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The 12th annual musical soiree of the CAS astronomy and physics departments, Friday, April 26, 7 p.m., Tsai Performance Center
Week of 19 April 2002 · Vol. V, No. 31

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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 over $35,000.

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 the grant.
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.


19 April 2002
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