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Week of 25 April 2003· Vol. VI, No. 30

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Excellence in teaching awards to three CAS profs

In recognition of outstanding educational achievements, the College of Arts and Sciences annual excellence in teaching awards were presented on April 9 to John Straub, a professor of chemistry and associate chairman of the chemistry department, Diane Meuser, an associate professor of mathematics and statistics, and Curtis Runnels, a professor of archaeology and the acting editor of Field Archaeology Journal. Formal presentation will be made on Class Day, May 17, in front of students and colleagues.

Straub received the 2003 Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, endowed by Gerald Gitner (CAS’66), for his dedication to the improvement of academic programs in chemistry and in the Core Curriculum. Meuser was honored with the 2003 Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, endowed by Richard Neu (CAS’61) and his family, as a result of her enthusiastic commitment to providing students with effective instruction in mathematics both in and outside the classroom. Runnels received the 2003 Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching, endowed by the parents of Corey Wisneski (CAS’99), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the department’s curriculum.

COM prof’s film in indie festival

OSmall Justice, a documentary by Garland Waller, a COM assistant professor of film and television, was selected for the Key West (Fla.) Indie Film Festival, held on April 20. Waller’s film, which exposes inequities in family law court, was screened in 2002 at Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre and at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. It was named best social documentary at the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

BMC to help implement National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign

Boston has been chosen as one of 18 U.S. cities to work as a Community Based Demonstration Project (CDP) on the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, in partnership with the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Boston’s CDP, housed in the Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center, will work in coordination with the Office on Women’s Health and the Advertising Council to implement the campaign at the local level. The campaign will promote breastfeeding, especially among first-time parents who might not normally breastfeed their baby. The consequences of not breastfeeding are a higher likelihood of diabetes, obesity, some childhood cancers, ear infections, and diarrhea. The overall goal of the campaign, which will be launched during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2003, is to increase the proportion of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies in the early postpartum period to 75 percent and those for six months postpartum to 50 percent by 2010. Besides trying to raise initiation rates, the campaign will also stress the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months both to a general market audience and to the African-American community, which has the lowest breastfeeding rate at six months, through television, radio, newspaper, magazine, billboard, and Web banner advertising. In 2002, BMC’s Breastfeeding Center received the Best Practice Initiative Award from the Department of Health and Human Services for raising in-hospital breastfeeding initiation rates from 58 percent in 1995 to 87 percent in 1999. Initiation rates for African-Americans rose from 34 to 74 percent over the same period. In addition, BMC is the only UNICEF/WHO Baby-Friendly hospital in Massachusetts, a designation awarded to hospitals that meet international standards for breastfeeding promotion and support.

BMC cancer research and treatment program receives accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has recognized the cancer program in the Center for Cancer Care and Blood Disorders at Boston Medical Center as an accredited cancer research and treatment program. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receives this recognition for comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care. BMC received a top rating in every one of 36 standards of cancer care evaluated. “This accreditation is a testament to the hard work all of our cancer care providers do to ensure exceptional state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive care for cancer patients,” says Michael Stone, a MED professor of surgery and chief of the section of surgical oncology and surgical endocrinology at BMC. Patients who receive care at a Commission on Cancer–approved cancer program have access not only to quality care close to home, but comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment. Also offered is a multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available and information about cancer trials, education, and support.

COM alums win awards in 2002 Mark of Excellence competition

The Society of Professional Journalists has honored former COM students with awards in its 2002 Mark of Excellence writing competition. Jeff Lemberg (COM’02) won two first-place awards, in the category of magazine nonfiction article for “Golden Boy,” published in COM’s Vision magazine, and for online in-depth reporting for “Spouse Abuse in South Asian Marriages May Be High,” published in Women’s Enews. An honorable mention in that category went to Anna Scott (COM’02) for “First Year Blues,” also published in Vision. Boston University student writers competed with writers from Harvard, Princeton, Penn State, Columbia, Norwich, Syracuse, and SUNY.

BU Community Service Center holds Making Music performance

The annual Making Music Recital took place on April 10 at the GSU Conference Auditorium. Making Music is one of 11 programs supported by the Boston University Community Service Center. Boston’s Farragut Elementary School students, who received music lessons from BU students, performed pieces for piano, violin, voice, guitar, and winds by composers such as Beethoven, Bach, and Alan Menken. “The recital is a great opportunity for families to see what Making Music lessons have taught their children,” says Alison Arnett, Making Music program manager. “It also gives students the chance to shine in the spotlight and receive praise and encouragement for their dedicated efforts.” Making Music volunteers provide elementary school students in the Boston public school system with an opportunity to discover, appreciate, and express themselves through music during private, one-on-one lessons for an hour each week. For more information about BU’s Community Service Center, visit www.bu.edu/csc.

BU Pub Night honors alum, raises money for Playground Project

On Wednesday, April 23, students, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at the BU Pub from 9 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the life of Deneen Zarada (SAR’02), who died last summer en route to Louisiana to begin a two-year commitment to Teach for America. The event raised money for the Playground Project, begun this spring by BU’s Community Service Center, which will provide a safe and fun playground at the Farragut Elementary School in Boston. The playground will be dedicated to Zarada.

Fulbright student competition

The Institute of International Education, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, announces the launch of the 2004–2005 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Approximately 1,000 grants are awarded annually to students for study and research in other nations and provide funding for round-trip travel in over 140 countries, a stipend for one academic year, health and accident insurance, and full or partial tuition. Fulbright travel-only grants are also available to limited countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the eligibility requirement. Nonarts applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project may also be considered. Students currently enrolled at BU should contact campus Fulbright Program advisor Carol Simpson, associate provost, in the Provost’s Office at 143 Bay State Road for application forms and more information. Applications must be submitted to Simpson by September 5, 2003, in order to be received by the October 21, 2003, national deadline. For more information, visit www.iie.org/fulbright.


25 April 2003
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