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New BU Institute on Iraq

With the last American troops in Iraq exiting next year and security already improved, opportunities for safe, scholarly research there may multiply, according to educators. The new BU Institute for Iraqi Studies, which debuted in November, hopes to create academic links to the troubled nation. Read the BU Today article.

Newfound Correlation Between Google and Stock Trading

A joint study on search engine data analyzed by BU Physics Professor H. Eugene Stanley, along with Tobias Preis and Daniel Reith from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, found a correlation between Google searches and financial market fluctuations.

Learn More Mock Mediation Team Wins National Championship

On Thursday, November 4, the Boston University Mock Mediation team was one of 32 teams that traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 11th Annual Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. They faced some tough competition, but in the end, BU’s team was very successful. One of BU’s teams, with Megan Haapala, Valerie Kaplan, and Aimee Reillert, finished with the top score in Mediation, winning the National Championship.

Learn More CAS Student Wins College Jeopardy Championship

Erin McLean (CAS’13) nosed out competitors from Yale and Southern Adventist to take the College Championship edition of Jeopardy!, which was broadcast on November 19. McLean wasn’t able to watch her victory on TV’s longest-running game show, but she did even better: she was at the BU–University of New Hampshire hockey game Saturday at Agganis Arena, when her victory was announced.

“Having 6,000-plus people clap and bow to me was pretty freaking sweet,” says McLean. Read the full BU Today article.

Dean of Arts & Sciences Virginia Sapiro in Madrid with BU Alumni: Front Row: Stephen Matlin, Esther Galiana, Charo Cano, Dean Sapiro, Bud Lake, Juliaia Pereira, Alejandro Bueso and guest. Second Row Lola Redondo, Amalia Pérez-Juez, Jonathan Buffard, Carlos Louein.

Dean Sapiro Travels to Madrid

Arts & Sciences Dean Virginia Sapiro traveled to Madrid to visit with the Boston University study abroad program there. While in Madrid, she delivered a lecture at the Instituto International on November 3, the day after election day, entitled “American Electoral Politics, 2008–10: What Has Changed?” In the audience were BU alumni and 50 BU students in the Madrid study abroad program. She was also interviewed about the American elections on Bolsamania, an online magazine oriented to economic and market news. Visit the Bolsamania website for a Spanish-language version of the interview.

CAS to Host BU Geosciences Summit

Dean Virginia Sapiro has invited a faculty planning committee, led by Mark Friedl, to organize an internal BU geosciences summit this winter designed to bring together BU faculty who are involved in research and/or teaching in the geosciences, broadly construed, to explore the potential in these fields over the next decade. This summit will be aimed at organizing broad-based discussions among faculty in CAS and beyond, followed by the development of proposals in focused areas for further development. Further information will be forthcoming from the organizing committee soon.

Kathryn Bard Inducted into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

photo: American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Archaeology Kathryn Bard signs into membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences during the recent ceremony.

CAS Students Become Mr. and Mrs. BU

College of Arts & Sciences juniors Jordan Rossman and Brynn Taylor were crowned Mr. and Mrs. BU at the Mr. and Mrs. BU competition held at Tsai Performance Center on November 14. To represent the history of CAS, Jordan dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, and to pay tribute to the sciences Brynn dressed up as an alien Fem-Bot. Next year, they will judge the competition.

CAS Chemistry Alumnus to Be American Chemical Society President

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry and the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was elected 2011 American Chemical Society (ACS) President-Elect; he will serve as ACS President in 2012 and Immediate Past President in 2013. He received his BA in chemistry from CAS in 1960 (followed by an MSc and PhD in chemistry from the University of Maryland), and is a recipient of a Boston University Alumni Award.

Humanities Foundation Announces Six Senior Research Fellows

The Boston University Humanities Foundation has named six senior faculty as Jeffrey Henderson Senior Research Fellows for 2011/2012. The large application pool made the fellowship process very competitive, as winners obtained funding to pursue their individual projects. Winners include:

Qianshen Bai, Associate Professor of Art History, will continue his work on “Art, Leisure and Modern Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century China.”

William C. Carroll, Professor and Chair of English, is expanding his lecture on the importance of genealogy in Shakespeare into a book-length study, “The Tragedy of Genealogy: Shakespearean Drama 1595–1606.”

Bonnie Costello, Professor of English and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, is beginning a new project on the pronoun we as it appears in modern American poetry: “Private Faces in Public Places: Modern Poetry and the First Person Plural.”

Sarah Frederick, Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, continues her investigation of popular fiction in Japan with a project on “Yoshiya Nobuko: Women Readers, Popular Writers, and Modern Japanese Literature.”

Deeana Klepper, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion, has developed a new project exploring the ideology behind medieval European attitudes toward Jewish communities: “Banishing Hagar: Christian Conceptualizations of Jewish Exile and Expulsion.”

Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of History, proposes to explore the careers of Jesuits and other Europeans who lived in China during the Early Modern period: “Amicitia Palatina: Court Networks and the Europeans in Imperial Beijing, 1601–1820.”

Help CAS Go Green

CAS professors, students, and staff work in many ways to protect our planet’s future. Small things such as using the hallway recycling bins can add up to big reductions in our environmental footprint. And then there are the visionary projects, such as cutting-edge research on alternative forms of energy.

Now there is a new way to help. Join your colleagues at Carbon Rally to become a member of the CAS Sustainability Team. Take part in monthly challenges to reduce your carbon footprint while helping CAS compete against other schools at BU and around the country. So far, 1,624 CAS students, faculty, and staff have joined our team!

For more information on BU’s sustainability initiatives, visit the Sustainability@BU website. Send questions, comments, or suggestions on environmental sustainability in the College to our Sustainability Liaisons, Liz Taylor and Jeremy Schwab, at casgreen@bu.edu.

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

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

DECEMBER 8 (tentative)
Academic Planning 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

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

Seminar: The Business of Energy
Presented by The Pardee Center and the Department of Geography & Environment Presenters: Martha Amram (Founder and CEO, Ennovationz);
Joseph Pratt (History, University of Houston);
Paul McManus (School of Management, Boston University)
10 a.m. 12:30 p.m., School of Management Room 424
Seating is limited. To register, please send an email to pardee@bu.edu by December 1.

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


1991 BU Graduate School of Arts & Science PhD recipient Carline Jean-Baptiste and her Haitian Mental Health Team at Cambridge Health Alliance were named winners of the prestigious Kenneth B. Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Caregiver Award. The Schwartz Center “advance[s] compassionate health care in which caregivers, patients and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to caregivers and sustenance to the healing process.” Over 100 health care workers were nominated for the award, but Carline’s team demonstrated the best clinical skills and the greatest kindness for her Haitian patients.

Professor of Economics Bob King has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. Fellowship in the Econometric Society (ES) is among the highest honors in the economics profession. Professor King joins seven other senior faculty (six current, one emeritus) in BU Economics who are ES fellows.

Keep Us in the Loop

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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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