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MET celebrates 30 years in Brussels

A reception at the Hotel Ravenstein in Brussels on Saturday, May 4, marked the 30th anniversary of Boston University Brussels (BUB), Metropolitan College's overseas master of science in management program.
BUB has its origins in an MBA program that BU launched in Brussels in 1972 at the urging of Larry Daugherty (GRS'71), who had been working as an international management consultant. BU was the first major American university to introduce an MBA program in Europe, and the Belgian government expressed its gratitude during the first commencement by dubbing SMG Professor David Ashton, the program's founding director, a knight of the order of Leopold II.

In 1980, BU joined with Vrije Universiteit Brussel to offer a master of science in management. Since then, BUB has graduated more than 1,200 students and expanded its programs to include a master of science in administrative studies with concentrations in multinational commerce and electronic commerce. In addition, MET offers graduate-level certificate and diploma programs, giving students the option to enhance their skills through a shorter, but no less intensive, curriculum.

Two BU profs named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bonnie Costello, a CAS professor and acting chairman of the English department, and Bruce Redford, a UNI professor, have been elected 2002 fellows by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among a 2002 class of 30 foreign honorary members and 177 fellows, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, violinist Itzhak Perlman, Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, author and physician Oliver Sacks, and Nobel Prize-winning chemist George Olah.

The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." Current members include more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize-winners. Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of its membership -- in mathematics and physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts, and public affairs and business -- the academy conducts thoughtful, innovative, nonpartisan studies on international security, social policy, education, and the humanities.

CFA artist appointed Guggenheim fellow

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's 78th annual U.S. and Canadian 2002 fellowship winners include Alfredo Gisholt, a CFA teaching associate in the school of visual arts and a Newton, Mass., artist. The Guggenheim fellows, chosen from the fields of arts and sciences, are appointed on the basis of past distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The roll of fellows includes Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, a CAS professor of creative writing and founder of the Playwrights' Theatre, Henry Kissinger (Hon.'99), Philip Roth, and Eudora Welty.

British Academy welcomes Reissman

Catherine Reissman, a professor emerita at SSW and a research professor at Boston College, has been invited by the British Academy to be a visiting professor for the month of November. Reissman's visit will allow her time to pursue private research on the topic Looking Back: Reflections on Narrative Identity and Biographical Disruption.

Dibner Institute names CAS prof senior fellow

The Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology has named Akihiro Kanamori, a CAS professor of mathematics and statistics, as a senior fellow for the 2002-2003 academic year. At the institute, Kanamori plans to complete coauthored chapters on the early and more recent history of set theory for a forthcoming book, A History of Mathematical Logic, and will continue work on a second volume of The Higher Infinite, which was originally published in 1997.

Sloan Foundation gives Botticini research fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has given a research fellowship to Maristella Botticini, a CAS assistant professor of economics. She was selected from among hundreds of nominations of highly qualified scientists at the early stages of their career, on the basis of exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. Former Sloan fellows have received Nobel prizes and numerous awards and honors.
The Sloan Research Fellowship Program is one of the oldest fellowship programs in the country. Grants of $40,000 for a two-year period are administered by each fellow's institution, but fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them and to use the funds in a variety of ways to further their research aims.

Kahn Award winners

On Saturday, May 18, BU's annual Kahn Award will be presented during the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Day exercises. This year's recipients are Martin Amlin, a CFA associate professor of music, for his Piano Sonata No. 7, and Jill Lepore, a CAS associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies for the interdisciplinary American and New England Studies Program, for her book A Is for American.
The Kahn Awards were established in 1990 by Esther Kahn (SED'55, Hon.'86) to honor faculty who have completed imaginative work in literature, the visual arts, music, or criticism and scholarship in the humanities. Each winner will receive $5,000.

Deans of SSW and SPH in high school Halls of Fame

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins, dean of SSW, will be inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons High School (Raleigh, S.C.) Hall of Fame. It's the first year the school's administration has honored alumni who have shown extraordinary achievement in academics or athletics or as an all-around outstanding individual. The awards will be presented on May 30.
Robert Meenan (MED'72, GSM'89), a MED professor and dean of SPH, has been inducted into the Achievement Hall of Fame of Matignon High School in Cambridge. He was recognized along with other alumni for his professional and personal accomplishments.


31 May 2002
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