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New Study Abroad Program Focuses on British History

A new BU Study Abroad program is up and running in London, England this fall. Seven students are already participating in the London History & Literature Program, taking field trips to historic sites and gaining a Reader’s Pass for upper-level research at the London Library. Read More.


Psychology Professor Named United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year

Each fall, a distinguished member of the BU faculty is recognized for his or her “dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution” with the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year award. This year’s winner is Professor of Psychology Alice Cronin-Golomb, a pioneer in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research. Read More.


Charlotte Funk (CAS’12) (from left), Angela Park (CAS’13), Poorva Bhade (CAS’13), and Crystal Choe (CAS’12) take core samples from trees along Bay State Road to measure tree ring width. The students in the Biology of Global Change course, taught by Assistant Professor of Biology Pam Templer, are hoping to learn how climate has affected the trees’ growth. Photo by Cydney Scott

CAS Student Researchers, Advisors Win Top Prizes at UROP Symposium

CAS student researchers and their faculty advisors won three out of a total of four poster prizes in a field of about 170 contestants at this year’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Symposium. The symposium took place on October 21 at the GSU. Read more.


“Remodeling” Natural Products

The field of diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) has been very fruitful in providing access to numerous new molecules with diverse shapes and chemical structures in order to discover candidate molecules for therapeutic use. Chemistry professors John Porco and John Snyder and post-doctoral fellow Brad Balthaser, in a paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, present a new approach to accessing new, biorelevant structures by “remodeling” natural products. Read more.


What is the Plural of Wug?

This is a wug. Now there is another one. There are two of them. There are two ____. Two what? Wugs? Wugren? Wuglings? With this simple test and an adorable imaginary animal, Professor of Psychology Emerita Jean Berko Gleason opened up a new understanding of what would become psycholinguistics. In this case, she sought to understand how children learn to form plurals. In the following video, she administers her test during a lively presentation at the World Science Festival. Watch the video.


A New Way of Imagining the Brain

Over the past two decades, the increased ability to analyze relationships among neural structures has provided novel insights into brain function. Most network approaches, however, focus on static representations of the brain’s physical or statistical connectivity.

In an article to be published in the November 2, 2011 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, a team of researchers at Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School present evidence that a dynamic, metastable frequency-band-dependent scaffold of brain functional connectivity exists from which transient activity emerges and recedes. Read more.


Research Discoveries Could Lead to New Ways to Control Deadly Diseases

Researchers at BU have made discoveries that provide the foundation of novel approaches to control insects that transmit deadly diseases such as dengue fever and malaria through their study of the Wolbachia bacteria. Their findings have been published in the current issue of Science Express. Assistant Professor of Biology Horacio Frydman is the study’s principal investigator. Read more.


Academic Enhancement Fund

A reminder to faculty teaching undergraduate courses that the Academic Enhancement Fund (AEF) is now being administered by Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Susan Jackson (sjackson@bu.edu) with the assistance of Tess Varney (tvarney@bu.edu). Read more.

Study Abroad Assistantships for Spring 2012

BU Study Abroad is offering spring 2012 assistantships in Padua, Italy and Burgos, Spain to qualified PhD students. Learn more: Padova assistantship, Burgos assistantship.

Lectures and Events

NOVEMBER 7
Wampanoag Cultures— Presented by American & New England Studies Program
Film screening and discussion on Wampanoag cultural revival
6:30 p.m., CAS 313

In the Bible: Return to the Akeda—Why I Love Isaac
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 Dr. Silber, BU President Emeritus
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor

NOVEMBER 8
A Sister Act: Comedienne Sarah Silverman and sister Susan Silverman
On Growing Up Jewish in New Hampshire and Making the Best of It
Moderated by Dean Virginia Sapiro
Presented by The Other Within, a BU interdisciplinary faculty initiative
8 p.m., SMG Auditorium
Free and open to all BU faculty, students, and alumni
More info

The World Economy in Crisis
With Lawrence Kotlikoff; Michael Salinger (SMG); John Zhao, CEO of Hony Capital; and Jeff Bishop, Putnam Investments
4:30-6 p.m., SMG Auditorium

NOVEMBER 10
Learning to Kneel: Japanese Noh Performance & the Irish National Theater
Arts, Culture & Ideas Series
Join Carrie Preston, assistant professor, for a luncheon and live demonstration and discussion of Japanese Noh and its adaptions around the world.
12:30 p.m., The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

NOVEMBER 14
In the Talmud: The Greatness of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus
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 Deeana Klepper, chair, Department of Religion
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor

NOVEMBER 16
Miracles in an Age of Technological Reproducibility
A conversation with Eugene Sheppard, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies,
Brandeis University
5–6:30 p.m., School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor

NOVEMBER 21
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

DECEMBER 1
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

DECEMBER 2
“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

Full calendar

Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

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

NOVEMBER 9
Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO B50
Followed by a Sherry Hour in CAS 106

NOVEMBER 14
Graduate Academic Affairs Committee
3 p.m., Room 200

NOVEMBER 14
Natural Sciences CCD
4 p.m., CAS 132

NOVEMBER 15
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

NOVEMBER 16
Humanities CCD
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS 200

NOVEMBER 30
Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS 200

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

DECEMBER 7
CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS Room 211

DECEMBER 14
Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO Room B50
Followed by a Sherry Hour in CAS Room 106

Academic Policy Committee
4 p.m., CAS Room 200

Chairs' Calendar

Faculty Accolades

Professor of English Bonnie Costello wrote a recent piece in Arts & Opinion about her experiences visiting Malaysia. Read her recent article here.

What is the relative importance of the delivery of subsidized agricultural inputs by decentralized local governments in the Green Revolution of West Bengal? This is the central question in a recent paper by Professor of Economics Dilip Mookherjee and colleague Pranab Bardhan, published in the October 2011 issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Read More.

Boston University Associate Professor of International Relations Kevin P. Gallagher has been awarded a two-year grant from the Ford Foundation for a project titled “Policy Space to Manage Global Capital Flows: Enabling Stability, Growth, and Development.” Read More.

Professor of History, Philosophy, and Political Science James Schmidt has been selected as a Bogliasco Fellow and will be in residence at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities this coming February. Read More.

Chair of Political Science Graham Wilson has accepted an invitation to serve on the Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors & City Leadership, a group of experts organized by the University of Warwick to advise UK leadership on a possible transition to elected mayors. 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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