Monthly Archives: June 2009

Auto industry update

The auto industry worldwide continues to struggle.  With Toyota facing its largest losses ever, Akio Toyoda today becomes president of the company founded by his grandfather in 1937.  Meantime, the first beneficiaries (reportedly Ford, Nissan, Tesla) finally are being named today for the loan program created by Congress in 2007 to help auto makers retool […]

Will gasoline prices dip further?

Monday’s 4% U.S. oil decline — the first drop in nearly two months of rising gasoline prices — has analysts forecasting gas prices falling further by late summer. Robert Kaufmann, Director of BU’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, can comment. Contact Robert Kaufmann, 617-353-3940,

Unravelling the Madoff scheme

With three new lawsuits filed against investment “feeders” of Bernard Madoff’s alleged $65 billion “Ponzi” scheme, federal investigators are  slowing unravelling the mechanics of history’s biggest investment ripoff.  School of Law Professor Tamar Frankel, a legal-ethics expert and authority on fiduciary law, says the “middlemen” in the Madoff scheme should have know what was going on. “The more […]

Ed McMahon dead at 86

Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s loyal sidekick on “The Tonight Show” for nearly three decades, died today in California.  He was 86.  College of Communication Professor Cathy Perron, director of the Television Program, can discuss McMahon’s impact on the medium. Contact Cathy Perron, 617-353-4976,

Will the Voting Rights Act survive?

With the Supreme Court sidestepping a conclusive determination of whether the Voting Rights Act remains constitutionally needed, the ultimate fate of the landmark act could wind up back in Congress.  School of Law Professor Tracey Maclin, a Constitutional Law expert, can discuss the possibilities. Contact Tracey Maclin, 617-353-4688,

Study: Recession hurts brand loyalty

A national study of the purchasing behavior of more than 32 million shoppers across 685 leading brands shows that in a weak economy 52 percent either reduced their brand loyalty or defected to another brand in the same category.  School of Management Professor Susan Fournier, a brand marketing expert, says hard times are a great […]

T-Mobile’s new smartphone

T-Mobile today added to the smartphone smorgasbord its myTouch 3G, which will be the centerpiece of T-Mobile’s marketing this year.  It comes on the heels of the new Palm Pre and the new iPhone 3G S.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, can discuss the shifting marketplace for smartphones. […]

The long hot Summertime flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the novel H1N1 swine flu virus is hanging around this summer, with new cases in summer camps, and will continue into the fall and winter. Al Ozonoff, assistant professor of biostatistics, has worked with the CDC and can discuss their weekly forecast reports. Contact Al Ozonoff, 617-638-5866, […]

Disclosing Jobs’ liver transplant

Should Apple’s board of directors been notified that on-leave CEO Steve Jobs had a liver transplant?  School of Managemenet Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance matters, can discuss the ins and outs of transparency requirements for the boards of public companies. Contact James Post, 617-353-4162,

Fighting for gym class

The value of physical education in public schools across America is being scrutinized, particularly in inner-cities like Chicago and Boston.  Many educators, like John McCarthy from the School of Education’s Institute for Athletic Coach Education, are fighting to keep P.E. programs in public school districts because they claim these programs help fight childhood obesity and […]