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The Difference a Year Makes

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Annual Report for 2009/10 highlights progress made across CAS and GRS during the year. The report includes faculty developments, new programs and courses, and updates on fundraising.

Learn More Martian Skies and Pharoah’s Ships

The fall issue of the CAS alumni magazine, arts&sciences, is hot off the press (and on your computer screen). Learn about the next mission to Mars, disparities in the fashion industry, and a treasure trove of Egyptian maritime artifacts.

Learn More Physicist Honored for 1984 Supercollider Work

For the past 14 years, the cover to Kenneth Lane’s 1984 paper that helped chart the course for supercollider physics has been hanging on his office door. Now, more than 25 years after publication, the paper has been recognized with one of the field’s most important prizes. Lane, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of physics, is the recipient of the 2011 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics of the American Physical Society, established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in particle theory.

Learn More Celebrating the CAS Honors Program

At an Alumni Weekend reception at the Castle, Dean Virginia Sapiro celebrated the accomplishments of the CAS Honors Program, which next year will be superseded by departmental programs leading to graduation with honors in the major or minor. For nearly twenty years, the Honors Program inspired hundreds of CAS students to meet the standards of the unique Honors curriculum. Dean Sapiro recognized the generous contributions of founding director Jeff Henderson and his successors, Bonnie Costello, Hsueh-Ling Huynh, and James Schmidt. The Dean also recognized Jocelyn Emerson who, as associate director of the program, coordinated the activities of hundreds of students and faculty members each year, connecting students to interests beyond the classroom through such programs as the Chamber Music Society.

Learn More CAS Sophomore Competes in Jeopardy College Championship

CAS Sophomore Erin McLean appeared on Jeopardy November 9 in the Jeopardy College Championship.

Learn More Iraq: The Next 10 Years

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations is pleased to announce the Inaugural Annual Lecture for the Institute for the Study of Iraq. ISI has invited Ambassador Ryan Crocker, former ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Iraq to speak on the future of that country. The lecture will be titled, "Iraq: The Next 10 Years." It will take place at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, November 17, at the Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, 9th Floor.

Learn More New Faculty & Staff Handbook Available

The new CAS Faculty & Staff Handbook has just been added to the CAS website. The handbook supersedes earlier versions of the handbook and chairs’ guides and provides basic guidance in the structure, policies, and practices of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to assist faculty and staff in carrying out their work to the best of their ability.

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Horowitz Foundation to Underwrite BU Dissertation Fellowships for 2011–12

The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. has given funds to the Department of History of Art & Architecture at BU for fellowships on dissertations on 19th- and 20th-century American art. One fellowship each year will be granted, in the amount of $25,000, for a stipend and $2,500 for reimbursement of research and travel expenses.

At Your Service: CAS Communications and Media Relations

The Communications Office provides comprehensive media relations services to all CAS faculty and staff members. We encourage you to tell us about research, grants, book publications, and any other news you have to share. If you're not sure how to move forward with a story idea, please feel free to contact us. We'll work with you to find the appropriate news channel, whether that involves drafting and distributing a media release or working with our colleagues at BU Public Relations and BU Today. To discuss a potential news item or to learn more about the media services available through the CAS Communications Office, please call or email Patrick Farrell (617-358-1185/ pmfarrel@bu.edu) or Jeremy Schwab (617-358-1056/ jschwab@bu.edu).

Newsletter Archives
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Natural & Computational Sciences CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Policy Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

Humanities CCD Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

Council of Chairs & Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 313

DECEMBER 8 (tentative)
Academic Policy Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

DECEMBER 8 (tentative)
Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 522
Agenda and materials here
5:30 Sherry Hour, CAS 106

Last Day of Classes

Chairs' Calendar

Lectures and Events

Iraq: The Next 10 Years
Lecture by Ambassador Ryan Crocker
5 p.m., Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Get more info.

Lessons to Be Learned from Cells: From Molecular Basis to Disease
Karen Allen, Professor, Department of Chemistry
Adrian Whitty, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
7 p.m., Metcalf Science Center, Room 107, 590 Commonwealth Avenue
To register for the event, click here.

Tolerance Among the Virtues
The Institute for Philosophy & Religion (IPR) lecture series, "Toleration and Freedom in a Global Age," presents a lecture by John Bowlin
6 p.m., School of Law, Barristers Hall

Being There: Habitation and Photography in Works by Wright Morris
Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Grey Professor Emeritus of English & American Studies, Yale University
5:30 p.m., CAS 200
This series is supported by the BU Humanities Foundation and CAS.
Please direct any questions to Jessica Roscio, jlroscio@bu.edu.
Learn more

Full calendar


Last month President Obama nominated Professor of African American Studies ALLISON BLAKELY to serve on the National Council on the Humanities (NEH). The appointment is pending the consent of the U.S. Senate. NEH is an independent, grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

History PhD candidate BRIAN CASADY received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for work on his dissertation, "An African City’s Metabolism: A History of Energy, Environment, and Priority in Colonial and Post-Colonial Nairobi."

Professor of Economics PETER DOERINGER was the featured speaker at the 43rd Decent Work Forum organized by the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva. His lecture, "Racing Towards the Bottom: Why Apparel Sweatshops Are Re-Emerging in the U. S. and Lessons From Europe About What Can Be Done" examined the tradeoffs among jobs, productivity growth, and "decent" work in the garment districts of New York and Los Angeles. The Decent Work Forum is intended to promote the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO through the free-ranging exchange of ideas.

Professor of Physics SIDNEY REDNER co-authored A Kinetic View of Statistical Physics along with Pavel L. Krapivsky and Eli Ben-Naim. The book was published recently by Cambridge University Press. Aimed at graduate students, the book explores the core phenomena in non-equilibrium statistical physics. It focuses on the development and application of theoretical methods to help students develop their problem-solving skills.

ANNE SEERY, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology’s Program in Human Development, was awarded a prestigious two-year pre-doctoral fellowship to support her research. The fellowship was provided by the Dennis Weatherstone Fellowship program, which is sponsored by Autism Speaks. Ms. Seery’s project is titled "Neurophysiological investigation of language acquisition in infants at risk for ASD."

Associate Professor of International Relations HENRIK SELIN's book Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management, published by MIT Press, was recently announced as the runner-up for the 2011 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award. The Sprout Award was established in 1972 and named in honor of two pioneers in the study of international environmental problems. The award is given annually, recognizing books that contribute to theory and interdisciplinarity, show rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offer accessibility and practical relevance.

Associate Professor of Sociology LAUREL SMITH-DOERR has been named to the advisory board of a new ethics center at the University of Illinois. The center, funded through a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will include an online portal for professional and research ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering. The online center, called the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, will develop, gather, preserve, and provide comprehensive access to resources related to ethics for teachers, students, researchers, administrators, and other audiences.

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 Alumni Relations Coordinator Lauren Hall at 617-353-1060.

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