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CAS News April 5, 2013
Stepping Out to Meet the World
Professor of International Relations Vivien Schmidt pioneers a new type of educational collaborative, building relationships for BU with universities around the world as part of the Global Erasmus Mundi (GEM) program. Read more
Children Endorse Fairness, But Don’t Like to Share
A new study co-authored by Boston University Assistant Professor of Psychology Peter Blake finds that young children endorse fairness norms related to sharing, but often act in contradiction to those norms when given a chance to share. Read more
CAS Researchers Figure Prominently in BU Today Climate Series
During the last week of March, BU Today ran a new story each day on Earth’s ongoing climate crisis. All of the featured professors were from CAS: Ian Sue Wing, Johannes Schmieder, Richard Murray, Cutler Cleveland, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, Adrien Finzi, Mark Friedl, Ranga Myneni, and Bruce Anderson. Read the articles in this thought-provoking series here Read more
Designing a Better Satellite
A team of BU physicists, astronomers, computer scientists, and engineers is applying “plug-and-play” technology—standardized software interfaces that allow devices to easily talk to each other—to satellite design. Read more
New Evidence Strengthens Case for Higgs Boson
The new particle discovered last summer is looking more like a Higgs boson, a particle thought to give mass to other elementary particles. BU physicists played major roles in capturing and analyzing the Higgs data. Read more
CAS Archaeologists Test New Research Tool
In February, a team of CAS archaeology faculty and students tested out their latest research tool: a remote-controlled hexacopter. The small six-rotor flying tool, equipped with a camera, will be used in Turkey this summer to survey dig sites. Watch the video of the copter’s maiden voyage. Read more about the hexacopter.
Taking the Measure of Pope Francis
The world is still taking the measure of the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and BU Today turned to CAS Assistant Professor of History Phillip Haberkern for his assessment of the 76-year-old pope. Read more
Chemistry’s Jasti Wins Coveted Sloan Fellowship
Ramesh Jasti’s “distinguished performance and unique potential” were recognized recently by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The CAS assistant professor of chemistry has been awarded a 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship for his work with carbon nanotubes. Read the Bostonia story here
Mushrooming Metropolises
Looming urban growth puts environment at risk
First the good news about cities: because they are population-dense, they can be more efficient users of such things as energy and transportation than their rural counterparts, and they can be centers of innovation. So says Lucy Hutyra, a CAS assistant professor of earth & environment, who happens to work in a city. The bad news, says Hutyra, is the long-term costs of urban growth, which is about to explode. Read the Bostonia story here
CAS Alum David Quinn Named BU Men’s Hockey Coach
Quinn (CAS’89), former BU associate head coach, will replace retiring
coach Jack Parker
BU has hired alum David Quinn, a former associate head coach at BU and most recently assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, to replace men’s ice hockey coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97), who announced his retirement two weeks ago after 40 years at the helm. As associate head coach at BU from 2004 to 2009, Quinn (CAS’89) helped lead the team to the NCAA national title in 2009. He will take over his new post when Colorado’s season ends. Read the BU Today story here
Is Global Warming Slowing Boston Marathon Winning Times?
Researchers in Boston University’s Department of Earth & Environment recently looked into whether the effects of climate change can be found in the winning times of Boston Marathon runners. Read more
Federal Science Budgets Will Be Smaller in FY 2013
The following article provides a summary of the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill that President Obama was expected to sign into law during the last week of March. Federal agencies now have clarity about their budgets for the remainder of this fiscal year (through September 30). Read more
Celebrated French Scholar Visits BU in April
Myriam Bienenstock, a widely respected scholar of German idealism and a leader in modern Jewish philosophy, will be visiting campus through the month of April, hosted by the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, the Institute for Philosophy & Religion, and the BU Center for the Humanities. She will be giving three lectures on Emmanuel Levinas on April 10, 17, and 24, at 5 p.m. at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Read more
Professional Development "Teaching Talks" and "Teaching Tech Talks"
The Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching is pleased to offer a variety of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks, focusing on teaching and the professional development of faculty and graduate-student teachers. Teaching Talks will focus primarily on pedagogy, while Teaching Tech Talks will dive deeper into the use of technology to enhance teaching. View talk dates and descriptions.
Attention Faculty: Fall Registration Time is Now
Please note that registration for the Fall 2013 semester began on Wednesday, April 3, for graduate students and begins on Sunday, April 7, for undergraduates. Please visit the Registrar’s website here or contact CAS Academic Advising for details about registration for Fall 2013.
CAS Teaching Awards Nominations Due April 8
CAS faculty are encouraged to nominate fellow CAS faculty members for the Gitner, Neu, and Wisneski prizes for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinction in First Year Undergraduate Education, and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. Read more
Call for Nominations: Outstanding Papers by Graduating Seniors
Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes four outstanding student papers: two in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences, and one in the Social Sciences. Nominations are due April 19. Read more
Find Funding for Your Research: Workshop April 16
For anyone who is looking for research support, Sponsored Programs will present a workshop on COS Pivot, the largest, most comprehensive database of available funding across all disciplines. Read more
Nominations Due for Hariri Junior Faculty Fellows
The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2013/14 class of Junior Faculty Fellows. Nominations are due April 26. Read more
more news
Lectures & Events
Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Ciarán Carson
Leveraging the Computational Perspective: Interactive Text Visualization for Humanists
Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi: Talk and Book Signing
Tap Into Boston’s Water Sustainability Network
Myriam Bienenstock Lectures on Emmanuel Levinas
Why Germany Will Not Run the EU: A luncheon discussion with Daniela Schwarzer
Fifth Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology
Misora Hibari and Popular Music of Cold War Japan
The Lure of the Relic: Collecting the Holy Land
Silent Film Classics: The General
Myriam Bienenstock Lectures on Emmanuel Levinas
Challenges and Opportunities for African Education Amid Instability
Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Paul Muldoon
Film Screening and Conversation: Alois Nebel
The Crossroads Project
Myriam Bienenstock Lectures on Emmanuel Levinas
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Faculty Meetings & Deadlines
Secondary (Administrative) Appointments and Reappointments Due
Natural Sciences CCD
CAS Teaching Award Nominations Due
Social Sciences CCD
Faculty Search Requests Due
Patriot’s Day Holiday
Find Funding for Your Research: Workshop
CAS Faculty Meeting
Submissions Due: Alumni Association Awards for Writing Excellence
Nominations Due: Hariri Junior Faculty Fellows
Mid-Tenure Reviews
Full-Time Faculty Reappointments
Faculty Meetings
Faculty News

Professor of History Louis Ferleger and economics graduate student Jacob Magid wrote an article that appeared on Time.com exploring the ongoing jobs and economic crisis in so-called distressed areas—metropolitan and micropolitan areas that have seen unemployment levels at least two percent above the national average for at least five years. Read the article

Steven Katz, Slater Professor of Jewish & Holocaust Studies (Religion Department) and Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, was recently invited to lecture in several European countries primarily in his role as Academic Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a union of 31 countries that encourages Holocaust education, research, and remembrance. Read more

Professor of Archaeology Curtis Runnels has been awarded a Cotsen Fellowship in Archaeology at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for June–July to work on the following topic: “The Early Palaeolithic in the Aegean Islands.” Read more

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Andrew West has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more

this month's accolades
Student News

In its coverage of the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the History News Network featured excerpts from a book by Mark Kukis, a PhD student in the Department of History. Read more

Caroline Riley, a fellow in the History of Art & Architecture Department, has received a prestigious fellowship to travel to China and Japan. Read more

Colin Root, a 2012 PhD from the American & New England Studies Program (AMNESP), accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Southern New Hampshire.

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