Posts by: Kira Jastive

BU SHA Dean on impact of gas prices on hospitality industry

With summer right around the corner, Christopher Muller, Dean of the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (SHA), discusses how high gas prices impact the hospitality industry, particularly dining out and travel. This is part of a continuing series on gas prices.   Contact Muller at 617-353-6327 or

Just in time for baseball season: BU professor’s new book chronicles when the Red Sox ruled

As the new Major League Baseball season gets underway, Thomas Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University, talks about his new book, When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty 1912 – 1918 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Inc.).  The book, which highlights such iconic players as Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, “Smokey” Joe Wood […]

BU study links home and school environments to children’s BMIs

A recent study by Boston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor Daniel Miller found that different characteristics of home and school environments were related to a child’s body mass index (BMI) in kindergarten and the rate of BMI growth until fifth grade. Using growth curve modeling and a sample of approximately 11,400 children from […]

BU researcher’s “Development Corridor” accepted by Egypt’s new government

A visionary plan for a “Desert Development Corridor” in Egypt, researched and created by Boston University geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, has been adopted by the country’s new government as its flagship program.  According to El-Baz, the plan – which includes the construction, along 1,200 kilometers, of a new eight-lane superhighway, a railway, a water pipeline, […]

And the Oscar goes to…

Paul Schneider, Chairman of the Department of Film & Television at the College of Communication and a member of the Directors Guild of America, makes his predictions for who’s going to take what at Sunday’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards: Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) “It’s a buzz thing right now. There’s a momentum […]

Film examines pressure cooker culture in American schools

Many American schools have become academic and extra curricular pressure cookers that often push both students and teachers to their limits. Hardin Coleman, Dean of the Boston University School of Education (SED), discusses the new documentary, “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” and how too hard of a focus on school statistics and strong […]

School of Social Work study looks at Asian-American women’s sexual behaviors

According to a new study by Hyeouk Chris Hahm, an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, a highly-controlling male partner did not influence condom use behaviors among Asian-American women.  However, the study did find that a highly-controlling partner increased by fivefold an Asian-American woman’s risk of engaging in other high HIV […]

Sex and the Bible: BU professor’s new book breaks it down

In her recently published book, Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire, Boston University School of Theology (STH) Professor Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the many questions and debates surrounding what the  Bible says about sex.  Covering everything from premarital sex and sexual desire to same-sex relations, Knust argues that the Bible cannot and […]

Fighting the Winter Doldrums

For many people, a seemingly never-ending winter and decreased amounts of daylight can mean the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).   While the effects of SAD may now be at their peak, the good news is that the days are starting to get longer again.  For more info about SAD and how to combat it, check out the video below […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

Released a month later than they initially had hoped for, the updated 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released.  Mandated by Congress to be updated every five years, a committee of leading health experts is appointed to look at the latest nutrition science and make science-based recommendations.  After reviewing close to 2,000 research articles, […]