Sunday, April 21, 2013
The university has established a scholarship in the memory of the graduate student who died at the bombing of the Marathon.
Boston University has established a scholarship to honor LU Lingzi, the graduate student who was killed by the bombings at the Marathon on Monday. Seven members of the committee of the Campaign for BU already contributed $560,000 to the fund according to BU Today. The LU family will be traveling from Shenyang, China to Boston this week. LU's death has led to an outpouring from friends, family and concerned neighbors in China. LU's Sina Weibo page already has 20,000 comments from shocked and upset friends (Sina Weibo is a Chinese social media service that combines Twitter- and Facebook-like features). A memorial service for LU Lingzi will be held on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom. This will be …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Boston University student Lingzi Lu died in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, but her family and her university are hopeful her memory can inspire others.
Lingzi Lu’s family remembers her as the “joy of [their] lives,” an ambitious young woman, full of dreams and hopes and love for her friends and family. An outpouring of comments on various articles remembers her as an “amazing girl,” with a “beautiful smile.” All that spirit, all that life, was cut tragically short Monday, April 15, when Lu, 23, was killed in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a terrorist act that also claimed the lives of 8-year-old Martin Richard of Dorchester, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford. In an open letter, Lu’s family said Lu "was a bright and wonderful child." "We were thrilled to watch her grow into an intelligent and beautiful young woman," the letter reads. "She was a positive…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Boston University has invested almost a million dollars to create a Fitness and Wellness Center at the Blackstone Community Center.
Boston University has completely transformed the Blackstone Community Center's 2,000-square foot fitness center into a state-of-the-art fitness facility with treadmills, bikes, free weights and squat racks. The new Boston University Fitness and Wellness Center is part of a new public health initative with Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Centers for Youth & Family (BCYF) to fund three projects over the next five years at a value of more than $1.25 million. Mayor Thomas Menino, BU President Robert A. Brown, and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission Barbara Ferrer were all in the South End on Tuesday morning to dedicate the new fitness center. The idea behind the facility is to provide South End …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
BU will finance a building renovation to create affordable housing units for Boston's homeless through their agreement with the city to build the South End's biolab.
Note: This article was updated to correct several inaccuracies, namely that the affordable housing would be built at 620 Albany Street - it is not, it will be built on Cortes Street in Bay Village. According to plans presented to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, BU plans to spend $694,000 renovate a building to create affordable housing units for Boston's homeless. The proposal submitted by BioSquare Realty Trust and Caritas Acquisitions LLC for the development was approved unanimously by the BRA last week. A separate entity will be developing the project; BU's link to the project is primarily financial per its agreement with the city when it was granted the right to build the biolab in the South End. The project involves the renovation…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The longtime Boston University president and political figure in Massachusetts passed away on Sept. 27, 2012.
John R. Silber, who served as president at Boston University for more than two decades and was an influential - and controversial - figure in Massachusetts politics, died on September 27 of kidney failure. He was 86. Dr. Silber is credited with bringing Boston University from a commuter school to new levels of academic excellence, and was nearly elected governor of Massachusetts in 1990, losing narrowly to Bill Weld. Dr. Silber began at Boston University in 1971, served as president until 1996, then as University chancellor until 2003. During his tenure at BU, Dr. Silber expanded the university's campus, recruited accomplished professors and faculty, and improved BU's reputation considerably. Dr. Silber was widely known for his jarring …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Boston University and the city put teenage obesity in the crosshairs.
The City of Boston has teamed up with Boston University to embark on a $1.2 million campaign to help combat teenage obesity, Channel 5 WCVB reported. According to the school, this program will be based out of the Blackstone Community Center, where The B.U. Health, Fitness and Wellness Program will provide training, nutrition counseling and wellness programs to local teens. The university will invest $1.25 million over the next five years into this program, which is set to begin next year.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The recent report on the BU biolab doesn't properly gauge the risk of terrorism, according to a Northeastern professor.
Friday, April 20, 2012
A sizable crowd turned out to oppose the plans to begin Level 4 operations at the South End facility.
Upwards of 100 concerned citizens turned out Thursday night for a public hearing at Roxbury Community College to voice their disapproval and anger over a controversial Boston University laboratory in the South End. Known as the BU Biolab, the University wants to begin creating and studying the world’s deadliest pathogens at the facility—a Level 4 bio-containment lab—which is located on Albany Street, in the heart of a densely packed residential neighborhood. The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, a 192,000-square-foot high-security biolab, has been tied up by legal challenges and regulatory reviews for a number of years. The facility is designed to study deadly germs such as Ebola, SARS and plague. “We do not dispute the …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
According to a Northeastern University professor, the chemical that may have been used by a 25-year-old Boston University graduate student to take her own life Monday is easy to find.
The toxic substance that officials say may have been ingested by a Boston University doctoral student when she apparently took her own life at her South End brownstone is inexpensive and readily available online, according to a toxicologist. According to a report in the Boston Herald, Roger W. Glese, a professor of chemistry and biomedical science at Northeastern University, said sodium azide is in the “same class” as the cyanide concoctions that have been responsible for similar incidents in recent years. “It’s easy to obtain,” Giese told the Herald. “It’s inexpensive, it’s water soluble. It’s salt, like sodium chloride ... And it doesn’t take very much” to be lethal, he said. The chemical is used as a preservative in laboratories, and …
Monday, December 19, 2011
An independent scientific panel has said the latest federal assessment of the controversial project is significantly improved.