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Allocations Board funding changes draw student criticism

Allocations Board funding changes draw student criticism

Students voiced concerns Tuesday night over a policy to be instituted in the fall requiring student groups to return all funds provided by the Boston University Allocations Board for philanthropic events. “The change is basically asking for the money that was allocated from the Allocations Board toward philanthropic events to be returned before any proceeds from an event are donated […]

Veteran students require better information, report suggests

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than one million military service members released from duty in the Middle East and their families are expected to pursue a postsecondary education at institutions such as Boston University, according to a recent report. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Blue Ribbon Taskforce released a report Wednesday with recommendations to protect prospective […]

Filmmaker seeks student support on immigration reform

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is challenging college students to join a new campaign and support immigration reform allowing an earned pathway to citizenship based on the DREAM Act. Several Boston University students said they support the DREAM Act’s proposed changes to immigration policy, which would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age to earn […]

BUSM researchers address diabetic neuropathies with therapy

Boston University School of Medicine researchers have discovered a way to relieve those who suffer from diabetic neuropathies from associated pain, according to a BUSM press release. The researchers, in conjunction with the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System, performed a study to examine the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy on people with type II diabetes mellitus, according to the Tuesday […]

SAT changes beneficial for colleges, students say

College Board’s plans to revamp the SAT to focus more on the core knowledge and skills that prepare students for the rigors of college will be beneficial for applicants, some Boston University students said. Caitlin Fichtel, a College of Communication sophomore, said the SAT has become an “elitist situation,” and success on it has a great deal to do with the […]

BU faces cuts to research funding, financial aid as result of sequester

BU faces cuts to research funding, financial aid as result of sequester

Officials at Boston University are bracing for impending cuts to research funding and financial aid after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law Friday as part of Congress’s failure to agree on a deal avoiding the sequester. “The faculty has been more cautious with their spending,” said Jennifer Grodsky, vice president for BU Federal […]

Public research access beneficial to colleges, professor says

In order to expand public access to the results of federally funded research, the White House issued a memorandum Friday instructing federal agencies to develop plans to make taxpayer-funded research available to the public. Boston University Associate Dean for Research and Outreach James Jackson said the memorandum, which came in response to a We The People petition on the White […]

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BU’s low ‘desirability’ rating outdated, officials say

Boston University was ranked in the bottom 20 percent of schools surveyed on the basis of desirability, according to a new study. However, the study is dependent on old data and may not be representative of BU’s current reputation, said co-author and Harvard University professor Christopher Avery. “We ranked colleges in this study solely on the basis of choices by […]

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Two MIT professors given life sciences award, $3 million

Two MIT professors given life sciences award, $3 million

Two Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were among the first recipients of the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Wednesday, a new philanthropic venture which rewards scientists with a $3 million prize for contributing research focused on curing intractable disease and elongating human life. Dr. Eric Lander, and Dr. Robert Weinberg were both recognized and given the prize. Lander is […]

BU’s fundraising increases at higher rate than national collegiate trend

BU’s fundraising increases at higher rate than national collegiate trend

As fundraising increases at colleges across the country, including Boston University, BU’s efforts to receive donations will allow it to continue growth and meet the demands of students, officials said. Monetary gifts to schools across the country totaled $31 billion in the 2012 fiscal year, a 2.3-percent increase from the 2011 fiscal year, according to a Wednesday Council for Aid […]

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