Monthly Archives: March 2010

Drug firm snoops on FDA officials

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals reportedly paid more than $100,000 to a private investigative firm to snoop on FDA officials they suspected of having a too-chummy relationship with a competitor drug maker.  Amphastar insists it did nothing wrong, but Senate Finance Committee investigators are looking into the case.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, an authority on drug law and marketing, […]

Obama getting more confrontational

On the heels of victorys on healthcare reform, a nuclear-arms agreement with the Russians, and student loans, President Obama seems to be getting more willing to be confrontational with Congressional foes.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says it appears the 2008 campaigning Obama is back. “Is […]

Apple planning non-AT&T iPhone

In what could break the AT&T monopoly on iPhone sales in the U.S., Apple Inc. reportedly is planning to produce an iPhone that can be sold by other carriers like Verizon using the CDMA wireless network.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says it’s a strategic move by Apple to […]

Obama asks Sarkozy for Afghan help

On his visit to the U.S., French President Sarkozy has made it clear that France is “an invaluable partner and ally of the United States.”  Does that mean he’ll send more French combat troops to Afghanistan, as President Obama is requesting at their White House meeting?  International Relations Professor William Keylor says opinion polls in France, England, […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

Do you know what a serving of wine looks like?  Joan explains that the look of wine glasses can be deceiving:

Today is Sweater Vest Tuesday @ SED

Ok, this might sound strange, but we’re hearing a lot about sweater vests lately. Yes, sweater vests. Apparently they’re making a comeback on campus…? If you’re here and you want to join the craze, go to the SED lobby TODAY at 3 PM (wearing your sweater vest, of course).

Must China be the scapegoat?

In the biggest bipartisan display since Obama took office, 90 Democrats and 40 Republicans wrote a the Treasury and Commerce secretaries demanding that China appreciate its currency or face a financial duty.  But, as international relations Professor Kevin Gallagher explains in a Politico commentary, appreciating the Chinese currency still won’t regain lost U.S. jobs. “Rather […]

Healthcare? What about education?

Hear School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman’s thoughts on the Healthcare Bill: He can be reached at 617-353-3213 or

Fighting foreclosures

The Obama administration announced a new strategy to fight home foreclosure, including requiring lenders to cut or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many jobless homeowners.  School of Management Finance & Economics Department chair Professor Jack Aber says some borrowers may unfairly benefit at the expense of others, but breaking the impass still makes sense. “Purging […]

Sarkozy challenged from the right

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (r.) is being challenged from within his own party by former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (l.).   The challenge could split Sarkozy’s ruling conservative party in the 2012 elections.  International relations Professor William Keylor reminds that Villepin was the aristocratic French foreign minister who scolded U.S. Secretary of State Powell during the U.N. debate […]