Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lee Woodruff to Present Meredith E. Drench Lecture

Lee Woodruff will give the 2010 Meredith E. Drench Lecture today at  Sargent College at 5:00 PM. The talk, titled Life Changes in an Instant: A Caregivers Journey,  chronicles the journey of Woodruff’s family after her husband, journalist Bob Woodruff, was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The critically acclaimed story has garnered national […]

Safeguarding nuclear stockpiles

President Obama says nuclear terrorism is among the greatest threats to global security and that world leaders must destroy or secure stockpiles of nuclear materials.  Verification expert Philip O’Neill, who teaches national security law at BU Law and is author of the just-published book “Verification in an Age of Insecurity,” says the verification process must […]

Palm shopping itself

PDA pioneer Palm, creator of the Pre smartphone, reportedly is shopping itself and has hired Goldman Sachs to help find a buyer.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says a sale was inevitable as Palm has not been able to gain much traction with it’s Pre beyond a small […]

Fannie, Freddie execs ‘splainin’

Former executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the goverment agencies whose mortage-loans holdings helped sink the economy, testified before the Congressional commission looking into the financial meltdown.  Mark Williams, who teaches finance at the BU School of Management and is author of  “Uncontrolled Risk” about the fall of Lehman Brothers, says both agencies may have outlived […]

Protecting asset-backed securities

New rules proposed by the S.E.C. would, among other things, require that the issuers of bonds filled with bundled mortgages — not the ratings agencies — would have to vouch for their soundness and retain 5 percent of each bond.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: American’s […]

BU Study: Changes in Store for Northeast Summers

A new study from Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., of Boston University’s Dept. of Geography and Environment has found that the summertime conditions in the Northeast have the potential to change dramatically as the century progresses. According to Dr. Anderson, the study found “there is the threat that conditions across the Northeast are going to become significantly […]

U.S. Russian sign nuclear-arms treaty

Leaders of the two Cold War adversaries signed a new treaty further reducing their nuclear-arms arsenals.   Both Presidents Obama and Medvedev said the pact will make the world safer and benefit relations between the United States and Russia.  Attorney Philip O’Neill, author of the newly published “Verification in an Age of Insecurity” and who teaches national security […]

Financial crisis hearings resume

As the bipartisan Congressional commission looking into the financial meltdown resumes hearings, law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, stops to take a look at where we’ve come and where we might be going. “While ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tops the […]

FTC sniffing Google-AdMob deal

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing an antitrust challenge to Google’s proposed acquisition of the mobile-advertising company AdMob, and asked AdMob competitors about what the deal would mean for consumers.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says be weary of what the competitors say — even in sworn statements. “If the […]

Brits launch (brief) election campaign

With the Queen agreeing to dissolve parliament, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (right)  announced a May 6 election date and England’s one-month campaign season is officially under way.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective” (and a Brit himself), expects an exciting, unpredictable election. “The economic events of […]