LAW alum Brooke awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
Former U.S. Senator and Massachusetts Attorney General Edward W. Brooke III (LAW’48,’50, Hon.’68), was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President George W. Bush honored Brooke and 12 others for their accomplishments in culture, politics, science, sports, and business at a White House ceremony. Brooke, who received his juris doctor from the School of Law in 1948 and his master of laws degree in 1950, was the first black elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction, representing Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979. He also was the first black American to have a state courthouse named in his honor. As senator, he wrote the Young Families Housing Act and helped change the banking world by sponsoring the bill that ushered in NOW accounts. He has served as a trustee of BU and Northeastern University.
BU chemists launch Web site for building molecules
The Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development recently unveiled an online resource that helps researchers synthesize natural-product-like compounds important to new drug development and other advances in biomedical science. Nearly 50 procedures for synthesizing complex molecules are part of the inaugural version of the “e-lab” resource, at http://cmldprotocols.bu.edu:8080/abinitio/cmld/index.jsp. Additional procedures will be added as they are developed by research teams working with the center’s scientists, John Porco and Scott Schaus, CAS assistant professors of chemistry, and James Panek and John Snyder, CAS professors of chemistry.
SDM hosts elders’ oral health summit
The School of Dental Medicine will hold a conference on September 13 and 14 to address disparities in access to oral health care among elders. A multidisciplinary team of national experts will develop a research agenda to guide the future study of the issue. For more information, visit http://dentalschool.bu.edu/elder-summit/.
Teachers visit Africa under BU/UMass Fulbright
A dozen Massachusetts high school teachers visited Kenya and Tanzania from July 11 to August 14 as part of the BU African Studies Center’s Outreach Program. Funded by a Fulbright Group Project Abroad grant awarded jointly to BU and the University of Massachusetts, the trip was designed to encourage teachers to introduce elements
of African history and culture in their lessons. Barbara Brown, director of the BU Outreach Program, was a guide on the trip.
MET offers gastronomy master’s in D.C.
Beginning September 8, Metropolitan College is offering a master of liberal arts in gastronomy at BU’s Washington, D.C., satellite campus. The degree is the latest innovation in MET’s interdisciplinary gastronomy program, which focuses on the impact of food on society. Julia Child (Hon.’76), the doyenne of French cooking in America, who died August 13, conceived of the program in 1991. For information, visit www.bu.edu/met/courses/graduate/gastronomy.html.
3 September 2004