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Week of 2 April 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 26

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BU Women's Guild fiction award

Each year the BU Women's Guild administers the annual Florence Engel Randall Fiction Award. All undergraduate women are eligible to enter a single short story of any length. Previous winners have come from Sargent College and the CAS science departments as well as from the College of Communication and the CAS English department. Entries are judged by a published fiction writer in the BU community. The award includes a cash prize. Fiction award applications and more information are available at www.bu.edu/womensguild/scholarship/2004-randall.pdf, by calling 617-353-2772, or by e-mail to nmccrack@bu.edu. The deadline is April 5.

Photonics Center launches NanoPhototonics Laboratory

The Photonics Center has begun construction of a new $1.5 million NanoPhototonics Laboratory, which will enable engineers and developers from different industries and areas of specialization to integrate advances in nanophotonics, nanobiosystems, and nanoelectromechanical sytems into application-focused platforms. The lab, which will feature ultra-clean Class 100 workstation enclosures and permanent and revolving project workstations that will allow continuous research across a broad spectrum of fields as well as provide space for long-term specialized projects, is scheduled to open in September. “The NanoPhototonics Laboratory will provide the tools and capabilities to effectively push nanoscience and nanotechnology research in the direction of commercial opportunities,” says Donald Fraser, director of the Photonics Center. “We fully anticipate partnering with a number of corporations and government agencies to codevelop and accelerate these nanotech opportunities into real-world applications and products.”

WBUR and WRNI win 2004 broadcast awards

WBUR-FM 90.9, a National Public Radio station based at BU, has won 8 out of 10 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievement in electronic journalism from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable, and other electronic media in more than 30 countries and has been presenting the Murrow Awards since 1971.

The station was one of three national radio stations to garner the most awards, and as a regional winner, is eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June. The national Murrow Awards will be presented on October 4 in New York.

The Murrow awards went to:

  • Overall Excellence: WBUR News
  • Continuing Coverage: War in Iraq
  • Feature Reporting: “Baghdad College of Fine Arts,” by Dick Gordon, host of The Connection
  • News Documentary: “Ahmad's War,” an Inside/Out documentary
  • News Series: The Connection host Dick Gordon in Baghdad
  • Newscast: Here and Now, WBUR's noon news show
  • Use of Sound: “The De-electrification of Boston”
  • Web Site Broadcast–Affiliated: WBUR.org

In addition, both WBUR and WRNI-AM in Providence, which is operated and managed by the WBUR Group, were winners in the 2004 Associated Press broadcasters competition. WBUR won News Station of the Year, Division A, and the following awards:

  • Continuing Coverage: “The War in Baghdad”
  • Feature Reporting: “Life in Baghdad”
  • Use of Sound: “Baghdad College of Fine Arts”
  • Sports Program: Only a Game
  • Talk Show: “The Baghdad Connection”

Sister station WRNI won News Station of the Year, Division B, and the following awards:

  • Enterprise Reporting: “Fire Funds”
  • Public Affairs: “Focus Rhode Island”

2 April 2004
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