Monthly Archives: August 2009

Holy Spidey, Mickey !!

Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men are joining forces with Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto.  Walt Disney Company’s $4 billion agreement to buy Marvel Entertainment will bring 5,000 Marvel characters under the Disney umbrella.  Professor Bill Linsman, director of the BU-in-LA program, can talk about what the blending might mean. Contact Bill Linsman, 323-571-4535,

Auditing the Fed

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank plans legislation to subject the Federal Reserve to a “complete audit” without encroaching on the central bank’s monetary policy independence.  He’s teaming with Texas Republican Ron Paul in the effort.  Former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of Managment, can comment. […]

Social Science Prof. Tom Whalen on the legacy of Sen. Kennedy

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Banks getting sicker

Even as the economy improves, the state of America’s banks is looking more precarious, with the FDIC adding 111 new lenders in the last quarter to its “sick list” of endangered banks.  Robert R. Bench, a former deputy Comptroller of the Currency and now senior fellow at the BU School of Law’s Morin Center for Banking […]

A big step towards personalized medicine

An agreement  in which Abbott Laboratories will develop a specific genetic test to screen non-small cell lung cancer tumors to identify potential patients for a proposed oral cancer drug  being developed by Pfizer, was hailed as an important development in the new era of personalized genomic medicine, by Avi Spira, MD.  He is Associate Professor of […]

Ted’s successor

With no shortage of potential hopefuls who might seek Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, it appears the Mass. governor and legislature will amend the law to allow for an interim apointee pending a special election.  Professor Fred Bayles, a former AP and USA Today reporter who directs the BU Statehouse journalism program, says it will […]

Social Science Prof. Tom Whalen comments on Ted Kennedy

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Initial swine flu forecasts are “suspect”

The first official forecast that the global swine flu pandemic, expected to return to the USA this fall,  could lead to two million people hospitalized and between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths are “suspect” and contribute to a “climate of scaremongering and shaky science,” claims Al Ozonoff.  He is a School of Public Health associate professor of […]

The Kennedy Legacy

Available for comment on the legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy is Boston University political expert and a long time Kennedy watcher, Thomas Whalen.  Contact Whalen at 617-353-2240.

Embed reporters vetted

Stars & Stripes reports that the Rendon Group PR firm is screening journalists who request to be “embedded” with U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan.  The Pentagon acknowledges Rendon rates the reporters based on their prior coverage of the military, but insists they’re not rejecting embed requests based on negative coverage.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former […]