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CAS Archaeologist Estrada-Belli Is Named an Official National Geographic Society Explorer

Francisco Estrada-Belli, assistant research professor of archaeology, was last month named an official National Geographic Explorer. He joins CAS Professor of Anthropology Cheryl Knott in being recognized by the National Geographic Society. Knott was named an Emerging Explorer in 2004.

CAS Researchers Develop New Application for Water-Repellent Polymer to Aid in Drug Delivery

Boston University graduate student Stefan Yohe (ENG’13), under the mentorship of Mark Grinstaff, professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry, and Yolonda Colson, director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Center, have developed a method for using polymers to deliver drugs.

In looking for potential uses for highly water-repellent, superhydrophobic materials, scientists have mainly focused on obvious applications such as waterproof clothing and self-cleaning surfaces.

As described in a recent study, the researchers have developed a new mechanism of drug release using 3D superhydrophobic materials that uses air as a removable barrier to control the rate at which a drug is released. The study was electronically published on January 16, 2012, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This research was supported by Boston University, the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology, the Coulter Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Read more here and here

BU’s Road to Washington: The First in a Series

The College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication, and the Boston University Alumni Association recently sponsored the first event in a discussion series that will continue until November: BU’s Road to Washington: Conversations on the 2012 American Elections. A panel of experts opened with brief assessments of the campaign to date, then took questions from the audience. The next installment in this brown-bag series—open to all CAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni at no cost—will be held on March 7 in the GSU. The event runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; participants are welcome to bring lunch.

Staff Holiday Party

Panelists at BU’s Road to Washington event on January 25. From left to right: CAS Dean and Professor of Political Science Virginia Sapiro, COM Dean Thomas Fiedler, Chair and Professor of Political Science Graham Wilson, Assistant Professor of Political Science Dino Christenson, and Associate Professor of Advertising Tobe Berkovitz. See the UStream video

BU Astronomer Says Recent Solar Activity Augurs Bigger Storms to Come

On January 22, the sun sent a powerful solar flare, creating a fairly rare proton storm. NASA warned that the radiation could wreak havoc on satellites and global positioning systems (GPS), cause communication problems for airplanes and astronauts, lead to surges in power lines, and disrupt radio and TV signals. Despite these warnings, W. Jeffrey Hughes, director of BU’s Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, professor of astronomy, and associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, says the storm is not as significant as many media outlets have been making it out to be, but that larger storms are forecast for the near future.

Read the BU Today story

International Relations Professor Takes Capital Controls Discussion to Global Audience

Kevin Gallagher, associate professor of international relations, explained the new economics of capital controls to a global audience via GlobalPolicy.tv. Gallagher discussed how such controls are helping to correct international markets. Click here to see the video.

CAS computer science undergrads launch social media app to facilitate finding the perfect apartment

CAS computer science majors William Ang (CAS’15), Ryan Conrad (CAS’13), and Jeffrey Giardina (CAS’13) partnered with SMG senior James Zar (SMG’12) to harness the power of social media sites to make apartment hunting a little easier. Read the story.
Boston Innovation

Faculty Annual Reports (FAR) and External Activity Reports (EAR) due Monday, February 20, 2012

Faculty Annual Reports AND External Activity Reports should be completed by all full-time faculty, including Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, Research Professors, Clinical Faculty, Instructors, Lecturers, and any visiting faculty who may be continuing next year. Both reports are due on Monday, February 20, 2012. Click here for details.

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.

Humanities Grant Workshop, Monday, February 13 at 12 p.m.

The CAS Humanities Division has scheduled the first grant workshop of the spring as a lunchtime meeting (Noon–1 p.m.) on February 13 in CAS 200. The agenda will be 1) an introduction to using the COS Database, a comprehensive and (relatively) user-friendly grant database; and 2) comments from and questions for a few faculty panelists who have recently sat on grant review boards and/or written successful grant applications. Anyone who has a sabbatical leave approaching in AY 2013/14 is encouraged to attend.

RSVP for the grant workshop to Geri Montgomery at gmonty@bu.edu

African Studies Center Offers New Opportunities to Study African Languages

To bridge a language education gap caused by federal budget cuts to international education, the African Studies Center will soon offer new opportunities for students to study African languages. The center will offer classes in Hausa (spoken in Nigeria and Niger), Amharic (spoken in Ethiopia), and Kinyarwanda (spoken in Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo), all at the introductory level. The center also offers FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. FLAS fellowships can be used for the introductory courses here or for advanced or intermediate courses overseas, covering the full cost of tuition plus a stipend. For more information, contact the African Studies Center at Africa@bu.edu.

This year's Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows include three from CAS

Assistant professors Jonathan Appavoo and Evimaria Terzi (computer science), and Mark Kramer (mathematics & statistics), are among this year’s class of Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows. Read more

New Faculty for CAS

The College of Arts & Sciences to date has hired five new faculty members for the 2012–13 academic year in the departments of International Relations, Chemistry, and Political Science. Read more
Lectures and Events

“The Arab Spring and Social Anthropology: The Last Half Century,” Dale F. Eickelman
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 4:10–6:10 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

This presentation explores the likely shape that anthropological field research will take over the coming decade. It explores the changing craft of social anthropology in the Middle East over the last half century and suggests the likely shape that field research and the writing of anthropology will take in at least the coming decade.

Iraqi Legacies of America’s Invasion
and Occupation

February 10, 2012, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

The workshop will provide an opportunity for BU faculty and students with an interest in contemporary Iraq to meet one another to discuss research interests and the possibilities for collaborative research. The schedule of events will feature multiple presenters on a wide range of topics focusing on the legacy of the 2003 invasion through the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. Learn more.

Seminars on Addiction Research at BU/VA
February 10, 2012, 3 to 5 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium
775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

All students and faculty are invited to attend. There is a reception following the seminar. Free transportation from the Medical Campus is provided via BU Shuttle. Learn more.

“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 bugradconference@gmail.com.
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Faculty Actions deadlines:

Faculty Salary Review deadlines not available yet

Feb 20: External Activity Reports, Faculty Annual Reports

March 9: Summer Term appointment/reappointment and salary sheets

April 2: Secondary Administrative Appointments for 2012/13

April 6: Initial requests to conduct faculty searches

April 27: Mid-Tenure Reviews (date is tentative)

May 4: Full-time Faculty Reappointments

Course evaluations: Process now handled by Lorraine Dooley (ldooley@bu.edu).

Tenure reviews: Initial notifications regarding the 2012/13 tenure review year have been sent to departments with candidates for tenure/promotion.

For full information on Faculty Actions deadlines, click here.
Please contact Gareth McFeely (garethmc@bu.edu, 3-2405) with any questions about these deadlines.

CAS Faculty Meetings:
2/15, 3/21, 4/25
4–5:30 p.m., STO B50

Council of Chairs and Directors (CCD) meetings:
2/9, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2
4–5:30 p.m., CAS 211

Academic Policy Committee meetings:
Feb 22, Feb 29 (if needed), Mar 28, Apr 11, May 9 (if needed)
4-5:30 p.m., CAS 200

Social Sciences CCD meetings:
Mar 28
4-5:30 p.m., CAS 132

Natural Sciences CCD meetings:
Feb 29, Apr 11
4-5:30 p.m., CAS 132

Humanities CCD meetings:
Feb 29, Apr 11
4-5:30, STH625

Social Sciences Curriculum Committee meetings:
Feb 13, Feb 27, Mar 5 (if needed), Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 23
12-1 p.m., CAS 132

Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee meetings:
Feb 14, Feb 27, Mar 5 (if needed), Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 23
2-3 p.m., CAS 132

Humanities Curriculum Committee meetings:
Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2
12-1 p.m., CAS 200 (except Jan 25; see above)

Faculty Accolades

Faber and Faber has published Philip Larkin: The Complete Poems by Archie Burnett, professor of English and co-director of the Editorial Institute. The new book, a scholarly edition with commentary, has been well received by reviewers, including John Banville in the Guardian

POEMJAZZ, Robert Pinsky’s CD of poetry and jazz, with pianist Laurence Hobgood, will be released next month by Circumstantial Productions, marked by a performance at the Regattabar (in the Charles Hotel, Cambridge) on Friday, February 24. Learn more

W. W. Norton will publish Leslie Epstein’s eleventh book of fiction, Liebestod: Opera Buffa With Leib Goldkorn, on February 13. Writes Epstein, “About fifty faculty members will be able to identify themselves in its pages, along with three deans, a provost, and someone even more exalted. Have fun!” Epstein is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program.

W. W. Norton has just published Rosanna Warren’s edition of The Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale (1925–1977). Two chapters of Warren’s literary biography of the French poet Max Jacob have just appeared in the journal Little Star, and her poem, “Glaucoma,” was published in the January 9 issue of The New Yorker. Warren is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities, University Professor, and Professor of English and Romance Studies.

Keep Us in the Loop

Let us know about news or upcoming events. Please send news items to cascom@bu.edu, or call Patrick Farrell at 617-358-1185. Announcements about upcoming events can also be submitted online. Events geared toward students should be submitted to the Student Programs Office.

For all matters regarding your alumni, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kirsten Lundeen at 617-358-5525 or Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Caitlan Nee at 617-358-6275.

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