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Week of 28 February 2003· Vol. VI, No. 23

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GRS student’s trans-Siberia trek turns into a megacycle tour for polio cure

After riding his cycle across the United States eight years ago, David Montgomery (GRS’05) is preparing for a new challenge. The 34-year-old Ph.D. student in religion and international relations will join 36 cyclists this summer in Polio Ride 2003, a 7,395-mile tour across Russia and Europe to raise money for polio eradication. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Tim Stoddard
David Montgomery wasn’t expecting to have company on his long ride across Russia. When the idea of riding his bike from one side of Russia to the other first came to the avid cyclist and Ph.D. candidate in religion and international relations, he thought he would be going it alone, practicing his Russian and exploring that vast and diverse country.

Hurricane of ’38: New England’s worst weather disaster

Heavy surf breaks over Quadrangular dock in Woods Hole, Mass., during the Hurricane of 1938. The biggest storm of the century killed 99 in the state and a total of more than 600 in New England. Photo courtesy of NOAA Photo Library

By Brian Fitzgerald
Mother Nature delivers a nasty uppercut: a fiercely powerful and windy storm moves up the coast and paralyzes New England, and a massive cleanup effort follows. And everyone remembers where they were the day the violent weather descended on the region.

APARC’s State of Africa report details African growth, political reforms

Charles Stith, director of BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center and former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania (right), and former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda, who is at BU this year as APARC’s first Balfour President-in-Residence, say the United States will bolster its national security by building relationships with African nations. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
In the past three years, Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s first democratically elected president, has installed tough new regulatory procedures to stomp out corruption in Senegalese corporations, invited the World Bank to help oversee the privatization of his nation’s communications industry, and created a government agency to help attract foreign investment.

Jump for joint
BU’s Athletic Enhancement Center helps prevent common knee injuries in females
By David J. Craig

Posidippus found
Translating long-lost Greek poems a fascinating challenge for classics prof By Brian Fitzgerald

Sylvia K. Burack, the longtime editor and publisher of the Boston-based magazine The Writer, shown here in 1983 at a Friends of the Libraries of BU event, died on February 14. She was 86. For 40 years, Burack was on the board of directors of the Friends of the Libraries and served a term as president. According to Howard Gotlieb, director of BU’s Special Collections Department, “Mrs. Burack’s wide interest and generosity extended to purchasing Arnold Bennett’s personal library for Boston University, adding Charles Dickens first editions to the holdings in Special Collections, augmenting the unique private press and art books which were of special interest to her, and obtaining the usually unobtainable Jane Austen first editions the Collection so passionately desired.” She also established in honor of her late husband the Abraham S. Burack Lecture series, which for years has brought distinguished public figures to the University. She was, says Gotlieb,“a charming lady of immense intelligence, warmth, and graciousness who will be sorely missed.” Photo by BU Photo Services
Sylvia K. Burack


28 February 2003
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