Two plays by Federico Garcia Lorca - Blood Wedding at the BU Theatre Studio 210 through October 13, and Yerma at SFA's Studio 104 through October 14

Vol. V No. 9   ·   12 October 2001 


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SDM awarded over $11M from NIH

On October 1, the University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine received an award of more than $11 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Northeast Center for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities.

The NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR) is funding five new centers -- the first step in implementing the institute's strategic plan for eradicating oral health disparities. The centers will identify factors contributing to oral health disparities and then develop and test strategies for eliminating them. Each center will also provide training and career development opportunities for scientists in underrepresented groups and others interested in establishing careers in oral health disparities research.

Raul Garcia, professor and chairman of the SDM department of health policy and health services research, who heads the center, says, "We will examine the effects of tooth decay on the quality of life of low-income African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and white children, and also determine whether severe dental infections can slow the growth of children. We will also determine the best ways to involve pediatricians in improving children's oral health."

Additionally, the center will conduct studies of children and caregivers from various racial and ethnic groups to learn more about the oral microbes that trigger tooth decay and how the microbes are transmitted.
In partnership with the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIDCR will provide funding over a seven-year period to support the centers through cooperative agreements. For more information, visit

SDM receives largest Ryan White funding

The Goldman School of Dental Medicine has been awarded the largest Ryan White CARE Act Dental Reimbursement funding of any of the nation's dental schools. A total of $555,000 has been allocated to SDM's patient-care services, dedicated to providing oral-health services to people living with HIV. Each year since 1990, SDM has received a Ryan White CARE Act grant, which pays dental schools and postdoctoral dental education programs for unreimbursed costs incurred in treating patients with HIV/AIDS.

"We are extremely pleased to receive this funding and continue our work of advocacy and care for our patients living with HIV," says Spencer N. Frankl, a professor and dean of SDM.

BU gives MLK slabs to Morehouse College

On October 4, President Jon Westling presented Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., chairman of the Morehouse College board of trustees, with four original granite facing stones from the base of Boston University's memorial sculpture on Marsh Plaza honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59). King was a graduate of both schools.

From alma mater to alma mater: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, chairman of the board of trustees of Morehouse College in Atlanta, is presented with the four original facing stones from the base of the sculpture Free at Last, which honors Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59), on Marsh Plaza. The idea for the gift to Morehouse began with Rev. Anthony Campbell, preacher in residence at the School of Theology. In attendance at the ceremony on October 4 are (left to right) Dennis Berkey, provost and dean of Arts and Sciences, Campbell, President Jon Westling, and Moss. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky  
The slabs formed the sides of the pedestal that held Sergio Castillo's sculptural tribute to King, Free at Last. They were recently replaced with red granite panels to match the resurfacing at Marsh Plaza.

Each slab is inscribed. One has a dedication to King, while the rest have quotations from ing, including, "We must come to see that the end we seek is a society of peace. That will be the day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man."

The slabs, with a combined weight of 8,160 pounds, will be shipped to Atlanta later this year and installed at the King Memorial Chapel on the Morehouse College campus next year.

12 October 2001
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