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Warren wins Award of Merit Medal for Poetry

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has given one of its highest honors, the Award of Merit Medal for Poetry, to Rosanna Warren, a UNI professor, a CAS professor of English and modern languages, and the Emma Ann MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities. The award is given once every six years to an outstanding poet. Warren is the author of four collections of poetry — Snow Day, Each Leaf Shines Separate, Stained Glass, and Departure, which was recently selected as a finalist for a 24th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the category of poetry.

Record number of BU profs are Fulbright Scholars

This academic year, BU has the largest number to date of faculty chosen as Fulbright scholars and the second highest number of participants in the national program. The 10 participants are part of an annual corps of 800 faculty and professionals who apply independently for selection to the U.S. government’s program of international educational exchange to more than 140 countries. Each Fulbright scholar serves abroad from two months to a full year, lecturing and conducting research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. BU is hosting several Fulbright scholars from other countries as well. “Cultural empathy is particularly constructive in these post 9/11 times,” says Aram Chobanian, president ad interim, “and the Fulbright scholar program embodies the hopeful concept that one person can make a difference.” The program was launched in 1946 by Senator William J. Fulbright in an effort to promote “mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries of the world.” Since then, there have been more than 98,000 Fulbright scholars. “We are pleased to have so many Boston University faculty winning these prestigious awards,” says University Provost Dennis Berkey, “and to be selected for visits by distinguished scholars from abroad for work that contributes importantly to international cooperation and understanding.” This year’s Fulbright scholars are:

  • Janice Barrett, a COM associate professor in the department of mass communication, public relations, and advertising, is spending the year at Ireland’s Dublin City University examining media coverage of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process as well as forms of communication used by policy-makers.
  • Nancy Day, a former COM journalism professor, who was recently named head of the journalism department at Colombia College Chicago, spent last summer at Moscow State University giving Russian students a sense of American-style press freedoms.
  • Anne Donohue, a COM associate professor of journalism, is lecturing this semester at East China Normal University in Shanghai on broadcast and electronic media journalism.
  • Juliet Floyd, a CAS associate professor of philosophy, spent the winter in Vienna studying documentation of the Vienna Circle, a philosophical group that helped shape 20th-century Anglo-American philosophy.
  • Katherine Johnson, a CAS lecturer, is researching culture and migration for the year at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
  • Eric Jones, a resident coordinator in the University’s International Honors Program, gave seminars last summer for the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program at the German Fulbright Commission in Berlin.
  • Sam Kauffmann, a COM associate professor of film, is lecturing on video production and producing a documentary on AIDS orphans at Makerere University in Uganda this semester.
  • Jeanne Ellen Koopman, a research fellow at BU’s African Studies Center, spent the fall and winter at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal lecturing on environmental economics and participating in smallholder irrigation projects.
  • Daniel Gordon Partan, a LAW professor of law instruction in the J.D. program, lectured during the fall and winter to Chinese graduate students at Tsinghua University in Beijing on comparative foreign trade regulation and integration of international law into domestic law.
  • Lisa Urkevich, a CFA assistant professor of ethnomusicology, is at Kuwait University for the year researching the musical culture of the Arabian Peninsula.

SED prof cohosts educational television science series

Douglas Zook, an SED associate professor of curriculum and teaching, cohosts an eight-part video series, entitled Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science, designed to help K-6 teachers understand the fundamental science concepts that are part of today’s standards-based curricula. The series covers such areas as the classification of organisms, animal and plant life cycles, and evolution and combines real-world examples with demonstrations, animation, graphics, and interviews with scientists. Each one-hour segment is supplemented by print and Web-based materials and can be viewed online. The video series, which was developed with a grant from Annenberg/CPB and produced by the Science Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will air through April and again in September on educational cable television stations in Boston and other U.S. cities.

BU Academy annual auction to benefit scholarship programs

Boston University Academy’s fifth annual Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, April 24, at the home of John Silber, president emeritus, located at 132 Carlton St. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a live and silent auction, entertainment, and refreshments. It is sponsored by the BUA Parents’ Association and will benefit the academy’s scholarship programs. Items available for bidding include Persian rugs, Red Sox tickets, a Sunday brunch for two at Boston’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, a round-trip airline ticket for four to any destination within 100 nautical miles of Boston, a one-week getaway to Stowe, Vt., the experience of being headmaster for a day at the academy, and much more. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information, call Eunice Brown at 617-353-9000.

Blackmon book collection contest

Winners of the annual Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collection Contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and endowed by Blackmon, a bibliophile and private collector, have been announced.

  • First prize: Jesus Viejo (GRS’08), for a collection on the history of Mexico
  • Second prize: Arafat Kazi (CAS’04), for a collection on Sherlock Holmes
  • Third prize: Jeffrey Gottfredsen (CAS’05), for a collection on warfare
  • Fourth prize: Michael Martin (ENG’05), for a collection on cultivating Eastern wisdom about the Western self
  • Emerging collector’s prize: Emily Bell (UNI’07), for an eclectic collection of literature
  • Essay prize: Arafat Kazi (CAS’04), for “Justice in the Sherlock Holmes Canon

COM student publication wins SPJ award

Comment, the College of Communication’s graduate student magazine, has won this year’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award for best overall student publication in the Northeast region. It will join other regional winners competing at the society’s national competition. The SPJ annually honors the best in student journalism in 45 categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism. In 2000, Comment received the SPJ award for best student publication. The magazine is produced by the Office of Publications Production and designed by John Morawiec, graphic designer in the graphics/typesetting office.

Getting on Course for College

Boston University will offer Getting on Course for College seminars to University employees and their children on June 30 and August 11. The free program provides students in grades 8 through 12 with guidelines to meeting college entrance requirements and includes such topics as college admissions, financial aid, beginning the college search process, and high school course selection and extracurricular activities. For more information, call Patricia Papetti in the Office of Personnel at 617-353-4480 or e-mail ppapetti@bu.edu.


16 April 2004
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