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Boston University Arts & Sciences
CAS News February 12, 2013
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Welcoming New Full Professors
University Provost Jean Morrison has announced the promotion of 12 members of the CAS faculty to the rank of Professor. They are: Robert Carey, Physics; Jodi Cranston, History of Art & Architecture; James Johnson, History; Jonathan Klawans, Religion; Kimberly McCall, Biology; Meers Oppenheim, Astronomy; M. Daniele Paserman, Economics; Anita Patterson, English; Nathan Phillips, Earth & Environment; Kimberly Saudino, Psychology; David Somers, Psychology; and Jenny White, Anthropology. Congratulations and well deserved! Read more
Corey Stephenson Wins Novartis Award
Chemist’s research sheds (visible) light on organic compounds

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has presented an Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry to Corey R. J. Stephenson, assistant professor of chemistry. The three-year unrestricted grant will help Stephenson and his team of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students pursue their work on using visible light to trigger reactions leading to the environmentally safe production of organic molecules that play a role in targeting leukemia cells and fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Read more
CAS Presents: Faculty in the Spotlight
Were We Really So Innocent? Americans in Paris in the 1920s—with Brooke Blower
Brooke Blower, assistant professor of history, discusses her recent book titled Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars. She challenges Americans’ notion of ourselves as “innocents abroad” and describes a much more nuanced reality. Watch the video

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Call for Proposals for First Annual Silas Peirce Lecture
Dean Sapiro has issued a call for proposals for the first annual Silas Peirce Lecture, to be held during the 2013/14 academic year. Silas Peirce Lecturers may be in any field of inquiry covered in CAS, but preference will be given to lectures that will bring our academic community together across multiple disciplines, including possibly across colleges, and that will be of interest to faculty, students, and alumni, and will be one of the signal events on our annual academic calendar. Proposals for the 2013/14 Silas Peirce Lecture are due by Friday, March 8, 2013. Read more
CAS Professors Honored by Leading Science Society
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has chosen Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jeremy DeSilva and Professor of Psychology Howard Eichenbaum to speak at symposiums during the association’s annual meeting, to be held in Boston on February 14–18. Read more
Mark Grinstaff: Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Professor of Chemistry Mark Grinstaff, who has more than 30 patents, has dedicated his career to discovering polymers that can be used to treat disease. He developed what he calls “fancy medical adhesives,” which surgeons use to seal wounds, and his research team has at least two other polymers in preclinical trials: a lubricant that’s injected into joints to increase flexibility and manage pain, and a film that’s stapled along lung tissue where a tumor has been extracted and emits a drug that attacks remaining cancerous cells. Read more
Dealing with Shame
CAS student’s research suggests potential tool

You walk into an important meeting, pumped and primed to perform your best, when you realize that your fly is down. What do you do? You could tell yourself that everyone goofs sometime, zip it up, and move on. Or you could flee the room red-faced. Allison Borges (CAS’13) wondered if trait mindfulness might help a person dam up shame’s floodwaters during stressful situations. Read more
The Problem That Has No Name
The 50th Anniversary of  The Feminine Mystique

Boston University and the College of Arts & Sciences will observe the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan with a symposium to be held Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Boston University School of Management Auditorium (first floor of 595 Commonwealth Avenue). CAS students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. Register for this event
Fulweiler’s Message in a Bottle
BU Prof: Estuary Mud Tells Dire Eco-story

For ecologist and biogeochemist Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler, every pungent vial of coastal muck tells a story. Meticulously pieced together in a laboratory that mimics nature, that story is alarming. Read more
Tony Wallace Awarded Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Tony Wallace, a senior lecturer in the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, has been awarded the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short stories called The Old Priest. Read more
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Lectures & Events
12
FEB
50th Anniversary of The Feminine Mystique—Discoveries Lecture Series
12
Feb
Chinese Medicine and Healing
13
Feb
The Contemporary History of Africa and Current Events in Mali
21
Feb
Changing Welfare States: A luncheon discussion with Anton Hemerijck
21
Feb
Film Screening + Director Talk: Mother Calling. Kali in Karachi
21
Feb
Pnina Lahav on Israel: Between a Fundamentalist and Progressive Identity
21
Feb
Squeeze Box Stories: A Documentary About Accordions in America
25
FEB
Reading by Catherine Barnett and Steven Cramer
26
FEB
Talk by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
28
FEB
Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Colm Tóibín
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Faculty Meetings & Deadlines
13
FEB
CAS Faculty Meeting
18
Feb
President’s Day
20
Feb
Monday schedule of classes to make up for President’s Day
20
Feb
Natural Sciences CCD
Humanities CCD
25
Feb
Faculty Annual Reports, External Activity Reports Due
27
Feb
Social Sciences CCD
6
MAR
CCD Meeting
8
MAR
Summer Term Deadline
9
MAR
Spring Recess
20
MAR
CAS Faculty Meeting
Faculty Meetings
Faculty Accolades

Tom Bania
Professor of Astronomy

Margrit Betke
Professor of Computer Science

Dan Clemens
Professor of Astronomy

Mark Crovella
Professor of Computer Science

James Jackson
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Astronomy

Nazli Kibria
Professor of Sociology

Evimaria Terzi
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

this month's accolades
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