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University Professor Geoffrey Hill, at the Marsh Chapel Poetry Reading, Friday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.

Week of 11 April 2003· Vol. VI, No. 28

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BU students receive Sigma Xi grants

Boston University graduate students Trina Foster (GRS’07), whose field is chemistry, and Sigurros Davidsdottir (GRS’01) and Saumya Sharma (GRS’01,’02), whose fields are psychology, have been awarded grants from the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program of Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society. Their proposals were among more than 700 received by Sigma Xi for this year’s competition, of which less than 25 percent received full or partial funding. The program is designed to foster original investigation by young scientists in all areas of science and engineering. Foster’s research, entitled Spectroscopic Characterization of the Active Site in Binuclear, Nonheme Iron Complexes, is supervised by John Caradonna, a CAS associate professor of chemistry. She will use her grant to travel to Stanford University to collaborate with researchers there. Davidsdottir’s research, entitled Interaction of Visual and Spatial Perception in Parkinson’s Disease, is supervised by Alice Cronin-Golomb, a CAS associate professor of psychology. She will use her grant to compensate study participants, as will Sharma, whose research, entitled Visuospatial Functioning in HIV-Infected Individuals, is also supervised by Cronin-Golomb.

Ted O’Brien joins BU’s development staff

One of Boston’s best-known broadcasters, WBUR midday news anchor Ted O’Brien, has been appointed a major gift officer covering the New England region for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. O’Brien began his broadcast career in Boston in 1974 as anchorman for WHDH-TV Channel 7. After a brief stint at WPIX-TV Channel 11 in New York, he returned to Boston to cohost the morning Ted and Janet Show on WRKO-AM, with Janet Jeghelian (PAL’56, SMG’56, SAR’57). He was also the host of an afternoon talk show for WHDH-AM (now WEEI). He has worked for BU for 10 years, first as founding news director and anchor of WABU-TV Channel 68 and for the last four years at WBUR-FM 90.9, Boston’s NPR station. He has received three Boston/New England Emmy awards and six team Emmys, is a four-time recipient of the New York International Film Festival Silver Medal, and in 1995 won an international Telly Award for documentary narration. “I have had the privilege of fundraising for WBUR and for numerous other nonprofits,” O’Brien says. “While I’ll certainly miss my broadcasting colleagues, I look forward to using my fundraising background, skills, and knowledge of the University in my new capacity in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.”

Pathways 2003 conference opens doors to science for young women

The BU-sponsored Pathways Program, designed to give young women in high school an opportunity to learn about careers in science, mathematics, and engineering by meeting and talking with female scientists from academia and industry, will hold its ninth annual conference on April 15 and 16 at BU. The program, founded in 1994 by Elizabeth Simmons, a CAS associate professor of physics, gives the girls a chance to tour labs, question their assigned mentors about their fields of work and individual experiences, and participate in a poster and demonstration session. For more information, visit http://www.bu.edu/lernet/pathways/.


11 April 2003
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