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President Obama’s deficit reduction plan

September 19th, 2011 in Economics, Politics 0 comments

President Obama is set to announce his deficit reduction plan which will include $1.5 trillion in new taxes. The plan will also look at the so-called “Buffett Rule,” named after billionaire Warren Buffett, which would set a new tax rate for those making more than $1 million a year. The following Boston University experts are… MORE

Tips for proper backpack selection and usage

September 19th, 2011 in Health, Videos 0 comments

National Backpack Awareness Day is Wednesday, September 21st. Karen Jacobs, clinical professor at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and an occupational therapist, offers tips for proper backpack selection and usage in order to help reduce back, neck and shoulder pain. Contact Jacobs at 617-353-7516;; Twitter: KarenJacobsOT

Greek bailout delayed

September 16th, 2011 in International Relations 0 comments

Officials of the European Union have announced they will delay making a decision on an $11 billion installment of a bailout loan to Greece until October. International relations professor Vivien Schmidt is a long-time EU watcher and author of Policy Change and Discourse in Europe. She offers the following comment: “This is a very dangerous… MORE

Arsenic in apple juice?

September 15th, 2011 in Health, Public Health 0 comments

Joan Salge Blake, clinical associate professor of nutrition and a registered dietician, weighs in on the controversy surrounding how “The Dr. Oz Show” yesterday aired a segment about unsafe levels of arsenic in many brands of apple juice. The FDA, however, has called the show’s testing methods “erroneous” and “misleading” since they only looked at… MORE

Campaign 2012: Elizabeth Warren enters Massachusetts Senate race

September 14th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics 0 comments

Fred Bayles, director of the State House Program, offers his analysis on Elizabeth Warren as a candidate in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Contact Bayles at 617-353-7736;

Jacqueline Kennedy recordings

September 13th, 2011 in Politics 0 comments

Recently released audio recordings of Jacqueline Kennedy reveal candid comments by the former first lady about her husband, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other issues facing the country in the early 1960’s. Tom Whalen, a professor of social science, is an expert on American politics and the American presidency. He is also the… MORE

Faculty and staff reflect on 9/11

September 9th, 2011 in Arts, Crime, Culture, Politics, Religion 0 comments

In today’s edition of BU Today, several professors and administrators reflect on how the U.S. and world have changed in the decade since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The story features Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations; Thomas Robbins, BU’s chief of police and executive director of public safety; Neta Crawford, professor of political science;… MORE

President Obama’s jobs speech

September 7th, 2011 in Politics 0 comments

The following Boston University experts are available to comment on President Obama’s jobs speech: Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics, an expert on macroeconomics and fiscal and monetary policy. He is the author of Jimmy Stewart Is Dead: Ending the World’s Ongoing Financial Plague With Limited Purpose Banking. He is also a regular contributor to Bloomberg… MORE

Campaign 2012: The Rick Perry surge

September 7th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics 0 comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to lead in the polls since entering the GOP field of presidential candidates. Boston University social science professor Tom Whalen, an expert in American politics and the American presidency, gives his view on what Perry’s surge means: “I think the Perry surge is more about Mitt Romney dropping the ball… MORE

Experts available to comment on political issues

September 7th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics 0 comments

The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, analysis, and insight on political issues facing America: Tom Whalen, a political historian and an expert on American politics and the American presidency. Whalen can be reached at 978-888-3131; Graham Wilson, chair of the Department of Political Science and an expert in American politics…. MORE