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For this first note of the year, I'd like to preview some of the themes I have identified for the upcoming year.
Elie Wiesel, the Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, died in Manhattan this past Saturday. He was a singular human being and lived a profoundly dignified and meaningful life, bearing witness to atrocity in service of the cause of peace and justice. We are proud to have had him as a member of our faculty, where he was an inspiring presence for nearly forty years. And we join the world in mourning his passing; we will not see his like again.
I had the pleasure of presenting teaching awards to six outstanding faculty members at the final CAS faculty meeting of 2015-16. As a teacher myself, I was inspired by the passion the recipients bring to their subjects and share with their students.
Dean Cudd announced the winners of the 2016 Templeton Award for Excellence in Student Advising and the 2016 CAS Teaching Awards during the final faculty meeting of the semester on April 27. Congratulations to all!
Professor of Earth & Environment Ranga Myneni co-authored a study that shows significant greening of a quarter to one-half of the Earth’s vegetated lands due to increased CO2 fertilization.
After twenty years at BU (and more than five as an associate dean), Professor of International Relations Strom Thacker has accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Union College in New York. CAS News spoke with him about his new position and what he will miss most about his time here.
Within the past 15 months, five out of the 13 faculty members from the Department of Classical Studies have produced books that have been published by major presses.
This year, 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers received the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship, including CAS’ own Assistant Professor of Astronomy Catherine Espaillat and Assistant Professor of Physics Alex Sushkov.
We are pleased to inform you that Susan Mizruchi, Professor of English, will succeed James Winn as the next leader of the Center.
In a Q&A with CAS News, Professor of the Sociology of Religion Nancy Ammerman discusses her role with the International Panel on Social Progress, and how it will help explain the role of religion in social progress to politicians, decision-makers, and others.