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The Boston University Open Access Articles collection contains scholarly publications written by Boston University faculty. This collection primarily consists of scholarly journal articles and published conference proceedings but open access book chapters, reviews, white papers, conference abstracts, and technical reports are also included. These publications are made available in OpenBU, Boston University’s Open Access Institutional Repository under the provisions of the Boston University Open Access Policy or by other arrangement. Note: Some works in this collection are not currently in open access, and are embargoed at the author's request.

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  • Asientos as sinews of war in the composite superpower of the 16th century 

    Chamley, Christophe; Alvarez-Nogal, Carlos (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2021-04-08)
    The full analysis of the text of a contract, asiento, between Philip II of Spain and a Genoese merchant–banker details how in this pre-modern composite state, merchant–bankers acted as agents of the Crown who gathered many ...
  • Better than sex? Masaoka Shiki's haiku on food 

    Vincent, James K. (Oxford University Press, 2018)
    This chapter analyzes the food passions of Meiji-era poet and inventor of the modern haiku Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902). Bedridden for his final five years, he continued to obsessively consume and write about choice morsels ...
  • Perceptual control with large feature and actuator networks 

    Baillieul, John (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2019-12-11)
    This paper discusses elements of a control theory of systems comprised of networks of simple agents that collectively achieve sensing and actuation goals despite having strictly limited capability when acting alone. The ...
  • The dynamic classroom: using ‘Reacting to the Past’ in active interdisciplinary courses 

    LaMontagne, Kathryn (2020)
    Imagine a classroom where a trumpet-playing student leads a march through the halls of their academic building while playing the “Internationale,” or the class walls are covered with student-created propaganda advocating ...
  • Robo-advising: a dynamic mean-variance approach 

    Dai, Min; Jin, Hanqing; Kou, Steven; Xu, Yuhong (Springer, 2021-06-16)
    In contrast to traditional financial advising, robo-advising needs to elicit investors’ risk profile via several simple online questions and provide advice consistent with conventional investment wisdom, e.g., rich and ...
  • Locating infant and early childhood mental health at the heart of social work 

    Walsh, Tova; Paris, Ruth; Ribaudo, Julie; Gilkerson, Linda (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2021-07)
    Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH)—an interdisciplinary field dedicated to advancing understanding of early relationships, socioemotional development, and cultural and contextual influences on caregiving—offers ...
  • Balance of excitation and inhibition in orbitofrontal cortex and potential for disruption in autism 

    Liu, Xuefend; Bautista, Julied; Liu, Edward; Zikopoulos, Vasileios (Society for Neuroscience, 2018)
    The human orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is involved in assessing the emotional significance of events and stimuli, emotion based learning, allocation of attentional resources, and social cognition. Little is known about the ...
  • Atypical excitatory-inhibitory balance in feedforward and feedback circuits in autism 

    Trutzer, Iris; Zikopoulos, Vasileios (2018)
    Interactions between excitatory and inhibitory elements in neural circuits are crucially altered in autism and contribute to its central symptoms. Functionally and neurochemically distinct classes of inhibitory neurons, ...
  • Relay of affective stimuli from amygdala to thalamus parallels sensory pathways 

    Timbie, C.; Garcia-Cabezas, M.; Zikopoulos, Vasileios; Barbas, H. (2018)
    The amygdala, the emotional sensor of the brain, is strongly connected with the posterior orbitofrontal cortex (pOFC), forming a pathway activated by reward learning. In addition, the amygdala innervates neurons in ...
  • Deterring illegal entry: migrant sanctions and recidivism in border apprehensions 

    Bazzi, Samuel; Hanson, Gordon; Burns, Sarah; Roberts, Bryan; Whitley, John (American Economic Association, 2021-08-01)
    During the 2008 to 2012 period, the US Border Patrol enacted new sanctions on migrants apprehended while attempting to enter the United States illegally. Using administrative records on apprehensions of Mexican nationals ...

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