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Week of 19 November 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 12

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Prodromou appointed to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Elizabeth H. Prodromou, a CAS associate professor of international relations and associate director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, recently was appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to a two-year term on the nine-member U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The commission makes policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of state, and congress concerning human rights issues and religious freedom around the world. Prodromou is an expert on Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, and previously had been a policy consultant to the State Department, the Defense Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.

Devaney named Commonwealth’s 2004 Professor of the Year

Robert Devaney, a CAS mathematics professor, recently was named the Massachusetts 2004 Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Winners are selected for their outstanding teaching and their commitment to undergraduate students, based on nominations from college provosts and academic vice presidents, as well as testimonials written by colleagues and current and former students. Devaney was among 300 professors nominated nationally; four national winners were chosen, as well as one winner from each state. An expert on chaotic dynamical systems, Devaney has been a BU faculty member since 1980. He has received numerous teaching awards, including BU’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. He has written more than 80 research papers, coauthored or edited a dozen books, and given more than 1,000 lectures to audiences in all 50 states and on six continents. In addition, he has directed the National Science Foundation’s Dynamical Systems and Technology Project since 1989.

BMC physician wins Massachusetts Medical Society Award

Dick A. J. Brown, a MED associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of medical student education, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2004 Grant V. Rodkey Award. Established by the society’s medical student section, the award, named for its first recipient, recognizes physicians who make outstanding contributions to medical education in the commonwealth. Brown, who won a Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996, also is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Boston Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

Concert to benefit BMC program for homeless elders

Singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill will perform a benefit concert to support Boston Medical Center’s Elders Living at Home Programs (ELAHP) on Saturday, November 20, at the Back Bay Hilton, from 7 to 11 p.m. ELAHP provides transitional housing and related services for homeless elders. Cowsill is the youngest member of the musical family the Cowsills, one of the biggest pop acts in the late 1960s and the inspiration for the television sitcom The Partridge Family. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 617-414-3651.


19 November 2004
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