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BU Astrophysicist Leads Discovery of "Sloshing" Gas in Galaxy Cluster
CAS astrophysicist Elizabeth Blanton led a team of researchers in the discovery of vast clouds of hot gas "sloshing" in Abell 2052, a galaxy cluster located about 480 million light years from Earth. The scientists are studying the hot (30 million degree) gas using X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Read more
New Study by BU Biologist Finds Dramatic Improvements and Persistent Challenges for Women in Science
The underrepresentation of women in science has received significant attention. However, there have been few studies in which longitudinal data were used to assess changes over time. In a paper recently published in the journal BioScience, Richard B. Primack, professor of biology at Boston University; Krista L. McGuire, assistant professor of biological sciences at Barnard College, Columbia University; and Elizabeth C. Losos, adjunct professor at Duke University and president and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies, find that women in the field of ecological studies have experienced dramatic improvements, but persistent challenges remain. Read more
Ecological Study Based on Thoreau's Writing Offers Template for Using Historical Data to Study Climate Change
Also in the current issue of BioScience, BU biologist Richard Primack outlines how historical records can be used to measure climate change going back at least as far as the 19th century. Read More
Exploring Earth From All Angles
In this decade, the field of biogeoscience has emerged as one of the most important new areas for interdisciplinary research. Biogeoscience is the study of the processes in and interactions among the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
Nearly every seat is full in Robert Margo’s Tuesday morning economics class. The department chair, with a horseshoe of downy white hair and theatrical eyebrows, paces methodically at the front of the classroom as he discusses the Solow-Swan growth model, a standard model of economic growth.
CAS Prof's Book Looks at Black Characters in Works of Black Writers
Should bad writers lose their civil rights? Thomas Jefferson thought so. In his time, Phillis Wheatley was a respected poet during an era when few women, let alone black slave women, could become writers. Jefferson, however, was not impressed. In his iconic Notes on the State of Virginia, he denigrated Wheatley’s work. As Gene Jarrett, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor and chair of the English department, notes in his new book, Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (NYU Press, 2011), Jefferson argued that her writing “fell well below the stratum of reason and imagination that he had set for the political emancipation and national citizenship of slaves.”
Little Rock at Center of Big Controversy
In an office on Commonwealth Avenue sits a small rock that is shaking geology to its core. About an inch long, gray, and a little chalky, to the untrained eye it's indistinguishable from any other lying on the sidewalk. It's a small piece of basalt, derived from some of the Earth's oldest mantle, the big green rock between the core and the crust that makes up most of the planet. And the work of Matt Jackson has catapulted this 62-million-year-old chunk of rock into the middle of a scientific controversy. Read more.
Origami Robots Run Only on Air
CAS Professor of Chemistry Xin Chen is part of a team that has designed robots built of paper and silicone rubber powered only on puffs of air. These robots can even lift more than 100 times their weight. Read the Wired article.
Lynton Award Nominations Due April 27
Nominations for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty are due April 27. The award recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. To learn more about the Lynton Award, click here. To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.
Six Promoted to Full Professor
BU's Center of International Relations Enters Agreement with Czech Institute
New Faculty for CAS
The College of Arts & Sciences to date has hired seven new faculty members for the 2012–13 academic year in the departments of Chemistry, International Relations, Mathematics & Statistics, Political Science, and Psychology. Read more
Lectures and Events |
"American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us"
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6–8 p.m.,
Barristers Hall, School of Law
Lecture by Robert D. Putnam of Harvard University
"BU's Road to Washington"
Wednesday, March 7, 12:30–1:30 p.m.,
George Sherman Union
The second edition of this brown bag series, in which faculty experts make brief presentations analyzing the current state of the 2012 election campaigns, electoral politics, and related issues, then lead an open discussion and Q&A session with the audience. All CAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni are welcome to participate. Feel free to bring your lunch. This series is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Communication, and the Boston University Alumni Association, and is open to the public at no charge.
"The Raw and the Rotten: Perversions of Consumption in Antiquity"
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.,
Barristers Hall, School of Law
"The Raw and the Rotten" is a graduate student conference supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classical Studies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Late last year, the University of Texas Press published Professor of History Betty Anderson's new book, The American University of Beirut: Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education. Learn more
Professor of History Louis Ferleger recently published an article on AlterNet titled “America’s Dead Zones: From Detroit to Dyersburg, Why Does Prosperity Pass So Many Places By?” Read it here.
If you have been following the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, you know that every one of the candidates claims the mantle of Ronald Reagan, no one more so than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who bills himself as "a strong Reagan conservative" in distinction to the "Massachusetts Moderate" Mitt Romney. But as history graduate student Zack Smith reveals in his recent article for POLITICO, Newt took another U.S. president as his role model. For more, visit here.
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