SDM Associate Dean Hutter to head ADA accreditation commission
The American Association of Endodontists recently selected Jeffrey Hutter, SDM associate dean of academic affairs and an associate professor and chairman of the department of endodontics, to serve as a commissioner on the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission establishes and applies standards for dental education. Hutter will serve for four years and be involved in all issues related to predoctoral and postdoctoral dental accreditation. He also has been appointed chairman of the commission’s review committee on endodontics education.
DOE Early Career Principal Investigator award goes to Oberai
Assad Oberai, an ENG assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received an Early Career Principal Investigator award from the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The highly competitive award supports research in applied mathematics and computer science “performed by exceptionally talented scientists and engineers early in their careers.”It is given to about 20 young researchers annually and provides about $100,000 each year for three years. Oberai develops algorithms to model nonlinear phenomena, such as flowing fluids. His work has applications in the design and analysis of components in the aerospace, chemical, and automobile industries, and in environmental and biomedical science.
Biosafety lab gets state go-ahead
Boston University Medical Center’s proposal to build a biosafety laboratory in the South End was approved in November by state environmental regulators, who issued a report stating that the University has adequately addressed safety issues. BUMC was selected by the federal government in 2003, as part of antiterrorism efforts, to build one of two high-security labs to study dangerous biological agents. The Boston Redevelopment Authority must still approve the plan.
Acoustical Society of America honors Pierce
The Acoustical Society of America last month chose Allan D. Pierce, an ENG professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, to receive the first Rossing Award in Acoustics Education, which includes a cash prize and medal. Tom Rossing, past president of the American Association of Physics Teachers, established the award with a $100,000 endowment. Pierce has studied how gradual changes in the ocean’s depth affect the amplitudes of sound, how sound moves around sound barriers, and the development of acoustic sensors using microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, technology. He wrote Acoustics: An Introduction to Its Physical Principles and Applications, widely considered the definitive acoustics textbook.
MED’s CityLab receives $1.3M grant for science education
The School of Medicine’s CityLab recently received a $1.3 million, five-year grant for science literacy programming. The grant was one of seven Science Education Partnership Awards, or SEPAs, issued by the National Center for Research Resources, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. CityLab, the umbrella organization under which MED concentrates its precollege science education efforts, has created hands-on science lessons used by more than 60,000 middle and high school students and their teachers. With the new grant, CityLab will create a series of lab exercises that enable students to explore how blood can be used to understand protein and cell structures. The grant is overseen by Carl Franzblau, a MED biochemistry professor and department chairman and associate dean and director of MED’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.
SED’s Sears to chair Department of Education regional advisory committee
Douglas Sears, dean of the School of Education, was appointed recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to be chairman of a regional advisory committee that will assess educational needs in the Northeast. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Department of Education will create technical assistance centers and regional education laboratories based on the recommendations of the committee, which is composed of 15 parents, teachers, and representatives of higher education from across the Northeast. The committee will report back to the Department of Education in March.
3 December 2004