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Boston University Arts & Sciences
Guggenheim Foundation Honors McCann, Winn with Prestigious Fellowships
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation honored two CAS professors this month with coveted fellowships for their outstanding achievements. Professor of History James McCann, the director ad interim of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Term Future, will use the fellowship to complete a book-length work on malaria from both a human and scientific point of view (read more about his project here). Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities James Winn will use his Guggenheim fellowship to complete his study of politics and culture in the life and reign of Queen Anne (read more about his project here).
CAS English Department, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and School of Theatre Present New MFA in Playwriting
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the School of Theatre at Boston University are proud to announce a new Master of Fine Arts Degree in Playwriting. Now housed in the English Department of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, but in cooperation with the College of Fine Arts, the MFA program will incorporate its playwrights into a vibrant community of artists and ready them for lives in both the professional theatre and in academia. Read more.
Playing with Fire
BU Archaeologists Make Startling Discovery
For many years it was believed that humans didn’t use fire until about 800,000 years ago. But two CAS archaeologists have found evidence in South Africa of a man-made fire dating back 1 million years, the earliest such discovery. The finding by Francesco Berna and Paul Goldberg substantially pushes back the date that humans laid the first kindling. Berna and Goldberg’s research was published earlier this month in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.
CAS Launches New Video Series
“CAS Presents” Will Highlight Broad Range of Faculty Expertise
The first in a series of homegrown videos produced by CAS Communications interns Allyson Galle and Jessica Owen features Assistant Professor of Sociology Ashley Mears as she discusses “Why Is Modeling a Bad Job?” Dubbed CAS Presents, the video series will be promoted through social media, the CAS website, and other outlets.
Three GRS Students Awarded NSF Fellowships
Three GRS graduate students have been awarded fellowships under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows Program. These prestigious national fellowships provide generous support for three years of study, which the fellows can use in any of the next five years. The new fellows are Allison Gill (Biology), who works with Adrien Finzi; Alissa Rickborn (Biology), who works with Pete Buston; and Elyas Bakhtiari (Sociology), who works with Sigrun Olafsdottir.
Student’s Research Leads to Wikipedia Entry
Lectures and Events
The System Film Screening and Director Talk with Marc Bauder and Dorte Franke
6-9 p.m., SED, 2 Silber Way, Room 130
Reception to follow
Holocaust Memorial Day
10 a.m.–7 p.m., in front of Marsh Chapel
To sign up, email Laura Montero-Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or click here to choose a 15-minute time slot
Dialogues of the Carmelites
7:30 p.m., Thursday–Saturday
2 p.m., Sunday
BU Theater, 264 Huntington Ave.
The 2012 Boston Area Roman Studies Conference
4 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, GSU, 775 Comm. Ave., 5th Floor
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food
Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian, William College
7-8:30 p.m., Barristers Hall, Law School
Sponsored by the Core Curriculum and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Commencement is fast approaching. Details about all Commencement-related events, logistics and activities can be found here.
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines
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Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, recently published an article by Professor of Astronomy John Clarke and Laurent Lamy of
the Observatoire de Meudon in France (first author) on the first detection of aurora on Uranus since the Voyager 2 flyby in 1986. Read more
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