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.
John P. Molière (MET’86), a graduate of Metropolitan College’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program and president and CEO of Standard Communications, Inc., is the winner of the 2016 John K. Lopez Lifetime Achievement Award. Bestowed by the National Veteran Business Owners Association (NaVOBA) and Vetrepreneur magazine, the award comes in recognition of the Navy veteran’s longtime commitment to working with his fellow veteran community. After being wounded during service, Mr. Molière attended MET on the G.I. Bill before founding Standard Communications, Inc., which provides information technology support services to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.
Also president emeritus of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition, Mr. Molière has received congratulations from multiple U.S. congressmen since winning the award. He hopes his story will inspire other veterans attending BU, or anyone working full-time to put themselves through school. “Without BU,” he has said previously, “I wouldn’t be the successful businessman and person that I am today.”
Read more here.
Dr. Michael O’Laughlin, program director of the Interpreter Certificate Programs at Metropolitan College’s Center for Professional Education, offered his opinion on a Boston Globe article, “Methuen police misled Spanish-speaking drivers suspected of DUI, lawsuit says.” In his letter, published October 27 in the Globe’s Opinion section, Dr. O’Laughlin observes that “people who are limited English proficient, or LEP, often do not receive the same information given to everyone else when they are stopped for operating under the influence.” He continues by advocating that police should seek qualified interpreters when interacting with LEP people. O’Laughlin is a legal interpreter certified by the states of California and Massachusetts. He has a lifetime of experience in the courts as an expert witness in cases with language issues.
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.
Sandy Block, a certified Master of Wine who teaches in both the MET’s Wine Studies and Gastronomy programs, gave a toast to his favorite local craft brewers in a recent interview with BU Today. With nods to the beers he enjoys most in the heat and at parties, see if Block called out your preferred brew in BU Today.
Joe Spada, academic director of the Boston University Center for Professional Education (CPE) Paralegal Studies Program, has been teaching at BU since 1995. He’s seen the legal and paralegal field evolve over that time, and he believes that the most significant shift of the last five years may be the ascent of online paralegal studies programs like those offered by CPE.
“Probably the biggest change in the area of paralegal education is the emergence of online paralegal education—whether it is for a certificate or continuing legal education, online options are exploding,” Spada said in a recent interview with The Estrine Report.
Read more from Spada’s interview here.
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.