Monthly Archives: July 2009

Trade School Enrollment Skyrocketing

Trade schools specializing in everything from the cosmetology to radiologics are finding their enrollment growing during the economic downturn.  Enrollees, schools are discovering, are nearly twice the age of the typical enrolled student; schools believe they are professionals looking for a career change.  Dean Jay Halfond, of BU’s Metropolitan College, can discuss these recent surges […]

Healthcare reform battle time

With both houses and both parties in congess fighting over the details, President Obama has healthcare reform atop his agenda this week, including a prime-time news conference Wednesday.  School of Management Professor Alan Cohen, executive director of the Health Policy Institute, can sort through the details. Contact Alan Cohen, 617-353-9222,

Boston Globe union vote

The Boston Globe’s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, votes Monday on the latest contract proposal from the parent company New York Times, with a total of $10 million in savings on the line.  Pulitzer-winning College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a former Miami Herald executive editor, can discuss what’s at stake. Contact Tom Fiedler, […]

Sotomayor nom heads to vote

With Republicans saying they won’t block approval, the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to consider the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.  A full-Senate vote expected by August 7.  Constitutional law Professor Jay Wexler, who clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, can look back at Sotomayor’s week of testimony and ahead to the high […]

Alcohol at Starbucks after dark?

With sales slumping at Starbucks locations across the country, the chain is looking for new ways to bring loyal customers back in the afternoon hours.  Starting with a flagship afternoon shop called “15th Ave. Coffee and Tea inspired by Starbucks” in the 15th Avenue neighborhood of Seattle, Starbucks will be introducing beer and wine (dine-in […]

BofA under secret regulatory sanction

Bailed out Bank of American reportedly is under a secret regulatory sanction — a memorandum of understanding — to overhaul its board and address risk and liquidity problems.  Six of its 16 directors have resigned since the sanction was imposed.  School of Management Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance, says BofA should have […]

Bay State Banner gets reprieve

Boston’s only newspaper aimed specifically at the African-American community, the Bay State Banner, was to have been shut down last week for lack of finances.   But a group of a dozen investors have been tapped to keep the 44-year-old paper in business.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a former executive editor of the Miami […]

Dr. Robert Green: “Predicting Alzheimer’s”

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Finding Alzheimer’s risk poses little distress

If you learned from a genetic test that your risk for Alzheimer’s disease increased, how would you feel?  A  study of 162 healthy adult children of patients with Alzheimer’s found that people who inherited a key gene showed no more test-related stress, depression, or anxiety than those who did not, according to Dr. Robert Green, lead author of […]

Don’t give the Fed a new job

A debate is under way as to whether the Federal Reserve should be given more oversight powers to monitor risk in the U.S. banking system, as the Treasury secretary has proposed.  Former Fed examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of Management, says the Fed doesn’t deserve and can’t handle any new […]