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UNI's Lance Morrow lectures on Character, Personality, and the American Presidencey on Friday, October 15, at 10 a.m. at SMG 208.

Week of 8 October 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 6

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NSF awards $20.1 million for new interdisciplinary science of learning center

Stephen Grossberg Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Grossberg a five-year, $20.1 million grant to launch the Center for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST) at BU.


Boundaries between poetry and painting doubly crossed

Former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand reading his poetry at BU in 2000. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Comparisons between poetry and painting go back a long way. “Ut pictura poesis (As is painting, so is poetry),” wrote Latin lyric poet Horace (65-8 b.c.) in his epistle Ars Poetica.


Stymied writers launch own culture magazine

Citizen Culture magazine staffers: (seated, from left) Heather Holcombe (GRSí06), Sara Jones (COMí06), Damien Power (COMí05), Joelle Asaro Berman (COMí05), and Robert Favuzza (SMGí05); (standing, from left) Jonathon Feit (UNIí04), Evan Sanders (CASí03), and Maria Knapp (COMí07, CASí07). Not pictured are Allison Keiley (COMí04), Timothy Patrick (CASí03), Kevin Spector (COMí02), and Ross Schneiderman (UNIí04). Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Danielle Masterson
“The mission of this magazine is to be a career launchpad for new writers, authors, and critics,” says Feit, who founded Citizen Culture with Evan Sanders (CAS’03) and recent Harvard graduate Irfan Shabeer. “When we did some market research, we realized there was nothing like that out there.”

Spies who came in from the Cold War brought exceptional documents

Former COM Professor Lawrence Martin-Bittman, who once headed the Czechoslovakian Intelligence Serviceís disinformation campaigns, helps ďuncoverĒ phony documents planted by the Czech government at the bottom of a lake in 1964. The documents listed the names of alleged Nazi spies, including some prominent West Germans. Photo courtesy of Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

By Brian Fitzgerald
On a recent Monday evening, students were able to step out of their weekday routines and into a shadowy world of intrigue and secrets, of cloak-and-dagger activity, covert operations, propaganda, and forged documents.


New vice president for marketing and communications

Stephan P. Burgay

The University announced on October 4 the appointment of Stephen P. Burgay as vice president for marketing and communications.



He that is without sin — cast a rolling stone

Christopher Ricks says in his new book, Dylanís Visions of Sin, that Bob Dylanís songs are also great poetic works. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Jessica Ullian
In 1965, Bob Dylan posed a question that has been asked thousands of times since and will be asked thousands of times more:

How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Midnight maniacs: Joe Rouse (CASí07) (left) and Tim Knauf (CASí07) were among more than 1,000 fans at Walter Brown Arena for the menís hockey teamís first official practice of the season, at 12:01 a.m. on October 2 ó an annual spectacle known as Midnight Mania. Photo by Phoebe Sexton (COMí06)

Midnight Maniacs

Instruments of observation. Elizabeth Miller (COMí08) is spied through the sculpture of an armillary sphere, which is a model created by the ancient Greeks for solving astronomical problems, on the COM lawn last month. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Instruments of observation

United Way poster

Annual United Way fund drive


8 October 2004
Boston University
Office of University Relations