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Week of 12 November 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 11

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BU Academy team places fourth in national Internet math competition

A team of five BU Academy students recently placed fourth in the first annual American High School Internet Mathematics Competition, out of a field of more than 1,000 teams nationwide. Seniors Aaron Berstein, Matt Riley, and Sam Duffley, junior Aleks Bromfield, and sophomore Nick Slowey completed an electronic test covering geometry, algebra II, and precalculus over four days in September, e-mailing their work to AHSIMC headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. According to results released this month, they finished with the highest score of any New England school, beating competitors such as Milton Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.

Tullius receives NIH grant to map DNA’s surface

CAS Chemistry Professor Thomas Tullius, department chairman, has received an $870,000, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Initiative (NHGRI) to map the topography of naked DNA, or DNA without proteins bound to its surface. Tullius is one of six principal investigators to receive such an NHGRI grant, as part of ENCODE, or the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project. Composed of scientists worldwide, ENCODE picks up where the Human Genome Project left off in attempting to understand the human genome. It aims to produce a comprehensive catalog of the roughly 98 percent of the human genome that does not code for proteins. By mapping the surface of naked DNA using a chemical probe known as a hydroxyl radical, Tullius will help scientists understand how the bumps, dips, and turns on the surface of naked DNA relate to its function.

Schneider elected C2E2 president

Peter Schneider, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), was recently elected to a three-year term as president of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2). C2E2 is a group of 27 schools across the United States that support improved environmental performance in higher education through regulatory reform, environmental management, and sustainable initiatives. Schneider (MET’79) has been OEHS director since 1997 and teaches at MET.

New Balance Foundation grant goes to BMC to expand program for overweight kids

Boston Medical Center recently received a $1 million, three-year grant from the charitable New Balance Foundation to support the expansion of BMC’s Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program (NFL). Launched as a pilot program for 17 youths in 2002, NFL addresses obesity in young people by educating children and their families about the importance of healthful eating habits and physical exercise. Today, NFL serves more than 170 children; it expects to double that number in 2005. The New Balance Foundation grant will be used to carry out NFL programs at eight Boston HealthNet community health centers affiliated with BMC, training primary care pediatricians at the centers to assess and treat overweight children.


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