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Making Sense of China’s Investments in Latin America

Never letting data get in the way of a good story, pundits and policymakers alike have clamored that Chinese development banks are engaged in "low-ball" finance that is out-competing Western finance in Latin America. Read the full article in Investors Chronicle by Associate Professor of International Relations Kevin Gallagher.

Sustainable Living Lab Gets Shot in the Arm

IBM Corporation is providing a $31,000 grant—as well as technical, consulting, and other support, such as IBM’s Intelligent Building Management software—for BU's Sustainable Neighborhood Living Laboratory (SNLL). The SNLL is a University-wide collaboration, involving a number of CAS professors, to help urban centers solve pressing environmental challenges. Learn more about the SNLL.


Egypt Watcher Confident Democracy Will Prevail

Farouk El-Baz, director of the Center for Remote Sensing, spoke with WBUR's "Here & Now" about Egypt's future. Read the full article and listen to the interview.


Pondering What’s Way, Way Out There

CAS astronomer uses Voyager probe to look beyond
our solar system

Read the full article. View photos taken by Voyager.

Excitement Builds Around New Architectural Studies, Architectural History Majors

Over the past three years, a committee of faculty who teach courses on architectural history developed a proposal for changes to the art history curriculum. These included the renaming of the department as the Department of History of Art & Architecture and the creation of new concentrations/tracks. With these changes in place, a new era in the study of art and design has begun at CAS. Read more.


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.

Lectures and Events

March 1
“American Grace: How Religion Divides
and Unites Us”

Lecture by Robert D. Putnam of Harvard University
6–8 p.m., Barristers Hall, BU School of Law


March 6
A Time to Stir: documentary on a 1968 student uprising at Columbia University
Presented by the International History Institute (ihi@bu.edu)
6:30–8:30 p.m., 775 Comm. Ave., CAS 224


March 7
“BU's Road to Washington:
An Election Year Series”

Post-Super Tuesday election year conversation with Doug Kiner, Assistant Professor of Political Science and expert on American politics and military policymaking; Virginia Sapiro, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and expert in gender politics, political psychology, and political behavior and public opinion; and Tammy Vigil, Associate Dean of the College of Communication and expert in political communication and media effects. The conversation will be moderated by Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Professor of Advertising and professional media consultant and strategist.
12:30-1:30 p.m., George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium
775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor


March 24
“The Raw and the Rotten: Perversions of
Consumption in Antiquity”

Graduate student conference supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classical Studies
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Barristers Hall, BU School of Law
For more info: bugradconference@gmail.com.
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Faculty Actions deadlines:

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

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:
3/21, 4/25
4–5:30 p.m., STO B50

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

Academic Policy Committee meetings:
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:
Apr 11
4-5:30 p.m., CAS 132

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

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

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

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

Faculty Accolades

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics Margaret Beck (Math), Assistant Professor of Physics Tulika Bose (Physics), and Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Robinson Fulweiler (Ocean Sciences) have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read more.

Professor of English and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute Archie Burnett has had his scholarly edition of Philip Larkin: The Complete Poems published by Faber and Faber. Read a recent review in the Guardian.

Assistant Professor of Biology Pamela Templer and Assistant Professor of Geography & Environment Lucy Hutyra recently received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards for their work on winter climate change and the carbon metabolism of urban environments, respectively. Read more.

Professor of English Robert Pinsky performed PoemJazz, a collaboration between the poet and Grammy award-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, on February 24 at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Read more.

Research Media.EU interviewed Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bjoern Reinhard about his work on Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors (EGFRs), which are important cancer biomarkers, and which Research Media has identified as an important innovation in nanotechnology. Read more.

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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