Monthly Archives: July 2009

Speculators blamed for oil-price spike

In a reversal, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission now says speculators, not normal supply-and-demand, triggered the recent wild swings in global oil prices.  Energy risk-assessment expert Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of Management, can discuss how the new CFTC view reflects a shifting of political winds. Contact Mark T. Williams, 617-358-2789, […]

Business Travelers Bring TV on the Road

A recent study has shown a decline in in-room movie purchases at hotels among business travelers.  A surge in available technologies enabling business travelers to bring entertainment with them, or view it online, is to blame.   Some of the most popular online services are Hulu and Amazon Video on Demand while Netflix remains a strong […]

A ‘beer summit’ at the White House

A spokesman confirms that President Obama, his African-American professor friend arrested in his own Cambridge home, and the white arresting officer will have a beer together this week at the White House to mend hurt feelings on all sides.  College of Communication Associate Dean Tobe Berkovitz, a political communications expert, says the “beer summit” invitation was […]

The escalating costs of treating obesity

Medical spending for an obese person averages $1,400 more a year than an individual of normal weight  – a health-related expenditure that has doubled from nearly a decade ago and includes treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments found  in those overweight, according to a recent study. Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center Director of […]

Breakthrough for Web news?

The Associated Press will wrap each of its articles (and photos) with software that indicates its right-to-use and notifies the AP how it was used.  It’s in response to Web aggregators and blogs using stories without permission or paying — and may be a breakthrough for the struggling news industry as a whole.  Journalism Department […]

WBUR, the Globe, NECN and WGBH join forces to present mayoral debate

WBUR, the Boston Globe, NECN and WGBH-TV announced today that they have joined forces to present a Boston mayoral debate live from Kennedy Library on Monday, October 19 from 7-8 p.m. The debate between the final two mayoral candidates airs on WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, NECN and WGBH’s “Greater Boston,” and will […]

Chinese develop live mice by reprogramming skin cells

The ability of Chinese scientists to reprogram skin cells of mice to a primordial, embryonic state that resulted in the birth of live offspring may bring scientists a step closer to creating medically useful stem cell lines for treating human disease. “The novelty resides in producing mice using induced pluripotent stem cells in the most […]

A President’s “Bully Pulpit”

President Obama has been hammering away his healthcare-reform message with the media — Lehrer, Couric, Vieira, “Nightline,” Washington Post, bloggers, prime-time press conference, etc.  Is there a danger of overusing the presidential “bully pulpit?”  College of Communication Professor John Carroll, a long-time media analyst, can talk about the dangers of media overexposure. Contact John Carroll, […]

Denny’s Accused of Salty Menu

A New Jersey man is suing Denny’s acccusing the restaurant chain of having a salty menu; noting that some meals at Denny’s contain more than 5,000 milligrams of sodium (over 3,500 more than the suggested daily amount).  Representation for Denny’s, which has about 1,500 restaurants nationwide, called the lawsuit “frivolous and without merit.”  Nutrition Professor […]

New obesity rate: 1 in 7 low-income preschoolers

The latest report from the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention estimates obesity rates have stablized to one in seven preschoolers from low-income families and the childhood obesity epidemic is leveling off  among youngsters in this group.  Caroline Apovian,MD, a BU associate professor of pediatrics and Boston Medical Center Director of Nutrition and Weight Management, can discuss […]