Ditson Conductor’s Award goes to CFA’s Hoose
David Hoose, a CFA music professor and director of orchestral activities, recently was chosen to receive the 2005 Ditson Conductor’s Award. Established at Columbia University in 1945, the Ditson Award is the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music. Past recipients include Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Tilson Thomas, and James DePriest. Hoose, also music director of the Cantata Singers and the Tallahassee Symphony in Florida, will receive the award at the Cantata Singers’ May 13 concert at All Saints Church in Brookline.
LAW enters U.S. News top 20
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the School of Law number 20 of 182 schools rated in its annual evaluation of the nation’s law schools, up from number 23 last year. The rankings are based on surveys completed by the schools in late 2004 and early 2005. School officials attribute LAW’s boost partly to an increase in full-time students’ median grade point average, which rose to 3.59, from 3.52 last year. The magazine rated LAW’s intellectual property program at number 10 nationwide, up from 11 last year; its tax law program at number 7, up from 11; and its health law program at number 7, the same as last year.Other BU programs with a noteworthy showing in the latest U.S. News higher education rankings include the ENG biomedical engineering department, now seventh nationwide and tied with MIT, whose engineering program is the nation’s best overall. Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ graduate occupational therapy program ranks 2nd in the nation, rehabilitation counseling is 5th, and physical therapy 14th. The School of Social Work is currently ranked 19th among graduate schools of social work; the School of Medicine’s midwifery program is 10th.
Giles to lead new NSF cyberinfrastructure project
The National Science Foundation has announced the formation of a new project, Engaging People in Cyberinfrastructure (EPIC), which will develop virtual institutes, workshops, summer programs, internships, and other activities designed to improve access to information technology among minorities and the poor. The project, which includes as collaborators a large number of private and public institutions, will be led by Roscoe Giles, an ENG professor of electrical and computer engineering and deputy director of the Center for Computational Science, and Greg Moses of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. EPIC, according to the NSF, will “build human capacity by creating awareness and by educating and training a diverse group of people in all stages of life from K-12 to professional practice to fully participate in the cyberinfrastructure community as developers, users, and leaders.”
MET creates scholarship program for community college grads
Metropolitan College has created a new scholarship program for top graduates of five Massachusetts community colleges: Bunker Hill, Middlesex, Mass Bay, Roxbury, and Northern Essex Community Colleges. Starting this fall, the scholarships will cover half the tuition costs for part-time studies at MET — up to 12 credits per semester — for 25 students a year. BU’s initial investment in the scholarship program, which is a collaboration between the University and the five community colleges, represents more than a quarter of a million dollars. Each school will be awarded five scholarships, one in each of five academic areas: biomedical laboratory and clinical sciences, computer science, criminal justice, liberal studies, and management studies. Representatives of the community colleges recently were briefed at BU on how to nominate graduates, who need a 3.0 GPA to qualify.
BMC press office wins communications awards
Boston University Medical Center’s department of corporate communications recently won several first-place Lamplighter Awards, marketing and public relations honors in such areas as writing, publications, and audiovisual presentations, presented each spring by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications. The office triumphed in each of four categories it entered: audiovisual presentations, for the promotional film The Faces of BMC; internal publications newsletter, for the monthly MedCenter News; internal publications magazine, for the triannual Boston University Medicine; and annual report, for BMC’s 2003 document.