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Week of 22 March 2002 · Vol. V, No. 27


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AIMBE inducts three ENG profs

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), an organization representing over 36,000 biomedical engineers and whose College of Fellows membership represents the top 2 percent of biomedical engineers in the world, inducted three ENG professors of biomedical engineering as fellows on March 1. Irving Bigio was inducted "for outstanding contributions advancing basic theory and practice in biomedical optics, including optical biopsy, interstitial laser thermotherapy, and optical pharmacokinetics"; David Mountain "for significant engineering-driven advance in the structure-function-mechanism relations of auditory physiology, with emphasis on outer hair cells and cochlear"; and Temple Smith, also the director of the Molecular Engineering Research Center, "for extraordinary contributions in defining and advancing the field of bioinformatics, with emphasis on novel engineering methods to predict protein structure and function." There are now 10 ENG biomedical engineering professors who are fellows of AIMBE, one of the largest numbers of faculty members of any university in the nation.

SAR students to enter community service work

As part of a community service course offered through SAR's occupational therapy department, five SAR occupational therapy students will receive training from the Committee to End Elder Homelessness, Inc., on March 25 and then, throughout April, will visit the Anna Bissonnette House, a home for Boston senior citizens who have been homeless or who are at risk for homelessness. The students will make assessments about home safety and suggest ways to improve the living conditions and health services for the residents. The other 13 students taking the course will work with HIV/AIDS residents at Boston's Living Center and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, at a Boston area group home for people with serious and persistent mental illness, and with individuals with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Katz on WGBH television special

Steven Katz, a CAS professor of religion and director of BU's Center for Judaic Studies, is one of 40 participants in Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, a two-hour documentary that explores common beliefs, rituals, and traditions shared by Judaism and Christianity. New York Newsday says, "Jewish and Christian leaders who have previewed the film . . . have given it glowing reviews, noting its frank and often startling interviews of 40 top Jewish and Christian scholars, along with brutally honest commentary by laypeople."

The film is based on Marvin Wilson's best-selling book, Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, now in its 14th printing and named one of the all-time bestsellers in religion by Christian Century magazine.

A Journey of Faith can be seen on Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m., on WGBH-TV and repeats on Tuesday, April 2, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Summer Research Internship student wins Intel scholarship

Kirsten Frieda, a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Tex., and a participant in last year's BU Summer Research Internship program, won a $25,000 scholarship on March 18 in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Frieda, 17, placed 4th among 300 finalists for her chemistry project, which she worked on at BU under the direction of Amy Mullin, a CAS associate professor of chemistry. The project used computer simulations to model collisional energy transfer between molecules in order to explore how molecular interactions depend upon mass, shape, and charge distribution of the collision partners.


22 March 2002
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