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CAS News

Rising stars receive Sloan Fellowships
Three CAS faculty members among this
year’s recipients

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BU researchers pursue promising new approach in the treatment of liver cancer
Lead-based compound may be key to treating the fifth most common cancer

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Longman discusses YouTube campaign to expose Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

Timothy Longman, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the African Studies Center, on the YouTube campaign by California nonprofit Invisible Children to raise awareness about the brutality of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Read more


Recalling Japan’s tsunami, one year later

"The wall of water was thirty feet high." So begins Professor of Astronomy Michael Mendillo’s new memoir, An Earthquake, a Tsunami and a Meaningful Life Read more

One Class, One Day: From Jesus to Christ

Jennifer Knust teaches how Jesus came to be perceived as the Messiah. Read more.


Opher’s findings on the nature of the solar system’s edge draw widespread interest

Read a recent Txchnologist article, or check out this piece.


CNN calls Kecia Ali one of “Five Women to Watch in Religion”

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Murray, colleagues find link between input of iron and biological productivity in ancient Pacific Ocean

A team of researchers has just published a new paper, lead authored by CAS Professor of Earth Sciences Richard Murray, that provides compelling evidence from marine sediment that supports the theory that iron in the Earth’s oceans has a direct impact on biological productivity, potentially affecting the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and, in turn, atmospheric temperature. Read more.


First group of Architectural Studies grads on their way to success

The Architectural Studies major has been a new and exciting addition to the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Now, several of our Architectural Studies seniors or recent alums have been accepted to prestigious graduate schools. Elena Baranes, who graduated last year, was accepted at Yale, Columbia, and Berkeley, and has chosen to move to New Haven this summer. Beata Sasinaska has been accepted at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania in historic preservation and is debating which school to attend. Another senior, Sarah Cole, has also been accepted at UPenn and is waiting to hear from other schools.


Nancy Geourntas to become new Executive Assistant to the Dean

Nancy Geourntas will officially begin work as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of CAS on April 2. She joins us from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where she served as Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources. We are happy to welcome her to CAS! Please remember, use CASDean@bu.edu to contact the Dean’s executive assistant.

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. To learn more about the Lynton Award, click here. To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.

Lectures and Events

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.


March 26
The Eurozone Crisis: Is There a Way Out?
Panel Discussion with Maurizio Ferrera, Andrew Gamble,
Mark Thatcher, and Sigurt Vitols
4-6 p.m., Kenmore Conference Room, 1 Silber Way


April 2
Imperialism, Sports Culture, and Tourism
“Adventure, Danger, and Authenticity”
Lecture by Charles Lindholm, CAS Professor of Anthropology
5:30 p.m., CAS 200, 725 Comm. Ave.


“Gidget and the Waikiki Beachboy: Assimilation, transgression, and Polynesian culture in postwar American youth fiction”
Lecture by William Moore, BU Associate Professor of American Material Culture
5:30 p.m., CAS 200, 725 Comm. Ave.


Premodern World Initiative Keynote Lecture, presented by Dept. of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Prof. Jan Assmann (University of Konstanz): Difference and Hermeneutics: Comparative Approaches to the Premodern World
4-6 p.m., BU Castle


April 4
Mapping Rubens' Emulations of Titian:
A Project in the Digital Humanities

Dr. Antien Knaap will present her recent work on the emulative practices of the 17th-century Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens
5:10-7 p.m., CAS 303A


April 13
“The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in
Market Times”

Lecture by Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley
5 p.m., Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street,
9th Floor, Colloquium Room
Reception to follow.
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Faculty Actions deadlines:

April 2: Secondary Administrative Appointments for 2012/13

April 6: Initial requests to conduct faculty searches

April 27: Mid-Tenure Reviews

April 27: Merit assessments of department faculty. More details.

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 Mar 21, in CAS 132)

Faculty Accolades

Assistant Professor Ruha Benjamin (Sociology and African American Studies) has been awarded a 2012–13 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. She will spend the 2012–13 academic year completing work on her book, People’s Science: Reconstituting Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.

Romance Studies Lecturer Celia Bianconi and Senior Lecturer Sue Griffin have recently received notification that they are winners of a STARTALK grant ($84,000) for the training of Portuguese teachers. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages.

Associate Professor of International Relations and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani will be honored with the American Committee on Foreign Relations’ Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual conference, April 26–27. More info.

Associate Dean of GRS Jeffrey Hughes was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an article about a recent solar storm that hit Earth’s magnetosphere. Read more

In its “Noteworthy Chemistry” page, the American Chemical Society website has highlighted the work of Professor Ramesh Jasti and his research group on the blue shift of Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions as a nanohoop size increases. Read more

NIH Funds Porco Group to Synthesize Bioactive Natural Products
CAS Chemistry’s Porco Research Group has received a 4-year, $1.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health for their proposal, Chemical Synthesis of Bioactive Flavonoid and Xanthone-Derived Natural Product.

Georgetown backs Fluke vs. Limbaugh for civility’s sake
Professor of Religion Stephen Prothero in CNN.com’s “Belief Blog.”

Why Santorum is no JFK
Prothero talks politics and religion in USA Today.

Professor of English Charles Rzepka is under contract with Johns Hopkins UP for his book, Being Cool: Elmore Leonard and the Work of Writing.

Schaus & Virus Research Featured in ScienceDaily
A team of BU professors, including Professor of Chemistry Scott Schaus, published research in the Journal of Virology that identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating.

John Straub Serves as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

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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