GDP Center Hosts Panel Discussion in Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 1777 F Street NW, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20006 President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison hosted a panel discussion organized by the BU Global Development Policy Center and BU Federal Relations in Washington, D.C. on April 18. Center Director Kevin Gallagher moderated a conversation with […]

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College of Engineering Will Now Require Data Science for All Majors

Change will prepare students for a digital and maker economy In new mathematics and statistics courses, ENG students will learn to analyze huge data sets and be introduced to machine learning, a major component of autonomous systems, like self-driving cars and robotics. For decades, product developers have depended on a primary engineering discipline to turn […]

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The High Cost of Summer Energy Price Spikes

Cranking up the AC during peak electric hours will raise your electricity bill Forecast for the future: hotter summers, more peak power consumption, and higher electricity bills. Photo by Dan Logan/iStock. On one of the hottest days on record in recent Massachusetts history—August 2, 2006—the mercury hit 37 degrees Celsius (about 99 degrees Fahrenheit), with […]

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Hope for the Battle against Type 1 Diabetes

Benefit corporation founded by parents of children with the disease Ed Damiano (center) and members of new medical device company Beta Bionics, whose mission is to improve the health of people with type 1 diabetes: (from left) design engineers Raj Setty and Rob LeBourdais; senior engineer Firas El-Khatib; Ed Raskin, VP for public benefit development […]

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Why Money Flows Uphill

Power brokers choose economic efficiency over equality—in contrast to average Americans—economist Ray Fisman finds in study The majority of Americans tell pollsters they think income inequality is too high. Why then, asks behavioral economist Ray Fisman, has the response from policymakers been so tepid—even under popular two-term Democratic presidents? Photo (to the right) by Jackie […]

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Preventing an Antibiotic Apocalypse

The business model for drug innovation is broken — universities key to figuring out fixes, says health law prof By: Sara Rimer Kevin Outterson is a leading scholar on the economic and legal global framework needed to combat resistance and keep antibiotics available for future generations. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. When Kevin Outterson, a professor […]

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BU’s Kotlikoff One of Most Influential Economists

Economist honoree is pleased—and disbelieving Being ranked among the world’s most influential economists is an honor that BU’s Laurence Kotlikoff welcomes. And doubts. “Janet Yellen is much more influential than anybody right now,” says Kotlikoff, who clocked in at number 19 on the Economist magazine’s top-25 list. Yet the Federal Reserve chairwoman (and Kotlikoff’s former professor) […]

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Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Less Binge Drinking

BU public health study finds strong correlation between price and alcohol consumption Study lead author Ziming Xuan of SPH says researchers’ findings are “really significant for public health,” because binge drinking causes more than half of nearly 90,000 alcohol-attributable deaths in the United States. In 2010, Tennessee, which has the country’s highest combined taxes on […]

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