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Week of 3 December 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 13

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Multilingual Rhodes scholar to study marginalized Indian culture at Oxford

Anastasia Piliavsky (CAS’04) says that her academic advisor David Eckel, a CAS religion professor, was one of her intellectual mentors. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
Clean, rich, and friendly. A fantasyland where people smile a lot and have very white teeth. That’s how Anastasia Piliavsky, with characteristic blitheness, describes her image of America before immigrating here from the Ukraine almost 10 years ago.

SHA celebrates launch of $6M building renovation campaign

The new SHA building, designed by Boston architectural firm Elkus/Manfredi, will have an amphitheater Image courtesy of Elkus/Manfredi

By Jessica Ullian
In his nine years at the School of Hospitality Administration, Dean James Stamas has led the institution to some significant achievements — enrollment has grown steadily, many graduating students find industry jobs, and SHA is thriving since becoming its own school within Boston University

BU's Fraser heads research committee steering NASA's moon and Mars missions

Donald Fraser, founding director of the Photonics Center, chaired a National Research Council committee that recently released its recommendations for Project Constellation, the program responsible for all the systems necessary for human exploration of the moon, Mars, and beyond. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Sending astronauts once again to the moon — and one day to Mars — will require another giant leap for NASA. But the space agency took one of its first steps toward that objective recently with the help of a report from a committee chaired by Donald Fraser, director of the BU Photonics Center.

Polymath prof finds beauty in chaos — in classroom, on Broadway, under sail

Robert Devaney, a CAS professor of mathematics and statistics. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
Robert Devaney’s office is neat, orderly, and, fittingly, chaotic. A CAS professor of mathematics and statistics, Devaney studies dynamical systems, or phenomena that are always changing and thus impossible to predict using mathematics.


SPH researcher aids nuclear arms workers exposed to beryllium dust

Lew Pepper has developed a medical screening program for former nuclear weapons workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Cynthia K. Buccini
Lew Pepper leads a team of SPH scientists identifying workers who were exposed to beryllium at three facilities, one in Nevada and two in Massachusetts, to find out if their health has been affected by the substance so that they can get medical help and compensation.

Trustees appoint faculty members, student, and dean to presidential search committee

The Board of Trustees recently selected 5 BU faculty members, a student, and a dean to serve with 8 trustees on a 15-person search committee that will recommend candidates for the University’s presidency.

LAW prof argues before Supreme Court

By Timothy Stoddard
Randy Barnett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law at the School of Law, got a chilly reception from both liberal and conservative justices as he defended the medical use of marijuana before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 29.

Mock mediation team wins third straight national title

By Brian Fitzgerald
Last January, Martin Dutcher — a week after being released from a psychiatric facility — was changing a tire on a highway when his car was nearly sideswiped. The driver, a golfer named Tony Kissner, stopped and tried to apologize, but Dutcher flew into a rage, hitting Kissner and a friend with a tire iron.


School of Theatre Arts delivers Noises Off with a bang at Wimberly

The Virginia Wimberly Theatre, one of the new theaters at the Calderwood Pavilion on Tremont Street, seats 360, offering BU students a midsize performance space. Photo by Don West

By Jessica Ullian
Producing Noises Off, the award-winning comedy by Michael Frayn, is always a trial.


Boston University Books of 2004

If you were the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of a book published in 2004, the B.U. Bridge would like to include it in the annual list of books by faculty and staff, which will be published early next year.

Please fill out the form at www.bu.edu/bridge/books by December 17. Because of the large volume of responses, we ask that forms include all information requested. Please use a separate form for each submission.

Direct questions to dcraig@bu.edu.

Moment of glory. The Bradford pear trees flanking Marsh Chapel’s entrance turned dazzling shades of orange and yellow for a few days in late November. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Moment of glory.
Hugo Shong (COM’87, GRS’90) presented COM’s first annual Hugo Shong Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award to Ted Koppel at a dinner reception on November 19. Koppel, a 40-year veteran at ABC News and longtime anchor of Nightline, answered questions from students and faculty earlier that afternoon. Established this year by Shong, the award will be given annually to a print or broadcast journalist whose body of work exemplifies the highest quality of reporting and analysis. The award carries a $35,000 prize. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Hugo Shong (COM'87, GRS'90) and Ted Koppel.
Men’s soccer midfielder John Cooper (SMG’06) (right) and a Dartmouth player vie for control of the ball during BU’s victory over the Big Green in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, at Nickerson Field on November 19. The teams battled to a 2-2 double-overtime tie, but the Terriers edged Dartmouth, 4-3, in penalty kicks. However, BU’s outstanding postseason run came to an end November 23 with a 3-1 loss to St. John’s in Jamaica, N.Y. Photo by Albert L’Etoile
Men's soccer
New home for Hillel. The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House on Bay State Road, which is under construction and will open next year, hosted a preview open house November 21. Named for benefactors Leonard Florence (SMG’54, Hon.’01) and Irwin Chafetz (CAS’58), the facility will feature four floors of study space, dining areas, worship rooms, and meeting areas. Cutting a ribbon in front of the building’s elevator is (from left) Florence’s daughter, Faye, together with Roberta and Irwin Chafetz and Rabbi Joseph Polak (Hon.’95), director of BU Hillel. Photo by Vernon Doucette
New home for Hillel
Constructing a cure. Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy signed the final beam placed atop Boston Medical Center’s new J. Joseph Moakley Building at a November 29 topping-off ceremony for the new cancer-care facility. The Harrison Avenue building on the Medical Campus is scheduled to open in 2006. Also in attendance were Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01) (right), Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey (Hon.’04), and Peter Koutoujian, a state representative. Photo by Bethany Versoy
Constructing a cure.
Stunning lines. The new Fitness and Recreation Center, which will open in April, features a visually arresting interior design intended to give people working out a positive mental outlook. Photo by Vernon Doucette
Stunning lines.


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3 December 2004
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