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Introducing the Class of 2016

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to gain admission to BU, as the students accepted to the Class of 2016 make clear. This year, a record-breaking 43,979 students applied for 3,900 spots, and the University offered admission to only 45.5 percent, the lowest percentage in BU’s history. Read more


Physics Launches Scholarship and Research Program on Graphene

The BU Physics Department, in collaboration with the Graphene Research Centre of the National University of Singapore (NUS), will launch a collaborative exchange for theoretical and experimental research on the most promising nanomaterial of our time: graphene. Read more


Dellheim Named Kilachand Professor

Professor Charles Dellheim, former chair of the History Department and current director of the Kilachand Honors College, has been named as BU’s Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor. In the announcement of the appointment, BU Provost Jean Morrison commended Dellheim for the “exceptional leadership, heightened standards, and serious scholarship” he has brought to the University.


BU Helps City of Boston Track Pollution, Vehicle Usage

As part of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, BU researchers will help the Boston Transportation Department to spot traffic problems faster, allowing the city to spend more time fixing problems and less time looking for them. Researchers will also help Boston see how its bike, parking, and traffic management policies are impacting vehicle usage in the city. Read more


NECN Interviews Gallagher on Obama’s Selection for World Bank Chief

NECN interviewed CAS Associate Professor of International Relations Kevin Gallagher about President Obama’s recent appointment of Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim as World Bank head.
Watch the interview.


Conference on Liberty and Security in a Time of Global Re-ordering

On March 5 and 6, 2012, International Relations and Political Science faculty took part in an international conference on human security at BU. The focus was on human rights and security issues and the ways in which rights are seen as a legitimate part of the security discourse. Read more


Food and the City Conference a Success

For two days, scholars from the U.S. and Europe met to explore the relationship between food and cities, a topic of increasing interest for historians, geographers, anthropologists, and urban planners. The CAS History Department co-sponsored the event along with the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and other partners. Read more.

The New CAS Website is Here!

In case you haven’t noticed, the CAS website has a new look. Months in the making, the new site (still at www.bu.edu/cas) retains the old site’s best qualities but has the advantage of being designed in the WordPress content management system (CMS). Now, specially trained staff members now can update the CAS website directly and immediately, making the site a more helpful and reliable resource for the College. If you have questions about the new CAS website or WordPress, please contact cascom@bu.edu.

New Dean’s Executive Assistant

This week, Nancy Geourntas joins the Office of the Dean of CAS as Executive Assistant to the Dean. Nancy will take over the duties of managing Dean Sapiro’s schedule, among many other things. She can be reached at casdean@bu.edu. Nancy earned her BS cum laude in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management at Newbury College. Since 1998, she has served as Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Lectures and Events

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

5:10-7 p.m., CAS 303A More Info

Politics, Religion, and Violence: The Maccabean Wars
5-7 p.m., BU School of Law, Barristers Hall


April 12
Two Lectures by Yale Professor Miguel Maduro
Presented by Center for the Study of Europe
The Euro’s Crisis in Democracy: Luncheon Discussion
12:30 - 2 p.m., Eilts Room, 154 Bay State Rd.

The Promises of Constitutional Pluralism
2:30 - 4 p.m., Barristers Hall, BU Law School, 765 Comm. Ave.
RSVP by April 9: eamrien@bu.edu, 617-358-3915


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.


April 19
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


April 24
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
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Faculty Actions deadlines:

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:
4/25
4–5:30 p.m., STO B50

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

Academic Policy Committee meetings:
Apr 11, May 9 (if needed)
4-5:30 p.m., CAS 200

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:
Apr 9, Apr 23
12-1 p.m., CAS 132

Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee meetings:
Apr 9, Apr 23
2-3 p.m., CAS 132

Humanities Curriculum Committee meetings:
Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2
12-1 p.m., CAS 200

Faculty Accolades

Assistant Professor of History Brooke Blower has won the Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies. The prize, awarded for Blower’s 2011 book, Becoming Americans in Paris, recognizes the best book published on the history of France and the Americas, covering any time period.

In March, Skidmore College awarded an honorary doctorate to Ha Jin, a professor in the Creative Writing Program. In addition, his novel Nanjing Requiem was selected by the Hong Kong magazine Asian Weekly as the top novel of 2011 published in Chinese.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica featured Professor of History Nina Silber on its online blog, discussing gender roles during the Civil War. Watch the interview

Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology Lisa Sorenson has been awarded a Partners in Flight and North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Bird Conservation Award for 2011 for her exceptional contributions to the field of migratory bird conservation.

Alumni Accolades

Robert Kozma (CAS’10) has been named a recipient of a 2011 Andree Award by Pi Mu Epsilon for his research paper “Julia sets converging to the fixed basilica.” He carried out this research while an undergraduate here at CAS, under the supervision of Professor Bob Devaney. The awards are given annually to authors of undergraduate-written papers that have been judged by the officers and councilors of Pi Mu Epsilon to be the best that have appeared in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal in the past year.

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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