Monthly Archives: October 2009

Professor Balser to Speak on Gender Equality

The Women’s Studies Program is hosting a panel discussion led by Professor Diane Balser today beginning at 4:30 PM in the Law Barristers Hall. The event will address the issue of gender inequality in Law Professor Linda McClain’s co-edited book, “Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship”. Distinguished scholars in law, political science, and women’s studies, the panelists will investigate […]

Breakthrough for shareholders

In an unprecedented move for a major business, HealthSouth Corp. will reimburse activist shareholders for the costs involved with unseating management-backed directors.  LawProfessor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC and Wall Street attorney, says the HealthSouth initiative may mark a sea change in how boards respond to shareholders clamoring for accountability. “Now that HealthSouth has voluntarily […]

MA Drop Out Rates

The Massachusetts Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery Commission met last week and determined that there is cause for the commission to recommend upping the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18.  Boston University School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman extensively studied high school truancy and is available to for comment on this, and […]

Fed guidelines for bank pay

In an effort to avoid unnecessary risk taking in the financial services industry, the Federal Reserve has issued guidelines regulating bankers’ pay.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says it’s a welcome step but not enough. What is […]

Erin Judge brings comedy act to BU

The Women’s Studies Program and Genderfest present up and coming comedian Erin Judge today beginning at 4:30 PM in the Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101. Judge, who recently appeared on the third season of Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, pokes fun at sexuality, politics and pop culture. In addition to telling jokes, acting in sketches, […]

Government hits bank pay

In unprecedented moves, President Obama’s “pay czar” has put restrictions on compensation for top earners at the 7 biggest recipients of taxpayer bailout funds, while the Federal Reserve issued new guidelines to restrict pay practices at all banks to prevent excessive risk taking.  School of Management Professor James Post, an expert on corporate governance and business […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Just back from the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) annual Food & Nutrition Expo, here are some other fabulous, trendy, “Better For You” foods to look for: Crisps Real Sliced Fruit: These no-added sugar delights are 100% fruit that are freeze-dried. They are crispy and naturally sweet for less than 50 calories a serving! Perfect for […]

Auto brand loyality fading

Whereas in the 1980s nearly four in five Americans were repeat buyers of the same brand of automobile, a new survey shows only 20 percent show such loyalty today.  School of Management marketing Professor Shuba Srinivasan, who studies auto-industry marketing, says increased reliance on sales promotions is partly to blame. “Over the last decade, the […]

California sues State Street

Boston-based State Street Corporation has been sued by the California attorney general for “unconscionable fraud” against that state’s largest public-worker pension funds.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says the big questions are how will State Street act in the […]

“Hidden” costs of energy

The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council reports that there’s about $120 billion in “hidden costs” – including environmental and public health damage — from energy production and consumption every year.  Professor Ian Sue Wing of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies was a member of the NRC committee which conducted the study. […]