A 52.4-mile Boston Marathon
On Monday, April 15, New Hampshire resident Bill Nawn (GSM'93) ran the
2002 Boston Marathon course twice to raise funds for the Parkinson's Disease
Research Fund at Boston Medical Center. In the morning, he ran from the
finish line to the starting line, where he joined his wife, Mary, for
the official start of the race. Mary's father, Daniel Grunbeck, has been
treated for Parkinson's disease for the past 14 years at BMC's Parkinson
Disease Center, which provides patients with individualized long-term
care and access to the newest developments from research and education
programs. "Mary's father gives us a very personal motivation for
the fight against Parkinson's disease," says Nawn. "Doing fundraising
runs like this is one of the ways we can help the cause." They ran
in a similar fundraising event at the 2000 Boston Marathon and raised
SUR grant from IBM to BU
Boston University has been awarded a Shared University Research (SUR)
grant from IBM, in the form of high-end computing equipment with a list
price in excess of $1 million. The award will support research in computational
biology and physiology, genomics, and high-performance computing carried
out by groups headed by Claudio Rebbi, director of the Center for Computational
Science, and Eugene Stanley, director of the GRS Center for Polymer Studies,
both CAS physics professors; Charles DeLisi, an ENG professor and the
Arthur G. B. Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering; and Zhiping
Weng, an ENG assistant professor of biomedical engineering.
Last year BU received a SUR equipment award (a 76 dual-processor node
Linux cluster). The University is the only institution to receive consecutive
SUR grants for 2001 and 2002.
CFA grad appointed to Pittsburgh Symphony
Daniel Meyer (CFA'99) has been appointed assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
Orchestra, beginning in the 2002-2003 season. He was previously assistant
conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Knoxville
Symphony Youth Sinfonia, and cover conductor to the Knoxville Opera Company.
As a doctoral candidate at CFA, he has studied with David Hoose, a CFA
professor in the school of music and director of orchestral activities,
John Daverio, a CAS and CFA professor and ad interim director of the school
of music, and Lukas Foss, a CFA professor in the school of music.
BMC gets grant for HIV/AIDS care
The Center for HIV/AIDS Care and Research at Boston Medical Center (BMC)
was awarded a one-year, $40,000 Pathways to Culturally Competent Health
Care grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
BMC was one of 8 Boston organizations, and one of 24 statewide, to receive
BMC will use to grant to help strengthen the capacity of hospital-affiliated
health centers to provide culturally competent HIV/AIDS care to Latino
and African-American patients in partnership with the Multicultural AIDS
Coalition, including the development and implementation of culturally
appropriate HIV/AIDS medical record templates for use by clinicians during
routine office visits.
Travis Roy Foundation Golf Tournament
On Monday, June 24, Chris Drury (CAS'98), a member of the Colorado Avalanche
2001 Stanley Cup championship team and of the 2002 Olympic hockey team,
and his brother, Ted Drury, an NHL veteran and a member of the 1992 and
1994 Olympic hockey teams, will host the seventh annual Travis Roy Foundation
Golf Tournament. More than 250 golfers, including several NHL players,
are expected to participate in the daylong tournament, with groups teeing
off at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Racebrook Country Club in Orange, Conn.
Chris launched the invitational golf tournament in 1996 to benefit the
Travis Roy Fund, which was established to help offset Roy's medical costs
after he was paralyzed from the neck down 11 seconds into his first college
hockey game. In 1997, Roy (COM'01) founded the Travis Roy Foundation to
aid individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries. He asked that
future invitational golf tournaments benefit the foundation, which also
supports research and education efforts related to those injuries.
A dinner and memorabilia auction after the tournament will feature hundreds
of items donated by professional sports teams, athletes, and local businesses.
All proceeds will benefit the foundation. For ticket information or to
make a donation, contact the Travis Roy Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament,
c/o 120 Button Ball Road, Orange, CT 06477.