Carol Simpson named provost at Worcester Polytech
Carol Simpson, associate provost for research and graduate education since 1999, was picked as provost and senior vice president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute last month. She will be responsible for all the university’s academic and research programs and serve as the senior member of WPI President Dennis Berkey’s staff. She joins WPI on January 31. Simpson, a College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences professor of earth sciences, who came to BU in 1995, was among 200 candidates considered for the WPI job.
APARC to partner with three African and two U.S. universities
The African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) recently received grants of $400,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development and $150,000 from the Carnegie Corporation to form collaborations with three African and two American universities. Through APARC’s American-African Universities Collaborative, the University of Legon in Ghana, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will have access to APARC programs and materials, as will North Carolina’s Elizabeth City State University and Georgia’s Morehouse College. APARC is a repository for papers of African presidents, and through its Balfour African President-in-Residence Program regularly brings to BU former African leaders who promoted democracy and free-market reforms in their nations. Participants in APARC’s residency program now will take short-term residencies at the center’s partner institutions in Africa, as well.
Record-breaking fundraiser reported by WBUR
BU-owned National Public Radio station WBUR held its most successful winter fundraising drive ever last month despite the turmoil created by former general manager Jane Christo’s recent resignation amid allegations of mismanagement. The station raised $872,000 in a 10-day period in early December; it brought in $523,000 during the same period last year. “We were delighted with the outcome and really appreciate the support of the listeners in what has been a challenging year,” station spokeswoman Nancy Sterling told the Boston Herald last month.
City of Boston approves biosafety lab proposal
The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Zoning Commission granted their final approvals recently for the BU Medical Center’s proposed federal government–funded biosafety level 4 laboratory. The lab, on Albany Street in the South End, would study dangerous biological agents as part of the nation’s antiterrorism efforts. The proposal now must attain federal approval.
BMC awarded $870,000 to help patients with chronic pain, substance abuse disorder, and PTSD
Boston Medical Center recently received $870,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop treatments for patients with chronic pain in addition to a substance abuse disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Each of these three conditions occurs routinely in the primary care setting and each has been associated with the other two,” says Jane Liebschutz, a MED assistant professor of medicine and the leader of the study. Researchers will work closely with primary care physicians to determine the most useful interventions for patients diagnosed with all three conditions, with the aim of decreasing the abuse of prescription drugs and PTSD symptoms and generally improving patients’ physical and mental health.
DAR publications win two CASE awards
Two newsletters produced by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations publications group have won awards in the national communications competition sponsored annually by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The STH newsletter Focus, edited by Midge Raymond and designed by John Sheppard, won a silver award in the two-color division. Natalie McCracken, executive director of the publications group, is advisory editor. An honorable mention went to Parents, in the three-or-more-color division. The newsletter is edited by Cynthia Buccini and designed by Wendy Garbarino Bergquist. The awards will be presented at the CASE District I annual conference in Boston later this month.
Garriques inaugural chair of new alumni council
Ron Garriques (ENG’86), the executive vice president of Motorola’s Personal Telecommunications Sector, recently was appointed the inaugural chair of the new Boston University Alumni Council (BUAC). The new volunteer organization, which replaces the BU Alumni (BUA), will consist of a minimum of 40 alumni, including one from each school or college, who are nominated by deans and will meet on campus not less than once a year. The BUAC will elect a board of alumni who will lead the alumni organization and meet on campus three times a year. Garriques will begin serving as chair concurrent with the organization’s first meeting this March.