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Boston University Arts & Sciences
CAS News December 3, 2012
Feyza Burak Adli
Doctoral Student, Anthropology
First-year Anthropology PhD student Feyza Burak Adli has won the 2012 MIT Mother Board Writing Prize for an essay titled “Veiled Periphery: Rural Kurdish Women in Turkey and the Practice of Veiling,” which has just been published in Student Anthropologist, an American Anthropological Association journal. The Mother Board Writing Prize is an annual award honoring graduate student research and writing in the field of women’s and gender studies, presented by the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies. Learn more here.
Kellie Cotter
Postgraduate, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Kellie Cotter, a postgraduate in the Molecular & Cellular Biology program, has received a major grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her project on endocrine disruption and adaptation. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in many common pollutants have detrimental effects on reproduction, development, and other processes in many species, often at surprisingly low doses. Cotter will study a fish population to determine how low-dose, chronic exposure over many generations affects populations. The grant is part of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
Cory Fantasia
Graduate Student, Physics
Physics graduate student Cory Fantasia has been selected as one of the winners of a competition organized by the U.S. LHC Users Organization (USLUO). Fifteen postdocs and students were selected by the LHC experiments to present plenary talks at the annual USLUO meeting held at Fermilab, October 18–20, 2012. These talks were entered into a competition for six prizes. Cory Fantasia’s talk on “Search for exotic WZ resonances with the CMS detector” won one of these prizes. Cory has been selected to join the USLUO Executive Committee on visits to Washington, DC, in Spring 2013 to discuss particle physics with congressional and executive offices. Cory is jointly advised by professors Tulika Bose and Kenneth Lane and is currently based at the CMS experiment at CERN.
Taylor Krebbs
CAS Sophomore
CAS sophomore soccer player Taylor Krebbs and her teammate Jessica Morrow (SMG’13) both earned America East All-Academic Team honors. The reigning America East regular season champion Boston University women’s soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, as the Terriers earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011–12 academic year.

To be eligible for the award, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The Terriers surpassed the requirement with an overall 3.33 team GPA. “As proud as I am of the accomplishments of this team on the field, I am even more impressed that our players are able to balance such a rigorous academic program so successfully,” said 18th-year head coach Nancy Feldman. “The commitment they demonstrate to get the most out of the academic opportunity that Boston University grants them is tremendous.”

Feldman has consistently coached teams that have been strong both on and off the field.
Aaron Shield
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Psychology
Aaron Shield, a postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology Department’s Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders (ROADD) Center, recently published a paper in the Journal of Communication Disorders that reports a unique sign language error type in deaf children with autism: palm reversal errors. Professor Helen Tager-Flusberg is his mentor on the project. Read his blog post summarizing the research.
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