Tagged: Boston University

Dr. Jean Morrison Named BU Provost

Boston University President Dr. Robert A. Brown announced today that Dr. Jean Morrison, executive vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, has been named BU provost, effective January 2011. Morrison succeeds Provost David Campbell, who will return to teaching and to research projects he set aside more than five years ago […]

How is Social Media Changing the News Landscape?

In the age of Twitter and other social media networks, where anyone can “break news,” how is traditional journalism changing, who are the true journalists, and what is the difference between news and information?  Those were just a few of the interesting questions examined at The Media Landscape: How Social Journalism Is Changing the News […]

Textbook rental program coming to BU

Beginning in the fall, Boston University will give students a new lease on their sometimes budget-focused, hectic lives by offering a new textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience. Designed by BU administrators and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, the innovative rental program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than […]

Afghanistan’s mineral future

Word that war-torn Afghanistan has at least $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits already has that country’s officials scrambling to start the process of opening up the nation’s reserves to international investors.  Anthropology Professor Thomas Barfield, who also is president of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, says cashing in on the potential will take […]

G-20 to deal with global recovery

Next week’s meeting of the Group of 20 industrial nations in Toronto will face competing efforts to deal with the fragile global economic recovery.  International relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, currently a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, writes in a Financial Times commentary that developing a sovereign debt crisis management regime should be at […]

Kenneth W. Freeman named Dean of Boston University School of Management

Kenneth W. Freeman, currently a partner in the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), today was named the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of Boston University’s School of Management (SMG), announced BU President Robert A. Brown. Freeman succeeds Louis E. Lataif who has helmed the school for 19 years.  Read the full news release on […]

I want to eat Scooby-Doo!

A new study from Yale University published in the journal Pediatrics has found that popular cartoon and other characters can influence children’s food choices, and even preference, for the taste of a food.  According to the research, “children significantly prefer the taste of junk foods branded with licensed cartoon characters on the packaging, compared with […]

BP CEO hit at Congressional hearing

Members of Congress came down hard on BP CEO Tony Hayward (r.) as he testified about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  But political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Business and Politics,” wondered why the spotlight over American’s worst-ever spill hasn’t shone on Transocean, BP’s partner in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded in […]

Japan’s ruling party calls for austerity

The newly elected Japanese ruling Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan (l.) has pledged to rein that nation’s huge debt, the world’s largest, calling for drastic tax reform including a hiking the sales tax.  Public opinion polls show Japanese citizens prepared for tax increases and budget cuts if they can reduce the risk of […]

New “Boston High Scholars” honored

Twenty-one of the best and brightest of this year’s Boston public high school graduates are the latest class of honorees in the Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, the largest and longest-running such program for urban public high school students in the nation.  In ceremonies hosted by BU President Robert Brown and Mayor Thomas Menino, the […]