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D’Alessandro named to 100 Most Powerful in Sports 2002

BU Board of Trustees Vice Chairman David F. D’Alessandro, the chairman and chief executive officer at John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., has been named to the Sporting News list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports for 2002. This is the eighth consecutive year that D’Alessandro, who is the chief architect behind John Hancock’s highly successful sports sponsorships, has made the list. John Hancock is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, has committed to worldwide sponsorship of the Olympic games through 2008, and has a five-year major league baseball sponsorship and corporate sponsorship of BU’s John Hancock Student Village. Sporting News notes that his “clout goes beyond dollars -- he was outspoken on Olympics scandals and helped broker the Red Sox sale.” D’Alessandro’s 23rd ranking lands him ahead of Tiger Woods, the Williams sisters, and Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among others.

Henderson, Sears appointed deans

On January 9, the Board of Trustees appointed Jeffrey Henderson, a CAS professor of classical studies and chairman of the department, as permanent dean of Arts and Sciences, and Douglas Sears, an SED professor, as permanent dean of the School of Education. Both had been serving as deans ad interim at their respective schools.

El-Baz to help plan international symposium

Farouk El-Baz, a CAS research professor and the director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, has been appointed to the planning committee for an international symposium on open access and the public domain in digital data and information for science. The event is organized under the auspices of the U.S. National Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the U.S. National Academies, the international CODATA, and the International Council for Science and Technical Information, both parts of the International Council for Science (ISCU), the ICSU, and UNESCO. The symposium will be held in March in Paris and will bring together leading experts and managers from the public and academic sectors in the developed and developing world involved in the creation, dissemination, and use of data and information in public research.

CAS prof receives AGU award

Guido Salvucci, a CAS associate professor of earth sciences and geography, has received one of this year’s Macelwane Awards from the American Geophysical Union, an international earth sciences organization. The award, which recognizes significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by outstanding young scientists who are less than 36 years old, was established in 1961 and renamed in 1986 in honor of James B. Macelwane, the 13th president of AGU, who was known for his deep interest in teaching and encouraging young scientists.

WBUR interviews Chinese dissident

On Monday, January 13, Chinese dissident Xu Wenli, one of the founders of the democracy movement in China, who spent 16 of the last 21 years in prison, was interviewed on WBUR by veteran journalist Dick Gordon, host of The Connection. This was Xu Wenli’s first in-depth U.S. interview since his release from prison. He served 12 years for his role in the “democracy wall” movement of the late 1970s and then 4 years of a 13-year sentence for organizing an opposition party. His daughter, Xu Jin (CFA’00), served as translator.

SDM prof named Outstanding Educator by AAOMS

Santo Cataudella (SDM’60), an SDM professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, has received the Daniel M. Laskin Award for an Outstanding Predoctoral Educator from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The award recognizes an outstanding predoctoral educator in oral and maxillofacial surgery who is actively involved in research, who encourages students to pursue research, who provides exceptional patient care, and who exemplifies the highest ethical and moral ideals of a professional.

Girl Scout troop led by BU senior

Girl Scout Troup 9213, made up of a dozen fifth and sixth grade girls from the Allston/Brighton area, are under the leadership of Lauren Fitzgerald (UNI’03), a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Dedicated to community service and environmental protection, the troop recently completed requirements for the Bronze Award, Junior Girl Scouts’ highest award, by making scarves for the women of Rosie’s Place, a homeless shelter. Troop members also earned their Earth Connections badge.


17 January 2003
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