Brianna Bourne’s Journey from Mattapan to Boston Latin to Comm Ave

“I’ve learned over time that asking for help is better than struggling by yourself” With a $6 million gift from shuttered Newbury College, Boston University opened the Newbury Center in January 2021 to support first-generation (students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college) undergraduate and graduate students. This year, with 18.5 percent of […]

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$8 Million Gift from Richard Shipley Will Expand Technology’s Role in Residential Education

Endowment from BU alum and trustee emerituswill help fund new Center for Digital Learning & Innovation   Richard C. Shipley (Questrom’68,’72), a BU trustee emeritus, will help fund creation of the Richard C. Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation. Photo (left) by Janice Checchio. Among the unexpected revelations of the COVID-19 pandemic has been […]

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Should Sports Teams Change Their Native-Inspired Names?

Five questions for filmmaker and BU alum Donick Cary, whose new film tackles the controversy around sports team names and mascots Donick Cary wrote for David Letterman and helped to produce the Emmy Award–winning comedies The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation. But now the comedian-turned-documentarian is tackling a sensitive subject: appropriated and downright racist sports […]

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Three BU Alums Named to BostInno’s 2021 “25 Under 25” List

Among their work: bridging the gender gap at hackathons and providing educational opportunities for refugee children TechTogether founder Fiona Whittington (COM’19) organized SheHacks, the world’s second-largest all-female hackathon, before pivoting to start her hackathon nonprofit TechTogether. Photo (left) courtesy of Whittington. When Fiona Whittington started TechTogether in 2017, she was “maybe a little overconfident,” she […]

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For Knee Replacement, Physical Therapy Reduces Risk of Chronic Opioid Use

BU researchers find even low levels of physical therapy before or after surgery can lower the odds The world’s most common form of arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, causes people pain and hurts their quality of life. Total knee replacement is the only option for people with severe knee osteoarthritis, but even that invasive surgery still leaves […]

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New BU Center for Innovation in Social Science Will Promote Collaborative Research and Teaching

Center designed to offer “one-stop shopping” for faculty looking to pursue multidisciplinary research projects and team teaching Deborah Carr leads a new center that will foster collaborative research and teaching among social scientists. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. BU boasts renowned faculty in the social sciences, from economics to history. But collaborating with each other can […]

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Tiny Satellite Will Take Widest Ever Images of Earth’s and the Sun’s Magnetic Fields Colliding

Images captured by the probe, developed by BU engineers, could reveal new insights into radiation that impacts satellites, astronauts BU engineers Brian Walsh and Emil Atz, working with collaborators, developed the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector (CuPID) satellite, which uses a new kind of optical technology to enable wide-field X-ray imaging of magnetic fields from inside […]

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MED’s Biology of the Lung Funded through Its 50th—Yes, 50th—Year

BU’s longest running federally funded training program began in 1975 Pulmonary fellow Ellen Suder (MED’26,’26) working in the high containment lab, BSL-4, at BU’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). Photo by Cydney Scott. When the School of Medicine training program called Biology of the Lung: A Multidisciplinary Program began, on July 1, 1975, Gerald […]

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