Monthly Archives: March 2010

Where to try the 9/11 mastermind?

Hemmed in by bipartisan opposition to a federal trial in New York and GOP insistance that it must be under military jurisdiction, the Obama Administration is still deciding whether to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court or a military tribunal.  Political Science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in Ameica? American Politics in Comparative […]

Last-ditch healthcare reform bid

President Obama is making a final effort to get the public to push Congress to pass healthcare reform, bashing the insurance industry for predatory pricing practices.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understandng the U.S. Healthcare System,” says the facts are on the side of reform, but the White House hasn’t […]

Fed may retain power

Under a regulatory reform measure being considered in the Senate, the Federal Reserve may yet retain oversight power over the nati0n’s biggest banks, with states and the FDIC watching over smaller banks.  Risk-management expert Mark Williams, author of “Uncontrolled Risk” who teaches finance in the School of Management, thinks it’s too soon to be trusting […]

Armenian “genocide” vote riles Turks

The Turkish government says there’ll be negative diplomatic consequences for the Obama administration if the U.S. Congress approves a committee-passed resolution labeling as “genocide” the World War I-era killing of Armenians by Turks.  History Professor Simon Payaslian, chair of Modern Armenian History and Literature who teaches a course on the genocide, says the resolution’s significance goes […]

Greeks deal with debt

Greece has announced austerity measures to rein in the country’s debt that threatens the European Union’s euro currency — and in the process triggered public outrage and demonstrations.  International Relations Professor William Keylor, an authority on U.S.-European relations, says the Greek government seems to playing a game of chicken with the EU. “By hinting that it might […]

Ukraine in constitutional crisis

Ukraine’s newly elected president has been unable to muster a coalition in parliament to replace the prime minister whom he defeated for the presidency.  The president’s party is trying to change the law to make coalition forming easier, which the ex-PM’s party calls a “constitutional coup d’etat.”  Ukraine expert Tammy Lynch from BU’s Institute for […]

GOP to raise funds on fear

According to a confidential GOP fundraising presentation obtained by Politico, the Republican National Committee plans to raise bucks this election cycle by capitalizing on “fear” of President Obama and a promise to “save the country from trending toward socialism.”  Political science Professor Graham Wilson says scare tactics on both sides of the aisle are old […]

Citigroup CEO says things ‘different’

Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit told a Congressional panel that the bank is “fundamentally different” since it took $45 billion in taxpayer bailout money last year.  But Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says Congress should be asking why taxpayers were’t given more effective oversight of Citigroup after […]

Measuring Calories on the iPhone

Nutrition graduate student Larry Istrail recently launched an innovative new iPhone Application called PhotoCalorie allowing users to snap photos of their snacks and meals, enter a short description, and track their calorie intakes.  The App, which is currently offered to Apple customers free of charge, also allows users to keep a visual food journal which […]

The Changing Face of Autism in America

The Boston University Alumni Association is hosting The Changing Face of Autism in America today at 5:30 PM in the Backcourt Room of the George Sherman Union. The event will include cocktails and an interactive discussion with five panelists including School of Education Professor and Moderator Tom Cottle. The panelists will explore how research, diagnosis and […]