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CAS News: July 2009
Mellon Grant Advances East Asian Archaeological Database

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a 26-month, $600,000 grant to Boston University to support the development of ARC/Base, an online, multilingual bibliographic database of East Asian archaeology, based in Arts & Sciences’ International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH). This is the third award designated by the Mellon Foundation for the project, with total support exceeding $1.5 million.

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Mellon Grant to Support Research on Energy Transitions

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $150,000, one-year grant to professors Cutler J. Cleveland and Adil Najam of the Department of Geography and Environment to lead an interdisciplinary seminar on energy transitions—shifts in the types of energy (e.g., coal, nuclear, wind) used by societies. The research will be part of the Mellon Foundation’s John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures.

Learn More AAC&U Announces K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is requesting nominations for the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards. Sponsored by K. Patricia Cross, professor emerita of higher education at the University of California–Berkeley, the awards recognize graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning, and who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others. All doctoral-level graduate students planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department.

The deadline for receipt of materials is October 5, 2009. Winners will be announced in December and recognized at AAC&U's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.,
January 20–23, 2010. The awards provide financial support for graduate students to attend the Annual Meeting, including travel, lodging, and registration fee, as well as a one-year affiliation with AAC&U.

For complete information on the nominating process, visit the K. Patricia Cross page of the AAC&U's website. Contact Suzanne Hyers (202-387-3760) with questions about the awards.

Orientation for Chairs and Directors Moved to August 25

Due to a scheduling conflict with an all-day meeting called by the President's Office for August 26, the 2009/2010 CAS Chairs and Directors Orientation schedule has been revised. The orientation will take place in its entirety on Tuesday, August 25, according to the following schedule:

8:30–11:45 a.m.
New/Incoming Chairs and Directors
CAS 132

Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch for all Chairs & Directors
Photonics Colloquium Room,
8 St. Mary's Street, 9th Floor

1–4 p.m.
Orientation session
for all Chairs & Directors
Photonics Colloquium Room,
8 St. Mary's Street, 9th Floor

Dean Sapiro will circulate an agenda soon. CAS chairs and directors should e-mail the dean before August 1 to let her know if they will be able to attend.



LAUREL SMITH-DOERR, associate professor of sociology, has been honored with the National Science Foundation’s Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her “outstanding work in nurturing the development of the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program, and leadership in NSF’s implementation of the ethics education requirement in the America COMPETES Act.” Laurel returns to CAS this fall from a two-year leave, when she served as program director for the foundation’s Science, Technology, and Society Division of Social and Economic Sciences/Social Behavior and Economic Sciences (SBE).

GENE STANLEY, professor of physics and director of the Center for Polymer Studies, recently received an honorary degree from Northwestern University. A pioneer in the field of complex systems, he joined the CAS faculty in 1976 after serving seven years on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics faculty. His interdisciplinary scholarship has led to innovative collaborations spanning sociology, economics, finance, computer science, biology, physiology, medicine, chemistry, materials science, physics, applied mathematics, and education. His numerous publications are among the most frequently cited of any physicist worldwide. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Gene is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

In the News
Highlights of national news coverage received by CAS faculty


A Day for Seeing All Living Things, Great and Small
Naturalists Converge in Concord for ‘Bioblitz’

“Yesterday, on the anniversary of the nation’s declaration of independence from the British, one thing was troubling veteran ecologist E.O. Wilson: European earthworms. The Redcoats are long gone, but the worms—first brought to the New World in the Pilgrim’s potted plants—remain a menace to forest life as they munch on delicate plants. ‘There’s something happening below our feet that most people don’t even know about,’ said Wilson as he examined insects in the woods of Concord. ‘They changed the environment of the forest.’ Wilson, who turned 80 last month, was feted yesterday at the 11th annual Bioblitz, a day where ecologists identify and document any living thing larger than 1 millimeter. The event is held each July 4, the day Henry David Thoreau moved to Walden Pond in 1845. . . . Richard Primack, a Boston University biology professor, uses Thoreau’s notes to study climate change. Thoreau took copious notes on everything from the animals he encountered to the time of year plants flowered, Primack said. Thoreau’s notes, which he was known to store in his hat, were so detailed that Primack cites them in his peer-reviewed research. ‘In my mind, one of the most striking results of what we’re doing in Concord is using the data to show the real effects of climate change,’ Primack said. ‘About one-third of the species Thoreau observed no longer exist in Concord, and wildflowers are blooming about two weeks earlier than they did in the mid-1800s.’”


5 Keys to Retiring Within 5 Years
Baby Boomers Can Still Retire If They Plan for These Financial Challenges

“Baby boomers are getting a taste of what their Depression-era parents experienced: the devastating downside of the stock market. . . . After stuffing their retirement accounts with stocks for more than a decade, workers, on average, held less than half of their 401(k) money in stocks in early 2009, according to the human resources consulting firm Hewitt Associates. That's mostly on account of market declines, but it also represents a shift to more conservative investments. ‘Retirees need to create a decent floor to their living standard by using inflation-indexed bonds and investing in the safest way possible, which is paying off your mortgage,’ says Laurence Kotlikoff, a professor of economics at Boston University and coauthor of Spend 'Til the End: The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard, Today and When You Retire. If investors still want exposure to stocks, Kotlikoff recommends buying low-cost index funds.”


In Exile, an Iranian ‘Lion’ Keeps Fighting
UMass Scholar Presses for Reform

“The ‘Lion Woman’ of Iran sits outside her 10th-floor office atop the main library at the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, chafing with frustration as she talks of the turbulence shaking her homeland. She knows this story all too well: The upwelling of resistance, the retaliatory fist of state power, the fading sense of hope. ‘This government is acting like a wild animal,’ Fatemeh Haghighatjoo says. After four years of exile, she has lost none of her quiet ferocity, or blunt determination. A visiting scholar at UMass, she has led an appeal to the UN secretary general to appoint a special envoy to investigate abuses against activists in Iran, and is pushing for the United States to do more as well. Haghighatjoo was one of the youngest members of the Iranian Parliament when she took on the power structure that underpins the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. . . . Shahla Haeri, who leads the Women’s Studies Program at Boston University, was in Iran during last month’s elections and protests. ‘I’m sure she would have felt right at home,’ she said of Haghighatjoo. ‘The women there were just so amazing. It wasn’t just one or two, veiled or unveiled, it was a huge number of women.’ Haeri cautioned against seeing Haghighatjoo as a feminist, noting her traditional roots and adding that women have long played a vocal role in Iranian public life. But she added that Haghighatjoo ‘was very courageous then, 10 years ago, when it was harder to speak out.’”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Dean’s Summer Casual
4 p.m., CAS 106

New and Continuing Chairs and Directors Orientation
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

BU New Faculty Orientation
8–8:30 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  Program
5:30–6:30 p.m.  Cocktail Reception
Metcalf Trustee Ballroom
One Sherborn Street, 9th floor

Matriculation Day for Class of 2013
10 a.m.–noon, Track and Tennis Center
100 Ashford Street

First Day of Classes

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