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CAS prof’s books win award from ALA

Choice, the journal of the American Library Association, has selected Cathal Nolan’s Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations as an Outstanding Academic Book of 2003. Nolan, a CAS professor of history and executive director of BU’s International History Institute, authored the four-volume encyclopedia to “reclaim history” as a basis for understanding international relations. The work was featured in the November 1, 2002, B.U. Bridge.

SPH prof testifies at congressional hearing

William Bicknell, an SPH professor in the department of international health and a former Massachusetts commissioner of public health, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill on January 30 on the president’s smallpox vaccination plan. “Most recently, I have been a proponent of careful, selective, progressive, and ultimately, widespread preexposure vaccination as the best way to protect the nation against the threat of a bioterrorist attack using smallpox as a weapon,” he said. As part of his testimony, Bicknell talked about smallpox, the vaccination in general and as it applies to children, jurisdictional models, some of the myths and misconceptions about smallpox and the vaccination, and his recommendations in regard to the president’s national strategy on smallpox. “The president’s plan is sound, takes the teeth out of the smallpox weapon, and decreases the smallpox risks for us and the rest of the world,” he concluded. “Putting the president’s smallpox control plan into effect is but one step in a long and arduous journey on the road to improved national protection against a variety of bioterrorist threats.”

Kaunda gives visibility to African AIDS prevention campaign

Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, who is the first Balfour President-in-Residence at BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center, filmed a series of 10 television spots in Boston late last year for an HIV/AIDS prevention campaign by Population Services International, a nonprofit organization that implements social marketing projects in more than 60 countries. The messages started airing on Zambian television in December. In one spot, Kaunda says, “My own son died of AIDS in 1986. There were some who thought I should remain silent about it. But Mrs. Kaunda and I decided to make this public. I tell you, if we are to win the battle, we must confront this problem openly.” Other spots promote compassion for HIV-positive people, condom use, and voluntary counseling and testing.


14 February 2003
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