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Small wonders
Nanotech grants for probing inner space

Selim Unlu (left), an ENG associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Bennett Goldberg, a CAS professor of physics, are not lone wolves in the laboratory. The two share a lab in the Photonics Center, and they say that the collaborative arrangement is conducive to problem solving in their field of nanoscience. Now they’re heading up the Nanoscience Working Group to encourage similar interdisciplinary relationships among CAS and ENG researchers working in nanotechnology. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
For young Benjamin Braddock in the 1967 film The Graduate, the future was neatly summarized in one word: plastics. If Mike Nichols had directed the film 30 years later, that word may well have been nano.

IR conference to examine outcomes of military- to-military contacts

By David J. Craig
The United States has leveraged influence in the affairs of weaker nations for decades by providing training to foreign armies in regions such as Latin America.

Syndicated columnist Andrew Leckey takes the reins at COM’s Business and Economics Journalism Program

Andrew Leckey is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and is a former CNBC financial network anchor. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Earlier this year, journalists bit into the remains of Enron as savagely as hyenas. And they’re still chewing. But where were the media watchdogs when the company was overstating its earnings?

Islamist mobilization in Turkey: a crisis for U.S. interests in Middle East?

Jenny White, a CAS associate professor of anthropology, has been focusing on the continuing appeal of Islamic politics in the fabric of Turkish society. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Those monitoring U.S. strategic interests in the eastern Mediterranean are keeping a watchful eye on Turkey, which on November 3 voted overwhelmingly for a party with Islamist roots.

ENG student rocks out with prof dad’s backup By David J. Craig

Books of 2002

Grounds for growth: The roof of 881 Commonwealth Avenue provides an unobstructed view of the John Hancock Student Village construction taking place on the block between Buick Street and Harry Agganis Way. Excavation and soil removal for the Harry Agganis Arena and the recreation center should be completed by the end of next week; concrete foundations and footings are being staged and poured. According to project managers, structural steel will start going up next month. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Grounds for growth

Ode to Agni: Sven Birkerts (left) formally assumed editorship of Agni, taking over for retiring magazine founder Askold Melnyczuk (beside him) at the literary magazine’s 30th anniversary celebration, held on October 30. Melnyczuk (GRS’78) started the prestigious literary journal in 1972; it has been published at BU since 1987.   Photo by Phoebe Sexton (UNI’06)
Ode to Agni

Robert Pinsky, a CAS professor of English (right), former U.S. poet laureate, and founder of the national Favorite Poem Project, joined 13 other distinguished poets at the celebration — including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney — as they read from their works and paid tribute to the magazine and to Melnyczuk. Photo by Phoebe Sexton (UNI’06)
30th anniversary celebration

Ted Sorensen, former aide to President John F. Kennedy, spoke on November 5 in the GSU Auditorium as part of the Boston University Academy’s lecture series. Sorensen, who for 11 years was a policy advisor, legal counsel, and speechwriter to Kennedy when he was senator and then president, discussed the Cuban missile crisis and what it was like in the White House 30 years ago during that harrowing time. Since 1966, he has practiced international law in New York and is the author of books on the U.S. presidency, politics, and foreign policy. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Ted Sorensen


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