Monthly Archives: March 2009

“Transfusions don’t stop the bleeding”

In a Reuters commentary, School of Management Dean Louis Lataif argues that bit-by-bit bailouts to the auto industry and its suppliers won’t save the industry.  The former Ford executive says bridge loans to the auto makers would be more effective while efforts are made to deal with falling housing values and toxic mortgage-backed securities — which […]

Public/private partnerships to buy toxic assets

School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Overseers, says Treasury’s plan to buy up toxic bank assets is thin on inducements for private investors to get involved. “It appears that the plan is going to be very heavy on […]

IBM and Sun meet in the ‘cloud’

School of Management Professor N. “Venkat” Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says a would-be acquisition of Sun Microsystems by IBM could well serve IBM’s push to lead the effort to create for a “smarter” business infrastructure. “IBM’s supposed move to acquire Sun Microsystems is seen in some quarters as a radical shift in […]

“Africa is a continent and not a country”

Former two-term President Festus Mogae of Botswana, beginning his stint as the sixth African President in Residence at BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC), talks in a BU Today interview about what he hopes to accomplish during his three-month residency on the Charles River campus.

Easing antitrust policy for newspapers smart move

College of Communication Professor Lou Ureneck, chairman of the Journalism Department and former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, says the Justice Department’s willingness to consider easing antitrust policy for newspapers would be good for the struggling industry. “This is a positive and reasonable government response to the newspaper crisis.  Newspapers are the chief source […]

Bridge Loans to auto makers would work

School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford executive, says rather than providing bailout financing to auto-parts suppliers it would be better for the entire industry for the government to provide bridge loans to the auto makers themselves. “The American public is growing increasingly dismayed by ‘bailouts’ and I’m surprised the government continues to […]

Anger at AIG bonuses could reshape economic landscape

School of Management Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance and business ethics, in a BU Today Q&A discusses the impact of the furor over the AIG bonuses and how it could impact both the short-term recovery process and the long-term future of executive compensation in the financial services industry. Contact James Post, 617-353-4162, […]

How will the recession impact adult learning?

Dean of Metropolitan College Jay Halfond makes predictions for what the recession will mean for adult learning.  Metropolitan College’s focus is on the educational needs of working professionals; Dean Halfond offers commentary on what to think about when considering an adult education.

Researchers develop a structural approach to exploring DNA

A team of researchers led by Boston University chemistry professor Thomas D. Tullius, graduate student Stephen Parker and a team at the National Institutes of Health, developed a new method of uncovering functional areas of the human genome by studying DNA’s structure instead of  the more familiar analysis of the sequence of the DNA bases. Their study […]

SUSTAIN/ABILITY: A Celebration of Sustainability and Awareness

Boston University Hillel House and The Rubin-Frankel Gallery are hosting a building-wide celebration focusing on sustainability-awareness.  Featured at this celebration is the 4th Annual Student Art Exhibition entitled: “Sustainability”, a juried show of artwork by students from the Greater Boston Area.  Events during this celebration will include live music, free food, several art exhibitions and […]