Huntington Theatre Company's production of Hedda Gabler, at the BU Theatre, through Jan. 28

Vol. IV No. 18   ·   12 January 2001 


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Wiesel: A child of Chabannes

The courageous humanitarian efforts of Oeuvre De Secours Aux Enfants (OSE), or the Children's Aid Society, were honored at the United States Holocaust Museum in December 2000. The event, which was hosted by the museum and the Embassy of France, included a screening of The Children of Chabannes, which portrays the efforts of the OSE to give refuge and protection in homes throughout France for Jewish children when they began fleeing Germany in 1938.

One of those children was the young Elie Wiesel. Wiesel, a UNI professor and BU's Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and was a founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

BUSM ear, nose, and throat specialist honored

The Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) awarded its prestigious Sylvan E. Stool Award in December 2000 to Kenneth Grundfast, BUSM professor and chairman of the department of otolaryngology and chief of the department of otolaryngology at Boston Medical Center. Grundfast, a nationally known pediatric otolaryngologist, was honored for outstanding lifetime contributions and service in the field of ear, nose, and throat advances in children. His primary area of interest involves ear and hearing disorders in children and adults. He is also an expert in evaluating patients with hereditary hearing impairments and for treating cholesteatoma and chronic ear infections.

Leader on the force

Boston University Police Sergeant Jack St. Hilaire was among 36 law enforcement officials to complete a three-week Command Training Program on December 15, 2000. The program was held at the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College and sponsored by the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.

The training program provides command officers with the skills needed to exercise effective management practices. Command training concentrates on the operational aspects of the command officer's responsibilities, including problem solving, community policing, and leadership.

Hawkins did his math

The 2001 Whiteman Prize, presented by the American Mathematical Society, was awarded to Thomas Hawkins, CAS professor of mathematics, on January 11 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans. The prize honors notable exposition in the history of mathematics.

The citation for the prize calls Hawkins "an outstanding historian of mathematics whose current research and numerous publications display the highest standards of mathematical and historical sophistication." It also mentions a number of Hawkins' works, including his most recent book, The Emergence of the Theory of Lie Groups: An Essay in the History of Mathematics 1869-1926 (Springer-Verlag, 2000). "Hawkins' work has truly transformed our understanding of how modern mathematics has evolved," the citation concludes.


17 January 2001
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