Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hip Hop Theater Ensemble performing at SED today

The School of Education Speaker Series presents First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble featuring Sofia Snow, voted Best Spoken Word Artist in Boston in 2007, today at 4:00 PM in the SED auditorium (2 Silber Way, Boston).  EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

eBay, dumping Skype, faces hard choices

With eBay planning to shed itself of Skype with an IPO, School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says it’s clear that the Skype acquisition has not paid off for eBay which now has some hard decisions to make. “Now eBay is faced with tough choices: (1) a spin-out […]

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer combine HIV-drug business

Law Professor Kevin Outterson, director of the Health Law Program, says big pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer combining their HIV-drug business should be good for the companies and for patients around the globe. “The joint venture will allow GSK and Pfizer to coordinate antiretroviral-drug research, which will both lower R&D costs and reduce competition between […]

“Raise a turkey leg” to Madden’s TV retirement

Sports journalism Professor Frank Shorr, director of the Buston University Sports Institute, says fans will miss Hall of Fame coach John Madden as he retires from the NFL broadcast booth. “John Madden will always have a special place in the hearts of New England football fans.  With his hair flowing and arms raised, what Patriot […]

New York same-sex marriage bill

With New York Governor Paterson introducing a same-sex marriage bill before that state’s legislature, Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says New York lawmakers may be pressured by other states moving quickly on this front. “Is this peer pressure likely to have an effect ?  Now that other lawmaking bodies are […]

Educating for Citizenship

Boston University School of Education’s Center for the Advancement of Ethics & Character (CAEC) is hosting their Spring Institute today and tomorrow at the Hotel Commonwealth.  The retreat aims to cultivate the intellectual lives of educators, inspire them to embrace a renewed sense of responsibility and dedication to the art of teaching, and instill in […]

Making bank “stress tests” public

Robert Bench, senior fellow at the School of Law’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former deputy Comptroller of the Currency, questions whether results should be made public of “stress tests” being run on the nation’s 16 largest banks. “The U.S. government never has disclosed the results of its safety and soundness […]

Northeast Bat-Killing Disease is Spreading Southward

From New Hampshire to Virginia, Thomas Kunz, biology professor and long-time expert on bats, searches for answers about White Nose Syndrome, the mysterious white fungus that continues to kill tens of thousands of bats.  Like the disappearing honeybees and frogs, bats play a critical role in the balance of nature, consuming 50 to 100 percent […]

Somali pirate incident points to wider need

International Relations Professor Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center and a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, says in a Boston Globe op-ed that the Somali pirates’ incident was more than just a superb police action.  It’s also a wake-up call for the U.S. to forge a comprehensive diplomatic and military […]

Dealing with the Merrill Lynch bonuses

School of Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and legal ethics, says the SEC is in a tough spot reviewing whether bailed-out Bank of America broke the law by not disclosing to shareholders bonuses to executives at Merrill Lynch, which BofA had bought.  She suggests three ways to enforce the law, which could […]