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Week of 19 September 2003· Vol. VII, No. 4

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ENG grads win first place in NSF/Science visualization challenge

The National Science Foundation and the journal Science recently announced the winners of the inaugural Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. A total of 297 entries qualified for judging, including an entry from four 2003 ENG electrical and computer engineering majors, which was awarded first place in the Illustrations Category. Adam Miezianko (ENG’03) and contributors Kristopher Rambish (ENG’03), Karen Fung (ENG’03), and Zavnura Pingkan (ENG’03) won for an illustration, entitled Innolab 3D File Manager, that displays the organization of computer contents in a unique arrangement reminiscent of a Ferris wheel. The illustration was part of the ENG students’ senior year project, which involved finding a solution to a problem posed by Maya Bystom, an ENG associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, who was their “customer.” A panel of science communicators judged the challenge entries on technical accuracy, creativity, innovation, and communication impact.

New Research Award named for Hingson

Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Ralph Hingson, an SPH professor of social and behavioral sciences and an expert on community and legal interventions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, by naming a new MADD National President’s Award the Ralph W. Hingson Research in Practice Award. “Ralph has poured his heart and soul into saving lives and preventing injuries,” says Wendy Hamilton, MADD national president. “Through his sound and substantial research, he has been pivotal in shaping drunk driving and underage driving policies for more than two decades.” MADD credits Hingson with providing scientific evidence and backing for such legislation as raising the legal drinking age to 21, lowering the blood alcohol concentration to .08 percent for illegal drunk driving, and establishing zero tolerance laws that make it illegal for those under 21 in all 50 states to drive a vehicle after consuming any measurable amount of alcohol.

GRS anthropology grad students receive awards

The U.S. Institute of Peace has selected Ahmet Yukleyen (GRS’04) as a 2003–2004 Peace Scholar dissertation fellow for work entitled Sources of Tolerance and Radicalism Among Turkish-Islamic Organizations in Europe. The $17,000 stipend will support research addressing conflict in Colombia, Rwanda, Sudan, China, the countries of West Africa, and elsewhere.

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given a research appointment to Tarra McNally (GRS’05). This appointment will enable McNally to work with a team of epidemiologists and anthropologists who are conducting meta-analyses of HIV/AIDS behavioral interventions and clinical trials.

Peace Corps comes to campus

On Wednesday, September 24, a representative from the New England Regional Peace Corps office will provide information about the application process and answer questions about becoming a volunteer. The information session will take place at the Career Services Center, 19 Deerfield St., from 5 to 7 p.m. More than 990 BU graduates have served in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961; currently, 41 grads are serving in countries such as Ghana, Uzbekistan, and Paraguay. For more information, call 1-800-424-8580 or visit www.peacecorps.gov.

BMC’s annual We Care Walk set for October 5

On Sunday, October 5, Boston Medical Center will hold its annual five-mile walk to raise funds in support of critical hospital programs. The course winds through the neighborhoods BMC serves, including Boston’s historic South End, lower Roxbury, and Dudley Square. On the day of the walk, nonperishable foods will be collected at a food drive to benefit BMC’s Preventive Food Pantry and Demonstration Kitchen. “This year’s event takes on added importance, as it honors the memory of Sister Claire Hayes,” says Valerie Navy-Daniels, BMC’s director of community relations. The late Sister Claire was a hospital chaplain who dedicated herself to serving the hospital and the BUMC community for more than 12 years. After the walk there will be a free festival featuring live entertainment, refreshments, health information, and children’s activities on the lawns near the Menino Pavilion. To obtain a pledge form, arrange online giving, or volunteer for the event, call 617-638-6910 or visit http://www.bmc.org/walk.


19 September 2003
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