2015 in 2015, Adil Najam, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers.

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Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences

The WEF’s Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 features an analysis of the Top 10 trends which will preoccupy experts for the next 12-18 months as well as the key challenges facing the world’s regions, an overview of global leadership and governance, and the emerging issues that will define the future…

Expert quote:

“Carry out ‘no regret’ spending: invest in policies that are good even if climate change adaptation wasn’t needed – infrastructure…  Find low-hanging fruits: inexpensive policies with high net gains, including disaster preparedness and early warning activities. Finally, look at long-term costs and benefits. Adaptation investments in sustainable and resilient technologies (such as saline agriculture) are just as good as clean energy investments.”

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Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Suspends Services After Breach

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Wall Street Journal.

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Mark Williams, School of Management

One of the largest online bitcoin exchanges has temporarily suspended services after losing some 19,000 bitcoins ($5.1 million) in what the company said was a breach of its systems, reviving concerns about the security of the digital currency…

Expert quote:

“There were lots of claims made year and in 2013 that bitcoin was faster and safer and cheaper, but what we are learning increasingly is that maybe it isn’t safer.”

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New Wave of Cubans Sails for Florida Since Obama’s Deal

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Susan Eckstein.

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Susan Eckstein, College of Arts & Sciences

The number of Cubans setting sail on rickety boats for political asylum in America has increased more than 100 percent since President Barack Obama normalized relations with the Castro government last month, the U.S. Coast Guard reported this week…

Expert quote:

“Cubans enjoy unique immigration privileges that are no longer justifiable. In Washington’s overhauled Cuba immigration policy, Cubans should have the same rights as other foreign-born immigrants — no more, no less.”

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How to Curb Binge Drinking: Raise Taxes on Booze

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, The New Republic, Ziming Xuan.

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Ziming Xuan, School of Public Health

As the government learned during Prohibition, an outright ban on alcohol isn’t an effective way to stop Americans from boozing. But a new study suggests that more subtle changes to the law could help curb binge drinking…

Expert quote:

“This has significant public health implications, because binge drinking causes more than half of nearly 90,000 alcohol-attributable deaths in the U.S. each year, and accounts for three-quarters of the $224 billion in annual economic costs.”

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Time to end special privileges for Cuban immigrants

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Reuters, Susan Eckstein.

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By Susan Eckstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Barack Obama has taken initial steps toward overhauling the broken U.S. immigration system and failed Cuba policy. It is also time to bring Washington’s Cuban immigration policy in line with other foreign-born people. Cubans enjoy unique immigration privileges that are no longer justifiable…

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Why China and Latin America are tying the knot in 2015

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Save the date! China and Latin America are getting hitched this year…

Expert quote:

“It is hard to think about substantive counteroffers that the U.S. can provide.”

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Directed evolution of reason

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Evolution, while sometimes desperately needed, is a very slow process. We do not have millennia at our disposal to wait for a discourse on reason and tolerance to emerge…

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Want to Live Longer? Pass the Whole Grains

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, 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

If you need a New Year’s resolution to kick the year off on a healthy note, you may want to begin by adding more whole grains to your plate. A large study involving over 110,000 adults published today in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that a diet adequate in whole grains was associated with a reduced risk of dying prematurely, especially deaths due to cardiovascular disease…

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Diet Rich in Whole Grains Might Extend Your Life, Study Says

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, HealthDay News, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College.

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

Over time, regularly eating whole wheat bread, oatmeal or other whole grains may add years to your lifespan, a new Harvard-led study concludes…

Expert quote:

“The consensus thus far is it’s probably not one thing, but a number of wonderful things that work together in whole grains synergistically for health benefits.”

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Can We Talk Rationally About the Big Dig Yet?

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, Boston.com, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, Roger Warburton.

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Roger Warburton, Metropolitan College

Ten years ago, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered. It is the largest of the dwarf planets – just a little bigger than Pluto. What does this have to do with the Big Dig? Absolutely nothing. But it seemed that an anniversary of some sort was necessary to introduce such a touchy topic…

Expert quote:

“But the truth is that engineers in the late 1980s already knew it was a $12 to $14 billion project. They told everybody who would listen—including the politicians—and those people kept it quiet.”

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Tending to Unmet Dental Needs, a Root of Elder Hunger

January 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal.

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

For many homebound seniors, the biggest challenge to staving off hunger and getting needed nutrition isn’t having money to buy food or the physical or cognitive ability to prepare it…

Expert quote:

“It’s not sexy. Dental care for kids is what people are all worried about.”

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The science behind the bubbly in champagne

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers.

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Most people save the turn of the calendar year for celebration and reflection, but New Year’s Eve doubles as a demonstration of the fact that fascinating, interesting, and even some unsolved scientific questions are often right under our noses…

Expert quote:

“Before I drink, I hold it up and give a toast and that fraction of a second before you take a sip, the thing I like to look at is the stream of bubbles.”

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South American commodity boom drives deforestation and land conflicts

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Washington Post.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fueling a new wave of land conflicts from Colombia to Chile

Expert quote:

“Commodity prices, directly or indirectly, have increased deforestation in the Amazon. Price increases create the perception of scarcity, which pushes investors into new terrain.”

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Look Back at the Top Nutrition Stories of 2014

December 31st, 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

What a year for nutrition news. As I look back on the year, I am still not sure that the Biggest Loser REALLY Have a Winner, but I do know that cauliflower overtook kale as the “in” produce. In 2014, people were still hunting for the Paleo Dietgluten free was a free-for-all, and sugar was the sweet media headline of the year…

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Swaps Rule Repeal Shows that Community Banks Are the 99%

December 31st, 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

“We are the 99%,” goes the familiar slogan of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Community bankers may be surprised to find that they, too, are the 99% in a game that is rigged in favor of large banks…

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Hidden Hazards of Cold Medicines

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, AARP Magazine, Frederic Little, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

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Frederic Little, School of Medicine

Over-the-counter cold medications can help relieve that stuffy nose and scratchy throat, but sometimes they do more harm than good…

Expert quote:

“But if you use sprays or drops for more than the recommended three days in a row maximum, the tissues lining your nose and sinuses can become dependent on them and you’ll start using more and more in an effort to breathe easily again.”

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Tarnished heroes: don’t dismiss them

December 31st, 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 release of a documentary film in the Czech Republic earlier this year caused much controversy. It is about a dissident named Pavel Wonka who fought against the totalitarian regime in Communist Czechoslovakia…

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The Exclamatory Cycle of Teaching

December 30th, 2014 in 2014, Huffington Post, Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College

I now understand the fundamental difference between academic administration and faculty life. Being a dean was typically punctuated with semi-colons. Work was an ongoing continuum with slight changes along the way. Being a full-time professor, though, is punctuated by exclamation points…

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Will 2015 be bitcoin’s year?

December 30th, 2014 in 2014, CNBC.com, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management.

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Technologists, financiers and ideologues predicted that 2014 would be bitcoin’s coming-out party, but the digital currency slipped more than 70 percent from the previous year’s high…

Expert quote:

“The reality is that btcoin is possibly not safer, possibly not cheaper, possibly not faster than other means of distributing money from point A to point B.”

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