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Yellen Should Remain Cagey Over Rate-Hike Timing

July 15th, 2014 in 2014,, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management.
Mark Williams, School of Management

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will answer a whole lot of questions on Tuesday and Wednesday during her semi-annual monetary policy testimony before two separate Congressional committees…

Expert quote:

“She needs to send the message that the course is going to be steady and that she has a firm hand on the rudder.”

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Aging adults optimistic about what lies ahead

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls, USA Today.

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

They’re either optimistic or delusional, but 89% of older adults and 84% of younger adults say they’re confident they can maintain a high quality of life throughout their senior years…

Expert quote:

“They have developed a means of coping with their illnesses in such a way they still live independently and maintain a relatively high quality of life.”

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Closing arguments set for today in probation trial

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, NECN, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen.

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

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China’s Xi begins 2nd trip to Latin America, in sign of expanding role

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, McClatchy Newspapers, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday starts his second lengthy trip to Latin America in barely more than a year, showering attention on a region partially neglected by Washington and relishing China’s role as the biggest financier to Latin America…

Expert quote:

“The China boom lifted the Latin American boat for a long time. They’re all happy that they’ve got China, but the honeymoon stage is over,” Gallagher added. “They’re all running current account deficits with China now.”

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Where is the data?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Someone asked me recently, what is the population of Pakistan? 180 million — I said, with some confidence. How did I know that? Well, quite frankly, I didn’t. I guessed it based on the estimates being thrown around. The authenticity of estimates, mind you, by non-governmental organisations, international NGOs and other ‘websites’, is quite dubious…

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How do you know if you’re having a panic attack or just a normal reaction to stress?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Barlow, Newsmakers, WebMD.

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David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Army Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany didn’t know what was happening to him. His head throbbed, Pogany told The New York Times and The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. His chest ached and his stomach rebelled. He shook for hours with an overwhelming sense that he could die at any moment…

Expert quote:

“It certainly sounds like a panic attack. A panic attack is the fundamental emotion of fear. It’s the flight/fight response that we all have in us. It involves massive changes in the brain. It is meant to prepare you to deal with this life-threatening event by running away or by fighting, attacking the source of danger.”

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Latin America has power to reshape relations with China – but will it use it?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

South American nations have a lot of issues to raise with China: questionable labor and environmental practices of Chinese firms in the Andes; unfair trade rules toward major exporters like Brazil; the region’s desire to evolve from a mere commodities supplier to an advanced manufacturing base…

Expert quote:

“The region doesn’t take enough advantage of having so many assets that the Chinese can’t get anywhere else – soy, iron, copper. Latin America could punch above its weight a little more.”

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Are You Cheating on Your Heart With Cheese?

July 14th, 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

I’ll admit it. I love cheese. I eat it almost daily, and serve it whenever I have friends over. It appears I am not alone in my love affair of cheese…

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New powers ready for the ‘Rio consensus’ era

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Conveniently scheduled at the end of the World Cup, Brazil hosts the leaders of fellow Brics members Russia, India, China and South Africa in a meeting that presents them with a truly historic opportunity. While in Brazil, the five countries hope to establish a new development bank and reserve currency pool arrangement….

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Diabetes Drug Shows Slight Effect on Dementia in German Study

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Benjamin Wolozin, Bloomberg, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, School of Medicine.

Benjamin Wolozin, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Older Germans who took Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (4502)’s diabetes medicine Actos were slightly less likely to develop dementia, according to a study that may do little to resolve questions about the drug’s usefulness…

Expert quote:

“It was very important to do this study. However, it’s actually almost surprising to me that the lowering of relative risk was so weak.”

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BRICS fight waning clout with $1 Billion deal in Brazil summit

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The leaders of five of the world’s largest emerging markets will showcase a new currencyreserve fund anddevelopment bank this week. Critics say neither is enough to revive the group’s waning clout…

Expert quote:

“They can say, ‘look, we have an alternative. It gives you a lot of political leverage.”

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Getting a charge out of water droplets

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering, Newsmakers.

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Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices…

Expert quote:

“This work provides a new approach for energy-harvesting, which can be used to power [microelectromechanical] devices and small electronic devices. Getting power from a condensation process is definitely a novel idea, as condensation is mainly used for thermal management. … Recent studies of condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces [have] extended its applications in self-cleaning and anti-icing, but no one has correlated condensation with energy-harvesting before.”

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In a briny preserve, fish and controversy thrive

July 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Les Kaufman, Newsmakers.

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Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences

For thousands of years, the jagged rocks of a submerged mountain range about 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester have preserved one of the region’s most distinct marine habitats. The frigid waters and glacier-sculpted peaks are home to a billowy kelp forest and an abundant array of life, from multicolored anemones to cod the size of refrigerators…

Expert quote:

“Big, old, fat females put more oil into each egg, and the odds are higher for an egg to survive. The problem with allowing fishing in the basins is that it’s the same fish that live by the rocks. They move in and out [from Ammen Rock to the basins], depending on the season.”

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Charlie Baker backs away from Hobby Lobby comments

July 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz.

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Charlie Baker has clearly mastered the first law of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging. Under biting attack from Democrats, the Republican gubernatorial candidate quickly backed away Thursday from remarks he made a day earlier that downplayed the significance of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on insurance coverage for contraceptives…

Expert quote:

“He had to do sort of a mea culpa and show that he is actually in step with Massachusetts thought.”

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health.

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George Annas, School of Public Health

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say…

Expert quote:

“To the extent that the justification for doing the trial is this one HIV-free child, and now it turns out that the child does have HIV, the trial should be stopped. We can’t put them essentially in harm’s way without some very good reason to think that they’re going to benefit.”

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President Obama facing criticism over border crisis

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT.

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

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Too much salt at restaurants

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College, WFXT.

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

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Will Yelp Derail Google’s Antitrust Deal With EU? Legal Experts Weigh In

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

An antitrust complaint filed by online review service Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP) could sideline a pending settlement between Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and European Union regulators worried that the big U.S. search engine gives itself preferential treatment in search results. It could also force Google to respond to competitors’ complaints in court…

Expert quote:

“I’m not surprised that the complainants are still going at this issue. The deal that Google arraigned seemed to be an unusually, surprisingly nice deal for Google.”

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Manash Sager, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine.

Manish Sagar, School of Medicine

HIV is sexist. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They’re more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship…

Expert quote:

“You could envision a vaccine that weakens the virus in chronically infected people and needed to be administered only once. Their disease isn’t weakened, but their virus is weakened. So when they have sexual contact, the chance of transmission is lowered.”

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Co-authors gone bad – how to avoid publishing conflicts

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Primack.

Co-written by Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Conservation biology and related areas of science are increasingly collaborative endeavors. For most of us, working in teams can improve the quality of our research by bringing together people with complementary areas of expertise, generating and refining ideas, and writing and revising manuscripts…

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Why We Need to Restructure the Big Bank Holding Companies

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Tamar Frankel.

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By Tamar Frankel, School of Law

Many contributors helped bring about the most recent financial crisis, bank holding companies among them. The problems with bank holding companies stem less from lax rules or weak enforcement than from the way they are structured…

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‘Superfood’ trend combines fresh foods, common-sense choices

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Sargent College.

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

Practically every celebrity, TV show and magazine related to food or health has come out with a list of “superfoods” we all should be eating. These lists began to appear a few years ago, highlighting common foods that pack a nutritional punch, like sweet potatoes and blueberries. Now, we’re told we should be buying things like beet juice, acai berries, kale, quinoa, and chia seeds…

Expert quote:

“All produce is good for you. To ask which one is the best and brightest is like asking a mother which one of her kids she loves the most.”

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Finger at Neymar effect and boos

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education.

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

A single missing star player and an increasingly restive home crowd could be among factors that might explain host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final match, sports psychologists say…

Expert quote:

“It was clear that missing Neymar was emotional for the team. The effect on the team’s morale depends on how much players view themselves as Neymar’s followers or collaborators — the more the members of a team hero-worship one of their own players, the greater the impact on their psychology.”

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US-German spying row getting worse

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Hill, Thomas Berger.

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Relations between the United States and Germany sank to new depths on Wednesday as accusations emerged that a second German might have been slipping secrets to Washington. The charge rubbed salt into wounds first opened by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone — a practice President Obama has renounced…

Expert quote:

“It’s a serious issue and I think it’s one which we need to address and perhaps we could even use, as a positive note, as a stimulus for some useful reconsiderations about all the kind of things we can and should do in the realm of intelligence-gathering,”

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Scholars warn of NSA loopholes

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sharon Goldberg.

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Sharon Goldberg, College of Arts & Sciences

A report from researchers at Harvard University and Boston University warns that the National Security Agency could freely monitor the electronic communications of American citizens by rerouting Internet traffic through overseas networks…

Expert quote:

“The reason we wrote this is to point out that it could happen.”

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