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Week of 22 October 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 8

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BMC streamlines emergency care with help from SMG professor

Boston Medical Center’s emergency department accepts a third of Boston’s ambulances every day, but has managed to serve more patients faster. Over the past two years, John Chessare (from left), Jonathan Olshaker, Linda Fisher, nurse manager of the BMC emergency department, Eugene Litvak, and Niels Rathlev have been working to improve the department’s efficiency. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
It’s the busiest emergency department in New England, serving some 300 patients a day, many of whom are without insurance and/or unable to speak English.

New UROP directory Erskine: seeking to grow program and include arts and humanities

Mary Erskine, UROP director. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Collaboration between graduate students and professors on research projects is common in higher education, but at BU such work increasingly includes undergraduates as well.


Sports psychology unit to focus college athletes in class and on the field

Len Zaichkowsky Photo by Fred Sway

By Brian Fitzgerald
Sports psychologist Leonard Zaichkowsky once joked to a faculty member that the BU hockey team had two head coaches. “Jack Parker may be the head coach, but I’m the head coach,” he said, pointing to his own noggin.


Nanomechanical switch recharges computer chip technology

Alexei Gaidarzhy (ENG’06) (from left), Pritiraj Mohanty, a CAS assistant professor of physics, Robert Badzey (GRS’05), and Guiti Zolfagharkhani (GRS’06). Photo by Vernon Doucette

By David J. Craig
Most scientists and engineers look at a computer chip and see a marvel of modern technology. Pritiraj Mohanty sees profound limitations.



Hot new campus trend clicks with ever-widening circles

BU Knitting Club founders Agnes Gyorfi (CAS’06) (left) and Brenna Rutherford (SAR’06) take a study break by breaking out the needles in Gyorfi’s residence hall room. Photo by Fred Sway

By Danielle Masterson and David J. Craig
The click-clack of knitting needles blended with the sound of raindrops falling outside Brenna Rutherford’s apartment on a cold October afternoon two years ago.

Obituary: Carl Samour

The late Carlos Samour (right) earlier this year endowed the Samour Family Professorship in Organic Chemisty. Jeffrey Henderson, dean of arts and sciences, presented Samour (GRS’50) with a symbolic chair at a ceremony in April. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Carlos Samour (GRS’50), a pioneer in the field of polymer chemistry, a longtime supporter of CAS and GRS, and a 1994 winner of BU’s distinguished service to alma mater award, died on October 3 of pneumonia. He was 84.


The BU Marching Band entertains hundreds of spectators as the Homecoming Parade travels down Commonwealth Avenue, from Granby Street to Harry Agganis Way, on Saturday, October 16. Photo by Vernon Doucette
The BU Marching Band


BU bestowed its Alumni Award upon eight alums at the University’s annual Alumni Awards Breakfast on Saturday, October 16. Among those receiving the award are (standing, from left) Edward J. Zander (GSM’75), a pioneer of dot-com marketing while at Sun Microsystems and presently chairman and CEO of Motorola, and Hugo Shong (COM’87, GRS’92), senior vice president of International Data Group and president of IDG Asia; (seated, from left) Leon E. Wilson (MET’75), founder of First Community Bank and retired executive vice president and managing director of Fleet’s Charitable Asset Division, BU Trustee Richard DeWolfe (MET’71,’73), former chairman and CEO and now managing partner of the real estate management and investment firm DeWolfe and Company, Jackie Jenkins-Scott (SSW’73), a community leader and Wheelock College president, and Sarkis J. Kechejian (MED’63), who began his four-decade medical career at the School of Medicine and is now president and treasurer of Alliance Health. Not pictured is Morton H. Friedman (SMG’43), a philanthropist and founder of the women’s clothing chain Hit or Miss. Longtime CGS Dean Brendan Gilbane (DGE’50, COM’52, GRS’59,’69), who passed away in 2001, was honored with a posthumous award. Photo by Fred Sway
Alumni Award winners


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22 October 2004
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