Monthly Archives: June 2011

Campaign 2012: Jon Huntsman declares candidacy for president

Jon Huntsman, former US ambassador to China and former governor of Utah, will officially announce his candidacy for president today. In today’s installment of our series “Campaign 2012,” our experts offer their analysis on what he brings to the GOP field. The experts are: Tom Whalen, an associate professor of Social Sciences; an expert on […]

Supreme Court blocks discrimination case against Wal-Mart

The Supreme Court blocked a sexual discrimination case  brought on behalf of 1.6 million female employees against Wal-mart. Boston University School of Law professor Michael Harper, a leading authority in the area of labor and employment law, offers the following comment: “The unanimous part of the decision was persuasive and totally predictable from the day the […]

Campaign 2012: GOP candidates

Today, Professor Voices kicks off a new occasional series called “Campaign 2012” which will run until election day November 2012. We’ve pulled together several Boston University experts who will give their views on key issues of the campaign. We’ve asked our first group of experts to weigh in on the current field of GOP hopefuls […]

Anthony Weiner to resign

Representative Anthony Weiner will resign his congressional seat ten days after admitting he sent lewd photos and text messages to women he met online. Boston University professor Graham Wilson is chair of BU’s political science department and the author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective.” He offers of the following comment on […]

Expert available to comment on elections in Turkey

Parliamentary elections will be held in Turkey on June 12 and it is expected that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will win a third term. Jenny B. White, an associate professor of anthropology at Boston University and Director of Undergraduate Studies, is available to offer commentary, insight, and analysis on the upcoming election.  She is an expert […]

Goldman/Libya ties probed

Boston University School of Law professor Tamar Frankel is an authority on securities law, corporate governance, and legal ethics. She offers the following comments on a report that regulators are looking into dealings between Goldman Sachs and Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund and if any bribery laws were violated: “So Goldman Sachs is now being examined for […]

Latest Washington Post/ABC News poll: Obama, Romney tied

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leading all GOP contenders for the nomination in 2012. Romney is in a dead heat with President Obama with each showing 47%. Those surveyed in the poll gave President Obama low marks for his handling of the economy and the deficit. Boston University […]

Bernanke to offer outlook on U.S. economy

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to comment later today on the U.S. economic outlook. Boston University School of Law professor Cornelius Hurley is the director of BU’s Center for Finance, Law & Policy (formerly the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law) and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors. He is […]

The Food Pyramid Tumbles,The Healthy MyPlate Debuts

By:  BU’s Joan Salge Blake (@joansalgeblake, While the Food Pyramid had close to a 20 year run, it’s time has come. As a registered dietitian and nutrition professor, I can honestly say that the Pyramid left me scratching my head as it did little to help the public translate healthy eating onto their plate. […]

Markets in Medicare: will the good deal last?

Keith M. Marzilli Ericson is an assistant professor of Markets, Public Policy & Law at Boston University’s School of Management. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. The following article is based on his paper “Market Design when Firms Interact with Inertial Consumers: Evidence from Medicare Part […]