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CAS News: April 2010
BU Receives Award for Graduate Program in Global Change

The National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Fellows program awarded BU’s GLACIER (Global Change Initiative: Education & Research) project $2.8 million to support 10 fellows across four CAS departments and in engineering. The NSF program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. GLACIER fellows will receive a strong interdisciplinary perspective on global change research, and have the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills by learning how to translate their research into exciting and dynamic classroom lessons for children in grades 5—8.

The BU fellows will conduct research organized around five areas: Atmosphere—Climate Connections; Hydrosphere—Fisheries, Marine Diversity, and Marine Conservation; Biosphere—Biodiversity with a Focus on Walden Pond and Harvard Forest; Energy, Conservation, and Sustainability; and Data, Measurement, and Analysis.

The project aims to educate a citizenry that can make informed decisions about the environment, and to train future generation of scientists with a multi-disciplinary perspective and strong analytical skills. GLACIER will strengthen the ties between Boston University and two partner school districts of Cambridge and Brookline, as well as enhance existing links to local museum, zoo, aquarium, and other field sites.

GLACIER brings in faculty from Geography & Environment (Nathan Phillips, Robert Kaufman, Bruce Anderson, Crystal Schaaf), Biology (Les Kaufmann, Richard Primack), Statistics (Surajit Ray), Earth Science (David Marchant), Engineering (Michael Gevelber, Michael Ruane), Education (Don DeRosa). The principal investigator for the project is Geography & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal.


In the LHC Experimenter Building at CERN, Max David Yellen (CAS’11) (from left), Chelsea Bartram (CAS’11), Michael Allan Lloyd (CAS’11), Michael Hedges (CAS’11), Andrea Jayne Welsh (CAS’11), Cheung Yee Lam Elim (CAS’11), and Ashley Rubinstein (CAS’11), students in the Geneva study-abroad program, in front of TV monitors in the CMS control rooms.

BU Scientists and Students Make Physics History

After 25 years of preparation, scientists searching for the “God particle” successfully collided particle beams, producing plasma they believe approximates the origin of all matter. The collisions launch a new era of science for the researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider (or, atom smasher) below the Swiss-French border at Geneva. Seven BU physics majors studying abroad in Geneva witnessed the historic success. They are working on site under BU professors involved in the project.

To learn more about this landmark event in science, read about it in BU Today, or visit the CAS physics website and read the news item titled “LHC meets great success.”

College Business

Developing Priorities for Faculty Recruitment, 2010/11

Discussions about faculty recruitment priorities for 2010/11 should be taking place now in departments and programs across CAS. Chairs and directors received the memo on this on March 9 explaining the process. Priorities should be developed in the context of the annual academic planning self-study, the departmental strategic plan submitted this year, and the programmatic research and teaching needs of other programs, the College and the University. Interdisciplinary programs that offer degree programs should also develop priorities and discuss these with relevant departments. Dean Sapiro encourages departments and programs to communicate with each other about hiring priorities. The preliminary proposals are due to Faculty Actions.


Merit Exercise for 2010/11 Faculty Salaries

Departments should be engaged in the first stage of the annual merit exercise to advise the Dean on faculty salaries for 2010/11. Department chairs received the memo on March 12 describing the process. Departmental materials are due to Gareth McFeely by Friday, May 7.


Faculty Salary Equity: Process

Although the annual faculty salary exercise emphasizes evaluations of professional accomplishments over the past year for merit purposes, the merit exercise is also the time to make sure that salaries (not just the annual merit calculations) within a department are equitable. There are many reasons why salaries can move out of equitable alignment over time. Considering salary equity should be a normal part of the annual merit process.

In addition, any faculty member who believes his/her salary is out of equity alignment with peers may request an equity analysis. This request should be forwarded to the department chair with a copy to Dean Sapiro. The department chair will then do an equity analysis that considers overall professional accomplishments and standing in the context of peers of similar accomplishment and standing in the department (not just rank and years in rank), and will make a recommendation to the Dean, who will also do an equity analysis. Under normal circumstances if there is a finding that an equity adjustment should be made, it will be remedied during the annual merit exercise. In some cases, if the size of the needed adjustment is large enough, the adjustments may be phased over more than one year. For more information, or to discuss these issues, contact Dean Sapiro.

Accolades

Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for the Study of Asia WILLIAM GRIMES has been selected as one of the inaugural research associates of a national research and conference program launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Grimes joins a premier group of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows nominated by U.S. research organizations and higher learning institutions with top programs on Asia. NBR and the Wilson Center will host the Research Associates and Fellows at a major conference on contemporary Asia Studies on June 17-18, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The purpose is to highlight the work of those whose commitment and expertise have made exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway in the region.


Master Lecturer of Turkish ROBERTA MICALLEF has been awarded a STARTALK grant to create and direct a Turkish Teacher Training Program to run at BU this summer. With Giselle Khoury’s Arabic Academy for Teachers also re-approved by STARTALK for summer 2010, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature is on a roll.


For the second straight year, the National Director for the SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS designated the BU CHAPTER of the Society an “Outstanding SPS Chapter.” Honored chapters display a breadth of SPS activities in areas such as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings and providing social interaction for chapter members. The director, Gary White, pronounced, “I've never seen such a tight, socially active and committed group of physics students anywhere.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events


APRIL 9
CAS Open House

APRIL 12
CAS Open House

APRIL 14
Natural & Computational Sciences CCD Meeting CANCELLED

APRIL 16
CAS Open House

Initial faculty recruitment proposals for 2010/11 searches due to Faculty Actions, deanvs@bu.edu

APRIL 19
Patriot’s Day

APRIL 23
CAS Open House

APRIL 28
Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting and Sherry Hour
4 p.m., CAS 522; Sherry hour, CAS 106

Arts & Sciences Senior Reception
5:30 p.m., Metcalf Ballroom

APRIL 30
Senior Breakfast
10a.m., GSU Metcalf Hall

Spring 2010 mid-tenure reviews due in Faculty Actions

MAY 5
CCD Meeting: Discussion of Faculty Recruitment Priorities for 2010-11
Incoming chairs and directors invited
4 p.m., CAS 132



MAY 7
Thesis Title Approval Card due to GRS for January 2011 MA Candidates
4 p.m., CAS 132

MAY 14–16
Commencement Weekend

MAY 14
Senior Champagne Reception
4 p.m., BU Beach

GRS Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:30 p.m., GSU Metcalf Hall

MAY 15
CAS Class Day Ceremony & Reception: Faculty Welcome
2 p.m., Morse Auditorium & SMG Atrium

MAY 16
Locations of CAS Convocations


CAS Convocations, 9:00 a.m.: AH, BI, CH, CL, CS, ES, IR, MA, PY, RN, SO

CAS Convocations, 10:00 a.m.: EN

All-University Commencement
1pm, Nickerson Field

CAS Convocations, 4:00 p.m.: AMNES, AN, AR, AS, BMB, EC, EI, GE, HI, BUMP, MLCL, Music, Neuroscience, PH, PO, RO

CAS Convocations, 4:30 p.m.: PS

MAY 17
Provost to announce tenure and promotion decisions

MAY 31
Memorial Day


Departmental Events

The Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy
Anthropogenic global climate change is now part of the ecological present and future of the planet. It needs to inform our ecological practices and ethics as an ecological reality, not just as something to be avoided, resisted, feared, and lamented. This talk explores the implication of global climate change for the goals, practices and norms of ecosystem management. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Daniel Star. More information

When: Thursday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Where: LAW Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue

Footprints in the Sea: Detecting Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems
On Earth Day, please join a panel of Boston University Marine Program faculty for a lecture and discussion on detecting the human impact on marine environments—and how we can protect and restore these vulnerable ecosystems. More information and registration

When: Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 206

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