Category: Faculty News
Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, Metropolitan College’s resident cybercrime expert and faculty coordinator for the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity master’s and graduate certificate criminal justice programs, is the author of Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation—a comprehensive look into the intersecting disciplines that constitute the growing field of cybercrime. Now, Dr. Choi’s work will be available to non-English-speaking readers, as a Spanish-language translation of the book was released in November.
At 92 years young, Tamar Frankel has seen plenty of change take its time. Hired as BU’s first female law professor in 1963, she continues to instruct to this day, and co-teaches MET AD 678 Financial Regulation and Ethics with MET Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Irena Vodenska. Frankel played a key role in the advancement of the fiduciary rule, a U.S. Department of Labor regulation which stipulates that financial advisors must act in the best interests of retirement clients. The Trump administration has delayed implementation of the rule, but Frankel believes it will endure. “What the rule has done is sown the seed, and the longer it takes the better off we are, because what we must change is the culture and the habits in the financial industry,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “Habits don’t change in one day. It takes time.”
Read more in the Wall Street Journal.
As part of BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force, Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler, director of the MET City Planning & Urban Affairs programs and associate professor of the practice, is applying her expertise in urban resilience to help devise plans for the University to weather potential high-impact weather events affecting the Charles River campus.
Dutta-Koehler, whose most recent research delves into climate adaptation in mega-cities, says the work—and the foresight required to take on the challenge—is part of what makes Boston University a leader in the field of urban planning and sustainability. “Unlike a lot of major research universities, BU in its action has shown that it deeply cares for its community, and the environment, and the city that it is in,” Dutta-Koehler says in a recent video. “And I am really proud to be a part of that.”
Watch a video of Associate Professor Dutta-Koehler discussing her work with the Climate Action Task Force below, and learn more about #BUClimateAction here.
A pair of Metropolitan College professors shine a spotlight on what it takes for companies to thrive in the global marketplace in their new book, Business Dynamics in North America. Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences Vladimir Zlatev and Dr. Rajagopal examine the impact NAFTA has had on international commerce in the region in the book, which follows up on the lessons and research the pair primed in teaching Doing Business in North America—a required course in MET’s Supply Chain Management master’s with concentration in Global Business program.
On September 29, 2017, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities welcomed Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, to speak on the topic of Urbanization in Ghana. In a visit facilitated by Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye—Metropolitan College professor and alumnus of the Master of City Planning program—the Ambassador addressed an audience that included students and faculty of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs, discussing sustainable development in rapidly growing urban centers such as Accra and Kumasi.
Even when overall crime rates lower, law enforcement faces an uphill battle in combating urban violence, and according to a Metropolitan College authority on the matter, police are unlikely to ever completely eradicate the issue. Dr. Shea Cronin, an assistant professor in Metropolitan College’s Master of Criminal Justice program, recently spoke with the Boston Globe about the challenges facing police.
“I think [police] can always continue to expand on the things that they’re doing to try to prevent crime, but a certain level of crime is a fact of life in most places,” he explained.
Read more in the Boston Globe.
Kyung-shick Choi (MET’02) has spent 10 years studying and teaching in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity. As an authority on the subject, the BU adjunct associate professor and Metropolitan College Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity program coordinator was called to the Massachusetts State House to testify before officials to share his insights regarding pending legislation that aims to update the Commonwealth’s current cybersecurity laws.
Echoing lessons he has imparted on MET students enrolled in both the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Master of Criminal Justice concentration and graduate certificate programs, Professor Choi voiced his support for Bill No. H2814—which seeks to address the rising threat of cybercrime through enhanced criminal penalties, civil remedies, and transparency.
“The criminal justice system has not yet caught up with the rapidly evolving dynamics of current technology and its related issues,” Choi testified, in prepared remarks. “The proposed bill [addresses this] by increasing the level of sanction placed on data breaches.”
Read more about the bill here.
A pair of Boston University Distance Education teaching professionals have been recognized for the success of an innovative new course in the Health Communication program by this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.
Instructor Alane Bearder and Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli are the recipients of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning, bestowed for their work on MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age, the first course to be developed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program. The award is conferred upon those who have positively impacted the educational experience through the adoption of flexible, distance, and online delivery.
“We’re proud to keep Boston University on the vanguard of higher education for professional health communicators with this, and other innovative learning experiences still ahead,” Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding said of the award.
Dr. Vijay Kanabar, associate professor and director of project management programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, has received the Project Management Institute’s new Teaching Excellence Award.
The PMI® Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for outstanding teaching practices in project management; it also commends the recipient for a strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. “This is the ‘Oscar’ of project management,” asserts Dr. Kanabar’s colleague, Associate Professor Roger D. H. Warburton, academic coordinator for project management programs. The award was presented on June 14, 2017, at the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference, which was hosted by MET and attended by guests from more than 35 countries.
A certified Project Management Professional with expertise in business practices and computer science, Professor Kanabar is recognized as an authority on IT project management, electronic commerce, and information security. As director of MET’s long-running Project Management master’s degree and graduate certificate, he has ensured that MET’s project management programs—which also include an IT Project Management master’s concentration and graduate certificate—represent the vanguard of formalized training in the profession.
“Vijay is the first recipient of this new award, and the competitive field of candidates was drawn from all over the world,” says Dr. Warburton. “No one deserves it more than Vijay.”
Service members enrolled in MET programs on location at Hanscom Air Force Base graduated in a ceremony held on base, May 11, 2017. The Commencement address and diplomas were presented by Dr. Paul Cleary. Also present was Director of Metropolitan College Programs at Hanscom AFB J. Gerard Keegan.