Monthly Archives: April 2009

Treasury’s bank “stress tests” becoming a mess

School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says Treasury’s “stress tests” for top U.S. banks is a mess because it only disclosed the test methodology just before the test results will be made public. “For credibility purposes, this […]

Marketers of Apple’s “Baby Shaker” should be fired

Apple, Inc., apologized for allowing the iPhone game “Baby Shaker” – that let a player quiet a virtual crying infant by shaking the device – to be distributed through iPhone App Stores.  College of Communication Professor Peter Morrissey, an expert in PR reputation management, says the marketers should be fired. “This was a bad idea […]

Pass-In-Review, Celebrating the BU ROTC’s 90th year

Boston University’s Military Education department will hold its annual Pass-In-Review ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Brigadier General Fuller, today.  This year, the department celebrates the 90th consecutive year of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at BU. The Pass-In-Review, a long-standing military tradition that began as a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his troops, […]

Be Wary of Bank “Stress Tests”

School of Management Senior Lecturer Mark T. Williams, a former Federal Reserve bank examiner, says the public should be wary of results from the “stress tests” being performed by the Fed on the nation’s 19 largest banks. “Stress testing is only an estimation tool.  Such tools were used by major banks as they overdosed on […]

News Corp. Ousts MySpace Founders

With Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. ousting the MySpace founders in an effort to transform the TV/movie/newspaper conglomerate into a new-media titan, College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter says it’s about money and popularity. “This illustrates two major issues facing many Internet ventures.  One is finding a way to translate popularity to revenue, and many of the […]

Managing Craigslist’s Reputation

College of Communication Professor Peter Morrissey, a veteran reputation-management expert whose clients included Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol case, says Craigslist managing its reputation in light of the “Craigslist murder” case is tricky. “As far as Craigslist’s reputation goes, they need to be seen as being on the side of the law.  They are […]

A new way to design biological circuits advances synthetic biology

Researchers led by James J. Collins, professor of bioengineering, have found a more systematic way, using computer modeling, to construct biological “circuits” which are easier to predict how they will behave before they are synthesized.  Their approach eliminates the current trial and error frustrations that can take months and years of tweaking. The technique used genetic timer circuit in yeast […]

Oracle’s Sun acquisition a smart move

School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says Oracle acquiring Sun Microsystems after Sun’s talks with IBM broke down could be an industry-leading move. “Oracle has been quietly developing and refining its capabilities for integrating acquisitions – especially PeopleSoft, Siebel, and BEA Systems.  These gave Oracle an edge in […]

Administrative Professionals’ Day in a recession

School of Management Professor Kathy Kram, an authority on human resources, says this year’s national Administrative Professionals’ Day should make bosses be all the more appreciative of admin in a time of recessionary downsizing. “After all the necessary downsizing, those who are left in administrative professional roles are essential.  For admin, think about how to […]

TARP fraud: A culture “hostile to law”

With word of federal probes under way into alleged fraud involving banking bailout funds, School of Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and legal ethics, says those receiving TARP funds should be subject to ongoing examinations. “‘It’s the culture, stupid.’ Law not only limits innovations, it also controls competition on innovative antisocial […]