Posts by: Kira Jastive

Thomas Whalen on site of Bill Russell statue

In response to a recent column in The Boston Herald, Thomas Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968 – 69 World Champion Boston Celtics (Northeastern University Press), discusses why he believes a statue of Celtics legend and civil rights activist, Bill Russell, should […]

Can the Red Sox keep it going?

With the All-Star break over, all eyes in baseball are now on October. So, can the Boston Red Sox keep their season going strong?  Thomas Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science at Boston University and author of When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty 1912 – 1918 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Inc.), offers analysis on the […]

Cheating scandal rocks Atlanta Public Schools

According to a state report released last week, 178 teachers and administrators in 44 Atlanta schools have been implicated in a cheating scandal involving standardized tests issued annually at Georgia’s public elementary and middle schools.  The report claims that educators changed incorrect answers themselves or encouraged students to change them in order to meet specific […]

Avoid BBQ blunders this holiday weekend

Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means the summer grilling and picnic season is in full swing. While having fun is certainly the top priority at all the upcoming barbecues and outdoor parties, nothing can ruin a good time like an outbreak of food poisoning. In the videos below, Boston University […]

IMF names new chief

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today named Christine Lagarde as its new chief.  Boston University School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, offers the following comment: “With Lagarde taking over the helm of the IMF, the global […]

Michele Bachmann announces candidacy for president

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann officially threw her hat in the ring today when she announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The following Boston University experts are available for comment: Tom Whalen, an associate professor of Social Sciences; an expert on modern American politics and the American presidency; a regular contributor to PoliticoArena. He […]

Whitey Bulger captured in California

The FBI has captured mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica, California. Boston University Journalism Professor Richard Lehr, author of Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, is available for comment. Contact Lehr at 617-353-8715 or

School of Social Work researchers publish hoarding treatment guide

School of Social Work (SSW) Dean Gail Steketee, post-doctoral fellow Christiana Bratiotis, and psychotherapist Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch have published The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (Oxford University Press), as a resource for those responding to hoarding situations. The guide includes case studies, tips and strategies and suggestions for appropriate interventions. Organized around […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger fathers child with former housekeeper

Amid the revelations that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a former housekeeper, the following Boston University communications experts are available for comment on how this will impact Schwarzenegger’s public image and reputation: Peter Morrissey is an associate professor of public relations.  He has extensive experience in public relations, reputation management and brand marketing.  Contact information: […]

Skip the sugar, keep the taste

Foods and drinks with high amounts of added sugar can wreak havoc on your diet by adding around 350 extra calories a day.  Joan Salge Blake, Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, offers sensible alternatives to sugar-laden soft drinks and sweets.