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CAS News December 19, 2012
Coral samples being harvested for export in the Solomon Islands. Photo credit: Ret Talbot www.RetTalbot.com
Happy Holidays to All!
Thank you to all CAS staff and faculty for your hard work to make the fall semester a success. We hope you have a warm holiday season full of food, family, and fun. See you in January!
Trade in Live Corals May Help Preserve Reef Ecosystems
The international trade in corals used to be primarily a curio trade of dried skeletons, but now focuses on live corals for the marine reef aquarium trade. A team of researchers from BU and other institutions has been studying this relatively new development and has published its findings about this unique trade and its long-term implications. Read more
Two Philosophy Profs Receive Major Honor
Papers make Philosopher’s Annual top-10 list
Paul Katsafanas and David Liebesman, both College of Arts & Sciences assistant professors of philosophy, were recently honored when their papers were selected for inclusion in the 2011 Philosopher’s Annual, the respected journal that lists the top-10 articles published in the field of philosophy each year. Read more
CAS Prof Debunks Maya Doomsday Myth
One myth that has been promulgated recently in popular culture is that the ancient Maya predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012. According to CAS Assistant Professor of Archaeology Bill Saturno, an expert on ancient Maya civilization, the upcoming date was a time period ending, just like our millennium—nothing more. Watch a CAS-produced video in which Saturno explains the myth. Or watch this CAS video featuring Saturno’s excavations in Guatemala. Or, check out the National Geographic article featuring Professor Saturno.
Boston’s Street-Level Gas Leaks: 3,300-Plus
CAS prof and team spur repairs at potentially explosive sites
That gas you smell is not your nasal imagination: Boston’s underground pipes are pimpled like pumice with more than 3,300 leaks spewing natural gas into the streets, according to the latest research from BU’s Nathan Phillips. Read more
Faculty Reminder: Incomplete Grades
With the grading season upon us, faculty are reminded to review the policy on incomplete grades at http://www.bu.edu/academics/cas/policies/incomplete-coursework/. When assigning an incomplete grade, it is good practice to create an explicit contract with the student outlining your expectations for how and when the incomplete will be resolved. For help with this process, please contact CAS Advising at 617-353-2400 or casadvising@bu.edu.
BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy Announces Funding Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Research
The BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy is a vehicle for fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative research, education, and outreach opportunities. The center invites members of the Boston University community to submit a brief proposal for research or other initiatives. Read more
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Finals Begin
CAS Faculty Meeting
Final Exams End/Last Day of Classes Period Ends
New Year’s Day Holiday
First Day of Classes
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday)
Faculty Meetings
Faculty Accolades

Antonio Castro Neto
Professor of Physics

Jonathan Klawans
Associate Professor of Religion

Ryan Madigan
Postdoctoral Associate

David Mayers
Professor of Political Science

Fallou Ngom
Associate Professor of Anthropology, African Language Program Director

Simon Payaslian
Associate Professor of History

Simon Rabinovitch
Assistant Professor of History

Anthony Wallace
Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program

this month's accolades
Student Accolades

Zach Fredman
Graduate Student Zach Fredman has won the Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). He will receive the award at the SHAFR luncheon, held at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans.

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