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Professor of Earth Sciences Ethan Baxter will be a Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) Distinguished Lecturer for 2011–12. Distinguished lecturers for the MSA offer talks at schools that would otherwise not have the opportunity to hear about recent advances in mineralogy. Baxter will offer lectures on: Making a Long Story Short: Evidence for Brief Pulses of Metamorphism; Garnet: Tree Rings of Crustal Evolution; and Multiple Paths, Multiple Sinks: The Untold Story of Noble Gas Thermochronology.
Professor of Computer Science Mark Crovella, College of Engineering collaborators Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE) and Christos Cassandras (ECE), and Paul Barford (GRS’00, computer science) at the University of Wisconsin have won a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office for their project, “A Coordinated Approach to Cyber-Situation Awareness Based on Traffic Anomaly Detection.”
Professor of Mathematics Bob Devaney was elected President of the Mathematical Association of America. He will begin to serve as President-elect in January 2012, and then he will serve as MAA President for the calendar years 2013 and 2014. The MAA is the largest professional organization in the U.S. that focuses on mathematics accessible to undergraduates. Members teach at universities, colleges, and high schools and work in academia, government, businesses, and industry. It also promotes public policy and awareness of mathematics.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Linda Doerrer and her research group have received a four-year, $710,000 grant from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences in the Department of Energy to investigate a new potential water oxidation system.
The New Yorker recently published an interesting piece about a reading by CAS Writing Program Lecturer William Michael Giraldi from his debut novel Busy Monsters.
The Field Museum in Chicago will present the Parker Gentry Award in Conservation Biology to Professor of Biology Les Kaufman on December 1 with an event in his honor.
Professor of Mathematics Eric Kolaczyk was inducted as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association at the annual meeting in Miami Beach on August 2. He was cited for “considerable contributions to statistical methodology for wavelets and the analysis of network data, for significant statistical applications in diverse fields, and for leadership of the statistics program at Boston University.” The association has over 18,000 members, and approximately 60 fellows are elected each year. He also recently published the textbook Statistical Analysis of Network Data: Methods and Models, which includes examples from biology, bioinformatics, computer science, economics, engineering, physics, and sociology.
Thomas Kunz, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology, will be awarded the Outstanding Edited Book Award by the Wildlife Society for his book Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats.
Columbia University Press recently published a book by Religion Department Associate Professor Diana Lobel titled The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience. Diana began teaching a cross-listed Religion/Philosophy course called Quest for God and the Good when she arrived at BU in the fall of 2000, and she has taught it almost every year since. Her in-class experiences with students convinced Diana that she should work the course material into a book aimed at general as well as academic audiences. According to the publisher’s website, “Diana Lobel takes readers on a journey across Eastern and Western philosophical and religious traditions to discover a beauty and purpose at the heart of reality that makes life worth living. Guided by the ideas of ancient thinkers and the insight of the philosophical historian Pierre Hadot, The Quest for God and the Good treats philosophy not as an abstract, theoretical discipline, but as a living experience.”