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28 August 1998

Vol. II, No. 4

Bulletin Board

Pepsi awarded beverage contract
Boston University has awarded Pepsi the University's beverage contract for a 10-year period. The contract covers fountain services in the Food Court and dining halls, athletic concessions, and vending machines.

Near miss for Boston University chowder
BU Dining Services has taken second place in the competition for Boston's Best Clam Chowder. The award was captured by the Back Bay Restaurant Group at the 17th annual Chowderfest -- part of Boston's Harborfest -- on City Hall Plaza during the summer.

Bifano to join top young engineers' symposium
Thomas Bifano, ENG associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's fourth Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The annual event brings together some of the nation's top young engineers, aged 30 to 45, to highlight leading-edge research and engineering developments. The 83 participants, from industry, academia, and government labs, were chosen from a field of 240 candidates nominated by other engineers or institutions.

Bifano, who is director of the Precision Engineering Research Laboratory, investigates methods of measuring, controlling, and fabricating mechanical and optical devices to tolerances gauged in nanometers. He invented a new technology for the manufacture of optical disc stampers and leads a multidisciplinary effort to produce massively parallel coordinated microelectromechanical mirror arrays of advanced optical applications. His group has pioneered new technologies for precision machining of ceramics and glasses.

The symposium, to be held from September 17 to 19 in Irvine, Calif., will feature topics including advanced materials, robotics, simulation in manufacturing, and optical imaging for biomedicine and biomaterials.

BUSM has new director of epidemiology
Allen Mitchell, professor of pediatrics and research professor of public health at Boston University School of Medicine, has been appointed director of the Slone Epidemiology Unit (SEU).

A renowned epidemiologist and clinical pharmacologist, Mitchell's research interests lie in the areas of pediatric medications, medication risks and safety to the fetus, and novel approaches to postmarketing surveillance. A former associate director of the SEU, he replaces Samuel Shapiro, director for the past 24 years.

"Dr. Mitchell's demonstrated excellence as a researcher in the field of epidemiology will be invaluable to faculty and staff as the unit continues to build upon its stellar reputation," says Aram Chobanian, dean of BUSM and provost of the Boston University Medical Campus.

Founded in 1975, the SEU focuses on the application of epidemiological techniques to identify and characterize the risks and safety of medications, including acute effects in hospitalized and ambulatory patients and birth defects resulting from maternal drug exposures. The SEU is considered one of the world's largest and most rigorous research groups in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, a field that the unit helped establish. The multidisciplinary research group includes specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, nursing, pharmacy, biostatistics, and computer sciences.