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CAS Professor Tom Kunz Seriously Injured

Thomas Kunz, a prolific and popular College of Arts & Sciences professor of biology, was hit by a car in Toronto while crossing a busy traffic circle, suffering serious brain damage. Kunz, director of the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology and an internationally known expert on bats, was walking with students when he was hit at about 8 p.m. on October 26. Read more

Those who wish to stay updated on Tom’s
condition or reach out to his family may do so at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tomkunz

Undergrads Reach Finals in Cybersecurity Competition

The game may be called Capture the Flag, but the players aren’t running around trying to steal a nylon flag without getting tagged. Instead, the competitors are sitting behind laptop screens, defending their servers from getting hacked and protecting computer files.

Earlier this month, Boston University’s BUILDS team placed 11th out of 74 undergraduate teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s CSAW Cybersecurity Competition: Capture the Flag Application Security Challenge. The showing earned the group a spot in the finals this month. Read more

Bob Herbert Addresses Alums

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert delivered the 2011 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture during this fall’s Alumni Weekend. Zinn was an author, history professor, and political activist whose writings changed the lives of BU students and readers around the world. Zinn taught in the CAS political science department from 1964 to 1988. A generous gift from Alex MacDonald, Esq. (CAS’72), and Maureen A. Strafford, MD (MED’76) made the lecture series possible. Watch the Video

Will Math Help Cure Brain Disease?

Mathematics may someday help unravel the awful mysteries of brain diseases like Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and autism. Nancy Kopell’s own research into the intersection of numbers and neurons earned her a “genius” award from the MacArthur Foundation in 1990. Now, that same research has put her in a club to which Einstein belonged.

Kopell, a College of Arts & Sciences mathematics professor, has been elected an honorary member of the 146-year-old London Mathematical Society (LMS) by the group’s governing council. Read more

PEN Honors Robert Pinsky for Lifetime Achievement

“Celebrity poet” sounds oxymoronic, but how else to explain The Colbert Report inviting Robert Pinsky to referee a “Meta-Free-Phor-All” between Stephen Colbert and Sean Penn? The author of eight collections of poetry and one of the country’s leading advocates for the art, Pinsky was honored November 8 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the writers group PEN. Read more

Help for Yelp

Yelp, the popular business listing and review website, is indebted to the BU computer scientist and his colleagues who uncovered a privacy leak on its site last month. Yelp says it worked with the researchers to plug the leak before prying eyes glimpsed confidential information.

“Our estimate is that the size of the compromise potentially ran into the scale of millions of user records,” says John Byers, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of computer science, who discovered the potential breach with colleagues at Harvard and Yale. Read more

Physics Welcomes First Teacher-in-Residence

Juliet Jenkins has joined the Physics Department as its first Teacher-in-Residence. Jenkins is a veteran public school teacher, who has worked with several area schools, including Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Waltham High School. In her short time on campus, she has worked to bring new educational practices into a revised studio section of the PY 105 course, in which lecture, lab, and discussion are merged into one hands-on environment. Read more

W. M. Keck Foundation Research Awards

The next deadline for the submission of “Phase I applications” (pre-proposals) to the W. M. Keck Foundation’s two major grant programs is May 1, 2012. Boston University is limited to submitting one pre-proposal to the foundation, and to that end, the Corporate & Foundation Relations office is soliciting draft proposals from interested and qualified investigators for internal consideration. Potential Keck investigators should submit the materials specified here to the Office of the Vice President for Research by 4:30 p.m. on December 9, 2011. Read more

Alumni in the News

Gary C. Dennis, MD, FACS (CAS’72) was presented with a CAS alumni award in a small, private reception on October 28, in the office of Dean of Arts & Sciences Virginia Sapiro. Pictured with Dennis are Jan-Louis Burroughs (CAS’14), Nancy Xia (CAS’13), Gugan Kaur (CAS’12), and Drew Corse (CAS’12). Read more
Lectures and Events

Today: Reflections on Good and Evil
Lecture by Elie Wiesel, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
Part of “Three Encounters with Elie Wiesel: The Fascination with Jewish Tales”
Introduction by Rabbi Joseph A. Polak, director, Hillel Foundation
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor

“400 Years Later: Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and Early America”
Discoveries Lecture & Learning Series
November 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the first performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
Wrap up the month of celebration with William Carroll, Shakespearean scholar and a professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences, as he leads a discussion on the manuscript and its influence in early American culture.
7 p.m., College of General Studies, Room 511

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

Plato and Knowing and Not Knowing
Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy Seminar
Gail Fine, Cornell University and Oxford University
Commentator: Ravi Sharma, Clark University
Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities
7:30 pm, BU Philosophy Department

The Anti-Trinitarian Source of Liberalism
Presented by Michael Gillespie, Department of Political Science, Duke University
5–7 p.m., School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor

“Varieties of Innatism: Plato and the Stoics”
Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy Seminar
Gail Fine, Cornell University and Oxford University
1 p.m., BU Philosophy Department
Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities

“Theater of War”
Performance followed by town hall discussion on PTSD
6:30–8:30 p.m., Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave.

Full calendar

Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

For full list of meetings and deadlines, visit Committees & Meetings schedule

Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS 200

Social Sciences CCD
4 p.m., CAS Room 132

CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS Room 211

(If needed) Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO Room B50
Followed by a Sherry Hour in CAS Room 106

(If needed) Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS Room 200

Chairs' Calendar

Faculty Accolades

Assistant professors Jonathan Appavoo and Evimaria Terzi (Computer Science) and Mark Kramer (Mathematics & Statistics) are three of six junior faculty members at Boston University to be named as Junior Fellows of the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering (HIC). Read More.

Gene Andrew Jarrett, associate professor and chair of English, just published Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature, with New York University Press.

Associate Professor of History Jim Johnson has won the American Historical Association’s George L. Mosse Award for his 2011 book Venice Incognito. Read More.

Carrie Preston, assistant professor of English, just published Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance, in Oxford University Press’s Modernist Literatures and Cultures Series.

Professor of African American Studies John Thornton gave the O. Meredith Wilson Annual Lecture at the University of Utah on October 28. Read More.

Keep Us in the Loop

Please send news items to cascom@bu.edu, or call Patrick Farrell at 617-358-1185. To submit events, email cascom@bu.edu with “Make me a calendar contributor” in the subject line. Once you have been given access to the calendar, go to bu.edu/cas/admin to submit your events (under CAS/GRS/Honors). Events geared toward students should also be submitted to the Student Programs Office.

For all matters regarding your alumni, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations lundeenk@bu.edu at 617-358-5525.

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