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Released: 18-Mar-2014 3:30 PM EDT
Bu Sargent Receives $2.75m NIH Grant to Develop Visually Guided Hearing Aid
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University (BU) College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College was recently awarded a five-year, $2.75M grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to test and refine a prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid (VGHA).

Released: 17-Mar-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Boston University to Host Symposium on the Legacy of the Women’s Liberation Movement
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

An ambitious, 3-day symposium March 27-29, 2014, at Boston University will gather women's movement veterans and scholars of the era to reflect on and put into context the impact “women’s lib” had on our culture, politics, art, law, media and attitudes.

Released: 11-Mar-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Research Reveals Surprising Results About Kids’ Capacity for Scientific Literacy
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Innovative approach introduces five-to-eight year-olds to the concept of natural selection using a story book, and the children show remarkable comprehension

Released: 28-Feb-2014 8:55 AM EST
Study Shows Less Snowpack Will Harm Ecosystem
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new Boston University study shows that the consequences of milder winters – a smaller snowpack leaving the ground to freeze harder and longer – can have a negative impact on trees and water quality of nearby aquatic ecosystems far into the warmer growing season.

Released: 21-Feb-2014 9:00 AM EST
BU Sargent Physical Therapy Intervention Reduces Injury in Custodial Workers
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College doctoral student in physical therapy, with mentorship from BU faculty and practitioners, has developed an intervention to help minimize workplace injury and decrease this cost.

Released: 4-Feb-2014 2:00 PM EST
Boston University to Host Symposium Marking 150 Years of National Banking
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) commemorates its 150th anniversary at a symposium – “Building on 150 Years: The Future of National Banking” – hosted by the Boston University Center for Finance, Law & Policy on March 31, 2014, at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.

Released: 28-Jan-2014 1:00 PM EST
Study Examines the Development of Children’s Prelife Reasoning
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new Boston University study led by postdoctoral fellow Natalie Emmons and published in the January 16, 2014 online edition of Child Development suggests that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life.

Released: 16-Jan-2014 2:30 PM EST
Boston University Arthritis Center to Host 2014 State of the Science Meeting
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is hosting the State of the Science meeting, “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis.”

Released: 13-Jan-2014 10:00 AM EST
Walden Trees Leafing Out Far Earlier Than in Thoreau’s Time
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Climate-change studies by Boston University biologists show leaf-out times of trees and shrubs at Walden Pond are an average of 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made his observations there in the 1850s.

Released: 16-Dec-2013 10:55 AM EST
BU Prof. Helps Solve Foreign Science-Textbook Need
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

In too many developing nations, native-language students struggle to read English-language scientific textbooks which typically don’t even include examples from the reader’s area of the world. A Boston University biologist has created a solution that can help: Recruit professors as co-authors in the foreign country to translate the English text and insert local examples.

Released: 21-Nov-2013 11:00 AM EST
BU Scientist, Collaborators Get $10.5 Million Grant to Develop Software for un-Curated Data
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A team of researchers, including Boston University Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment Michael Dietze, has been awarded more than $10 million over the next five years from the National Science Foundation to develop software to manage and make sense of vast amounts of digital scientific data.

Released: 15-Nov-2013 4:55 PM EST
As Mars Goes, So Goes Earth?
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

On Monday, November 18, NASA is set to launch MAVEN, a small scientific satellite, to do some chemical meter-reading in the Martian atmosphere.

Released: 13-Nov-2013 8:00 PM EST
Study Finds Toddlers Can Learn Verbs Even in Non-Social Contexts
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Language acquisition has traditionally been considered a social, interactive process, however new research from Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College reveals that toddlers are able to acquire the meanings of words even in “socially impoverished contexts” where social or visual information is absent.

   
Released: 6-Nov-2013 10:45 AM EST
Two BU Researchers Are Named Inaugural Winners in GSK-Sponsored Competition for Academic Drug Hunters
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University researchers Scott Schaus, associate professor of chemistry, and Lauren Brown, research assistant professor of chemistry, are among the inaugural winners in GlaxoSmithKlein’s (GSK) innovative “Discovery Fast Track” competition. Schaus and Brown, in collaboration with Jim McKerrow, professor of pathology at UCSF School of Medicine, were among eight academic scientists in North America chosen for a collaborative partnership with GSK focused on the discovery of new medicines.

18-Oct-2013 1:30 PM EDT
New Study Indicates Risk of Amazon Rainforest Dieback Due to Global Warming is Higher than Previously Projected
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new study co-authored by Boston University Professor of Earth & Environment Ranga Myneni suggests the southern portion of the Amazon rainforest is at a much higher risk of dieback due to climate change than projections made in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). If severe enough, the loss of rainforest could cause the release of large volumes of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It could also disrupt plant and animal communities in one of the regions of highest biodiversity in the world.

Released: 8-Oct-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Boston University Center for Finance, Law & Policy Study Spotlights Global Reliance on Remittances
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University’s Center for Finance, Law, and Policy and BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future today released a groundbreaking report on remittances to the world’s most unstable countries -- post-conflict states that have experienced widespread population displacement and/or endemic institutional breakdown.

12-Sep-2013 12:00 PM EDT
NASA Declares Voyager 1 Now in Interstellar Space, Confirming Assessment Made Earlier This Year by BU Astronomer
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

NASA today announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has transited the heliopause (the theoretical boundary where the Sun's solar wind is separated by the interstellar wind) and has entered interstellar space. The NASA announcement is based on a new study published today in the journal Science.

Released: 15-Aug-2013 9:00 AM EDT
New Study Suggests Early Humans May Have Acquired Tool Making Technology from Neandertals
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

New research suggests that Neandertals in Paleolithic Europe made specialized tools from animal bones before the arrival of modern humans, and that modern humans may have acquired knowledge of this early technology from Neandertals.

Released: 8-Aug-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Maya Temples and Tombs Give New Insights Into Maya History
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A Maya pyramid beautifully decorated with a rare polychrome- painted stucco frieze was unearthed in July 2013 at the site of Holmul, a Classic Maya city in northeastern Peten region of Guatemala.

Released: 18-Jul-2013 10:35 AM EDT
New Study Predicts Slow Bow Shock Ahead of the Sun’s Heliosphere
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new study co-authored by Boston University astronomers indicates that a bow shock (a dynamic boundary between sun’s heliosphere and the interstellar medium) is highly likely. These findings challenge recent predictions that no such bow shock would be encountered.

Released: 16-Jul-2013 5:00 PM EDT
Boston University Names Theodore Moustakas Its Innovator of the Year
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University College of Engineering Professor Theodore (Ted) Moustakas, considered the co-inventor of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), has won the university’s 2012 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas have led to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

Released: 25-Jun-2013 3:55 PM EDT
Researchers Identify Novel Therapy to Treat Muscular Dystrophy
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Researchers at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College have identified a combinatorial therapeutic approach that has proven effective in treating muscular dystrophy in a mouse model.

Released: 19-Jun-2013 7:00 PM EDT
Boston University Awards Over $4.3 Million in Full Scholarships as Matchless Program Passes $140m Mark
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, the nation’s oldest and largest scholarship program for urban public high school students, marked its 40th year by presenting 25 recent top graduates of Boston public high schools a total of more than $4.3 million worth of four-year, full-tuition scholarships.

Released: 6-Jun-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Wolbachia Bacteria Evolved to Infect Stem Cell Niches Through Successive Generations of Their Hosts
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new study by Boston University researchers provides evidence that Wolbachia target the ovarian stem cell niches of its hosts—a strategy previously overlooked to explain how Wolbachia thrive in nature.

Released: 5-Jun-2013 3:00 PM EDT
Use of Radar Data Reveals the Ancestral Course of Wadi El-Arish, Raising the Possibility of Sustainable Agriculture in the Sinai Peninsula
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

An international team of scientists use advanced space-borne radar to reveal how water flowed through the Sinai Desert five to ten thousand years ago, opening the possibility of capturing water from seasonal downpours for sustainable agriculture.

Released: 16-May-2013 11:40 AM EDT
Coral Reef Fishes Prove Invaluable in the Study of Evolutionary Ecology
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Coral reef fish species have proven invaluable for experimental testing of key concepts in social evolution and already have yielded insights about the ultimate reasons for female reproductive suppression, group living, and bidirectional sex change.

24-Apr-2013 9:00 AM EDT
Unique Sulfur Isotopes in Plume Lavas Reveal Deep Mantle Storage of Archean Crust
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment, has found evidence that material contained in young oceanic lava flows originated at the Earth’s surface in the Archean (>2.45 billions years ago). The new finding helps constrain the timing of the initiation of plate tectonics, the origin of some of the chemical heterogeneity in the Earth’s mantle, and may shed light on how the chaotically convecting mantle could preserve such material for so long. The study appears in the April 25 issue of the journal Nature

Released: 18-Apr-2013 4:55 PM EDT
Grid Cells Operate Differently in Different Species in Plotting Spatial Orientation
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new study co-authored by Boston University Professor of Psychology Michael Hasselmo investigates the function of grid cells by comparing the resonance properties of neurons in rats and bats.

10-Apr-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Walk This Way: New Research Suggests Human Ancestors May Have Used Different Forms of Bipedalism During the Plio-Pleistocene
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

According to a new study, our Australopithecus ancestors may have used different approaches to getting around on two feet. The new findings appear in the latest issue of the journal Science and represent the culmination of more than four years of research into the anatomy of Australopithecus sediba (Au. sediba). The two-million-year-old fossils, discovered in Malapa cave in South Africa in 2008, are some of the most complete early human ancestral remains ever found.

Released: 5-Apr-2013 2:50 PM EDT
Is Global Warming Slowing Boston Marathon Winning Times?
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Researchers in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment recently looked into whether the effects of climate change can be found in the winning times of Boston Marathon runners.

Released: 29-Mar-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Is Global Warming Slowing Boston Marathon Winning Times?
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Researchers in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment recently looked into whether the effects of climate change can be found in the winning times of Boston Marathon runners.

Released: 25-Mar-2013 9:00 AM EDT
New Study Finds That Young Children Endorse Fairness, but Often Don’t Practice What They Preach
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A new study co-authored by Boston University Assistant Professor of Psychology Peter Blake finds that young children endorse fairness norms related to sharing, but often act in contradiction to those norms when given a chance to share.

Released: 19-Mar-2013 11:00 AM EDT
New Evidence Strengthens Case That Scientists Have Discovered a Higgs Boson
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The new particle discovered at experiments at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) last summer is looking more like a Higgs boson than ever before. The CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) scientists, including a number of BU physicists, released new findings about the Higgs boson last week at CERN’s Moriond Conference in La Thuile, Italy.

6-Mar-2013 1:00 PM EST
BU-Led International Team Shows Significant Reduction in Temperature and Vegetation Seasonality Over Northern Latitudes
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

An international team of 21 authors from 17 institutions in seven countries has just published a study in the journal Natural Climate Change showing that, as the cover of snow and ice in the northern latitudes has diminished in recent years, the temperature over the northern land mass has increased at different rates during the four seasons, causing a reduction in temperature and vegetation seasonality in this area. In other words, the temperature and vegetation at northern latitudes increasingly resembles those found several degrees of latitude farther south as recently as 30 years ago.

Released: 27-Feb-2013 2:35 PM EST
BU's El-Baz Receives Ireland Visiting Scholar Award of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor in the Departments of Archaeology, Earth Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering of Boston University, is the recipient of the 2013 Ireland Visiting Scholar Award. The Award will be presented during a celebration on Monday, March 4, 2013.

Released: 14-Feb-2013 4:15 PM EST
Researchers Introduce New, Bottom-Up Model for Estimating On-Road CO2 Emissions
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A team of researchers in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment have developed a new, bottom-up model for measuring on-road vehicle emissions. The model will be used to more accurately assess the effects of vehicle travel and traffic congestion on Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas emissions.

Released: 13-Feb-2013 2:50 PM EST
BU Researcher/Editor Observes that Scientific Misconduct is Real, but Rare
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Primack, Boston University professor of biology and editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Conservation, observes in the current issue of that publication that while instances of scientific misconduct in the publication of research findings is a matter of serious concern, such occurrences are extremely rare. Primack shares his views on this matter in an editorial in the current issue of Biological Conservation.

Released: 12-Feb-2013 2:00 PM EST
Climate Change Affects the Flight Period of Butterflies in Massachusetts
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

In a new study, Boston University researchers and collaborators have found that butterflies show signs of being affected by climate change in a way similar to plants and bees, but not birds, in the Northeast United States. The researchers focused on Massachusetts butterfly flight periods, comparing current flight periods with patterns going back more than 100 years using museum collections and the records of dedicated citizen scientists. Their findings indicate that butterflies are flying earlier in warmer years.

Released: 1-Feb-2013 10:00 AM EST
CAS Writing Program Lecturer Tony Wallace Awarded Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Tony Wallace, a senior lecturer in the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, has been awarded the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short stories called The Old Priest. As part of the prize, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Wallace’s stories this year.

15-Jan-2013 1:40 PM EST
Record-Breaking Weather At Walden Pond Testing Limits Of Spring-Blooming Plants
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

With record-breaking warm spring weather in 2010 and 2012 resulting in the earliest known flowering times in 161 years of recorded history in two U.S. locations, according to a new Boston University-initiated study published today, scientists now are pondering if at some point plants will be unable to successfully keep adapting to a changing climate.

Released: 11-Dec-2012 11:00 AM EST
International Trade in Live Corals Could Help Preserve Wild Corals and Coral Reef Ecosystems
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A team of Roger Williams University (RWU), Boston University (BU), Conservation International(CI), and the New England Aquarium (NEAq) researchers have published their findings about this unique trade and its long-term implications.

Released: 10-Dec-2012 1:00 PM EST
Boston University Child Psychologist Offers Holiday Tips for Handling Unruly Kids
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The holiday season can be particularly over-stimulating for young children. Boston University child psychologist Dr. Jonathan Comer offers parents these helpful tips on handling those unwanted tantrums and meltdowns.

Released: 26-Nov-2012 5:00 PM EST
BU to Launch the East Coast’s Largest Academic GPU Computer Cluster
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University researchers this month will fire up the largest academic GPU (graphics processing unit) computer cluster on the East Coast, thanks to a gift of 160 GPUs from the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Released: 20-Nov-2012 9:40 AM EST
Thousands of Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The City of Boston is riddled with more than 3,000 leaks from its aging natural-gas pipeline system, according to a new study by researchers at Boston (BU) and Duke Universities.

Released: 9-Nov-2012 4:45 PM EST
BU, Penn and Delaware Archaeologists Partner with Iraqi University in Unique Education/Archaeology Program
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A team of archaeologists under the direction of BU Assistant Professor of Archaeology Michael Danti will partner with educators at Mosul University on an innovative program to revive higher education and cultural heritage management in Iraq.

Released: 1-Nov-2012 5:15 PM EDT
Seven Boston University Mathematicians Named to the First American Mathematical Society Class of Fellows
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

The American Mathematical Society has named six faculty members in Boston University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics to its inaugural class of fellows.

Released: 25-Oct-2012 1:45 PM EDT
Even Professional Scientists Are Compelled to See Purpose in Nature
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A team of researchers in Boston University’s Psychology Department have found that, despite years of scientific training, even professional scientists cannot escape a deep-seated belief that natural phenomena exist for a purpose.

   
Released: 17-Oct-2012 9:00 AM EDT
Even Professional Scientists Are Compelled to See Purpose in Nature
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

A Boston University study by Deborah Kelemen, associate professor of psychology finds that when scientists are required to think under time pressure, an underlying tendency to find purpose in nature is revealed. The results provide the strongest evidence yet that the human mind has a robust default preference for purpose-based explanation that persists from early in development.

Released: 12-Oct-2012 11:30 AM EDT
Two Boston University Faculty Members Named 2012 Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellows
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Two members of the Boston University community are among the new class of Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences (MAS). James A. Hamilton, PhD, and Paul Trunfio, senior research scientist at BU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Released: 24-Sep-2012 1:50 PM EDT
Food for Thought: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference for Child Academics or Behavior?
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Despite popular wisdom and findings from much previous research that suggests the beneficial impact of family mealtime, a rigorous analysis of 21,400 children, ages five to 15, brings a new argument to the table: When researchers controlled for a host of confounding factors, they didn’t find any relationship between family meals and child academic outcomes or behavior.


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