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Week of 23 April 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 29

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Trustees name new chair, vice chair

Alan Leventhal Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Brian Fitzgerald
On April 15, the BU Board of Trustees named real estate developer Alan Leventhal as its chair and investor Robert Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75) as vice chair.


Sweeping governance changes adopted by University Board

By Brian Fitzgerald
The BU Board of Trustees unanimously approved extensive governance changes at its annual spring meeting, implementing 14-year term limits and stricter conflict-of-interest rules for its members. The move is “a significant step for Boston University,” says Alan Leventhal, the new Board chairman.

Chemistry postdoctoral program boosts undergraduate courses, professors-to-be

Chemistry department postdoctoral faculty fellows (from left) Amy Bradley, Laurie Tyler, Thomas Castonguay, and Alison Moore. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
When Amy Bradley, Laurie Tyler, and Alison Moore finished their Ph.D.s in chemistry two years ago, they wanted to hone their teaching skills before applying for a faculty position at a small liberal arts college.

Students engineer solutions to real-life problems

For their senior project, Amanda Parish (ENG’04), Ari Konikoff (ENG’04), and Derek Walker (ENG’04) (from left) designed an innovative assisted listening device for a local woman with hearing loss. Not pictured is team member Bradley Rufleth (ENG’04). Photo by Albert L’Étoile

By David J. Craig
Four ENG seniors last fall were asked to design and build an assisted listening device that offered improvements over the existing devices used by people with hearing loss to receive the special sound signals transmitted by public venues such as movie theaters and concert halls.

SDM professor appointed to FDA panel on product safety

Salomon Amar, an SDM professor of oral biology and periodontology. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
It’s nearly impossible these days to buy toothpaste that isn’t enhanced with tooth whiteners, tartar controllers, and other fancy ingredients promising brighter smiles and healthier gums. Americans who brush regularly don’t have to worry about such additives, putting their faith in the Food and Drug Administration’s dental products panel...


Tanglewood seminars invite casual listeners into classical club

Roye Wates Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
Wates, a CAS music professor, directs and teaches Tanglewood’s Adult Music Seminars, which every summer offer music lovers an intense, behind-the-scenes look at the famous music festival in the Berkshires. The goal of the CFA-sponsored seminars is to help casual listeners decode classical music.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (Hon.’01) Photo by Vernon Doucette
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (Hon.’01) spoke to BU students about hunger and homelessness in the city on April 16.

23 April 2004
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