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School of Medicine receives $12 million NIH contract for new Cardiovascular Proteomics Center

Peter O’Connor, a MED research assistant professor of biochemistry, Catherine Costello, a MED research professor of biochemistry, and Richard Cohen, a MED professor of medicine and pathology and director of the school’s Vascular Biology Unit (from left), will develop new technologies to study how proteins are involved in cardiovascular disease at BU’s new Cardiovascular Proteomics Center. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
After the Human Genome Project produced a virtual blueprint of the human body by identifying its approximately 30,000 genes, biomedical researchers began to closely examine the proteins encoded by those genes to do specific tasks.

Expertise or junk science?
Prof puts psychiatric testimony on trial

Margaret Hagen wants to promote rational discussion of how psychology should be used in the legal system. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Hope Green
As the state attorney for Dade County, Fla., during the 1980s, Janet Reno rose to fame for her leadership in several well-publicized cases of alleged child abuse.

In sync, from PDA to PC
In mobile computing, a cure for the synchronization blues

David Starobinski (left) and Ari Trachtenberg (right), ENG assistant professors of computer engineering, along with graduate student Sachin Agarwal (ENG’06), depend on their trusty personal digital assistants -- and want to make them more efficient. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Self-described “techno-freaks” are not the only people who love their personal digital assistant (PDA) handheld computers. Even some hunters are known to carry Palm Pilots in the deep woods to help with landmark navigation.

Noted critic Birkerts becomes editor of Agni on its 30th anniversary By David J. Craig,

Ahead of the ecumenical curve
Gift of war hero grad’s rare Bibles forms core of STH library’s collection By Dawn Piscitello

Is there a diet that promotes brain health?

Controlling and treating accidental poisoning

Hockey Terriers are concerned with performance, not polls By Brian Fitzgerald

Showboats. It was a time for youth as both the BU men’s and women’s crew Youth Eight boats stroked well at the 38th annual Head of the Charles, held on October 19 and 20. The men’s Youth Eight finished 17th of 51 boats, while the women’s Youth Eight finished 9th of 46. Photo by Phoebe Sexton (UNI’06)

Getting his kicks at Nick. Midfielder Jamie Johnson (CGS’04) tries to nail a Terrier goal against the tenacious University at Albany Great Danes in a double-overtime, 1-1 showdown at Nickerson Field on October 19. Johnson, a native of Brisbane and a six-year member of the Australian National Team, is currently in the pool to compete for a spot in the 2004 Olympics. Photo by Phoebe Sexton (UNI’06)
Kicks at Nick

High-achieving alumni recognized.  Six alumni were presented with BU’s Alumni Award, the highest alumni honor bestowed on BU graduates, at the Homecoming and Parents Weekend welcome breakfast and alumni awards ceremony, which was held at Metcalf Hall on Saturday, October 19. The winners are Maxwell Blum (SMG’48), founder and former CEO of the Maxwell Shoe Company, which designs and manufactures women’s and children’s shoes under several brand names; Wendy Chamberlin (SED’71), a former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, whom President Bush has nominated as assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Asia and the Near East; Peter Deckers (SED’66), dean and Murray-Heilig Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Ernesto Muller (SDM’61), an internationally regarded periodontist who taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela from 1962 to 1995 and later was the founder and director of the Dental Implant Center at the Universidad Santa Marta in Caracas; Bill O’Reilly (COM’75), host and anchor of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News; and Marcy Syms (COM’75), CEO of the Syms Corporation, a chain of off-price designer and name-brand clothing stores. Pictured (seated, from left) are Deckers, Blum, O’Reilly, and Muller; (standing) Chamberlin, BU trustee Judith Friedberg-Chessin (SED’59), president of the Boston University Alumni, Syms, and Chancellor John Silber. Photo by Fred Sway
Alumni Recognized

Vietnam reporter Gloria Emerson is one of the seven distinguished women journalists featured in the BU Special Collections exhibition On the Front Line: Women Journalists on War and Politics, in the Richards-Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library.  Emerson covered haute couture for the New York Times from London and Paris, traveling to Belfast and Nigeria in between fashion assignments and lobbying for a job in the Saigon bureau. “They finally sent me,” she says, “because they’d run out of men.” Emerson, stationed in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972, received the George Polk Award for foreign reporting. Her book Winners and Losers, about the aftermath of the war, won the National Book Awaexcuserd in 1978.
Vietnam Reporters


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