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GRS student awarded Dibner Institute graduate fellowship
The Dibner Institute has awarded a graduate fellowship to GRS graduate student Tongdong Bai. Bai earned a B.S. in nuclear physics and an M.S. in the philosophy of science at Peking University. For his dissertation he is exploring an interpretation of quantum mechanics, focusing on Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, and Richard Feynman.
Boston University is one of three Dibner Institute consortium member institutions; the others are Harvard and MIT, which is the host institution.
Boston Breakers home opener at Nickerson Field on May 5
The WUSA's Boston Breakers, featuring such stars as the United States' Kristine Lilly, Germany's Bettina Wiegmann, and Norway's Dagny Mellgren, kicks off its home opener against the Atlanta Beat on Saturday, May 5,
at 7:30 p.m. at Nickerson Field. Approximately 2,000 chairback seats are being added to Nickerson Field, which will bring capacity to 12,000. Luxury suites are also expected to be added. The facility will use FieldTurf, a synthetic fiber that emulates the look and feel of grass.
For tickets and information, log on to www.bostonbreakers.com.
Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project goes to summer school
Robert Pinsky, CAS English professor and former U.S. poet laureate, and the BU School of Education will present a weeklong poetry institute at BU to revive poetry's place in the classroom. The Summer Poetry Institute for Educators, from July 9 to 13, will train elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators in Massachusetts to incorporate poetry into classroom activities. The institute stems from Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, a nationwide poetry initiative that he created as poet laureate.
"The Favorite Poem Project has already had an impact on the teaching of poetry," says Pinsky. "The summer institute is the next step. The seminars offered at the institute will become models for revitalizing the teaching of poetry in classrooms all over the country."
The summer 2001 institute curriculum will expose participants -- who will be taught by Pinsky and distinguished poets and literature scholars -- to a broad range of poems and to various ways of reading and teaching poetry. "Our most important goal is to give the young people a new approach to poetry and to ensure that their lives are not deprived of this essential, invigorating art," Pinsky says.
The summer institute is funded by BU and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.
BU wins TRASH undergraduate competition
The BU College Bowl club sent a team of four undergraduate students to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., March 31 to April 1 for the TRASHionals 2001: A Quizbowl Oddity. The annual TRASH (Testing Recall About Strange Happenings) tournament poses questions about popular culture to undergraduate and graduate student teams from more than 30 colleges and universities. Teams qualify for the tournament through regional competitions.
BU's team, made up of Jon Couture (COM'02), Erik Nielsen (CAS'03), Sarah Harriman (SMG'01), and Robin Duckworth (CAS'02), finished 9th overall out of 32 teams, but won the undergraduate team championship. Their prize was an unopened box of New Kids on the Block trading cards.