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Kunz Named Warren Distinguished Professor

Thomas Kunz, a tireless crusader on behalf of bats all over the world, is the University's newest William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, BU's highest faculty honor. President Robert A. Brown appointed the College of Arts & Sciences biology professor, who is observing his 40th anniversary at BU this year, as the sixth Warren professor. "Tom Kunz is an exemplary researcher, scholar, teacher, and faculty leader," says Brown. "The Warren Professorship is a wonderful recognition of his career at Boston University and the national and international recognition of his research."

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Exploring China's Global Reach

The BU-Warwick Strategic Funding Initiative has decided to fund a joint project entitled "China's Global Reach: The Political Economy of China's Foreign Economic Affairs in Comparative Perspective." The project will investigate the political economy of China's growing foreign direct investment by drawing on the parallel experiences of Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. The principal investigator on the BU side is Professor of International Relations Kevin Gallagher. His counterpart in Warwick is Professor Shaun Breslin. Other BU faculty who will be participating include international relations professors Joseph Fewsmith, William Grimes, and Min Ye. It is intended that the project will eventually include participants from Japanese and Chinese institutions as well.

What Massachusetts Residents and Other Americans Think About Global Warming: Results from an In-Depth Statewide Study and National Surveys

In recent years, headlines on newspapers across the country have proclaimed: “Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply Over Global Warming" and "Public Concern About Climate Change Wanes." Is it really true? Do Americans really not accept the opinions of scientific experts on climate change?

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James Jackson Becomes New Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

Scott Whitaker has decided to step away from the position of CAS Associate Dean for Research and Outreach. He has served his colleagues in CAS and across Boston University in the capacity of Associate Dean of the Graduate School for a very long time, with great skill and dedication and to great effect. Department of Astronomy Chair James Jackson has agreed to serve as the new CAS Associate Dean for Research and Outreach.

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Grad Students and Professors Invited to Instructional Innovation Conference

The Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching is pleased to present the 2011 Instructional Innovation Conference at BU on March 25. If you have not done so already, please reserve your space by clicking here by Tuesday, March 22. For a detailed schedule of sessions, click here.

Department Spotlight: Psychology

Psychology is a thriving department at Boston University, perennially among the most popular undergraduate majors. Students are drawn to BU by the chance to explore one of the most challenging scientific frontiers—the human mind—with an accomplished and supportive faculty. The Psychology faculty attracts major agency-funded research and publishes extensively, never losing sight of its paramount commitment to teaching BA, MA, and PhD students. The department’s affiliated research centers, the Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders and the Center for Memory & Brain, continue to push the boundaries of knowledge in those fields. Affiliated laboratory studies explore topics such as child cognition, neurophysiology, developmental behavior genetics, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and vision sciences.
Lectures and Events

"James Geddes, Jr.: Teacher, Traveler, Pioneer in the Study of North American French" by Yves Charles Morin, Professor Emeritus, Universite de Montreal
4:15 p.m., 675 Comm. Ave. (Stone Science Building), B50
Followed by a reception in the Geddes Language Center, site of a new exposition in honor of James Geddes, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages at BU, 1887–1937.

"Sexuality, Secularization, and the Rise of Modern Jewish Literature"
A lecture by Dr. Naomi Seidman, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California
5 p.m., Boston University Hillel, 213 Bay State Rd., 4th Floor
For information, contact Katie Light, klight@bu.edu.

BU Dance Marathon Fundraiser for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and One Heartland
3 p.m.
For more information, http://people.bu.edu/budm/

Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick on Global Warming Research
"What Massachusetts Residents and Other Americans Think About Global Warming: Results from an In-Depth Statewide Study and National Surveys"
7 p.m., 565 Comm. Ave., Room 106

Arts Live@BU website launch party
4-6 p.m., Agganis Arena, Burke Club Room
Featuring student performers and a raffle
Once it is live, you can tour the site and submit your upcoming arts events

Peace Corps at 50 Celebration
Fond memories of the Peace Corps shared by returned Peace Corps volunteers Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba (SPH'03), Jeffrey M. Collins, and Steven B. Bloomfield. Live music and newly created art from the College of Fine Arts.
4–7 p.m., Boston University's Trustee Center, One Silber Way, 9th Floor

Discoveries Lecture: "We Are What We Eat: Issues of Food Supply"
Nathan Phillips, Associate Professor of Geography & Environment
7 p.m., Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, 1 Silber Way
To register, click here.

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Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Social Sciences Chairs/Directors (CCD) Meeting—Tentative
4 p.m., CAS 132

Full Chairs/Directors (CCD) Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 211

Natural Sciences Chairs/Directors (CCD) Meeting
Date and Time TBD

Humanities Chairs/Directors (CCD) Meeting
Date and Time TBD

Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., STO B50

Chairs' Calendar


Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Ethan Baxter was named a distinguished lecturer for 2011–2012 by the Mineralogical Society of American (MSA). Distinguished lecturers for the MSA offer talks at schools that would otherwise not have the opportunity to hear about recent advances in mineralogy. Baxter will offer lectures on: Making a Long Story Short: Evidence for Brief Pulses of Metamorphism; Garnet: Tree Rings of Crustal Evolution; and Multiple Paths, Multiple Sinks: The Untold Story of Noble Gas Thermochronology.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Japonica Brown-Saracino's book, "A Neighborhood That Never Changes," has been awarded the 2011 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association.

Assistant Professor of Biology Hengye Man and three colleagues from other institutions have just had a paper accepted for publication in Science titled "AMP-activated Protein Kinase Regulates Neuronal Polarization by Interfering with PI3-Kinase Localization." The authors' novel findings provide a crucial insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying neuron morphogenesis and are potentially of great importance in our understanding of brain development as well as pathogenesis of mental disorders.

Professor of Mathematics & Statistics Murad Taqqu has just published a book, co-authored with Giovanni Peccati, on "Wiener Chaos: Moments, Cumulants and Diagrams." It is published by Springer Verlag.

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 Lauren Hall at 617-353-1060.

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