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CAS News: December 2009
Course on Filmmaker David Lynch is Serious Business

You won’t find students texting during EN 596. Not when the topic is rape in a David Lynch film. Leland Monk, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of English, is alarmed that students were snickering during a disturbing and violent episode in Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet two days earlier. Mondays the class screens a Lynch movie, Wednesdays they discuss it.

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Sizing Up Carbon Emissions

Calculating your carbon footprint online involves nothing more than a couple of mouse clicks. Measuring the carbon footprint of a city? That takes more detective work. Boston University researchers are on the case. Nathan Phillips, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of geography and environment and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and his colleagues received a $300,000 grant in September from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service to study the flow of carbon in and out of Boston. Beyond learning how to quantify and predict carbon levels, they want to inform policy decisions on carbon emissions and urban sustainability.

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Novartis Renews its Support of Chemistry Department

For the 7th year, Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research, Inc., has generously renewed its support of the Department of Chemistry’s organic chemistry efforts by sponsoring a graduate fellowship for minorities and women, a summer undergraduate research fellowship, and the Novartis Lecture. The fellow will be announced shortly. The Novartis Lecture will be given on Monday, February 1, by Professor Tobias Ritter of Harvard University.


Good Reads for a Cold Winter Night

The Difference a Year Makes
Learn about the College’s many academic and scholarly achievements of the past year in the newly released Annual Report, The Difference a Year Makes.

arts&sciences Magazine
Read the latest issue of arts&sciences magazine.

Where Are We?
The Boston University Annual Report 2009, Where Are We? was just released.


Professor of Chemistry TOM KEYES received the Bridges to the Professoriate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the Southern Regional Education Board. He was nominated by graduate student Shanadeen Begay. The award was given at the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars that is sponsored by the Compact for Faculty Diversity. The compact is a partnership of regional, federal, and foundation programs that focus on mentoring to enhance graduate student and faculty diversity.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry BJOERN REINHARD and School of Medicine professors Rachel Fearns and Caroline Genco were awarded a nanomedicine award from the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research at BU. The goal of the internal BU award is to enable researchers to test new ideas, build interdisciplinary teams, and generate the preliminary data necessary for successful applications to external funding agencies in the areas of basic science and discovery in nanomedicine.

Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems BARBARA SHINN-CUNNINGHAM was recently elected to become a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in recognition of her “contributions to spatial hearing and auditory attention.”

Professors of Physics LEE ROBERTS AND JAMES MILLER'S experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab earned CD-0 approval from the Department of Energy, making it an official mission of the department. Should the $200 million experiment succeed in finding the “forbidden” process where a muon turns into an electron without emitting other particles, it would signal the discovery of new physics outside of the standard model of particle physics.

Professor of Physics GENE STANLEY received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Messina, Italy, in November. He has received five other doctorates honoris causa, from Bar-Ilan University, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), The University of Liege, The University of Dortmund, and The University of Wroclaw.

Associate Professor of Archaeology KATHRYN BARD is curator of a special exhibition opening at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, in early 2010 titled “Mersa/Wadi Gawasis: A Pharaonic Harbor on the Red Sea.” The exhibition highlights major finds from excavations at the 4,000 year-old harbor, under the direction of Bard and Professor Rodolfo Fattovich of the University of Naples “l’Orientale.” Some of the film “Building Pharaoh’s Ship,” which will be shown on NOVA/PBS on Jan. 12, 2010, was made at the Mersa/Wadi Gawasis excavations.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Intersession Ends

Classes Resume

Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Strategic Plans due to casdean@bu.edu

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Classes Suspended

Humanities Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Policy Committee (Tentative)
4 p.m., CAS 200

President’s Day—Classes Suspended

Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting and Sherry Hour
4 p.m., CAS 522 (meeting), CAS 106 (sherry hour)

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