Publishers Weekly: Praise for Hill's new book-length poem
The Orchards of Syon, a new book-length poem by UNI Professor Geoffrey Hill, was praised in the April 8 Publishers Weekly. Hill, who the review says has been dubbed "a major poet of his generation, even the best English poet alive," taught in England for 30 years before coming to BU. His new book, according to reviewer Steve Burt, "takes in writers and creators from Beethoven to D. H. Lawrence to the medieval thinker Thomas Bradwardine, setting them like gems into his own musings and exploring a pastoral England Hill at once remembers and remakes." It uses unrhymed units modeled on the Italian canzone. Hill says his line there "tries to retain and develop some of the traditional fullness and resonance that is associated with the blank verse line. In each case the sound of the thing, the sound of the line, is an inextricable part of the general, so to speak, viewpoint of the work."
Boston magazine: BU scores hat trick with three features
The April issue of Boston magazine offers three stories
with strong BU connections. "Profs and Losses" focuses on the
debate over tenure in academia and the increasing interest in hiring adjunct
instructors and lecturers -- so-called untenured faculty. Jeffrey Miron,
a CAS professor of economics, says that for a cash-strapped college, a
$3,000-per-course untenured instructor is an immensely appealing prospect
compared with a tenured full professor, who costs at least $100,000, once
you throw in a computer system, research assistant, and benefits.
Boston Globe: SPH prof promotes hospital disaster planning
How can hospitals treat a sudden influx of hundreds or thousands of casualties from terrorism or a natural disaster when for the past 20 years financial constraints have scaled back or closed hospitals? "Overwhelming a hospital these days is a piece of cake," says David Ozonoff, an SPH professor and chairman of the department of environmental health, in the April 8 Boston Globe. "The reason New York made it," he says of September 11, "is because everybody was dead. They didn't need any hospital beds. If there had been 1,000 [life-threatening] burns, it would probably have overwhelmed the burn treatment capacity in this country." New York plans to use armories and convention centers as makeshift hospitals in case of emergency. Hotels and motels could be turned into instant hospitals, adds Ozonoff, which would be helpful in containing infectious diseases. "You don't want [victims] next to each other in a huge open area."