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Week of 25 March 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 24

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BU start-up Modular Genetics, Monsanto partner to modify crops

By Tim Stoddard
A small biotechnology company founded by BU faculty and nurtured by the Office of Technology Development (OTD) will soon be thriving across the river in Cambridge, where it will help agricultural giant Monsanto Company develop new crops.

Geography profs: storm flooding to devastate Boston as globe warms

CLIMB’s computerized projection of an extreme coastal storm surge by the end of the century shows flooding in much of Boston’s downtown waterfront and financial district. Image courtesy of the National Environmental Trust

By Brian Fitzgerald
Anyone up for a gondola ride through the historic Faneuil Hall Canal?


Cable TV in residences a lifeline abroad for international students

Jeff Soto (ENG’08) watches the show Star Academy on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation from his room on Bay State Road. “You can see things directly and pretty much feel like you’re there,” he says. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Jessica Ullian
Last year, in response to student demand, the administration decided to bring cable television to the dormitories.


SAR Dean Emeritus Makechnie dies at 98

George Makechnie Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

George Makechnie (SED’29,’31, Hon.’79), dean emeritus of Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and BU historian, died in Peterborough, N.H., on March 22. He was 98.

Search committee named to seek WBUR general manager

Peter Fiedler Photo by Fred Sway

By Brian Fitzgerald
WBUR-FM is looking for a few good men and women — to apply for the station’s general manager position.

Ponzi's Scheme depicts 1920s con man as self-deluded charmer

By Jessica Ullian
In 1920, thousands of Bostonians, from laborers to aristocrats, invested a portion of their savings with Charles Ponzi, who founded a small investment firm that promised a 50 percent return within 45 days.

More to come. Mark Morabito (CAS’07) and Dana Finkelstein (CAS’08) take in some of winter’s final rays March 18 on Marsh Plaza. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
More to come.


A good match. The School of Medicine’s 137 graduating students came one step closer to becoming doctors on March 17, when fourth-year medical students across the nation learned what residency program they will attend. Among those ripping into their envelopes precisely at noon are (from left) Jennifer Rothschild (MED’05), Tracy Huynh (MED’05), and Arthur Jey (MED’05). Of those graduating, 21 percent chose internal medicine as their specialty, 9 percent chose pediatrics, and 6 percent chose to work in emergency medicine; 20 students will stay on to practice in BU-affiliated programs. Photo by Jeff Thiebauth
A good match.


25 March 2005
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