Monthly Archives: February 2010

Toyota’s troubles

The troubles for Toyota keep mounting with a recall of 311,000 of its 2010 Prius expected this week.  BU College of Communication Professor and veteran PR reputation management expert Peter Morrissey offers his thoughts on the embattled carmaker: “Toyota’s reputation is its most valued asset.  They are putting it at unacceptable high risk and they […]

The challenge to doubling U.S. exports

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke outlined a strategy to meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years.  It includes government advocacy for U.S. exporters globally, more export financing, and tough enforcement of existing trade agreements.  International Relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, an authority on globalization and development, says it’s going to take […]

BofA sued for securities fraud

Bank of America (and its then CEO and CFO) is being sued by New York’s attorney general for securities fraud for misleading shareholders and the government about BofA’s merger with Merrill Lynch.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authorities on securities law and legal ethics and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a […]

The Boston University Art Gallery Presents: The Shape of Abstraction

Opening reception tonight at 6:00 PM at 855 Commonwealth Avenue; free and open to the public!

Critics question CIA moonlighting

Concerned it may lead to security breaches, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein wants to learn more about a CIA policy that allows agency employees to moonlight for private companies.  But international relations Professor Arthur Hulnick, a 3-decade CIA veteran, says there’s no need to worry — any agency officers moonlighting are working on non-intelligence […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

Planning to dial up a super pizza on Super Bowl Sunday? You may get a busy signal as the sales of pizzas increase by at least 30 percent, on average, in pizzerias across America, on the day of the big game. Keep in mind that a pizza with “everything” on it can add close to […]

Risk, not size, is bank industry’s woe

The problem isn’t that banks are too big; they’re just taking excessive risk.  Ex-Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of  Management and is author of “Uncontrolled Risk” about the fall of Lehman Brothers, says in a Reuters commentary that any meaningful financial reform must address lending standards while tightening oversight and […]

TARP $$ for small-biz lending

President Obama has proposed using $30 billion from the TARP bank bailout program to create a small-business lending fund to spur job growth.   Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, said he has been suggesting such a fund but that bankers may be skeptical that it may come […]

iPad ergonomics may be harmful

Apple’s ballyhooed new iPad (and other e-readers like Kindle and Nook) can eventually lighten the load of student backpacks.  That’s good.  But Sargent College Professor Karen Jacobs, who researches how such gagets challenge human capabilities, fears the touch-screen iPad may lead to some unintended harmful ergonomic problems. “In the case of the iPad, which has […]

And the nominees are…

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards are in!  BU’s Paul Schneider, Chairman of the College of Communication Department of Film & Television and a member of the Directors Guild of America, shares his predictions for who may be going home with a statue on March 7th: “The Academy seems to have achieved one of […]