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A New BU Research Center

Boston University’s leadership in the field of neural and computational science has entered a new phase with the chartering of the innovated, research-oriented Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technologies. Known as CompNet, the center is located at 677 Beacon Street with Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (ENG/BME) as director and Nancy Kopell of CAS Mathematics & Statistics as co-director. Read more.

An Invitation: The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

All CAS faculty members are invited to join the newly established Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering (HIC). Read more.

Book Paints Ugly Picture of Fashion Industry

CAS Sociologist Ashley Mears, a former fashion model, is receiving a great deal of national attention for her recent book, Pricing Beauty, which explores the pervasive stereotypes guiding the fashion industry. Read about her work in this article from Slate.

Globe Puts Spotlight on Astrophysicist Merav Opher

On September 24, the Boston Globe shed light on the critical work of CAS Assistant Professor of Astronomy Merav Opher, who is tasked with calculating when the Voyager spacecraft will leave our solar system. Read the Globe article.

CAS Making Waves on Facebook and Twitter

Join the growing CAS community on Facebook and Twitter. Get up-to-date news and event postings. Go to facebook.com/bostonuniversitycas or visit us on Twitter at twitter.com/BU_CAS. You can also join the CAS alumni online community at facebook.com/bu.cas.alumni and twitter.com/BU_CAS_Alumni. Hope to see you there!

Get Your Office “Green Certified”
CAS staff and faculty are encouraged to attend a Green Office Certification meeting in CAS 132 at 1 PM on Thursday, October 13. By meeting certain criteria, offices and individuals at BU can earn a Certified, Silver, or Gold rating and a badge to display on their office name plaques. Please contact GreenOffice@bu.edu if you are interested in attending the meeting.
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Open Access, Copyright, and University Faculty

The academic publishing industry is in the midst of a complex upheaval as authors begin to pressure publishers to change copyright-related practices and institutional libraries buckle under astronomically increasing subscription prices for academic periodical literature. If you have published articles or intend to do so again, you are affected. At stake is whether your audience will have open access to your work. As an author, you have a say in this.

This year, BU is again participating in Open Access Week, an international event sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). BU Libraries will sponsor a Q&A with Peter Suber, widely regarded as one of the originators of the Open Access movement. Learn more.

Fall 2011 Faculty Action Deadlines

Click here to see key Fall 2011 deadlines for leaves of absence, lecturer recommendations, and other faculty-related matters.

Alumni in the News

Matt Nock, a 1995 alumnus of the CAS Psychology Department, was just awarded a MacArthur “Genius Award.” Nock, a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, conducts research to try to determine who is at risk for suicide.
Department Spotlight — Classical Studies

The Department of Classical Studies has a three-pronged research mission: 1) To establish the record of what was written, done, said, or thought in antiquity through traditional textual, philological, and historical criticism; 2) To trace the way those things have affected literature, philosophy, art, and history since the collapse of the antique world through study of the classical tradition; and 3) To show how those things may be relevant to the lives we lead—and other texts, events, ideas, etc., we study—today. Read more.
Lectures and Events

El Violin Hispano
Works by Falla, Montsalvatge, Ravel, Sarasate, and Turina
8 p.m., Tsai Performance Center, free admission

“Comunicación en tiempos convulsos, memoria en tiempos de paz”
A talk by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi
5:15 p.m., Sargent College, Room 101

“Defensa del testimonio: una mirada desde Cuba”
A talk and poetry reading by Víctor Casaus
3 p.m., 725 Comm. Ave., Room 200

“Online and Against Authority: The Role of Social Media in Political Uprisings,”
Discoveries Lecture Series discussion by Azer Bestavros, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Hariri Institute, and Taylor Boas, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
7 p.m., TBA. For more info, contact Caitlan Nee (neeca@bu.edu).

Marketing Death: Culture and Life Insurance Markets in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
Lecture by Cheris Shun-Ching Chan, University of Hong Kong
Part of the Sociology Seminar Series. More info.
Noon, 96 Cummington Street, Room 241

Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy
Presented by the Philosophy Department
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Presented by American & New England Studies Program
Two lectures on postcolonial responses to American exceptionalism
5:30 p.m., 226 Bay State Road, Room 110
Read more

Inside the College Gates: How Class and Culture Matter within Higher Education
Lecture by Jenny Stuber, University of North Florida
Part of the Sociology Seminar Series. More info.
Noon, 96 Cummington Street, Room 241

BU All-Faculty Assembly
3:30–5 p.m., Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave.

Open Access, Copyright, and University Faculty
A conversation with Peter Suber of Harvard University
4 p.m., STONE B50, 675 Comm. Ave.
Learn more

Concert in tribute to Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis
Organized by Department of Classical Studies
7:30 p.m., Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave.
Learn more

Wampanoag Cultures
Presented by American & New England Studies Program
Film screening and discussion on Wampanoag cultural revival
6:30 p.m., CAS 313

Chinese Exclusion and Photographic Arts of Contact and Evasion
Presented by American & New England Studies Program
5:30 p.m., CAS 200

Full calendar

Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

4 p.m., CAS 211

Natural Sciences CCD
4 p.m., CAS 200

Humanities CCD
4 p.m., CAS 132

BU Center for the Humanities—Deadline for Junior Faculty Fellowships and Henderson Senior Research Fellowship for academic year 2012/13
Contact Christine Loken-Kim, ex. 8-6251 or lokenkim@bu.edu

Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO B50
Followed by a Sherry Hour in CAS 106

Open meeting of the CAS International Council, Monday, October 24 in CAS 132, 4–5 p.m. All CAS chairs and directors are welcome to attend. The agenda will be devoted to a discussion with Willis Wang, Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs.

Social Sciences CCD
Academic Policy Committee

CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 211

Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO B50
Followed by a Sherry Hour in CAS 106

BU Center for the Humanities—First Deadline for Project Award Applications for projects in academic year 2012/13
Contact Christine Loken-Kim, ex 8-6251 or lokenkim@bu.edu

Natural Sciences CCD
4 p.m., CAS 200

Humanities CCD
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS 200

Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS 200

Chairs' Calendar

Faculty Accolades

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dino Christenson has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study “The Evolution & Influence of Interest Group Networks before the Supreme Court.” Read More.

Al Gore used an image by Professor of Geography & Environment Ranga Myneni and his team about the drought of the Amazon in his new Climate Reality video released September 14. The video has been watched by over 8 million people. View the video; the image and the quote shows up about 35 minutes into the video.

Professor of Computer Science Mark Crovella has received a $391,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The new grant will support research on “Understanding Communication Strategies for Ad hoc Networks.” Read More.

The National Institute of Mental Health recently gave a grant to Professor of Psychology Howard Eichenbaum (PI), Professor of Psychology Chantal Stern, and others for their project titled “Prefrontal and Medial-Temporal Interactions in Memory.” Read More.

The National Science Foundation has funded Professor of Chemistry Sean Elliott and his research group for four years and nearly $700,000 to provide a new detailed understanding of how thioredoxins are used in nature to maintain redox homeostasis.

Associate Professor of International Relations Kevin P. Gallagher has been named co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) as of October 1. Read More.

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy Kenneth Janes was featured in a WHDH-TV video about the satellite that recently fell to Earth. Watch the video.

Nancy Kopell has been elected as an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society (LMS). The society generally elects only one honorary member from outside the UK each year. Read More.

Associate Professor of Sociology Laurel Smith-Doerr has been awarded National Science Foundation funding for two collaborative grants. Read More.

Student Accolades

Archaeology PhD student Brent Fortenberry co-edited and contributed to a thematic issue of the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology. Read More.

Keep Us in the Loop

Let us know about news or upcoming events. Please send news items to cascom@bu.edu, or call Patrick Farrell at 617-358-1185. Announcements about upcoming events can also be submitted online. Events geared toward students should be submitted to the Student Programs Office.

For all matters regarding your alumni, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kirsten Lundeen at 617-358-5525 or Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Lauren Hall at 617-353-1060.

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